Review of
Cally Le Poer Trench /
Martin Jennings

by R.J.P. (1987)

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Magdalen College

Cally Trench, Magdalen College (1987)
Chinese watercolour and gouache on paper
Private collection

Cally Le Poer Trench and Martin Jennings

Artweek 87 lasts a fortnight until June 7. Bill Heine, the well-known cinemateur with an affinity for sharks, has turned his home in New High Street, Headington into a temporary gallery. "Untitled 1986", an exhibition of paintings by Cally Le Poer Trench and sculpture by Martin Jennings, is on show there until May 30, 1-9pm.

Cally's painting style is typically flat and looks deceptively simple. She paints striking portraits to commission, a excellent example of which is a study of Ms Reizenstein at the piano. A lover of pattern, Cally exploits the sitter's floral print dress to describe the underlying body forms. She paints her subjects flat on, like paintings on Greek vases. At times cruel, she turns the world upside down with pen and ink. Sheep dining out await the carving of a leg of man; trees chop down people.

Martin Jennings' charcoal drawings and sculptures leave a powerful impression, Robust in form and technique, the culmination of his exhibition is a seated figure in the garden. His work combines the rough hewn vitality of Gaudier-Brzeska's carving with the simplified elegance of Brancusi. His forms are extremely touchable and have a maturity beyond the four years he has devoted to sculpture.

R.J.P., 1987

Originally published in Oxford Times, 29th May 1987.