Art

David Morris

David Morris (1937-2018) was born in Knaresborough and studied painting and printmaking at Harrogate School of Art, continuing his studies in painting and sculpture at the Slade in 1959. After graduating he began part-time teaching the foundation course at Bradford College of Art. In 1963 he was employed as the full-time printmaking teacher at Harrogate College of Art.

Once David had retired from teaching he concentrated on his own work as a painter and printmaker. Etching was his preferred method, particularly aquatint.  The North Yorkshire coast and landscape provided much of his subject matter. In 2012 David’s work was purchased by the House of Lords.

Art & Contemporary Art

Ruth Ander

After completing a BA (Hons) in Illustration at the University of the West of England, Ruth has continued to evolve and hone her unique monoprint technique. She has continued to develop her work at Spike Print Studio in Bristol, making variable editions of dry-point etchings and relief prints.

Early in her career she was shortlisted for the Emerging Artist award at the Royal West of England Academy Open exhibition and won the Society of Graphic Fine Art’s Best Work in Colour. Ruth has gone on to have work exhibited in prestigious print exhibitions at the Atkinson Gallery in Somerset, The Shire Hall in Stafford and in open competitions at well-regarded venues such as the RWA.

In recent years I’ve taken part in a year long print residency at the University of the West of England’s print department and a group residency at Lizard Point in Cornwall resulting in exhibitions in London and Helston.

 

Ruth describes her inspiration as follows:

‘My inspiration is landscape, nature and light- often in North Somerset, the Severn Estuary, Dorset and Wiltshire- the places I know and love best, but also sometimes far away places I’ve travelled to. My motivation is to express the way I feel about these places- they move me and I want to move others.’

Ruth Ander Artist Portrait

Exhibition

15 June - 31 July 2023

Summer Exhibition 2023

An exhibition of over 50 new original artworks by nine Watermark Gallery artists and makers. Paintings by Colin Black, Jill Campbell, Louise Davies RE, Andrew Farmer ROI, Emerson Mayes, Tessa Pearson and Tom Wood; ceramics by Yvette Glaze and a selection of both prints and ceramics by Louise McNiff.

This summer art exhibition of work is now available to view throughout our Harrogate gallery and also on this website. It runs until the end of July 2023.

Exhibition

27 May - 25 June 2022

Louise Davies

From City to Sea

Private View: 26th May 2022 6:00 pm

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‘This exhibition brings together recent oil paintings and prints reflecting my love of both urban and rural settings and my journeys between these two different landscapes.

I studied Painting at Central St Martins followed by an MA in Printmaking at Camberwell College of Art. I am a fellow of the prestigious Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers and regularly exhibit at their home at Bankside Gallery in London.

I spent my childhood living in Bath and the villages around it and then by the sea in Devon. I came up to London when I was 18 and have stayed ever since. However, I still have a yearning for the countryside with its peacefulness and natural beauty. In this show I wanted to bring together my love of both city and countryside and the impulse to respond intuitively to it through paint or print. I feel the paintings and the prints all connect with the strong use of vibrant colour and the language of my individual mark making.

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Enjoy the journey!’

Louise Davies RE, May 2022

Art & Contemporary Art

Babs Pease

Babs Pease is an artist and printmaker who specialises in the relief print method, hand carving and hand printing linoleum to create intricate limited edition prints. Working from her studio in a converted farm building on a small farm in Perthshire, Babs is surrounded by beautiful flora and fauna in the surrounding countryside. Most of her print ideas start out as sketches taken on long walks in the surrounding areas.

Babs Pease exhibited in our NEST 2022 exhibition which included a variety of artists using birds as their inspiration and subject matter.

Babs Pease Profile Image

Exhibition

8 - 30 April 2022

NEST

Our NEST exhibition is celebrating birdlife and the arrival of Spring, with an exciting and vibrant show bringing together eight talented artists, renowned for their studies of the avian world.

Richard Allen SWLA, Brian Dawson, Kittie Jones, Emerson Mayes, Andrew Morris, Babs Pease, Jennifer Tetlow and Darren Woodhead SWLA, are contributing to the multi-media exhibition which includes paintings in watercolour, acrylic and oil, printmaking, stone and wood carving.

Each artists’ style is imbued with a combination of close observation of the natural world and an individual, imaginative approach to composition and use of materials.  The combined collection of works reinforces the majesty and wonder of our feathered neighbours as we welcome in the long-awaited Spring.

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“Why do you try to understand art? Do you try to understand the song of a bird?”  Pablo Picasso

 Preview Evening

Come and join us on Thursday 7th April, 6-8pm for an opportunity to see the exhibition before the opening. Please RSVP to [email protected]

 

Art & Contemporary Art

Jason Hicklin

Jason Hicklin captures the feel of the weather and light and its effect on the landscape. All of Jason’s work is begun outdoors. Carrying the minimum of equipment, he will walk and climb the desired area for days and sometimes nights, often in extreme weather. He describes working outdoors in these tense and exciting conditions as a tremendously connecting experience – feeling a part of the land itself.

The result is a striking record of the elemental collisions between earth, sea and weather. He conveys the bleak essence of driving rain, when the mist closes down, and masters the polarities of bright skies and shadowed rocks. His work is charged with an atmosphere born of an intimate knowledge of the landscape and a direct physical experience of its changing moods.

Jason Hicklin was born in Wolverhampton in 1966 and studied at St. Martins College of Art, where he was a student of renowned printmaker Norman Ackroyd. After completing a postgraduate course at the Central School of Art in 1991, Jason combined working as Ackroyd’s studio assistant and editioner with producing his own work and teaching printmaking at City and Guilds of London Art School.

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Jason is currently Head of Printmaking at City and Guilds. He was elected a member of the Royal Society of Painting and Printmakers in 1993 and has had numerous solo and joint exhibitions in the UK and abroad.

Read more about Jason Hicklin here

Jason Hicklin Printmaker

Art, Ceramics & Contemporary Art

Louise McNiff

Louise McNiff is inspired by vast open moorland and the steep rocky edges that look down onto deep sweeping valleys. Dark patches of tree belt, stone walls and hedges fragment the land. The landscape of The Peak District, is the place that inspires Louise’s work.

Louise McNiff creates prints and produces hand-built ceramics in her studio, situated on the edge of the Derbyshire Peak District. Using techniques which draw on her background as a Printmaker, Louise ‘etches’ sgraffito lines into the leather hard clay with handmade tools. Coloured slips are monoprinted, painted and stencilled to build layers of drawing, mark making and colour. She works intuitively, until Louise feels that she has reached a balance of colour, shape, line and the experience of the landscape has been conveyed. The vessels are then taken to stoneware temperature in an electric kiln.

See more of Louise McNiff’s work here.

Louise McNiff in her Ceramics Studio

Art & Contemporary Art

Rob Moore

Rob Moore is a full time professional artist and was formerly Dean at Hull School of Art and Design. Educated at Sheffield College of Art and Design, Rob has been committed to his practice as a painter and printmaker since being awarded the prestigious Granada Fellowship in Fine Art at The Institute of Advanced Studies at Manchester Polytechnic. Rob Moore has an impressive track record of exhibitions across the UK with many works in public and private collections. His work is highly sought after and collected.

Rob’s work does not fit neatly into a category and he continually modifies and explores his ideas and processes free of fashionable consideration. His work demonstrates a sensibility and craft that results in images that are sensitive and memorable. In recent years after a long interest in the abstract his work started to show the influences of his rural location and many visits to high places in Europe and further afield with a sense of landscape shimmering through obsessive exploration of marks and surfaces.

Rob Moore in his studio

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