Figureworks, a group of East Surrey artists, will be exhibiting at the Chequer Mead Arts Centre, East Grinstead, from 9th to the 20th March 2012. The artists come from diverse backgrounds, including a retired animations lecturer from the Royal College of Art, a former advertising art director, several art teachers and a sculptor. They are bonded by a real enthusiasm and commitment to producing expressive and technically proficient figurative studies, seemingly traditional at first sight. On closer examination the works in this exhibition of portrait and figure painting reveal a wide variety of styles and approaches. From sculpture to collage, and acrylics to oils, the varied interpretations of the images reflect the individual focus of each artist.
Working together for several years, the group began as an adult education class tutored by Adele Wagstaff. Adele teaches painting and drawing techniques informed by her own training at the Slade, where she worked with Euan Uglow and Norman Norris. In between painting, teaching, drawing trips to Egypt, and writing a book, she has produced some figure studies which will be included in the exhibition.
The artists, both professional and dedicated amateurs, meet together in Merstham once a week to draw and paint from life. This is their first exhibition together at Chequer Mead. Unusually for an art class, the models maintain a sustained pose for a minimum of six sessions, the artists selecting their own viewpoint so no two images are the same.
Everyone is welcome; individual artists will be there during the exhibition to discuss their work.
There is a theatre and café at the venue.
Venue: Chequer Mead Community Arts Centre, De La Warr Road, East Grinstead, RH19 3BS.
Dates: 9th to 20th March 2012
Hours: Mon – Sat 10 am ‐ 5pm Open the following evenings 6.30 – 9.30 pm: 9, 10, 16, 17 March
For further information contact: (venue) info@ chequermead.org.uk Tel: 01342 302000