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!“
“Road to Rodalquilar Also I’m just working on a small portrait in oils of my grandson, which isn’t quite finished! I obviously had to paint it from a photograph, taken on holiday in Wales. He’s at the top of a slide in a treehouse.
Progress print (unfinished) Also I’m jusI am currently working on collagraph prints inspired by previous photographs and sketches sat on Hipperholme hills looking towards Brighouse and Huddersfield. I want to eventually capture that short magical moment between fading natural light and emerging urban light. I am still re-working these print blocks (second photograph) and the final […]
I am delighted to have taken part in Highgate Contemporary Art’s ‘Feed the NHS’ charity postcard online exhibition. Proceeds from the sales are donated to ‘Feed NHS’ which is a campaign set up by the restaurant chain Leon. They are looking to raise money to help feed the NHS workers and critical care staff one […]
“Haytime Plates Whilst many artists have had exhibitions cancelled, galleries closed and workshops cancelled, I am in the strange position of having to keep working steadily to create work for a solo show which is still currently scheduled to open on the 10th July at the Dales Countryside Museum in Hawes. The show is a […]
“Cool Jeremiah” “Cool Jeremiah” was made in 2017 on my third visit to the De Niro International Artists’ Colony in Bitola, Macedonia (now North Macedonia). It is in oils on canvas and about 3ft x 2ft. At home I had been working on some very tight realistic work and took the chance at the colony […]
“CLe Trésor de la Pie and artist This past month I have been working on finishing paintings ready for exhibition in France during the Autumn. If not cancelled due to the Coronavirus, I have a solo show in the Galerie Bressigny in Angers through the month of September and I also hope to exhibit once […]
Like most artists I have had several exhibitions cancelled as a result of Corona virus but I have still managed to carry on painting. I have finished a couple of larger canvases and have spent this week photographing the new work for my website which you can see here https://jillcampbell.info/portfolio/2020-gallery/
My sketchbook Despite now having more time to work, I have found it difficult to settle my mind to paint in the studio so I have spent the afternoons drawing outside. I am very lucky to live in the country with easy access to a patch of wild land that I have walked and drawn […]
Painting of’ the Climbers Memorial at Annapurna Base Camp’ (top left) and me actually painting there with other photographs of my trek. Annapurna sketchbook and photographs at Annapurna Base Camp, Nepal, 4130m, 13,550ft Being in lock down made me think about some of the many excellent places I have visited and work I have produced. Looking […]
My retrospective exhibition at the Frank Mitchell Gallery Dewsbury was hung on the 17th January. Now in isolation with no end in sight, it’s my longest exhibition yet ……unfortunately nobody can see it.
Cir Mhor from Glen Rosa The second picture shows the sketch I made on location on the Isle of Arran, together with the lino block after completing the process and the colours used. The print was made by progressively cutting and etching the block and applying ink in 8 stages.
Farm Above Diggle, oil, 24 x 24 cm I had hoped to submit these and some other plein-air oils to the LFA annual exhibition at Dean Clough, but will now have to wait for another opportunity. However, this delay is a minor inconvenience considering the circumstances everyone has to cope with. I feel I should […]