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Paintings from Ap Lei Chau - John Martin Gallery

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

AN EXHIBITION of work by the artist Richard Winkworth, Paintings from Ap Lei Chau, will be on display at the John Martin Gallery from December 3 to December 22, 2008.

Ap Lei Chau is a highly populated, steep-sided mountain, located two hundred metres off the South West coast of Hong Kong Island. It provides a natural shelter against the typhoons that occasionally rock the old fishing town of Aberdeen.

Richard WInkworth moved into his studio in Ap Lei Chau a year to the day before the opening night of this exhibition. The studio is in a warehouse building on the exposed, industrial side of the island overlooking the East Lamma Channel, one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world. Its large windows provide a wide aspect across the harbour to Lamma and, further off, Lantau.

This constantly varying environment, ships, islands, water, weather, and light form the focus for this exhibition. Shrines appear in two of the paintings. The most important goddess to the water communities of Southern China is Tin Hau, a young woman depicted wearing a veil of pearls, who protects those travelling and working on the water.

A group of beautiful encaustics inspired by ornate pots found locally accompany marine landscapes to make this a wonderfully diverse exhibition.

A full colour catalogue will accompany the exhibition.

Times: Monday to Friday from 10am to 6pm, Saturdays from 10am to 1pm.

John Martin Gallery, 38 Albemarle Street, London, W1S 4JG