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Saturday, 3 December 2011

BEA Gallery Exhibition Dec 2011

This December I am pleased to announce that I will be exhibiting 3 of my recent drawings at the Basildon Eastgate Art Gallery, located in the Eastgate Shopping Centre in Basildon, Essex.
The drawings I am currently displaying are the triptych titled "Autumn" based on a fantastic day out with my family to Thorpe Bay. The centre picture is a drawing of my mother and step father and juxtaposed to those are Autumn scenes from photos taken on the same day. I have used water-soluble crayons on paper. I adore the intense colour and quality of the mark you can create from this medium. If you are interested in finding out more about my practice or commissioning a piece of work - why not have a look through some of the previous blogs on this site or have a look on my website
Autumn, 2011
 Central image, Autumn 2
 Top image Autumn 1
 Bottom Image Autumn 3

The Basildon Eastgate Art Gallery opened in June 2011 and has been a storming success. The works of art on display include paintings, drawings, photography and sculpture – including some of the valuable BAT (Basildon Art Trust) collection.
The ethos of the gallery is to provide a space for all artists whether you are professional or amateur to exhibit on the same platform side by side. Local artists offer advice to those wishing to pursue art as either a hobby or career as well as top tips and shared professional practice.
So here is a selection of what is currently on show at the gallery - why not pay a visit and maybe pick up some last minute Christmas gifts...
 Yazoo by BEA co founder Dean Smith, visit Deans studio at Barleylands Craft village on check out his website to find out more about commissions, art classes and art materials
 Stunning portraits by Adam Constable, why not look him up on twitter @a-constable
 An eerie sombre scene by Jim Hammond
 Fantasy oil paintings by Nanae Miller, have a look on her website for information on the artist and commissions.
 I love the intensity in the eyes of the portraits by Sue Barnfield,
it's as though you look into their souls
 Jo Ramkissoon beautiful designs, Jo is currently working on some new pieces that will be displayed in the gallery soon
 Bold and graphic "graffiti" urban style work by Wesley Chamberlain, each time I look at this piece, I see another face appear
 Peter Holberg, Who started to paint a year after retiring in 2004, who says " having not drawn or painted since leaving school, it is amazing what you can achieve with no talent". I am sure would agree with me that talent is not something that Peter lacks!
 Intriguing acrylic canvas paintings by Pearse Hall
Graham Collins art, features many aspects of the art world and fantasy, areas of which include, fantasty art, dragons, art of imagination, tarot and star signs. You can visit Grahams studio at Barleylands craft village or have a look on his website to find out more about his work   
Sue Cowley's piece titled "water" has such amazing texture to it this photo really does not do the piece of work justice. 
Padstow Harbour acrylic paintings by Eric F Webb 
 Sardine Spirals by Lee Benn, oil and acrylic. This reminds me of one of those magic pictures you stare at - mesmerising
 Symphony No 8 sculpture by Vin Harrop Chairman of the Trustees at The Foundation for Essex Arts LTD. You can find out more about Vin through his linked in page
 Steve Stott has drawn all his life, ever since he can remember. This December he is exhibiting some stunning images that show just what you can achieve with just pencil on paper. Why not contact Steve and find out aboout his other work or commissions on
Dorothy Pestell's knife painting canvas's.
I think it is impressive and inspiring to see so many different mediums, techniques and styles within the current work on show in the BEA gallery 
 Ophelia by S Burdett is probably one of my favourite piece in the gallery at the moment, probably because it reminds of Sir John William Waterhouse's images. I love the emotion, vivid colours and despair to tranquillity in this painting
 A picturesque landscape in watercolours by Victor Cooke

The BAT collection has a wide range of pieces that represent the art climate from the second half of the 20th century. Over the last year or so BAT has worked hard to restore some of the damaged pieces within the collections and to promote the collection through exhibitions and events. As most trusts BAT is constantly looking for support, volunteers and assistance. If you are interested in finding out more about the collection or want to get involved, contact Peter Paterson through the BEA gallery.
Top Image "Monte Carlo or Bust" by John P Stone. Bottom image, "untitled" by Victor Vasarely
 The gallery also hosts a series of educational workshops for schools and adults and is continually developing links within the community - as the work below shows...
 Winner of Eastgate Green Exhibition
This month you can see work exhibited by The Ashleigh Centre. The art work presented speaks volumes, re-enforcing that art knows no disability and that communication and expression can be vented in many ways. The information panel by the art work so perfectly expresses –“we are here to share with our local community that there are dreams, talents and aspirations within us all.”
This amazing dress was inspired by Monet's waterlilies painting and can you believe designed and created by a 12 year old from a local school. Abbey proudly displays not only her beautiful dress but her mood board allowing us to explore her thought and making process.

This blog only shows a snippet of the gallery, so I urge you- If you find yourself in Basildon pop in and have a look, you will find the gallery on level One of the EastGate Shopping centre, the opposite end to the foodcourt.

1 comment:

Sue Barnfield said...

It's quite a fabulous collection of art isn't it Lisa?
I know I'm hugely proud to have been there from the beginning - it has been a privilege. I've met so many interesting people too, visitors as well as other artists.