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Exhibition of Drawings, Paintings & Prints by John Sprakes ROI RBA MAFA

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Saturday, 16 September 2017 to Sunday, 15 October 2017
Opening: 
Friday, 15 September 2017 - 6:30pm

The Michael Heseltine Gallery in the pretty Oxfordshire/Northamptonshire border village of Middleton Cheney will be filled with drawings, paintings and prints by artist John Sprakes for a month from 16 September. This will be Sprakes’ first exhibition in this part of the country. His studio is in Yorkshire, where he paints still life and interior paintings exploring interactions between objects present and remembered, while the movement of light and colour in Norfolk, Suffolk and Northumberland inspire his landscapes.

Sprakes is a Member of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters, the Royal Society of British Artists and the Manchester Academy of Fine Arts. He says “Creating the illusion of three-dimensional space on the two-dimensional surfaces produces the kind of visual magic that enables the spectator to experience a new way of seeing”.

On Sunday 1 October the artist will be talking about and demonstrating his techniques in the gallery. Tickets are available  on-line at www.ticketsource.co.uk/MCLSG.

The exhibition is free and will be open Mondays to Fridays 10am to 4pm until 16 October and in the afternoons of the weekends 16 and 17 September, 30 September and 1 October, 14 and 15 October.

Artist ( Description ): 

https://johnsprakes.wordpress.com/

Artist’s statement:

“The movement of light and colour across landscape and interiors is a constant source of inspiration to me.  Composition, form and texture play an important part in the construction of my work.  Creating the illusion of three-dimensional space on the two-dimensional surfaces, produces the kind of visual magic that enables the spectator to experience a new way of seeing”.

Method of Working

Most of John’s paintings are taken from life.  He uses drawing as an act of discovery allowing him to explore the visual world.  Drawing is the starting point for most of his ideas.  The landscapes of Norfolk, Suffolk and Northumberland are a constant source of inspiration to him.  Wide expanses and the intense light found along these coastlines evoke motions that inhabit his paintings.  His still life paintings draw upon memories that are historical, social and of childhood days distilled together in the final image.  John is interested in the way objects interact presenting a past, present and future.  Their incongruous juxtaposition adds a visual tension to the overall image.  John uses acrylics, Liquitex, canvas, board, paper, card, a brush, palette knife, drawing media of all kinds, photography and colourful gesso grounds.  He works mainly from life but sometimes uses photography for information and investigation.  He tends to plan paintings using sketched studies done on the spot.  He also works directly from nature.  His still life paintings and interiors are painted in his studio, where he sometimes invites visitors and organises open studio days.

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01295 711567
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Exhibitions:

2017 The Mall Galleries, London

2016 Royal Institute of Oil Painters Annual Exhibition

          Royal Society of British Artists Annual Exhibition

2015 Royal Institute of Oil Painters Annual Exhibition

          Royal Society of British Artists Annual Exhibition

          Touring Exhibition – ‘Still Alive’ Contemporary Still Life

2014 Royal Institute of Oli Painters Annual Exhibition

 

Others:

South Yorkshire Arts Royal Academy

The Times Watercolour Exhibition

Huntingdon Prize Exhibition, Royal College of Art

Blackheath Gallery, London

Mall Galleries, London

John Sabin Gallery, London

Garforth Community College, Leeds

Peter Hedley Gallery, Manchester Academy

Spinks, London

Century Gallery, Datchet

Cadogan Contemporary, London

Lloyds, London

Peter Headley Gallery, Wareham

John Noott Gallery

Leeds City Art Gallery

 

One Man Shows:

The Century Gallery, London

John Sabin Gallery, London

Blackheath Gallery, London

South Yorkshire Art (4 shows)

John Hart Gallery, Nottingham

Laing Gallery, Newcastle

Rufford Gallery, Nottinghamshire

Yew Tree Gallery, Derbyshire

Doncaster Art Gallery

Chapple Gallery, York

Patchings Arts Centre, Nottingham

Retrospective, Doncaster Museum & Art Gallery

 

Publications:

Journeys into Light, John Sprakes Complete Painting Course

The Use of Colour

A Complete Drawing Course

Venue ( Address ): 

https://www.artweeks.org/galleries/2017/michael-heseltine-gallery

The Michael Heseltine Gallery is a purpose built gallery which was opened in September 2003 by Lord Heseltine. It is located at Chenderit School, with access from Archery Road on foot or from the school car park, via the main entrance to the school. It is made from glass and galvanised steel with cedar panelling and is used for a range of exhibitions by comtemporary artists, craftspeople, and photographers during school terms.

Exhibitions are promoted by The Friends of The Heseltine Gallery: http://www.facebook.com/friendsoftheheseltinegallery/

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