Exhibitions > THE PASTEL SOCIETY (UK) AT Gallery LEFORT
2nd May 2010 - 28th May 2010
EXHIBITION MAY 1 - MAY 29 2010
An Exhibition dedicated solely to works of art produced by ten eminent artists from The Pastel Society:
A book 'The Pastel Society' Pastel Painting and Drawing 1898-2000 and published by the Pastel Society is available from the gallery upon application, price £15.00, also available, a book by by the past president of the Pastel Society, Moira Huntly PPS RWA RI RSMA, ,Sketchbook Secrets.'
Paintings by ten eminent members of the Pastel Society UK:
VICTOR AMBRUS PS Hon RE SARAH BEE PS PETER BROWN NEAC PS ROI
JEANNETTE HAYES PS FELICITY HOUSE MOIRA HUNTLY PPPS
MICHAEL NORMAN PS NORMA STEPHENSON PS
JOHN TOOKEY PS PETER VINCENT PS
The Pastel Society is recognised as foremost in its field, showing the work of leading contemporary artists. It was founded in 1898 and is now a charitable organisation of artists that promote and encourage the use of pastel in the contemporary art world. Degas, Sickert and Whistler are amongst many illustrious artists who have either been members or exhibitors with the Pastel Society UK. As a medium, pastel has long been used and can be traced back to the sixteenth century. It is one of the most permanent mediums as long as it is protected by a fixative and is protected by glass as it doesn't crack, darken or yellow. Other notable artists such as Toulouse-Lautrec, Renois, Bonnard, Manet, Delacroix and Millet have used the medium in their practives. Degas in particular is known for his work in pastel.
Pastel is dry, durable and as permanent as the paper, board or other support to which it is applied so long as the surface of the painting is not rubbed or allowed to get damp. If not protected under glass in a frame, pastels may be stored quite safely between sheets of folded paper secured so that the work does not slide about.
Their durability is exemplified by the fact that the earliest exponents of this art lived about 30,000 BC and the work of these cave dwellers has lasted until today. They had white chalk, various earth colours, e.g. red and yellow, black from charring in the fire and the cave wall to work on.
Present day pastels, highly refined and rigorously tested are claimed to have an almost limitless shelf life. These soft pastels may be applied in light strokes or heavily and then rubbed into coloured paper or white paper tinted with a watercolour wash. They marry with charcoal, coloured conte crayons and even ink for preliminary drawing, but not over graphite pencil lines.
This medium gives unlimited scope to all varieties of thinking and methods of execution in present day art. Many are the examples and many the styles possible with this versatile medium, as may be seen by such masters of the past from the precise portrait drawings of Holbein, through the silky impastos of Manet to the vigorous and apparent abandon of strokes and rubbings of Degas – but with what breath-taking precision is the abandon!
That the freshness of the medium lasts may be seen also for example in the work of Maurice Quentin de la Tour 1704 – 1788 e.g. the glowing portrait of Mr Henry Dawkins across the road in the National Gallery, apparently as fresh as the day it was painted.
The Pastel Society in its present form was instituted in 1898. There were 77 members, among them such well-known names as H.B.Brabazon, George Clausen RA, W,Q.Orchardson RA, Solomon J. Solomon RA and the founder G.F.Watts RA in the list of original members. The Society joined the Federation of British Artists at the Mall Galleries in 1970
LEIGH PARRY Past President
Felicity House PS
Jeannette Hayes PS
John Tookey PS
Michael Norman PS
Moira Huntly PPPS RWA,RI,RSMA
Peter Brown NEAC PS ROI
Peter Vincent PS
Sarah Bee PS
Victor Ambrus PS
Margaret's Buildings, Bath
Felicity House PS