‘SNOWBALL DOWN A MOUNTAIN’
THE BARON GILVAN ARTIST IN RESIDENCE AT ROTTINGDEAN WINDMILL.
Artist Chris Gilvan-Cartwright aka The Baron Gilvan will be in residence at Rottingdean Windmill during the weekends of the Brighton Festival, May 2017.
The Baron will set up his studio in the windmill to create magnificent paintings, drawings and animations investigating psychological dreamworlds through automatism and intuition. These raw, unflinching works of art are portals between an inner and outer reality, exploring the dynamics of the imagination.
‘Art is born of trauma’, says Gilvan-Cartwright who’s work references his own life experiences which have caused him to question the relationship with reality and illusion. ‘I present the work through the conduit of The Baron Gilvan, an enabler to inspire the fantastical and doubtful – a vehicle to present the truth in flux.
The Windmill once converted the energy of elemental force into rotational power in order to mill grain and feed the village. Now the Rottingdean Windmill becomes a fantastical playground studio where The Baron feverishly converts line and paint into food for the soul.
Narratives involve foolish Admirals, musicians in reverie and hermits who are lost or abandoned in exquisitely rendered tangled landscapes drawn out in continuous line on large sheets of paper, canvas and cardboard. Upstairs, madcap animations play out, featuring heroic and fallen characters.
‘Snowball Down A Mountain’ is an invitation to enter the world of The Baron Gilvan’s imagination and perhaps seek your own enlightenment there.
‘The Baron is a creation that makes dingy rooms glow’ Robin Ince, comedian and broadcaster
‘The Baron is a rare bird; His work comes blazing from his heart.’ Gary Goodman, painter and poet.
Exhibition Private View Friday 5th May 6-8pm
Opening times Sat & Sun 1-4.30pm
weekends of 6/7th,13/14th, 20/21st, 27/28th May 2017.
Rottingdean Windmill, Beacon Hill, Rottingdean, Nr Brighton, East Sussex.
Chris Gilvan-Cartwright aka The Baron Gilvan is a graduate from Central Saint Martins and Cracow Academy of Fine Art where he studied painting under Prof. Nowosielski. Winner of the Royal Overseas league Travel scholarship he painted in India and Nepal. On his return he was commissioned to design the BBC Proms logos for two seasons. He has exhibited widely and performed at the Towner Museum of Contemporary Art and Jerwood Gallery Hastings. His paintings are collected throughout the world.
Rottingdean Windmill (Smock Mill) was erected by Thomas Beard on Beacon Hill, Rottingdean, East Sussex in 1802 and ground corn for villagers until 1881. Currently the windmill is looked after by The Rottingdean Preservation Society who have invited The Baron to take up residence in the mill.
Exhibition Open weekends in May 6/7,13/14, 20/21, 27/28th Sat & Sun 1-4.30pm.