The current show, entitled Fantastic Salad, at DownStairs Gallery is by painter Tom Howse. I went to see it yesterday and have to say I loved it! Here are some pic's from the gallery and the blurb.
Tom Howse’s paintings, often anchored around a single image, solitary entities which the viewer is forced to confront. Drawing from a scattered range of sources, each painting plays a role or sets a scene within a larger narrative, allowing the viewer to establish their own construction of an overall puzzle. Although each painting holds its image there can also be seen a wider mythology unravelling when viewing the works as a series.
His smaller work was especially appealing - and some costing for as little as £250.
Also up in one of DownStairs' galleries are some pieces made on site during a January month long residency by Chris Barnes. This piece of a larger tree was found in the gallery grounds' pond.
This is what Chris has to say: