Land & Sea exhibition – public preview evening

06/07/2012 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
FOXLOWE arts centre
Staffordshire ST13 6AD
Chris Thompson
01538 386112

‘Land and Sea’ at the Foxlowe Arts Centre, Leek, Staffordshire.

Preview 6.30pm 6th July, Bar Open

The Exhibition runs from 7th July-5th August 2012 Wednesday-Saturday 10-4 and Sunday 11-4. Cafe Open 7days a week 10-4

Land and Sea; Ivan Taylor, Darren Stevenson, Judith Donaghy

Ivan Taylor

Born in Staffordshire, Ivan’s early interest in art resulted in 40 of his paintings being shown on BBC TV’s “Sketch Club” and then sold to raise funds for UNICEF. Ivan studied Fine Art and Graphics at Stoke and Stafford Colleges before working as a graphic artist in industry and then as Head of Graphics for the county’s education department.

Painting in both oils and watercolours, primarily choosing to depict landscapes, Ivan had his first solo exhibition in 1972 and has been a professional artist for the last 18 years. He supplies galleries in Wales, England, the USA, Belgium and France with his original work as well as undertaking commissions for private buyers, and has work in many private and some public collections across the world. His painting has been reproduced in “Studio” art publication and also put into print.

In 2002, 2003 and 2004 Ivan held successful one-man exhibitions in Dallas, Texas and was recently re-elected President of the Society of Staffordshire Artists.

This is traditional painting at its best: delicate watercolours and subtle oils, landscapes with buildings and suggestions of human activity and occupation. Ivan’s watercolours were not only selected for the past 3 years for the prestigious Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour Exhibition, but he was also awarded the Rowland Hilder Prize in 2006.

Darren Stevenson

 Born 1966, Nottingham artist Darren, was always encouraged to paint, however, this never came in to fruition until later on in life. Darren is building upon a traditional process and theme. He works in oils and under an impressionistic guise. He blends this with modern techniques, abstract in style and by using ‘rabbit skin’ glue he primes the canvas giving it textures and layers. Once dry, he uses layers of oil to achieve the desired effect, sandpaper where necessary and mixing contemporary colour he creates enigmatic seascapes. Darren travels up and down the English coast and France searching for perfect spots to paint.

He paints what he sees, does not use digital aids and sometimes sits out for hours come wind, rain or shine to get the perfect scene. Darren studied technical perspective engineering drawings and it’s these traits that give him the skills, patience and precision that he takes too his in-depth oil compositions. He creates an ambience synonymous of the British landscape and over the past few years his works have been displayed in galleries nationwide.

 Judith Donaghy

Painting is, for me, an instinctive process although direct observation is an important element. Small sketches and colour notes made when out walking or visiting places of interest are usually the starting point for a painting which is later completed in the studio. As thepainting develops, it gathers momentum, dictating which way to proceed, and when to complete. The finishing process can sometimestake a while and in some cases may deviate from the original idea so that I may need to lay the work to one side, until a few days or even weeks later, I will reassess everything and make changes if necessary until the painting is resolved.

Working Practices
I tend to paint in blocks of colour. Sometimes the picture may be quite formal with fairly precise lines, and at other times the paint application is of a more fluent nature. Some paintings can also be more abstract than others, but blocks of colour and calligraphy feature in most of the paintings.

Judith was also seen on the Rolf Harris series “Rolf on Art” painting alongside Rolf himself.

Many galleries across the UK exhibit her work on a regular basis.

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