Whilst wondering the streets looking for the Victoria Miro gallery, I chanced across Flowers gallery who were showing Terry Setch. I have only seen his work on the internet, so this exhibition was an unexpected pleasure. Expecting bright colours, the subdued reality was a delight. His work has the feel of Miss Havisham, with wax cobwebs and washed up detritus creating a work of ethereal beauty.
In the Sea, On the Shore, In the Sea 1
The Redfern, next door, home to watercolourist Kurt Jackson, was showing Modern British art. It lacked cohesion as an exhibition and did little to promote the genre.
I am not a fan of Chantal Joffe. I find her work repetitive without the quality of repetition that Celia Paul and Alberto Giacometti achieve with their portraits. Having recently seen her large works at the Jerwood in Hastings, her small works in the intimate Victoria Miro, did little to challenge my previously held view.
Finally, I was accosted on my way to the Bankside gallery, by Jim Grover at the OXO tower, who enthusiastically invited me to visit his first photographic exhibition, ‘Of Things Not Seen’. He had spent over a year shadowing a London vicar, Kit, and the monochrome images were the result of that relationship. I love photographic portraits, of which there were few, but one stood out. Without his dog collar to contextualise the image, Grover had managed to capture the highs and lows of Kit’s life in a single image.
I never made it to the Bankside, which is just as well, because it was between exhibitions, with the Royal Watercolour Society not showing until the 24 March.