Introducing 2019





Energetic abstract art by Sam de Freitasimage from A Drop in TimeSemi abstract impressionist landscape by Ursula Cowling

Monochrome self portrait by Lewis Robbins


12 October-7 December

Building on the success of our previous ‘Introducing’ exhibitions, 20-21 presents a new series of solo exhibitions, showcasing some of the best artists in the Humber and Lincolnshire regions.

Sam de Freitas

12 October-19 October

In the first of this year’s ‘Introducing’ series of exhibitions, we are presenting a series of  new large-scale abstract paintings by Scunthorpe based artist Sam de Freitas.

Sam’s painting practice began as an expression of his own synaesthesia – an overlapping of the senses which gives the ability to see sounds  and smells as colours; and music as smells, colours and shapes. His paintings are often reworked over and over again, creating an ongoing movement of marks and colour. Recently he has started deliberately mixing marks and materials that are jarring or don’t necessarily go together, an act of rebellion against his working class background and an expression of the frustrations and complexities of trying to succeed as an artist in a small Northern town.


Jo Bird and Bob Riach

22 October-2 November

Jo Bird and Bob Riach’s stunning photographic series A Drop In Time uses high-speed photography to freeze exploding drops of water into stunning colourful large-scale images. The images are unique and by the use of dyes and lighting, transform the tiny subject matter into extraordinary landscapes reminiscent of aliens, mushrooms and sea-creatures.

A Drop in Time is sponsored by the Hope and Anchor Pub and Pepperells Solicitors

Why not treat yourself to a private view of A Drop in Time? Jo and Bob will be hosting an open evening on Wednesday 23 October, and will be displaying some additional photos and a slide show. Refreshments will be provided by the Hope and Anchor Pub. Book on through Eventbrite.


Ursula Cowling

5 November-16 November

The land in North Lincolnshire has been shaped over many hundreds of years, by agriculture, heavy industry and the reclamation of large areas of tidal wetland. The result is a distinctive and atmospheric landscape, with it’s flat and misty terrain, rivers and estuaries, and looming industrial architecture. Much of the industry operates 24 hours a day, with its bright lights and jagged dark structures, punctuating the sky and surrounding areas.

Scunthorpe based painter Ursula Cowling takes this landscape as inspiration, creating imagined industrial landscapes and horizons in which distant objects, some familiar, some less so, emerge from her atmospheric painted surfaces,

Ursula was winner of the 20-21 Open Exhibition People’s Choice Award in 2018.

Lewis Robbins

19 November-7 December

For the final Introducing exhibition we have selected a local art student. Lewis Robbins is in the final year of the Art Foundation Diploma course at John Leggott College. Regular visitors to 20-21 may remember seeing his work in the 20-21 Open Exhibition in 2018.

For this, his first solo exhibition, Lewis is showing a selection of his portraits and figurative work. His work ranges from photorealism to a more painterly approach and has developed hugely over the past year – something he attributes to having the freedom to explore ideas and new concepts.