A wife of Bath’s creative gift!

Mike and Clare Pell

Mike and Clare Pell

We’ve all been there. Sleepless nights deciding what extra-special present we can give our partner as a big anniversary surprise.

Well for Clare Pell – taking out a gallery space booking for her artist-teacher husband Mike to fill – seemed like a brilliant idea.

Some of Mike's new work on display. Click on images to enlarge.

Some of Mike’s new work on display. Click on images to enlarge.

Mike, who is Head of Art at Bath’s King Edward’s School, was of course delighted by his wife’s generosity and originality.

However he soon realised he was up against a big personal challenge.

A guest taking in some of Mike's new works on display at the 44AD gallery. Click on images to enlarge.

A guest taking in some of Mike’s new works on display at the 44AD Gallery. Click on images to enlarge.

He had a  matter of months to produce some original work to put on display. It was also – for Clare – a stress-filled time in which she shared her husband’s anxieties but was resolute in encouraging him onwards.

Mike’s solo exhibition at the 44AD Artspace Gallery is  a triumph of determination and original endeavour but also the physical and visible evidence of a journey he has taken to get to know himself better and come to terms with the influences on his life and work.

Some of Mike's work on display. Click on images to enlarge.

Some of Mike’s work on display. Click on images to enlarge.

He is himself the son of an artist and has been surrounded by the tools of the trade from a very early age and has been no stranger to art schools and gallery space.

More Artspace Gallery guests at Mike Pell's current exhibition.

More Artspace Gallery guests at Mike Pell’s current exhibition.

He himself did a Foundation Art course at Banbury before three years of study at Bath Academy of Art – based at Corsham Court.

The 44AD Artspace Gallery off York Street in Bath.

The 44AD Artspace Gallery off York Street in Bath.

Mike has many artistic loves including drawing, printmaking, British painters of the 1950’s, collage and Abstract

Mike in conversation with gusts at the private opening view of his new solo exhibition.

Mike in conversation with guests at the private opening view of his new solo exhibition. Click on images to enlarge.

Expressionism. Influences that present themselves in this exhibition.

Set amongst multi-layered and coloured images that also show his love for local architecture and urban surfaces.

Mike’s exhibition is open during normal working hours through to and including the coming week-end.

One thought on “A wife of Bath’s creative gift!

  1. Thought this was a really great show…and bought one!

    This gallery is unique in Bath in that it isn’t a commercial gallery and is a terrific venue for local artists to show off their work….well done 44AD!!!….and well done, Richard, for publicising it….otherwise I wouldn’t have known about the show!

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