Gallery – The Human Condition

Foxlowe Gallery

Friday 5th June – Saturday 11th July

The Human Condition is an exhibition of drawing and print with Rosemary Barnett, Darren Fraser, Simon Manby, Jack Skinner and Charles Walker. The exhibition was officially opened by Staffordshire Moorlands District Council leader councillor Sybil Ralphs at a special preview event on Friday, June 5.  She praised the efforts of the volunteers who run the community arts centre, saying that the building was open due to the generosity of volunteers doing their bit to enrich people’s lives. A full account of the event can be seen in the Leek Post & Times.

Two of the artists exhibiting are:

Charles Walker

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I completed an MA in Fine Art 2007

I have run Life Drawing groups in Newcastle, Burslem and Caverswall since 1998.

I was a member of Open Studios for two years in 2005/2006.

I was pleased to receive a painting prize in Stafford Open Art exhibition in 2013.

Life drawing and painting and portraiture have never lost their appeal – what a privilege to be the artist in that situation. I try simply to respond to the challenge of representing the person sitting for me in an honest and colourful way.


Jack Skinner


This group of 8/10 paintings are all figurative. They have been started & completed over the past 12 months. Some also include a strong garden or landscape element, which suggests the season when they were being done, although the title of the work also makes reference to this. All are placed within a studio or domestic setting

Each work has commenced with at least one, & often more than one, line drawing from the model, -plus other studies as well, – from which will be determined the scale & format of the painting. The quality of the initial drawing[s] is fundamental to what may follow. The composition of each work – the way the separate parts have been brought together, & then unified – has been a major concern for me.

The paintings have developed slowly, -stage by stage – from line into colour. This is especially true with the larger works, where the compositional elements are quite complex.

Each work has required a number of sittings with the model, often extending over a period of one or two months, & sometimes longer.

All the paintings, —& without exception – have been done from life.

  • JS was born in Rushall, Staffordshire and grew up in Birmingham
  • Attended King Edwards School, Birmingham
  • Studied figure painting under Bernard Fleetwood- Walker RA at Birmingham College of Art.
  • Appointed Head of Department of Fine Art at Staffordshire University from 1980 -91
  • Awarded 1st prize at Three Counties Open Exhibition at Keele University in November 2011 [figure painting]
  • 6 recent Peak landscapes, all painted on location, have been purchased by the Duke of Devonshire for Chatsworth, in July 2012
  • Exhibits regionally & is a member of MAFA: Manchester Academy of Fine Art
  • Now painter/printmaker with studio in Stone. Amongst the more important influences has been the work of Bonnard- & there is currently a major exhibition of his work- [certainly the finest in my lifetime]- showing at the Musee d’Orsay in Paris


Gallery open Wed-Sat, 10.00-4.00 and Sunday, 11.00-4.00.

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