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Dusk Portmerion N Wales 2 

' Dusk - Portmerion - North Wales '
by
Averil Gilkes

The Pastel Society

Encouraging the use of pastel within the contemporary art world. The Society was founded in 1898, and the first exhibition held in the Royal Institute in Piccadilly. Founder members and early exhibitors included Brangwyn, Degas, Rodin, Rothenstein, Whistler and G.F. Watts. There are currently over fifty-five Members who are professional artists living and working in this country and overseas. Membership is granted through a strict assessment of technical skill, originality, innovation and enthusiasm.

The Society pursues its aims through education and example. It is currently responsible for organising exhibitions, tutorial workshops, demonstrations and lectures throughout the UK. The Society's major showcase is the Annual Exhibition held at the prestigious Mall Galleries in London. This is open to entries from both Members and Non-Members. Awards are made to works of particular note. Workshops and demonstrations are also provided throughout the duration of the exhibition.

 

The Mall Galleries, The Mall, London SW1
Telephone: 020 7930 6844
www.mallgalleries.org.uk

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Featured Artist

Averil Gilkes
Gwithian 1 Cornwall

 ' Gwithian 1 - Cornwall  '
by
Averil Gilkes

Averil Gilkes PS

Biographical Details:

1942 Born on 15 June in Manchester, Lancashire.
1960–63 Obtained a Diploma in Education at Bristol University and St Mary’s College, Cheltenham.
1964 -87 Career as a Teacher.
1987-2000 Adult Education Tutor in Drawing & Painting.
1992- Third-Age Project Tutor in Drawing & Painting.
2005- Elected a Member of the Pastel Society.

Artist’s Statement

Painting for Averil is about developing his feelings and thoughts about a subject – drawing out the essence and building the intensity and at times allowing the painting to almost move on its own.

Societies:

Member – The Pastel Society.

Method of Working:

Averil always makes multiple sketches on site in fineliner pen, supplemented with pastel and colour notes. She will also rely on her memory and her ‘feel’ about a subject, so that the work becomes an instinctive and emotional response. The main body of work is in acrylic paint (using palette knife and a range of brushes from 4 inch wide to a rigger) and pastels, using Unison pastels for broad marks, conte sticks and pencils for fine marks and restructuring. A robust mountboard is the most usual base for her paintings but canvas and canson, ingres and arches paper have also played a part. Her subjects range from seascape to still life. Living in Devon offers wonderful estuary and coastal scenery with the addition of Dartmoor on her doorstep. She works on one painting at a time except when developing a ‘series’ on a particular theme.

Awards:

Annie Longley Prize, Pastel Society, 2004
Frank Herring Prize, Pastel Society, 2004

Other Exhibitions:

2008 Pastel Society Exhibition, Alresford Gallery
2007/08 Orange Street Gallery, Uppingham
2002 New English Art Club Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London
2002 Royal Society of Marine Artists Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London
2002 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London
2001- Pastel Society Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London
1996- Royal West of England Academy Open Autumn Exhibition, Bristol

Publications:

‘The Artist’, 2007
‘Art in Devon’, 2006
Painting in Pastel, Axis Publishing, 2006
Painting in Acrylic, Axis Publishing, 2006

 

     


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