The Mind's Eye

12th May 2017 - 17th June 2017

Clive Hicks-Jenkins & Sarah Raphael-Balme

Featuring the weird and wonderful, the imagined and the exaggerated, with prints and original paintings by artist, illustrator and designer Clive Hicks-Jenkins and York based painter Sarah Raphael-Balme.


Born in Newport in 1951, Clive Hicks-Jenkins worked for 25 years as a choreographer and theatre director before concentrating full-time on painting. His work has now been acquired by all the principal public collections in Wales and his artist’s books (including the first illustrated edition of Peter Shaffer’s Equus) are in libraries worldwide. He shows regularly with Martin Tinney Gallery in Cardiff and Tegfryn Gallery in Anglesey, and has had solo exhibitions at Newport Museum & Art Gallery, Brecknock Museum, the Museum of Modern Art Wales and Christ Church Picture Gallery in Oxford. A major retrospective of his work was held at the National Library of Wales in 2011. The book Clive Hicks-Jenkins was published by Lund Humphries in 2011. 

Clive has won the Gulbenkian Welsh Art Prize and a Creative Wales Award and is a member of the Royal Cambrian Academy, the Welsh Group and 56 Group Wales. He became an Honorary Fellow of Aberystwyth University in 2004. He has been praised by critics in The Independent, Modern Painters and Art Review. Simon Callow has called him ‘one of the most individual and complete artists of our time'.

Sarah Raphael Balme makes dream-like images which play with colour, shape and pattern and which toy with our comfortable understanding of perspective, resulting in visually rich, always emotive canvases. Frequenly involving figures, plants, objects and animals her recent work also includes bold still lives which reveal quirky, surprise objects - Moroccan teapots and vases, unusual antiques and everyday china. Sometimes funny, sometimes bleak, the motifs in her work are drawn from folk art, and colour is all-important.

Sarah studied at Chelsea School of Art. She has exhibited in many solo and mixed shows and is a welcome addition to the York Open Studios scene, first exhibiting, with great acclaim, in 2016. With exhibitions in London and New York and collectors accross an international spectrum, Sarah now divides her time between York and London. In her other life she is a cartoonist.

Featuring artists

  • Clive Hicks-Jenkins
  • Sarah Raphael-Balme

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