Winter Exhibition 2022

by blue tree gallery | York
Date of event: 12/11/22 - 14/01/23
Our new Exhibition “The Christmas Show” starts Saturday 12th November at the gallery, with a fabulous selection of new paintings from artists Lisa House, Giuliana Lazzerini, Sharon Winter & Colin Cook.
The Exhibition runs until the 14th of January 2023 and the gallery is open Tuesdays to Saturdays 10.30am till 5pm. Of course, the Exhibition is always available to view online and purchase from on our Website!
We have now also secured the means for our lovely customers to pay with interest-free installments from the comfort of your own home through the ‘Own Art’ scheme. No longer do you have to come in to the physical gallery to apply! Just send us an email with the Artist Name and Title of the painting/s you would like to purchase, and we will send you a link to fill in the form in your own time, on your own sofa!
We hope you will be able to visit the gallery and view the new paintings by our participating artists! Have an enjoyable Festive Season from us all here at the gallery!

Lisa House

Lisa's work is focused on creating atmospheric, textured landscape & still life paintings. Inspired by her local surroundings, her art practice is always creative, imaginative, expressive and soulful - creating collections filled with character and charm. Painting with a mixture of instinct, emotion and skill, she has a subtle understanding of colour and its deep impact on the viewer's conscious and subconscious. Her exploratory use of colour, fabric, and texture  travels through her work, and has become a recognisable quality to art collectors worldwide.

Giuliana Lazzerini

Giuliana was born in Tuscany, Italy. She gained a Master of Arts from the Istituto D’Arte Stagio Stagi in Pietrasanta and graduated in painting from the Accademia Di Belle Arti in Carrara. She moved to the UK in 1973 and she now lives and works in Yorkshire. Giuliana became inspired by art during her childhood, when much of her time was spent in her father’s mosaic studio in Italy.“The translucency of mosaic images and the way colours can vibrate against each other always fascinated me”. “After spending many years living in the UK, I now have lots of memories from which to unleash my imagination. As times go by my urgency to paint has become more and more pressing and I hope that can be seen in this latest series of paintings, in the spontaneous energy of the paint that I apply on the canvas with the combined use of the brush and palette knife. I want to celebrate the beauty of the landscape that surround us here in England and Tuscany in a semi-abstract way. My love for colour combined with carefully constructed composition to hopefully achieve a pleasing balance, appreciating what we have, the landscape, nature, animals, coastline and the sea and all that beautiful inviting memories and the imagination that special gift that we have. For me the need to allow memory and imagination to interact is vital." Giuliana has had numerous Solo Exhibitions, amongst them in, Italy, Switzerland, Michigan USA, London, Glasgow, Leeds, Bradford, Doncaster, Durham and York. She has regularly exhibited at the R.I. and R.O.I. at the Mall Galleries, London. Her work has been three times finalist in Singer & Friedlander and shown at the Discerning Eye Exhibitions in London. She has also won Awards in Rome, Florence, Forte Dei Marmi, Milan, and the R.I., Mall Galleries, London. Her work is in public collections and public commissions in North Yorkshire, Northumberland, York Hospital and York University.

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 residences. 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.'

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 North east 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 is taken from the north eastern 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.'