Meet the Artists.
Here you can put faces to the names and learn more about the artists who exhibit and tutor with us this year.
Like many, Maureen was encouraged out of art in her formative years and into a more ‘sensible’ profession. This served her well for many years but eventually the call to paint became impossible to ignore. The full time art courses available to her at that point were not in alignment with what she wanted to do so instead she opted for a course of independent study working with a variety of tutors from different disciplines. Their single common feature was that she admired their work. Now a respected tutor herself, she believes that a lack of formal art training in early years is not a barrier to producing art later in life and greatly enjoys assisting students in finding their own artistic voice. Maureen paints in a free expressive style using watercolour, inks and mixed media. She draws inspiration from the natural world and aims primarily to capture the feeling and the essence of place. Her work can be found at http://www.maureenbond.co.uk
A popular exhibitor at the Sheep Shed, Keith’s colourful abstract landscapes arise from his exploration of the history and influence of place. Mainly self taught, he retired early in order to pursue his interest in art. He paints mainly in oils and acrylics and is also a printmaker. Keith has work in many private collections both in this country and abroad.
Speaking of his passion for Life Drawing, which he does regularly, Keith explains, ‘My current practice is to draw and re-draw on the same piece of paper; sometimes all from the same session and occasionally over several weeks. The resultant images have a sense of ‘history’, recording the passage of time, some suggest a narrative, some becoming almost surreal’. Find out more about his work at http://www.keith-pattison.co.uk
Chris has his first solo exhibition with us in October, an exciting first for any artist.
Chris tells us he has had an interest in all things art from childhood however it’s only within the last 10 years that he has had a chance to put time into studying and practicing his art, now nearing retirement his intentions are to spend more time exploring his artistic interests. Chris has a wide range of interests and his work can be inspired by many things but life drawing and his love of the sea are strong influences. Acrylics, oils and pastels are his preferred medias, but he is always experimenting so looking at new ways of working are essential to his continued development as an artist.
Chris’s first solo exhibition “An eclectic mix” is a reflection of inspirations, techniques and materials that have helped with his development so far.
Since retiring two years ago, Colin has finally found the time to pursue his long standing interest in art. He has been involved with graphics, design and print for most of his working career and has run his own screen and digital print company for many years.
Colour and composition have been key elements in his print background and this shows in his method and style of painting. See more on Colin’s website http://www.colinadey.co.uk
David has been painting for many years, but it is only in his recent retirement that he has had time to devote himself to art. David worked professionally as a cinematographer, and was employed for thirty years at the BBC Television Film Unit. Working in the medium of film photography developed his eye for composition, perspective, lighting and colour and these skills are seen in his paintings. Perhaps unsurprisingly, photography plays a large part in the inspiration for his paintings, and he works entirely from his own photographs. He can be inspired by almost any subject, but a lifelong love of the sea results in a strong bias to maritime subjects. David’s preferred medium is water soluble oils on prepared board. See more of David’s work on his website http://www.davidwhitsonart.co.uk
Claire Newell – Nature in Pencil
Claire is an accomplished wildlife artist, working primarily in watercolour and graphite pencils. Claire delights in the detail of the natural world and prefers this medium to enable her to capture the delicacy of her subjects.
Claire is also a skilled nature photographer specialising in micro-imagery which invites us to examine the natural world afresh, seeing details we might otherwise overlook.
Claire offers workshops and takes commission. See her website http://www.natureinpencil.co.uk
Isabel Carmona is offering two workshops at the Sheep Shed Gallery this year. Bookmaking and Outdoor Sketching. See our workshop page for details.
Isabel is an architect and artist based in Newbury. She has been sketching since she was a student in the 1990s and draws and paints wherever she goes. She enjoys teaching urban sketching and has organised workshops in the UK and abroad. Her favourite medium is watercolours which she combines with pen, watercolour pencils and other water soluble media when she paints on the spot. Bookbinding has become a passion as she transforms beautiful paper into book structures that are practical to use and easy to learn and repeat at home once you learn them. The possibilities are endless.
Andover Art Society
Andover Art Society hold several exhibitions at the Sheep Shed Gallery over the course of the year, including during Hampshire Open Studios fortnight.
Andover Art Society is an ‘open’ Society and welcomes new members. Members do not have to be practicing artists, although most are.
The society arranges a varied program of events throughout the year, including workshops, demonstrations, painting and drawing evenings and days outside during the summer. They also have social evenings, lectures on art related topics and arrange exhibitions for our members.
It is a friendly society where members are able to meet regularly and enjoy a common interest in art. Further information can be found on its website. http://www.andoverartsociety.co.uk