‘A Fantastical Magical Wonderful World’ Art Exhibition12. Oct - 2. Nov 13 / ended Harrison Lord Gallery
Opening times Monday - Saturday 9am until 5pm
Step into another world...
Let your imagination run wild at the Harrison Lord Gallery in Brighouse as they celebrate the intriguing nature of fantasy art. Make believe towns, secret rendezvous and rivers of dreams; welcome to ‘A Fantastical Magical Wonderful World’. Whilst a light hearted exhibition in theme, the gallery is showcasing the work of well known and well established artists. Featuring the paintings of Phil Lockwood and Susan Lincoln and Louise Rawlings, supported by numerous others, this exhibition will take you to another world.
Phil Lockwood was born in Sheffield, and now lives in the Ecclesall area of the city. His style is one of distorted realism, imaginary townscapes and industrial interiors. Usually night scenes, with an emphasis on trying to depict the drama of lighting and shadows; “these are often observed whilst walking my dog in the winter evenings. I usually work from imagination and memory, but I do occasionally use photographic reference”.
Never using preliminary sketches, the artist prefers to begin painting on a blank canvas with just an idea of the subject. Phil dubs this as ‘Laziness’ but could certainly be construed as confidence. “I work in Acrylic as this allows me to correct and adjust by overpainting as things develop and change. This overpainting continues as we progress towards the finished image. It is “We” rather than “I” because this process means that as I work the painting take on a life of its own and because of this, I regard it as a joint effort (shared by the painting and myself). I am myself, often surprised when I see the finished painting”.
Lockwood’s work is a true testament to the human imagination – winding make believe streets, secret liasions and hundreds of tiny details compose themselves into each painting; “I see no reason why "Art" has to be po-faced, so I often incorporate a humorous element hidden within the composition”.
Susan Lincoln has been painting for over twenty years “I feel that I have the perfect career. When I am painting everything seems right. The outside world falls away and I am immersed in my own subject and experience.” Choosing to live and work mostly in isolation, it keeps her mind free. Painting from imagination, for Susan is the touchstone to explore an inner world of feelings and dreams. “I like my work to have a happy or magical element to it. Art should make you smile as well as think.”
When starting each new painting Susan visualises in her mind the key elements of the work. Like Phil, painting directly onto the canvas, without drawing first, so that the work is spontaneous. However, the most important decision in any painting is knowing when to stop; “...Sometimes this decision is easy to make, but on occasions it is far more difficult to resolve an idea successfully. The ideal point at which to leave a painting, I think, is when it is no longer worrying you, when you look at it and are quite satisfied with everything.”
A passion for the countryside and her many animals inspire the quirky long limbed inhabitants of her paintings
but insists that her work is not to be explained or analysed by herself - it is for everyone who looks at them to work out what they mean – “Every painting is a challenge and this is something I enjoy. Essentially I strive to resolve each painting for my own satisfaction, but of course, I hope that the end result will also give pleasure to others.”
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