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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.

Jeannette Hayes

Vale of White Horse (fr)


Ref: 131371

39 x 94.5 cms


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Jeannette Hayes

Jeannette Hayes, with a vibrant and expressive energy, breathes life into her landscapes, blending abstract elements with subtle nods to the natural world. Her works, marked by bold lines and blocks of evocative color, evoke a sense of optimism and freedom. Titles like 'Spring Green' and 'Blue Snowing' not only set the mood but also reflect her emotional connection to the places she explores, be it the landscapes of Scotland, Wales, or Greece.

Drawing inspiration from nature's beauty and drama, Hayes' art is a poetic rendition of her experiences and emotional responses. From the sound of seals on an island to the play of light and atmosphere, each painting is a manifestation of a moment captured and interpreted through her unique perspective. Through the use of pastels, Hayes brings a direct sensitivity of touch to her work, allowing her to convey the range of pressures and emotions present in the landscape.

With a keen eye for composition and a knack for balancing detail with expression, Hayes creates animated paintings that pulsate with vitality. Awarded multiple honors for her mastery of pastels, Hayes continues to captivate audiences with her dynamic and evocative visions of the natural world.

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