Simon Hodges PS

 

Artist's Statement:

My primary inspiration comes from the landscape but with an architectural background, buildings and townscapes feature strongly in my work. I am self taught as an artist referring back to greats such as Turner, Seago and Melville to inspire a constant rethinking although in essence my approach to painting is no more complicated than working hard to capture a sense of place and time, quality of light, variations in weather, changes of season and to portray this in two dimensions considering composition, drawing, narrative, tone and colour.

Method of Working:

Whilst my work always begins in front of the subject by sketching in a variety of mediums, most of my finished work is done in my studio, often using compositional drawings or paintings before commencing the finished piece. Besides pastel, I work in charcoal, watercolour, acrylic and oil; at times I use a combination of these mediums.

Biographical Details:

I was born in 1958 in Surrey; I am married and have lived in Larkhall in Bath since 1985. Whilst I have painted since I was a child, I was encouraged to go to university and so studied architecture.
1977-81 Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff
B.Sc Architectural Science 1st Class Honours
B.Arch (Wales) Distinction
1992-1993 West of England University, Bristol
M.Sc Construction Management
1979-80 Architectural Practice in Wimbledon.
1981-82 Architectural Practice in Victoria, London. Work on hotels and private houses
1984 Membership of Architects Registration Council of The United Kingdom
1985 Membership of The Royal Institute of British Architects
1983-1991 Bath & Frome Architectural Practice (Associate & Partner) Clients included Marlborough College and University of Bath.
1993-1996 Yeovil, Oxford & London Architectural Practice (Associate)
1996-1999 Private Architectural Practice (Bath)
2000 onwards- Invited artist at Le Corre Gallery, Bradford on Avon
2010 Invited artist at Bath Gallery, Bath
2010/11 Invited artist at LeFort Gallery, Bath
2011-2016 Overall coordinator of Larkhall Open Studio Art Trail
2014 onwards- Invited artist at Castle Fine Art, Bath
2015 onwards- Invited artist at Widbrookgrange Hotel, Bradford on Avon
2017 Membership of The Pastel Society

Society Memberships

The Pastel Society

Scholarships, Awards, Prizes:

1978 Winner of Welsh Measured Drawing Competition
1996 Winner of Open Design Competition for New Glastonbury Library
2009/10 Highly Commended in Bath Art Prize Competition, The Octagon, Bath
2010 SAA Artist of The Year winner in The Building & Industrial Category
2014 Winner of Escoda Barcelona Award for an outstanding landscape at Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours, The Mall Galleries, London.

Exhibitions:

The Pastel Society Annual Exhibition 2017
New English Art Club Annual Open Exhibition 2016
NOW @ The Pastel Society
Royal Institute of Oil Painters Annual Exhibition 2015
Look Again @ The Pastel Society

Other Exhibitions:

1969 National Childrens' Drawing Competition (London)
1979 Represented Welsh School of Architecture in National Drawing Competition
1990/91 RWA Bristol Annual Open Exhibition (Architecture)
1999 First solo painting exhibition (Bradford on Avon)
2000 The Bath Society Annual Open Exhibition
2001 Sadler Gallery Open Exhibition, Wells
2001-05 The Theatre Royal Open Exhibition
2002/03 The Royal Crescent Club Exhibition
2003 No. 1 The Royal Crescent Shop Exhibition
2011-2016 The Bath Society Annual Open Exhibition
2004 to 2008 Solo exhibitions at West Barn, Bradford on Avon
2005 "Drawing on Bath" solo exhibition (The Theatre Royal, Bath)
2008 "St. Michael's & The City" solo exhibition (St. Michael's Church, Bath)
2009 "A Bath for All Seasons" solo exhibition (The Theatre Royal, Bath)
2010 onwards- Open Studio Exhibition at Hillview Studio, Larkhall
2011/12 RWA Bristol Annual Open Exhibition (Art)
2011 The Grant Bradley Gallery Open Exhibition (Bristol)
2013 "Britain" solo mixed exhibition (LeCorre Gallery)
2013 "Larkhall at night" solo exhibition (Oriel Hall, Larkhall)
2011-2016 Overall coordinator of Larkhall Open Studio Trail
2014 – 17 The Pastel Society Annual Exhibition
2014 & 2017 Royal Institute Painters in Water Colours Annual Exhibition
2015 Royal Institute of Oil Painters Annual Exhibition
2016 New English Art Annual Open Exhibition

Publications:

Various local newspaper articles. Limited edition prints and cards for No.1, The Royal Crescent, The Theatre Royal, The Royal Pharmaceutical Society, Rode Manor House and various private commissions.

Website:

www.hillviewstudio.co.uk 

 

 

 

 

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Sealed Bids

Each year at the Annual Exhibition Members of the Pastel Society donate a small picture for the Sealed Bids Fund Raising. A minimum bid is £180. The highest bidder will win the painting / drawing. This bid will remain valid for four weeks and if the monies are not paid then the next highest bidder will be contacted. Forms for bidding will be available at the Mall Galleries during the exhibition or can be downloaded from here. [Download]

Please send Bid Forms to: The Pastel Society Sealed Bids, Exhibitions Officer, 17 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5BD.

Featured Artist

Janine Baldwin
Textures of Snow at Scarborough Janine Baldwin sized
' Textures of Snow at Scarborough '
by Janine Baldwin

 

Janine Baldwin PS 

Biographical Details:

1998 - 2001
BA (Hons) Fine Art Degree
University of York, Scarborough Campus
(now affiliated with University of Hull)
1995 - 1997
GNVQ Advanced Art & Design
A-Level Art
Creative School of Arts, Scarborough

Societies:

The Pastel Society

Artist's Statement:

My work is the expression of a lifelong affinity with the landscape. I live on the North Yorkshire coast of the UK, and this location is a constant source of inspiration to my painting. My interest lies not in making a literal representation of nature but rather in celebrating the physical sensory experience of land and sea. As a result, the semi-abstract paintings are vibrant and energetic, combining gestural marks and the use of rich evocative colour.
Associations arise from the colours and lines - a fresh green may be reminiscent of new foliage in springtime, a round shape may recall pebbles smoothed by the waves. I use a gradual layering of paint to create my work, and oil sticks (oil paint in solid form) are often used to integrate drawing and painting. Recently drawing has been central to my work and I have used pastel, charcoal and graphite to explore mark-making. Influences include Abstract Expressionism (particularly Willem de Kooning), Joan Eardley, Cy Twombly and Cornish art.
I have exhibited extensively across the UK, including with the Royal Academy of Arts, the Society of Women Artists, and the Pastel Society UK, London. I am honoured to have won awards for my work such as The Arts Club Charitable Trust Award in 2014, the Haworth Prize in 2015, and the Unison Colour Young Artists Award in 2016, London. This year I am excited to have been elected a member of the prestigious Pastel Society, London. I have work in private collections across the UK and Europe, Africa, Mexico and the US.

Selected Exhibitions:

'Royal Academy Summer Exhibition', The Royal Academy of Arts, London
'The Haworth Prize' at the 'New English Art Club Annual Exhibition', Mall Galleries, London
'Pastel Society Annual Exhibition', Mall Galleries, London (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)
Cambridge Art Fair 2016, represented by Watermark Gallery
'Painting: Light of the North', According to McGee, York
'A Woman's View', Blue Tree Gallery, York
'Society of Women Artists 150th Annual Exhibition', Mall Galleries, London
The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle
Cricket Fine Art, London
Cornwall Contemporary, Penzance, Cornwall
'Bath Society of Artists 100th Exhibition', Victoria Art Gallery, Bath

Awards, Prizes, Membership:

2017 - Elected a member of the Pastel Society, London
2017 - Highly Commended Work in Monochrome Prize from STABILO UK, Society of Graphic Fine Art 'DRAW17' Exhibition, Menier Gallery, London
2017 - The Picture Framing Workshop Prize, Kunsthuis Gallery, Crayke, York
2016 - The Unison Colour Young Artist Award, at the Pastel Society Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London
2015 - The Haworth Prize, at the New English Art Club Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London
2014 - The Arts Club Charitable Trust Award, at the Pastel Society Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London
2006 - Shortlisted for 'Art Scholarship for Rural & Landscape Artists', Royal Bath & West of England Society

Collections:

Sir Alan and Lady Heather Ayckbourn
Private collections across the UK and Europe, Africa, Mexico and the US.


Go to https://www.janinebaldwin.com/ to view full CV and website

Details of the following images are shown on the banner:

' Frozen II '
' Silence '
' Soft Morning '
' Stormy Skies '


     


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