Pam Walker Exhibition at Burgh House, Hampstead. Review by William Marshall.
If you don’t know Burgh House, Hampstead, you should. It’s a beautiful Queen Anne mansion with many original features that functions as a museum and arts centre. It also has a carefully planted garden and houses the Buttery Café, which has an ambience to my mind considerably more attractive than some of the nearby commercial outlets and has a good range of hot and cold dishes as well as reasonably priced wines and craft beers.
You have just time to catch ‘Beached’ the current enticing exhibition of oils and collages by Pam Walker, a graduate of St Martin’s School of Art who has twice had paintings hung at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. Inspired by her wanderings on the South Coast of England, and particularly the Hastings and Dungeness areas, Pam’s images capture the familiar objects of beachscapes – boats, huts, chains, nets, fenders and so on – in a strikingly original way. Bright but harmonious colours draw attention to objects that might otherwise escape notice but never make them seem unnatural or incongruous. And the colours draw the viewer in to the paintings and encourage you to linger and study them. Well worth a visit – and check out the café, too.
William Marshall © 2016.