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The Art of Tom Shepherd- part one

Tom’s studio!

Another interview- this time with Tom Shepherd, another fantastic artist who is taking part in the Warwickshire Open Studios. I met Tom at an event I helped to run, and so I was lucky enough to actually see him paint. I love his technique and I’ve been itching to find out more about his work, so here is the first half of my interview with him. Enjoy!

Morning Light by Tom Shepherd


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John Hampton at Wolverhampton Art Gallery

An exhibition of vibrant works by Wolverhampton artist John Hampton (1934-2012) is now showing at Wolverhampton Art Gallery till the 13th of July.

Untitled by John Hampton. Copyright Artist's Estate.

Untitled, John Hampton

Educated and trained in Bilston, Wolverhampton and Birmingham, John was a dynamic character and had an inquisitive approach to his artwork. His career spanned over five decades, during which he became Head of Art at Bilston Community College. A studio holder at Eagle Works, he was an active member of the group.

Untitled, John Hampton

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The inspirational work of Michala Gyetvai

Things have been so busy recently with all the events I have been doing as well as work, but things are calming down a bit. I have one major event this weekend and then I might get some time to myself for a while!

As promised, here is one of my first interviews with one of the Open Studios artists who I met at Coughton a few weeks ago. Michala is a fantastic artist, and her work has inspired me to start painting again. The work I produced last weekend turned out very abstract- I think Paul Klee, Kandinsky and Miro were coming through a bit haha. I might even have a go at pastels this weekend too if I have time! She has also invited me to see her studio, so I’m definitely going to try and visit as I really want to see some more of her textile work.

So, here is my interview, enjoy!

The First Day of Summer by Michala Gyetvai

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Marc Chagall exhibition at the Tate Liverpool

Nude in the Garden by Chagall

The Tate Liverpool is hosting an exhibition of more than 70 paintings and drawings by the 20th-century Russian artist Marc Chagall. The exhibition, entitled Chagall: Modern Master focuses on the period from 1911 to 1922. The artist’s 1911 oil painting Nude in the Garden will be on display, along with seven murals painted by Chagall for the Moscow State Yiddish Chamber Theatre in 1920.

Marc Chagall (1887–1985) is considered to be one of the great artists of the last century. Bringing together such a wide selection of works on paper as well as paintings from across the world, Chagall: Modern Master takes a fresh look at this compelling artist who created some of the most poetic and enduring images of the 20th-century. This exhibition will be the first major presentation of the Russian painter’s work in the UK for more than fifteen years.

Marc Chagall, I and the Village, 1911

I and The Village by Chagall

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Open Studios Event

I’ve had the most intense week ever! And it all finished with a bang yesterday, as I coordinated a fantastic event at Coughton Court to tie in with Warwickshire Open Studios. Three artists came to Coughton to sketch and paint in the grounds and I looked after them for the day! I had a fantastic time, and I couldn’t have asked for better weather. Thousands of people turned up to enjoy the National Trust house and stroll round the gardens so it was a great opportunity for artists to use the property to promote their own work and the purpose of Warwickshire Open Studios.

ImageSunny day at Coughton Court!

Warwickshire Open Studios lets local artists and designers open up their own studios to the public, and to also work together with other venues to host their work. Now an annual event, it has grown to become the country’s largest exhibition of art and craft. I heard about Open Studios last year, so I’m very lucky to actually be involved with it this year. Not only has it allowed me to work with artists and promote their work, but it has also allowed me to become inspired to do my own art again.

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Drawn Towards the Sea

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John Scott Martin, An Early Morning off the East Coast

I’ve been a busy little bee these past few weeks due to a vast amount of reasons! Why is it that everything happens at once?? Well, since I went to the coast two weeks ago, I have been inspired by the sea, and I thought it was quite fitting that John Scott Martin is producing an exhibition at the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists Gallery in Birmingham.

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Caught in the Crossfire: Artistic Responses to Conflict, Peace and Reconciliation

Caught in the Crossfire is a temporary exhibition at The Herbert Art Gallery and Museum in Coventry which explores how artists grapple with both the brutality of war and the desire for peace. Coventry itself is a city which has been devastated by war with a strong reputation for peace and reconciliation. The Herbert is therefore the perfect setting for such an exhibition as this.

KennardPhillipps (Peter Kennard and Cat Picton Phillips), Photo Op

The exhibition takes us on a challenging journey from the home front to the frontline and back again, as seen through the eyes of artists, soldiers and people affected by conflict.

J. L. Greenway Freedom Casket Launch

In 1937 James Luther Greenway, a leading Bilston industrialist, was granted the Freedom of the Borough of Bilston in recognition of his investment in the town. To mark the occasion he was presented with a ceremonial casket decorated with enamels.

In 2012 the museums, galleries and archives of Wolverhampton (WAVE) was able to acquire this important object for display at Bilston Craft Gallery thanks to the generous support of the Friends of Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Black Country Memories Club and Bilston Historical Society.

The Casket

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Spaces of Invention and Places of Imagination

Occupying both Galleries 1 and 2 at the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists Gallery, is a major exhibition of selected, mixed media works from the year 2000 to the present by the artist George Taylor who I have admired for a long time. The exhibition entitled, Spaces of Invention and Places of Imagination, will include two paintings from 1961 and 1963, completed just after the outset of George’s career which now spans more than 54 years.

George.Taylor-Wild Sea Rising

George Taylor, Wild Sea Rising.

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Contemporary Art Season at the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry

The Herbert’s new season of contemporary art features four compelling exhibitions which showcase challenging and thought provoking work by both local and internationally acclaimed artists. The exhibition I wish to focus on for this post is His Dark Materials which ran from the 24th of November 2012 to the 17th of March 2013. As always, I love discovering quirky art, which I’m sure you’ll see through this artist’s work!

His Dark Materials is the first solo exhibition by Coventry-based artist Adie Blundell. Blundell’s work is composed of new and found materials – sculptures are formed from plaster, latex, salt and iron, incorporating keys, locks, light switches and medical equipment.

Adie Blundell, Victoriana and Alchemy in Coventry.

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