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   e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
www.tomwalkerartist.co.uk 

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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