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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!“

Submissions for Dean Clough 2020

Submissions for Dean Clough 2020

BYZANTIUM: 21 WINDMILLS, Acrylic on 4 x panels, total 244 x 122cm. My current practice is Hardedge Geometric Abstraction. Initially my source of inspiration is Ancient Pattern. I work sequentially through many permeations in work journals developing ideas, until I decide which options might lead to finished pieces, and these will usually then be part […]

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A portrait of Jason and Fraser on Tower Ridge

A portrait of Jason and Fraser on Tower Ridge

Jake and Fraser on Tower Ridge This is a painting in oils on canvas size 80cm x 65cm.  It came about because a while ago I climbed Tower Ridge on the north face of Ben Nevis with Jason, a close friend and old climbing companion and his son Fraser who was just 14 years old […]

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Commission paintings for the Dakota Hotel, Edinburgh

Commission paintings for the Dakota Hotel, Edinburgh

At the end of March I have won a commission project for 2 large canvases (300cm x 170cm); they have been completed in self-isolation at the Creative Arts Hub in Mirfield. The brief was based on vintage travel and inspired by the traditional railway posters. I am very happy with the result and really enjoyed the work on such a […]

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Beyond the Tree

Beyond the Tree

Kilburn Horse block drawing. Shortly after the end of the Northern Stones and Peat Smoke exhibition in Liverpool I was invited to have a solo exhibition at the ‘Inspired By’ gallery in the North York Moors National Park. The theme of the exhibition and programmed events focused on the environmental importance of trees and their […]

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Layers in Landscape and In Paint

Layers in Landscape and In Paint

Work in progress on a 41cm square canvas, with colours, tools, sketchbook and notes. My artwork usually comes from walking in the landscape. Getting out in the fresh air, in the natural environment has always been really important to me. Being there in all weathers; absorbing and responding to a sense of place, is at […]

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Attic Painting

Attic Painting

I’m working in the attic with limited supplies. The 80cm. square has been around for a long time. I started with some homemade stencils then changed things. The end result may be totally different…

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En Plein Air Whatever the Weather

En Plein Air Whatever the Weather

Cherry Blossoms at St Peter’s, Addingham (above) Whatever the weather, I like to work outside whenever possible. Some of these plein air paintings will be finished pieces like the ink and watercolour ‘Cherry Blossoms at St Peter’s, Addingham.’ (28 x 41cm). On other occasions, small oil paintings are done on wood like this little study […]

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York open Studios

York open Studios

The first four works would have gone into this year’s York Open Studios. The ‘Blue Landscape’ is a current piece; it needs a little detail and texture in the foreground and a varnish but its almost there (it is acrylic, Inktense and oil pastel on board and is roughly 40 cm x 40 cm).

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In the Footsteps of Marie Hartley Exhibition

In the Footsteps of Marie Hartley Exhibition

Meadow collagraphs (above) The second image is of a print that I’ve made for an exhibition that is due to go ahead in July but the museum is currently closed so I’m not totally sure what will happen. They may postpone it or it may go ahead. Details of the show are:THE VIEW FROM THE […]

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One for Dean Clough

One for Dean Clough

The artwork is one for Dean Clough (eventually) which is “Sassangher, Dolomites” a linoprint, 45 x 34 cm. I feel like working on images of Mountains at present. The Sassangher one is from a visit to the Dolomites 2 years ago. The one in the studio picture is going to be of Cir Mhor on […]

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