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

 

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Featured Artist

Jeannette Hayes
Hayes Jeannette Yesterday
' Yesterday '
by Jeannette Hayes

 

Jeannette Hayes PPS 

Biographical Details:

Born in Sweden 1962 Studied Foundation Studies at the Royal Berkshire College of Art B.A (Hons) Fine Art/ Painting at Kingston University
President and Publicity Secretary of THE PASTEL SOCIETY

Societies:

The Pastel Society

Artist's Statement:

Alive with a dynamic expressive energy the landscapes of Jeannette Hayes resonate with a liberated optimistic creativity.
In works that are constructed out of lines and blocks of evocative colour, abstract activity is finely balanced with landscape reference. A love of the exquisiteness and drama of the natural world conveys itself in the drawn marks, gestures and accents of colour. Colour plays a central role - titles often contain a colour: ‘Spring Green’, ‘Orange Mousa’, or ‘Blue Snowing’ - setting an ambient mood to the recording of her experience of a place. This gives the works a poetic quality that is in keeping with the way they were conceived.

Selected Exhibitions:

Dulwich Picture Gallery, Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh The Discerning Eye, London Diorama Gallery Bartley Drey Gallery Chelsea Art Society The Society of Wildlife Artists Annual Exhibition Carlyle Gallery The Gallery, Mayfair Pond Galleries ART LONDON The Arts Club, Dover Street The Bedale Gallery Galerie Aaders, La Garde Freinet, France Manor House Gallery Hampshire Art Fair Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate Beverley Knowles Fine Art, London The Salt House Gallery, St Ives St David’s Hall, Cardiff Piers Feetham Gallery Alresford Gallery Linda Blackstone Gallery Southampton City Art Gallery Frost and Reed, London Royal Academy of Arts (Summer Exhibition) Gallery LeFort, Bath Martin’s Gallery, Cheltenham Artwave West, Dorset Lion Street Gallery, Hay on Wye The Pastel Society Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London

Selected Awards and Prizes:

Adam & Company/ Spectator Art Prize, Edinburgh 1992 Unison Pastel Materials Award, Pastel Society 2000, 2002 The Arts Club Award, Pastel Society Annual Exhibition 2004, 2010 The Debra Manifold Memorial Award, Pastel Society 2005, 2008 Ages Reeve Memorial – Chelsea Art Society 2005 The Henri Roche Pastel Award, Pastel Society 2012 The Derwent Award, Pastel society 2014

Website:

www.jeannettehayes.com 

Images Shown on Welcome Page (Detail  only):

'The Avenue'
'Orange Hill'
'Orange Walk'
'Red Sun'
'Spring Hedge'
'Blue Hills'

     


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