Made in Herefordshire artists and show preview
PUBLISHED: 00:16 21 November 2011 | UPDATED: 20:20 20 February 2013
Made In Herefordshire celebrates the art of the county and is a great place to buy unique pieces. Here, a selection of the artists, chosen to exhibit talk about their craft
This years Made In Herefordshire open exhibition at The Courtyard, Herefordshires Centre for the Arts, is a showcase of exciting, contrasting work from local artists.
The event, being staged in partnership with Herefordshire and Wye Valley Life, features artists selected by The Courtyards visual arts panel, including Martyn Green, chief executive of The Courtyard and the centres visual arts
co-ordinator Moira B Grafen-Campbell, Mel Potter, arts co-ordinator at Herefordshire Council, Kate LaBarre, marketing manager at Herefordshire College of Arts and Peter Horrocks, a distinguished local artist.
All of the work in the show will be for sale. The private view of Made In Herefordshire is on Thursday, December 8 and the exhibition, which is free to visit, runs from Friday, December 9 until Saturday, January 7.
John Boshoff from Little Dewchurch is an artist who works in mixed media, primarily photography. His heads project explores his love of drawing and detail.
Obviously I like heads. Im always staring at them. Its a new project for me, real people caught in a moment. I used to do nothing but abstract work, but this is more fun, more responsive, drawing out the detail.
I stare out of my window at trees on the hill, potent silhouettes of the afternoon, topped by crows mugging a weary buzzard. In the field above the pub, the little white pony is leading a merry dance. And I am thinking Id better get on before I doze off. (Sparrows are splashing in my little pond like demented children.)
Hazel Gwatkin, who lives in Presteigne, is a photographer.
My photographs are taken using black and white infrared film which gives a magical quality to subjects with the blown out highlights of living vegetation glowing white. I use an opaque filter over the lens of the camera, which enables the film to capture part of the
spectrum which is not visible to the naked eye with the result being that photographs of natural landscapes are displayed literally in a completely different light.
The countryside around me creates all the inspiration for my photographs which are all taken within a few miles of where I live on the Herefordshire/Welsh border.
Kaybe Bitton who works in glass, is from Leominster.
My work stems from coastal regions, capturing natural forms using photographic images to keep as a visual catalogue, triggering fond memories of time spent by the sea. To me there has always been a pleasant tranquil melancholy about a deserted empty grey beach, every rock just a moment in time.
Herefordshire is a border county, both politically and physically. It is the physical border that interests me most, from the lush productive green farmland to the ruggedness of the mountains and hills. The countryside moves from fertile orchards, to the bleakness of the black mountains. Even though Hereford is a city, it retains the stigma of being very much an unspoilt region, something of a backwater some might say, those who have never visited and enjoyed such a beauty in this modern world.
Gareth Evans is an illustrator/fine artist from Hereford City.
The three images depict three different moments on a walk I took with my fiance Sophie and our good friends Neil and Becky along the river Wye. Making sure that they were natural and not at all posed, they convey a moment in time and a story of that afternoon.
While I realise Herefordshire is a beautiful part of the world and sets a brilliant backdrop for all creative minds, for me its the people around me that make it what it is, my friends, colleagues and of course my lovely partner Sophie, who I would not have even met had I not moved to Hereford. This is what inspires me about Herefordshire.
Georgina Fowler is a ceramicist/potter and lives in Swainshill.
These pieces are handmade slip cast earthenware vessels. They are inspired by fairytales, imagination and the surreal. I take something and make it into something like from a dream. Through drawings I scan these into the computer and manipulate them on Photoshop to get designs which I put onto my vessels.
What inspires me about Herefordshire is the wonderful pattern, texture and colour of the countryside.
Wayne Summers is from Hereford city and is a fine artist.
Narratives derived from archaeology, magico-religious texts and mythology are the fertile wellspring from which I attempt to seek meaning. The resultant images combine sthetic, expressionist responses to materials with a desire to convey mysteries for which words alone are inadequate. My paintings are not abstractions, but through figurative symbols and external references are amenable of multiple connotations, even when there may be a stated object.
Any one of us, given a certain light, shall make and be immortal, says Geoffrey Hill in his poem Parentalia. I have an inchoate sense of that light in the Herefordshire borderlands, where I find a palpable sense of antiquity in this most rural of counties.