Exhibition – Figureworks @ Chequer Mead

I’m very pleased to be able to announce the opening of the exhibition Figureworks at Chequer Mead Arts Centre next week. I have been tutoring this group of artists for a number of years now. It has been most rewarding to see how the group has developed and grown, while demonstrating a true passion for painting when working from direct observation of the sustained pose.
This exhibition is a celebration of both the standard and variety of work produced during our weekly sessions when working alternately from the portrait and life model. I hope that this first public exhibition will be the first of many. Wishing you all the best of luck with the show!


Press Release

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
(artists) figureworksgroup@gmail.com

Figureworks (2012)

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1 Response to Exhibition – Figureworks @ Chequer Mead

  1. Brian says:

    I like the idea of a six week sustained pose, it gives the artists the chance to develop their work into full scale finished paintings.

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