A Collaboration of Works

by Carol Wagstaff, Andie Armstrong and Caroline Darke

9th Sep 2019 To 28th Jul 2019

Preview Evening on  Monday 9th September 6pm – 8pm.
Meet The Artist session on Saturday 14 September from 10am – Midday.

ANDIE ARMSTRONG

Andie Armstrong’s recent work and interest in exploring the portrait has taken her on a journey from a background in Botanical Watercolours to an investigation of the people in her life and beyond. She transposes her in-depth observations of the plant world to the features of her human subjects and makes each and every one of her paintings unique; within this, Andie expertly captures the essence and spirit of the sitter.

Her joy of painting people has also led her to paint the environment in which her subjects reside, be it their home or work place. These expressive settings contrasting with the almost realistic portraits create a unique fusion showing her talent as a skilled draughtsman.

Moving her creative abilities in yet another direction, Andie has embarked on a series of sculptural portraits recently completing a life size clay bust, now cast in bronze.

CAROLINE DARKE

Caroline is a multi-media landscape artist living in West Sussex. She is drawn to landscapes both at home and abroad and the enormous changes to her subject made by the weather, the seasons and man. By using layers, colour, collage and texture to re-enact the changes to the landscape or seascape – she aims to give the same energy to her work as those changes give in the natural world.

Drawing inspiration from her sketches, and by working in a variety of media, Caroline is able to express a feel for her subject that is both emotional and vibrant rather than prescriptive. By taking this freer approach to familiar subjects and working from memory she is better able to achieve her desired result.

CAROL WAGSTAFF BA(HONS)

Carol Wagstaff’s work observes and explores the chaotic and beautiful world that we inhabit and which changes constantly at an ever faster pace.
As a multi-media artist either through painting or sculpture her work often addresses the uncomfortable effects upon us all of environmental changes and global conflicts. The landscape has always been a source of inspiration, be it the local or universal landscape.

Although early works were generally minimalist and sculptural, her recent works are imbued with expressive mark making in response to the ongoing humanitarian crisis across the world which continue to occupy her thought processes. The figure has found its way into some of her work and in the past few years she has explored the portrait in both painting and in sculpture.
Source material is often her own photography, drawings or imagery found through the media or articles read then reimagined and reinterpreted within the work.

Over the last two decades she has exhibited Nationally and Internationally in selected group and solo exhibitions and has work included in private collections in the UK, Europe and America, gaining awards for work that depicts the impact of human decisions that affect us all. In addition to many private commissions, she has produced sculptural installations for the National Trust, and exhibited in Museums both here and abroad.

Carol, gained a Certificate award in Art & Design – St Albans School of Art & Design 1991- 93 – followed by a BA(Hons) Degree – University of Hertfordshire – 1993 – 98

Critical analysis of her work has been written by Tim Worthington of the Federation of Art Critics and Sean Parfitt Artist and curator.

Recent selected exhibitions include – Horsham Museum Solo exhibition – The Royal Ulster Acadamy Belfast – Discerning Eye exhibition – The Mall Galleries – Ruth Borchard Self Portrait Exhibition – Association of Sussex Artists.

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