Simon Hodges PS 

Artist's Statement:

My primary inspiration comes from the landscape but with an architectural background, buildings and townscapes feature strongly in my work. I am self taught as an artist referring back to greats such as Turner, Seago and Melville to inspire a constant rethinking although in essence my approach to painting is no more complicated than working hard to capture a sense of place and time, quality of light, variations in weather, changes of season and to portray this in two dimensions considering composition, drawing, narrative, tone and colour.

Method of Working:

Whilst my work always begins in front of the subject by sketching in a variety of mediums, most of my finished work is done in my studio, often using compositional drawings or paintings before commencing the finished piece. Besides pastel, I work in charcoal, watercolour, acrylic and oil; at times I use a combination of these mediums.

Biographical Details:

I was born in 1958 in Surrey; I am married and have lived in Larkhall in Bath since 1985. Whilst I have painted since I was a child, I was encouraged to go to university and so studied architecture.
1977-81 Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff
B.Sc Architectural Science 1st Class Honours
B.Arch (Wales) Distinction
1992-1993 West of England University, Bristol
M.Sc Construction Management
1979-80 Architectural Practice in Wimbledon.
1981-82 Architectural Practice in Victoria, London. Work on hotels and private houses
1984 Membership of Architects Registration Council of The United Kingdom
1985 Membership of The Royal Institute of British Architects
1983-1991 Bath & Frome Architectural Practice (Associate & Partner) Clients included Marlborough College and University of Bath.
1993-1996 Yeovil, Oxford & London Architectural Practice (Associate)
1996-1999 Private Architectural Practice (Bath)
2000 onwards- Invited artist at Le Corre Gallery, Bradford on Avon
2010 Invited artist at Bath Gallery, Bath
2010/11 Invited artist at LeFort Gallery, Bath
2011-2016 Overall coordinator of Larkhall Open Studio Art Trail
2014 onwards- Invited artist at Castle Fine Art, Bath
2015 onwards- Invited artist at Widbrookgrange Hotel, Bradford on Avon
2017 Membership of The Pastel Society

Society Memberships

The Pastel Society

Scholarships, Awards, Prizes:

1978 Winner of Welsh Measured Drawing Competition
1996 Winner of Open Design Competition for New Glastonbury Library
2009/10 Highly Commended in Bath Art Prize Competition, The Octagon, Bath
2010 SAA Artist of The Year winner in The Building & Industrial Category
2014 Winner of Escoda Barcelona Award for an outstanding landscape at Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours, The Mall Galleries, London.

Exhibitions:

The Pastel Society Annual Exhibition 2017
New English Art Club Annual Open Exhibition 2016
NOW @ The Pastel Society
Royal Institute of Oil Painters Annual Exhibition 2015
Look Again @ The Pastel Society

Other Exhibitions:

1969 National Childrens' Drawing Competition (London)
1979 Represented Welsh School of Architecture in National Drawing Competition
1990/91 RWA Bristol Annual Open Exhibition (Architecture)
1999 First solo painting exhibition (Bradford on Avon)
2000 The Bath Society Annual Open Exhibition
2001 Sadler Gallery Open Exhibition, Wells
2001-05 The Theatre Royal Open Exhibition
2002/03 The Royal Crescent Club Exhibition
2003 No. 1 The Royal Crescent Shop Exhibition
2011-2016 The Bath Society Annual Open Exhibition
2004 to 2008 Solo exhibitions at West Barn, Bradford on Avon
2005 "Drawing on Bath" solo exhibition (The Theatre Royal, Bath)
2008 "St. Michael's & The City" solo exhibition (St. Michael's Church, Bath)
2009 "A Bath for All Seasons" solo exhibition (The Theatre Royal, Bath)
2010 onwards- Open Studio Exhibition at Hillview Studio, Larkhall
2011/12 RWA Bristol Annual Open Exhibition (Art)
2011 The Grant Bradley Gallery Open Exhibition (Bristol)
2013 "Britain" solo mixed exhibition (LeCorre Gallery)
2013 "Larkhall at night" solo exhibition (Oriel Hall, Larkhall)
2011-2016 Overall coordinator of Larkhall Open Studio Trail
2014 – 17 The Pastel Society Annual Exhibition
2014 & 2017 Royal Institute Painters in Water Colours Annual Exhibition
2015 Royal Institute of Oil Painters Annual Exhibition
2016 New English Art Annual Open Exhibition

Publications:

Various local newspaper articles. Limited edition prints and cards for No.1, The Royal Crescent, The Theatre Royal, The Royal Pharmaceutical Society, Rode Manor House and various private commissions.

Website:

www.hillviewstudio.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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