A History in Layers
May 19th – July 3rd
Thurs – Sun 11am-5pm
An exhibition of paintings prints and ceramics in which the process of layering is an important means by which the artists gain a rich, varied and exciting surface in their work.
Each painting is an exploration, a journey between and through layers, a build-up of moments in time and intuitions followed. The alchemy of the painting process transforms time spent into a physical and tangible history that can be read as colour, texture, shape, structure; a visual poetry. They are incomplete, like memories half recalled, stories with no fixed ending, open-ended. They whisper suggestions, hints, intrigues….. each piece a mystery to be solved, a contradiction that is at once solid and substantial yet elusive, fleeting.
Sam Lock trained at Edinburgh University and Art College, graduating with an MA Fine Art Painting and MA History of Art in 1997.
Michelle’s work begins with place. Locations are selected for their familiarity or chosen by tracing where family members worked and originated from. This personal mapping begins with drawing in situ and the final image worked through the processes of etching.
Michelle graduated from the Slade School of Fine Art in 1990. In 2015 she won the Flourish Award for Excellence in Printmaking.
Layering is an essential part of the development and evaluation of Bren’s paintings. Through a repeated process of creation and destruction layers are obscured or partially removed and reworked. The paint and the surface dictate what appears, chance scratches and fractures, changes in colour, cracks and eroded layers alter the subjects identity and significance.
Bren has recently been shortlisted for the Biscuit Factory – Open Contemporary Portrait Award.
Libby was selected recently of the Crafts Council Hothouse scheme for emerging artists.