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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
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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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Will's work is bold, expressive and full of life. His enthusiasm for creating striking visual images using acrylic paint on canvas is evident in the physical way he works with the medium. The subject of Will's paintings is often imagined portraits using vibrant colours to express energy and movement. They display character and feelings without necessarily being identified with real individuals. Techniques with the paint such as layering, scratching, dripping and rubbing help to create the tactile surface of his images. Paintings will often undergo many phases and incarnations before a final image is established.
Works also include abstract, figurative and urban themes and more recently Will has been creating compositions using mixed media and collage. These feature abstracted images from his own photography of architectural landscapes and are based on his experiences of the places, shapes and colours of urban life.
Will studied Fine Art at Reigate School of Art where he particularly enjoyed working on large canvases. Following in the footsteps of a family of artists, he now shares a garden studio where he continues painting, albeit on a more modest scale.
My influences include Abstract Expessionism, Street Art and Contemporary Culture. I like to interpret the wonderful shapes and colours of people and places I see around me.