Each year Creative Whithorn invites five artists from around the country to take part in our prestigious 5 More exhibition. This year the exhibition runs for a longer period, from 16th June to 20th August in the Ninian Gallery at the Whithorn Trust Visitor Centre. This year’s artists are:
Ceri Allenstudied painting at City & Guilds School of Art , London and has exhibited widely throughout the UK and also the USA. Her work is represented in public and private collections including , Tullie House, Carlisle, St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington and Corpus Christi College, Oxford.
She has also taken up Artists Residencies at the University of Cumbria, Corpus Christi College, Oxford and Kronstadt, St Petersburg with the NCCA. In 2016 she was Artist in Residence at Lancaster Castle and was also commissioned to illustrate The Oxford Almanack 2017.
“My work is representational, with a particular focus on portraying the human figure in an urban environment . I use composition to suggest the space and tension between people or objects – physical and mental space . My paintings are worked from material collected in the form of photographs or sketches and transformed in the process.”
Colin Blanchard was born in Lincolnshire in 1952. He attended Walthamstow School of Art and taught printmaking in the 1970s and 80s. After early professional success, he shifted career – and spent many years involved in education and training in countryside and wildlife management.
“I continue to be fascinated by the possibilities of using contemporary technology in conjunction with high levels of traditional printmaking craft skills to create truly original prints. I work mainly with Linocut and Screen printing and very often use combinations of the two methods.
I am interested in images and objects that are not in any way reproductions or imitations of any other medium, but that have the techniques, qualities and effects and that only handmade prints can offer; along with the advantages of producing multiples in (genuinely limited) editions. And, like most printmakers, I still enjoy exploring and mastering new and different hands-on printmaking skills which in turn constantly evolves and develops my imagery and print qualities.
In my work I want to explore the possibilities of making images that are, in one way, those of traditional ‘countryside’ and/or wildlife subject matter, but which sometimes take a less ‘traditional’ approach and go beyond the purely decorative. I have continued to develop a theme of incorporating my own poetry as an integral part of many the prints I produce; both compositionally and as a means to expand my communication to the viewer regarding my reaction to and inspiration from the subject.”
You can see Colin’s work at www.colinblanchard.com
Hazel works in gouache and oils in a bold, vigorous style using lots of paint and a big brush to depict the Galloway landscape and quirky still life subjects. She also works with bamboo and ink, incorporating this along with gouache and soft pastel to produce her distinctive paintings.
I work in watercolour using lots of paint and a big brush in a bold fashion to depict Galloway landscape and quirky still life. I love working with bamboo and ink, and incorporate this along with gouache and soft pastel to represent our beautiful region.
Geoff Forrest is an artist/maker based at Loch Doon, on the Ayrshire Dumfries and Galloway border. He is inspired by natural forms which can be seen in his woven pebble baskets and leaf platters. Or, of catching the elements of wind and water, with his boats and wave baskets. He largely uses willow but also produces work in mild steel.
The Glassworks at North Glen was established 45 years ago and Christine has been blowing glass there for the last 15 years. Her current enthusiasm and focus is on hanging installations and a range of tumblers, goblets and shot glasses. Her work has been described as charmingly individual and a joy to use.
You are welcome to join us for the opening preview evening on Friday 16th June from 6pm – 9pm where you will be able to chat to members of Creative Whithorn and some of the artists involved in the exhibition. The Ninian Gallery is located at 45 George Street, DG8 8NS Newton Stewart. Admission to the exhibition is free of charge and is open daily from 10.30am to 5.00pm.