Summer Eclectic Exhibition 2021

by blue tree gallery | York
Date of event: 22/05/21 - 03/07/21

“Summer Eclectic” 22nd May – 3rd July 2021

Original Paintings by Yorkshire artists Janine Baldwin (PS), Colin Cook, Deborah Grice & Karen Turner.

The gallery is now open on Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays from 11:00am till 17:00pm and the exhibition is also available online. You can now use the Own Art Scheme service in the comfort of your own home: pay for your art in 10 interest-free monthly instalments. Just get in touch by email!

Janine Baldwin

‘Living on the North Yorkshire coast I am surrounded by beautiful moors, woodland and coastline – these natural environments are a constant inspiration, and sketches made directly in the landscape form the basis of studio work. With a strong focus on mark-making and texture, I use layers of charcoal, pastel and graphite to gradually create my work. Influences include Joan Eardley, Cy Twombly and Abstract Expressionism. I am passionate about the conservation of our landscape and since 2006 I have been a conservation volunteer for the North York Moors National Park, working on projects such as tree planting and butterfly habitat management – these projects have allowed a deeper understanding of the landscape, in turn enriching the artwork I create.’

Colin Cook

‘I live and work near Whitby, North Yorkshire. Originally I come from west London and lived in the South of England until moving to the Northeast to teach in a further education college in 1989. I studied fine art at Isleworth Polytechnic for two years before moving on to Maidstone College of Art to study for a degree, primarily in painting and graduated in 1979.

On leaving college I left Kent and returned to west London to teach art in two colleges before moving to the North East to take up another teaching post. I have taught a wide range of age groups and an equally wide range of subjects including photography, digital imaging and of course, drawing and painting.

I began exhibiting in 1987 in an exhibition of work at Gunnersbury Museum in west London. In 1991 my work was selected for the 10th Cleveland International Drawing Biennale at the Cleveland Gallery in Middlesbrough and the following year for the BP Young European Artists exhibition of ‘Works on paper’ at the Barbican Concourse Gallery, London. BP bought the piece for their collection.

After many years of teaching, I began exhibiting again about five years ago. I have exhibited and sold work in a number of local art galleries over this period. The subject matter and inspiration for my paintings are taken from the northeastern coast and moors and the Lake District. The paintings are representational based on observation of the constantly changing and intriguing light. Most of my paintings are about creating an atmosphere through the use of dramatic light and bold mark-making. Compositional tension is important and hopefully created by the careful arrangement of the different pictorial elements; colour, texture, light etc. The paintings are reliant on careful under-drawing to create the structure for the looser brush marks to sit upon. The strongest shapes are worked in with large brushes and the smaller areas of specific focus are developed later. I prefer to work with acrylic paints and enjoy the flexibility that working with a water-based medium gives. Sometimes the paint is heavily impastoed and on other occasions, it is built up in layers or glazes. Acrylic allows for a certain immediacy as it dries fairly quickly.’

Deborah Grice

‘I am a graduate of Glasgow School of Art and The Royal College of Art, London. I paint wild landscapes and weather. My paintings are metaphysical in nature – representing vastness and ‘otherness’. My oil paintings can be thought of as traditional in a manner however, with the introduction of geometric lines I feel my work is forward-looking, relevant and timely.

The use of geometric lines was introduced as a visual device in 2008 when I gained my Private Pilot’s License. Through the use of navigational charts for my cross country flights I became interested in making the invisible, visible. After a decade of assimilating ideas and thoughts, the lines have also begun alluding to aspects of ‘vision’: perception, meditation, escapism and the physicality of looking.’

Karen Turner

‘Living in the wonderful county of Yorkshire I am passionate about our beautiful countryside, rugged coastline, historic cities and working fishing villages, which all have their own individual charm and give endless inspiration to an artist.
​I have always been drawn to the sea and love to paint it with the fluid, often unpredictable qualities of watercolour and inks on paper. I also enjoy creating using big brushes and the colourful opaque effects of acrylic paint on canvas, capturing marine life and other animals in my unique style.

Exploring with colour and bold mark-making, I work in a semi-abstract naive style, capturing the landscape, wildlife and other aspects of the inspirational natural world.

I love to create art which makes people smile, adding a splash of colour and brightness to everyday life.’