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13/07/2022 - 03/09/2022

Early-Mid C20th - Mixed Medium


Looking East: St Ives & Buddhism

Mon-Fri: 10-6:30pm; Sat: 11-2pm

“We hope this exhibition illuminates the ways in which eastern influence in St Ives shaped post-war British modern art, and draws focus to the often-overlooked role Buddhist spirituality played for practitioners of the period.” - Calvin Hui, Co-Founder and Chairman of 3812 Gallery and Exhibition Curator

“‘Looking East: St Ives Artists and Buddhism is a fascinating exhibition of a previously unexplored aspect of post-war St Ives painting” - Colin Gleadell

3812 Gallery is proud to present Looking East: St Ives Artists and Buddhism, a ground-breaking exhibition foregrounding the unique relationship between artists working from St Ives during the post-war period and Eastern spirituality including principals of Zen and Buddhism.

Through stoneware to oil painting to collage, by artists including Trevor Bell, Terry Frost, Wilhelmina Barns-Graham and Bernard Leach, this show brings to light a previously overlooked connection between Eastern spirituality and Western modernist artwork. The exhibition ultimately underlines the significance of traditional Eastern thought in today’s global culture and excavates new entry points into a selection of many beloved British artists. What emerges to the fore is a rich artistic dialogue between different schools of thought from the East and West.


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