Reception Gallery

8th – 20th June 2021

‘Waterscapes ‘ – An exhibition of paintings by Catherine Barnes   













Catherine Barnes studied at Folkestone School of Art, Camberwell School of Art and Crafts and Goldsmiths’ College, London. She first worked designing, exhibiting and teaching in London. In 1985 she founded Juno Studio in Hampshire, and appointed a lecturer in Art History at the University of Southampton and a visiting artist at Southampton City Art Gallery.

In 2001/3 and she was selected for London Art Fair “Fresh Art” and has continued to exhibit in Amsterdam, Antwerp, Cork, Dublin, Florence (2011 Biennale), Paris and Rotterdam, with a number of solo shows in London, and since moving here in 2006, in Chichester.

“Although a Londoner, I was brought up in Dover and the sea has played an important part of my life. I have sketchbooks full of drawings of the English South Coast, especially Pagham, Normandy, and Greece. Living in Winchester the River Itchen was at the bottom of our garden.  Lockdown in Chichester city meant no seaside trips. But a few hundred yards from my house runs, occasionally, the River Lavant winding around and underneath Chichester College.   It became a place of solace on my early morning walks. The river became my companion and started to develop a personality, sometimes full flow, sometimes in trickles and then just puddles. The River Lavant  became a subject that sustained me throughout Lockdown, and a worthy subject to stand beside some large dramatic seascapes.”


11 – 23 May

John Robinson








John came from a painting family; his father and brother were professional graphic and fine artists, but John graduated in agronomy and developed a busy career mainly with I.CI/Zenica, latterly in business management and with much time abroad. In those days painting was a relaxing hobby.

Since retiring, his artwork has become much more important, but apart from a few short courses he remains largely self-taught.

Painting in watercolour, John covers a wide range of subject matter including landscapes and wildlife. He derives particular inspiration and pleasure from the form and mood of the Sussex and Hampshire countryside, especially the downs.

John’s interpretations are fairly literal and he aims to capture the feel and mood of the subject while retaining the freshness and spontaneity of watercolour.

John has exhibited widely in Sussex and Hampshire through galleries, group exhibitions and art societies. He is a full member of The Association of Sussex Artists and participates annually in the Chichester Art Trail. Visitors to his studio in East Marden are welcome whether they be browsers or buyers. Purchasers of his work have come from all over Britain and many countries overseas.


27 April – 9 May

David Meeking, ‘Spaces and Places’

The idea behind the exhibition is for the viewer to be taken on a journey to an imagined space or place from memory providing escapism particularly in the current climate we find ourselves experiencing. The work is a mixture of Oil and mixed media, some work involves layers of paint being applied in layers and scraped back to reveal hidden paint colours a process that takes time and patience.

“I am particularly inspired by the faded walls found in the Mediterranean and weathered coastlines. I have previously exhibited at the Oxmarket but am looking forward to the revised Gallery layout which I feel will appeal to people I am grateful to the Gallery for providing me with this opportunity and feel that after the last 12 months there is appetite to both exhibit and view Art again.”


13 April – 25 April

Alyson Lomas

Artist Alyson Lomas has always painted and studied at St Martins School – London, Laird School of Art – Birkenhead and gained her BA (Hons) from Liverpool University. Following this she studied at the Winchester School of Art and went on to lecture in Fine Art for 17 years. Alyson was awarded an Arts Council grant to develop her practice.

Alyson’s work reflects her memory of landscape, the colours, shapes and textures are associated with remembered places. The relationship between colour and shape evolves through various stages until a feeling of ‘rightness’ emerges.

Her paintings celebrate the return of some colour in our lives after a very difficult year for everyone. Alyson is showing original paintings together with framed and unframed prints.

Alyson has lived on the West Sussex coast for four years and this is her second exhibition at the Oxmarket Gallery.