Jan Munro PS 

 
Artist's Statement:

My paintings are made with watercolour, acrylic, pastels and sometimes a mixture of media. I am primarily a landscape painter using both local and other UK places for inspiration. More recently I have been developing still life paintings in pastel. I love to buy a piece of pottery wherever I visit and it inspires a still life.
I aim to represent a place or thing but also to convey to the viewer my inspiration and feelings about what I am painting. I want to look beyond the reality.
Composition and design are key elements in my paintings so that there is a feeling of balance. There will always be a sense of light and space. I work hard to master the media that I use so that the painting seems to flow beyond technique and to be made with a playful curiosity and seemingly without struggle.
Enabling others to enjoy and develop their own art is a big part of my life. Weekly classes for adults take up much of term time. Often preparing a class informs a painting. They go hand in hand.
Method of Working
I like to spend time in a place, make sketches, take photos and gather as much information as I can. Paintings of landscape are mostly made in my studio from sketches made on site. If I use a photo I always make a sketch from it and use memories of that place so that I move away from the totally representational. More and more I like to paint en plain air sketches usually in watercolour. Landscapes are made in watercolour and acrylic with texture and distance in mind.
A still life is always set up in my studio. Recently I have been including landscape or place in with the still life. This can take time. I need to see it for colours, patterns and light. I then do a drawing. Pastel is the medium. I use a sanded surface in a mid or dark tone. Pastel is applied dark to light with side strokes and some layering.

Biographical Details:

Born London 11.4.1958

Lives and works Herts/Bucks area

First Career was in Nursing. 1976-1990.

Bsc Hons Human Biology: Loughborough University, 1985.

City and Guilds : Mixed Media, Life Drawing, Watercolour Diploma part 1 (Gold Medal Winner 2000).

Society Memberships

The Pastel Society

Scholarships, Awards, Prizes

The Artist Award : Look Again, The Pastel Society 2015

The Unison Award : Look Again, The Pastel Society 2015

The Annie Longley Award : The Pastel Society 2016

The Frank Herring Award : The Pastel Society 2016

The Wicked Watercolour Award : The RI 2015

Best in Show St Albans Art Society, 2006, 2007, 2015, 2016

Other Exhibitions:

The Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours 2009, 2014, 2015, 2017

The Pastel Society 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

The Society of Women Artists 2011, 2013

Parallax : Chelsea Town Hall, 2015

Yvonne Arnaud Exhibition, Guildford, 2015

Annual Exhibitions of St Albans, Berkhamsted, Harpenden Art Societies

Open Studio, Herts, every year

Publications:

Munro, Jan : ‘ Artists to Watch’, The Pastel Journal USA, Dec 2016, p.23

Munro, Jan : ‘Colour, Shape and Space’, The Artist magazine, Nov 2015, p.12

Website:

www.janmunro.com 

 

 

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Biographical Details:

Valeriy Gridnev was born in Russia in 1956. After studying at Sverdlovsk Art College from 1976 – 1980 enrolled at St. Petersburg Academy of Arts in 1983 and graduated in 1990. His graduation project “The Early Years” won The Gold Medal of USSR Academy of Arts. Valeriy worked for 4 years from 1990 at St. Petersburg Academy of Art’s postgraduate “creative” studio. Valeriy has been a member of Russian Artist’s Federation from 1991.
Since 1999 Valeriy has lived and worked in the UK. He has became a member of the Pastel Society in 2003, Royal Institute of Oil Painters in 2006 and the Royal Society of Portrait Painters in 2011.

Societies:

The Pastel Society
Royal Institute of Oil Painters
Royal Society of Portrait Painters

Scholarships, Awards, Prizes:

• 1990 The Gold Medal of the USSR Academy of Arts.
• 1991 elected member of Russian Artist Federation.
• 2000 “Pastels of the Century”, London. Frank Herring award.
• 2003 “Pastel Society Exhibition 2003”, London Frank Herring award.
• 2003 elected member of British Artists Pastel Society.
• 2004 “Not the Turner prize competition 2004”. Winsor and Newton/The Daily Mail finalist prize.
• 2005 “Royal institute of oil painters’ exhibition”, London. Windsor and Newton award to best non-member picture.
• 2006 “Pastel Society Exhibition “, London. Orange Street Gallery Uppingham Prize.
• 2006 “Royal Society Of Portrait Painters”, London. The Arts Club Award.
• 2006 elected member of British Artists Royal Institute of Oil Painters.
• 2011 elected member of Federation of British Artists Royal Society of Portrait Painters.

Exhibitions:

Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition 2017
The Pastel Society Annual Exhibition 2017
Royal Institute of Oil Painters Annual Exhibition 2016
Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition 2016
NOW @ The Pastel Society
Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition 2015

Website:

http://valeriygridnev.com/

     


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