THEN & NOW 87,600 hours of art celebration at the Bowery
2008 - 2018
Contents Time line (4)
Emotional Response 1x1M Competition Cut From The Same Cloth Master Of Manipulation Mind Over Matter: Conceptual Art Sliding Doors: Artist v Academic To Notice The Unnoticed Storytelling Beyond Repetition Exhibition Samebutdifferent Art Fair Cutting Into Colour Girls Who Draw Exhibition Moments Exhibition Painting Towards Abstraction
Sally Taylor (7) The Art of Mental Health (8) Matthew Shutt (9) Patrick Gomersall (11) Exhibition (12) Stewart Kelly (13) Alice Fox (14) Hannah Lamb - Question Time (15) Chantal Gillingham (17) Martin Wilson (18) Andy Singleton (19) Miriam Thorpe (20) Ryoko Minamitan (21) Stephanie Ballantine (22) Carole Griffiths (23) Heather Boxall (24) Graham LIster (25) Sarah Du Feu (26) Chris Campbell - From Garden to Gallery (27) Beth Rose (29) Espen Krukhaug (30) Marcy Petit (31) Anthony Taylor (32) Debbie Harman (33) Emma Bennett (34) Fiona Grady - Question Time (35) Bryony Pritchard (37)
Exhibition (38) Helen Entwistle (39) Sarah Lippett (39) Karoline Rerrie (40)
Rachel Johns (41) Liz Nast (42) Helen Dryden - Question Time (43) Lisa V Robinson (45) Rob Moreton (46) Peter Symonds (47)
WE ARE 10
Curator / Owner Sandra Togher I have never selected work that i didn’t think wall-worthy. Some exhibitions are more polished, some artists more established, but all have something unique and interesting to portray. I want to exhibit work without constraint of genre, rank or for financial gain. The exhibitions have provided much inspiration to our courses, workshops and events for both adults and children alike and has given our coffee shop and creative space it’s own uniqueness within the suburbs of Leeds. Here, we have put together a selection of artists celebrating past exhibitions in addition to showcasing new works. To coincide with the launch of this publication we have also invited back eight artists to adorn the gallery walls in our ‘Then & Now’ exhibition. I would like to thank Fi Mason for her talent with words, writing articles for this publication and to my husband Ged who is a whizz with InDesign.
Cover image - Helen Dryden / New Year 2018
Designed by CAdenCE 2018
Phybis Potter Group Show – Curated by Louise Atkinson Flis Holland Andy Broady Amelia Crouch Bryony Pritchard
Andi Robinson Ray Stevens Jane Kay Clare Lane Emmy Twigge Sally Taylor Group Show – ‘The Everyday’ Curated by Hana Gilbert Exhibitors: Bethany Rose / Samantha Wass / Stephanie Ballentine / Espen Krukhaug / John Whitehead / Michael Clough / Adam Booth / Sally Charnely
Charles Willcocks Laura Havenhand Hannah Leighton-Boyce Martin Wilson Andy Singleton Jayne Wilson Victoria Horkan Lisa V Robinson
Sarah Francis Jemima Young 1Mx1M Art Competition Exhibitors: Cara Campbell / Michael Ainsworth / Jenny Callan / Colin Priest / Damien Barlow / Debi Holbrook / Sally Davies / Rebecca Lowe / Liam Wells / Jodie Posen / John Wright / Rachel Ark / Rufus Newell / Edel Doherty Miriam Thorpe Kelly Cumberland Joe Creffield Battenburg-Cartwright
Susan Carron Clarke Kathryn Desforges Sarah Du Feu Sarah Terry Rebecca Lowe Bungle Brown
Rob Moreton Shelley Hughes Hannah Lamb Alice Fox Ryoko Minamitani Group Exhibition - Girls Who Draw ‘Masquerade’ Exhibitors: Helen Entwisle / Karoline Rerrie / Sarah Lippett / Sandra Dieckman / Ruth Green / Anke Weckmann / Yee Ting Kuit / Sarah Ray Group Exhibition – ‘Cutting into Colour’ Original Lithographs by Matisse and contemporary responses: Bryony Mullen/ Bronwen Baynes / Gareth Simmons / Phillippa Dyrlaga
Talya Baldwin Helen Dryden Jo Booth Stewart Kelly Andy Banks Karen Stansfield Anthony Taylor samebutdifferent Art Fair – Temple Newsam Elizabeth Chadwick & Thomas Theakson
Christopher Hall Janey Walkin Patrick Gomersall Tom Marsh Group Exhibition – ‘Beyond Repetition’ Exhibitors: Alex Glew / Fiona Grady / Emma Bennet / Rebecca Hoy / Alexandra Oddie Ian Pepper Mia Eccles Laura Gee
Group Exhibition - ‘Moments’ Exhibitors: Liz Nash / Helen Dryden / Rachel Johns John Ledger Alex Gallagher Carole Griffiths Paula Chambers Jenny Gibson Chantal Gillingham
Peter Symonds Chris Campbell Marcy Petit Debbie Harman Tim Boardman Matthew Shutt Sarah Jeffrey Tina Mammoser
Graham Lister Heather Boxhall Rob Birch Ed Carey Group Exhibition - ‘Then & Now’ Exhibitors: Debbie Harman / Pete Symonds / Emma Bennet / Carole Griffiths / Fiona Grady / Patrick Gomersall / Rachel Johns / Sally Taylor
Then & Now Exhibition 2018 ‘Head Balance 2’ Mix media
Sally Taylor ‘My drawings affirm a desire to understand more about human relationships, particularly my own interaction with others. Using found materials, specifically old book covers, enables the superimposition of marks in relation to the personal history of the surface. Geometric shapes become ‘blockages’ or ‘openings’ and the recurring motif of “smiling mouths” aim to unravel social constructs surrounding the unsaid and non-verbal interaction.’ Sally Taylor studied BA (Hons) in Fine Art Practice & Theory before moving on to do her MA Studio Practice both at Lancaster University. www.sallytaylor.net Selected group exhibitions include: Self Scapes, Dalby Forest, North Yorkshire (2018); Jerwood Drawing Prize (2017); Jerwood Space, London and UK tour (2017-2018); State of Line, Artworks, Halifax (2017); London Art Fair, Rabley Contemporary, London (2017, 2016, 2015); Ink Art Fair, Rabley Contemporary, Miami, USA (2017, 2016); Prison Drawing Project, Scarborough (2016); Jerwood Drawing Prize (2014 Prize-winner); Jerwood Space, London and UK tour (2014-2015). Recent solo exhibitions: ‘Some Spaces Left’, Platform A, Middlesbrough (2017); ‘That Head, That Head’, Rabley Contemporary, Wiltshire (2016). Recent solo publication ‘Head Drawings’ (2017) features essays by Professor Anita Taylor, Director, Jerwood Drawing Prize, Dr Vanessa Corby, York St John University and in conversation’ with Kate Brindley, Head of Exhibitions, Chatsworth House, Derbyshire. Grants for the Arts Award (2015 -2018). 7
Then & Now Exhibition 2018 ‘Head Balance 1’ Mix media
The Art of Mental Health Art, as a means of escapism, whether it be from loneliness or simply the stresses of everyday life, has proved to be a most therapeutic tool for so many highly- achieving artists across history. But the human state of mind itself has been shown to be a key ingredient as a means of influence, a muse from which the exploration and depiction of the human psyche has taken place in so many forms. How relevant art is today as a tool to help target mental health issues, is now becoming ever more apparent, no longer as just a means of expression. Art is becoming a therapy in its own right. Embraced in the education system, in work places and in various charitable institutions, art is used to teach focus and creativity, to explore the inner-self and target positive cognitive changes. Its use is being adopted by organisations which tackle trauma, isolation, or grief and by those who encourage art as a means of expressing social or political movements. For generations artists have used their creative abilities as a catalyst, feeding internal desires to communicate and to invite others to view the ‘space within’. For many, that communication has become a lifestyle, a career and a personal therapy journey. From ADHD to eating disorders, art therapy can be a tool for those who struggle with panic attacks, anxiety or stress, the list is endless. Slowly society has come to realise this powerful weapon, against what seems like the growing mental health crisis. However, this is no modern concept, Edvard Munch’s Scream painted in the 19th Century, widely interpreted as representing the ‘universal anxiety of modern man’ evidences a relatively modern depiction of human nature and mental suffering. The conversation addressed through the mediums of art, of what it’s like to suffer internally, has been an open book for some time now. However the concept of treating mental health as a collective movement has only been widely promoted in recent years, as a socially acceptable way to tackle the struggles of modern life.
Art has given the world an accessible window in to the inner-depths of the complex human mind, presenting mental illness as a human condition and breaking down some barriers of misunderstanding and misinterpretation. Ever heard the phrase, ‘If only you could see what’s happening inside my head’ expressed by someone struggling? For some, the methods of being creative gives that phrase a paint brush, a pen, needle, piece of clay and the encouragement and strength that comes from the support of the observer can be vital for the creator. Many of the works that have shown at the Bowery Gallery over the last 10 years have highlighted not only talent and ability, but also raised the question of how our ever-changing and diversifying culture and community is adapting to wide-spread social and lifestyle shifts. The workshops within the space are not offered to only encourage personal creativity, but to also promote community inclusion and communication. No class or workshop is confined to the most-talented, they are offered to encourage and welcome all, to present a space in which to dive in to the depths of your own abilities, into your own state of mind and to possibly unravel any stresses filed within. Words: Fi Mason ‘To compose literature that attempts to adequately reflect upon such talented works throughout this print, has been a treat and an honour. I hope this collection ignites the same inspiration in you as it has in me. Thanks to Sandra and Ged for allowing me to be a part of this celebration.’
Bowery Exhibition Work ‘Money Box 2 (rejection)’ Acrylic on canvas
Bowery Exhibition Work ‘Caged Animal’ Acylic on canvas
Matthew Shutt Matthew graduated from Huddersfield University in 2017 and the Bowery provided him with his first exhibition in the same year. Since then he has been featured in the International Art Magazine ‘Iperrealismo Hyperrealism’ and exhibited at the Art House, Sheffield. ‘I was around 6 or 7 when I went with my Mum and Nan to an old toyshop in Scarborough and bought my first set of Marvel action figures. I couldn’t contain my excitement as I looked upon the wondrous imagery and signage on my way to viewing the action figures staring at me from inside their box. It wasn’t until I saw my own son play with these old figures 30 years on did I realise I had forgotten this world. I could almost taste the pure joy and wonder. Having struggled with mental health issues as an adult, I wanted to be transported back to these times with all it’s innocence and imagination. In these works I integrate the figures with household objects, setting up scenarios often of the hero saving the day, saving my day. I detach myself from reality and my thoughts of non – existence and instead in the act of painting I am immediately transported to another universe’ A special thank you… ‘I would like to take this opportunity to thank Sandra for showcasing my artwork and giving me the solid platform and in turn, tremendous belief and confidence in myself as I try to establish my career in the art world.’ www.matthewshutt.wordpress.com
Bowery Exhibition Work ‘A Basic Relationship’ Acrylic on canvas
Patrick Gomersall Patrick is a self taught artist and media composer. In his artwork he creates figurative paintings and drawings, relating to emotional trauma and hidden feelings. Since his exhibition ‘Traum’ at the Bowery, Patrick has further developed his art practice and continues to view the modern human as an endless source of information to explore. Here in his latest series of work he looks at themes of alienation and detachment in a digitally interconnected 21st Century. www.patrickgomersall.co.uk Selected exhibitions: ‘I’ Cupola Gallery, Sheffield (2018); ‘Traumascapes’ Institute of Mental Health, Nottingham (2018); Bradford Art Open, Bradford (2017); ‘Perception’ Cupola Gallery, Sheffield (2017); ‘A Journey’ Institute of Mental Health, Nottingham (2016); Bradford Art Open, Bradford (2015)
Then & Now Exhibition 2018 ‘I come home to nothing and then wait for the next day to start’ Oil on panel
‘These figure-in-landscape works have been developing in my studio over the last 12 months, but they only really began to speak when I found the source for what have become the titles. I use a combination of photographs, sketches and books for reference images and try to achieve an immediacy in their translation by working freely across several paintings at once’ Then & Now Exhibition 2018 ‘I don’t understand why making friends has been such a difficult thing for me’ Oil on panel
1mx1m Competition 1
Open to both undergraduate and recent postgraduate students in the Yorkshire area, the brief was to showcase 2D artwork within the confines of a 1m x1m space. All entrants were short listed to fifteen exhibiting finalists. The overall winner received a ÂŁ500 cash prize.
1 - Rachel Ark 2 - Rebecca Lowe 3 - Colin Priest 4 - Edel Doherty 5 - Jenny Callan 6 - Sally Davies 7 - Liam Wells 8 - Michael Ainsworth 9 - John Wright 10 - Cara Campbell 11 - Debi Holbrook 12 - Damien Barlow - WINNER 13 - Erin Hyde 14 - Rufus Newell 15 - Jodie Posen
Cut From The Same Cloth Stewart Kelly Stewart studied textiles at Liverpool John Moores University and Manchester Metropolitan University. Alongside his creative practice, Stewart works in health and education as an artist and tutor. ‘I aim to portray through my work, through the symbolism of line, the strands of our lives, strands that are physical, sensory, materially commanding and emotionally poignant.’ Stewart’s recent exhibitions include: ‘Fantastic Fibers’ (2017) at the Yeiser Art Center, USA and ‘Scythia 12’ International Exhibition of Contemporary Textile Art at Ivano-Frankivsk in Ukraine. www.stewartkellyartist.com
Recent Work ’Face to Face’ Ink and machine embriodery 13
Alice Fox Alice was Artist in Residence at Spurn National Nature Reserve, East Yorkshire during 2012. Over a six-month period Alice engaged with and responded creatively to the unique landscape of Spurn. Alice’s practice brings together recording, collecting and interaction with the landscape. Her work celebrates and carries an essence of what she experiences in the natural world, drawing the viewer in, inviting them to look closer and notice things they might have otherwise overlooked. Found objects and gathered materials provide tangible links to the places Alice has walked and form the focus of her response through natural dye techniques, print, stitch and weave. Alice originally studied Physical Geography, worked in nature conservation and then re-trained in Contemporary Surface Design and Textiles. She has won awards from the Quilters Guild, Craft & Design Magazine and has been funded by Arts Council England. She has self-published books to accompany her major solo projects and her book ‘Natural Processes in Textile Art’ was published by Batsford. www.alicefox.co.uk
Bowery Exhibition Works ‘Textures of Spurn Point’ shown in Situ and exhibited at the Bowery.
Recent Works ‘Face to Face’ - Ink and Machine Embriodery
Hannah Lamb: Question Time You have a book coming out…what is it all about and how did you fit in writing it alongside your studio work and other roles as a lecturer and teacher? I have just launched a small artists’ publication along with co-author and collaborator Claire Wellesley-Smith, about a project we created called Lasting Impressions. Lasting Impressions was an artwork we created for Saltaire Arts Trail in 2016 and 2017. Based in the vast spinning room at Salts Mill the work was a performance piece that invited participants to engage with the story of the cloth they wear day-to-day. It invited dialogue through material and making, connecting current issues of global textile production with the heritage of cloth production at Salts Mill. The book was a great way to bring together all of the different issues and ideas we explored in the project and to capture the live aspect of the work through photography. It was certainly a challenge for both of us in terms of fitting it in with our busy work schedules but worth doing as a means of tying up loose threads! Do you think being a full time artist can allow for a self-sufficient lifestyle and did you find any struggles in creating a career out of it, if so, what were they? Most artists and creatives I know have a portfolio career, in other words they have different strands to their work. I think it is extremely challenging for most creatives to find consistent work to sustain them. For the past 14 years I have been lecturing part-time at Bradford School of Art, where I am currently programme leader for undergraduate textiles
courses. This work can be extremely rewarding in it’s own right and I have always gained a huge amount of satisfaction from working with the students and watching them develop as practitioners. I have been lucky enough to teach some very talented students, which has also enriched my own creative practice. My lecturing role at Bradford and other occasional visiting lecturing at different universities has meant that this tends to dominate my working week but has allowed me lots of other privileges such as being part of a wider creative community and access to specialist workshop facilities. After moving to West Yorkshire 14 years ago it took me some time to make connections in the art world. After moving into my own studio in Saltaire I found this an excellent way to make connections with like-minded people and link up with other organisations. I think creative networks are probably the key to surviving as a creative practitioner. More recently I have broadened out my networks by joining the prestigious 62 Group of Textile Artists, which has introduced me to textile artists across the UK and beyond. Have you already or do you have aspirations to, take your work further afield on an international level? In 2017 I was fortunate to travel to Australia to teach with an organisation called Fibre Arts Australia. It was a wonderful trip and I was delighted to be asked back to teach in Ballarat and Toowoomba in April 2019. Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?
I have never really been one for creating 10 year or even 5 year plans for that matter, but I am planning another writing project and I would love to travel with my work. Where is your place of calm and what pushes your happy button? I love to be in the garden and if I had to choose between a garden and a studio I think I would choose a garden, although it would be a hard choice. The ideal would be a studio in the garden! I am generally at my happiest when pottering either in the garden or hand stitching in my studio. Words by Fi Mason
Hannah Lamb Hannah Lamb is a practicing textile artist and lecturer based in West Yorkshire. She gained a BA (Hons) Embroidery and MA Textiles from Manchester Metropolitan University. She has lectured in Embroidery and Design at Bradford School of Arts & Media since 2004. Through her work Hannah aims to develop a greater awareness of our relationship with environment; understanding our place in the world through walking, observing and making. Personal and emotional responses to environment are recorded through stitch, print and construction, piecing together fragments of place and time. Hannah describes her working process as a form of collage; making and unmaking, arranging and rearranging. www.hannahlamb.co.uk
Recent work â€˜Baptismâ€™ Cyanotype, hand stitch, applique, metal thread, silk, cotton
Master Of Manipulation
Exhibition Work ’Double Yellow Lines’ Lambda prints of scanned photographic film
Chantal Gillingham Chantal collects everyday objects and photographs that respond to a particular theme. The images and objects are arranged, then hand drawn and finally digitally manipulated. The work does not seek to visualise the theme but to act as a starting point where information is retold and given a new context. ‘Closer Still’ exhibition invited us to pause and explore the visual elements formed in these compositions; colour, texture, light, space and pattern, all of which are carefully considered by the artist to give the viewer a visual spectacle. Chantal Gillingham is a London-based artist. She has exhibited widely in the UK, organising a range of independent projects as artist, researcher and teacher. Her work has been exhibited in numerous places in London including The Drawing Gallery, Conway Hall and the Swartz Gallery. Most recently she has exhibited in ‘Human Suffering at a Time of Crisis’ at Debut Contemporary, London, where her artwork was featured in L’Oeil de la Photographie. www.chantalgillingham.co.uk A special thank you… ‘Thank you for all your support and vision at the Bowery. I hope one day to meet you in person.’
Bowery Exhibition Work ’Hubb Photography 17
Martin Wilson Martin’s pictures are records of journeys, the visual remnants of hours walking or cycling around town, bringing to life the unheard voices of the city. The works are painstakingly created frame by frame on 35mm film. He has the whole film developed, scans it, then pieces the final image together on the computer, making a large contact sheet. It’s only when the completed film strips are laid out side by side in the contact sheets that the final image appears. Each work usually takes months to complete, as each frame is rather obsessively taken in sequence. If he makes a mistake or takes a frame out of place he starts the film again from the beginning. www.martinwilson.net
Bowery Exhibition Work ’Hubble 2’ Photography
Bowery Exhibition Work ’Hubble 3’ Photography 18
Andy Singleton Andy’s ‘Dust Clouds In The Eagle Nebula’ was inspired by photography from the Hubble Space Telescope. In this work he attempts to explore the scale, intricacy and beauty of our universe. Andy Singleton is a paper artist and illustrator. He studied Animation with Illustration at Manchester Metropolitan University. His work is an exploration of the natural and manmade world through the use of intricate paper cuttings, paper sculpture, hand drawn illustrations and large scale installations. Andy has produced work for a variety of clients, including: the Crafts Council, Harrods, Liberty London, Hermés, Kensington Palace, Manchester Art Gallery, DDB Australia, and the Hepworth. www.andysingleton.co.uk
Bowery Exhibition Work ’Dust Clouds in the Eagle Nebula’ Papercut
Kind words... ‘I have fond memories of showing that work at the bowery. Was the start of my career!’ 19
Mind Over Matter: Conceptual Art Bowery Exhibition Work â€˜Art of the Handlerâ€™ Overhead projectors, hole punched paper, video
Miriam Thorpe Miriam studied her BA (Hons) in Contemporary Art Practice in Leeds and her MFA in Gothenburg, Sweden. After a few years living between Gothenburg and Leeds, Miriam now lives in Gothenburg. Miriam often adopts a playful, performative approach to art making, evoked by the interplay of repetition, instructions and diagrams. Since completing her MFA in 2013, Miriam has worked with American artist Theaster Gates in Kassel, Germany and Chicago, U.S.A and Leeds-based organisation Pavilion where she delivered a project around lost heritage landscapes in Yorkshire. She is currently completing a course in International Culture Project Management.
Recent Works â€˜The Source of Codesâ€™ Mixed media
Ryoko Minamitani Born in Japan and currently living and working in Leeds, Ryoko studied mixed media painting combined with meditation under Yokoo Tatsuhiko in Berlin and has a MA in Art & Design from Leeds Beckett University. By reaching transcendental meditative states, she aims to capture the true nature of the inner unconscious, through different art forms such as painting, sculpture and photography. She is inspired by abstract expressionism, conceptualism, psychology and spiritual philosophies, such as Shintoism and Zen Buddhism. www.ryokom.com
Stephanie Ballentine Stephanie Ballantine is an interdisciplinary artist working with photography, performance, video and design. Her field of interest includes areas such as techno-capitalism, commoditised sexuality and political identity Stephanie studied a BA (Hons) in Politics and Philosophy as well as FD in Photography. She exhibited work as part of the ‘Everyday’ Group photography exhibition whilst studying in Leeds. She currently lives in Berlin and is an organiser and curator at FK-Gallerie and FK-Kollektiv. She has also exhibited all over the world in solo and group exhibitions including: Aether Sofia, Bulgaria; Tete, Berlin, Germany; Sydney Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia; Space Gallery, San Patricio Mall, Puerto Rico; Pantocrátor Gallery, Shanghai, China; NGBK, Berlin, Germany; ’Crashpad’ KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany and Tate Liverpool, UK. www.stephanieballantine.com
Self Portrait (Russia) - Photography Recent Work ’Self Portrait’ (Russia) Photography
Sliding Doors: Academic v Artist
Bowery Exhibition Works ‘Colours Edge 2’ Oil on gesso on board
Carole Griffiths Carole’s current research is an investigative response to desire in the 21st Century as seen through sculptural representations and materiality of the domestic object. The use of the kitchen utensil as a starting point gives the viewer the familiarity in the first instance. Carole then transforms these objects using a variety of techniques and materials to create sculptural works, which in turn display inadequacies related to the process of desire and human conditioning. Carole is a practicing Sculptor and full-time lecturer in BA (Hons) Visual Arts at Bradford School of Art. She has a BA (Hons) in Sculpture from Wimbledon School of Art and an MA in Visual Arts under Leeds Beckett University. She is currently undertaking her PhD at Coventry University. ‘Exchanging ideas and networking amongst other artists has been paramount to my development as a practicing sculptor. Engaging in an interaction between the desire to make, learn and express ideas through a variety of outcomes feeds my teaching and role within the Art School at Bradford College. Students respond well to all that I do and this is key to their motivation and direction as future artists. My intention is to continue to draw on and seek direction not only from within myself but from communicating with a variety of practitioners and the wider audience’ www.yorkshiresculpturegroup.org
Heather Boxall Colour is central to Heather’s practice and it is how colour operates at many different levels that interests her. Her paintings draw on references from the natural world, texts, poems, places and events. Working with a limited palette or in monochrome, she builds up layers of colour allowing ambiguities and subtle colour shifts to occur. As one of the most reductive forms of painting, with the abandonment of figure and ground relationships, the monochrome first appears to represent ‘nothing’, yet it is the complexity of working with a single colour or a restricted pallet, which brings instead a unique focus on colour’s symbolic, optical and material qualities. These can appear most vibrant at a colour’s edge. Heather studied Fine Art at Winchester School of Art and an MA in Printmaking at Bradford School of Arts & Media, where she is an associate lecturer. Recent solo exhibitions include: Space Gallery, Folkestone, Kent (2017) and ‘Least Legible’ at the David Wright Gallery, Artsmill, Hebden Bridge (2016). Group exhibitions include: ‘In Light of the Monochrome’ at The Dye House Gallery, Bradford, curated by Heather Boxall. Contributing artists’ included: David Batchelor, Jane Harris, John Hilliard, Pip Dickens & Estelle Thompson. www.axisweb.org/p/heatherboxall
Then & Now Exhibition 2018 ’diSPERED’ Mixed Media
Graham Lister For the Bowery exhibition, Graham’s attention rested on barrier materials, fences and surfaces which block or disrupt expected views in the everyday environment. ‘Over / Under / Cover / Repeat’ featured representational oil works, material tests and ‘expanded’ field, abstracted paintings to showcase the full ‘journey’ his work takes. Graham currently works as a lecturer at the Glasgow School of Art and in addition to his PhD, possesses an MFA from Gray’s School of Art and a Masters Degree in Art History from the University of Glasgow. He has exhibited across the UK, including: Art Lacuna, London Briggait, Glasgow and Embassy Gallery, Edinburgh. www.grahamlisterart.com
Bowery Exhibition Work: ‘Pairs of identical pebbles’ Powder, resin, binder and ink. (based on original drawings) 25
‘From my point of view, being described as an artist and as an academic, doesn’t mean that I have to split my time to focus on one “type” of work or the other. Rather, I am so fortunate in that I am able to really merge the two. My work is all orientated around practice-based research, and this means making paintings and installations, but always with a view to testing something out. It is this testing out that forms the basis of any formal writing that I make and it’s this material that I present at conferences or for articles and interviews. In essence, what I find is that my art-making and research are never really separate’
Bowery Exhibition Works ‘Over / Under / Cover / Repeat’ Material investigations, Mixed media
Sarah Du Feu Sarah’s exhibition ‘Making a Mark’ was a vehicle to show the marks, trails and traces of weather, sea, sand and time. ‘The shore has been a source of inspiration and material for many years, particularly a small stretch of coastline in North Cornwall. This “place” has provided a haven and retreat. Many hours have been spent drawing on the rocks, revealing the hidden beauty of the micro landscape.’ The pebbles are three-dimensional prints, created in the virtual world from original drawings done in Cornwall. The resulting objects have an ‘uncanny’ quality that are not quite real pebbles, but impossible to place in any other known context; a visual conundrum. Sarah works as a Principal Learning Officer and part time lecturer at Leeds Beckett University teaching Printmkaking www.sarahdufeu.co.uk
To Notice The Unnoticed Chris Campbell Chris makes paintings that celebrate the urban landscape and champion social realism. The images are bittersweet and hopeful despite the bleak nature of the subject. It is a desire to seek the sublime within banality that is the crux of his paintings. www.campbellpainter.co.uk Chris studied fine art at Leeds Beckett University, has exhibited regularly in solo and group exhibitions for the past twenty years. These include exhibitions in London, Leeds, Palm Springs and Los Angeles. Campbell’s work has been featured in such publications as The Independent, The Guardian, Metro and Time Out Magazine.
Recent Work ’What Would The Community Think?’ Oil on canvas
Recent Work ’Teenage Spaceship’ Oil on canvas
Chris Campbell: From Garden to Gallery A day in the life of Chris Campbell; local artist. Pulling up to Chris’ house in Meanwood, Leeds, I feel a slight apprehension. To step over the threshold of an established artists work space feels somewhat daunting. As a selfproclaimed ‘have a go’ artist myself, my humble battered writing-desk stuffed with half-drawn (and borderline primitive) sketches, weighs heavily upon me. A thought drifts into the forefront of my mind…’I hope I make the right noises about his work’. But it seems I really need not have worried. Both a stay-at-home dad and full time artist, Chris Campbell has lovingly converted his humble but perfectly adequate garden shed into his work space, where all the magic happens. The whole setup idealises the professional-artists lifestyle of combining home with work. It suits Chris well. Dad of two and recently appointed owner of the world’s cutest puppy, Alfie, Chris exudes the graces and subtlety of a modest northern painter. He fits his work into the six hours of school-time alongside lecturing, looking after the family home and recently adventuring in to the world of dog ownership. Having lived in London for 10 years, exhibiting works across many urban spaces, he knows all too well the hustle and bustle of the thriving British Art culture. Commenting on the recent flourish of Leeds independent businesses popping up so abundantly, we discuss the great opportunity that lies across the city, for artists to utilise these new spaces as fresh canvases for their works. Having recently taken over shared management of the Brunswick’s gallery
space, within the city centre. Chris suggests there is much opportunity afoot for the talented amongst us and I must agree.
in style and therefore even the process of capturing the initial image presents a challenge to be tackled during the painting process.
Combining the simplicity of an everyday object or structure with focus on their finer detail, he takes realistic art and observation to a new level and one that wholeheartedly invites the audience to be a part of. Who knew a metal bench or dustbin could be so intricate and intriguing? He explains however, that as he encourages the viewer to appreciate the realist approach to his work, he does not seek to take their understanding past the point of seeing it as paint on canvas and refrains from imitating a photographic style. He therefore uses deliberate paint strokes and techniques, mainly through the medium of oil paint on linen, to capture a close reflection of the object whilst encouraging the audience to appreciate the painting process.
Standing, surrounded by his current works, ready for their next exhibition, I notice small everyday reminders of his family and the undercurrent theme of his work; the ‘unnoticed’ that he draws upon. Hand drawn pictures and notes from his children, the empty paint brush pots that once encased raspberry jam, the simple things. I feel a sense of real life within the space. On my departure I notice my own heightened awareness to the inanimate objects around his home, the ‘everyday’ things we take for granted. Chris, like many of the talented amongst us, ignites a flicker of inspiration within. A day in the life of a professional artist may not be as idealistic as I am describing now, Chris assures me, there are days when he must ‘start again’, but his perseverance and the true joy he draws from his work (and the joy he gives to others too), really does make a day in the life of an artist sound rather appealing.
Words Fi Mason
As he speaks, I am reminded of the tradition in Arabic art, to strive not for complete perfection, but by adding a mark or glitch in a pattern of works, indicate that nothing in life is truly perfect. He explains how capturing images on his phone and using them as a reference point later, creates restriction 28
Recent Work: â€™Entrance - Pencil on paper Beth Rose Beth Rose is a Leeds based visual artist, with a practice that spans over photography, drawing and installation. Focusing on the urban landscape whilst drawing simple black lines highlights the repetitive nature of the structures that surround us. Particular attention is drawn to subtle innocuous features, such as wires, drainpipes and signs, which break up the monotony of the view and allude to the human presence within the space. There is much pleasure to be found in the mundane. Beth has exhibited and taught workshops across the UK and has recently finished a three month residency at Wakefield Cathedral. www.bethrose.uk 29
Bowery Exhibition Work ’Before Dawn’ - Photography
Espen Krukhaug Espen Krukhaug was born in a small town just outside of Oslo, Norway. Though photography started out as a hobby, it led to the release of his first book ‘Skinhead’ in 2004. He wanted to pursue his interest and moved to London to study photography at Camberwell College of Art. He graduated in 2008 and went on to publish his second book ‘Before Dawn’. This book features an introduction by Philip Chevron, from the band The Pogues and in collaboration, the band Orangedark composed music inspired by the photos. www.espenkrukhaug.com 30
Exhibition Work Realised in 2015, ‘Histoires à propos de M. Petit’ (Stories about M. Petit) is the photographic and writing result of an afternoon spent with one of the most popular and famous hairdresser in Paris.
Marcy Petit Marcy Petit is a multidisciplinary artist who graduated from the University of Rennes, France in Fine Art. Videos, photography, performance and sound recordings are all devices she engages with to give voice to stories of people and events. www.marcy-petit.tumblr.com
Anthony Taylor ‘My work is simply a reaction to experienced events. Observations of people and places drive my vision. I do not work from models or from the landscape. My pictures are idealised essences of experience. I never know what I’ll be doing next. At the moment, for instance, I am working on two large canvases based on the plight of Syrian refugees. These were witnessed on a holiday to the Greek island of Kos. For me, it’s all about opportunism. Live first, create later’ www.anthonytaylorart.co.uk Recent Work ’Nerja Couple’ Oil on canvas
Debbie Harman Debbie Harman graduated from London College of Communication with an MA Photography degree. Her practice is rooted in personal stories and experinece. Her work considers embodiment and human connection to land. She is drawn to questions of society and to localised issues that speak on a universal level. Her work often examines changing notions of community and the human condition in the 21st. Through the use of lens-based media and experimental sound she attempts to push the boundaries of documentary arts practice. www.debbieharman.com
Then & Now Exhibition 2018 ‘Twinned’ Photography
‘In 2014 I began a travel research project to document my hometown Goole, North England and it's twinned town of Zlowtow, Northern Poland. Without agenda this project started with the simple idea of looking at each town; “The modern concept of town twinning, conceived after the Second World War was intended to foster friendship and understanding between different cultures and between former foes as an act of peace and reconciliation, and to encourage trade and tourism” I quickly realised it was a ridiculous notion to be in pursuit of such an ideal. The towns were so closely mirroring each other; the same remnants of Industry, ghosts of a more stable economic past. I recognised my loneliness in Poland in the solitary landscapes I captured and the weight of the heavy political debates that surround it. This work became as much about my own personal journey, trying to find a place of belonging within the project and my practice.’
Beyond Repetition - Exhibition To celebrate the British Art Show returning to Leeds in 2015 the Bowery brought together six emerging artists from around the country who either studied or developed their practice in Leeds. All given the same brief, they created a visual spectacle for the upstairs gallery. Two have been chosen to feature in this publication and to take part in the Then & Now exhibition. Exhibiting Artists Alexandra Glew Alexandra Oddie
Emma Bennett Fiona Grady
Megan Needham Rebecca Hoy
Then & Now Exhibition: ‘Slant’ Acrylic on MDF
Emma Bennett Emma Bennett makes paintings, drawings, sculptures and site-specific wall paintings, which consider issues of physical and emotional engagement with known territories and spaces. Interested in Modernist and Post-War Architecture, Emma uses the built environment to seek out structures to investigate within her painting practice. By exploring links between architectural materials, space, colour and paint, she arranges forms and striking colour choices that allude to an imaginary landscape, almost fixed in time. ‘My work investigates a fascination with colour, pattern and place. These elements are combined in the exploration of post-war educational buildings and structures that have personal connections. I seek architectural space that lies between reality and abstraction and challenges notions of formal balance and steadiness to reflect the actual instability of each building’s future.’ www.axisweb.org/p/emmabennett
Selected exhibitions include: ‘High Rise’ (Solo), The Calver Gallery, South Square Centre, Thornton, Bradford (2018); ‘Dialogus’, Vane, Newcastle (2017); ‘Small World’, PS Mirabel, Manchester (Highly Commended, 2017); ‘Magical Geometry’, Chapel Gallery, Lancashire (2017); ‘Altered Space’ (Solo), Platform A Gallery, Middlesbrough (2016-2017); ‘Emma Bennett’ (Solo), The Tunnel Gallery, Middlesbrough (2015); Wells Art Contemporary, Wells (2015 & 2014). She is currently studying at Teesside University for an MA in Fine Art where she also gained a BA (Hons) in Fine Art in 2009.
Fiona Grady: Question Time Leeds girl Fiona, is continuing her blossoming career beyond the Northern boundaries and is currently lighting many a window and adorning many a wall (or floor) in one of the world’s most visited and respected art capitals, London. Her work recognises the relationship between architecture, installation-art and decoration through using sequences of dispersing geometric shapes, repeated and re-presented in a variety of traditional and modern mediums. So we asked her a few questions to get an update on her ‘Now’ What did you exhibit at the Bowery? For the exhibition ‘Beyond Repetition’ I installed a wall drawing and covered all the gallery windows with coloured vinyl - it’s the first time I used the medium. I loved the effect created by the vinyl and it’s now become an integral part of my practice; with high profile commissions for venues such as Walthamstow Wetlands Visitor Centre. The chicken or the egg… Your work is very interactive and site-responsive so which comes first, do you look for the perfect setting or draw inspiration from available spaces?
egg and took a leap of faith to leave my job. It’s the best decision I ever made! I have to work even harder than before but my efforts are starting to pay off and I’m really enjoying myself. What’s next?? I’m working on a couple of commission in London and have an installation on show at Cannon Place which is a vinyl piece and LED artwork. I’m developing a new edition of prints and will be exhibiting at the Cello Factory in London in November. Also I’m hoping to exhibit more in the North whilst researching more international opportunities. It seems Fiona’s progression just the three years since working with the Bowery, has taken on leaps and bounds and at this rate we expect Thames-side may turn in to Tate-side, Watch this space!
Words by Fi Mason
In general, I'm invited to work in a particular space by curators who have a good awareness of my portfolio. When it comes to designing the work it's a combination of factors; my work is an ongoing body of ideas so I often make pieces that are a progression from an earlier installation. When I'm working on an installation I'm thinking about what could happen next. The venue is very important to the artwork - it tends to be the starting point for the idea so I think about the character of the space, what would look good there and ask the curator to tell me about the space in terms of it's lighting and how the space is used. It's rare that I'd encounter a space where I couldn't find a suitable art work for it. A Leeds girl originally, do you find many differences exhibiting north of the border in your home town, compared to featuring exhibitions in the big smoke? As London is such a large city there are lots of opportunities making it an exciting place to be but I’m always keen to do more up North, it’s easier to create opportunities in the place that you live. I feel lucky that I’m able to continue visiting Leeds and working here. I find that cities outside of London have a good attitude towards creating opportunities for artists and are very supportive. What has been your biggest achievement to date...work or non work related? Taking the step to become a full time artist, I was working 24/7 as an artist and as a manager at a commercial gallery which was a great experience but pretty exhausting. I saved money from my art commissions, sales etc to provide me with a nest
Recent Work ‘Afternoon Ratio’ Site-specific vinyl window installation. Created for Look Up Print at Bühler & Co in London. The artwork was commissioned as part of the E17 Arts Trail 2017 NOW & THEN EXHIBITION: Site specific installation Fiona Grady Fiona Grady studied BA (Hons) in Fine Art at the University of Wales In Cardiff (2004-2007) and MA Fine Art at Wimbledon School of Art (2010- 2011). Fiona has been short-listed for several printmaking prizes including; Neo-print Prize, Bainbridge Open and Clifford Chance’s Survey of MA printmaking. Her public commissions include; Deptford Rail Station, Leeds Town Hall and Walthamstow Wetlands Visitor Centre. Her solo exhibitions include: The Art House, Wakefield, St Marys in the Castle, Hastings and Adhoc, Bochum, Germany. www.fionagrady.co.uk
Kind words…‘It’s really valuable to have galleries that work with the local community and the Bowery is well placed in Headingley. I grew up in the area so taking part in the exhibition was a lovely homecoming that enabled me to share with family and friends what I’m doing now. I really enjoyed working with Sandra and the gallery team. The exhibition was well organised and Sandra’s input into the project was very helpful. I felt that she took the time to understand my practice and encourage me to challenge myself in the process by inviting me to literally take over the Bowery.’
Recent Work ‘The Movements’, Site-specific emulsion wall drawing created for a solo exhibition at Adhoc Gallery in Bochum, Germany 36
Samebutdifferent Art Fair The Samebutdifferent Art Fair showcased studios and individuals from across the UK to help them gain greater status and awareness for their practice. Bryony Pritchard Bryony Pritchard is an interdisciplinary artist with a socially engaged practise and training in Visual Art and Movement. Her work brings together participatory events, interactivity, play, performance, installation, sculpture, film and dance. Bryony works as a creative practitioner within the community and as a project coordinator for festivals, galleries, charities, organisations and education services, exploring creative learning. In 2014 the Bowery commissioned Bryony to create a large scale installation to offer the public a sensory
journey during the Samebutdifferentt Art Fair at Temple Newsam. The woven structure made from wool was at the entrance of the Art Fair and encouraged visitors to take a slow and joyful walk between the Firewalls at Temple Newsamâ€™s walled gardens. The installation invited the public to take a fresh look at the historic function of the firewalls and immerse themselves in the exploration of itâ€™s structure. www.artfever.org.uk
Exhibiting Artists Alce Harfield Alison Mcintyre Ann Hoult Anna Bean Anna Tosney Anthony Ratcliffe Anthony Taylor Ben Widdup Brisbane Taylor Bryony Good Caroline Riley Chris Cyprus Clare Lindley
Colin Park Craig Mcintosh Daniel Davidson David Brightmore David Lyon Debbie Williams Dionne Swift Drew Ward Duncan Pearson East Street Arts Emma Tallet Gillian Holding Harrington Mill
Harriet Lawton Helen Peyton Ian Mitchell India Ritchie Jean Carabine Joe Stenson June Russell Lisa Moore Lynda Jennings Malcolm Davies Mark Pearce Michelle Keeling Mill Bridge Gallery
Monika Swindells Oliver Watt Paddy Haddow Pete Marsh Rachel Hunter Rachael Lawton Rebecca Lowe Richard Dobson Sally Taylor Sarah Du Feu Sarah Harris Serena Partridge Sharon Harvey
Sheila Smithson Shelley Burgoyne Sophie Roseanne Hunt Sparklymouse Stef Mitchell Stuart Brocklehurst Sue Stone Suzanne Stuart Davies The Biscuit Factory Valerie Wartelle
Cutting into Colour Exhibition Original Matisse Lithographs produced in the early 1950â€™s in Paris. Alongside these works are responses by local artists: Briony Mullen, Bromwen Baynes, Garth Simmons Phillippa Dyralaga.
Girls Who Draw - Exhibition ‘Masquerade’ Exhibition A group of UK based all female illustrators called Girls Who Draw showcased their work. Each contributor looked at different ways in which masks have been used in different cultural contexts and within fictitious settings. As a result they produced a limited edition postcard book.
Sarah is an artist and author, she graduated from the Royal College of Art with an MA in Visual Communication. She has worked for and with the NY Times, The Guardian and Time Out to name just a few. Sarah has a drawing practice that is rooted in narrative, life writing and autobiography.
Helen is a big collector of all sorts of ‘things’ from the 1940s and 50s, including: kitchenware, Bakelite brooches and cowboy shirts. The colours and kitsch aesthetic qualities of these items inspire Helen’s work. For this particular exhibition her focus was on Polynesian culture and the decorative qualities of Tiki masks, producing limited edition hand pulled screen prints.
Sarah’s two most recent artist books are ‘A Puff of Smoke’, Jonathan Cape, forthcoming (2019) and ‘Stan and Nan’, Jonathan Cape, (2016) www.craylonlegs.com
Exhibiting Artists Alys Paterson Aurora Cacciapuoti Beth Morrison Helen Entwisle
Karoline Rerrie Kate Sutton Kristyna Baczynski Lee May Foster-Wilson
Ruth Green Sandra Dieckmann Sarah Lippett Yee Ting Kuit
Bowery Exhibition Works â€˜Masqueradeâ€™ Screen Prints
Karoline Rerrie Karoline is an illustrator and screen printer. She designs and makes colourful Folk Art inspired products such as greeting cards and limited edition prints. Canns Down Press have recently published a series of her screen prints as greeting cards and Ecoffee Cup have used her artwork on their reusable coffee cups. Alongside creating her own prints and working on commissions, Karoline also runs screen printing workshops for children, young people and adults. For the Masquerade exhibition Karoline created a series of designs based on traditional Bulgarian costume www.karolinemadethis.blogspot.co.uk 40
A group show of three disparate artists individually capturing moments.
Rachel Johns Rachel Johns graduated in 2000 from Cumbria College of Art & Design with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art. As an undergraduate she began to develop large expressive ink drawings using sticks found by the river Eden. She has continued to develop her practice with the creation of striking figurative characters and creatures. These are drawn as a means of exploring thoughts, desires and relationships, often with darkly comic results. ‘Since the exhibition in 2016 I've become interested in Classical Mythology, the stories I read sparking my imagination. The original stories became blurred which allowed for a free, automatic response as new creatures and drawings emerged from my subconscious.’ Rachel’s work is held in private collections in the UK and Germany and her latest work ‘Medusa’ was exhibited at The Piece Hall Gallery, Halifax. Rachel is co-founder and director of The Egg Factory in Hebden Bridge, a creative co-working space with screen print facilities. www.racheljohns.com
Then & Now Exhibition 2018 ‘Carried Away - Ouch’ Ink on paper
The three artists behind the 'Moments' took up the challenge to do a ‘ Body Swap’ to step into each other’s creative shoes for the day. The plan was to follow a series of instructions to create a piece of work in another artist’s style and medium. They documented their results and shared what they learnt via social media.
Liz being Rachel
Elizabeth Nast Elizabeth is fascinated by people, what are they thinking and how are they feeling. By painting portraits, people going about their business, she celebrates that snapshot of time, making the viewer stop to think about how the small things in life can be interesting. In using watercolour, which has traditionally been the medium of flowers, landscapes and pretty things. Elizabeth wants to turn the traditional on its head depicting the street. Helen being Liz
Since exhibiting at the Bowery and completing her MA at Leeds Beckett University in 2017. Elizabeth has exhibited at the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour where she was selected for the Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize, shortlisted for the Zubio-Robertz Award and was the winner of the Jacksons Art Prize at Pastel Society. www.elizabethnast.com
Recent Work ‘Noodle Time’ Watercolour
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Helen Dryden Helen has had two exhibitions at the Bowery, the first was a solo exhibition ‘BOF’ and she was invited back to take part in the ‘Moments’ exhibition. Helen is a visual artist who paints and draws. Using an intuitive, experimental approach to materials and subject matter her paintings can be a way of recording and reflecting on a time and emotion; or they can be a journey into her imagination. Subject matter includes; domestic settings, friends, family, women, feminism, fashion, pop culture, or abstracted and constructed scenarios. ‘My job is to figure out what painting and drawing can be and create ways to make people see and feel things.’ Helen lives and works in Leeds and is originally from Teesside where she studied at Cleveland College of Art and Design. She came to Leeds to study Graphic Arts and Design at Leeds Beckett University, graduating in 2000. Since then she has exhibited work across the UK including; Newcastle, Manchester, Canterbury, and Tate Modern in London. www.helendryden.com A special thank you...‘Thanks to the Bowery for supporting me and my work. It’s fantastic to have such a great resource for contemporary art, crafts and coffee in North Leeds. Here’s to 10 more years!’
Recent Work ‘Guppy’ Acrylic and Gel Ink on board
Helen Dryden: Question Time What inspires you in your daily life to produce your art? I really can’t help it. If I don’t spend time creating things then I begin to feel like a sad, watered down imitation of myself, lacking direction and purpose. When I look I see shapes and colours and spaces in between objects that I am constantly considering and feeling instinctively how to draw or paint. My emotions and things I read, images I come across and thoughts in my head - they all influence the way I work. I always want to try new methods and materials, different approaches and subjects. There is a long list of things I want to paint that I never get to the end of. I take many photos and make sketches and write notes. The world is a fascinating place. What is it like being an artist in Leeds and have you seen many changes over the years? I came to Leeds in 1997 to study and I have lived here since then, and I’ve met and worked with lots of artists in the region. Leeds has so much artistic activity going on that it’s impossible to keep up with all the exhibition openings, art events and so on. The rise of the internet and social media has made it far easier to connect with other artists and with audiences both in Leeds and beyond; and so of course we are all benefiting from this. In the city itself there are large numbers of practicing artists, and students studying art though I’m disappointed with how many arts graduates move to London after Leeds. It’s our duty to showcase what talent and ingenuity is resident in the north of England, not let it drain away to the south! Do you have any tips for budding artists? I would say - go and see lots of art exhibitions, and also all types of museums and galleries. Read lots of books, both fiction and non fiction, and learn things outside of your comfort zone, for example, if you know nothing about economics, get an economics book. If you aren’t active, get outside and have a walk. Being an artist is all about living an artful life, of learning and experiencing things - not necessarily expensive things like foreign travel or kayaking - but whatever you can fit into your life to give you a different perspective and understanding of the world. You will be surprised how this will feed back into your art and the ideas and inspiration it will give you will be immense. If you are the type of artist that values skills such as being able to draw a horse accurately then do spend a lot of time looking at horses, looking at pictures of horses, seeing them in real life, drawing them as much as possible until you succeed. But remember that artists don’t need to be able to paint or draw and many of us don’t make things with our hands in a
traditional crafting type of way. What’s most important is having an idea and finding a way that you can explore it and present it to others. Where do you see yourself in 10 years time? I will be starting an MA in Curation Practice at Leeds Arts University in September, part time over 2 years, and my intention after that is to keep my visual arts practice going, and expand on the curation I have already been doing - putting on exhibitions in this area and beyond. I’m looking forward to becoming a student once more and developing my skill set further, so for now - who knows what I’ll be doing in 10 years, but it looks like it’s going to be more art! What makes you stay in Leeds? As I’ve already said, we have a lively art scene here, and although we have considered moving to other places, me and my family always decide that Leeds is the best place for us. We like the work prospects, the schools are good, the people are friendly, and it’s a safe city. The trains to London, Manchester, York, Liverpool and all the cities we want to visit are regular and accessible. We can be in the city centre in 15 minutes from where I live in Cookridge, and out in the countryside in the opposite direction in 15 minutes. From my studio window I can see trees and yet I also feel a connection to what’s happening in the heart of the city. I’m happy that my son will be growing up in a tolerant society with a diverse population, where there are plenty of opportunities and so many fun and interesting things to do. Do you do any other work to support your practice? Since graduating 18 years ago I have had lots of jobs whilst working as an artist. I’ve worked at Leeds Beckett Library, at Leeds Trinity University as an IT Helpdesk and Learning Centre Assistant, I’ve worked in shops and been the manager of the British Heart Foundation charity shop right near the Bowery on Otley Road. It has been hard to fit in two jobs - I have had periods where I worked full time and had no time to paint and that was so crushing. Once my son was born I then added a third job as a parent and that was extremely challenging. My current situation is that I have been a self employed artist for a few years making a small income from selling my work, though I’m soon to return to study and once I have an MA I intend to find art related employment that ties in with my current art practice.
Words Fi Mason
Painting Towards Abstraction
Lisa V Robinson Lisaâ€™s paintings are underpinned by an interest in mark-making, colour and form. Rather than reverting to pure abstraction as a method of visualising these interests, she has developed her own style that fuses both abstract and representational elements. She looks to the environment for ideas, for composition and mark-making, which include: architecture, films, reflections, interiors and graffiti. These visual ideas are deconstructed and translated onto the canvas as abstracted components. Lisa is based in Westgate Studios, Wakefield. She holds a BA (Hons) in Fine Art from Manchester School of Art. Since her solo exhibition at the Bowery, she has been shortlisted for the New Lights Art Prize. She was also awarded the Joan Day Painting Bursary, which resulted in a solo exhibition at the South Square Gallery in Bradford. Her work has been shown nationwide from The Mercer Gallery in Harrogate to Somerset House in London. www.lisavrobinson.co.uk
Rob Moreton Rob’s work is easily approachable yet it leaves the observer curious. Through shape and colour the outcome represents a dream-like state in which the piece flows, making your eyes roll around the painting without being able to stare at one part for too long. There is a reflective aspect that is ever-present in the work; there is always a theme or emotion that the painting is communicating to the viewer. The work is non-conformist and his approach to art is influenced by happenings from outside of the art world, something he believes makes the work honest and personal. www.robmoreton.blogspot.co.uk
Recent Work ‘Untitled’ Oil on canvas
Bowery Exhibition Work ‘Soundscapes’ Mix media
Then & Now Exhibition 2018 ‘Fieldwork’ Oil on canvas
Peter Symonds A large part of Peter’s recent practice involves making use of discarded canvases, the ones stored away and overlooked. He began to recycle, reuse, and re-value them. Gradually new structures and forms emerged from this process of dismantling and constant re-arranging. ‘My overriding concerns are the potential, and the possibilities for painting itself. My work involves a deconstruction of the painting process and a detailed examination of the physical properties of each material used. The painting’s continually change their shape. Each painting shows both their “histories” and mapping of their journey, whilst new structures, forms, and identities emerge.’ Pete Symonds was born near Perth, Australia and now lives and works in Leeds. He gained a BA (Hons) in Fine Art from Leeds Beckett University and has exhibited at various galleries nationwide. His most recent work ‘Indigenous’ was exhibited at Merzbarn Cylinders Estate, Elterwater, Cumbria and will form part of the ‘Then & Now’ exhibition 2018 at the Bowery. He was also shortlisted for the NatWest Painting Prize.
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