The 125th Anniversary Exhibition Guest Speaker was:
Michael Spender FSA, Hon RWS
Michael Spender is a writer and art historian and presently Head of Culture for Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council. He has been Director of the Bankside Gallery and Secretary of the Royal Watercolour Society and Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers, Director of the Embroiderers' Guild and Manager of Poole Museum.
Michael has curated and written catalogues of many exhibitions of 19th and 20th century art and artists, and his published
books include studies of the work of Ken Howard and Leslie Worth, The Glory of Watercolour, and Visions of Venice, a collaboration with 25 members of the RWS. Michael is currently working on a book about the art of Tom Coates.
TO PURCHASE ANY WORKS SHOWN GO TO:
The Pastel Society at Linden Hall Studios
Deal Kent CT14 6BA
Selected Pastel Society Members at the Gallery Holt,
23 Lees Yard Holt
Norfolk NR25 6HS
The Pastel Society presented two new prizes in the 125th Anniversary Year.
In memory of a great artist and former Pastel Society President
THE TOM COATES MEMORIAL PRIZE of £2,000 for the best non-member work in the exhibition. Selected and presented by Tom’s wife, the artist Mary Jackson NEAC RWS.
A second new prize of £500 - THE PRESIDENTS PRIZE for the best work by an artist under 35.
Sarah Bee PS
My work has always been informed by nature. I enjoy the visual commotion of the landscape, and strive to capture this interplay of light, atmosphere and texture.
It is the challenge of portraying the juxtapositions of the natural world that excite me; the scratchiness of undergrowth next to a flat expanse of sea, or the gnarly trunk of a tree against a brooding sky.
During lockdown, with several teaching commitments cancelled, I decided to try to make this a period of growth as an artist. Initially I found it very difficult to focus...but eventually settled on acrylic painting for a few weeks.
I saw this as an opportunity to use acrylic on varied supports, and feel that progress made will definitely inform my pastel work.
My pastel painting process is always evolving... I have found that a layered combination of materials - gesso, acrylic paint, and finally pastel and charcoal - allows me to produce work with depth, and also facilitates the kind of energetic, expressive mark making that I love.
I generally work in the studio from copious sketches and notes gleaned on location. I find this helps me to paint the essence of what I've seen and felt, without the distraction of extraneous information.
Really, that's what painting is for me. Capturing the heart of that moment of seeing - distilled, perhaps heightened, and above all - alive.
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