Thursday, 29 March 2012


I paint in the visual aesthetic tradition of British painting. I observe and record English culture, especially the English landscape in which I live. I am concerned with brush marks and positioning of colour in the abstract landscapes, shapes in my figurative and abstract to work create minimalist compositions and particularly the use of colour which often draws on the palette of my childhood. The landscapes are not representational but show warmth, permanence and oneness with the environment. They represent journeys and are often entitle On the way to Every building exists in its own space, but I take that space and use it to create a new image that enables people to see it in a different way. And it is that different ‘eye’ which appeals to many of the viewers of my work. Put simply I want the landscape paintings to be accessible and lovely to look at in themselves but also awake the viewer to look anew at the given landscape.

Amrik Varkalis
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Thursday, 25 August 2011

Emma Lawrenson printmaking in Jackson Bridge, Holmfirth.

Emma draws inspiration from a wide variety of sources; referring to shadows, reflections, the spaces in-between things. Her work is often inspired by architecture; and in more recent times, nature and organic forms. ‘The best starting point for a piece of work is something observed by chance. I love catching the essence of things as they appear momentarily.’

Emma is influenced by the simplicity and bold use of colour in the work of Ellsworth Kelly and Sol Le Witt. She uses screen printing processes to produce crisp and uncluttered images, exploring shape and form through the layering of colours, textures and painterly marks. Emma studied printmaking at the Royal College of Art in the late 90’s where she won several awards. She now exhibits extensively in the UK as well as selling work globally. She is currently working towards a solo show at the Duckett and Jeffreys Art Gallery in 2012.

Ivy Bank Farmhouse, Sheffield Road, Jackson Bridge, Holmfirth, HD9 7HB

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Chloe Williams & Craig Milburn at Back Lane Studios Holmfirth

Chloe Williams

Large monochromatic works exploring the aesthetics of drawing through repetition, composition, scale and projection.
The work is an exploration of the aesthetics of drawing.
I am interested in capturing the beauty of the spontaneous and signatory elements of a drawn line or mark. I re-use and repeat the once spontaneous and use scale to engage the viewer in the physical process of drawing. Harmony and balance are achieved through considered composition and by the delicacy and sensitivity of graphite as a medium.

Collaborative multi-media performances have juxtaposed drawing with sound and structure to saturate the audience with audio/visual/structural possibilities, creating multi-layered chaos one moment and precise composition and aesthetic balance another. Through scale, tone, sound and projection, the aim of the performances has been to champion the spontaneous, the transitory and the impermanent, offering a sensory emersion that could result in harmonious resolution or in aesthetic and sonic obliteration.

Craig Milburn

Figurative paintings, drawings and film made as a response to the landscape.
The work is bound up with my obsession with fell running and explores the relationship between the land and the creatures that inhabit it. Ideas of theology and mythology are an undercurrent throughout the work.
I record the physical and spiritual experience of running alone on the moors through drawing, film and sound.

I make paintings and films to communicate the physicality of these experiences. The birds and animals encountered when running (in particular the crow and the hare) I have used throughout the work as analogies for human existence. They are a celebration of the intensity and power of life but also a cruel reminder of the futility of our fleeting existence.

Back Lane Studio, 22 Back Lane, Holmfirth, HD9 1HG

Sunday, 21 August 2011

Beverley Porter - Ceramics Genius

Primarily specialising in figurative ceramics, my work ranges in scale from small individual figures, which can be picked up and turned in the hand, to larger pieces with a sculptural quality.

I have become increasingly concerned about the demise of our traditional ceramics industry and the impact this will have as the rich history, tradition and skills could become lost forever.

Whilst experimenting with traditional glazes such as the Delft style blue and white tin glazes featured in this current body of work, I have also incorporated elements from Staffordshire flat-back and Meissen table centrepieces. I am striving to achieve the balance between retaining a strong traditional feel whilst still having a fresh and contemporary aesthetic.

Through my ceramics I intend to portray a typically ‘British’ sense of humour and nostalgia, similar in style to saucy seaside postcards, carry on films and such like.

My work is not born out of conceptual ideas, and I make no apology for this, as it comes from an instinctive desire to make objects which are pleasing to look at.

Thursday, 18 August 2011

The HOST flyer with the 74 artists taking part this year.

HOST Open Studio Trail with take place during the weekend of the 17th and 18th of September 2011 giving artists and designer-makers the opportunity to open the doors to their studios or showcase their work at selected venues throughout Huddersfield and the Kirklees area.

The HOST preview evening is on Friday 16th September from 6pm till 8pm will take place at the Creative Arts Building part of the University of Huddersfield campus. During this celebration evening a piece of work from each of the 74 artists taking part in HOST will be showcased giving guests an insight into the range of work on offer at the 30 venues during the weekend.

Entrance to all the venues is free and the doors open from 11am till 5pm.