Grantham art gallery presents new ‘Animal’ exhibition

One of the paintings by artist Vic Bearcroft EMN-150709-133848001
One of the paintings by artist Vic Bearcroft EMN-150709-133848001
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Blue Owl Art, based at Grantham Tennis Club, invites you to the Preview Night of their exciting next exhibition, ‘Animal’, on September 17 from 7pm to 9pm.

Animal will run until January next year and artists exhibiting include award winning Vic Bearcroft, Linda Farquharson, Kate McBride and Sam Smith.

They use a variety of media displaying drawing and print techniques. Sam Smith returns to exhibit with Blue Owl and will be available for commission work.

There will also be a performance on the Opening Night by Joana Cifre Cerdà.

Joana Cifre Cerdà is a Spanish artist currently residing in Britain, working in performance, video installation and drawing and has exhibited and performed in this country and abroad. ‘(com) position’ is a two-hour performance specifically developed for this new exhibition.

(com) position is concerned with and wants to explore the pictorial aspects of the body in a space while creating an opening through which thoughts on human/animal nature can emerge.

Vic Bearcroft is a professional wildlife and pet portrait artist, who specialises in pastel on velour, but also works in pencil, watercolour, coloured pencil, charcoal, oil and acrylic media. Being passionate about wildlife in general - particularly wolves - enables Vic to work with a large number of animal welfare and conservation organisations worldwide. Vic has won the prestigious ‘Endangered Species’ category in the 2012 BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year competition.

Linda Farquharson creates art of whimsical lyricism. Hers is a distinctive graphic style of pared down compositions and delight in pattern making, contrasting the monochrome qualities of relief printmaking with the evocative possibilities of colour.

A gentle humour pervades much of her work: lolloping hares; a worm tugged from the earth; a coy Eve with her apple; mermaids arranged like sardines in a can.

Kate McBride usually works on designs based on collage and the bringing together of ideas within clay, making unique and quirky figures, porcelain tea services and cake stands.

But for this exhibition she has produced new work exploring other skills using pencil, pastel and ipad drawing techniques taking much inspiration from her own pet hare.

Sam Smith has developed an interest in drawing with the most simple of artistic materials – pencil. By exploring depth and texture he attempts to recreate images and photographs as a way of including the concept and meaning of the subject.