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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Hilary Coole is a contemporary ceramic artist producing vessels and functional ware using the process of hand built, slip decorated stoneware slabs. She studied for a degree at Carmarthen School of Art and was awarded a 1st and the accolade of student of the year in 2015. A lifelong career as a graphic designer, coupled with an interest in surface pattern design have influenced her current body of work.

The thematic focus of Hilary’s work is specifically inspired by her mother’s clothing that featured vibrant 1950s patterns which are captured in her work from both her memories of her mother and old family photographs.

Hilary’s starting point was investigating ideas about belonging, home and a sense of place. This reflective thinking flowed into investigating the form and pattern of her mother’s garments translated into clay. She uses slips, paper resist and sgraffito onto the clay then constructs vessels from these highly decorated slabs.

She works from her home studio in the heart of rural Carmarthenshire and exhibits her work in galleries throughout Wales and England, at Art Fairs and is involved in her local Open Studios event.

Hilary’s intention is to evoke the fun, emotion and utopian aims of the 1950s in contrast to post war austerity. The work she produces is a colourful, sculptural and contemporary interpretation of an influential era in her life.

 

 

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Georgina Fowler


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The Landscapes of South Riding
The Bare Level Plain is an exhibition of original artworks with the 1936 novel South Riding by Winifred Holtby, and in particular those areas of the East Riding described in the novel, as the exhibition’s focus and theme. This is an exploration through art of the places about which this extremely popular novelist wrote. 

. . . The wide Dutch landscape, haunted by larks and seabirds, roofed by immense pavilions of windy cloud; the miles of brownish-purple shining mud, pocked and hummocked by water and fringed by heath-like herbs; the indented banks where the high tides sucked and gurgled; the great ships gliding up to Kingsport, seen from low lying windows as though they moved across the fields; the brave infrequent flowers, the reluctant springs, the loneliness, the silence, the slow inevitable rhythm of the tides . . .

Winifred Holtby South Riding

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Happy New Year!

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Artist that can be found within this exhibition are:  Simon Shaw, Vivienne Ross, Rebecca Harvey, Sharon Walker, Janie Withers and Diane Jones and Joanne Eddon.

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The annual exhibition by The Ropewalk Studio artists. Featuring work by:

David Alcock
Sally Beaumont
Emily Connor
Debbie Grice
Richard Hatfield
Gill Hobson
Judith Land
Darren Langton
Tim Needham
Julie Oxenforth
Michael Scrimshaw
Shirley Trumble
Keith Woodcock

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