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 had no inspiration at all during lockdown but was commissioned to do a painting for a new home extension and a portrait for someone’s 70th birthday.
Lockdown has provided time to reflect on my heritage and ancestry. From the tin miners of Cornwall who moved to the coal mines of Durham after the demise of the tin mining industry in the middle of the 19th century.
“The Life Room” is subject matter in a tradition of artists of repute: Picasso, Manet, Titian, etc etc. It is challenging in that it can be interpreted wrongly. It is an important theme for me and I have turned to it during my lockdown quietness and calm.
As we have not been allowed to travel more than a few miles from home for nearly a year now, I have used photographs as subject matter from which to make small paintings. George’s cousin who lives in Holland photographed this particular scene of the North Sea Canal.
What a wonderful spring. As an exercise I decided to fill a concertina watercolour sketchbook (bought a while before at the Norman Ackroyd exhibition in Bretton Park and consigned to a cupboard). Each day I painted in the garden and just enjoyed a relaxing time. No onus to make a finished work of art’.
Lock-down 1 arrived suddenly and severed a series of demonstrations that I had commenced for a local art group. In order to bring the work to a satisfactory conclusion and as a means of trying something new I completed one of the works and made a video recording of the process.
On one or two of the rare days last summer that we managed to get beyond the garden gate during a beautiful warm period, we were fortunate to be able to grasp the opportunity to walk from our house up the lane through the fields of grazing sheep and into the area adjacent to Addingham golf course.
It’s been a challenge during lockdown not having access to all the usual inspirational sights and sounds but I have been lucky enough to get out pretty frequently into some big open spaces close to where I live.
Over the last year a group of Doncaster artists, including myself, have been working towards setting up a new art gallery for the town.
The first lockdown coincided with the Spring Equinox 2020 and since then I have kept a sketchbook diary of wildlife, garden features and wild plants, birds and animals that have caught my attention on walks or in the garden.
Last spring I was busy working on new prints for a solo show, which was the culmination of a 2-year funded project with the Dales Countryside Museum.
During lockdown I’ve been working on a commission from Skippko Arts Team, where I also work as project manager.