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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.

Jaana Fowler

Still Life with Satsuma Wedges


Ref: 131270

Framed size: 52x42cms


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Jaana Fowler

Born in Helsinki, Jaana Fowler moved to the UK in the 1970s to pursue her studies in Art, culminating in a Bachelor of Arts with Honours from St Martin's School of Art.

Her process revolves around pastel on collage compositions, evolving through meticulous stages. Initially, she arranges elements until shapes and subjects emerge. She may then disassemble and reconfigure the image until the design harmonises. Subsequently, Jaana delineates primary directions and blocks with a pencil, overlaying them with soft oil pastels to introduce colour and texture. Further drawing and pastel application refine the composition, adjusting the flow and rhythm as necessary.

The enduring theme of still life pervades Jaana's work, influenced by her contemplation of paintings and sculptures spanning from antiquity to contemporary times. Everyday objects feature prominently, observed both in external artworks and within her own domestic environment. She seeks to uncover visual intrigue within these subjects, striving to construct visually cohesive images.

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