Gallery 'Inspiration and Interpretation' Exhibition
Inspiration and Interpretation Exhibition of several Artists
Wednesday 14 March 2018 to Tuesday 12 June 2018
David A Finney
Following 10 years on the organising committee of the National Exhibition of Wildlife Art, Cheshire artist David A Finney was elected Chairman of Chester's Grosvenor Art Society in April 2015. He is also a member of the south East Cheshire Ornithological Society, for whom he redesigned their logo to help celebrate their 50th anniversary celebrations.
“I take my inspiration from the countryside around me” says David, “and hope my appreciation of it shows through in my work”.
“Acrylic paints can be utilised in a variety of ways but in recent years I have been painting more freely on canvas, with a controlled splattering of gesso, overpainted with knife, brush and extreme enthusiasm!”
The art of Wendy Youlton is simply about capturing the beautiful details and individuality of each animal she portrays in pastel and carbon.
“Along with depicting dogs” says Wendy, “I'm probably known most for my chimpanzee, orangutan and big cat portraits, although I'm also as passionate about my local Cheshire wildlife and am thrilled to be exhibiting at Slimbridge for the second time.
I have been commission based since gaining an honours degree in art with art history at Aberystwyth University in 1996. Completing the whole picture-making process myself is something I really love, from taking initial reference photographs to making each portrait's bespoke frame”.
Martin Rumary finds painting with acrylics on board ideally suited to his style of work. Not working from photographs, but relying on observations and sketching in the field (a great way to earn living) provides him with the reference material needed to each painting.
John Horton specialises in large watercolour paintings depicting birds in landscape. These are inspired from observation and field sketches and the picture is developed through a free drawing process in the studio, which is then refined to the finished work using all available reference for accuracy and detail.
Watercolour is his favourite medium for its softness and subtlety but he also works in acrylic, oil and pencil.
John takes commissions on all subjects and enjoys painting the landscape and characters around his home. A lifelong passion for the natural history world underlies all his work. His paintings can be viewed at his own gallery/studio in Crowle.
John Davies carves birds in wood and the coast is vital to him. Living near an estuary at Prestatyn, and influenced by the artist Charles Tunnicliffe, he favours shore birds. He began woodcarving in 1977 after a year in Michigan where he relished contact with the American decoy tradition. During further year-long visits, he worked with carvers in Washington and Utah.
In time his wife Marilyn joined him and he has learned to appreciate her use of colours, particularly their mutedness, her eye for shape and, generally, her role as trusted advisor.
Lynn Hazel Smith
British Wildlife Sculptor Lynn Hazel is inspired by her fascination and love of the natural world. Her stunning animal sculptures are hand built from stoneware clays, coloured with oxides and underglazes then fired to stoneware temperatures.
All her work is based on direct observation and secondary source material, to help capture the essence of the creature she’s portraying.
Lynn's most memorable commission was a Lapwing, presented to Dr Arthur Edward Smith CBE MA by his long life friend Sir David Attenborough."
Since first exhibiting in Wales in 1994, Fran Knowles has exhibited in galleries from Tain in the North of Scotland ,to the south of England, including the Isle of Skye, Braemar, Fife, Rutland and here at Slimbridge .
Hours of patient fieldwork equipped with bivvy bag, Trangia stove, sketching kit, telescope, and, occasionally, portable bird hide, go into the sketches she works from. Says Fran, “I only draw birds I have observed. I work in every grade of pencil from 9B to 6H, working the graphite into the paper with fingers and rolled up bits of paper.
I’ve flown sailplanes for many years which I feel gives me a unique prospective ; flying with birds ranging from swifts, to the eagles that own the Cairngorm massif”.
After graduating from a degree in Creative Arts at Manchester Metropolitan University in 1986 Jon Clayton worked briefly as an artist/illustrator for the British Deer Society before becoming a primary school teacher which he has remained as for the last 26 years although in recent years, taking on the role of an ‘in-house artist’, working with 4 – 11 aged children in school settings and running art workshops for teachers and university students. Jon likes to paint in a variety of art media and been particularly fascinated by landscape and the human or animal figure within it. Drawn into the landscape of Britain and its natural world, most paintings start with a walk where many photos are taken and loose sketches made. He lives in Cheshire and takes his inspiration from there, frequent visits to Cornwall, the West Coast of Scotland and the nearby wilds of Wales. Jon has had various commissions and has recently begun selling through galleries and exhibition.
This Exhibition is open to all visitors to the WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre and is included in the entry ticket and free to members.