Land, Sea and Sky
Land, Sea and Sky| 31st January – 24th February
Chapel Arts re-opens for 2018 on Wednesday 31st January with works from five artists with very differing styles but which are very much based in the themes of Land, Sea and Sky. There will be a Private View on Friday 2nd February, 6.30 – 8.00pm to which you are invited.
This is our first exhibition under our new hours, the gallery and coffee shop will now be open Wednesday – Saturday 10am – 4pm.
Michael Norman, Vice President of the Pastel Society brings us scenes of Venice, the West Country and Scilly Isles coastal views in all their glory. A master in pastel this is a master class in the technique.
Kim Jarvis is a local landscape painter working in oils. Her love of the British coast draws her to the wild, unkempt places where the sky, sea and land dance with light in ever-changing patterns and colours. This exhibition has captured many of the stunning scenes from the Scottish coastline.
Wildlife artist Jackie Cox showcases works on scraperboard, this unusual medium takes on a freshness and vitality, bringing the subject matter to life.
Alongside Jackie, another wildlife artist Chris Sinden is showing us his intricate linocuts. Chris has developed a collage-style printing where smaller images butt up against each other to make a larger final picture.
Finally, by no means least Cheltenham based Stella Hobley will be showing some exciting collagraphs, small but intricate, eye catching offerings.
Michael Norman is a well-known artist living and working in the South West of England. He painted for many years in oils and watercolours until he discovered pastels. He now paints almost exclusively in this medium as he prefers it to all others.
He was elected to membership of the Pastel Society UK in 2007, and the South West Academy of Fine and Applied Arts in 2013.
In 2016 he was awarded the title of ‘Master Pastellist’ of the French Pastel Society of which he is now a member.
In 2016 he was elected Vice President of the Pastel Society UK.
He has won many awards for his paintings at the Pastel Society Annual Exhibitions as follows:-
2006 The Sarah Samuels Fine Painting Award
2007 The Unison Pastels Award
2008 The Bill Paterson Award
2009 The Frank Herring Award
2014 The Buzacott Award
2015 The Caran D’Ache Award
2016 The Derwent Sponsor’s Award
Also in 2016 he won the ‘Prix de la Communaute de Communes du pays de Saint-Aulaye’ Award at the ‘Pastel en Perigord’ exhibition in France.
He has been included in various publications as well as feature articles in the Pastel Society magazine, the French magazine ‘Pratique des Arts’ and the Pastel Journal of America.
Kim Jarvis is a landscape painter working in oils. Her love of the British coast draws her to the wild, unkempt places where the sky, sea and land dance with light in ever-changing patterns and colours.
Before becoming a full-time painter, Kim trained and worked as an architectural stained glass artist and her works can be seen in many churches and public buildings throughout Britain. This influence can be seen in her paintings which continue to explore the possibilities of design and colour. Her oil paintings of land and seascapes have been recently exhibited by the Royal West of England Academy of Art and the Royal Society of Marine Artists exhibition at London’s Mall Galleries. She paints both en plein air and also in her home-based studio.
After five years at Hastings School of Art and Canterbury College of Art, and with an Honours Degree in Graphic Design under his belt, Sussex born Chris Sinden joined the world of advertising.
For the next 30 years he worked as an art director for various advertising agencies in London and in Oslo, Norway.
It was in 2001, while he was living in Søgne (Norway), that Chris learnt how to cut lino.
“My first prints were of local views but I soon turned my hand to quirky humour and in 2004 two of my ‘Dirty Habit’ prints were selected to hang in Sørlandsutstillingen an exhibition that toured Southern Norway”.
Chris returned to the UK in 2005 and began to specialise in wildlife subjects.
“While some of my linocuts have a more conventional format, I have developed a collage-style of printing where smaller images butt up against each other to make a larger final picture”.
Chris has exhibited these complicated linocuts with the Society of Wildlife Artists every year since 2007 and in 2015 he was elected Full Membership of the Society.
Chris lives and works in the Forest of Dean.
“I inherited my talent for art from my grandparents, both of whom were freelance illustrators, so I was always drawing from a young age. When I left school to become an animal nurse at a veterinary practice in Margate, I found that the overnight patients made marvellous subjects and I started doing animal portraits”.
In 1981 Jackie had her first exhibition in Tewkesbury and since then has exhibited her work around the UK and abroad.
She moved to the Forest of Dean in 2001 where she had the opportunity to take over a local art class.
“I have always been interested in trying out different mediums and surfaces and this has stood me in good stead now that I am an art teacher”.
Jackie regularly exhibits with the Society of Feline Artists, the UK Coloured Pencil Society (of which she is a member and has won several awards) the National Exhibition of Wildlife Art (another award!) and has exhibited with the Society of Equine Artists and the Society of Wildlife Artists.
“These successes have spurred me on to further experiment in new mediums, concentrating even more on light, shadows and nuances of colour”.
Jackie lives and works in the Forest of Dean where her art classes continue to go from strength to strength.
In my early teens I dreamt of becoming a fashion designer and then a costume designer for the BBC and used to sketch creations at home. However, at school I was considered reasonably academic so didn’t get the opportunity to study art for ‘O’ Level (GCSE now). In the Sixth Form I was able to do some screen printing in my free time and loved designing the patterns and printing in vibrant pinks and oranges. Perhaps that was a sign that it would be colour, pattern and texture that would inspire my creative side.
Having studied Russian at university, I came to Cheltenham in 1978 to take up a job in the Civil Service. After I few years I left to teach Russian and then went back into the Civil Service and worked in Business Change and Communications.
I didn’t enjoy my first job and that was when I decided I needed a creative outlet. I signed up for a watercolours course and was lucky to be introduced to painting ‘wet-in-wet’ from the outset which suited me – no drawing, just almost letting the colours drift and blend at will to form the basis of a painting to which I then added detail and texture. My interest in textiles and texture prompted me to have a go at block printing, linocuts, painting on silk and creating devoré silk velvets.
A weekend workshop with local printmaker Sue Brown was my introduction to Collagraph. Sue was an encouraging and motivational teacher and I was surprised by and pleased with what I produced. Since I retired I have done some more weekend courses and term-length courses and have loved creating lots of texture and pattern, blending inks and exploring chine collée. With Collagraph there is always that added frisson of never being completely in control. You don’t know quite what will emerge as you lift that blanket on the printing press.