This month the Museum's versatile David Rudkin Room became a gallery, to display the award-winning art of painter and sculptor Deborah Richards. More than forty of her works were on display, the pictures in gleaming white frames, on the walls, on cabinets and on a large easel, while the central cabinets held a selection of her sculptures.


Ms. Richards grew up in West Sussex and has always loved its rural and coastal beauty. She prefers to sketch from life, along the coast and inland. Her sketches form the basis for her hand-printed silk-screen and relief monoprints and paintings; her works often form a sequence, for example following changes in the light from day to night at a particular place. There were also prints focussing on the movement of shipping along the Solent. The colours were mainly earthy orange tones and a range of blues and blue-greens, with black detail, on white backgrounds. And no two prints were the same. The artist's sculptures were very different in theme; they were smoke-fired stoneware figures of dogs and wolves; their rough, often spiky texture gave the impression of unpredictable energy and movement. There were also three stoneware horses, very small and very beautiful.

Report: Elisabeth Wilding.

Pictures: John Tweddell