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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.

Norma Stephenson

Pink Jug 2 (fr)


Ref: 131377

54 x 54 cms


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Norma Stephenson

Norma Stephenson, was born in the picturesque town of Hawick in the Scottish Borders in 1940s, embarked on her artistic journey after securing a bursary to Sheffield Art College where she delved into the realms of fine art and graphic design. Later, she found solace and inspiration in the serene landscapes of the Forest of Bowland, a moorland haven dotted with farms and dry-stone walls, which became the cradle of her artistic expression.

Norma's artistic process combines observation with intuition, as she roams the landscape, capturing fleeting moments and vibrant hues that ignite her creativity. Armed with conte sticks, pastels, and charcoal, she infuses her work with energy and texture, often overlaying it with a gritty surface of clear gesso to enhance its tactile quality. Embracing spontaneity, she employs watercolour or acrylic underpainting, allowing glimpses of it to peek through, creating a dynamic interplay of layers and marks.

A member of the esteemed Pastel Society since 2009, Norma's paintings embody a harmonious balance between intricate detail and serene expanses, reflecting the rhythm of nature and the depth of her artistic vision. With each stroke, she seeks to evoke a sense of tranquility, inviting viewers to immerse themselves in the beauty of the landscape and discover its hidden narratives.

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