6th December 2018
Discover the artists in Saunton – A Coastal Curation.
The unique coastline that includes Saunton and its constellation of nearby seaside stars has long been an inspiration to artists – both local and from afar.
Our new art book Saunton – A Coastal Curation features work collected over many decades for the hotel as well as celebrating the work of many artists captivated by this magnificent stretch of sea, dunes and beach, including:
Sandy’s vivacious and uplifting ceramics can be found in public collections both nationally and internationally, including the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. She is inspired by the incredible quality of light experienced along the North Devon coast.
‘The influence of the sea is not conscious, but there is no doubt that being here every day and looking at the water and sky from my living room has infiltrated my brain and appears in the zinging colours,’ says Sandy.
Roger’s gorgeous ceramics are housed in private and public collections worldwide. The Chittlehampton artist is fascinated by the North Devon coast. ‘I regularly visit Saunton, Croyde and Baggy Point where I find the sea – its power, movement, colour and depth – infinitely interesting and full of variety.’
Cast your mind back to 1987 when 800 wrought iron hospital beds were hauled onto Saunton Sands to create Pink Floyd’s iconic album cover for A Momentary Lapse of Reason. No CGI used back then. The picture won photographer Robert Dowling a gold award at the Association of Photographers Awards.
The glorious Giant Land Crab that features in our beautiful new artbook was created from recycled steel by artist Ned Morgan. He fashions quirky animal sculptures out of found and recycled wood and metal from his Curious Creatures Gallery in Bideford Pannier Market.
‘I love the armoured structure of crustaceans and have made many different crabs and lobsters. Visits to Lundy Island and days spent on Saunton Sands have led to encounters with many seabirds and other marine life.’
Drawn by the magnitude and diversity of North Devon’s coast, Ruth Bateman’s expressive landscapes reveal a bold, dramatic and heartfelt painting style.
‘I work from observation and feeling. The seas, especially around North Devon and Cornwall, are diverse, unique and wild and I am drawn to the untamed power of the ever-evolving inspiring coastline. I am fascinated by the effects of the seasons, the weather and tide as it changes minute by minute.’
How to purchase
Explore more artwork inspired by the North Devon coast in our new book, Saunton – A Coastal Curation.
It makes a wonderful present for everyone who loves Saunton. Buy your copy now (£25 + £3.50 p&p) from the hotel by calling 01271 890212.