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!“
Blue Reeds (above) We are privileged to have a talent in which we can occupy ourselves at these worrying and stressful times. For others may find it harder to find peace and calm.
Here are a couple of images of pieces that I’m currently working on.
Trevor painting in egg tempera (above) To cheer myself up, whilst self-isolating, I looked back through my old sketchbooks. I was inspired by the watercolours that I had made of the view of the Fraglioni rocks from the highest point on Capri, they brought back the incredible experience of blue sea meeting blue sky.
Demolition begins (above) Dobroyd (woollen) Mill in Jackson Bridge, near Holmfirth, was founded in the 1820s and provided employment for the local villagers from then to early in the 21st century. The mill has been closed and derelict for several years and is now being demolished to make way for a proposed housing development. In […]
‘ My work in progress includes a drawing based on New York, possibly for the LFA exhibition in the Stanley Aubrey Gallery in November. Another work is ‘Ganesh Pol Gateway Jaipur India’ which is in the online RWS exhibition VISIONS 2020.See www.royalwatercoloursociety.co.uk and click on the link to exhibitions.
A New Beginning (above) ‘A New Beginning’ is a new landscape which would have been on show at York Open Studios in April and ‘Coalesce’ is my most recent painting, a soft and breezy seascape.
Here are a few photos of my 28-foot drawing on a series of sheets, an interpretation of “Gassed” (Augustus John, 1919) I did for our church’s 2018 Armistice service. It was centered on the war memorial and the two halves are mirrored but not mirrored images.
Casa Molino, Los Escullos (above) I am taking advantage of the lack of exhibition commitments to get on with a series of paintings of southern Spain.
The Art Walk in Wakefield didn’t happen of course but these depict some of my exhibition.
Patchwork Pot (above) At present I am working on “patchwork pots” and have created “Dementia” – a ceramic and mixed media piece for our 2020 Dean Clough exhibition.
Mother’s Day Bouquet watercolour & pastel This is a painting I was planning to put into the Dean Clough show, and of me sitting working on it. We feel not just for the artists and the Show, but for Dean Clough which has been so benign towards us for so many years now. We hope […]
A painting I was planning to put into the show, and a picture of me working outside (in isolation of course). We are so disappointed that the epidemic has prevented the Dean Clough Show for LFA: it is a Show we look forward to every year and gives us inspiration and motivation to start the […]