Silson Contemporary is delighted to present this selected mixed Winter exhibition. Featuring both emerging and established Yorkshire artists in a variety of media, painters and ceramicists new to the gallery showcase alongside old favourites. From David Thomas' delicately rendered still lifes to Jacquie Denby's pure abstraction, to Penelope Hayes' viscerally charged ceramic figures - a beautiful visual treat.
Artists new to the gallery, and examples of their work, can be viewed below. Old favourites showing new work include: Emma Whitelock, Lesley Birch, Michael Bilton, Richard Gray, Julia Poulton, Gina Bean, and Marcus Hammond
We really look forward to welcoming you all over the coming months.
Asymmetric Vessel, earthstone. £70
I use minimal surface decoration, mark making by carving into coloured slips or washing out resisted clay. My inspirations come from patterns in the landscape and nature. A recent trip to Iceland was most inspirational to me, and I have experimented with a combination of black clay, white porcelain slip and turquoise underglaze to reflect the colours of the glacial lagoons there.'
Jan works from her studio in West Yorkshire and exhibits throughout Yorkshire, including the Great North Art Show, Ripon Cathedral 2016 and 2017, Harrogate Open Exhibition in 2015 and 2017 and at Platform One, Morphets in Harrogate in 2015.
'Rocks and Trees near Hutton Le Hole', charcoal on paper, 56cm x 79cm. £750
The charcoal landscape drawings were made during an intensive period of working over the summer of 2017. They represent doorways to a dimension of mystery, that lives and breaths through all things. It will be through these doorways that I will continue to pass as my work goes on to explore this inexhaustible creative source.
I hope that you can find some of the joy, mystery and excitement in this work as I did in it's making.'
John works from his studio in Ryedale and exhibits widely.
'Blue Sky', acrylic on canvas, 122cm x 122cm. £3,500
She is a Dales painter with a reputation for contemporary landscape art.
'I follow in the tradition of 20th Century painters working in The Dales, including my father, Arnold Denby, who always pushed their practice to keep apace with artistic advances set by people such as Paul and John Nash'.
Her paintings are both 'of place' and of universal appeal.
Jacquie works from her studio in the Dales and exhibits frequently. In 2015 she was awarded 1st prize in the Harrogate Open at the Mercer Gallery. Her work is in collections both in the UK and further afield.
'2', stoneware, 32.5cm(H). £450
My work is a response to my own feelings and emotions. I frequently use the human form as a vehicle for this expression. I do not aim to dictate the narrative in a piece, but hopefully open the viewer to personal response that stays with them beyond the initial encounter.
Each piece begins with the individual making of the heads. The slightest change of angle or tilt of the heads alters the narrative of a piece. The position or angle of the heads is the centre or meaning within each work.'
Penelope works from her studio near Leeds and exhibits widely. Recent shows include The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle and Sunny Bank Mills, Farsley.
'Shimmering Sunset', acrylic, 30cm x 55.5cm. £425
Luisa exhibits widely. Recent shows include the Society of Women Artists Summer Show at the Mall Galleries, London (2015 & 2016), the Great North Art Show, Ripon Cathedral (2015), and Ferens Art Gallery, Hull (2018). She has also had work shortlisted by the Royal Institute of Oil Painters (ROI). Her work is in private collections in both the UK and USA.
Luisa works from her studio in York.
'Against All Odds', porcelain figurative vessel with crystalline glaze, 58cm(H). £295
'I create installation pieces as an observation and response to emotional, societal and political issues, often drawn from personal experiences.
The figurative vessels are intentionally neither functional nor sculptural in the traditional sense. The female form is loosely represented, cast in porcelain and transformed into unique pieces through the treatment each figure receives'.
Layla works from her studio in Ryedale
Large Vessel, earthernware. £300
Dawn works from her studio near York. In 2017, she was awarded First Prize in the 'Ones to Watch' exhibition, Sunny Bank Mills. We are delighted to be showing Dawn's work at this early stage in her career.
'Oxygen', mixed media on paper and card, 30.5cm x 22cm. £350
Ben works from his studio in Bradford and was recently a finalist at the Black Swan Arts Open, Frome, Somerset. In 2015, he was a finalist at the National Open Art Competition and was also shortlisted for the Royal Academy of Art Summer Exhibition.
He has been selected for several exhibitions in Yorkshire and London in 2016/17.
Ceramic Vessels, various sizes. From £50
Emily works from her studio in Pica Studios, York and exhibits widely, including Ceramic Art London 2017 and 2018, and Ceramic Art, York 2015.
'Big Yellow', oil on board, 79cm x 95cm. £1,400
David has taught and held workshops in many colleges and schools in Yorkshire and was artist in residence at Craven Museum Skipton 2006-8, won the “artists’ artist” prize at the first Artfest North in Kendal and was shortlisted for the New Light painting prize in 2016. He has exhibited widely around the country.
He lives and works near Skipton where he shares a studio with the ceramicist Anna Lambert. He paints full time.
'Gathering Storm', acrylic on canvas, 25cm x 35cm. £295
Steve lives in York. He has exhibited widely throughout the region, and in London. In 2017, he was awarded the Welcome to Yorkshire Choice Award for his painting "Brighten, My Northern Sky.'