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  • Nicholas Rena in his studio. Photo: Gareth Gardner

Nicholas Rena: After Matisse

The ceramist known for his intensely coloured vessels has new work at the Holburne Museum

The ballroom of the Bath museum has become a welcome site for contemporary craft in recent years and having shown Junko Mori and Paul Scott previously it currently houses new work by Nicholas Rena. The ceramist has described the installation as ‘a complex abstract hit of colour-giving' and in the current issue of Crafts magazine said: ‘I think this belongs to the same tradition as the arrays that Edmund de Waal does. But what I’m trying to do with this new form is my homage to Lucie Rie but injecting a bit of Matisse-style colour, which is not terribly British. I can’t help myself, I do prefer the volume turned up.’

Nicholas Rena: After Matisse is at the Holburne Museum, Bath, until 17 May

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Nicholas Rena. Photo: Evoke Pictures

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