Tom Walker PS 

Biographical Details:

BA Graphics/Illustration 1976-79 and ATC 1982 at Brighton Poly
1982-93 Head of Art at Northease Manor School for dyslexic children, Nr. Lewes.
1993 onwards, self-employed artist, designer, calligrapher, sign-writer and picture-framer

First exhibition – pastel works - Bredons Book Shop,Brighton 1967
1969 – 1975 lived and worked in Florence and Asolo, Italy. One man shows there in 1971, 73 and 75.
1972 – with others at Gardner Arts Centre, Sussex University.
One-man shows include:
Star (now Hop) Gallery, Lewes: 1990, 94 with Julian Bell, 96, 98, 2001,04,05,06,07 and 08;
Var Galleria, Veszprem, Hungary 1995;
St. Marylebone Crypt, London 1995, 96 and 97;
Edington Festival 1998, 99 and 2000;
Kingston Parish Church 2001.
Dimbola Lodge, Freshwater, IOW, with Julian Bell 2010
Pelham House, Lewes 2010
Pastel showcase Foundry Gallery, Lewes 2011 with Peter Vincent PS, Marco Crivello and 10 of my students plus 90 children from Southover Primary School making pastel murals.
Private commissions include murals, decorated furniture and music-related images.
Corporate: 6 panels for Wren Associates at Lloyds of London 1995
3 calligraphic ‘visualisations’ of poetry by Jackie Wills for Lever-Faberge, Kingston-on-Thames 2002.
Design for 5  embroidered panels, 2011, to commemorate 750th anniversary of the Battle of Lewes
Stage work includes projected illustrations, set and lighting for ‘Purgations’ by poet Mark Hewitt with music by Peter Copley
2012 designed, illustrated and wrote The Stile Book, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of The Monday Group, East Sussex voluntary rights-of-way workers, stile, bridge and causeway builders. 

THE MYSTIC IMAGE (1986-1990) 
51 pastel triptychs inspired by L’Orgue Mystique, by French composer, Charles Tournemire (1870-1939),
exhibited in numerous churches and cathedrals in the UK, France, Holland, Germany and in 1990 the completed cycle in
St. Paul’s Cathedral, London and in two churches in Minneapolis USA. Gave talk on Radio 3. Many of these images
reproduced on CDs. All images now in private collections.

SNOOKER IN THE FRAME (2005-2009)
147 humorous pastel images tangentially related to snooker, frequently televised by the BBC (see my website) at the
major snooker tournaments. Works created on site: 2007 UK Championship, Telford, 2008 and 2009 World Championships,
Sheffield. Complete series exhibited Sheffield Wintergarden April/May 2009. Last exhibition at Trinity Photography Gallery,
Salisbury opened by Steve Davis OBE who owns 5. Others in private collections across the world. 40 donated to charities.

Personal Statement:

'I’m an improviser at heart, fascinated by the unpredictable. My enthusiasms and obsessions have taken me on journeys of discovery from precise representation to wild abstraction. I believe in craft and technical skill as much as in the power of imagination, spontaneity and the element of surprise. I have worked in most 2D media including pastel since my school days and exclusively in pastel for the last 20 years. It’s the ideal medium for me, flexible, versatile, forgiving and fast. I teach regular pastel classes and day workshops at my Cooksbridge studio and love that almost as much as making pictures'.

Contact Details:

Ferndale, Cooksbridge, Lewes, East Sussex, BN8 4SL.
Phone: 01273/472595 or 07704827276   
www.tomwalkerartist.co.uk 

 

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Sheila Goodman PS

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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