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!“
Personal Exhibition. Creativity during the Lockdown, 18th June – 3rd Sep 2021 at the Creative Arts Hub, Mirfield, West Yorkshire
Showcase is a major exhibition across all Dean Clough’s gallery spaces that displays, as never before, the diversity and excellence of the visual arts across the Northern region.
I have three pieces of work in the Manchester Academy of Fine Arts exhibition at Oldham Art Gallery.
I am taking part in Glyndebourne Festival’s ‘Forces of Nature’ Exhibition. I’ll be showing new work inspired by florals.
Part of a series of work based on the Mexican Civil War.
I will be exhibiting in the next Highgate Contemporary Anonymous Postcards exhibition which takes place on line from 2-31 May.
I am Exhibiting in the RE originals 2021 Royal (Society of Painter Printmakers Exhibition, from 28 April – 13 June 2021 at Bankside Gallery, London.
As lockdown finally lifts, galleries are at last able to re-open their doors and socially-distanced, live exhibitions can slowly recommence.
Apart from the exhibition at Blossom Street I am taking part in an exhibition with MAFA at Oldham Art Gallery called ‘Art of the everyday’.
Two recent paintings Autumn woods.
I have started to teach art classes via Zoom over the last lockdown and these two paintings were the outcomes of my online demonstrations.
I was grateful when a friend gave me 3 canvases [60cm square] that he found too big to work on.motivated to paint.