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 have always admired Judith Cain’s work since I first saw her exhibit in Leeds. So when I came across ” Canal Gardens” it was an easy decision to choose this piece to respond to.
I was interested in depicting a consideration and contemplation of the transience of life and the effects of the loss of a loved one.
Bowling Torso depicts a person at the peak of their health and vitality. The work seems to show an implicit balance between mind and body.
I made these drawings outside in the South Downs. Like Hitchens, I was aiming for a sensation and feeling of place. I used negative space expressing a taut line of a branch, a soft breeze in a brush of ink
I like the fresh qualities of line and the way Gross has used the patterns and juxtaposition of the leaf shapes in this work.
Katharine’s wonderfully textured painting immediately brought to mind a recent discovery on the River Wharfe:
I was drawn to the idea of artist and muse, or poet and muse in the painting of the poet James Kirkup, and made a painting too big to transport, and in which I lost confidence the more it sat in the studio.
I met Peter Greenham at the Royal Academy in the late 70s. I remember we shared an enthusiasm for Spanish painting and Velazquez in particular.
My work ‘Reaching higher’ takes its inspiration from Marie Hartley’s City Scape with Skyscraper, (Visit to America).
I chose Augustus John’s ‘Welsh Landscape’ initially because it just felt right for me. I felt it would be a personal journey not only to ‘look again’ at an artist that I had always thought so much of, but now the landscapes of this period (c1911-1914).
I will be taking part in this Summer’s York Open Studios event involving 140 artists in 96 venues spread over an area within 10 miles of the City centre.
Personal Exhibition. Creativity during the Lockdown, 18th June – 3rd Sep 2021 at the Creative Arts Hub, Mirfield, West Yorkshire