Norma Stephenson PS 

Biographical Details:

1945 Born in Hawick, in the Scottish Borders
1962 Won a bursary to study Fine Art and Graphic Design at Sheffield Art College
Elected to the Pastel Society in 2004.

Artist’s Statement

Scottish painters have always held a special interest for me: Joan Eardley, whose work seems contemporary even today, the Scottish Colourists and now Barbara Rae and John Brown and other contemporary painters whose work is colourful and verging on the abstract.

John Blockley has been a major influence on my life and work. On first seeing his paintings I was immediately aware of a vision and interpretation of the landscape to which I could relate and have since always had great admiration for his work.

Annual holidays on the West Coast of Scotland, a childhood living on the edge of the Peak District and now in the hills of the Forest of Bowland and Dales of North Yorkshire were other influences. I feel I have a natural affinity with the wild northern landscapes. The tough squat farms and barns and the ribbon roads over the moorland are often a feature of my work.

Societies:

Member – The Pastel Society.

Method of Working:

My working approach is studio based, working from sketches and digital photography. I abstract the images to find the essence and compositional patterns. I work in pastels, acrylics or watercolour on gesso/pumice primed board and use both Unison and Daler-Rowney pastels. I work over an under-painting of either failed watercolour or watercolour washes, usually on large sized mountboard.

Often I will throw myself into a painting without any preparation. This almost always is more likely to lead to a successful outcome than is a preconceived, measured start. Often I will cover the support with watercolour or acrylic, aggressively and randomly, to achieve a patina and cover the inhibiting whit. I then slowly feel my way into the image, drawing into it with Conte and enjoying a ‘wandering line’ until it feels comfortable and balanced, with the right proportion of busy and calm areas.

I block in the main shape in pastel, but consider it important to leave some of the under painting showing for texture and interest.

There comes an inevitable point, however, where dissatisfaction sets in. Almost always this is because the painting has become too explicit, leaving nothing to the viewer’s imagination. Radical measures are required, which can result in success or disaster.

I will often dribble water into the pastel, causing rivulets and textured effects, or I will sweep my hand across the surface to remove detail. I am always looking for an abstracted personal interpretation of the subject.

Awards:

2005 The Bill Patterson Memorial Award
2003 The Cuthbert Award
2002 The Frank Herring Award
2001 The Cuthbert Award

Exhibitions:

June 2009 The Walker Gallery, Harrogate
November 2008 Orange Street Gallery, Uppingham
June 2006 The Walker Gallery, Harrogate
2006 Orange Street Gallery, Uppingham
The Wykham Gallery, Stockbridge

Contact Details:

Telephone: 01524 251670
Website: www.normastephenson.co.uk

 

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Featured Artist

Jaana Fowler
IMG 1980 sized featured
' Evening Still Life '
by Jaana Fowler

 

Jaana Fowler PS 

Biographical Details:

1973 Came to London from Helsinki
1979 BA Fine Art (Sculpture) St Martins School of Art
1982-2013: Freelance assistant to Sir Anthony Caro
1996-99 Leading Visual Literacy workshops, Royal Holloway College

Societies:

The Pastel Society

Exhibitions:

2015-2016
group shows: Society of Women Artists, Charlie Smith Anthology, Royal West Academy Bristol
2014-2015
group shows: Pastel Society Open, Royal West Academy Open, Discerning Eye
2013-2014
two artists: Peggy Jay Gallery at Burgh House Hampstead
2012-2013
group shows: Open West Exhibition at Newark Park (NT) and Wilson Gallery Cheltenham, Threadneedle Prize
2011-2012
group shows: Royal Academy Summer Show, Threadneedle Prize Exhibition Mall Galleries
2010-2011
solo show: Artist of the Day at Flowers Cork Street
2009-2010
group shows: Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Artspace at Barn Galleries, Ludlow Summer Show, three artists: Kingsgate Gallery
2008-2009
group shows: Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Ludlow Summer Show
2007-2008
two artists: Koukan gallery London N10, group shows: Battersea Art Fair, Artspace at Barn Galleries

Go to www.jaanafowler.co.uk  to view full CV and exhibitions 

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' Lemon and Grapes '
' Red Stripe '
' Blue Rubber ;

     


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