Painting with Words 2020
14th March – 2nd May
An open exhibition celebrating the influence and inspiration of literature and language on the visual arts.
We encourage Artists to explore this interesting and inspiring topic in a broad range of styles, materials and interpretations.
Reclaimed Words, work by Judith Harrison, Sara Piper Heap & Maggie Furmanek
Three local artists tackle the subject ‘Reclaimed Words’ in their own individual ways.
Judith Harrison (Reclaimed Words)
Words invariably feature in my work although often partially hidden as part of the background. In this work they have become more important and obvious (mostly) and are combined with objects, artefacts and frames which have been reclaimed in some way.
Maggie Furmanek (Reclaimed Words)
“I found a first edition Scottish dictionary from 1971 with the paper still uncut which I’ve used to print lino and screen prints on. The dictionary contains very interesting words and quotes. The print below is “Flock” and is a combination of lino printing and screen printing.”
Sara Piper Heap (Reclaimed Words)
Language is breathtaking. When my breath is taken by a lyric, a quote or a passing statement, you’ll hear me say “ l’m having that!” It’s at that point that I’m claiming those words for my artwork. The ideas flow easily and the joy of making begins.
Currently, Rebecca is collaborating with archaeologist Caroline Malim on a book project which delves into the often ancient archaeological and historical origins of many of Britain’s myths and legends. The paintings displayed here are some of those which will eventually be used to illustrate this book.
“Much of my work is unplanned and evolves spontaneously. Unconscious reference is repeatedly drawn from personal and global mythologies, but it is in the events of everyday life, sometimes strange, more often familiar, that ideas germinate. Through my working practice archetypal images and motifs emerge, recurrent themes and patterns, alluding to the interconnectedness of all things, expressions, perhaps, of a collective consciousness that lies at the level of the universal soul.”
Daisy is an artist born in the West Midlands. She is self taught and primarily works with acrylics, though she enjoys experimenting and exploring a wide range of mediums; for example, the use of a 3D modelling paste medium used in the painting ‘Selenelion’. Daisy sees art as a way for people to connect and express themselves in a way that others can relate to and understand without barriers such as language or prejudgement.
Daisy’s paintings generally represent emotions and personal meaning, often promoting awareness for mental health and abusive relationships. She incorporates the use of rich and bright colours to create beauty from darker origins. Metallic tones are seen throughout her collection, illustrating underlying strength.
With a strong interest in many different creative avenues the artist’s work often ties into poetry and links back to novels, such as ‘Life in Bloom’ which was inspired by the line, “I went looking for my dreams outside of myself and discovered, it’s not what the world holds for you, it’s what you bring to it.” – Anne of Green Gables, a well loved novel that has always stirred personal feelings of nostalgia for the artist and the portrayed the strife for happiness and comfort.
Liz Mellor working in Painting,natural,materials mixed media, and site photography
There will be a performance of FORESTALL TREEFALL at Willow Gallery
on Saturday 25th April at 3pm.
The artist/performer will be using artworks from her exhibition at the gallery as props and costumes for the performance.
This is a free event. All welcome.
Doors open at 2.30 for a 3pm start
I treat every painting as an adventure. Some of these excursions end in failure but a few take me on exciting journey.
During these adventures I explore different techniques, push the boundaries of watercolour and experiment with other materials added to the paint.
I don’t set out to represent a subject. All the time I am interpreting my response in an inventive way that expresses how I feel.
One of the joys of working in watercolour is that it produces exciting and unpredictable results. The secret is to go with it and let it take you to the unknown.
Books have been important to me for as long as I can remember. When asked about role models as a child, I wanted to be like Beatrix Potter. I think that is still true.
Reynard the Fox is a story based on old European folk tales, which I have unpicked and put back together, with Shropshire as Reynard’s new home and the seasons as a gift of ever-changing colour.
The images themselves are monoprints, using oil paint mixed with printing medium, and created using a combination of methods from masking and stencilling, to drawing. Each method chosen for the texture and depth of colour it would provide.
I love the imperfections of printmaking. Even with the most amount of care there is always a certain unpredictability and you have to trust yourself.
After studying a BA (hons) Illustration at Camberwell College of Art from 2003-2006, I now work primarily as a freelance children’s book designer, which is a job I love. I am beginning to take on more illustration commissions now, which is great, and definitely the direction I want my career to head in. I balance my work around being a mum to two children, occasionally sitting at the kitchen table and all of us drawing.
I take my inspiration from the seasons, our landscape, colour and how these things work together. Animals are always a source of inspiration, and when I made Reynard the Fox it will come as no surprise that foxes were my favourite animals and orange was my favourite colour.
Allanah’s paintings are primarily concerned with making an image which has a meaning for herself. Usually, this will reflect some aspect of a myth, symbolism, art history, or the concept of time which fascinates her, past, present and future and how they are all intertwined.
“My paintings are mostly figurative, and I enjoy making stories from still life and ambiguous human images juxtapositioned or combined.”
I have been a professional sculptor and painter for many years, and as you will discover a lover of animals. There is something special about taking raw clay and finding that inside there is a dog, cat or even a llama trying to get out. I love to draw out their special characteristics and then see the magic as they emerge from the kiln.