Destination Experience : Tarpey Gallery - Castle Donington, Leics.

Updated: Jul 8, 2021

What a way to spend a pleasurable sunny Saturday afternoon wandering around a beautiful sculpture park and fine art Tarpey Gallery nestled behind one of the oldest buildings, dating back to Tudor times, in the historic village of Castle Donington.

​Well that's what myself and my friend Pam Miller, painter, printmaker & mixed media artist, did after motoring out from Beeston, Nottinghamshire, taking just 25 minutes. Our invitation was to attend a special occasion at the Tarpey Gallery held that day to celebrate the recent 70th birthday of Jim Tarpey who is featured in his solo show of paintings and relief works titled Horizon Lines running until 20th June.

The director of the gallery, since 2009, is Jim's son, Luke Tarpey, himself a practising artist and designer. This converted barn behind the main residence houses an ambitious program of exhibitions by established and emerging regional and international artists. It has fast grown into a gallery of high repute selling some of the most exciting contemporary fine art in the East Midlands region.

All photos by Marysia Zipser except others credited to Pam Miller.

Above: Main drive inwards from the High Street with main entrance to right.

​Below: ​Jim Tarpey in front of his solo exhibition Horizon Lines inspired by his visit to Barbados.

​Photos: Pam Miller

Exhibition Statement by Jim Tarpey

“This exhibition brings together a body of work made over the last year. The idea of the exhibition is to look at both the small architectural three-dimensional work alongside the much larger paintings that are dealing with texture, colour and speed across the canvas.

The paintings are primarily concerned with studying the horizon line: the way the end of the sea touches the sky; the way the sky presses down on to the sea; how that line is painted. I am looking to build this idea into my work observing their weight and colour as the soft uncertain space between them intertwine...

Continues here... Horizon Lines by Jim Tarpey

Below: Jim Tarpey's colourful shallow relief works. Photos: Pam Miller

Please see the extent of this gallery exhibition detailing all the artists’ works and prices. Browse Artwork