Caroline Bays PS 

Biographical Details:

1978 – 1979 Farnham School of Art & Design
1979 – 1982 Epsom School of Art & Design 1979-1982
2004 – 2006 Roehampton University

Permanent Collections:

The Brunel University Collection.

Exhibitions:

Group Exhibitions:

2016 Pastel Society Annual Exhibition.

2016 The Royal Soicety of Portrait Painters.

2016 The Brian Sinfield Gallery, Burford, Oxon.

2014-15 Brian Sinfield Gallery, Burford, Oxon.
1998/99/02/03/05-07/10-14 The Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Mall Galleries, London.
1997/99/01-03/06-14 The Pastel Society, Mall Galleries, London.
2013-14 Quest Gallery, Bath, Wiltshire.
2013 Biennale-Vire, Normandy, France. (Guest Artist)
2013 Lynn Painter- Stainers Prize, Mall Galleries.
2012-15 Royall Fine Art, Tunbridge Wells, Kent.
2012-15 The Russell Gallery, Putney, London.
2011 Ruth Borchard Self-Portrait Competition, Kings Place Gallery, London.
2011 Beldam Gallery, Brunel University, Uxbridge.
2009/10 John Adams Fine Art, Ebury Galleries, London.
2005 The Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London
2004-06 The Anderson Gallery, Burford, Oxon.
2004-06 Alan Klukow Fine Art, Sunningdale, Berkshire.
2001-03 The Fosse Gallery, Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire.
2002-04 The Cedar House Gallery, Ripley, Surrey.
2002 The Hunting Prize, Royal College of Art, London.
2001/2002 The Affordable Art fair, Battersea, London.
2000-03 The Bourne Gallery, Reigate, Surrey.
2000 The Garrick Milne Prize, Christies, London.
1999/2000 Waterman Fine Art, St. James’s, London.
1999/2000 Century Gallery, Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire.
1998/99/2005/08 The New English Art Club, Mall Galleries, London.

Solo Exhibitions:

The Robert Phillips Gallery, Riverhouse, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey.
Paintings & Drawings 2012, 2007, 2004, 2002.

Artist's Statement:

The drawings that I exhibit at the Pastel Society are mainly portraits and nudes in either charcoal or chalk pastels. They are the result of intense observation with attention to detail and meticulous mark making.
I endeavour to show a sense of humanity to my portraits and nudes whether it is a sense of peace and calm or an underlying tension; and I hope this is portrayed in the work. I like the impact of charcoal on white paper which has a timeless quality. However, when I do use colour I enjoy showing the subtleties of skin colouring with a fairly limited palette.

Method of Working:

I always work from the model when drawing and enjoy the linear qualities of charcoal, particularly charcoal pencil which is good for detail,
I also like the texture of Fabriano paper which helps to emphasise my line. When I work in pastel it is with a limited palette, making use of the tone of the paper.

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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