Created by Benjamin Partridge, The Owlery focuses on the development of surface pattern design, developing complex or interesting surface patterns from single motifs. He uses lino and wood cut techniques alongside screen printing to create textiles, ceramics products and fine art prints. The Owlery products are predominantly inspired by the British woodland and current affairs relating to the protection of British animals and insects, as well as a general fascination by the world around us.
Benjamin designs, makes and sells textile, ceramic and paper products which are functional and visually appealing with just a hint of whimsy, as well as original fine art screen and lino prints.
Benjamin has exhibited at trade fairs as well as retail shows over the last few years but this is the first time The Ropewalk has showcased his work bringing you a vibrant collection for Spring 2018.
“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.”
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.
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.
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!
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.