All Creations Great and Small
Friday 17 April to Monday 4 May
Artists Robert Dutton, Helen Patterson and Jo Garlick, and sculptor Stef Ottevanger, bring their own style, vision and interpretation to the theme of wildlife and the living landscape,
Robert Dutton loves the wide range of inspirational subjects on his doorstep, from the North York Moors National Park to the Yorkshire coast. Whether it’s the wild, uninhabited spaces and moorland landscapes or the dramatic cliffs at Bempton and quaint coastal fishing villages, these ‘living elements’ are at the core of his expressive, award-winning work.
Robert has established a reputation as an emerging contemporary artist with many leading northern galleries, and collectors of his art include corporate clients from NatWest Bank, KPMG, Bass Breweries, Wigan Council and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.
His work has been exhibited widely at exhibitions and galleries, including The Pastel Society (within the Mall Galleries, London) and The Royal Academy. Robert is also a member of the Society of All Artists (SAA) and he is widely published, with articles featured regularly in ‘The Artist’, ‘International Artist’ and ‘Paint’ magazines.
I feel I can only really get close to my subject by painting directly in front of it. Pastel, charcoal and watercolour are used initially, to both draw and paint at the same time. I fuse the different qualities of the materials together in a fluid – almost lyrical – way.
My approach is always the same – to render in my work something of what I see, be it the softness of the moorland light, the transparency of a windswept sky or the solidity of a rocky outcrop. I also aim to create balance and harmony as elements in any given scene, through composition, texture and tone.
For more about Robert and his work, see www.rdcreative.co.uk
Helen Patterson studied Printed Textiles and Surface Pattern Design at Leeds College of Art. It’s a background that has given her a fascination with vibrant colour, abstract shapes and texture, while natural subjects – flowers, landscapes, birds, butterflies – are portrayed with energetic, flowing strokes. The result is a spontaneous hymn to all things colourful.
The North York Moors National Park has proved particularly fruitful as Helen has looked from hedgerow and moorland heather to the wide, big-sky vistas of the open moor.
Her delicate touch – depicting a butterfly’s wing, for example – complements beautifully her more expressive, painterly qualities.
I enjoy working in mixed media: acrylics, pastel and ink, combined with collage and gesso. This freedom of form is both liberating and expressive, allowing my innate creativity to flow, uninterrupted to the canvas.
For more about Helen and her work, see www.helenpatterson.yolasite.com
Jo Garlick studied at Newcastle University and received an Honours Degree in Fine Art. Since obtaining her degree, she has had work accepted by various galleries in Yorkshire and the northeast.
Jo is fascinated by all elements of the natural world. She works predominantly in soft pastels, creating vibrant pictures of British wildlife and a broad spectrum of landscapes.
Her work captures the personalities of the animals, and she’s inspired by her little black cocker spaniel, Inca, who is her constant companion when out walking or working in her studio.
My love of art started at an early age – besides the drawing, painting and sculpture which I was naturally drawn to, my father had an old SLR camera, which he allowed me to use, and I was fascinated by the results I could get with differing compositions and light. My interest in photography means that my camera is always at the ready to capture landscape and wildlife, inspiring my sometimes unusual pictures.
For more about Jo and her work, see www.jogarlick.co.uk
Stef Ottevanger has drawn illustrations and made sculptures of animals since childhood. After a Fine Arts course at Harrogate School of Art, followed by a teaching career, she started making clay sculptures of domestic animals in the early 1980s.
Stef lives and works in Yorkshire, and her work is inspired and influenced by the region’s farm animals and wildlife. Her sculptures originate as clay models and are then cast in bronzed resin, which retains the tactile nature of the original sculpture. Her ceramic pieces are individually sculpted and fired, making each one unique.
I always try to reach the essence of the animal, in particular its character, movement, stance and attitude. In some cases it’s just a fleeting moment that I’m trying to catch, and clay is an ideal medium in which to work, as it helps me avoid over-refining the image. I don’t want my work to be a scale model or an ornament, but rather an impression of a living, breathing animal.
I am constantly evolving and developing my ceramic work, using different clays and glazes to achieve the natural blend of my chosen subject within its natural environment.
For more about Stef and her work, see www.stefottevanger.co.uk.
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