Sep
11
7:30 PM19:30

Alan McGowan- Expressive Life Painting

Alan will be talking about how his work has developed over the years and its relationship to life drawing.

Based in Scotland, Alan is a respected painter of portraits and life studies. His paintings have featured at many exhibitions of contemporary art including the Scottish Portrait Awards 2017, the BP portrait exhibition at the National Gallery 2015 and he was a semi-finalist in the Sky Portrait Artist of the Year in 2014

Alan McGowan was born in 1964 in Glasgow and studied for his degree at Edinburgh College of Art. Working always from life, his paintings explore the tension between the inherent elusiveness of the world and our attempts to hold on to it. Seeing language itself as a vehicle for these attempts the language of paint – colour, tone, runniness, translucency, opacity, line etc become a second subject in tandem with the model, a parallel terrain. 

Alan also teaches figure drawing, painting and anatomy for artists and has taught at the Royal Academy in London, The National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh College of Art, and many other establishments. In 2012 he published a book of drawings “The Language of the Body” and In 2017 he published "Unstill Life.

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Oct
9
7:30 PM19:30

Andrew James- A demonstration of Oil Portraits in Five Stages

ANDREW JAMES.  RP NEAC

A wonderfully passionate artist, Andrew James has been painting for over 25 years, capturing incredible likeness and energy of his subjects, through his sumptuously rigorous and painterly approach.

Based in Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent, Andrew James is a highly sought after Artist, who has worked on many prestigious commissions of public figures. Winner of the Carroll Foundation Award in 1998 and of BBC’s Star Portraits with Rolf Harris, Andrew was elected Vice–President of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters in 2008 and a member of the New English Art Club in 2017.

Self- taught, without mentor and unrestrained by outside influences, Andrews closeness and empathy for scenes and sitters clearly comes across in his many every day and down to earth subjects.

“He has absorbed a broad painterly aesthetic, displaying a thirst to draw inspiration from often disparate subjects”.  Paul James testimonial.

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Nov
13
7:30 PM19:30

Sophie Ploeg- Textiles in Pastel, a demonstration

Sophie Ploeg- Painter/tutor/writer

‘Searching for a bit of beauty in our world. Breaking down the mysteries of painting’

In my paintings I aim to connect dots; the dots of history, fashion, art and contemporary life. By seeking connections I hope to construct a meaningful layer to my and our lives. By incorporating pieces of history, referring to the art from the past, and using props such as antique lace, art can show the bigger picture.

I am an artist specializing in portraiture and drapery in oils and pastels. I love depicting textiles such as lace and velvet as well as creating evocative portraits. I share the beauty in life, arts, crafts and history in my painting by depicting historic objects, faces and textiles. My work has been exhibited at many shows such as The BP Portrait awards, The Pastel Society, and the Royal Society of Portrait Painters. Collections are found over Europe and the USA.

I also teach, speak, and write about art and art history, much of which can be found on my blog.

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Jul
10
7:30 PM19:30

Gail Mason- A Critique of Members' Work

For our evening meeting on Tuesday 19th July Gail Mason will be leading a critique of Club Members' work. Gail is an award winning printmaker and experienced lecturer, based in Claverham, where she also runs Workshops. Gail’s work as a printmaker is primarily concerned with the positive impact of colour on the senses. Using screen print techniques and a strong use of colour to produce “one off” images, Gail explores the ‘emotional landscape’ and our journeys within it.

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Jun
16
10:30 AM10:30

Plein Air Painting Day in Portishead, Saturday June 16th

Ian Price has kindly invited Club Members to his home in Portishead. His property has access from the garden to the foreshore, with views of the lighthouse and Channel.

Black Nore beach and Lighthouse accessed via uneven steps through a large wooded garden. Also views of Fedden Village (former Nautical school).

Tea and coffee and toilet facilities will be available. Please bring a packed lunch.

Address: 12 Glenwood Rise, Portishead BS20 8EH

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Jun
12
7:30 PM19:30

Huw Richard-Evans, Landscape and Seascape Artist

Huw Richard-Evans, My Work and a Demonstration

Born in Pembrokeshire, Huw moved to Bristol in 1980 where he studied fine art before embarking on a career in landscape painting and fashion. He initially built up a reputation as a fashion designer; working with a range of clients including the Celtic Manor Resort, The Shard and Eastern Airways. After lecturing in both Art and Fashion Design, Huw now focuses his talents on his great passion – painting. His career as a painter is now flourishing, with both national and international collectors appreciating his work. Now based in the South West, Huw is represented by galleries in Pembrokeshire, Cardiff and Bristol. His commissions include the RNLI, Bristol University and ITV’s Broadchurch.

Often textural and with a spiritual quality, Huw’s paintings contain drama, passion and energy. For Huw, the painting process is one of great personal joy. “I often start, not knowing where the creative journey will lead me. For me, my emotional response to the piece I am creating takes me on a sometimes unplanned path. Taking risks with a touch of paint and a flick of the brush leads me into exciting unknown territories.”

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May
8
7:30 PM19:30

Hashim Akib- Figures in a Scene

Hashim Akib- Demonstrating Figures in a Scene

Hashim is an Artist and Teacher who has worked as an Illustrator in the UK for over 15 years. With a client list that is very long and varied, he has gained valuable experience developing a backbone of drawing, conceptual ideas and various painting techniques.

As a child he was always drawing, painting or making clay models, whilst watching, reading and experiencing many creative processes.

As an Acrylic artist Hashim is inspired by street and marine scenes, trees and people with a strong accent on sunlight. Generally working from photos, there is very little preliminary drawing as Hashim likes to get straight in using vibrant colours and lively brush strokes to keep the energy of the image going, often working on 3 or 4 paintings at a time.

Hashim has generally become more drawn to abstract images, exploring colour and spontaneous brush marks, and being less reliant on detail. Always enjoying the processes and discovering new artistic and creative horizons.

Throughout his career Hashim has won many awards, produced books, carried out live demonstrations, and contributed articles to many art publications. His work is shown in several galleries in the UK, and he has taught his unique techniques to art schools in the UK, Italy and France.

This will be an evening not to be missed.

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Apr
10
7:30 PM19:30

Tim Wilmott- Simplifying Watercolour

Tim Wilmott, Bristol Savages- Simplifying Watercolour

I am Tim Wilmot, based in Bristol UK and I'm a semi-professional watercolour artist. I am also a member of the Bristol Savages, a Society concerned with the pursuit of the Fine Arts, Painting, Music, Poetry, other Performing Arts since 1904.

I've painted on and off all my life, and I would say almost exclusively in watercolour.  I love watercolour.  It's the challenge I think with watercolour to pull a painting off, but it's also about some of the unique things you can do with watercolour that are difficult or impossible with say oils - e.g. try and do what they call 'wet in wet' in oils!  I also love the spontaneity of watercolour and the speed at which you can work, often being able to complete a painting in under 2 hours.  Also, the freshness you can get with watercolour, the attempt to make one brush stroke work just right. As regards subjects to paint, I love doing landscapes and seascapes.

I sell my paintings worldwide, have had many paintings into exhibitions mainly in the UK, and have won a few local competitions.  I also run a few workshops in the UK and Europe.  For those people who can't travel, I offer online workshops

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Mar
13
7:30 PM19:30

Club Meeting, 13th March, Jason Lane RWA- Sculpting with Scrap Metal

Jason is a collector of found materials, with a workshop stacked high with source material for his work.

He collects predominantly reclaimed steel and is drawn to the aged qualities and personal histories of materials. Inspiration for his work is also in part derived from a fascination with mechanical objects and their animalistic qualities.

Jason makes static sculptures of animals ranging in size from small tabletop pieces up to the larger than life size Ox sculpture, which was commissioned for Persimmon Homes in Portishead.

He also makes mechanical sculptures, which include a vehicular sound sculpture that was used in the closing ceremony of the 2012 Paralympics and the Blackpool art car parade in 2008. He has also made a series of drawing machines and solid fuelled kitchen appliances.

Jason has a keen engineering mind and has recently enjoyed working with Kevin McCloud designing and making a mechanical hammock for the second series of Kevin McCloud’s man made home for Channel 4.

Jason grew up in Herefordshire and studied art at Hereford College of Art and Design, Exeter College of Art and Design and Dublin College of Art and Design. He now lives and works in Bristol.

Jason Lane's work can be seen at various public locations in and around Bristol, including the RWA and Bristol Zoo, where a new interactive money collection device was installed on 10 September 2015:

www.jasonlane.org.uk

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Jan
9
7:30 PM19:30

Club Meeting- Drawing To Music

Club Meeting- Drawing to Music, Tuesday 9th January 7.30pm

January 6, 2018

·  An evening sketching the Silverbridge Folk Band

Silverbridge is a fiddle, flute and autoharp trio playing traditional tunes from the British Isles and beyond. Helen on fiddle, Lyn on Autoharp and Katie on flute make up the trio.

Have your pencils and sketch books at the ready to enjoy a fun evening listening to great music and enjoying the challenge of capturing images of the band in action.

 

 

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Margaret Micklewright - Turning Point
Nov
14
7:30 PM19:30

Margaret Micklewright - Turning Point

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Margaret was brought up on the beautiful Isle of Arran in Scotland, graduating from Gray’s in Aberdeen and now based in the West Country where she enjoys painting the landscape around her

Returning to painting after a long work enforced break she has managed to find more and more time to paint.Margaret uses wet on wet techniques and both inks and oil paints to achieve a deliberately ambiguous link to the landscape.

Preferring to paint outdoors where weather conditions often dictate the course of a painting, she seeks to retain some detail of where she is but to also describe the conditions, through light and motion.  She has visited Cornwall for decades, in particular,  the Penwith area and a residency at Brison’s Veor at Cape Cornwall proved to be an inspirational visit which deepened her connection to the sea.  

She continues to explore and manipulate media, always drawn to the benefits of a single bottle of Parker ink.  Work recently completed a course in Cornwall and has formed part of the In the BRUT midwinter exhibition at the Bruton Art Factory.  

 

 

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Janette Kerr PRWA - An Uncontrollable Force
Oct
10
7:30 PM19:30

Janette Kerr PRWA - An Uncontrollable Force

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Janette Kerr is a foul-weather painter. Drawn to the perimeters of land, her work is an index of edges and ledges, exposed headlands and wind-swept seas.

Extreme Wave Theory is an on-going research project concerning the interface between art and science. The work relates to the history and stories of the sea surrounding Shetland, and the work of Norwegian oceanographers studying the unpredictability of waves and wind. Her large-scale drawings and canvases are a direct response to the environment and the traditions inherent within it.

Through extended visits during the last year, she has amassed a kind of "non-intentional" personal archive. Kerr has been delving into the Shetland Museum archives for old documents and artifacts relating to fishing. She has been walking the coastline and watching the sea, talking to Shetland fishermen who know their sea and coastline intimately, and tell tales of storms, massive waves and near escapes, and traveled to the Bergen Meteorological Institute to engage in open dialogues with Norwegian mathematicians and scientists searching the oceans for extreme waves.

The outcome is a body of work that seeks to make direct visual associations between observational, archival and oral research, and oceanographic measurement.
Janette Kerr was President of the Royal West of England Academy from 2011 - 2016 and is a Visiting Research Fellow in Fine Art at the University of the West of England.

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Peter Longman - Studio Pottery
Sep
12
7:30 PM19:30

Peter Longman - Studio Pottery

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From Mud and Water Man to Moon Jar Lady - 100 years of Studio Pottery in Britain

Tonight will be a fantastic opportunity to see and handle pieces of unique museum quality pottery from Peters own collection.

People have been making pottery for 10,000 years; the fusion of the four ancient elements of earth, water, air and fire produces vessels from which we can cook and drink and feed ourselves, and that can also give an aesthetic pleasure to the touch and to the eye.  The poet and critic Sir Herbert Read wrote that “if you want judge the art of a country, judge the fineness of its sensibility by its pottery; it is a sure touchstone”.  

Potters were an essential part of any community, and their skills were often passed down through the generations. But that tradition stated to change with mass production and the industrial revolution. Studio pottery in Britain was born of the Arts and Crafts Movement, started by John Ruskin and William Morris in the 19th century as a reaction against mass production and to seek a return to the traditions of the individual maker. 

The pioneers of studio pottery 100 years ago were influenced by those so-called ‘peasant potters’ who still survived, particularly in the west country, as well as by the traditions and techniques of the far east with their exotic glazes and use of porcelain. Some saw themselves as akin to fine artists and attempted to price their work accordingly, but most simply wanted to make things that ordinary people would appreciate and could afford to use. The best known exponent was Bernard Leach who discovered pottery whilst in Japan and in 1920 set up a workshop at St Ives that still survives today. He helped train a generation of potters from all around the world; his grandson John continues the family tradition at Muchelney near Langport.  The Winchcombe Pottery near Cheltenham was re-opened by Leach’s first pupil, Michael Cardew, in 1926 and is also still run on traditional lines. However most studio potters now work on their own, producing items for domestic use alongside more expensive exhibition pieces.

The range of work now being made runs from simple coffee mugs and plates to one-off ceramic sculpture for fashionable art galleries, whilst the influences today   include the far east, modern European, traditional African art, abstract, and even geological forms.

Peter Longman developed the collecting bug whilst working as Deputy Director of the Crafts Council 35 years ago, and his talk is largely based on pots made in the west country.  There will be an opportunity to handle selected pieces and to view the rest of the collection.  

Peter was 5 years as Deputy Director of the Crafts Council and 11 years as the Government's Chief Advisor on Museums and Galleries - so look forward to a great night.

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David Parfitt RI - A Watercolour Demonstration
Jun
13
7:30 PM19:30

David Parfitt RI - A Watercolour Demonstration

David see's his paintings as fairly representational and says his aim is to create something which has a sense of place without looking too contrived or deliberate. His whole approach is about experimenting, learning and developing as he attempts to push the water-based medium as far as he can. All the while trying to bear in mind Lucien Freud’s words ‘The painting, in order to move us, must not merely remind us of life, but must acquire a life of its own'.

David lives near Bath. He is a landscape painter, working with watercolours and water-based media.  He was elected a member of The Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours in 2011 and is currently serving on the RI Council as the RI Membership Secretary.

He won the Neil Meacher RI sketchbook award in 2012, the Frank Herring award in 2014 and the Winsor & Newton/RI award (for the group of paintings judged to be the most outstanding contribution to the exhibition) in 2016

David's website is here

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Two Rivers Paper - Paper for Artists
May
9
7:30 PM19:30

Two Rivers Paper - Paper for Artists

This will be a wonderful opportunity to see how one of  a very few commercial handmills still operating in Europe create artist's paper. Two Rivers will bring along paintings, prints and drawings in a variety of media and styles to illustrate this talk. There will also be an opportunity to purchase these beautiful papers in various styles and formats on the night.

Two Rivers was formed in 1976 and has been run and located at Pitt Mill, Somerset, UK since 1990. 

The owner/manager is Jim Patterson, a fourth generation paper maker who has spent his entire working life in the paper industry, in larger mills both in England and abroad, including Wansborough Paper Company in Watchet.

The mill is over 400 years old and still retains much of the ancient wooden milling machinery. It's been restored over the last 15 years to a working water-powered traditional paper mill, using a 100-year-old metal wheel from Wales and an 1841 Hollander Rag-Breaker.

The wheel itself is a 10 ft overshot wheel weighing two and a half tons and standing eleven foot high. In combination with the rag breaker, Two Rivers will be the only place in the UK where water power is used to make paper from old rags.

Showing a continuing commitment to manufacturing using environmentally appropriate methods, a full array of solar panels were fitted to the mill roof in 2011. Electrical heating is used to gently dry our paper in the mill loft and over the year the panels will cancel that cost. 

 

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Trevor Waugh BA SGFA  First Impressions - Painting Portraits in Oils
Apr
11
7:30 PM19:30

Trevor Waugh BA SGFA First Impressions - Painting Portraits in Oils

Another great opportunity to see Trevor demonstrating his oil portrait painting techniques.

He is an internationally renowned and highly regarded British fine artist living in Wiltshire England. His paintings can be found in many private and royal collections around the world.

Trevor works in an impressionistic, loose artistic style that brings light and life to his chosen subjects - indeterminate patches of paint that intermingle in the vewers eye to create form.

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Maxine Relton RWA - How Ideas Lead You Forward
Mar
14
7:30 PM19:30

Maxine Relton RWA - How Ideas Lead You Forward

From initial inspiration through widely varied forms of drawing, print, painting, photography and sculpture, Maxine reveals the creative thinking behind two of her major projects over the last 10 years.

Of her work, Maxine says: 'Although drawing plays a central role in all my work, I like to re-cast ideas in a wide variety of art forms, moving between sketch, print, painting, photograph, drawing and sculpture as a way of questioning and reshaping my perceptions. It helps me towards a better understanding of the world around me.'

Maxine’s work is held in private collections in many countries, has received a number of awards and featured in various publications, as well as on television. She was elected to the RWA in 2006, has served on the Exhibition Committee and the Board of Trustees and continues to exhibit widely.

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