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Willow Spring Show!

Inside Out at the Willow Gallery

Great new exhibition has just opened up at The Willow Gallery. Their Spring Show features some fantastic painting, ceramics and sculpture. As usual, Faye has set out an extremely eclectic and diverse show – setting some extremely accomplished figurative works alongside bold abstracts.

Jas Davidson (BVA/Inside Out) and John Wragg (BVA/Inside Out) are in the main gallery – John with large, Op Art-like geometric paintings and Jas with the latest in his series of bronzes mixing the human form with natural textures. They’re joined by Rosie Davies (Inside Out), whose watercolour landscapes are moving further into abstraction of form and colour, and looking both crisp and free at the same time.

Jim Heath and Des Jones are also exhibiting in the Dunbabin Gallery & Community Room for the next three weeks. They are two of our three Studio A1 featured artists for April – Joan Santana is the third, exhibiting down at Studio A1 – and the first of what we hope will be a regular series of Inside Out artists exhibiting in the Dunbabin Gallery.

So although it’s a grey day on the Shropshire borderlands today, there’s plenty of bright art in Oswestry!

Young Artists Stage First Major Exhibition

Good headline!

There’s nothing like a good write-up in the local press! Hannah Phillips and Becky Roberts, who are exhibiting as featured artists down in Studio A1 at the moment, had an excellent article written about them in the Shropshire Star under the above headline.

Click the picture [left] to read the full article.

Their exhibition looks excellent – some really nice texture pieces and that great bluebell featured in the Shropshire Star photo. We’ve had a lot of people in so far, and quite a number of members of the public, too.

Congrats to Becky and Hannah – come down and see their work for yourself this coming Saturday.

Well Grounded

Advertiser, Feb 22 - click for larger view

Good pic and write-up on Anne’s exhibition in this week’s Advertiser!

Well Grounded: Artist Elizabeth Spence is currently exhibiting at “Inside Out” Studio in Coney Green. The artist’s inspiration comes from her interest in archaeology and geology and she has been using mixed media including natural and organic materials along with oils in her representations of the natural world.

Hannah Phillips & Becky Roberts at Studio A1

Stripes #2, Rebecca Crowell - no, not on exhibition at Studio A1, but a major influence for featured artist Becky Roberts.

Glyndwr students Hannah Phillips and Becky Roberts are our next featured artists at Studio A1. They’re hanging tomorrow, and will open their show on Wednesday. Here’s a taster for what they’ve got in store in the form of their artists’ statements:

Hannah Phillips

I focus on nature’s organic objects and processes to create my work. The beauty of nature has always interested me and I tend to explore this through different techniques and media.  No matter where my creativity takes me, this theme will continue to inspire me throughout my art practice.

My earlier work is based on organic objects, concentrating on using acrylic paint in order to expose their flowing lines and shapes which I am very interested in. I enjoy exploring the form of the object and how the addition of colour adds to this.
In my recent practice I worked with Richard Spence on advertising, and I have also worked collaboratively with Rebecca Roberts where the end result was a sculpture created from rusted metal. This was a turning point in my own work, as the combination of Rebecca’s work on rust and my work on nature led me to explore the beauty which an item of decay can induce. I enjoyed working collaboratively as it has an element of unpredictability, which is refreshing in comparison to working independently. I became more interested in how texture can bring a new dimension to a piece of work when used in an abstract form, rather than concentrating on the image.

I went on to explore the concept of beauty in decay though different media. Using various substances to create texture leads me to discover how vibrant paint merges, blends and interacts with the surface. This has been a key process in my work. Photographs of deteriorating organic objects recently spurred me to move into the medium of print in order to focus on the beautiful forms and lines which decay initiates. I found that the addition of water colour to this otherwise black and white technique prompted me to explore how a process which is commonly thought of as detrimental, can indeed be elegant.

My practice uses different media and techniques to show that things are not as they seem, in an effort to challenge the perception of the viewers.

Becky Roberts

I am a local art student from Wrexham, currently studying my second year of Fine Art at Glyndwr University.
My work consists of a wide variety of styles and techniques. This current exhibition focuses on a more abstract approach compared to my previous work.  These compositions are textural giving attention to colour, tone and layering. I was drawn to the rustic aspect of found rusted objects, using these as a starting point I aimed to re-crate this effect in paint reflecting the colour and textures of the pieces I found. I then moved onto other media’s including print and sculpture. My work developed from using different surfaces to varied materials

I went from painting to sculpture in a collaborative piece made alongside Hannah Philips. Hannah’s theme was ‘Beauty and Decay’ which included the study of flowers which was an opposite of my rusted metal theme. Despite this I believe the contradiction of nature and manmade items worked. The sculpture was made using orange rusty metal which was found; this again was a contrasting colour to the bluebell we chose to base our sculpture on. I found working both collaboratively and independently beneficial and enjoyable as there are different qualities in both approaches. Working independently allows more control however; I find lack of control in collaborative work results in interesting compositions as different ideas collide.

Rebecca Crowell, a Canadian painter was a main influence in my work; Crowell’s paintings are also based on found materials such as driftwood and stones. She chooses her colour pallet based on objects she finds or even elements such as sky or water. I also incorporated the colours of my found pieces into my abstract paintings as well as the textures of them. Another aspect of Rebecca Crowell’s work I found interesting, was how she composed her pieces. She selected different panels which she had painted and arranged them together and when happy with the outcome she fixed them together as one individual painting. I liked this idea as it made compositions changeable. The idea of combining different painted surfaces to create one piece appealed to me, therefore I pursued this.

Youngest Member of Studio A1!

The Youngest Member of Studio A1.

Young British Artists – they’re getting younger every year!

Congrats to Emily, Studio A1’s youngest artist. She dances upstairs with Sue, and was very interested in what all us Old British Artists were doing downstairs, so she came along with her Mum and asked if she could put a piece of art into our exhibition. How could we refuse?

Studio A1 – the home of up-and-coming artistic talent in Oswestry!

Geoff Armitage with MIP at Theatre Severn

Marches Independent Photography

Studio A1 member Geoff Armitage is exhibiting with other members of Marches Independent Photography at Theatre Severn this month, from Feb. 3rd until April 3rd. Good to see a local arts group exhibiting in such a nice venue! I’m heading down to the exhibition next week, and definitely looking forward to it – Geoff’s photographs in the Heritage Gallery in Oswestry were excellent – and, of course, he’ll be taking part in our own exhibition, The Way, in July.

Anne Spence at Studio A1

Hanging Form - Elizabeth Anne Spence, acrylic on canvas, 2010 (detail)

Anne Spence came in on Monday and hung her exhibition in Studio A1. She’ll be exhibiting current work there through the end of February as one of our “Featured Artists”. Anne’s got a great selection of work on show – pieces that show as much where she began as a former graphic artist, but also where she’s going as that graphic tradition works its way into a new fine art aesthetic. I had a sneak preview of the work yesterday, and I was particularly taken with the way in which she’s taken photographic references and translated them into not just graphic forms and painting, but also allowed them to migrate very successfully back into the 3D realm of sculptural expression.

Don’t miss this chance to see what one of this year’s Second Year students at Glyndŵr is up to – exhibitions like Anne’s are real opportunities for all of us to stay in touch with what’s going on up there.

Anne will be in the Studio on the following days:

Wed Feb. 2nd 10-4
Sat Feb. 5th 10-4
Mon Feb. 9th 10-4
Wed Feb. 12th 10-4
Mon Feb 14th 10-4
Wed Feb 16th 10-4
Fri Feb 19th 10-4

Stop by and have a chat and a cup of tea!

Ann Spence at Studio A1

Feb. 2nd – 19th, the featured Inside Out artist in Studio A1 will be Elizabeth Anne Spence. Ann is a former graphic designer now doing a degree in Fine Arts at NEWI in Wrexham. Her exhibition of recent work will be open:

Wed Feb. 2nd 10-4
Sat Feb. 5th 10-4
Mon Feb. 9th 10-4
Wed Feb. 12th 10-4
Mon Feb 14th 10-4
Wed Feb 16th 10-4
Fri Feb 19th 10-4.

A great chance to see work by an emerging local student artist. Hope to see you there!


We are changing!!

Inside Out Artists are bringing in new work to display in Studio A1, and it’s looking good! Just a few more changes and the

whole display will be new!

Also we are featuring a different artist every three weeks starting in February. Our first is Anne Spence from Glyndwr

University School of Art and Design. Watch this space for more on feature artists coming soon!On display work from Paul, Jas, Ted and Tony

RBSA Open Exhibitions

Portrait in Oil - Bernie Moore, 2010

Bernie Moore stopped by my studio last week to drop off some RBSA leaflets. He thought that Inside Out and Studio A1 artists might be interested in the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists’ Open All Media and Open Portrait exhibitions. The Open Portrait exhibition deadline for application forms is Feb. 21; the Open All Media exhibition deadline for applications is March 2nd. There’s more information on the RBSA website. Bernie says that the open exhibitions are a great way to get both top-level exposure as well as critical appraisal of work.

Bernie’s also doing some demonstrations this coming Saturday at the RBSA gallery on Brook Street in Birmingham from 11-1 and 2-4. He’ll be demonstrating portrait painting in oils using a contemporary layered wet-on-wet method based on a Renaissance way of working. Admission to the demonstrations is free, and there’s no need to book in advance.

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