LEEDS FINE ARTISTS
LFA Artists’ News
In 2020 the requirement for social isolation and distancing led to art galleries closing their doors. However, new visual art may still make a positive contribution to the quality of people’s lives and this page offers the public the opportunity to view the work that LFA members are producing in this challenging time for all of us. We hope that visitors to the website will gain some pleasure and benefit from these posts.
As a positive response to these circumstances the Members News page also includes two on-line exhibitions of members’ work : the Summer Online Exhibition that was shown between 11th July and 29th August 2020; and the Winter Online Exhibition running from 18th November 2020 to 31st January 2021.
In 2020 LFA was not able to hold its annual exhibition at Dean Clough in June and July as planned. The planned exhibition in the Station Gallery, Richmond was postponed until summer 2022 and our exhibition at The Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery at Leeds University scheduled for later in 2020 was also postponed.
As coronavirus restrictions are gradually being eased, LFA is delighted to be able to hold its first physical exhibition in over a year. This exhibition is at the Blossom Street Gallery in York and Charles Hutchinson, the editor of York’s number one online cultural magazine, has published an excellent article on the show. Click here to read the illustrated article.
The second exhibition is Look Again: Leeds Fine Artists at the Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery, University of Leeds, 8th June to 23rd October 2021. The curators at the gallery have written the following introduction to the exhibition:
“Leeds Fine Artists was founded in 1874. It is one of the oldest regional arts organisations in the North of England. Its members were invited to respond to artworks in the University Art Collection. Each artist has translated their chosen piece into their own media and format. The resulting artworks show the diversity of creative responses to this challenge. We hope their works inspire you to look again at the University Art Collection, too.” Furthermore, an early visitor to the exhibition commented: “I came away very impressed with all aspects of the presentation and content. The concept of employing the gallery’s collection as a source of inspiration works admirably. Whether by chance or otherwise, the range of these artefacts is richly diverse in both period and subject. Of even greater delight is the sheer range of media, thematic interpretations and creativity displayed by LFA artists. The exhibition even contains works referencing elements of wit and humour, qualities all too rarely seen in contemporary shows today!“
Wadsworth’s dynamic response to the debris left over from a Black Country steel-making process may well have been triggered by the powerful war-torn landscapes depicted by artists on the Western Front during the preceding four years.
Inspired by Sir George Clausen RA’s painting Trees, I have explored the artist’s much quoted dictum that: “light is the most important person in a picture”.
Some years ago, interested in Caulfield’s work, I made a painting of 60s wallpaper.– a comment on some paintings being merely wallpaper.
I was at once attracted to “The Triple Alliance” because it was clearly a Collage using printed material and playing with random shapes: a process with which I am very familiar and besides, it is of a decent size and made an immediate impact.
Looking through the University’s on-line art collection I came across an entry for a print, “Bretton Hall” by Michael Anderson. This immediately caught my attention, as I had been a mature student at Bretton Hall College when “Andy” was head of the Art Department.
I was first made aware of the work of Alfred Wallis when I was a student at Leeds College of Art in the late 1950’s.
The challenge of dynamic drawing from music-led disciplines in studio and theatre locations has been a main interest of mine. Friends, other participators at shared dance classes, as well as professionals, have been models in my previous working drawings.
As an abstract landscape artist influenced by the 1950’s abstract expressionist work of Peter Lanyon, I chose the painting “Above and Below” by Trevor Bell who was involved with the St Ives School at the same time.
It was the title of the work in the University archives – “A Mountain Pool (also known as A Mountain Tarn)” by Alexander Cozens that originally caught my eye.
When the Look Again project was first broached I was working on a particular series of paintings as part of my performers-in-boxes theme.
I finished this linoprint ‘Day out in Whitby’ in February 2020 from sketches made in normal times for the LFA exhibition to be held at the Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery inspired by works from the Leeds University Art collection postponed until now.
I selected a watercolour by John Piper from the collection; a study of Weathercote Cave near Ingleton. The cave is an example of streams disappearing into underground caverns in this limestone area.