Les Charrieres, Private and Public Gallery, 2021
Les Charrieres, Introduction by Chris Clifford Ba (Hons) MA- Gallery Director
Les Charrieres is the name of the property that the artist Nicholas Romeril has lived and worked in for many years. It is where his beautiful studio is located and where he raised his two sons, the twins William and Danny Romeril both of whom have gone on to follow in their father’s footsteps by developing their own creative pursuits in painting, sculpture and 3D design.
To many Jersey residents the name ‘Les Charrieres’ is recognised as that given to several prominent 18th century Jersey farm houses built to last in local granite. There are numerous translations from French into English which suggest its meaning is a pathway, old cart track or lane and within the local context this often refers to the cattle tracks made by the world famous Jersey cows as they were driven from the fields to the farm for milking.
Of course being on a pathway is also about taking a journey. Sometimes we follow in other people’s footsteps but artists in particular often forge their own paths to discover things about the world and themselves that they could only imagine when they set out.
In this magnificent exhibition three generations of artists, all from the same family, come together to tell the story of their individual pathways to creative success and their shared love of artistic expression handed down from one generation to the next.
Each, in their own way, comes at it from a completely unique perspective and the end results are not just visually diverse but aesthetically arresting. When you start to dig a little deeper into the ideas and motivations behind the works you then begin to understand how each artist has found it essential to forge their own creative pathway in order to distinguish themselves.
If Christmas is about one thing then surely it’s about the importance of family so I hope you will join us in celebrating the diverse talents of three generations of artists who have all found their pathways in life to be ones that are firmly rooted in creativity.