I live in Lancashire, and make my living as an Artist.
Moving from Bristol to Sunderland and then to Preston, I painted and drew all the time, enjoyed primary school education, but disengaged at secondary school in most subjects apart from Art (eternal gratitude to my Art teacher). I carried on drawing and painting whilst working as a barman, hod carrier, cushion stuffer, forklift driver and 32 other jobs until I returned to education.
By 1992 I was in Scotland at the Glasgow School of Art where for the first time, I considered the possibility of being an “artist” myself – painting for a living.
After leaving Glasgow and returning to Lancashire I found a studio and continued painting, and gradually improved to the point where I ended up with the confidence to exhibit at several national Art events.
I am my worst critic with my work and find it difficult to maintain confidence most of the time but the fact that I continue to receive commissions and my work sells must be a validation. I suppose good art speaks to everyone.
I tutor life drawing and painting classes from my studio and offer one to one tuition, contact me if you are interested.
The 300th Exhibition at Lytham Heritage Centre opens on Tuesday 12 February.
A Selection of Paintings from Lytham St Annes Art Collection will be placed on show to celebrate 300 exhibitions at Lytham Heritage Centre.
This exhibition shines a spotlight on the unsung heroines of the Lytham St Annes Art Collections and celebrates the work of local women artists.
Work by women artists makes up only 3–5% of major permanent collections in Europe. The top three museums in the world, the British Museum (est. 1753), the Louvre (est. 1793), and The Metropolitan Museum of Art (est. 1870) have never had female directors. Only 32% of the winners of the Turner Prize, one of the most well-known visual art awards, have been women.
For this exhibition, we present a selection of works by women artists from the Lytham St Annes Art Collection. Testament to the historic tendency to disregard the expertise and efforts of women artists, there is much mystery surrounding the provenance of many of these works; there are mysteries to unravel and stories to be told. Join us in not only recognising the talent of our local women artists but also on our exciting journey of discovery as we uncover clues that tell us more about these women, their lives, and their art.
We will be holding Curator Tours on selected Fridays throughout the exhibition. Please see dates below:
Dave Price writes about his mother Mr G Price and her long term collection of dolls.
My mother continued to love her dolls and added to her collection over another 20 years. As with the article details, she continued to both buy dolls and make dolls from kit form individually styling them in clothes she gleaned from many sources such as:
Her imagination, her past, Fashions she had seen in books and magazines, representative of Characters off TV, Film Opera, etc
Everybody was roped in to some degree… Dad for his woodwork skills and the kids, me included, for the “Blue Peter” sticky backed plastic, cardboard and painting brigade.
If the local press had run a follow up article years later they would have found her family of dolls had grown to number over 750 and evident within 5 rooms of our house.
Some of the dolls are for sale at Lytham Heritage Centre. Pop in to have a look.
Joan grew up in Wrea Green, where her creativity was nurtured from a young age by her parents who were writers and painters themselves, and who encouraged an appreciation of the natural environment. These artistic leanings were also supported by teachers at Queen Mary’s School and she went on to study Art along with Education at Warwick University, with a specialism in ‘Creative Work with Fabric and Threads ‘ – she made huge textured embroideries and tubular wall hangings, always with natural materials.
Joan’s art then took a back seat for a number years, whilst she enjoyed exploring and encouraging creativity as a wife, mother, teacher and singer. Turning her hand to Amateur Operatics and Dramatics, Joan is probably better known in the Fylde area as Kiss Me Kate, Eliza Doolittle or The Merry Widow.
Inheriting her mother’ s watercolour paints catalysed Joan’s art and the adoption of a new medium. There was something comforting about using that same palette and, whilst spending time in the Lake District and abroad, she found that watercolours were just right for recording and interpreting what she saw.
Her love of the natural world, its colours, textures and shapes, and the smell and meditative absorption of walking in the countryside or by the sea, is what motivates a lot of her painting.
Pictorial pieces are inspired by four main subject areas: ‘In the Hedgerows’, ‘Trees Alone’, ‘Seas and Skies’, and ‘The Feeling of a Place’. Often, her work is a mosaic of different things arranged into a composition.
Her abstracts are also rooted in the natural world but the subjects are more fantastical and interpretation is open-ended. Joan believes we are all wired according to both our nature and nurture therefore we each see and appreciate different things from the same painting, which can also change with our mood. A number of her abstract paintings can be hung in different orientations to allow for shifting perspectives and interpretations.