Exhibitions > SPRINGTIME FEVER four 'blue chip' British artists exhibiting over forty paintings
15th April 2011 - 7th May 2011
In the lead up to the Royal Wedding, Gallery LeFort is delighted to present a four-man Exhibition featuring the artists, Felicity House PS, Paul Banning RI RSMA AROI, Chris Forsey RI and Nicholas Turner RWA
Celebrating this historical moment of the British Royal Family, the Exhibition explores the urban metropolis of Greater London, including the Royal Borough of Richmond upon Thames as well our national landscapes and quintessential English still-life.
Felicity House is an elected member of the Pastel Society of Great Britain and serves on the Council, she exhibits in various galleries and open exhibitions and has been awarded prizes at the Discerning Eye, the New English Art Club and the Pastel Society. Drawing is fundamental in Felicity's art work and she draws and paints directly from her subject using a spontaneous expressive line - editing intuitively, being inspired by travel and seeing new places but she equally responds to domestic subject matter, intriguing arrangements, complex interiors and of course the ultimate challenge of figures and portraits.
Paul Banning, trained in drawing under Victor Passmore RA and studied the great watercolour masters of the 18th and 19th centuries learning the masterly skills of water colour painting. He is mainly an en plein air painter and loves the challenge of painting directly from the subject whenever possible. He travels extensively and is constantly looking for interesting subject matter, whether it be a sailing barge in Holland or the desert sands of Jordan or on the low water of the River Thames or tranquil country lanes. He has exhibited in France, Holland, the USA and Dubai as well as many prestigious galleries in the South of England.
Chris Forsey studied art and graphics at Bristol University and began his art career as an illustrator in a publisher's studio. He became a full time artist some years ago and is largely self-taught in the art of watercolour painting. Laterally he has moved to acrylics, pastels and gouache.
Chris has exhibited on many occasions with the Royal Watercolour Society and the Royal Institute of painters in watercolours as well as in a number of galleries in the UK. He specilalises in landscape subjects, exploring man-made themes alongside the organic. He is inspired by downland, coastal scenes of the UK and sometimes the mediterranean, and by cafe life and townscapes, always triying to capture the sense of place at a specific moment, season or time of day.
Nicholas Turner studied Art and Design at the University of West of England, Bristol taking his Foundation Course there and following this his Fine Art BA (Hons) during 1993-96. He exhibits at a number of UK prestigious Galleries as well as exhibiting regularly at many of the London Art Fairs. Nick was one of the youngest ever elected members to the Royal West of England Adademy.
Derek Balmer Past President of The Royal West of England writes in a critique of this artist:
The paintings of Nicholas Turner reflect a gentle disposition and a poetic modesty. They are calm and unhurried and hark back to a time of peace and tranquility; subtle reminders of the fundamentals of life. Thus we see a garden, a house, a companion, a dog; all held together in a composition based on the sphere, the cylinder and the cube. Although Cezanne may be a significant mentor it is to the Pointillists and the early influence of his teacher Alfred Stockham that give these paintings their calm authority. Indeed they may even carry the echo of David Inshaw's domestic exteriors but here again it is a nodding acquaintance rather than direct homage. Continuing Derek relates:
Each of these paintings is understated and contained within a classic framework. There is no bluster or braggadocio but rather the quiet self-confidence of an artist who has rejected high drama for serious inner contemplation. They are of the soul and the spirit, of harmony and rhythm; of honesty and peace.
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