Selected for the Pastel Society Annual Exhibition 2016
I’m excited to have been selected again this year for the Pastel Society Annual Exhibition, at Mall Galleries in London. Three new works have been chosen – ‘Midwinter Fire’, ‘Hedgerow’ and ‘Stormy Skies’. Together with my continuing fascination with dry media and creating texture on the paper surface, there has also been a re-emergence of colour in these new pieces. Colour has slipped away from my larger works for quite a while but I now find myself reaching for it again. I think it is better to allow these developments to happen naturally, and embrace them when they do.
As always the Pastel Society Annual Exhibition is wonderfully diverse, incorporating both abstract and representational works from so many brilliant artists, and it’s also such a strong reminder that pastels are underrated as a medium.
The show runs from 23rd February to 5th March, to view the catalogue and works please visit www.mallgalleries.org.uk
“Pastels are the most exciting of all the mediums. What better than to grab a small piece of chalk and make an immediate blast of colour. No mixing, no fiddling around with Flow Improvers or Slow Drying mediums, no brushes to keep clean. Just pure colour at your fingertips.” Cheryl Culver, President of the Pastel Society
Wish You Were Here postcard exhibition
I’ve produced several postcards for the ‘Wish You Were Here’ exhibition at Woodend in Scarborough, mostly inspired by the landscapes and seascapes of Yorkshire. The works are all 4” x 6” and for sale at £20 each, with £1 donated to Cancer Research UK from each postcard sold. It's a fantastic opportunity to buy an original artwork at an affordable price.
These small scale works continue my developments throughout the last year with dry media such as charcoal, pastel and graphite. They also incorporate collage which I’ve allowed to form the structure of the composition, and evoke the colour and lines of Yorkshire. Some are inspired by landscapes further afield, such as the mountain ranges of Iceland. These works have been such a pleasure to create – I am tempted to make many more! Look out for them in future exhibitions.
The Haworth Prize
We had a great time at the New English Art Club preview this week, at the Mall Galleries, London. Having had two works shortlisted for the Haworth Prize, I was absolutely thrilled when my drawing 'Cropton Forest I' was announced the winner! The prize, sponsored by The Haworth Trust is for young artists (aged 35 years and under) living and working in the North of England, creating work inspired by their surroundings.
It really is such an honour to be given this prestigious award, selected by a panel of NEAC members including the NEAC President, Richard Pikesley. Richard said of the work: “We chose ‘Cropton Forest I’ as the winning piece because of its strength and immediacy, the observational quality of its drawing and for the haunting atmosphere it creates looking through the woodland.”
A huge thank you to the Haworth Trust, the NEAC and Mall Galleries. The exhibition runs until 27th June and is not to be missed. Far too many talented artists to mention - see the show if you can.