Jaana Fowler PS 

Artist's Statement and Method of Working:

I remember happily using oil pastels as a child (they were better than those insipid wax crayons that were then marketed as suitable for children). There is a physicality about them, you can build up a proper layer of quite intense colour, and the whites can be used for covering and correcting too.
Over the years when I thought I wanted to be a painter I tried various paint techniques, but realised eventually that it wasn’t for me really. Collage and printing using stencils were the intermediate step towards sculpture which turned out to be my ‘language’.
Many ideas for my sculptures stem from visual observations of compositions in paintings-not specific ones, but dipping into the art archive in my mind from years of wondering around museums and art galleries.
I have carried on making two dimensional work as well as sculpture. Collage has always been part of my work but I was dissatisfied with the lack of textural interest and decided to start pushing the work further with the addition of pastel marks. These grew into a much richer texture and now the collage takes a role only as the base onto which to build the picture.
And recently I have started to have ideas and tentative experiments of using pastels and pencil marks on three dimensional works. It might work...

My pastel on collage compositions are built up through stages after the initial arrangement of the elements where the shape and the subject matter begins to emerge. I may cut up the image again and rearrange things until the design appears to gel .Then I go over with a pencil and find the main directions and blocks that direct the eye, and on top of that comes the colour and texture applied with soft oil pastels. More drawing follows and yet more pastel application, sometimes to block in something that looks too busy, or unify an area with close colour combinations, modifying the flow and rhythm of the composition.
The subject matter of still life endures in my work fed by looking at paintings and sculptures from antiquity to the present day where the domestic and the everyday things appear in various arrangements, not forgetting the observations of my own home paraphernalia and clutter.
I aim to find the visual interest there and attempt to assemble a visually coherent image.

Biographical Details:

Born in Helsinki from where I came to London to study art in the seventies
BA Hons Sculpture from St Martin’s school of Art in 1979
Teaching art at a primary school for three years to 1983
Running Visual Literacy workshops on a Media Arts programme at Royal Holloway College LU for three years to 1999
Free lance model maker and assistant to Sir Anthony Caro from 1981 to 2012
Exhibiting work up and down the country from 1988

Society Memberships

The Pastel Society

Scholarships, Awards, Prizes

The Pastel Society Catalogue Award First Prize 2015

The Frank Herring Award : The Pastel Society 2014

Exhibitions:

2015-2016 group shows: Pastel Society Open, Discerning Eye, Society of Women Artists Open,Charlie Smith Anthology, Royal West Academy Bristol Open

2014-2015 group shows: Pastel Society Open, Royal West Academy Bristol, Threadneedle Prize Exhibition Mall Galleries

2013-2014 two artists: Peggy Jay Gallery Burgh House Hampstead

2012-2013 group shows: Open West Exhibition at National Trust’s Newark Park, Threadneedle Prize Exhibition Mall Galleries

2011-2012 group show: Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

2010-2011 solo show: Artist of the Day Flowers Cork Street, group show; Small is Beautiful Flowers Cork Street

2009-2010 group shows: Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Artspace at Barn Galleries, Ludlow Summer Show, three artists: Kingsgate Gallery

2008-2009 group shows: Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Ludlow Summer Show

2007-2008 two artists: Koukan gallery London N10, group shows: Battersea Art Fair, Artspace at Barn Galleries

2006-07 group shows: Langham Fine Arts Annual show at Bury St Edmunds, Discerning Eye at Mall Galleries London,
Battersea Arts Fair and Henley Artspace at Barn Galleries

2005-06 four artists: Kingsgate Gallery London NW6,
Group shows: Battersea Arts Fair, Henley Artspace at Barn Galleries
and Henley Festival

2004-05 group shows: Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Chelsea Arts Fair,
Artspace at Barn Galleries, 2step Arts: Hoxton Hall project Hackney

2003-04 group shows: Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Battersea Arts Fair, Henley Festival , Artspace at Navestock Essex,

2002-03 group shows: Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Chelsea Arts Fair, Artspace at Barn Galleries,

2001-02 two artists: National Trust Sutton House Hackney, 2step Arts: Candid Gallery Project London N1

2000-01 group shows: Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Worcester Artspace with Barn galleries, Ruth Gorman Arts London NW3

1999-2000 group shows: Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Covent Garden Festival with Heifer gallery, East West Gallery Christmas Exhibition London W11

1998-99 solo: Barbican Arts Centre Library and New End Gallery London NW3 , two artists: Heifer Gallery London N5
Group shows: Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
1997-98 solo: Burgh House Hampstead London NW3
group shows: Blackheath Gallery Spring Show London SE3 ,Business Design Centre Art Fair

1980-1997 Exhibitions in this period include:
Group shows with Centaur Gallery London N6 , Blackheath Gallery ,Woodlands Art Gallery London SE3 ,Beatrice Royal Gallery Eastleigh ,Piano Nobile Gallery Richmond upon Thames, Brighton Arts Index , Clode Gallery Bridgenorth
Solo at Lauderdale House London.

Private Collections:

Uppark House National Trust
Arnos Vale Cemetery Restoration Project
Leicestershire Education Department

Website:

Jaanafowler.co.uk 

 

Featured Artist

Matthew Draper
Draper Matthew Illuminated A View of Tantallon castle with The Bass Rock Homage to Alexander Naysmith

 ' Illuminated - A View of Tantallon Castle with the Bass Rock - Homage to Alexander Naysmith '
by
Matthew Draper

 

Matthew Draper PS

Education/Career

1973  Born Stone Staffordshire
1991-1992  Walsall College of Art
1992-1995  Falmouth College of Art

Artist’s Statement

I identify myself principally as a draughtsman; drawing being the most unencumbered and immediate form of image-making. My work is made with an intense and energetic immediacy, working instinctively rather than methodically, keeping me physically and emotionally involved in the process. I crush soft pastel in my hands rubbing the dust into the paper in wide sweeps of colour gradually manipulating the material to build up a thick layered surface using the ball of my thumb or the heel of my hand.
I am interested in and influenced by the dramatic imagery of Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century painting. I admire the idea of the contemplation of landscape in the Romantic spirit, found in the work of the German Romantics like Casper David Frederick and the notion of the grandeur of the landscape as expressed in the work of the American Subliminal Painters like Sanford Robinson Gifford and Frederick Edwin Church. These artists adopted the term ‘Luminism’, defined as light in the landscape and the effect that light has on the landscape and objects within it.
As a contemporary artist choosing to adopt this approach to light in the landscape, my interest is not to make straight forward topographical images that are illustrations of place. Instead I am attempting to make imagery that is descriptive of the circumstances under which the subject is viewed; images which convey a sense of place. The drawings are emotional reactions to events and experiences evolving in front of me; events happening or about to happen. The images become like fading memories or captured moments in time. The making of the work is in itself a set of actions and events which creates a harmony between my process and my interpretation of the subject.

Societies:

Member – The Pastel Society.

Awards:

2011  Visitors Choice Award, National Art Open Exhibition, Chichester.
2011  Regional Prize, National Open Art Exhibition, Chichester.
2011  Elected Member of the Pastel Society UK, Federation of British Artists, Mall Galleries, London.
2010  City of Glasgow Prize, Royal Glasgow Institute of the fine Arts.
2010  Connell and Connell prize, Scottish Society of Artists, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh.
2008  Shell Premium Award, Aberdeen Artists, Aberdeen Museum and Art Gallery.
2007  Chairman’s Purchase Prize, Discerning Eye Exhibition, London.
2004  Most popular work in the exhibition, Hunting Art Prizes.
2000  Alexander Graham Munro Travel Award, Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour.

Collections:

Bank of Scotland
City of Edinburgh, City Art Centre, Jean F Watson Bequest Fund.
Glasgow Museum and Art Gallery, Kelvin Grove Glasgow.
Paintings in Hospitals Scotland.

Selected Solo Exhibitions:

2013  ‘Northern Light’ Lemon Street Gallery, Truro.
2012  'Time Lapses' Open Eye Gallery Edinburgh
2011  ‘New Pastels’ Beaux Arts, Bath.
2010  ‘Festival Exhibition’ Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh.
2009  ‘In Series’ Lemon Street Gallery, Truro.
2008  ‘Luminism’ Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh.
2006  ‘Time and Place’ Beaux Arts, Bath.
2005  ‘Nostalgia’ Lemon Street Gallery, Truro.
2000  ‘Night Life’ The Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh.

Selected Group Exhibitions:

2008  Aberdeen Artists, Aberdeen Museum and Art Gallery.
2007  Discerning Eye Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London.
2007  Salon 2007, ‘New British Paintings and Works on Paper’ Portobello Road, London.   
2006  ‘Roter Salon’ Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh.
2006  The Jerwood Drawing Prize, Jerwood Space, London and touring of the UK.
2006  ‘Best of British’ Chelsea Art Gallery, Palo Alto, California.
2002  The Hunting Art Prizes, Royal College of Art, London.
2004  The Hunting Art Prizes, Royal College of Art, London.
1999  Cheltenham Open Drawing Exhibition, touring to:
          The European Drawing Collection Hull, Karl Hofer Gesellschaft,
          The Western Banhof Charlottenburgh, Berlin.

Contact Details:

Website Address: www.matthewjdraper.co.uk
E-mail: matt.draper1@hotmail.co.uk

 

     


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