Full Circle – Doug Binder

ARTSPACE, GALLERY ONE, | 20/01/2018 : 04/03/2018

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“Concentrating on the life model as I do now has meant coming full-circle from my early studies as a 16 year old student at Bradford College of Art in the late 1950’s. I left Bradford for London and the Royal College where abstraction became my primary interest for some considerable time.

My conversion back to life drawing coincided with a move back to my roots in the north, and the need to return to some basic fundamentals. Painting the figure brought back early memories of that first life room. I recalled the claustrophobic effects of the constant heat from the one-bar electric fires, the pungent aroma of oil and turpentine, and above all I recalled the silent dedication of the student engaged in an absorbing ritual.

In the fifties we were trained to paint, and the life room was the symbolic heart of our aspiration. It was clear that to become an artist would take a long time – and much of that time would be spent in painting ‘from the life’. Some 50 years later in my case, I find that this is still my priority. Each painting is a new proposition. The risk of failure is high, the problem of resolving such a subtle form is always the same challenge, yet different enough to seem uniquely fresh each time.

As Painter in Residence at Dean Clough in Halifax, I am fortunate in having a studio more or less attached to the galleries, where I work on around 20 paintings at any one time, depending on how well each is progressing.

At present the nude figure is all that interests me as a subject for painting. The nude in history is always fascinating. The mythical, psychological and sexual aspects are constantly present, but for me, it’s the universal yet ordinary experience that I’m interested in – the common-place.”

DOUG BINDER

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George Hainsworth

“These are works which in the main have made in the last three years when my wife and I relocated to East Yorkshire to live.

The themes of The Sea, Bridges and Ships have for a long time been subjects in my work, though they may well have been given point and inspiration from our new and more intimate acquaintance with this area. They have become iconic for me and often become symbolic of what I want to say about myself and events in the world.

The flower paintings and still life, I feel, are accessible in that they are for the main part optimistic and direct in execution. My influences have been many and varied – I strive to get the quality of shock at first seeing these objects (as one vaguely remembers as a child) i.e. “with new eyes” and I feel fortunate in having the opportunity to show work in such a pleasant exhibition space.”

George Hainsworth

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Surface – Pete Moss & Clive Redshaw

Pete Moss, a widely respected and collected artist, has developed a vocabulary of carefully constructed ceramic forms, whose surfaces become canvasses. These are worked with the application of rich glazes and marks that develop harmony and balance in the interaction of colour pattern and form. Surfaces bring new works that seek to extend that language. Clive Redshaw’s work is based in an intuitive response to the colour and texture of the natural world. The work in Surfaces is drawn from contrasting periods in his practice and includes both painting and tapestry. Their colour and flamboyance is very different from the considered elegance of the ceramic pieces but both share a search for a finish that resonates for the viewer.

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Maria Connolly

Glasgow born Maria graduated from Limerick School of Art and Design in 1987 and works with flat sheets of earthenware clay where she uses the clay as a building tool to explore form. The shapes that Maria builds act as a blank canvas to build texture and pattern. Her work has a utilitarian engagement with the suggestion of storytelling and a reference to childhood memories. Influenced by the natural environment that surrounds her home in the form of colour and tone Maria also takes inspiration from found objects, industrial artefacts and architecture as well as personal memory. She is interested in making objects that provide a canvas for her exploration of colour, pattern and texture.

Her work was included at the Hunt Museum exhibition celebrating forty years of ceramics in LSAD ‘Culture of Clay’ in 2014. She lives in rural Donegal where she has her studio alongside her home.

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Susan Evans

Sue Evans has been a regular exhibitor in the Craft Gallery since The Ropewalk opened in 2000 but this is her first solo exhibition here in the Box Gallery. Her Quirky pieces made from driftwood and other found objects are beautifully painted and often feature an element of movement using mechanisms such as cranks, cams and levers. Although essentially children’s toys, her work has a great appeal to adults too with its nostalgic charm referencing Folk Art, the natural world, the seaside and childhoods of yesteryear!

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Under East Wind

Harriet Tarlo and Judith Tucker | Linda Ingham and David Power

Under East Wind brings together visual art, poetry, film and music in this interdisciplinary exhibition which shows work by artists deeply engaged with the Lincolnshire landscape and how personal, industrial and recreational memories linger in place.

In Outfalls Harriet Tarlo and Judith Tucker present poems and drawings from their

collaboration on the Louth Navigation in North East Lincolnshire. Through juxtaposing open-form poems and monochrome drawings they explore the relationship between the River Ludd and the canal itself as its industrial past becomes absorbed into semi-wilderness, creating niches for local flora and fauna in its culverts, bridges and locks.

In Far & Near and Kinds of White, Linda Ingham and David Power bring their collaborative work mixing painting and print with installation and music, which explores the nature of the secular memorial and how we use recreational space, in particular the coastal paths of North East Lincolnshire.


 


Remember Me – David Power

Read LOUTH CANAL POEMS & PAST WINTERS SONNETS  by Harriet Tarlo


www.far&nearproject.com

www.projectoutfalls.com

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Sally Beaumont – Sacred and Profane

Sally trained at Hornsey College of Art under Michael Rothenstein and Bartholomew Dos Santos at the Slade School. Her expertise and repertoire as a printmaker has expanded over time generating deep layers of imagery. Sally’s etchings and lithographs can be described both  as decorative and chaotic. Her subject matter is eclectic, ranging from medieval Christian Symbolism, acid-etched metal armour, to fashion and horsemanship in Renaissance Europe. These influences combine to create a series of collaged prints that are both personal and distinct.

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