Monday, 28 April 2008

"Icons" with Trinidad Ball

This is very exciting!
I have a group show starting next week and the preview
is on Tuesday, 22nd April from 6-9pm. The Gallery is:

DeFined Art
128-130 High Street
Esher, Surrey KT10 9QJ

The painting Marmite is part of my new collection "Icons".

Tuesday, 22 April 2008

Chelsea Art Fair

Today we artists are setting up our stand!

Visit us:
Skylark Gallery at
24 - 27 April, at Chelsea Old Town Hall,
on Kings Road, SW3 5EE (opposite Sydney Street & Heals - nearest tube: Sloane Sq)
Thursday to Saturday 11am-7pm, Sunday 11am-5pm
40 galleries of contemporary and 20th Century paintings, sculpture etc.

Artists showing:
Tina Mammoser
Steve Yeates
Gill Hickman
Geraldine Franklin
Amanda Averillo
Jennifer Taylor
Sara Sherwood
Lucinda Beatty
Jenny Wiggins

We look forward to seeing you there!

Monday, 21 April 2008

Late Last Thursday - THIS Thursday!

Late Last Thursdays are a monthly event at Skylark 2 Gallery where visitors can come in the evening to meet an artist. We stay open late and often there's an artist talk or presentation along with a bit of wine.

THIS Thursday:

(From the Killing Time series, detail and 6 large canvases )

Kate is the Featured Artist at Skylark 2 Gallery
From April 15th - May 5th : 11am - 6pm : Tuesday - Sunday
Unit 1.09 - Oxo Tower Wharf - London - SE1 9PH - Tel: 44 020 7401 9666

Artist talk: Late Last Thursday on April 24th : 7pm 'Painting Space' All my paintings, whether abstract or representational, are primarily concerned with representing the illusion of three dimensions on a two dimensional surface. The canvas is daubed with colour and marks, the result of many small decisions to effectively bring something forward or knock something else back. Material is drawn from either observation, making visual notes and sketches, and taking photographs at the scene, or from poetry or other literary works that affect me, which then provide the imagery for my paintings.

The 'Killing Time' series, pictured here, is based on Simon Armitage's brilliant poem of the same title, commissioned by the Millennium Committee. The thousand line poem is divided into sections, which explore different aspects of man's relationship with his fellow man, and the state of civilisation at the beginning of the 21st Century. Each section of the poem revolves around a specific theme, like ballooning pitted against nationalism (‘Weightless’), the darkness of northern winter days (‘Midwinter Spin’), a Westerner's view of Christmas in Oxford Street contrasting with modern warfare (‘Distracted’), bullets of the Colombine School massacre transferred to flowers (‘Suburban Idyll’), the lunar eclipse of the sun (‘Any Minute Now’), etc.

The poem provided the springboard for my painterly investigations. The paintings are door sized stretched canvases, unframed, featuring impasto oil paint on a thin acrylic base. The preliminary acrylic painting lays down accidental marks to contribute to the surface richness, and is overlaid with a gradual build up of oil paint. The colour themes and mark making seek to reflect a sense of space, rhythm and an emotional charge in the individual works.

Saturday, 19 April 2008

News from Carolyn Curtis Magri!

This news just in from Carolyn:

Am looking forward to my first ever Art Fair at Chelsea - sounds as if it will be fun. Am currently working on a series of drawings and paintings for a show at The Foundry in October when I will be working with Charlie Ryder who is a performance artist who appeared at the Edinburgh Fringe last year. My black and white works are becoming even more subtle and minimalist. Prison teaching continues to take up lots of my energy and is the source of great enlightenment into the intricacies of the human mind and its creativity.

Chelsea Art Fair: 24th-27th April, Chelsea Old Town Hall, Kings Road

Friday, 18 April 2008

Skylark takes off into blogging!

Welcome all to the new blog for Skylark Galleries!

For those who don't know us, we're a collective of 30 artists who show in 2 galleries on London's southbank and also take part in various art fairs around the country. Skylark 2 Gallery is in the historic OXO Tower, and Skylark 1 Gallery is in the quirky Gabriel's Wharf which is full of artist and designer studios and shops. Our website has all the address and contact details, plus previews of the work by all the artists.

For our existing fans and customers, the blog will be a great place to get up-to-the-minute news, info on events, interviews with the artists, plus the news from individual artists too! The great thing about Skylark is that we all are working artists - so we have shows and happenings separately as well as together as a group.

News about the Chelsea Art Fair (next week!) coming soon, along with your first peek at one of our member artists.

And don't forget you can subscribe to the blog using the RSS button for a reader, or simply via email using the small form in the side bar to get instant notification whenever there's a new post.