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currently exhibiting in the European Art Quilt Foundation ‘Grande Finale’ Exhibition 1 July – 3 September 2017

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Harbour Hall 90x90cm

Rouge de Madras 2016

Rouge de Madras 50x50cm

“Harbour Wall” and “Rouge de Madras” are currently part of the catalogued “Grande Finale” European Art Quilt Foundation Exhibition at the Historical Museum de Bevelanden Goes The Netherlands (see News page for details)

“In The Raw, A Consideration of the Sketchbook” exhibition, Illinois, USA

my sketchbook “Pigment Landscape Coast” is on it’s way back from the “In the Raw, a Consideration of the Sketchbook” exhibition at the Edwardsville Art Centre, Illinois.   Katie Lochhead the curator contacted me having viewed the sketchbook I submitted in 2010 to the Sketchbook Project Brooklyn Library.   (See News page for details)

new year new studio space…

 

New year – new studio space.  I am so excited to be starting 2017 in my new dedicated studio space after many years of working in my office trying to keep the interior design practice separate from the art ‘studio’ and not spilling pigment or hot wax on the oak floor.

 

 

 

work inspired by Dungeness Beach

Detail of “Blue Hulk” 2016 finished and sold last month was inspired by the old fishing “hulks” on Dungeness beach.

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#Dungeness Beach old fishing hulk

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“Blue Hulk” (detail) 2016

featured artist in the Art Quilts International book Abstract & Geometric by Martha Sielman

It is a great privilege to have been included as a ‘featured artist’ in Martha Sielman’s  Art Quilts International book:  Abstract & Geometric that was released on 28 December 2016.

Once Martha selected my work from images back in 2014 we did an email interview about my work and studio practice and have communicated regularly since to update any information that was relevant until the book went to print late last year.

It is a really informative book about the international art quilt genre with interesting interviews with the artists, high quality photographic images of their artwork and a well considered layout so you can see the images clearly which makes it a great reference book.

Available on Amazon:  Abstract & Geometric by Martha Sielman

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Introduction to the book:

“These engaging works of art represent a range of styles across the abstract art spectrum. 300 gorgeous art quilts, bursting with color and excitement, capture the work of 124 major quilt artists from 18 countries. In-depth interviews with 29 of the artists help us understand their inspirations, their techniques, and their challenges. Learn about how Denyse Schmidt makes her color choices. Find out how Fumiko Nakayama first discovered the mola techniques for which she is famous. Discover why Sue Benner is drawn to plaids and why Deidre Adams likes old books. Participating artists come from Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, the UK, and across the US.”

Two red dots on opening week of the RA Summer Exhibition

The Summer Exhibition at the RA opened this week and both pieces of my work have sold.  “Climping Wood” sold on Buyers Day and “Furnace Wood” in the opening week. The exhibition is great and definitely worth a visit.

“Furnace Wood” (846) is in Gallery VIII selected and hung by David Remfry RA and Climping Beach (1014) is next door in Gallery IX selected and hung by David Mach RA, Cathie PilkingtonRA & Bill Woodrow RA.  On page 30 of the Summer Exhibition Illustrated catalogue (double page photograph) “Climping Beach” is shown lying on the floor of Gallery IV – the opposite end of the RA from Gallery IX!

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This is the first year you can view and buy the artwork online  Summer Exhibition Explorer. It gives a good overview of the exhibition and details of the artwork in each Gallery. You can view Climping Beach and Furnace Wood.

On Saturday 11 June BBC2 broadcast  Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.  Morgan Quaintance and Kirsty Wark access all areas at the Royal Academy as the institution prepares for its annual artistic extravaganza.

This year’s show is curated by the sculptor Richard Wilson and will bemarked by what he calls the ‘wow factor’. ABC bring their glamorous pop genius to the RA and we also hear the stories of the aspiring artists who submitted their paintings in the hope of getting on the walls of this hallowed institution.

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It is available on i-player until mid July 2016

Great to see my work hanging R.A. SummerExhibition

It is a real honour and amazing to see my two textile artworks hanging in the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition alongside all the other incredible work at Varnishing Day yesterday.

The day started with a procession to the beautiful St James Church Piccadilly for the traditional Artist’s Service, a quiet time of reflection before returning to the Galleries at the Royal Academy of Art to view our work hanging for the first time.

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Armed with a glass of champagne and the exhibition guide it was time to find my work whilst enjoying all the  rooms filled with other artists wonderful paintings.

Room VIII is where “Furnace Wood” is hung.    David Remfry from the RA Committee hung this room and I love his selection,   it’s been beautifully hung and the walls are not over crowded.   It was really interesting and fun to spend time discussing the hanging and selection process with him and other artists from the room.

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“Furnace Wood” (above 3 portraits) RA Summer Exhibition Room VIII

Room IX next door is where “Climping Beach” is hung , although high on the wall it looks great and the detail is not lost, another beautifully hung room with work well spaced out on the walls.

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“Climping Beach” (top centre)  RA Summer Exhibition Room IX

I am looking forward to Buyers Day on Thursday 9 June and then the Private Views 10-12 June before it open on 13 June to 21 August.