There’s a rare chance to meet fine art sculptor Jeremy Schrecker and selected artists at an open exhibition in memory of Shrewsbury artist Roderick Shaw who died recently. A fascinating collection of works will be on show at Franks Barn, on Saturday, September 30th & Sunday, October 1st (SY4 4TB).
An exhibition of fine art on the Longner Estate later this month will honour the memory of Shrewsbury artist Roderick Shaw.
Rod’s friend, the sculptor Jeremy Schrecker, is opening his studio and gallery to visitors, with a specially curated exhibition featuring a fascinating lineup of guest artists alongside some of Rod’s own work. Jeremy is also pleased to unveil 25 modernist pieces of his own, created especially for the opening. His clean-cut, abstract bronze sculptures point towards nature - or a wider, ‘cosmic nature’.
Kirstie Bennett, one of Rod’s three daughters, said on behalf of the family: “Obviously, we’re really pleased it means a great deal to us all, it’s a nice way of showcasing dad's artwork."
Rod (pictured here) grew up in Shrewsbury, but worked as an illustrator in London for a time, with clients including British Rail, Radio Times and BBC TV. He died on September 9 following a fall. Jeremy became great friends with Shrewsbury artist Rod years ago after meeting him whilst exhibiting at Bear Steps Art Gallery. The two would go fly fishing together - exhibited together at Salthouse Gallery, St Ives and finished up as neighbours in Meole Brace.
“Rod was a loveable rogue - a right character and Shrewsbury through and through,” Jeremy said. “In his work, he wasn’t afraid to use a mixture of application techniques. His subject matter was drawn from legends or water landscapes."
In his own work, Jeremy is in interested in the ‘chemistry of the universe’ - gasses, stars, galaxies - and the visible light images of the cosmos (basically, the view down the Hubble telescope). Hence the beautiful, ‘gassy-looking’ patinas on his bronzes; he’s fascinated by the effect of chemicals on the surface of the bronzes.
“I create abstract forms, but I want to see humanity through them so they become biomorphic (resembling living organisms), showing us humanity or animals in some way.
“I’m aesthetically pleased with it when I have obtained that level of understanding, so one can grasp that from the form - that it’s not a literal form, it’s an abstract form, but you can see animal in it. That’s when I like to stop. If I feel satisfied.”
Originally from South London (Wimbledon School of Art, Royal College of Art), Jeremy has been working as a sculptor since 1995 and has lived in Shrewsbury, on and off, since 1991. He’s participated in group shows at Cadogan Contemporary (London) and Beaux Arts (Bath) and in St Ives.
“I bobbed and weaved as a creator with an aim to always be a sculptor but have divulged into other things to make ends meet,” he says.“This is the first time I have been happy enough with the show I’ve got to do this.”
Jeremy will also be showing a selection of works by other (mostly) local artists, including Nada Velickovic, who explores identity and displacement within her art through repetitive mark making, scribbling, line, form and printing methods such as stencils and gel plates.
“Nada does very tapestry-like oil paintings. You almost think they’re made of yarn, or cloth or fabric,” Jeremy said.
There are also abstract landscape works by Ian Warburton, former principal art teacher at Madeley Court School and co-founder of Twenty Twenty Gallery in Much Wenlock, who captures the spirit of the old French farmhouse where he now lives, near Toulouse, and the gradual evolution of the woodland he planted around it.
There’s a bronze splash bowl by Paul Kennedy, the foundry man who casts Jeremy’s bronzes, along with some life drawings by comic book artist Charlie Adlard.
Shropshire artist Pip Jones is showing five abstract landscapes; she habitually paints waterscapes or incorporates ‘watery elements’ such as a shower coming out of the sky or a lake, in acrylics, watercolours or mixed media.
Then there is the well-established surrealist and photorealist artist Richard Humphry, who will be exhibiting his stream bed series. Now in his 80s and living in the wilds outside Welshpool, Richard has an impressive career with solo exhibitions in London and pieces in group shows across the globe - including alongside major surrealists in the Museum of Santa Barbara, California in 1966 at the invitation of Sir Roland Penrose and Roberta Matta.
Touchingly, Jeremy has also including two paintings by his late mum ‘Dorie’, who died in 2017: “She was an artist who trained at The Slade and went on to teach a lot of groups (artist Penelope Timmis was a pupil). The two I’ll be showing are narrative dreamscapes in oils depicting a shepherd with sheep and a boy nearby. They are very dreamy and beautiful.”
Jeremy is excited to be supported by such a fabulous collection of well-known names and ‘new discoveries’, alongside his new show.
“I had a mission at the beginning that the support artists would be in some way kindred spirits. Because of my love of nature and the surprises that nature throws up, I’m very partial to a good abstract landscape. I’ve got human form in my bronzes, and so I’m allowing in human beings from other artists but they have to grab me!”
Weekend Opening with Jeremy Schrecker in memory of Rod Shaw showing gallery artists and guest artists.Saturday, September 30th & Sunday, October 1st, Franks Barn No 4, Preston, Shrewsbury - SY4 4TB. (10am to 4pm)
Free parking outside the exhibition & a complementary glass of wine for visitors. Directions: Go through Berwick Wharf, carry on a mile and look out for the 'art gallery' sign pointing to the left down the lane.
Pictured below: 'Levity' by Jeremy Schrecker, under construction and now sited outside the gallery for viewing