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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!“

Dreaming of wildness and weather and the smell of the hills

Dreaming of wildness and weather and the smell of the hills

Memories of the Moor I was planning on being in Scotland in April and on Orkney in May and June, being inspired by mountains and sea and wide empty spaces. Instead I am stuck in a pleasant but tame agricultural landscape. However this does not stop me from dreaming of wildness and weather and the […]

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Getting Back to Painting Plein Air

Getting Back to Painting Plein Air

View from White Ley Bank, Fulstone – ink and colored pencil 15th May 2020 After the relaxing of the lockdown restrictions about the time allowed to exercise outdoors, it was great to be able to take advantage of the generally fine weather to resume some plein air art near to home. However, by the time […]

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Moving On

Moving On

I used one element of a Patrick Caulfield print [the basis of the Leeds University “stimulus” – a 60s style plate – red with white spots] and I made this into an 18” x18” painting incorporating an actual plate. I have made a similar work with a target. During the lockdown I cut down various […]

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Sweet Peas

Sweet Peas

Sweet peas in glass vase This is an oil painting on canvas size 45cm x 55cm.  The subject was intended to be used as one of a series of demonstrations to a local art group but wasn’t used as an actual live demonstration because the lock-down interrupted the sequence of events.  So that I could […]

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Figurative Art Fair online

Figurative Art Fair online

Blue Danube Façade I will be exhibiting three of my new drawings in this online Figurative Art Fair. The brand-new art fair organised by the Federation of British Artist will feature selected work for sale by elected members of their national art societies, the Pastel Society (PS), Royal Society of British Artists (RBA), Royal Institute of Painters in […]

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Studio Work in Lockdown

Studio Work in Lockdown

Ancient Egypt No.1 (Detail) Acrylic 61x61cm Inspired by Ancient Egyptian border patterns, I made a collection of 8 designs titled EGYPTIAN SKETCHBOOK in pens on canvas to emulate the effect of the many preparatory and exploratory studies I had made in my work journal. The pen on canvas presented many unforeseen and frustrating technical problems […]

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Karst

Karst

My studio woodblocks for’Karst’ book I am working on a book of prints for the LFA exhibition at the Leeds University Audrey Burton Gallery in November. This is a response to a piece of work in their extensive collection, a John Piper watercolour of Weathercote Cave in the Yorkshire Dales. Weathercote Cave is currently out […]

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Mexican Civil War 1910-20

Mexican Civil War 1910-20

Mexican Civil War 7 Pencil on paper These drawings are part of a collection of work looking at the Mexican Civil War 1910-20. A bit obscure I know but does have some contemporary parallels. These drawings were to be exhibited at Dean Clough this spring but along with everything else it’s on hold for the […]

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My wood engraving ‘Farmers market’ has been accepted to the 4th triennial wood engraving exhibition to tour USA

My wood engraving ‘Farmers market’ has been accepted to the 4th triennial wood engraving exhibition to tour USA

‘Farmers Market’ 6.25 x 5 inches (H X W) Wood engraving. Limited edition of 75 copies + 7 artist’s proofs. Fourth Triennial Relief Engraving Exhibition U.S.A. The Wood Engravers’ Network (WEN) is excited to host its 4th juried exhibition of relief engraving; bringing wood engraving to a broader audience to promote and encourage a passion […]

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