LEEDS FINE ARTISTS
LFA Artists’ News
From the summer of 2021 galleries in the UK began to reopen for public exhibitions. The Members News posts for September 2021 onwards will now feature LFA Members who have work on display in galleries.
As a consequence of the Covid-19 pandemic, LFA’s first physical exhibition in over a year was from 16th April to 21st June 2021 at the Blossom Street Gallery in York.
The second physical exhibition was “Look Again: Leeds Fine Artists” at the Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery, University of Leeds, 8th June to 23rd October 2021. LFA members were invited to respond to artworks in the University Art Collection. Each artist responded to their chosen piece in their own style, media and format.
Prior to these exhibitions, during the various stages of the pandemic lockdowns the Members News posts offered the public the opportunity to view the work that took place in our members’ studios and the posts also featured two LFA online exhibitions.
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