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Pastel Excellence at 125

4 May to 29 June 2024

Pastel Excellence at 125

Step into a realm of captivating hues and artistic talent as the New Ashgate proudly presents the Pastel Society that celebrates its 125th anniversary in 2024. This is a joyous celebration of contemporary pastel and dry media and an exceptional showcase of technical brilliance with creative originality. It underscores the Society's profound legacy and steadfast commitment to the diverse world of pastels. From the velvety strokes of soft and hard pastels to the vibrant expressiveness of oil pastels, ink pastels, and more, the exhibition extends to artists eager to push the boundaries of expression through pastel, chalk, crayon, charcoal, pencil, and pastel led mixed media.

Michele Ashby, Liz Balkwill, David Brammeld-Art, Cheryl Culver, Matthew Draper, Jaana Fowler, Jill Jeffrey, Dave Roberts, Jeannette Hayes, Peter Vincent, Susie Prangnell and Norma Stephenson present a visual feast of pastel brilliance of timeless landscapes, still lifes and abstraction of pastel and dry media in the contemporary art scene.

Dave Roberts

Gallt y Wenallt (fr)


Ref: 130225

Framed size: 58x56cms


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Dave Roberts

Dave Roberts a pastel artist who paints the land and seascapes of North Wales. No-one who has walked its hills and coasts will need me to explain where Dave finds his inspiration.

However, his work is about light and how it profoundly alters the way we perceive these places. Dave says: "I'm particularly drawn to the moments around dawn as this is when I find the atmosphere is at its most ethereal. There is something very elemental about being alone in these vast landscapes in the half-light."

The result is paintings that are full of the rich blues and reds that we associate with that time of day, coupled with intense contrasts of light and shade. In many respects, Dave's work is the antithesis of how most people would imagine pastel paintings to be.

Dave works exclusively in soft pastels. Not only do he considers them to be unrivalled in terms of their richness of colour but they are such an immediate and uninhibited medium to use.

Dave says: "You're working directly on the paper with your fingers. There are no thinners, washes or drying times to worry about; there's no mixing of colours beforehand; there are no palettes, brushes or knives between you and the painting. With pastels you genuinely are at one with the creative process."

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