Graham Bannister: Wild
An exhibition of new paintings by Graham Bannister
6 September - 4 October, 10am – 5pm
Monday to Friday and by appointment
Gallery open day Saturday 7 September, 11am – 2pm
Discussion with artist Graham Bannister, Saturday 7 September, 11.00am
Graham Bannister has exhibited extensively internationally as well as completing numerous commissions in Jersey. An enduring love of Jersey began over 25 years ago with the Jersey coastline collection of paintings. In November 2017, the 'Four Seasons' exhibition at CCA Galleries International showcased his work alongside that of sculptor Anna Gillespie and printmaker Helen Nue. The work was the result of nearly 2 years working alongside Trees for Life and National Trust for Jersey to record some of Jersey's most iconic trees.
Graham's latest body of work looks at the animal kingdom in relation to the threat of extinction and climate change. The work is witty and powerful, with a nod of the detail he is famed for in his garden paintings and the post-impressionist, Henri Rousseau. Graham has recently been working with Rathbones and Durrell on their Go Wild Gorillas project to fundraise and draw attention to endangered species.
Nicolas Gueguen is a sculpture and guest artist. The heads he has created for this show are of indigenous persons to complement Graham's paintings of indigenous animals.
Since the age of 5, Nicolas accompanied his grandfather searching for a water source. As his grandfather dug the well Nicolas modelled the clay into figures. Earlier this year his work on migrants was shown at Journeys Europeans des Métiers d’Art 2019 Abbey de Leon and he exhibited in London in the summer.
Bella Harvey is a fine botanical artist who has lived and painted flora and fauna in Italy, France and England. Her other passion is gardening and she has studied many of the plants she has grown.
Bella has always worked in watercolour, developing and refining a technique which includes observational drawing, colour and design. In her “fantasy images” the paintings have an abundance of geometric references and bold use of counterbalanced imagery within a framework reminiscent of the Pre-Raphaelites.