This place is almost home to one the country’s most respected and sought after artists – Kurt Jackson and though its lovely summer exhibition features no fewer than 60 paintings and pottery from 15 artists it is still the Kurts that grab you; what is it about his sharp eye and deceptively loose style that draws you in so easily? How can it work 10cm square and over a metre square. Joyous stuff and this collection draws on his time on Scilly – tailor made for the man and his style.
But giving Jackson a run for his money, if we are allowed to talk of art and artists in this manner is Richard Hoare - master of the subtle moody seascape who is the featured artist of this lovely show. And not to be forgotten is work all the way from Scotland by the magical Ronald Smith, indeed it is one of his in the window designed to lure you in; which it has no trouble in doing.
The Amalfi Coast by Ronald Smith
Across the road we are into a more traditional look at Cornwall but a beautiful one none the less. And there’s plenty of it - 100 canvasses in all and something for everyone – adults and kids alike – serious collectors and those who simply 'know what they like'. I have always liked Nancy Bailey’s dramatic cliffscapes and she has a real winner here in “Botallack” from 1956; sadly she died only this year aged 99.
And from her to Cathy Stringer’s lovely studies of children on the beach – little gems and wonderfully priced.
Then there’s Richard Lannowe Hall’s wonderful mottled, muted palette and Joanna Commings’ coastal landscapes; it's the classic summer on the beach exhibition.
But away from that there are works by Henrie Pilcher from 1910 and an unmistakeable big Lenkiewicz – price on application! Has he really been dead 10 years? There’s a wonderful “Dying light” by Charles Walker Simpson from 1936 and then an iconic series of GWR railway posters from the 40’s and 50’s. It’s a joy.
If you’re in Truro do both and take a coffee or lunch at the café which is surrounded by all this talent in the Lander Gallery. An hour well spent for adults and kids. A wonderful hour in Cornwall’s new art capital – Lemon Street Truro.