Jimmy Aitkinhead - Textiles
6-28 March 2018
A long-time artist and respected teacher at the Queensland University of Technology in his younger years, Jim Aitkenhead has been exhibiting his unique lino block art since 1986 and has been involved in exhibitions in Scotland, London and the US as well as Queensland.
His textiles are inspired by marine fossils, botanica and everyday objects, and uses block printing on fabric, a technique Jim was first introduced to as a student of the Dundee College of Art in Scotland in 1947.
Jim talks about the floor being his printing table, inking the lino block and then standing on the back of the block after it has been placed on the fabric (he uses very big blocks).
Geoff Rushton- Deep in the Wood
1 March -29 April
I see myself primarily as a psychonaut, an explorer of the mind. The sculptures I create are a physical manifestation of this, crystallized thoughts, snapshots of the constantly shifting processes of the mind. This process works both ways; thoughts influence the physical and the physical influences thought. I find the interaction fascinating and explore it through my work. Most of my materials come from the fields around my home; wind fallen trees, fieldstones, pebbles and scrap metal from the farmyard. I like to source them from the surrounding countryside because Iíve lived in this area my whole life and have a strong connection with the landscape, this feeds my work.
Gina Tawn and Penny Hunt -Sgeir
6 -8 April 2018
Gina is a printmaker and painter who since graduating in June 2017 has been re-building her skills in drawing, oil painting and printmaking processes etching and aquatint. Ginaís interest lies in focusing on particular elements in her work such as tone and form. She hopes that this will give strength to the subjects concerning solidity in structure. This can be seen featuring strongly in her charcoal drawings and Monotypes of landscapes. In her oil paintings she uses colour sparingly in order to focus on the colours unique qualities.
Walking is a strong feature in Ginaís practice as it is the first steps to gathering ideas and thoughts in sketches. Many of the pieces in this exhibition have been developed from drawings made on walks or lengthy still life/ life drawing compositions in the studio. The many stages of drawings helps Gina to understand the depth of her subject and to find new ways of interrogation in her practice.
Based in the Yorkshire Dales, Pennyís studio gives wide open windswept views of mountains, moorlands and mist; her work is about the little things that make up that landscape of freedom, the places where you feel the full force of wind and weather and find some perspective on life. Being drawn to the sea she paints regularly from the coast, preferring rocky coastlines and rougher seas where she can spend hours watching the water move over and between obstacles. By painting directly on the shoreline seaweed, sand and spray are windblown into the work creating texture and atmosphere. Layers are later built up back in the studio, worked from memories and sketches, never photographs which remove the immediacy of the feel of the place.