May 2020

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'Petal Poise'

The Malthouse Gallery, East Lambrook Manor Gardens, East Lambrook, TA13 5HH, South Petherton

28 Apr - 31 May 2020

'Petal Poise'


The Malthouse Gallery at East Lambrook Manor Gardens is hosting Helen Simpson’s first solo exhibition in Somerset. Surely there cannot be a more appropriate place for her paintings as so many of the plants that inspire her work, which she has spent many hours of her life observing, grow in this very special cottage garden.

Helen’s paintings are no ordinary views of flowers. They are well observed, beautifully drawn but not immediately recognisable. This is partly due to their enlarged scale, but mainly because Helen wants to draw you into the silent drama and inherent energy in the cycle of plant life. There is often a hint of something slightly other-worldly, slightly spiritual, something one step beyond what you can see.

“It is this conjunction of movement and stillness that so fascinates me about flowers, says Helen. The mystery and magic of a flower is the way it can seemingly suspend movement. As petals open, untwist, lean outwards, turn, loosen, change colour, dry, and shrivel, the onlooker sees this journey in arrested motion, as in the game Grandmother’s Footsteps: you look, you know the players have moved, are going to move, but at that moment they are poised in mid-air, mid-journey.”

Helen intends to spend some time drawing in the garden before and during the exhibition and, as well as showing some of this work in progress, hopes to share a little of her own story and hang pieces that tell of her journey as an artist.

Opening Hours

28th April- 31st May 2020
(Preview Saturday afternoon 25th April all welcome)
Tuesday to Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday 25th May
10.00am to 5.00pm


Free entry (Garden admission not required)


'Petal Poise'
The Malthouse Gallery
East Lambrook Manor Gardens
East Lambrook
South Petherton
TA13 5HH
United Kingdom

Facebook: @East-Lambrook-Manor-Gardens-142164019189155/

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