Artwave at Chalk Gallery

Posted by on Aug 10, 2017 in Chalk Newspage | Comments Off on Artwave at Chalk Gallery

From 19 August Lewes will be bursting at the seams with Art for the annual Artwave festival, which covers the final two weekends of our Brighton themed exhibition. Because of this it will extend to August Bank Holiday Monday, then there will be a completely new show from 29 August so there is something new to see for the final weekend of the festival.

You can see an exciting selection of art from all the Chalk Gallery artists. Take a peek in the Lewes Tourist Office window in the week preceding Artwave, and you’ll find even more. Here are a few images for you.

Chalk artists are an enthusiastic and busy bunch, and some have been released into the wild for Artwave. You can read the 2017 brochure online or download a pdf from the Artwave website here, or pop into Chalk and pick up a paper copy. Here are some of the places where you will find us.

Chalk Gallery – venue 114 – open seven days a week 10am – 5pm
Artists United – Fri 18 – Sun 20 August – Fitzroy House, Lewes
Liza Mackintosh – Solo exhibition during Artwave at The Old Brewery, Lewes
Sue CollinsNadia ChalkRachel Brooks ReadSimone Riley, and Julie Snowball – Art and Soul, Falmer during Artwave. You are invited to the Private View on 18th August.
Susan Lynch – August 16 – September 19 – Pelham House, Lewes
Click here for the Artwave brochure

Out and about

Horsham

Carlina Oliver and Lindsey Pearson are exhibiting with The Association of Sussex Artists18 – 26 August at the Drill Hall, Horsham

Brighton

After the Chalk Artists’ exhibition at Laughing Dog Gallery, Brighton Marina, which continues until 13th AugustLindsey Pearson will be there, August 21 – September 3.

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our Seaside Special event on 22 July.

It was a busy day and a good time was had. Look out for the photos in the September Issue of Sussex Life Magazine.

We hope to see you during Artwave.

 

 

Nadia Chalk Featured Artist: 26th June – 16th July

Posted by on Jun 24, 2017 in Chalk Newspage | Comments Off on Nadia Chalk Featured Artist: 26th June – 16th July

Artist, illustrator, designer, and maker Nadia has been a Chalk Gallery artist for just over a year – and yes, it’s a complete coincidence that her name is “Chalk”. Her work is much admired and collectible and we are looking forward to presenting a collection of these distinctive sculptures for your enjoyment.

She says “I am inspired by the strength and beauty of seascapes and landscapes. Using found materials to make 3D dwellings, playing with the scale and colours to create a narrative. My studio, in Worthing, contains a regular collection of foraged woods and metals. Each piece dictates it’s own identity with natural forms and patterns that are enhanced with sanding, inks and paint. Most of the sculptures are designed to be viewed from all angles like a real land/seascape”. You can see more here.

 

Chalk Interviews Nadia Chalk about her Studio Practice

 

What is the theme behind your featured artist exhibition/ what connects the artwork in the exhibition?

My 3D pieces are based on seascapes and landscapes and my love of found materials that can be given a new life.

Where do you go to collect the inspiration behind your work? 

I am easily inspired by so many different things and have a steady stream of ideas which fall into place as soon as I start playing in the studio. I frequently visit exhibitions and like to explore coastlines near and far at every opportunity.

Describe the process behind your artwork in the featured artist exhibition

I have a growing collection of discarded timber. Each piece creates its own identity and narrative with the addition of small houses and scrap metal.

I work with piles of wood, bottles of inks, various tools and varnishes. I never have a plan because the wooden shapes make the decisions for me when married with other pieces. I love playing with the materials and trust my instinct to know when a piece is ready.

Describe your studio space and your favourite thing about it as a place to make artwork

I am very lucky to have a studio in my garden which is crammed full of foraged and gifted pieces of wood and metal as well as a multitude of other materials that I use for other projects and commissions  This is where I add the inks and houses to the wooden sculptures. I also have studio space in a beach hut at East Beach Studios in Worthing. The ever changing seaview provides visual nourishment, the tide also brings wooden treasures.

What achievements are you most proud of?

Having worked in the creative industries, since being at college 30 years ago, I have been lucky enough to be involved with like minded people who have shared their skills and talents along the way. I love working alongside other creative thinkers and feel that my best achievement is being the co-founder of www.creativewaves.co.uk because we design and deliver inclusive projects for whole communities, creating opportunities for people of all ages to participate with the arts.

Which other artists/ art movements / writers/ musicians most influence your artistic practice? 

There isn’t one particular artist that has influenced me as I have always been interested in a variety of 2D and 3D practices. My arts education enabled me to enjoy, explore, stretch and trust myself.

What is your favourite thing about Chalk Gallery?

Chalk Gallery is a great example of how artists and makers can work together to showcase and sell their work. I am so impressed by the great pool of skills, talent and dedication. As a very busy person I love the 6 week turnaround of work because it makes me prioritise my time in the studio.

Julie Snowball: Featured Artist June 5th – 25th

Posted by on Jun 5, 2017 in Chalk Newspage | Comments Off on Julie Snowball: Featured Artist June 5th – 25th

Julie has been working with clay for the past 30 years and never tires from the creative possibilities this medium offers. Her ceramic creations are primarily hand built, creating figurative work in the form of Angels and Nomadic Ladies. Sometimes she portrays the human form in a spiritual form, very often creating variations on the same theme.

Life drawing underpins Julie’s design ideas, taking inspiration from the work of Klimt and Giacometti. Julie impresses all kinds of materials into the clay such as antique lace, shells and woven textiles to create and emphasize surface texture. Whilst ceramics is at the heart of her practice, she explores different mediums and at present is introducing woven and printed textiles to create the headdresses for her Nomadic Ladies.

Her Angel of the South (on the invitation below left) was featured in issue 2 of Clay Craft Magazine, with Julie cited as one of the “Emerging potters to watch out for”.

See more here.

 

Chalk talks to Julie about the inspiration behind her Featured Artist Exhibition

 

What is the theme behind your featured artist exhibition?

The theme is purely a selection of my figurative sculpture, Angels and Nomadic Ladies. The new lava Ladies have been inspired by a visit to Cesar Manrique studio in Lanzarote. The black clay used on the ladies connects with his use of colour and texture, focusing on the Luna landscape due to the islands history of volcanic activity. The Lava paintings were created to compliment the ladies as a backdrop.

Where do you go to collect the inspiration behind your work? 

Every opportunity is snapped on my iphone along with a sketch book to take notes. When I’m on holiday a good part of my time is used sourcing art galleries, museums and Artists studios. I’ve recently visited Venice, which is bursting with visual references.

Describe the process behind your artwork in the featured artist exhibition

I normally start with creating small maquettes, playing with surface texture, form. If it’s successful I follow on with a larger scale piece. My plan now is to create a painting for selected ceramic pieces to satisfy my need to paint.

Describe your studio space and your favourite thing about it as a place to make artwork

Oh my studio! Well I’ve struggled having no studio and kiln for just under a year due to two house moves. I’m please to say I now have a lovely new studio built by my very supportive husband. A new kiln and can’t wait to actually get in there and enjoy it!

What achievements are you most proud of?

Well being part of Chalk has been a real boost. Connecting with other like minded Artists who share the same vision. Also working for a charitable trust running art/ceramic workshops for people suffering from Dementia and Alzheimer’s.

Which other artists/ art movements / writers/ musicians most influence your artistic practice?

This has to be Gustav Klimt and Cesar Manrique. Music is a must, I simply cannot create without

My lovely old battered Roberts radio at hand tuned into classical FM.

What is your favourite thing about Chalk Gallery?

The new hang of artwork every 6 weeks. It’s very inspirational to see all the Artist accomplishments. Also catching up with all the Chalkies at our special events in the gallery.

Ursula Stone Featured Artist: May 15th – June 4th

Posted by on May 14, 2017 in Chalk Newspage | Comments Off on Ursula Stone Featured Artist: May 15th – June 4th

Ursula has recently been selected to exhibit at the Mall Galleries, London with the Society of Women Artists, and regularly exhibits in London at the Affordable Art Fairs.

Her work is much admired on the walls at Chalk Gallery. She says “My paintings develop and emerge according to the combination of my chosen palette of colours and a loose idea of what I want to achieve but at the same time always trying to be awake to new possibilities something unsuspected, new, different, beautiful! With this collection, I used some different colours and tried to respond to them and see what they wanted to do. For some time I have been working with the theme of the inner landscape and also the element air.

In essence my work is about feeling, feeling through my senses and discovering what lies beyond and below the surface of what I wish to express visually.

I endeavour to seek visual harmony, beauty and balance and a new perception of the inner and outer world through painting, drawing and poetry. I work with simple themes which are deeply worked through to find new images often abstract and sometimes finding familiar forms”.

She will also be showing some of her life drawings which are drawn using Chinese ink, feathers and fingers. It is these accomplished drawings which have caught the attention of the Society of Women Artists.

You can see more here, and her work will be at the Affordable Art Fair Hampstead this weekend. Ursula will be in Chalk Gallery all day on 20th May (10am – 5pm) – do pop in and meet her. She’d love to see you.

 

 

Interview with Featured Artist: Ursula Stone

Chalk gallery looks into the world behind Ursula’s beautiful paintings and life drawings.

What is the theme behind your featured artist exhibition, what connects the artwork in the exhibition?

Olive and Rose

Earth and Air

Stone and Blossom

Heaven and Earth

The oil paintings are connected by a restricted colour palette and the work develops according to the different combinations and tones of colour. They also develop from my current theme which is inner landscape and the elements.  The life drawings are drawn at my drop-in life drawing sessions which I have been running for the past eight/nine years.

Where do you go to collect the inspiration behind your work? 

I observe the elements and nature.

Describe the process behind your artwork in the featured artist exhibition

My process is such that I never really know what will appear. As I said, I do have a loose theme but I am always trying to break my style, trying to find something new always and striving for change.

Describe your studio space and your favourite thing about it as a place to make artwork

My studio is attached to my house but with a separate entrance, it used to be a lean to, dirt floor space but I had it made into a beautiful studio a long time ago. My favourite thing about it is that it is completely my space!

What achievements are you most proud of?

Well I suppose recently, actually I heard today that two of my life drawings have been chosen for the Society of Women Artists annual exhibition in the Mall Galleries this summer. Also I am selling well with the Nicholas Bowlby Gallery in the Affordable Art Fairs in London for the past two years.

Which other artists/ art movements / writers/ musicians most influence your artistic practice?

Eastern minimalist art, cave paintings, figurative art, Rumi and John O’Donohue.

What is your favourite thing about Chalk Gallery?

The people and the pressure to create new work every six weeks !

See more of Ursula’s works here.