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The New Ashgate Gallery invites members of the public to come and vote for their favourite artist.
The Surrey Artist of the Year competition is a partnership between the New Ashgate and the Surrey Artists Open Studios to celebrate the wealth of creative talent in Surrey. Starting in 2009; this aspirational exhibition offers a collective of local quality arts and craft as voted for by the public during open studio visits. The top scoring artists come together for a programme of events. There is a wide variety of artworks on show, all offering different materials and techniques: painting, printmaking, glass, textiles and mixed media.
The shortlisted artists are: Clare Bowen, Orlanda Broom, Jennifer Court, Diana Croft, Clare Edworthy, Penny Fleet, Robyn Horsburgh, Christine Hopkins, David Johns, Will Johns, Julie Noles, Philip Ryland, Penny Webb, Pippa Ward and Abigail Wicking.
Again, during the exhibition, until 18th October, 12noon, members of the public are encouraged to vote for an artist; and the artist with the most votes from public and judging panel, is named Surrey Artist of the Year 2019 on 18th at 7pm. The winner receives a bursary of £1,000, a solo show at the New Ashgate Gallery and a complementary Winner's Stand at the Surrey Contemporary Art Fair.
View the exhibition catalogue at: https://bit.ly/2k5OfMw
Buy the exhibition catalogue at: https://bit.ly/2m44kmE
The season includes workshops for adults, families and artists - please contact us for information.
The competition is organised in partnership with the Surrey Open Studios. It is supported by the Patricia Baines Trust and Contemporary Art Fairs. The Surrey Life magazine, which has a monthly section dedicated to the local art scene, is the official media partner of the competition.
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David is a painter working primarily in watercolour but also in acrylic and makes paintings which are based on a composition of line, colour, shape and form. He uses traditional techniques and as he works on them, paintings evolve to finish in varying degrees of abstraction. Drawing is the essential starting point for all David's paintings and during the process, shapes and abstracted forms take over. Colour soon becomes dominant but all are held together within the structured composition.
Subjects which currently dominate his work include evocative landscapes and other natural and rural environments. David works from source material in his sketchbooks and from his photographs of a variety of landscape features. Compositions are designed to evoke an impression of a place or a regional landscape without necessarily being of a specific location.
David spent his career as a teacher of young people and adults after graduating from the Central School of Art in London. I now share a garden studio with my son Will in which we benefit from working both together and independently.