Viewing - Fridays 10am - 12noon and from 45 minutes prior to all performances
Friday 11th January - Tuesday 22nd February
BENJAMIN McLEOD - South Lakes
Born in Preston, Lancashire in 1972, Ben studied Fine Art at Lancaster University, specialising in painting and drawing, gaining his BA degree in 1996. After further study and work with students in the London area, he settled in the Lake District in 2002. Much of his work has been influenced by this move and the effect of being surrounded by the Cumbrian landscape.
Ben comments on his work -
“My work is heavily influenced by the surrounding landscape of wherever I am. Be that in the Kent Estuary of the English Lake District, North Wales, Spain or South Africa and Lesotho where I have been throughout 2013. I paint as a response to living, working and walking in the landscape. I often compose my paintings with thick, textured paint - loosely applied. I wish to convey a sense of place, and the physical process of mark-making I employ is an engagement with the environment around me. After sketches and photographs used as reference I prefer to paint and draw quickly and instinctively. My work is a visual diary, a desire to capture a sense of the vitality and living quality of the landscape around me - a response to knowing what it is like to be in the landscape - a personal response to seeing and feeling the effects of the light and weather. My art is not a complete rejection of Modernist ideology from my undergraduate studies, but essentially I paint because I want to paint. The formal qualities of my painting and drawing is important - an aesthetic in response to the aesthetic of the environment around me”.
Friday 1st March - Friday 12th April
SUSAN SCHOFIELD - Bolton le Sands
Susan paints in watercolour, though she enjoys experimenting with acrylics, oils and mixed media, finding inspiration from the quality of light to paint atmospheric scenes of the local environment and travel. Coastal scenes, sunsets, landscapes, buildings and flowers are the main body of her work.
Thursday 25th April - Friday 7th June
ANGELA JACKSON - Slackhead
Angela is a contemporary artist working mainly, though not exclusively, with oil paint, as she likes the medium’s versatility, longevity and subtlety as well as its challenges. People are normally her primary subject matter, as she sees a portrait as just one interpretation of an individual’s narrative.
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