Bruton Art Factory





Let Me Lead You By The Hand

Exhibition of new work by Richard Pomeroy

Bruton Art Factory

7 Old Mill Business Estate, Bruton, Somerset, BA10 0EH

May 6 - 27 2017

Richard Pomeroy is an artist based in Bruton. He grew up in Somerset and after a degree in Art History at Manchester University worked in contemporary art galleries in London including the Anthony d’Offay Gallery with artists Beuys, Keifer, Long and Gilbert and George. In 1987 he set up the pioneering Richard Pomeroy Gallery near Tower Bridge, photographed by Lord Snowdon for Vogue before the opening show. He represented artists David Hiscock, Estelle Thompson, Adam Lowe, Calum Colvin and more. The gallery is now known as Purdy Hicks. He became a full time artist in the late 90’s and has exhibited in London, the West Country, Amsterdam and Saint Petersburg. He is Chairman of Somerset Art Works, a charity devoted to promoting the arts in Somerset.

In 2016 he drove to Saint Petersburg with enough of his paintings and materials for four shows and two performances, curated by Anna Gelich and Julia Spiridonova. He participated in the Night of the Museums, making a body printing performance with a local group of mime artists. He had a solo shows in the Artists Union of Saint Petersburg; Hermitage extension, Viborg; Museum of Transport and Foss Art. He was made a member of the Artists Union at the end of his six week residence.

His work is immersed in the relationship between mankind and nature. Through foraging, video, body printing, performance, drawing, painting and ceramics he explores habitat and the natural world with an intimate hands-on approach. Much of the work begins in the open air in the landscape and is developed in the studio into large paintings that invite you into their worlds. Porcelain will form a significant part of this show on specially constructed stands. Hand built functional pieces will be displayed on stands made by the artist from scrap and found wood. He will be making a body print during the show.

Private view: Saturday 6th May, 3 - 5 pm

Talk: Thursday 11th May, 5 pm to celebrate Somerset Day with cheese and cider.

Body Printing performance: Saturday 20th May 2pm

Gallery opening times: Wednesday to Saturday 12- 5