Tag Archive: Painting

  1. Oldham Open exhibition- Speaking to the Artists

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    Young people from the Gallery Oldham Collective catch up with artist, Diana Terry, who is currently showing her work in the Oldham Open 2019.

    What are the titles of the artworks you entered into the Oldham Open 2019?

    Wimberry Rocks and Too Close to Home.

    Can you tell us a bit more about your pieces?

    Wimberry Rocks is oil paint on deep canvas. Too Close to Home is a collagraphic print. Here, a plate is constructed out of mount board using different layers. Then, after sealing the plate, it’s printed through a press. Because each print is inked up differently, it is unique.

    Is there a specific concept surrounding your work or do you intend the viewer to add their own interpretation?

    The idea behind the print was specifically my response to the moorland wildfires in Saddleworth and Mossley in July 2018. The images on social media and television were mesmerising. The wildfires were a result of climate change which left the moors drier than usual.

    Regarding Wimberry Rocks, I have been producing very large graphite drawings for many years. Several years ago I made some oil sketches specifically about this outcrop at Dovestones. The large canvas has been on the easel for over eighteen months but I haven’t worked on it continuously. It takes thinking time to decide how to progress a large painting. I took the canvas to Dovestones on five occasions working on it for about four hours each time.

    How long did it take to create these artworks?

    Too Close to Home was developed quite quickly at Hot Bed Press because I needed to use their large printing press and I only had the weekend to finish it. As it happens, I went back after I’d done the plate to print five more images.

    Has another artist or event influenced the ideas behind your artwork?

    I’m a culture vulture and soak up images and ideas like a sponge. Recently Paula Rego’s and Joan Eardsley’s generation of female artists have inspired me by their lives as much as their work.

    Are you a full-time artist?

    Yes

    What made you enter the Oldham Open 2019?

    Gallery Oldham is the best gallery around. The Oldham Open is a real opportunity for people to get involved.

    How do you seek opportunities to exhibit?

    I look for opportunities on Curator Space and Axisweb but Oldham Open doesn’t advertise here as it’s for local people.

    What advice would you give to aspiring artists and creatives?

    I wouldn’t give any advice except watch out for sharks.

    Tell us something fun about yourself, it doesn’t have to be art related?

    I pretend to listen and it causes me to get into trouble all the time!

  2. Oldham Open – Speaking to the Artists

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    This week the Gallery Oldham Collective caught up with artist Titus Agbara who is showing a new piece in the Oldham Open 2019.

    What is the title of the artwork that you entered into the Oldham Open?

    It is called Built on Cotton and Coal.

    Can you tell us a bit more about this piece?

    It’s inspired by the history of Oldham and my new environment. When researching the history of the town I found out that the historic industry of the area is disappearing, this painting suggests how fleeting life is. This composition reflects the uncertainty of life as it goes up and down like the Huddersfield Road. I have used charcoal to link back to the coal industry and the other vibrant areas are representative of cotton.

    Is there a specific idea behind your piece to do you intend the viewer to add their own interpretation?

    It’s for the viewer to reflect back to the industrial era, and how it has gradually crepted away. I leave the viewer to imagine why there are no tall chimneys in the painting as suggested by the title of the work.

    How long did it take to create the artwork?

    It took me about one and a half years to finish this work, but I didn’t work on it continuously. I had other work that needed finishing within a specific timescale so I had to leave it and go back to it later.

    Has another artist or event influenced the ideas behind your artwork?

    My work is a personal response. In this piece I have tried to capture the spirit of Oldham, as a place.

    What made you want to enter the Oldham Open 2019?

    I am just being inquisitive. The Oldham Open is an opportunity for artists to get involved in the art world and it has helped my career as an artist.

    What advice would you give to other aspiring artists?

    Do not limit yourself. There is a time for everything, so keep on keeping your tradition. Being involved in the art world is not just for the sophisticated few, art is for everyone.

    Tell us one interesting fact about yourself? It doesn’t have to be art related.

    I love all kinds of music and enjoy being playful with my two little birds (kids). Spending time with my family helps to reset my body, mind and soul.