Grimsby artists launch 2011 exhibition season at The Ropewalk

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The work of 10 Grimsby based artists is featured in the first exhibition of 2011 at Barton upon Humber’s arts centre, The Ropewalk.

The exhibition, Divergence, which opens on Saturday (January 15) in the Artspace, contains a mix of styles from artists at the Abbey Walk Gallery in Grimsby town centre.

The Ropewalk’s Exhibition’ Officer, Richard Hatfield, said the exhibition, which runs until February 27 contained a mix of styles, mediums and artistic experience.

“Abbey Walk Gallery has only been open two years and this exhibition is a positive representation of the quality of work produced by Grimsby artists in a wide variety of work which includes sculpture, painting and original prints,” he added.

“To be invited to take the work of 10 of our own resident artists to exhibit at the Ropewalk is a great honour and one we are very much looking forward too,” said Gill Gibbon who along with Elaine Munson set up Abbey Walk which opened in December 2008.

Since the Gallery opened it has gained a reputation for exhibiting a wide variety of artistic media with its first major Exhibition Out of the Dark, held in September last year, attracting more than 20,000 visitors eager to see work original works of art by artists including Picasso, Dali, Matisse,  Banksy, Ronnie Wood, Andy Warhol and Chris Rhea which had been housed in private collections or hidden from view in storerooms and private galleries.

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Michael Thacker

“The primary reference point for my sculpture are natural forms such as seedpods, shells, fossils and plant buds, combining this with the geometric construction found in architectural elements and the principles of devices such as pediments and arch-ways.

The idea of an inner form plays and important part in my work, a form developing and growing within a hard outer casing to burst forth revealing a new form, unbalancing the original, juxtaposing taut polished geometric forms against roughly textured organic forms emerging from within.

More recent work has become more involved with using light within the work, whether the simple act of a gilded area reflecting light to accentuate or using the same principle to create a glow within the centre of the stone with a gilded area surrounding a hidden pierced section allowing light to travel through to illuminate an otherwise shadowed area.”

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Daniel Boyle

Living and working in West Wales, Daniel produces salt glazed wood fired ceramics. His pieces are contemporary and functional, all wheel thrown. He combines traditional and modern ways of working, firing in a 75 cubic foot catenary arched kiln with wood to 1300o centigrade. These firings produce many original surfaces and colours. His aim is to create works which are individual and original in design and execution.
Using slips of different vitrifying temperatures and with the use of a spray gun Daniel layers them on top of each other, putting the most vitreous on the top and then firing to make this top layer break and move leaving the undercoat stable to create a base colour, exaggerating the salt glaze effect.

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Watersmeet: John Martin

Watersmeet is a series of abstract works linked by the theme of water’s movement and passage from rain to river to estuary and sea, reflecting on the ultimate fragility of our relationship with water – always in flux, a constant process of renewal and erosion.

John explains that his work is …“An exploration of the visual shaping and marking over time that this eroding process leaves on both natural and constructed forms.” “… a reflection on the emotive and symbolic connections of water, deeply embedded in the human psyche. In cultures both ancient and modern around the globe, rivers and seas can be symbols for: rites of passage, crossing over, carrier of messengers, site of ritual, A life giver and taker, divider of worlds and home to a multitude of gods, demons and fantastic creatures.”

“We are drawn to water and its mysterious duality of nature and in keeping with this duality we can at one and the same time rejoice in its beauty and be fearful of its potential.”

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Collection: Virginia Graham

Virginia’s ceramics are an eclectic amalgamation of nostalgic form and imagery, transforming the ordinary past by drawing on a wide range of domestic traditions.

Virginia uses a combination of slip casting and hand building techniques to create pieces in her signature style. Their surface decoration includes slip painting, enamel transfer printing and metallic lustres referring to historical wares including the familiar blue and white stripes of Cornish Ware as well as industrial plumbing and Victorian fabrics.

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