The Christmas Show

by blue tree gallery | York
Date of event: 14/11/20 - 16/01/21

We are very pleased to announce our new Exhibition: The Christmas Show – is now LIVE on our website for you to view and purchase!
As well as some stunning new paintings from artists’ Colin Cook, Giuliana Lazzerini, Nikki Monaghan and Sharon Winter – we also have some lovely new ceramics, glass, sculpture and jewellery which would make the perfect gifts and stocking fillers this Christmas!
Here is the direct link to the show:

We are wishing you lots of goodwill, health and happiness this Christmas and hope you enjoy the exhibition, whether online or (hopefully) from the 3rd of December in the brick & mortar gallery depending on the new government guidelines! We will keep you posted!

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.'

Giuliana Lazzerini Giuliana Lazzerini was born in Seravezza near Pietrasanta in Tuscany. Between 1962 and 1968 she was a student at the Istituto D'Arte Stagio Stagi in Pietrasanta, gaining a Master of Arts Diploma. This was followed by a further four years studying painting at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Carrara. Giuliana moved to Yorkshire, England in 1987 and now lives in Yorkshire.​ "My work is varied and often developed from an idea encountered during a journey that takes me in an unknown territory where I grow as an Artist. I usually work in a small series of paintings, where memory and imagination come to interplay. Time made me more familiar with the English Northern landscape and it finally has left a mark in some of my work, as I become more intrigued by its drama and atmosphere."

Nikki Monaghan 'I am an artist and designer working from my studio in Falkirk, Scotland. I studied at the Scottish College of Textiles and over the years I have worked as an interior stylist, designer and artist, also spending time involved with community arts. ​My subject matter ranges from narrative landscapes and seascapes to quirky birds and figures. I love colour and my paintings evolve by layering up acrylics and oil pastels, creating textures within my paintings. Working from memory allows my work to take on a stylized abstract feel. I am influenced by many things…the weather, the Scottish landscape, how I feel when I wake up in the morning, anything that sticks in my head! There are no set rules. My work varies in size ranging from small paintings concentrating on a particular subject to larger canvases where scenes evolve.'

Sharon Winter Sharon graduated from the University College Scarborough with a First Class Degree in Fine Art in 2001. She stayed on for another year to do a Post Graduate Certificate in Painting, specialising in Tempera painting techniques. Since then she has painted and exhibited in local galleries and undertaken several artist residencies. Her work has been commissioned and purchased by both Scarborough and Bridlington Hospital - these are included in the public catalogue ‘Foundation’ and can be seen on the BBC Your Paintings website. She has also designed and painted theatre ‘Flats’ for the Spotlight Theatre in Bridlington and the Bridlington Old Town Association. She has recently completed a book illustration project in collaboration with the local poet John Fewings. Sharon works with oils, acrylics, and mixed media. She counts as her influence Artists such as Marc Chagall and Stanley Spencer and is inspired by the medieval illuminated manuscripts and icon paintings. 'I love Pre-Renaissance art especially the gold embellished Icons and medieval illustrations, and work of artists such as Marc Chagall, Stanley Spencer and Gustav Klimt. I am interested in combining abstract, sometimes decorative pattern with figurative subjects inspired by myths, memories and dreams. For as long as I can remember I have always loved painting and drawing. I paint from my imagination, inspired by folk tales, poetry, and dreams. I build up layers of paint, collage, gold leaf, and text until the images, landscapes, characters and narratives have emerged.'