Life and Landscape - An exhibition of landscapes and life studies by the Wyke Hill Group

Press Release: 04/08/2006

Showing at the Guildhall Gallery from Friday 4 to Sunday 20 August 2006 10am - 5pm Monday to Saturday, Sunday noon - 5pm

The Wyke Hill Group of artists will be showing their work in the Guildhall Gallery from Friday 4 to Sunday 20 August. This small group of nine artists take their main inspiration from a mutual interest in life studies, figures and portraits, but also include landscapes in their body of work. Their individual skills and styles complement each other and combine to produce an exhibition that is able to demonstrate the rich variety of art. Each individual artist offers their own perspective but they share an aesthetic that is elusive and ephemeral. They hope at the same time that their work promotes enjoyment and understanding. The various members of the group have a diverse range of backgrounds and interests:

David Middleditch took up painting about 20 years ago on retirement from a career in commerce. He paints mainly in watercolour and is interested in landscape and portraits.

Don Beaven has always drawn and painted but only on retirement had time to develop watercolour painting as he wanted. His work is mainly figurative and is more interested in pattern than detail.

David Trussler was a keen member of the group from its inception until his sad death earlier this year. He was an architect by profession and as such had shown his work as a summer exhibitor of the Royal Academy. Much of his work is in private collections.

Christopher Jarman is a graphic designer and magazine cover illustrator. His work is in many private collections all over the world and he exhibits regularly with the Winchester Art Club.

Gill Corrie started painting in India in 1962 and has exhibited in Bombay, Calcutta and Digboi. More recently, she has exhibited in Surrey, Somerset and Hampshire. She also works in clay - particularly pottery and sculpture - and is well-known for her printmaking.

Mark Dodd works from his home in Winchester. Currently he is exploring the "portrait" beyond the strictly representational. He has exhibited at a number of venues in London and Hampshire.

Charles Davis is a second world war RAF veteran and retired head teacher. He enjoys working with a variety of media and is also a member of a group of aviation artists in Hampshire.

Margie Barton does not often paint landscapes on the spot, preferring to use drawings and notes away from the scene, so that she can think more about colour. However, she started by painting figures and portraits and still finds each new attempt completely absorbing.

Clarissa Russell comes from a family of artists. She studied at the Slade and at London University and has been a professional artist for over 30 years. She enjoys working in all media and specializes in those difficult subjects, children and animals. She has exhibited with the Royal Society of Portrait Painters and with The Pastel Society.

The hope is that the exhibition as a whole is the real experience, in that it will delight, inform and yet maintain the viewer's interest throughout. See you there!

Admission free
Open Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun noon-5pm
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