Lyndsey’s paintings are full of magic, with smiling faces, and the wonder of a world in which all is well. A Chalk Gallery artist since 2009, she has a well established following with our customers. There is always a story behind the picture based on careful research into the history of the place and the people associated with it, so take a close look and see what you find.
She says “Christmas Cross and Chichester Cathedral” was painted for one of the Charity Christmas cards. Chichester and Lewes make a good pair for the cards this year, as they were once the old county towns of Eastand West Sussex”.
We are delighted to offer you the original paintings of both of these in Chalk Gallery. Click on the image above to read how Lyndsey found her inspiration and the famous faces you can spot.
Each year she donates her distinctive and much loved images for charity Christmas cards and last year they raised a truly impressive £8,000 for SASBAH. Her designs on cards/advent calendars are on sale at Sandringham, Westminster Abbey, National Museum of the Royal Navy and Leeds Castle and you can buy fundraising cards by clicking here or from the Sussex Cards for Good Causes pop up shops. Our nearest is at Lewes House, 32 Lewes High Street, now until 19 December. (NB Lyndsey’s charity cards are not available in Chalk Gallery, but it’s only a short walk to Lewes House). See more here.
We would love you to come to our Winter Magic meet the artists event at Chalk Gallery this Saturday 25th November.
Chalk Gallery asks our Guest Artist, Tanya Gomez about her ceramic works and her beautiful pieces currently in Chalk Gallery
What is the theme behind your work at Chalk Gallery?
The fundamental theme about my work is water, the sea.
Seascape,Colour, Light, Fluidity, Movement, Density, Depth, Sublime, Emotion, Volume
Where do you go to collect the inspiration behind your work?
My experience at sea and travelling within my twenties have been a large piece of my inspiration. The sea, surrounding landscape and nature absorb into my work but not necessary are obvious. Techniques, processes and challenging the clay also spur on ideas.
Describe the process behind your artwork in the Chalk Gallery
All work is thrown porcelain on a wheel. Mainly thrown in sections, joined together and then manipulated to create dynamism. I use porcelain for its silky fine qualities and as a white canvas to spray warm, alluring glazes on that have a sense of depth.
Describe your studio space
I am very fortunate to have the studio at the back of the house. I call it my ship as everything has a place for it and has to be put back otherwise there isn’t enough space to work.
My favorite thing about it is that it is a fully functional studio where I can do most things and very lucky to have it so close to home. Clay is like having children you have to keep nurturing them and going back to the work so if travel time is shorten then it is much easier to finish things off.
What achievements are you most proud of?
Apart from having two healthy beautiful children. My recent show at Collect Open, Saatchi Gallery that was in February. Here I produced, A Day. A 5m x 3m installation comprising of 35 ceramic vessels arranged on a long mantel piece set against a digitally printed fabric wall panel.
Which other artists/ art movements / writers/ musicians most influence your artistic practice?
Jean Francois Filloux
Recent exhibitions that have inspired me
Hella Jongerius Design museum
Rachel Whiteread Tate Britain
What is your favourite thing about Chalk Gallery?
That it is a group of artist working together to get their work seen. A very well professional organization and that is what I think is unique about the Chalk Gallery.
To see more of Tanya’s work click here.
The Unpredictable Power of Paint
Susan’s body of work for our window is all about the unpredictability and power of paint. Her style is confident and assured and we love the spontaneity and vibrancy.
She says “I love starting a new blank canvas. I choose my colours and pick up a palette knife. The opportunity at this stage for a huge sweep of coloured paint is irresistible. I have little concept of what will take form.
It can be wild looking creatures, strange panoramas, even imaginary human forms and faces will appear out of the paint like magic. It all becomes very exciting” Her semi-abstract art invites you to make your own interpretation which is the ultimate satisfaction.
Susan will be at Chalk Gallery between 1.00 – 4.00pm on Saturday 14th October if you wish to meet her and discuss her work.
See more here.
Katie’s recent body of work has been inspired by coastal scenes and landscapes. They have been created in oils with a range of palette knives, using a restrained range of soft blues and greys, pinks and ochres.
Working from a beautiful new studio in which she has more space and light has allowed Katie to stretch her creative wings, building on the firm foundations of her earlier work, but allowing a natural development which we think has taken her work to new and exciting levels. Some of her paintings have become less representational as she explores a more semi abstract approach drawing from within. She is also enjoying working on a larger scale, and we love the results. See more here.
New Artist: Catherine Greenwood
Catherine’s art practice includes copper plate etching, mono printing, kitchen lithography, woodcut, lino block print, painting and figure drawing. You can see more here.
She is just about to begin a post graduate research post in the print department in City and Guilds of London Art School. The post was set up by Norman Akroyd and now led by Jason Hicklin as Head of Print Department. She says “I’m very honoured to have the post and excited about the work that will unfold”. We are excited too, and look forward to seeing some of the work gracing our walls in Chalk Gallery.