Sunday, 14 August 2011

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Wednesday, 10 August 2011

New at Skylark 2: Ken McClymont

Ken McClymont (right) is the latest artist to join Skylark Galleries, showing at Skylark 2 in the Oxo Tower Wharf, London.

Ken is delighted to be part of Skylark, saying: "It's fantastic to show my work and have the opportunity and exposure with committed, devoted fellow artists who take pride in the gallery. It’s a great set-up and unique by being run by the people who exhibit in such an attractive part of the city."

Ken was born in Glasgow and studied at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee, where he first discovered abstraction. He has exhibited in shows in London, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Hull and Brussels. As well as being a painter, Ken is an award-winning theatre director and designer, mostly working on new writing. He has directed more than 40 professional plays, details of which can be seen on his website. He enjoys graphic design and typography, designs theatre sets, T-shirts and publicity posters, and makes props.

"In a sense," he says, "my dedication to acrylic abstraction on canvas or board has allowed me the freedom to express more intensely some of the ideas and emotions I convey in the theatre. It is as if I were directing the shapes and colours to enable them to stage an experience. In this context, every gesture finds its place in the creation of depth and movement, not just in relation to the whole piece, but also in the connection established with the viewer. My smaller works in box frames make these relationships more palpable. Members of the audience should be engaged, even if they don’t agree with each other. My hope is that the intensity of the encounter is not quickly forgotten."

You can find out more about Ken’s work by visiting or visit Skylark 2 on the first floor of the Oxo Tower to see his work and meet him on the regular days he will be attending the gallery.

Saturday, 6 August 2011

Skylark Summer Shows

Summer is coming to Skylark Galleries with a vengeance this month with a pair of special seasonal shows of paintings, prints and sculptures by the galleries' 30 artists that are bound to tickle your artistic senses.

The shows focus on small, affordable, portable works with a summery subject to capture the easygoing, relaxed atmosphere of the South Bank of the Thames during August.

The exhibitions in both galleries open on Monday 15 August, continuing until Sunday 28 August in Skylark 2 and Sunday 4 September in Skylark 1.

Wondering how to find the Skylark galleries? Look no further than here. Skylark galleries are in the heart of London and artist-run, so you'll find an artist in the gallery when you visit.

Friday, 22 July 2011

Featured artist this month: Gill Hickman

Gill Hickman, textural artist and director of Skylark Galleries, is the featured artist in both Skylark spaces from 18 to 31 July in her exhibition Embossed and Embellished. Gill's uplifting work, which draws from layers and textures in the environment, is a celebration of life in all its forms.

In Skylark 1 she is showing a selection of her white canvas works including “All Things are Connected”, and in Skylark 2 the focus is on her embossed paper pieces including “Wobbly Inside” and “The Chinese Elements Series” (right, Fire, embossed collage of fine papers embellished with gold leaf).

You can meet Gill at the galleries at these times:
Skylark 2 on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 July from 2pm to 5pm (Open Weekend Event Collage Activity),
Skylark 1 on Tuesday 26 July from 11am to 7pm,
Skylark 2 on Sunday 31st July from 11am to 6pm.
On Friday 29 July both galleries will be open late from 6pm to 8pm. Join us for a drink while
you browse our latest collection. Gill will give a short talk in Skylark 2 at 7pm. This event is part of the SLAM LAST Fridays which happen across south London on the last Friday of each month.

Open Weekend at Skylark 2

There's just one year to the opening of the London Olympic and Paralympic Games, and to help mark the milestone this weekend Skylark Gallery 2 is hosting one of the 1,100 events taking place across the UK in the London 2012 Open Weekend.

On Saturday 23 July and Sunday 24 July from 3pm to 5pm Skylark artists will be on hand to help visitors to the gallery make collages that represent their hopes and dreams. A similar event last year was a huge success - so join us for a second year, or don't miss out again this year. We look forward to seeing you on the South Bank!

Monday, 11 July 2011

Clare Johnson selected to show in Norwich

Clare Johnson, who shows in Skylark 1, has been selected to take part in the Elements: Material Worlds exhibition at the Forum, Norwich, which is open to artists living in Norfolk, Suffolk, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Essex and Cambridgeshire. The artists chosen engage particularly with habitat, environment and both the natural and man-made world.

Clare is showing the work Scenic Sterries Wharf (pictured above).

Elements: Material Worlds
12-28 July, 9am-11pm daily
Millennium Plain, Bethel Street, Norwich, NR2 1TF
Directions to the Forum here.

Friday, 8 July 2011

Guest artist Orson Kartt at Skylark 1 this summer

A new series of work by guest artist Orson Kartt titled "Shakespear, the Missing Chapters" is showing at Skylark 1 at Gabriel's Wharf on the South Bank, London, through July and August. Prices range from £25 to £1,000. There's a private view at the gallery on Tuesday 19 July from 6.30pm to 9pm, and the chance to meet the artist over a beer or glass of wine. More information about Orson can be found at

Clare Johnson's work will also continue at the gallery in "Positive Perspectives of Industrial Landscapes": her works are on sale for £90 to £500. More details about where Clare's work can be seen will be posted here soon.

Wondering how to get to Skylark 1? Have a look here.