I visited the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists last week and caught Melanie Keevils’ (ARBSA) new exhibition of ceramic wall panels in the Craft Gallery. Many of the pieces featured are inspired by ancient civilisations, the colours and landscapes of France and Spain, and the geology of the Cornish and Welsh Coastlines. The ceramic panels have a 3d surface relief with each area of low relief filled with subtle coloured glazes.
The show features a range of Melanie’s new pieces called Fragments and her ariel images of Birmingham. I loved these ariel wall pieces, both the stunning larger single panels (see above), and the smaller panels (below). The small individual panels work both in isolation or grouped together giving a wider ariel grid view. Melanie’s work is an inspirational study of topography and her ariel interpretations of Birmingham are a cartographic delight.
Get yourselves down to the RBSA to see the exhibition – it runs until Saturday 11th October at the RBSA Gallery, 4 Brook Strret, St Paul’s, Birmingham, B3 1SA. www.rbse.org.uk