Melodie Cook PS

 

Artist's Statement:

The human being is at the core of my work.The face, the hands, the incredible beauty of the human body. The expression, the demeanour, and what hides behind that or is expressed through that. My background in fashion is evident in my continuing interest in costume and adornment and how it can be used to denote or deny a presence. I am very passionate about drawing as well as painting and sculpture,but in 2012 I decided to focus entirely on drawing and began using pastels for the first time

Biographical Details:

I was born in 1955 in Exmouth, Devon.I went to Italy in 1977 for three weeks and remained there for 27 years. I returned to the UK a few years ago and have recently moved to Norfolk. 
My career began in the fashion industry,working in Italy as a freelance designer and consultant collaborating with some of Italy's major brands including Stefanel, Benetton, Replay and La Perla. After 18 years I left the fashion world and set up a new art and design studio,creating collections and illustrations for editorials and children's books, stationery, ceramics and glass.

After a few years I returned to the UK and went back to school to study fine art in London.

Society Memberships:

The Pastel Society

Scholarships, Awards, Prizes

2017 Henri Roche' Award for “Samuel Froggatt with Peonies” 
2016 The Pastel Society Award for Non-Members Award 2016 (joint winner) for "Tweedy in Centaur Costume” - The Thunders - Giffords Circus 2014"
2015 Faber Castell Award for "Nancy Trotter Landry and Bobby" -The Thunders - Giffords Circus 2014 - Pastel Society
2013 Conté a Paris Award for "Red Monocle" - Pastel Society
2012 First Prize, Art Academy Drawing Award for "Ciro 30" judged by Brendan Kelly

Exhibitions:

The Pastel Society Open Exhibition 2017 Mall Galleries London

The Pastel Society Open Exhibition 2016 Mall Galleries London

FirstSite Arts Centre Colchester Open Exhibition 2015

The Pastel Society Open Exhibition 2015 Mall Galleries London

Royal Society of Portrait Painters Open Exhibition 2014 Mall Galleries London

"The Story of the Creative" July 25th - Sept 10th 2013 (Digital Exhibition held by See.Me)
Angel Orensanz Foundation for Contemporary Art NYC USA

The Pastel Society Open Exhibition 2013 Mall Galleries London

Royal Society of Portrait Painters Open Exhibition 2013 Mall Galleries London

KPMG East London July - October 2012

Publications:

"makingamark" Blog by Katherine Tyrell,on the 2017 Pastel Society Exhibition.Featuring a photo
of my 3 works and some words about my work.

https://makingamark.blogspot.co.uk/2017/02/118th-annual-exhibition-of-pastel-society.html#more

Website:

http://www.melodiecook.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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