Exhibition: Figureworks 2

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FIGUREWORKS 2

An exhibition of life and portrait painting

After their successful inaugural exhibition last year, figureworks will be exhibiting once again at the Chequer Mead Arts Centre, East Grinstead, from 13th September to the 24th September 2013.

The artists come from diverse backgrounds, including a retired animations teacher from the Royal College of Art, a sculptor, and a former advertising art director.  They are committed to producing expressive and technically proficient figurative studies, seemingly traditional at first sight.  However, on closer examination, the portraits and figure painting in this exhibition reveal a wide variety of styles and approaches.  From sculpture to collage, and acrylics to oils, each artist approaches their work in a distinctive individual style which reflects their particular enthusiasms and interests.

Over the last year group members have continued to exhibit individually, locally and nationally. Sheila Rutherford exhibited in a group show, Journeys and Migrations, at Handmade in Bradford last Summer and paintings by David Woodall were accepted for the Royal Academy Summer Show last year. This summer his work will be included in the Ruth Borchard Self Portrait competition at Kings Place Gallery.  Sculptor Lorna Tyler has three sculptures currently on tour in Russia in an exhibition organised by the Ekaterinberg Art Foundation.

Working together for more than 5 years, the group grew from an adult education class tutored by Adele Wagstaff.  Adele teaches drawing and painting informed by her own training at the Slade, where she was taught by Euan Uglow and Norman Norris.  Last year her book Painting Still Life in Oils was published by The Crowood Press. Adele’s work is regularly exhibited in London, most recently at the Medici Gallery.

The artists, both professional and dedicated amateurs, meet together in Merstham once a week to draw and paint from life.   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; artists will be there during the exhibition to discuss their work.

Venue:  Chequer Mead Community Arts Centre, De La Warr Road, East Grinstead, RH19 3BS.

Dates:    13th Sept. to 24th Sept. 2013     Hours:   Mon – Sat 10 am- 5pm                   Closed Sundays

Open the following evenings 6.30 – 9.00pm 14, 19, 20, 21 Sept.

There is a theatre and café at the venue – check with the arts centre for opening hours.

For further information contact:  figureworksgroup@gmail.com                      www.facebook.com/Figureworks

Venue contact;  info@chequermead.org.uk                  Tel:   01342 302000

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