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Friday, 13 May 2016

Artist trio's work on display

An exhibition running until 30 May at The North York Moors Inspire by ... gallery showcases the work of three who depicts different aspects of the local landscape.

Poppies by Rosemary Abrahams.
Illusion is the First of all Pleasures features the landscapes of artist Christine Pybus and ceramics by Penny de Corte, while Flora in Abundance comprises floral paintings, landscapes and seascapes by Rosemary Abrahams.

Whitby-born Christine left school for a career in communications, but indulged her lifelong passion for painting whenever possible.

She began to paint full-time in 1997; her oils and watercolours are almost always completed on locations.

She travels extensively and has painted in Europe, Russia, Australia and New Zealand and lectures on art history and runs courses and demonstrations. She is writing for Leisure Painter magazine, and has featured in a Sky 1 documentary. Christine is a member of the Fylingdales Group of Artists.

She said: “I paint only what excites me and whilst I am guided by what’s in front of me it’s not in fact my primary concern, rather capturing the light, movement and colour to create a picture, as opposed to an exact representation of that scene.

Work by Christine Pybus captures light, movement and colour.
"I love to use that extra dimension afforded by thick oil paint combined with immediate brushmarks, a style which particularly lends itself to many of my favourite subjects: billowing clouds, sparkling water and deep, crisp snow.”

Ceramicist Penny produces sculptural art inspired by animal life and nature’s spirals and fossils. Working with a mixture of contemporary style and traditional methods she continuously challenges her creative skills and fulfils her passion for working with clay.

Ammonite by Penny de Corte.
She is motivated by researching a subject that captures her imagination and, through design and the stripping away of the distraction of detail, creates a recognisable style of fluid sensuous form.

Penny said: “Spirals have always been fascinating to me and my latest range of vessels and wall plaques has evolved from designs inspired by ammonites, shells and nature in general.

"Decorated by carving, imprinting, burnishing and oxides these sculptural pieces create dramatic art with smooth undulating form representing ‘a moment in time’.”

Rosemary studied painting and printmaking at Leeds College of Art in the 1960s, alongside sculptor John French, later her husband and business partner.  The couple established an international design studio for home and fashion products, producing handmade rugs in Nepal, jute products in Bangladesh, ceramics in Europe and textiles in the USA.

Rosemary continued to paint and exhibit, in places such as New York, Frankfurt, Paris, Amsterdam and London, before returning to Yorkshire where she set up her Studio Gallery in Bridlington in 2003.

She said: “My work is influenced by the power and presence of the North Sea, and by the simplicity of the largely uninhabited North Yorkshire countryside.

“I also have the desire to express my life – and thus my painting – in terms of colour, which then becomes form; sometimes abstract or landscape, sometimes floral.”

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