Somerset Artist Moish Sokal celebrates 25 years of exhibiting at the Malthouse Gallery, East Lambrook Manor Gardens

13 May 2019


Returning from his latest trip to New York and Cuba, local Somerset artist Moish Sokal is reflecting on 25 years of exhibiting his watercolours at the Malthouse Gallery, East Lambrook Manor Gardens and all the exotic locations he has visited and painted during that time. He felt inspired to look back at these locations and to paint them in his current style.42nd-st-Manhattan-1360x1004.jpg

The result is his landmark exhibition 'Reflections – A Fresh Look’ which opens at the Malthouse Gallery, East Lambrook Manor Gardens on Tuesday 4th June.
Moish Sokal has led a life of travelling. Growing up in the port town of Haifa, it was inevitable that tales of the big exciting world out there would have an everlasting effect on his life in the future. Burning with desire to travel the world, seek adventure and start a new life in the cities they saw in the movies, drove him and his friends to leave home in their early 20’s. Most of Sokal’s friends went to New York, his destiny took him to Sydney. Finally, last year, armed with one address Moish decided it was time to look up my old friends and set off for New York City.
         
Meeting his old friend Shlomo, after so many years with this amazing city as backdrop was as surreal an experience as being amongst the yellow taxis, the steam rising, the cops, the constant sound of wailing sirens. “I was on a movie set, and the familiar Empire State building, the bright adverts on 42nd street turning night into day” - Iconic images of nowhere else but Manhattan brought instant inspiration!Old-Havana14x20.jpg
                              
Cuba, Sokal’s next destination, had always fascinated him and welcomed him with a feast of colour and music. Havana, like Manhattan in many ways, is sophisticated and dynamic, bustling and polluted. He was mesmerized by the colourful vintage cars cruising the streets flanked by the crumbling fine colonial buildings.                     
The music was everywhere! A vibrant mix of African drum and Spanish guitar. Colourful flower girls greeted the artist with a gracious smile in every Plaza. “Since I stayed in Vedado known  for its famous neo-colonial Hotel Nacional. I could not resist ordering a dish favoured by Lucky Luciano”
   
The excitement of this adventure, discovering urban motifs to paint in a new fresh style and palette propelled Sokal to go on and paint some of his favourite places he has been to during the last 25 years, with a fresh look.
  
Alongside all these, ‘Reflections - A Fresh Look’ will also show work painted following Sokal’s first visit to Crete where the mysterious Minoans ruled 4,000 years ago, there he was captivated by the rugged southern coastline, but most, the charming town of Hania with its narrow streets lined with Venetian and Turkish architecture.
 
Last but not least! Alongside these faraway places, Sokal shows a selection of paintings from his trips exploring the coastline of Cornwall, Wales and Dorset.
  
This exhibition, set in the beautiful Grade 1 listed East Lambrook Manor Gardens, opens on Tuesday 4th June and runs to Sunday 21st July, closed every Monday.
Admission to the exhibition is free (this also includes the café and nursery).
Further details on the artist and this exhibition can be obtained from www.moishsokal.co.uk or on 07812837825
For high res images of the paintings please contact Moish Sokal.
 
Somerset Artist Moish Sokal celebrates 25 years of exhibiting at the Malthouse Gallery, East Lambrook Manor Gardens
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