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!“
I was thrilled to have all three of my submissions accepted for the 159th Annual Exhibition of the Society of Women Artists which this year will take place on-line only.
I am in the postponed RA Summer exhibition which opens 6 October 2020 and runs till 3 January 2021.
Recently, during this extended lock-down period, as we have been forbidden from travelling, I have been working in the studio.
Sunlight and Gondolas
I am taking part in the ever popular annual Central Fife Open Studio (CFOS) weekend that has, thanks to Covid-19, been replaced this year by a virtual open studio event scheduled for the 5th and 6th September 2020.
This view of West Nab is a few yards from my home at the start of a local lockdown walk on the edge of the Pennines. In the first 10 weeks of lockdown I did this walk 42 times and made lots of other sketches along the way, of animals plants and birds, and also from my garden.
Hopefully this exhibition will be rearranged for next year.
During the month of September, my work is to be shown in a solo exhibition held at the Atelier-Galerie Bressigny in Angers, France.
George and I both have a couple of pieces in it, set in the woodland up near the Temple.
The Gallery is exhibiting 10 of my paintings until 19 September 2020.
With the continued relaxing of the lockdown restrictions, it was great to be able to resume some plein air oil painting. Unfortunately the weather this summer has been disappointing so only managed to do six paintings outdoors over the summer.
I’ve been working on a new series of Sea paintings, influenced by the warmer colours of Summer. These are available through my website or Instagram page.