Our current exhibition (7th March – 18th April) is Wild About Colour, which displays the works of Tony Wild and Kim Bramley. Both are eminent in their respective fields, sharing the common link of an exuberant use of colour.
Born in Burslem with a life closely associated with Burslem College of Art, Tony Wild was a prime mover in getting this institution reinstated. His associations range through Arthur Berry, Graham Sutherland, John Piper, Ivor Hitchen, to name but a few. He taught in Stoke inner city schools until 1972, then Staffordshire University until 1990, and was part time lecturer at Keele University, finally giving his time totally to his painting. His work can be seen in many national collections, including the British Arts Council. And now we have the opportunity to enjoy it at Foxlowe. Inviting exploration, each piece, be it painting, Tony’s ceramics, or photographs, indicates a considered, thinking process, but in his paintings and ceramics, the very fluid nature of his paint in the way he uses it indicates his prime concern with colour and the willingness, after all his keen observation of the world around him just to let it happen.
Kim Bramley, through her chosen medium of glass, seems to have many parallels with Tony and his working methods. ‘I don’t start with a fixed picture of what I want to achieve, but flow with the process….’ ‘I create plates bowls, brooches, and large glass panels by fusing, slumping, and painting layers of glass in a kiln, using collage techniques of fusion,… responding to the hidden depths of the glass in what I am observing’. Initially trained in Fashion and Textile Design, at St Martin’s School of Art, she set up her own business as a freelance textile designer in 1992. In 1999 she retrained in new techniques in kiln formed glass, working for nine years with this process in her studio on the remote Isle of Skye before relocating to her Heart of England studio in Sandon Hall.
The Gallery is open Wednesday to Saturday (10.00 am to 4.00 pm) and Sunday (11.00 am to 4.00 pm).