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Ropewalk artist holds Grimsby exhibition

By janetuplin |

An exhibition by Barton upon Humber artist Richard Hatfield has just opened at Grimsby’s Abbey Walk Gallery.

The joint exhibition “Spirited Earth – Landscape” with East Riding artist Rob Moore has already received many plaudits from art lovers across the area.

Richard explained that the challenge for Rob and himself was to capture the essence of a landscape whether it be a dominant characteristic, a certain mood or an ambience.

“We explore the universal theme of landscape painting through our  own perspective and artistic forms,” said Richard.

“Contemporary landscape is interpreted in the painting through an artist’s particular viewpoint, inspiring us to consider how we have interacted with nature and our surroundings and how we will continue to do so,” he went on.

“The colours, scale and nature of a landscape provide a constant source for my image making. The paintings are the amalgamation of the remembered and the fleetingly observed and are an attempt not to reproduce a particular landscape but to capture its essence.”

The exhibition, which continues until October 18, can be viewed Tuesday to Saturday between 9am and 5pm.  Entry is free and all ages are welcome

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Nigel Tooby – Of our times – The Price of Money

Nigel Tooby’s interest in Photography began in the 1970s inspired by music album cover art and in particular the work of Aubrey Powell and the late, great, Storm Thorgerson. Although the years that passed saw him absorbed into the world of business he still found time to record events around him in an uncompromising documentary style.

Tooby creates artwork using images as a medium, to encourage debate through purposefully choosing controversial and sometimes difficult/uncomfortable subject matters to share a message. He shuns the single visual for a network of linked pieces in which the connections between pictures – as well as what is left out – contain information which then springs from an apparent void to provide messages which transcend the ability of any single image to communicate. The use of found materials and installations, as in his recent acclaimed exhibition “Eye Spy”, (In aid of a Homeless Charity) adds a fourth dimension and enhances surface to further expand his visual vocabulary.

As a consequence, he produces work which is current, inspiring, original, and, photographically speaking, quite different to the norm. His work is direct, occasionally brutal, creative of opinion and sometimes shocking, but it leaves little doubt as to where his own opinions lie. Thought provoking; his work invites the viewer to accept, reject or else debate that opinion.

The Price of Money was originally conceived as an art book and because it is based, in part, on his own experience of business it inevitably contains veins of autobiography. His assertion that rampant greed sowed the seeds of the 2008 credit crunch is clear from the work, but the effects of the greed-associated business paradigm reaches far deeper levels, perverting politics as well as the lives, relationships and health of those involved to varying degrees. He implies that enterprise doesn’t have to be conducted that way – that commercial activities can be carried out ethically and can, as a result, provide a more stable and productive business.

By richardhatfield |

Clive Redshaw – Gathering

Gathering
I am sure that anyone who sees me will wonder what I am doing, but if I am very lucky I can spend several hours in one place just looking and drawing. The more you look the more you see, shapes fit together in unexpected ways, colours shift and change, there is an excitement in trying to echo and explore this richness; and where is all this wonder? The wonders are everywhere in the quiet things that we pass by each day, things glanced and apparently familiar and for me very often they are literally just down the garden path.
That in essence that is what the show is about, the small things, and the calmness of simply looking and seeing.
The drawings start as a response to the special almost heart stopping moment when some relationship between shapes and colours just shouts out to be explored, this morning it is the low sun finding the maples in the hedge with their buttery yellow leaves. The paintings are developed directly on the paper I have drawn on, and most are worked in acrylic. The work is not a representation, rather in musical terms it’s a variation which respects and explores.
The work tries to leave space for the viewer to bring their own visual memory and experience. In the same way that railway posters of the 1930s could trigger remembered landscape from simple blocks of colour. If am very fortunate the shapes within the work will resonate with the viewer’s own experience, and as they do and their own recollections fill the space the work becomes theirs, they are part of the creative process.
The pictures are a mixture of very recent work, and work drawn from the past few years. There is an emphasis on seasonal change, a reminder in the depths of cold grey January days that light and warmth are on their way.
I believe that the power to wonder is fundamental to all of us, and that the process of wonder is truly enriching, lifting us away from immediate cares and encouraging us to think about our relationship with the world. I hope in seeing the work visitors will be encouraged to pause and find their hidden wonders.

Clive Redshaw

By richardhatfield |

Winter Solstice

The Ropewalk Printmakers
Winter Solstice

As the year moves slowly towards the return of the sun and the promise of lengthening days, the Winter Solstice brought celebrations of feasting, festivals and rituals, Christian, Pre-Christian and Pagan.

The Ropewalk Printmakers are a small group of artists, from both sides of the Humber, who have been working together for over a decade at The Ropewalk Printmaking Studio in Barton on Humber. Meeting at regular weekly sessions, the group work in a variety of techniques across a broad range of subjects. Members have exhibited and received awards in local, regional and national shows, and their prints are on permanent view and sale in a number of galleries.

By richardhatfield |

Studio Artists’ Exhibition

The annual showcase of Ropewalk resident artists featuring work from:

David Alcock, Richard Hatfield, Neo Heny, Gill Hobson, Janine Knight, Darren Langton, Tim Needham, Melanie Rainbow, Micheal Scrimshaw, Shirley Trumble and Keith Woodcock.

By richardhatfield |

Selection: Jane Withers

After studying Knitwear Design at Nottingham Trent University Jane worked in design studios within the knitwear industry before setting up a studio at home
With the assistance of her partner Michael Hanmer, who has experience in the knitting industry, they produce all their own fabrics and products in their studio at the Harley Foundation. They knit with an extensive palette of fine merino and lambswool yarns from UK suppliers, producing attractive and durable fabrics in plain and patterned effects together with surface texture and blocks of colour in free stitching.
All fabrics are wet finished and pressed prior to stitching and making into products, when they can be further hand washed or dry-cleaned. Jane and Michael are inspired by natural landscapes and colours, which are captured in photographs and sketches and translated into a unique collection of cushions, bags and interior accessories

By richardhatfield |

Switched On

This exhibition brings together a collection of contemporary artists with bespoke, handmade lighting at the centre of their craft.  A variation of materials and prices are used by each using different materials to achieve their selection.

 

Hannah Nunn

After exhibiting her work in our craft gallery for many years, Hannah’s limited edition lamps were the starting point for this exhibition. Her handcut exquisite designs have been popular not only with our customers, but with many across the country.  Her work is on display in several galleries throughout Britain and in her own shop Radiance, based in Hebden Bridge.  Her inspiration comes from the tiny details in nature.

Penny Seume

Penny Seume is a textile designer using site specific imagery from the urban landscape as inspiration for atmosphere, texture and colour. By marrying traditional fine art techniques and contemporary digital print, she creates bespoke and limited edition high quality fabrics and products for interiors. Living and working in Bristol, her unique designs reference the original location in a subtle way and capture some of the inherent mood and magic.

Harriet Caslin

Design led porcelain lighting and functional tableware are handcrafted in small batches from Harriet’s boat house studio on Mersea Island, off of the Essex coast. Influenced by her Scandinavian roots, Harriet’s designs focus on simple form, linear patterned design and soft contrasting colours to invite a tactile approach to her work.

“My work is all about appealing to the senses. I love the idea of someone using one of my designs and enjoying these details; how
comfortable the cup feels in their hands when drinking tea, how the colourful light transforms a room when it’s turned on. To me this
is what creates an enduring and enjoyable relationship between the person and the functional objects that they use every day…”

Colin Chetwood

“Living in the Wye valley, an area lush with plant life and with sharply changing landscape, my work is inspired by natural elements. The river often floods covering the trees with flotsam; the sky above the Black Mountains changes from day to day sending clouds and winds scudding towards my home. The energy of this landscape permeates my work.”

Colin Chetwood is a designer and maker of handmade metal furniture and custom made lighting for office and home, based in Herefordshire. Inspired by shape and structures found in the natural world, Colin’s sculptural, contemporary furniture and lighting uses a range of materials including burnished, beaten and forged metals, glass, paper and wood.

Laura Slater

Since graduating from The Royal College of Art in 2008 Laura has been based in West Yorkshire.  From her studio all designs are created through the initial drawing process and then translated through hand printed processes.  Laura’s bespoke textile designs are all hand printed.

Sarah Lock

“Born out of a need to make use of some very large pieces of waste timber from a furniture making business, I have been making table lamps on a lathe in one corner of a triangular workshop in Brighton for quite some time. Today I still make use of waste timber such as oak and walnut and if I am lucky sometimes cherry, but most of my lamps are turned out of lime wood which has a grain which makes it suitable for sophisticated turning and allows me to finish it to a very fine finish ready for painting.

I turn them on an old Union Lathe, the idea to paint them while they are still on the lathe suggested stripes and a delight and joy with colour followed and has developed over the years to a very sophisticated level, as can be seen in the very fine stripes on my recent lamps. Eventually I felt the need to turn the lathe off and paint vertical stripes, which was very peace-full! Shapes change and evolve through the search for harmonious forms and though designs are repeated many times, each lamp will ultimately be unique in form and colour. The height of the lamps ranges from 40-60cm and are taller with shades.”

 

 

By richardhatfield |