What's on show
COLOUR BLIND BY BHARAT PATEL
6th October - 2nd November 2014
Bharat is an Oxford based photographer who has spent many years developing his own style of photography. He has been a keen self-taught photographer since an early age. Born in India, Bharat has spent many years in Uganda where he was raised and Brazil where he worked as a communications engineer for many years in the 70’s and 80’s. Over the last 10 years he admits that he is addicted to photography in all its forms – Travel, Nature, Portrait, Macro, 3D and many more.
Lately Bharat has explored the printing of images in black and white because he feels that it resembles an art form. “Black and white is not how we see the world and it is not reality but it is capable of exciting deep routed senses. With no colours to “distract” the mind all the purity of expression is brought to the fore”. This can be felt in many of Bharat’s images.
Bharat prints his own images using a special Black Only (BO) technique. He has developed a unique printing method using 3 or more “pure” black inks to give the look and feel of the traditional dark room printing. His prints have a beautiful luminance, which extends through the tonal range and producing a glowing appearance. Bharat transforms an ordinary image into an extraordinary piece of work.
The images in this exhibition form part of Bharat’s special Black and White series which are printed on archival quality matt paper and mounted on 20”X16” acid-free mount boards.
PAINTINGS BY JOHN WATKINS
13th October - 19th November 2014
Art has been a lifelong passion for John ever since he can remember: ‘Whether it was sketching at the British Museum or painting on family holidays’. After graduating in archaeology, he went on to develop his drawing skills in Florence, Italy whilst studying with a pupil of Annigoni. John has been lucky enough to work over the years with several professional artists who have encouraged him to develop his skills and knowledge.
John’s preferred media to work with includes watercolour, pencil and oils. Italy has been a constant source for his work, having lived there for nearly a decade - mainly in Tuscany. ‘The light and colours one gets in Italy never fails to inspire’. John enjoys travelling and in 2012, he walked the ancient pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostella.
A local artist living and work in Oxford, painting landscapes and still life.
BEACH SURVEY BY ANNABELLE SHELTON
14th October - 12th November 2014
Annabelle Shelton was born in London. She holds a BA Fine Art from Staffordshire University and a Postgraduate Diploma and MA Fine Art from Birmingham City University. She is currently based in Milton Keynes at the ArtworksMK studios, Galley Hill site. Shelton has a fascination for the coastline, not in the sense of natural phenomena but characterised by the impact of capitalism and the modern condition/imposition of ‘an order’. Investigating the effects and influences of migration to ‘a coastline’, in the context of a social geography, Shelton draws figures floating in a white space to create semi-abstract circles, clusters and lines of figures bunched together.
In 2010 Shelton was a resident artist at the Aberystwyth Art Centre, Wales, on the University campus, where, she took part in the main gallery show Five. In the same year she selected for the John Moore’s Painting Prize. In 2011 she had a solo show at Chapter in Cardiff. She has provided critical texts and reviews for a-n. Shelton is showing work at the Rarity Gallery in Mykonos, Greece ,Bedford Street Gallery, Serena Hall Gallery, Sarah Wiseman Gallery and Cortereal gallery Portugal. Her work is in many private and public Collections internationally.
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