Friday, 13 April 2012

Falcon Mill Updates

Well work still continues on Falcon Mill and its all Go Go Go!
Mill developer Wayne Nicholas, who has kindly offered this tremendous space rent free , is creating a beautiful environment filled with natural light.
On each occasion we visit as a committee, the changes are vast.
The developments are immense and we are looking forward to finished exhibition space for hosting the grand opening! More images to follow as progress continues.

Pete Marsh

The Finish
Etching (edition 7/10)
6ins by 4 1/2ins

Pete began painting and printmaking again in September 2009 following the discovery that an old friend and artist, Garry, had died. Feeling compelled to produce his own work again for the first time in nearly twenty years, Pete is exhibiting and selling once again.
Pete attempts to produce, not just a facsimile of what he sees, but something that expresses what he and (hopefully) his audience feels.
He feels his work is perceptual rather than conceptual, emotional rather than intellectual and he prefers expression over realism, subtlety over sensationalism, substance over novelty and intuition over reason.
Pete’s work is held in private collections in the U.K., Canada and Australia. 

Stuart John Hine

Stuart has worked within the area of community arts for the past ten years. Currently his practice lends itself towards creating contextual visual art for the gallery space. Taking his experiences as a youth and community arts service provider his present work explores the area of identity, that of the individual and the group.

He is interested in representing those individuals or groups who have become marginalized, some excluded from regular social arenas and often from the community at large. His aim is to raise positive public profiles of such people, to elevate their social position and to celebrate their diversity.

In exploring portrait idioms and conventions traditionally reserved historically for the ruling classes, Stuart hopes to invert and critique their significance and provoke or to flip social and class ideals, placing people he finds to be the most fascinating at the top, regardless of their origins, and present them in a manner often reserved for the very highest elites.

Stuarts practice encompasses a number of disciplines including; ceramics, sand castings, print and painting. At present he is creating series of painted portraits. His medium is acrylics as he enjoys the irony of melding low art materials with high art practices such as the Italian renaissance.

Using unusual sitters and painting in an almost illustrative manner Stuart hopes to replicate something of the large, heavy gilt framed portraits we see within every civic building and gallery collections. His intention is to give a higher standing profile of the everyday man in a unique setting. He believes their histories are as important and worth celebrating too.

Valerie Halliwell

These paintings explore women’s sub-conscious programming, fundamental beliefs, thoughts and feelings and question values such as; ‘Is womanliness purely about motherhood, the physical and sexual or does it also encompass the spirit and soul?’

“We believed what you told us and how you behaved; through generations of our sisterhood we encompassed and reflected our beauty, function and worth through your eyes. At this crossroads, raising our sub- conscious from slumber, we realise and exchange our truths for your lies”

My paintings seek to embrace all aspects of womanhood and aim to aid the viewer in seeing them on their personal journey into a deeper recognition and understanding of self.

The Lilly Pond 5ft x 5ft

Grounded working red earth
I have you boxed and contained in wisdom beyond this place
I plunge beneath
Breaking waters
Naked and alone
Beyond my sub consciousness programming
To Light and Soul
Birth rite
Love rite
Life right