We are delighted to present the Spring/Summer Show, 2019 - a carefully curated group exhibition of talented artists and eclectic work.
From quietly beautiful small abstract paintings by Japanese artist Ryoko Minamitani to loud bold abstracts by Yorkshire artist, Simon Crawford, there are many fantastic pieces in the show to excite and please everyone.
For details of those taking part please see below.
We look forward to welcoming you over the coming months.
Helen was born in Staffordshire. She studied Fine Art Painting at Wimbledon School of Art (1986-1989) under Bernard Cohen, George Blacklock and Prunella Clough.
Helen's paintings in this current exhibition are a response to the Icelandic landscape and its inherent monochromatic beauty. The abstract black flecks and dots on translucent ground that she had been painting in her studio were realised in the strange, almost sci-fi landscape.
Her work is also an emotional response to the medium of paint; the sticky viscosity and watery oils vying for attention as she strives to capture Beauty. Living in Wales is also important. Witnessing nature, the scars in the landscape, the erosion and the routine of nature is a key source of inspiration.
Helen works in oil because of the translucency of the medium; the way it takes an age to dry and the way in which it surprises her. She gravitates towards canvas because she loves the inherent texture of the surface and the way in which it responds to the pressure of a paintbrush.
Helen often uses a restricted palette, relying on slight differences in tone and paint application to create depth and layers. Working with oil allows her to respond intuitively to the marks that she makes and scratches and blurs the wet surface with squeegees; a central element of her practice.
She is fascinated by the fragility of the human condition and the notion of Memory; the way it changes, fades and resurfaces over time. Her ideas are firmly rooted in this concept, evidenced in the layering and reworking of her paintings. Her intuitive response and the application and destruction of the surface mimics the concept of memory.
Helen works from her studio in Wales and exhibits widely. She has received numerous awards and prizes including the 2018 BEEP International Painting Biennial Prize, Swansea, 2014 Award for Painting, Pollock Krasner Foundation Inc, New York,and 2012 Threadneedle Art Prize The Mall Galleries, London.
Dan is from Otley, West Yorkshire. In 1996, he graduated from University of Humberside with a BA in Fine Art (Painting). His degree show paintings were selected to be shown as part of the Northern Graduates Exhibition, 1996 at the Royal College of Art. They all sold on the opening night.
After university he worked as Head Technician at the Francis Kyle Gallery in London’s West End before moving to Christie’s Auctioneers Contemporary Arts Dept.
'I had been painting on and off during the years since university. In 2012 I started attending a local life drawing group and realised how much I missed drawing, discussing ideas and socialising with other artists. I have been striving to improve my drawing and painting since then and have developed a style I feel has originality and artistic value. I am enjoying the rediscovery of my passion for painting, it has been a deeply personal journey which has informed my approach to life in general and enhances my continued growth as an artist.
My work ‘Screen Set’ (on show at Silson), is inspired by a love of mid-century architecture. Works like this begin with photographs taken as I walk around cities. I tend to layer aspects from more than one building, then accentuate planes and lines from each one assembling a new, abstract structure - sometimes one of the original buildings is more evident in the finished piece while other finished paintings are purely abstract. The paintings often change drastically as I concentrate on the abstract image, playing with colours and depth to create a cohesive surface to the work while retaining a feeling of space. I also use pale washes to create ‘veiled’ areas which, without detracting from the overall composition, subtly reveal the process that the painting has gone through.
Another element to my work, as seen in ‘Across the Estuary’ and ‘Approaching from the South’ (at Silson), is the idea of abstraction through reduction and limits. Working within a set of boundaries forces innovation. I enjoy applying this technique to traditional landscape and coastal scenes.’
Working from his home studio in Otley, Dan exhibits regularly in the North.
Simon was born in 1959. He studied History of Art and English at Nottingham University (gaining B.A Hons.), before winning the Jubilee scholarship to the Byam Shaw School of Art, in London, completing the Diploma with distinction along with winning the Painting Prize.
His paintings and drawings reflect a need to depict the human form, or parts of the figure, as well as references to interiors and landscapes. He combines these elements in an amalgam of forms sometimes using an economy of line in his drawings, or more luscious use of paint to represent both the essential characteristics of figures or landscapes and the ripeness of the subject matter. He might take photographs or make small drawings as he goes along, but they are more to do with feelings and memories of figures or places. What are these feelings? Well, an exuberance, a sexiness at the fecundity of nature but also a melancholy at times – a recognition of the passing of time and also nostalgia.
Most recently, after a trip to India, he has been exploring how to come to terms visually with such an experience, through landscape and figures and more abstract colouration.
Simon works from his studio in North Yorkshire and has exhibited widely in this country and abroad, including a mixed touring show, organised by the British Council, to Moscow and other Russian cities.
In 2001 he won the Hugh Casson prize for drawing at the Royal Academy Summer Show.
His work featured in the 2004 mixed exhibition at the Dean Clough Galleries and the ‘Into Abstraction’ exhibition at the Mercer Gallery, Harrogate in 2008. This was a major exhibition including work by Patrick Heron, Ivon Hitchens, John Hoyland, Ian Mckeever, Wyndham Lewis and Alan Davie, amongst others.
In 2008/9 he exhibited as part of the Jerwood Drawing Prize in the Jerwood Gallery, London which subsequently toured the U.K.
In 2019 he was asked to exhibit at the Ryedale Folk Museum Art Gallery in a solo show.
Simon regularly exhibits at the Royal Academy Summer Shows.
Deborah is a graduate of Glasgow School of Art (1996) and The Royal College of Art, London (1998).
'I paint wild landscapes and weather. My paintings are metaphysical in nature - representing vastness and ‘otherness’.
My oil paintings can be thought of traditional in manner however, with the introduction of geometric lines I feel my work is forward looking, relevant and timely.
The use of geometric lines were introduced as a visual device in 2008 when I gained my Private Pilot’s License. Through the use of navigational charts for my cross-country flights I became interested in making the invisible, visible. After a decade of assimilating ideas and thoughts, the lines have also begun alluding to aspects of ‘vision’: perception, meditation, escapism and the physicality of looking'
Deborah works from her studio in Barton-upon-Humber and exhibits widely, having won numerous awards.
In 2019, she was selected for the Lynn Painter Stainer's Prize, London. In 2017 she was selected for the 'Discerning Eye' Prize exhibition, London, and was awarded 'Best Painting from The Midlands'. Also in 2017, she was selected for the New Lights Prize Exhibition and received the ' Saul Hay Award for Emerging Artist'.
Anna - Marie Magson
Anna-Marie originally studied Fine Art Painting at Liverpool College of Art.
However, when the opportunity to work in a pottery studio arose, she began to explore her love of surface decoration and textured pattern on clay tiles. Ultimately, this led to adapting her ideas to hand-built ceramic vessels. She found both the process of creating an object and applying her designs most satisfying.
Having had many years of experience in producing various types of ceramics, Anna-Marie is now channelling her creativity into her current work. Inspiration is found in the world around her, such as ancient structures, their weathered surface and the evidence of human mark making.
The pots are hand built using stoneware slabs and layers of coloured slips. The flattened surface of the vessels provide a canvas on which to work. Fine detail is created by shapes, lines and marks achieved through wax resist and sgraffito. A muted palette of soft-hued colours is used to evoke a sun-bleached effect. The satin glaze gives a tactile, silky finish.
Based in York, Anna-Marie has work in various shops and galleries around the country and recently exhibited at York Open Studios 2019.
Ryoko was born in Japan, and currently lives and works in Swansea. She studied painting with meditation under Yokoo Tatsuhiko in Berlin from 2008 - 2014 and gained an MA in Art and Design from Leeds Becket University in 2015
'My art work is mainly abstract and is produced in a wide range of mix media, using different materials such as pastel, ink, pencil, acrylic and sand. I am influenced by abstract expressionism, psychology and spiritualism such as Shintoism, Buddhism, Non-dualism, and Healing therapies.
I explore the relationship between spirituality and artistic expression. During meditative states, I transfer the true nature of the inner unconscious behind the mental and emotional phenomena on the art works. In particular, I focus on capturing the expressions of the essential soul.
I have experienced that artistic expression (especially abstract expression) influences the state of the creator’s soul. I strongly believe that the non-intuitive expression coming from the artist's inner world plays the essential role in art, and that artistic technique is merely a channelling tool.
My works aim to harmonise our minds and bring balance in the world. I believe that the beautiful mixed colours and shapes of abstract painting affect a person's mind positively and freeing them from negativity.
My 'Conversation' series on show at Silson, are mixed media paintings with colour and lines produced on cotton paper. Bleeding in colour on colour in non-linear lines, the paintings exhale a sense of balance and harmonious communication in the deep inner mind. The colours and lines represent androgynous feelings and reason, the material and spiritual. These can be transferred to humanity: a balance of communication between oneself, people in families, communities, and countries around the world.
My 'Harmony' series on show, are mixed media on Linen canvas. In this work, beauty is represented by the personality and balance of the colours, lines and shapes. I see human society: we are all different, but when we are together in harmony, the world becomes beautiful'.
Ryoko works from her studio in Wales and has exhibited nationally and internationally. Her work is in private and public collections in the UK and Japan.
Originally from Knaresborough, Eric studied for a degree in 3D design at Manchester Polytechnic.
Eric creates carefully engineered, modifiable ceramic sculpture. A mix of wheel-thrown, press-moulded, slab-built and slip-cast forms suggest a meld of mechanics with crustaceans and plant life. Often multi-part and at varied scales, each unique sculpture can 'standalone' or combine with others in manifold display opportunities bringing the owner into the creative process. Themes evolve and diversify naturally: from handheld to plinth to wall, and from interior to exterior display.
His most recent theme 'Weavewave' is a 3D tile whose edge describes a sinusoidal wave of varying amplitude, tactile as an individual, multiples tessellate naturally to present intriguing shadow plays across their surfaces. Eric welcomes commissions.
Eric works from his studio in North Yorkshire and exhibits widely, including ‘Earth and Fire’, Rufford, ‘Potfest in the Park’, Cumbria, and
‘Art in Clay’, Hatfield. He has also previously had work for sale at Yorkshire Sculpture Park.
Originally from Liverpool, John studied for a degree in Illustration and Printmaking at Hull College of Art.
'I was a musician for many years, being the bass player with 'Babybird' in the mid 1990’s. Further careers in property renovation and antiques all contributed to my present location as an artist/printmaker - through it all, I was always an artist.
“When everything is possible you need to find out what is important to you. Printmaking for me is a way of limiting my options so that I can distill what is vital.
In my work I set out to edit everything down to what is essential. I restrict myself so that I can properly explore the confines I have set myself. Printmaking slows me down so that I can properly appreciate the journey's detail. My work is very simple in its resolution but huge trial and error has gone into deciding what will be shown.
I love the idea of crafting basic forms from lots of imperfect cuts or marks. Its like when you enlarge a photo so much that it breaks down into very rough elements'.
John works from his studio in Sheffield, where he has had several exhibitions in various galleries. He has also recently showed his prints very successfully at Saatchi's Other Art Fair, London.
A director of his own design company for over 25 years, Chris studied Fine Art at Huddersfield College of Art in the early 1970s. He was taught the importance of good draughtsmanship under the guidance à of William Cowper. Cowper taught the techniques of drawing, observation and of glazes based on his love of the Great Masters Rembrandt, Valázquez and Caravaggio.
Chris later learnt the techniques of lithography and etching, becoming more influenced by artists who founded the Fauvist Movement, including Matisse and Derain. More recently, his work has evolved to a more abstract realism, with imagery and symbolism inspired by the works of Picasso, Hockney, Roger Hilton and Matisse.
Chris works from his studio near Holmfirth, West Yorkshire.