I will be exhibiting with ViewSeven at the Menier Gallery
ViewSeven is a group of artists dedicated to the making of art textiles. This exhibition explores responses to different environments and landscapes, and encompasses a wide range of media from raw earth pigments, plant dyes and fibre reactive dyes, with stitch being ever present.
Whilst the works are textile based, this simply means that the starting point is a piece of cloth and in that respect, the work is no different to that of a painter whose starting point is canvas – a piece of cloth. Art textiles are also great for interiors as their softness absorbs sound and provide a gentler feel to the harder, reflective qualities of framed work. Ultimately, ViewSeven’s shared aim is to create great art for contemporary living – art people can live with and enjoy.
Received an email yesterday "Keeping Still" above sold on 2 November - the opening night of the SAQA Masterworks: Abstract & Geometric Exhibition at the International Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas.
The work is feature in Martha Sielman's Masterworks: Abstract & Geometric book click here for more information
November 2-5 2017 International Quilt Festival, Houston, Texas
As a feature artist in the book Abstract & Geometric I will be exhibiting "Keeping Still".
An invitational exhibition of one work each by 29 artists featured in the new book Art Quilts International: Abstract & Geometric by Martha Sielman. These engaging works of art represent a range of styles across the abstract art spectrum. Participating artists come from Australia, Canada, Europe, Japan, and across the US. This exhibition will premier at the 2017 International Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas.
my sketchbook “Pigment Landscape Coast” is on it’s way back from the “In the Raw, a Consideration of the Sketchbook” exhibition at the Edwardsville Art Centre, Illinois. Katie Lochhead the curator contacted me having viewed the sketchbook I submitted in 2010 to the Sketchbook Project Brooklyn Library. (See News page for details)
Posted on January 1, 2017
New year – new studio space. I am so excited to be starting 2017 in my new dedicated studio space after many years of working in my office trying to keep the interior design practice separate from the art ‘studio’ and not spilling pigment or hot wax on the oak floor.
It is a great privilege to have been included as a ‘featured artist’ in Martha Sielman’s Art Quilts International book: Abstract & Geometric that was released on 28 December 2016.
Once Martha selected my work from images back in 2014 we did an email interview about my work and studio practice and have communicated regularly since to update any information that was relevant until the book went to print late last year.
It is a really informative book about the international art quilt genre with interesting interviews with the artists, high quality photographic images of their artwork and a well considered layout so you can see the images clearly which makes it a great reference book.
Available on Amazon: Abstract & Geometric by Martha Sielman
Introduction to the book:
“These engaging works of art represent a range of styles across the abstract art spectrum. 300 gorgeous art quilts, bursting with color and excitement, capture the work of 124 major quilt artists from 18 countries. In-depth interviews with 29 of the artists help us understand their inspirations, their techniques, and their challenges. Learn about how Denyse Schmidt makes her color choices. Find out how Fumiko Nakayama first discovered the mola techniques for which she is famous. Discover why Sue Benner is drawn to plaids and why Deidre Adams likes old books. Participating artists come from Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, the UK, and across the US.”
Posted on June 15, 2016
The Summer Exhibition at the RA opened this week and both pieces of my work have sold. “Climping Wood” sold on Buyers Day and “Furnace Wood” in the opening week. The exhibition is great and definitely worth a visit.
“Furnace Wood” (846) is in Gallery VIII selected and hung by David Remfry RA and Climping Beach (1014) is next door in Gallery IX selected and hung by David Mach RA, Cathie PilkingtonRA & Bill Woodrow RA. On page 30 of the Summer Exhibition Illustrated catalogue (double page photograph) “Climping Beach” is shown lying on the floor of Gallery IV – the opposite end of the RA from Gallery IX!
This is the first year you can view and buy the artwork online Summer Exhibition Explorer. It gives a good overview of the exhibition and details of the artwork in each Gallery. You can view Climping Beach and Furnace Wood.
On Saturday 11 June BBC2 broadcast Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. Morgan Quaintance and Kirsty Wark access all areas at the Royal Academy as the institution prepares for its annual artistic extravaganza.
This year’s show is curated by the sculptor Richard Wilson and will bemarked by what he calls the ‘wow factor’. ABC bring their glamorous pop genius to the RA and we also hear the stories of the aspiring artists who submitted their paintings in the hope of getting on the walls of this hallowed institution.
Royal Academy of Arts SUMMER EXHIBITION 2016 – VARNISHING DAY 3rd June 2016
On Friday 3rd June I join the other Royal Academy of Arts Non-Members for Varnishing Day, historically an opportunity for artists to “varnish” and touch up their work, now a celebration of the Summer Exhibition where refreshments are served and prizes given and an opportunity to see our work hung before the exhibition opens to the public.
Prior to the reception we are greeted in the Annenberg courtyard of the Royal Academy by a steel band which leads the procession along Piccadilly to St James’s Church where a service for the artists is held before returning to party in the galleries.
Summer Exhibition submission:
- Two pieces of work can be entered – the entry deadline was 12 February or when 12,000 entries are received
- 11 March: notification that work had been shortlisted for delivery to the RA
- Delivery pack arrived to label artwork
- 12 or 13 May dates to deliver 2 dimensional artwork to the RA
- 19 May: notification that work is still under consideration
- 28 May confirmation that both pieces were selected and hung
Posted on May 29, 2016
Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition 2016: 13 June-21 August 2016
I am very excited and honoured that my artwork “Furnace Wood” and “Climping Beach” have been selected for the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition this year