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.
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
'As a child I roamed this land through woodland, meadow and thicket. Along lost shadowed tracks bye ways, and no ways. Often staying out until the stream glittered in the moonlight and the path through the woods was a winding band of starlight overhead. This landscape lives deeply in my soul.
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
Jacquie trained at Harrogate School of Art and Jakob Kramer College of Art, Leeds.
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 based firmly in ceramics. Clay gives me total flexibility with which to work. The direct involvement with the material without the use of many tools in the creative process provides me with a personal interaction with the material.
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
'I work from studies, colour notes etc, but in the studio just ‘dive in’, making sense of form and colour in the process and allowing the painting to evolve. If a painting gets too representational it gets taken back and ‘destroyed’ in order maintain an edginess and authenticity. I like to score through wet paint to break up areas and I increasingly use mixed media alongside acrylic paints and textured mediums to keep the paint fresh and exciting'.
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
Layla is a ceramic artist currently working primarily in mould making and slip casting, exploring how individuality can be brought to making in multiples, blurring the lines between the mass produced and the hand made.
'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
'I specialise in hand-building techniques to make vessel and cloud forms and develop the clay surface to hint at open spaces, skies, seas, stars and planets. I'm also fascinated by colour and the way it can affect us, so my work also uses contrasting colours which, when brought together, can enhance each other and cause them to vibrate. In this way I hope to bring life and vitality to my work.'
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
‘My work explores the relationships and ideas between subject and emotion, combining visceral energy with experience through the medium of paint. Inspired by the colour, surface and texture, I use abstraction to create work with an emphasis on mood and expression to dictate the overall feeling of the paintings. I predominantly work with enamel and household paints on materials such as paper, board, card, cloth and wood that I find in everyday life. My focus is to create work that evokes the senses and communicates a positive and constructive view of the world’
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 creates vessels which are concerned with exploring the relationship between colour, form and texture. Fascinated by the juxtaposition of contrasting elements in her work, Emily creates conversations between vessels by placing them together or in groups. Constantly sketching, drawing and collaging to experiment with line, colour, texture and mark making, Emily translates this process into clay, developing the relationship between simple vessel forms and complex surface decoration.
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's still-life paintings are arrived at after a long process of drawing and preparatory oil sketches and, as well as being careful records of the process of looking, are also studies in architectural space. Continuous and observational drawing is a central activity in his practice.
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
'I am greatly inspired by the beauty and drama of the region and I love exploring the countryside and villages that make it such a rich subject for me. I feel a connection with the sea which I paint relentlessly, especially the North East coastline. A self- taught artist, I allow my work to develop spontaneously with a fluid yet deliberate approach. Using palette knives and brushes, I paint by intricately building and weaving layers over time until I achieve an authenticity that reflects my feelings for the subject'.
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.'