Group Print Exhibition
From 7th March until 27th June 2015
Victoria Keeble and Emerson Mayes showcase their limited edition collagraphs and drypoint prints in this exploration of animals in their natural habitats; expect to see birds circling and swooping, hares bounding and crouching in long grass and a truly enchanting collection to inspire you.
Victoria’s work is mainly illustrative and incorporates a love of pattern and texture. Her subject matter is often influenced by classic legends and fairytales, typically featuring natural forms, animals, birds and mythical beasts. This subject matter reflects Victoria’s love of mediaeval decoration, which she has studied extensively throughout Europe. Initially training as a textile designer at Falmouth School of Art, Victoria started silk painting in the 1970’s after searching for a way to use her design and textile skills at home. The brilliance of dye colours suited her highly decorative style at the time and now can be seen in her printmaking.
Emerson is a Yorkshire born artist who has experienced that rarest of things: success both critical and commercial since the beginning of his career as a painter; enjoying a growing reputation for a fresh, honest and uncontrived approach to his work. With his roots firmly in the British landscape tradition, Emerson’s work reflects his obvious passion for this vast and complex subject. Although he strives to achieve a direct response, he is never tied down by the ‘topographical’ elements in the landscape. He says, ‘it’s the emotional reaction and that sense of place that’s most important in a finished piece, not whether a tree is in exactly the right place’.
Through living in the landscape where he works Emerson has developed a deep understanding and knowledge of the area where he paints. Almost all of his work is completed within a stone’s throw from his home in the heart of Nidderdale.
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