Fragile Enchantments - new exhibition at the Inspired by... gallery
Landscapes by two Scarborough artists go on show at the Inspired by… gallery at Danby next month.
Fragile Enchantments features the work of Rob Moore and Wendy Tate, and can be seen at the gallery at The Moors National Park Centre at Danby from Saturday 19 October to Tuesday 12 November.
Wendy Tate says: “Both of us come from a landscape background, but I tend to be more of a realist and perhaps a little bit more romantic and sublime, but in a contemporary way – my work is to do with my emotional connection with the landscape.
“I try to communicate what it communicates to me: I have to be quite moved by what I’m painting. I paint mostly from photographs – my camera is my sketchbook – trying to imbue my paintings with some sense of the emotion that I had when I was there.
“Sometimes that can be dark and moody, sometimes it can be joyous – I like the idea of celebrating creation: in the midst all the fear and confusion we live with, the world is still an amazing place.”
Rob Moore says: “I came to landscape painting fairly late, about 10 years ago, when I moved to this area. I immerse myself in the landscape, but the paintings I do in the studio are more imaginative, based on a history of observing things over those 10 years; they’re more abstracted than Wendy’s work.
“They can be read on two levels: for the beauty of the colour and the texture and the marks, or they could be looked at for the little clues in there that are concerned about the landscape, and what climate change is doing to it. So in some, you’ll find hot suns, or perhaps a boat that is either fixed in a safe harbour or has become unstable because water levels are rising.”
A former kennel maid and missionary, Wendy did a degree and a masters in painting in the late 80s, then spent several years as a tutor in Fine Art at Scarborough’s Westwood College with the Grimsby Institute, during which time she exhibited regularly around the UK.
Rob is a full-time painter and printmaker, having worked in education for many years balancing practice and lecturing. After art school in Sheffield he was awarded the prestigious Granada Fellowship in Fine Art based in Manchester and since that time has exhibited regularly in galleries across the UK. Rob also had an interlude of several years where he set up a contemporary art gallery, artists' studios and workshops in Hull: Eleven Gallery still maintains a high profile in Hull’s creative quarter. He continues to curate exhibitions in the UK and initiated the Hull Printmaking Biennale several years ago.
Together they have established studios and printmaking workshops in Scarborough’s Alma Square, where they share their experience as artists through small group printmaking sessions, mentoring and talks.
Their paintings will be supported by sympathetic work by Clare Conrad, Jill Ford and Theresa Taylor (ceramics and three-dimensional printmaking) and jewellery by Hannah Lamb, Lucy Sylvester and John Moore, twice winner (including this year) of the prestigious Goldsmith’s Company Award, known as the ‘jewellery Oscars’.
On the same dates, Rob, an experienced printmaker himself, will also be curating a complementary exhibition in the smaller gallery at Inspired by... Printscapes will bring together some of the UK’s best printmakers including Melvyn Petterson, Janet Cox, Linda Ingham, Henrietta Corbett and Cath Brooke to showcase a diverse range of approaches and processes, working within both the natural and urban landscape.
There will be a ‘meet the artists’ event at the gallery from 2pm to 4pm on Saturday 19 October, and on Saturday 26 October, from 11am to 4pm, Wendy and Rob will lead a nature-inspired print workshop using landscape as a theme to produce a mixed-media artist’s book.
The Inspired by… gallery at The Moors National Park Centre, Danby, is open daily from 10am to 5pm in October and 10.30am to 4pm in November. The gallery hosts temporary exhibitions of work by contemporary artists and craftworkers who draw their inspiration from the landscape, life, light and colour of the North York Moors.
For more information on the exhibition, visit the Fragile Enchantments page on our website.
The North York Moors National Park
The North York Moors is a beautiful landscape of stunning moorland, ancient woodland and historic sites. Created on 28 November 1952 it became Britain’s sixth national park. Covering an area of 554 square miles (1,436 square kilometres), the National Park has 26 miles of coastline, two national nature reserves, 840 Scheduled Monuments and over 3,000 listed buildings, attracting an estimated 7.9 million visitors a year.
The National Park has two visitor centres, The Moors National Park Centre, Danby and Sutton Bank National Park Centre, providing opportunities for cycling, walking, eating, picnicking, shopping, crafts and wildlife-watching. The centre in Danby also houses the Inspired by… gallery, which features regularly changing exhibitions by artists who draw their inspiration from the North York Moors.
The North York Moors National Park Authority works with a wide variety of people to care for this beautiful corner of Yorkshire, providing apprenticeships and volunteering opportunities with nearly 14% of staff being apprentices from local families.
To view other press releases and for further information about the North York Moors National Park, visit www.northyorkmoors.org.uk
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