Summer art at Glyndebourne

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A visit to Glyndebourne is only complete when you’ve taken in the art on display in the Long Bar, the Stalls Art Gallery, the White Cube or the gardens. This quick round-up will hopefully whet your appetite for more…


Australian artist Heather Betts is exhibiting her Hamlet series of paintings in the Long Bar area around the auditorium. Classical music provides a continual backdrop and force behind her work. Her paintings are developed in series, many of which have been inspired by operas or dramatic musical compositions. Her husband is Hamlet composer Brett Dean.


As art editor of the international gardening quarterly Hortus (to which he has contributed a succession of fine ink drawings since 1988) Simon Dorrell’s work is well known to more than 10,000 subscribers around the world. He has exhibited paintings and drawings every year since 1986, with one-man shows in London, New York, Zurich and the provinces. The Blue Guide to Museums and Galleries of New York has described him as ‘one of England’s premier garden painters’. Since 1998 he has exhibited regularly at Glyndebourne and in 2004 he was one of ten artists commissioned to produce a painting to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the new opera house.


Keith A Pettit is an artist, designer, sculptor and wood engraver. His finely executed box wood engravings are infused with passion for his native Sussex and the South Downs. Drawn to the medium’s warmth, distinctiveness and its unique Englishness, he has been practising this rare art for 20 years. His highly collectable prints draw you into a world of delicate running hares and idyllic rural scenes.


Tor Falcon is a landscape artist based in Norfolk and studied Fine Art Fine Art Painting at Norwich School of Art. Her work is rooted in the English landscape tradition. She is an artist who walks and makes pastel drawings on her journeys.


A graduate in Fine Art from the University of Brighton, Peter Messer works mainly in egg tempera on a traditional gesso ground and has exhibited in solo and group shows in the UK, US, Germany and France. His work is frequently exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and he has been a finalist in the Hunting, Garrick Milne, Lyn Painter-Stainers and Singer and Friedlander Prize exhibitions. In 1998 he won the Sotheby’s sponsored Chichester Art Prize and in 2000 was commissioned to provide twelve paintings for the Sussex Book of Revelations, an Arts Council Millennium Project which toured Sussex libraries. In 2004 he completed a commission for the House of Lords. He lives and works in Lewes.


Susie Monnington grew up locally in Glynde and studied at St Martins School of Art and the Brighton Art School where she gained her MA in Fine Art. She is inspired by seasonal changes and tries to capture the light of each season in her work through the play of colour and light, the stillness of winter, the chaos of spring and the intensity of high summer. Recently she has started painting the lakes at Glyndebourne and has enjoyed getting to know the lakes during winter.


Polly Raynes studied at Brighton Art College and concentrated on a career in illustration for many years. She wrote and illustrated two instructional books: The Watercolour Workstation, and Drawing and Painting Flowers. She has exhibited in France, Zambia, Venice, New Zealand and throughout England. This will be Polly’s second year exhibiting at Glyndebourne. Her artistic popularity has inspired a new collection of merchandise for the Glyndebourne Shop.


Julian Sutherland-Beatson studied illustration and printmaking at Eastbourne College of Art before embarking on a career in graphic design and illustration. In 2008 he began a year-long project painting Sussex landscapes – Sussex 365 (A year in the life), which in 2010 culminated in an exhibition of 200 of these paintings at Glyndebourne. He has created a daily painting throughout the Festival for the past seven years which are inspired by the day-to-day business of Glyndebourne: opera on stage, backstage, the gardens, audiences, wining and dining and the landscape.


Paul Treasure’s style is expressive, energetic and full of colour. He tries to capture the feeling and emotion of a place in his paintings whilst depicting the interplay between light, land, water and sky. This results in dramatic interpretations of the landscapes he studies and shows his response to the ever-changing seasons, weather and light. His most recent work is inspired by the landscapes and coastal areas of England and trips to India and Indonesia.


Rachel Kneebone is this year’s White Cube artist and created the front cover of the 2017 Glyndebourne Programme Book. The London-based artist has created three new porcelain sculptures inspired by two of the operas being staged during the season – Cavalli’s Hipermestra and Glyndebourne’s new opera Hamlet by the Australian composer Brett Dean.


Nick Hornby sculptures (top image) can be seen around the Glyndebourne gardens. Read more.