Title: Sarah Cemmick & David Cemmick
Dates: 7th August – 23rd August 2020 9am to 5pm daily
The first selling exhibition at Tennants post-lockdown opens today with a celebration of animal art by Sarah and David Cemmick. The Cemmicks, who live in Cumbria, find inspiration in the natural world around them and in this exhibition translate their passion for the animal form in two contrasting media: lino print and bronze.
Sarah’s bright, bold and colourful prints depict all creatures great and small from lobsters and langoustines to gorillas, chickens and hares. David uses his detailed knowledge of animal anatomy to create naturalistic bronzes of moorland birds as well as more exotic subjects.
The exhibition is free to enter and open to the public seven days a week. Tennants has been awarded the Visit Britain ‘We’re Good To Go’ certificate, and the venue’s café and bistro are open for bookings.
Sarah graduated in Environmental Illustration at the University of Sunderland in 1996. With help from the Prince’s Trust she began printmaking full time, which started a love affair with the lino print. In 1998 she received the Lloyd’s Private Banking award from the Society of Wildlife Artists annual exhibition at The Mall Galleries, London for her print ‘Rhino Lino’. Sarah’s has been commissioned to produce work for the National Trust, Artists Cards Ltd and Holland & Holland, Mayfair, London, and further work can be seen at galleries throughout the UK.
Sarah now lives and works from her home 'The Pink House' in Cumbria alongside her artist husband David, two children, Rosie and Woody and her new muse, Bonzo the mini long-haired dachshund.
Darlington-born David Cemmick’s twin passions for animals and art grew from a young age. He developed a detailed knowledge of animal and bird anatomy during his time working as an apprentice taxidermist, whilst he continued to draw at every opportunity. When his first solo exhibition sold out, his career as a wildlife artist was launched, and he travelled the globe learning the art of drawing and painting animals from life and in motion.
Following a stint as senior lecturer in Environmental Illustration at the University of Sunderland, David returned to focus on producing bronze and silver limited edition sculptures. In 2008 he began to exhibit with internationally renowned gunmakers Holland and Holland, and soon became their main gallery artist in their flagship Mayfair store in London. David’s artwork is represented in Royal and Private Collections around the world.