A WORLD OF COLOUR
This is where I can show you some of the artwork I have on display at the moment in Yorkshire and also paintings from exhibitions that were on show in 2019 . I’ll be able to inform you about up-and-coming local exhibitions too , so watch this space, if you want to see Yorkshire art !
Two Acrylic Paintings in an Art Cafe
I went to the lovely cafe Fitzwilliam and Hughes in Rotherham today – I’ve quite gotten into the habit of Rooisbosch tea and a cake in the afternoon there on a Thursday . I took this painting and ‘Rest in Peace ‘ to be displayed on the wall for a few weeks by the very friendly staff. There’s some great work by local artists being shown there – how nice is that !
Important UPDATE ! Of course , this exhibition is closed at the moment due to Corona virus social distancing – I’m writing this in April 2020 . But the exhibition is in the cafe and I’m sure that Fitzwilliam and Hughes will reopen as soon as possible.
New Exhibition at the Ridings
Northern Fringe Exhibition – ” INSPIRED ”
This exciting new exhibition will be showing at our gallery in the Ridings centre in Wakefield from 21st March . I am a member of the Northern Fringe group and we have been working hard to produce work on the theme of ” Yorkshire Makers Inspired by Yorkshire Writers “.
This strange creature appears in the medieval poem ‘ Sir Gawain and the Green Knight ‘ which was re-written into modern English by Simon Armitage, the Poet Laureate, from Marsden , near Huddersfield. I was inspired to paint my picture by his description of this scene : the magical , fierce , giant warrior is waiting by the doorway of his “Green Church ” for Sir Gawain.
Important UPDATE . Of course this exhibition is closed at the moment due to Corona virus social distancing – I’m writing this in April 2020 . But the exhibition is in the Ridings Gallery all ready to be admired ! It’s great – we just managed to get it ready before the lockdown . There’s paintings , drawings , sculptures , textiles and more . I’ll let you know as soon as it is open .
My First Solo Exhibition
Solo Exhibition at Skelmanthorpe Library Gallery
I was so thrilled to be invited to exhibit my acrylic art at the Skelmanthorpe Community Library Gallery . It was the first time I had the chance to fill a whole room with my acrylic paintings and I enjoyed being able to arrange them together so that they set each other off to best advantage. This narrative painting ‘The Silk Princess ‘ was surrounded by other Story Pictures- in fact , I put together a little booklet to explain the stories behind some of my narrative paintings.
This view of Langdale in the Lake District was shown in the Landscape Art section . I suppose drawing and painting the countryside was my first love – especially the North of England. I have sketchbooks full of scenes in the Lakes , the Yorkshire Dales , the Pennines and the Yorkshire coast.
Quite recently , I started experimenting with abstract ideas in my paintings. This is quite a different area for me and I did do some research on line, to get a feel for the sort of things artists were trying out .It’s a whole different world out there. So , in the abstract art section of my exhibition you will find The Spiral, an example of abstract shape art. It was created quite instinctively – with no plan really, just playing with colours .And then I just about succeeded in producing a piece of non- representational art , which is quite good for me. But the Sweetpeas is a semi – abstract vase of flowers . I do enjoy creating abstract nature art and Still Life. The world is full of possibilities!
We had a blast at the opening on Saturday 4th January – I invited loads of people and the place was packed ! It really means a lot to me to have the support of family , friends and art buddies in my artistic journey . It makes for a good party , anyway !
The show is on until February 1st , during library opening hours. Please note : the library is closed on Tuesday, Saturday afternoon and Sunday. The Art Gallery is inside the Library building , in Skelmanthorpe, HD8 9DA , near Denby Dale. I’d like to say a big thank you to Mike ( the curator) , Village Art and all the volunteers at this great community project.
I must mention the great work by Kim Onyskiw and Trevor Fryer , which is also exhibited in the gallery, on the stairs , landings and upstairs room . This is unique artwork , affordable art done by Yorkshire artists.
There’s also a good report on this exhibition in Margaret’s Blog
Spring Blossom in Wales
Important UPDATE This acrylic painting on canvas went to a new home after the exhibition finished . I was so pleased that someone wanted to take it to their home to enjoy it .
Two Paintings in the Art Cafe
These two paintings are on show at the lovely cafe ‘Fitzwilliam and Hughes ‘ in Rotherham, near Rotherham Minster. The artwork on the walls is impressive and they do a great cup of coffee ! I really enjoy painting Still Life and Seascape so it was easy to pick out something bold and bright for the setting . This is affordable art you can appreciate as you relax .
Northern Fringe Gallery Exhibition
I belong to a group of artists called ‘Northern Fringe Gallery ‘ and we have a super gallery in the Ridings Retail Centre Wakefield, downstairs. The exhibition is really good and the gallery is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday 11 – 2 . The display is changed frequently and I have these three paintings in there at the moment. You could go and have a look – support your local artists !
EXHIBITIONS – 2019
Batley Art Gallery – exhibition in September – November
These are four of the nine paintings I exhibited in Batley Art Gallery for six weeks September – November 2019, as part of an ARTbound Community show. I love being part of this group full of very talented artists – the exhibition was excellent and I enjoyed being in the impressive Carnegie Library Art Gallery. This is Yorkshire art at its best. And , of course , I had to include Landscape paintings of two of my favourite places – Scarbrough and Ladybower Reservoir in Derbyshire .
To find out all about my recent art activities , read my blog http://margarethallfineart.com/blog/
See more of my artwork in the Gallery