Ann Wilkinson PS 

Education/Career

Ann Wilkinson was born in Derbyshire but moved to Lancashire as a child where she grew up.
After attending The Hume Grammar School for Girls in Oldham, she took a foundation course at Oldham School of Art and transferred to Manchester College of Art.

On getting married, Ann moved to Warwickshire and completed her training at Birmingham College of Art.  Ann lived in Atherstone, Warwickshire, where she raised three children and taught at the local secondary school.  While at college and for many years afterwards Ann worked solely in oils doing still life and landscapes.  Around 20 years ago she discovered pastels for the first time after going out to work on a landscape.  She never looked back. She was amazed at the immediate effects she could achieve with this easy-to-use medium.  Ann didn’t use oils again for many years, working consistently instead to develop and refine her pastel technique.  While living in Warwickshire Ann was elected member of the Leicester Society of Artists. She is also a member of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists. Ann holds these groups in high regard and still exhibits with them.

In 2003 Ann moved to Surrey and became a member of the Pastel Society in 2005.  She is Secretary for the Friends of the Society which has given her many opportunities. Ann has relished the chance to meet many talented people who are enthusiastic about pastels and art in general.

Exhibitions

Ann has worked and exhibited in Oman and Amsterdam: held workshops in Southern Ireland: exhibited in Leicester, Birmingham, Surrey and the Mall galleries.

Artists’ Statement

I am happiest when working in my studio where I can study the object in front of me in a controlled situation. It’s like making a jigsaw puzzle where every object produces spaces and shadows which fit together to make a cohesive, interesting painting.

 

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Biographical Details:

Sheila studied Graphic at High Wycombe College of Art 1967-69 and has worked as a graphic designer/illustrator in London and Hampshire. She has painted all her life, being mainly self-taught, and started to use pastel in 1987.

She was elected a member of the Society of Women artists in 1995 and the Pastel Society in 2011. Sheila works in pastel, acrylic, mixed media and collage.

She has exhibited regularly at the Mall Galleries since 1989 showing work in the RSMA, NEAC and Pastel Society. Also in the Royal West of England Academy, Bristol and Royal Academy Summer show.

Her work is in the collections of Hunting Management Group, Hampshire County Council and the Russell-Cotes Museum, Bournemouth.

Artist’s Statement

After years of working with pastel, Sheila's approach has gradually changed and developed. In the last few years she has studied more abstract work as she tries to convey the essence of the landscape in simplified forms. She uses colour to express the atmosphere of my subject - sometimes using colour themes to enhance the mood.

Though she likes to initially work from the landscape to record shapes, colours and tones, she is interested in making a statement as succinctly as possible. So Sheila also likes to work from the studio to clarify her ideas with collage or further drawings.

Societies:

Member – The Pastel Society.

Other Societies:

Society of Women Artists

Method of Working:

Sheila's paintings start from the observation of the landscape. She draws or paints sketches using pencil, charcoal or water based media. She works broadly and tries to simplify. In the studio Sheila usually draws some thumbnails to decide format and media. This may be followed by more drawings or collage to enable me to focus on shape or colour.

Sheila works on various pastel papers or mountboard and continues until most areas of the painting are resolved. A second look weeks later may lead to further adjustments.

Awards:

Most Popular Painting - SWA 2008
Best in Show - St. Barbe Museum Lymington 2008
Unison Pastel Award - Pastel Society 2009

Other Exhibitions:

Russell-Cotes Museum, Bournemouth 2010
Autumn Exhibition, Gallery SCA, Shropshire 2010
Peter Hedley Gallery, Wareham 2009
Hackwood Arts Festival 2009
Alresford Gallery 2009

Publications:

Limited Edition Print x6 - Dayfold
Non-Limited Edition - Rosentiels Prints x 4
'Leisure Painter' Magazine 2010
'The Artist' Magazine 1996
'Pastel Journal' 2010
'The Wessex Muse' Magazine 2009

Website:

http://www.sgart.co.uk/ 

     


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