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                                                                                          opening at 11 am on

                        Saturday 20th October 2012

                                                                     until 5 November 2012

                                        a charity exhibition for the benefit of St. Leaonard's Hospice

                                MARK HEARLD, IAN JACKSON

                                NATALIE WARD, HELEN BATTY

                               HAYLEY FORREST, SOPHIE KEEN,

                        BECCA VOUSDEN, DAVID BAUMFORTH

                                        MALCOLM LUDVIGSEN

                               RORY MOTION, DAVID LAWTON

                                   RODDIE HARRIS installation

 

 

                                

                                   

 

 
   
 
                 
                 
         

 

     
                 
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Tales From the River Bank, an original painting  of collage and inks by Mark Hearld. image size 65 x 48 cm.

Price to be announced on Sat 20th October at 10am and sold to first customer to pay £100 deposit by cash or cheque (in person) to St Leonard's Hospice. If unsold at the exhibition opening, then a sale by telephone or email will be accepted.

Mark Hearld has created this beautiful artwork specially for this exhibition and requested that all proceeds from the sale (apart from the cost of the frame) go to St. Leonard's Hospice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    MARK HEARLD

 

Born in York and educated in illustration at Glasgow School of Art and graduating with a Masters degree from the Royal College of Art in 1999, Mark Hearld has enjoyed success with illustrations in the children's book 'My First Book of Nature', and design for the film set of 'Nanny McPhee'. His work has also been commissioned for a design project by Tate Britain and commissioned for  a successful range of textiles by St. Judes of Norfolk.

On 15th October 'Mark Hearld's Workbook' will be published by Merrell's with text by Simon Martin. It is hoped that copies of thios book will be available at Pyramid Gallery on the 20th October.

 

'The artist Mark Hearld finds his inspiration in the flora and fauna of the British countryside: a blue-eyed jay perched on an oak branch; two hares enjoying the spoils of an allotment; a mute swan standing at the frozen water’s edge; and a sleek red fox prowling the fields. Hearld admires such twentieth-century artists as Edward Bawden, John Piper, Eric Ravilious and Enid Marx, and, like them, he chooses to work in a range of media – paint, print, collage, textiles and ceramics. Workbook is the first collection of Hearld’s beguiling art. The works are grouped into nature-related themes introduced by Hearld, who narrates the story behind some of his creations and discusses his influences. He explains his particular love of collage, which he favours for its graphic quality and potential for strong composition. Art historian Simon Martin contributes an essay on Hearld’s place in the English popular-art tradition, and also meets Hearld in his museum-like home to explore the artist’s passion for collecting objects, his working methods and his startling ability to view the wonders of the natural world as if through a child’s eyes.

 

• The first book devoted to the St Jude’s artist Mark Hearld and his enchanting, bold visions of the landscapes, plants and animals of the British countryside


• Presents some 200 of Hearld’s popular prints, collages, sketches and textile and ceramic designs


• An exquisite, eclectic scrapbook that will delight all lovers of natural history, and fans of printmaking and English folk art'

 

Above text and photograph courtesy of Merrell Publishers, 2012

 

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'River Ouse' from the ForkArt series featuring 'Fisher Fork'

 

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'River Esk' from the ForkArt series featuring 'Fisher Fork'

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IAN JACKSON

Ian Jackson is a professional cartoonist and was a regular contributor to 'Punch' magazine before it closed in 2002

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'Heron watching' collage

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'Winter Riverside' Collage

 

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      NATALIE WARD

I graduated from The University of Derby with a Ba Hons in Illustration in 2005. Since then i have completed 3 previous group exhibitions, two of which i have helped curate, and one stand alone project.

My other artistic persuits have involved various private commisions and I have been a volunteer with the Museums Trust since graduating which has enabled me to gain a personal and enjoyable experience working with gallery collections and helping run communtiy art work shops.

My inspiration is to combine realistic, everyday imagery with an edge of surrealism provoked by use of vivid colours and collage materials. I love using inks, acrylics and any kind of interestingly patterned papers i can find.

With this exhibition theme of 'Tales from the riverbank' I am endeavouring to focus on landscapes and the rich variation of wildlife and foliage you would find on a  visit to a country

 

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RODDIE HARRIS

 

'River Hanging' installation

Roddie Harris, York based musician and artist will be creating an outrageously large fragmented stained glass design on paper called ' River Hanging' that will hang outside the front of the shop at the opening of the exhibition.

After the opening, at about 2.30pm, the  painting will be cut into squares and each piece signed on the back by the artist before distributing the fragments to the public, in return for a small donation to the charity, St. Leonard's Hospice.

We do not have an image of this yet, because the work has not been completed. However, we do know that it will be a semi abstract representation of a river

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RORY MOTION

Born in Huddersfield, in 1956, the son of a simple Yorkshire sales executive, Rory now resides in York, having lived variously in South-West France, Mid-Wales and Devon. He has at various times been a Spirograph and Stickleman stock-controller for Denys Fisher Toys, a painter and decorator, forester, oil-rigger, English teacher, balloon modeller, stand-up comic, singer-songwriter, radio broadcaster and poet, and sometimes performs with his backing band, The Travelling Libraries.

 

Angelically tutored, Rory has painted continuously since childhood, and therefore still sees the whole process as play, or ‘re-creation’ in its truest sense.  He first exhibited in 1979 at the spring exhibition at the Ferens Gallery in Hull. Since then he has shown paintings in South West France, Mid-Wales, Devon and Yorkshire and had his first solo exhibition in 2004, at the Lucius gallery in York. In November 2007, Rory combined his appearance at the Aldeburgh poetry festival with a successful exhibition at the Peter Pears gallery.

 

Rory works mainly in oil pastels, producing interiors, landscapes and text-pieces. He says he owes everything to his Mum, and forty quid to his Dad.

 

 

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'Cuckoo Flower'

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'Penistone Hill'

 

 

      NELL ART (aka Helen Batty)

After graduating with a BA in Art from York St John, specialising in ceramics and sculpture, I began producing figurative and landscape paintings and exhibiting them around the country.

I often take inspiration for my work from vintage design. The starting point for these paintings came from the railway travel advertisements of the 1920' and 1930's which were all around me when I was growing up near the Worth Valley Railway. The posters always appealed to me because of the way the images were built up from areas of flat, solid colour. The unnatural, exaggerated colours in the posters seemed to vividly describe the character of the landscape at certain times of the year and at certain times of day.

Living on the moors overlooking Wuthering Heights I was constantly aware of the way the mood of the landscape could change so dramatically depending on the weather and the season. In these paintings I aimed to use the unrealistic colour pallet of the 1920's travel posters to describe the changeable mood of the landscapes I knew growing up.

 

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NIKA SHIROCORAD

Nika Shirocorad is a composer, concert pianist and artist who was born in Russia and educated in England. She lives in York but spends much of her time in London, Paris and Sweden.

 

Her art is varied and includes pastel paintings of landscape, buildings and flowers, but also batik works on silk. Scarves that are sold in haute couture fashion outlets in Paris and Harrods include whimsical cats and designs that are inspired by two of her favourite artists Kandinski and Chagall.

 

This exhibition will include several silk scarves  ranging in price from £120 to £250

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'Down by the River', Fairy I , watercolour

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'Down by the River', Fairy II watercolour

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'Down by the River' Fairy III watercolour

 

 

 

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An Idyllic Summer, drawing

 

 

 

 

 

 

     

SOPHIE KEEN


 
I studied graphic arts at Liverpool John Moores university and devoted my third year to children's book illustration .I have been illustrating now for 10 years, working in a freelance capacity for various publishing houses, my usual medium is watercolour and inks but for this exhibition I have taken the opportunity to create new work using pen and wash. The pieces I have created are autobiographical, I have taken my own memories of the river Foss near to my house and the various events and day to day happenings to make my own 'tales from the riverbank'. I tend towards drawing from memory, and rarely take photographs to work from, instead I like to rely on the images in my minds eye to create something individual and personal to myself.

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Malcolm Ludvigsen Oil on canvas 30 x 24 inches

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Malcolm Ludvigsen Oil on canvas 30 x 24 inches

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    MALCOLM LUDVIGSEN

I am an oil-painter with a particular interest in figure and en plein-air painting. Whenever possible I like to paint in the open air, directly in front of the subject. This, I think, gives my work a vibrancy and vitality sadly lacking in much of studio painting. In fact, I disapprove of studios. Some one once said that a brush stroke in the field is worth twenty in the studio, and my own experience makes me heartily agree with this.

When I started painting I think the thing that first attracted me was Ruskin's exhortation that all men, as part of their morning salutations, should go out and paint a picture of the sky. This sounded like a very nice thing to do, so I decided to give it a go, and I've not really stopped painting since.

My subject matter is the ordinary, the domestic and the common place. I do not seek out the spectacular, the shocking or the disturbing. I'm drawn to the beautiful but do not seek it out. If my paintings have any purpose, apart from my own pleasure in painting them, it is to show the extraordinary in the ordinary. I do not consider myself part of the artistic establishment, which I find backward looking and conservative, but prefer to go my own way and ignore present fads and fashions.

My paintings are popular and can be found in galleries through out the UK and the US. They seem particularly popular in the US for some reason.

When I'm not painting, I'm a professor of mathematics. I have an international reputation for my work in relativity, black holes, and cosmology. I'm author of quite well known book on general relativity.

My Galleries:

London Galleries: Enid Lawson Gallery, The Bankside Gallery, The Gallery on Cork Street, Mall Gallery, New Grafton Gallery, Webbs Gallery, Llewellyn-Alexander Gallery.

 




 

 

 

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'Thomason Foss in Flood' mixed media & watercolour on paper

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'Byland Abbey' mixed media & watercolour on paper 10 x 10 inches

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'Gateway to Kirkham Priory, Spring' mixed media & watercolour on paper 10 x 10 inches

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Winter Skies, Filey. 6.5ins x 9.5ins

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Squall in Robin Hoods Bay. 4.5ins x 15ins

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Colour Beginnings Bridge of Sighs after Turner 8ins x 10ins

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High Tide at The Brigg 5.5ins x 10ins

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South to Bridlington 4.5 ins x 15ins

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

      DAVID BAUMFORTH

 

David Baumforth is an internationally respected painter. His paintings are for enjoyment. He paints the things and places he loves - the North Yorkshire coast, it's hinterland, and Andalucia - always striving to paint the truth. He believes that work must have intellect and be carried out with as much skill as possible, but in the end it is the viewer that must judge. He was born in York, and is self-taught. His work has been shown in many exhibitions and galleries in the UK and Europe.

"Anyone who has an eye for art, the deep passionate colour of Turner, the pure loving observations of Constable must rejoice that our century has David Baumforth. This work is ‘The real thing’, wet with sea spray we can feel, fresh with gust of wind, always mysterious, always beautiful: art to be cherished”. - Sister Wendy Beckett, Art Historian and Broadcaster

"Baumforth makes no claims for his work. Like many honest artists of skill and belief he just gets down to it and paints the places he loves to the best of his ability knowing that, in the end, the work must speak for itself. Uncomplicated and deeply moving"

David Lee, Editor of the Jackdaw, Art Critic and Broadcaster

 

 

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The Force of Nature, Robin Hoods Bay from Stoupe Brow. 18ins x 42ins  Mixed Media on Paper by David Baumforth £3500 framed

 

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ALISON VARLEY

Alison Varley uses a traditional 'forging' techniques to make individual and unique works of art in silver and gold. We like these at Pyramid Gallery because there is no way to reproduce these except at the hands of a time served artisan. The process is physically demanding and requires artistic talent as well as knowledge about the materials used.

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