The first warm days are ahead and we find ourselves drawn to fresh, bright colour and a yearning for the great outdoors. Blow away the cobwebs here at Sarah Wiseman Gallery with new collections of painting and printmaking by our most sought after artists, including Charlotte Cornish, Sally Stafford, Vicky Oldfield, Fletcher Prentice and Daniel Ablitt.
Charlotte Cornish is one of the UK’s leading contemporary abstract artists. Through her strong energetic mark making, Charlotte explores the world through colour and line.
‘I have always found inspiration from places I have visited. I often use photographs as an initial starting point for my compositions, but my paintings are not representations of places, but a mixture of elements from the seen world, and my own emotional responses and experience.’
Sally Stafford is well known for her expressive landscape painting, her emotional response to her surroundings key to her work. She studies the natural world during her travels – to Portugal, Devon and Dorset as well as farther afield to Australia and Indonesia- and aims to recreate that moment of connection on canvas. Colours and textures develop through application of multiple layers of paint, ink, wax and pigment.
Printmaker Vicky Oldfield sees beauty in everyday objects, such as pot-plants, books and bottles that are often filled to the brim with seasonal flowers. She uses the collograph printmaking technique through which she is able to be very expressive combining pattern, colour, collage and found bottle labels creating a vintage look and feel to her work.
Collograph is an experimental form of printmaking with the plates created using collage, rather than engraved metals. Paper, card, string or just about anything with interesting texture is applied to the plate and sealed, before the artist applying the ink, and running it through the press.
Fletcher Prentice’s paintings are a wonderful display a fluidity and confidence with oil combined with a meticulous eye for detail. He is interested in shape, colour and the natural world along with the material qualities of paint, enjoying its texture as he uses it to build form. His paintings often take on two contrasting themes – one is still life, such as with cutlery or crockery, laid out neatly in grids, the other more prominent is bird and plant life.
Daniel Ablitt is a great observer the landscape; he does not set out to record a likeness of a particular location but he seeks to engage with the profound effect it has on us as human beings. His paintings depict partly-imagined places and half-remembered landscapes captured mostly from his travel experiences and childhood.
Art at the Bully
FREE monthly art events
Hosted at The Bullingdon cocktail bar
Don’t forget to ask about our collaboration with blackwells art and poster shop! discounted offers available here at art at the bully
Art at the Bully is run by local artists and students from Oxford Brookes where everyone is welcome! There will be opportunities to sell your own art, or even just showcase your art, fundraise for local shows including PEEL: Oxford Brooke’s Fine Art Degree Show, alongside creative and fun workshops where we get the opportunity to work collaboratively.
Come and join us in Bully Bar for our fourth event of the year!
This month will involve in an open line up of assorted genre DJs, from Drum and bass to garage and house. A line up of local DJs playing to excite your creativity onto the easel. With the use of watercolour and pencil, show movement and noise.
We will have work shown by Francesca Morris with a small talk on her Art journey, experiences and tips.
Francesca Morris and other local artist work will be up for sale.
We will also have our usual drunken drawing stations set up and have some of our talented artists drawing your portraits for donations.
All materials will be provided but feel free to bring along any of your own, sadly NO PAINT allowed (excluding watercolor paints).
Instagram is the fastest growing social media platform and not just for teenagers. There are 23m Instagram users in the UK alone. It’s become an essential platform for travel, fashion and lifestyle brands and can be a great way to tell your brand story.
In this session, I will cover how the platform works, who uses it and why and why you should prioritise it for your brand. You will learn how the algorithm works. Finally, I will teach you the right strategy to succeed on Instagram.
You will be provided with best practice examples for your industry/similar industries so you can spend time reflecting on what good looks like, what this means for your strategy, what you are doing wrong and what you need to do more of.
You will come out of this session with simple tips you can implement right away and a clear understanding of how your strategy needs to evolve.
Sarah Wiseman Gallery is proud to announce ‘Meadow and Shore’ a highly anticipated solo exhibition of new prints by Angie Lewin.
Featuring brand-new prints, this will be Angie’s second solo exhibition at Sarah Wiseman Gallery.
She says, ‘The native wildflowers of England and Scotland are the subject of the limited-edition wood engravings, linocuts and screen-prints in this exhibition.
‘From the Outer Hebrides to the North Norfolk coast and places in-between, I depict plant forms against the backdrop of shore, sea and sky. By contrast, the wildflowers and grasses that find their way into my garden also often reveal structures equally as captivating as those of more exotic cultivated species, inspiring sketches which I develop into limited edition prints. Also included in this selection of prints are studio still life compositions of gathered shoreline finds, wild and garden seed-heads and my collection of often chipped and cracked ceramics.’
Angie Lewin’s printmaking has earned her devoted collectors all around the world. Her keen eye for detail and bold yet delicate style is utterly distinct, as she moves with ease through several printmaking techniques which include lithography, silkscreen and wood-engraving.
Her palette is soft, even muted in tone, but with punches of strong colour, such as with the glossy red rowan berries typically found in the Scottish countryside. With her Norfolk-inspired work, chalkier tones with strong blues are in evidence.
As well as working on editions of her prints, Angie designs textiles for St Judes, the company she runs with her husband Simon. Dividing her time between Norfolk, Edinburgh and Speyside, Angie’s work is very much influenced by her natural surroundings. Angie will spend much of her time outside, sketching and collecting shells, leaves and feathers to add to her still-life.
Hear Kate Clanchy in conversation with Mostly Books’ owner, Sarah Dennis, as they talk about Kate’s new book Some Kids I Taught and What They Taught Me on Wednesday 8th May at 7.30pm.
‘Thirty years ago, just after I graduated, I started training to be a teacher. As far as I remember, it was because I wanted to change the world, and a state school seemed the best place to start. Certainly, it wasn’t a compromise or a stopgap career: I had no thought of being a writer, then…’
Kate Clanchy has taught in state schools for nearly thirty years. They Taught Me is an extraordinary memoir, detailing a life’s work spent teaching in a national institution. The book is made up of stories; stories of the children she’s taught, some of the teachers she’s worked with and some of the lessons she’s learned along the way.
Kate Clanchy is a writer, teacher and journalist. She’s the recipient of several awards for her writing. In 2018, an anthology of her students’ work, England: Poems from a School, was published to great acclaim and in the same year she was awarded an MBE for services to literature.
Tickets are £6 and include a drink plus £2 redeemable off a copy of the book. Kate will be signing copies of her book at the end of the event.
Okay – so how long have you been stuck on the auto button? Yep, that’s how we all start out, but now it’s time to start getting confident with your big girl’s fancy camera. This is an all-day workshop where we will explore the basics of photography including aperture, shutter speed, ISO and light.
We will then go out with our cameras on a mini shoot so you will have the chance to practice what you’ve learned. We will spend the afternoon learning about the final stages of photography – editing, processing and displaying our images. To attend this workshop you must have your own SLR camera.
17th May is Crime Fiction night and have we got a line up for you!
Come along to Mostly Books for a spine-tingling night out with best-selling crime writers Cara Hunter, J.P. Delaney, Olivia Kiernan and William Shaw.
This event is an absolute must for Crime Fiction fans.
Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Tickets include a drink and £2.50 redeemable against a purchase on the night.
Praise for Cara Hunter’s upcoming book: No Way Out
“Fast paced and a fantastic cast of characters. Kept me guessing to the end – and I loved the final reveal” – Fiona Barton
Praise for JP Delaney’s latest book: Believe Me
‘Dazzling – Lee Child, ‘Ingenious’ – The New York Times, ‘Elegant’ – Peter James ‘Original’ – The Times, ‘More than a match for Paula Hawkins’ – Sunday Times
Praise for Olivia Kiernan’s upcoming book: The Killer in Me
“The heir to Tana French’s throne” – Irish Times, “Such sharp, clean writing and so atmospheric” – Caz Frear, author of Sweet Little Lies
Praise for William Shaw’s upcoming book: Deadland
“One of the great rising talents of UK crime fiction” Peter James, “If you’re not a fan yet, why not?’ Val McDermid, “A superb storyteller” – Peter May