Colours of the Winter Garden: Watercolours by botanical artist Sue J Williams SBA 14th February to 24th March 2017

Old Year, New Year
Colours of the Winter Garden: Watercolours by botanical artist Sue J Williams SBA
14th February to 24th March 2017
Open eve 20th February 7-9pm
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The garden at the turn of the year is brightened by camellias and hellebores, but also offers the botanical painter more subtle subjects, often overlooked. The delicate structure of a skeleton leaf or the nuances of colour in a faded petal are as challenging and exciting to paint on a grey winter’s day as the vivid blooms of a conventional summer garden.

 

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Tony Anderson: “Building .. a sense of anticipation.” 14th February to 24th March 2017

Tony Anderson: “Building .. a sense of anticipation.”
14th February to 24th March 2017
Open eve 14th February 7-9pm
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The new Cinema in the centre of Orpington is built on the site of an old Job Centre.It was over a year behind schedule when opened and was much anticipated by local residents. These pictures/paintings document its progress.

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Uriya Jurik: Nomadism 14th February to 25th March 2017

Uriya Jurik: Nomadism
14th February to 25th March 2017
Open evening 16th February 7-9pm
Weekday viewing and Sat am.

Away from her homeland Kazakhstan, Uriya’s artistic endeavour is to raise global awareness of the once powerful nomadic culture. Most have been exposed to more prominent cultures of Japanese, Chinese or other Asian origin. The exhibition Nomadism is a glimpse into the exotic beauty of Central Asia.

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Uriya Jurik: Nomadism 14th February to 24th March 2017

Uriya Jurik: Nomadism
14th February to 24th March 2017
Open eve 16th February 7-9pm

Born in Kazakhstan, Uriya seeks to raise global awareness of the once powerful Nomadic culture, now exposed to more prominent cultures of Japanese, Chinese or other asian origin. The exhibition Nomadism is a glimpse into the exotic beauty of Central Asia.

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Julie Woolnough: ‘Seascapes – towards abstraction’ 28th March to 5th May 2017

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Julie Woolnough: ‘Seascapes – towards abstraction’
28th March to 5th May 2017
Open evening 4th April 7-9pm

‘Seascapes – towards abstraction’ is a collection of original acrylic paintings. It reflects my love of being by the coast and of trying to capture the energy and mood of ‘being in the moment’. The paintings are becoming less representational as time goes on.

I have always loved art since doing Art ‘A’ level at school, but like many people, I never thought I was good enough to make it a career, so my path went in a different direction. Despite that, I have always expressed myself creatively, with interior design projects, attending various crafts courses such as glass blowing and stone carving, and have always had a love for the countryside and coast.

After 35 years of doing something completely different, I took time out from my role as a PA in an Investment Bank and reconnected with painting. I was encouraged by the What If… Gallery in Dartford to share exhibition space with three other artists and from that little acorn some painting branches grew! They reached out to selling work in a Pop up shop in the Bluewater shopping mall, and from then on I was hooked.

Over the past few years I have been on several painting trips to Pembrokeshire and Cornwall and am inspired by their rugged coastlines and how it makes me feel. I like to paint outdoors and be in the moment. This exhibition of seascapes veers towards abstraction and of capturing the mood or experience of the sea, rather than the representational form. Whatever I paint lately tends to look like a seascape with headland jutting in from the left or right. I guess it is telling me something about where I want to be, and that probably isn’t in North Kent!

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Lisa Courtley: Urban Landscape 28th March to 5th May 2017

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Lisa Courtley: Urban Landscape
28th March to 5th May 2017
Open evening 28th March 7-9pm

My work focuses on the impact of urbanisation on the natural environment. My predominant medium is photography and illustration, some of my work places plants and wildlife into locations in an illustrative way through editing and at times using self-adhesive prints to create semi-permanent compositions. The exhibition also includes a number of photographs and mixed media pieces of different locations that I have visited.

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IAN BARRINGTON: Abstrakt Horizons 28th March to 5th May 2017

New Gallery Space open weekdays and Saturday mornings
IAN BARRINGTON: Abstrakt Horizons
28th March to 5th May 2017
Open evening 3rd April 7-9pm

A selection of abstract landscape paintings by local artist Ian Barrington, as he explores the ethereal balance and diversity of nature, influenced by the changing environment across the globe, of energy, of time, and seasons through a collection of mixed media works.

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Premier Art exhibition: Malcolm Stevens – “Malkie” 4th January to 10th February 2017

Premier Art exhibition: Malcolm Stevens – “Malkie”
4th January to 10th February 2017
Open evening 9th January 7-9pm
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Unique and fun, inspired by Roy Lichtenstein, Malkie presents his first solo exhibition at Ripley Arts centre.

 

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The Death of Summer: by Bev Jones 4th January to 10th February 2017

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The Death of Summer: by Bev Jones
4th January to 10th February 2017
Open evening 4th January 7-9pm

Bev’s work captures beautifully the extraordinary nature of ordinary moments, evoking wonder and magic through vibrant colours and intricate detail yet never quite losing its roots in everyday city life.

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Caroline McHardy: A Wild Moment in Time 8th November to 20th December 2016

Caroline McHardy: A Wild Moment in Time
8th November to 20th December 2016
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The exhibition aims to inspire people’s minds about the natural world, and the different perspectives in which we see it. It shows the true beauty of the wild captured in a single unique shot showing the many unusual, beautiful creatures. I am a young aspiring photographer aged 17 and wildlife has been my absolute passion from a very young age.

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Caroline McHardy: A Wild Moment in Time 8th November to 20th December 2016

Caroline McHardy: A Wild Moment in Time
8th November to 20th December 2016
Please ring to view 020 8464 5816

The exhibition aims to inspire people’s minds about the natural world, and the different perspectives in which we see it. It shows the true beauty of the wild captured in a single unique shot showing the many unusual, beautiful creatures. I am a young aspiring photographer aged 17 and wildlife has been my absolute passion from a very young age.

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ABSTRACTION: An Exhibition of New Artworks by Angie Hurst 8th November to 20th December 2016

ABSTRACTION: An Exhibition of New Artworks by Angie Hurst
8th November to 20th December 2016
Open evening Monday 14th November 7-9pm
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Although my major influence lies in the natural landscape, this exhibition seeks to explore the relationship of form and colour, experimenting with the idea that painting can capture the essence of emotion through the imagination of the artist. Angie Hurst.

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Ann Holdway: A retrospective collection of watercolours and Mosaics 8th November to 20th December 2016

Ann Holdway: A retrospective collection of watercolours and Mosaics
8th November to 20th December 2016
Open eve 8th November 7-9pm

The late Ann Holdway was an active member of the Bromley Arts community and enjoyed many years creating artwork and working with local artists in various projects including exhibiting their work. This Autumn 2016, her son, Jason Holdway has organised a retrospective exhibition which will include many of her watercolours and mosaic pieces for sale. Inspired by flowers and the colours of nature, her work is both sensitive and vibrant.

he late Ann Holdway was a creative and sensitive artist who enjoyed working with watercolour. Ann began her life as an artist after retirement and her main interest was watercolors. It was only later, when taking part in a painting summer school that she came across mosaics and started experimenting with her own ideas. When asked why she liked mosaic, she mused “Maybe it stems from liking jig saw puzzles as a child, the cutting of pieces and fitting them together.”

Her themes were influenced by her love of the ‘English garden’ and the colour and vibrancy of flowers in bloom throughout the seasons. She saw nature as her canvas and much of the work reflects her eye for the detail in flowers and trees. In her mosaic ‘Silver Birch’ she commented that “I gain a lot of pleasure out of painting tree trunks, inspired by the range of colours one can find in these works of nature.  I went for a subdued interpretation of silver birches in mosaic using ceramic tiles and stained glass.”

Ann’s involvement with the Bromley Arts Society began in 2001, when she was encouraged by Brenda Jackson from the Bromley Arts Society to join the Committee. Within a matter of months Ann found herself in the role of secretary and played an active role up until her death in 2011.

If you could summarise Ann’s attitude to art, then it would be ‘art is for everyone’. As she said in an interview with Bromley Art Society in 2008: “Art in its widest sense is relevant to everyone. To have pieces of art in your home that give you pleasure and raise your spirit is an essential part of life.”

We very much welcome family, friends, colleagues and fellow artists who knew and worked with Ann to come and enjoy her art work being exhibited at the Ripley Arts Centre from Tuesday 8 November for six weeks until 20 December 2016.

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Facebook Page: Ann Holdway @annholdwayartist

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Roger Lewis & Friends – THE ART SHOW 27th September to 4th November 2016

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Roger Lewis & Friends – THE ART SHOW
27th September to 4th November 2016
Open eve 27th September 7-9pm

A new exhibition of paintings created by students attending Roger Lewis’s art sessions at the Ripley Arts Centre. The Open Evening of Tuesday 27th September will also include designs for sale by Silversmith Susan Beale, together with original cards and calendars by artist Joan Longley.

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Roger Lewis & Kenneth Head – ARTISTIC LICENCE 27th September to 4th November 2016

Roger Lewis & Kenneth Head – ARTISTIC LICENCE
27th September to 4th November 2016
Open eve 28th September 7-9pm

This is a joint exhibition of paintings by Kenneth Head and Roger Lewis, both professional artists and elected members of the Society of Graphic Fine Art [ SGFA], The Armed Forces Art Society [AFAS] and locally with the Croydon Art Society.

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Iveta Kasiliauskaite – Channelled Images: Up-cycled Paper Collages – 27th September to 4th November 2016

Iveta Kasiliauskaite –Channelled Images: Up-cycled Paper Collages
27th September to 4th November 2016
Open eve 4th October 7-9pm
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An artist who collages to inspire and teach spirituality of Universal Oneness and wisdom of heart and soul: “I use creativity and psychic connection with the Universe to be the voice of Mother Nature and bring awareness to spiritual awakening…”
Artist Statement:

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Neil Collins – EVERY PICTURE TELLS A STORY – 31st August to 23rd September 2016

Neil Collins – EVERY PICTURE TELLS A STORY
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31st August to 23rd September 2016
Open eve 6th September 7-9pm

This is the second exhibition I have held of my pictures at Ripley. The previous one last September has kept me busy in commissions ever since, although straying off topic as I do has meant there are one or two I haven’t got round to yet.

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Uncertain places – Woodland paintings by Angela Rumble 5th July to 10th August 2016

Uncertain places – Woodland paintings by Angela Rumble
5th July to 10th August 2016

The themes and subject of my recent paintings are all taken from local woodland. I have altered and simplified my photographs as a starting point for the paintings. The woods in these paintings have an unsettling feel and the intricate filigree of forest branches force the viewer to walk a path that is like an endless labyrinth. Different woods have a different atmosphere. Deciduous woods evolve at their own pace and in their own way. The larch woods are sinister and darker – harsh, severe and gothic. The trees are dense and impenetrable and there is no way in or through them or, by implication, of escape from them. As the image becomes more abstract and all-over, it is possible to sense the immensity of detail, the multitude of growth and how it defines the space around it rather than a conventional view from one point. The image does not allow the eye to really focus on any one part but needs to keep moving.

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Paul Chambers: Reflections in Watercolour 5th July to 11th August 2016

Paul Chambers: Reflections in Watercolour
5th July to 11th August 2016
Open evening 7th July 7-9pm

From the vibrant light of Venice to the muted shades of an English seaside, my work reflects the contrasts of water within a landscape. This theme is common amongst many artists who use light and shade to enhance their work and from whom I draw inspiration, in particular the works of Turner and Monet. P Chambers.

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Bromley Arts Council’s Annual Exhibition: 15th August to 27th August 2016

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Bromley Arts Council’s Annual Exhibition:
15th August to 27th August 2016

Affiliated art societies and individuals display watercolours, pastels, oils, acrylics, textiles and photography. These works will also be on show throughout the annual Garden Party day on Saturday 27th August 12.30 to 5pm. Entrance to Garden Party and Exhibition £2.

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Emily Brand: Skies 5th July to 11th August 2016

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Emily Brand: Skies
5th July to 11th August 2016
Open Evening Tuesday 5th July 7-9pm

These paintings are painted in oils on stretched canvases.  Showing various images of skies, each work is painted by layering colour upon colour. To me they represent change and the idea that there are endless possibilities out there. As always I have emphasised colour for effect. Emily Brand

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TEXTILE STUDIO: Summer Exhibition 15th August to 23rd September 2016

TEXTILE STUDIO: Summer Exhibition
15th August to 23rd September 2016
Open Evening Tuesday 16th August 7-9pm

The Textile Studio is a group of artists whose passion is experimenting with a wide variety of textile-related media. Their work includes hand and machine stitching, felt making, fabric printing, dyeing and other techniques, reflecting their individual approach to textile art.

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Gabriella Wickes: Nature Reimagined 31st August to 23rd September 2016

Gabriella Wickes: Nature Reimagined
31st August to 23rd September 2016
Open evening 1st September 7-9pm

Nature Reimagined
I believe that by applying simplicity, an artist can evoke the full spectrum of emotion through art. My working style is an amalgamation of pop art and minimalism, and the main theme of my work focuses on creating eccentric shapes and forcing them into a conventional arrangement so that when you look closely, you will find a collection of various contours all working together to form a coherent whole.

I have decided to apply an unconventional style to a conventional art theme— Nature. I have applied this approach to various aspects of nature and the countryside and visually reduced them to the essentials using pen and permanent markers. By incorporating bold, simple, and vibrant block colours I allow the viewer to observe a classic theme in a modern day context.

“Art is too serious to be taken seriously” – Ad Reinhardt

Gabriella Wickes is a self-taught ink artist specialising in human and animal portraits. She has been drawing since the age of six, after being introduced to the world of art by her Grandad, Peter. Gabriella is a history graduate having studied at Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Leeds. Gabriella now lives in Chislehurst and works in business development within the legal sector in London.
For prints or commission enquiries please contact the Ripley Arts Centre or email Gabriella directly at

gabriella.wickes@outlook.com.
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Mike Fryer – Continuum 24th May to 2nd July 2016

Mike Fryer – Continuum 
24th May to 2nd July 2016
Open eve 31st May 7-9pm

Mike has been exploring the fusion of landscape with abstraction to challenge how we view the world and question the idea that what we see is all there is, seeking to examine the juxtaposition of the physical with the spiritual.

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Jan Gaska – 25th May to 1st July 2016

Jan Gaska – Please ring to view 020 8464 5816
25th May to 1st July 2016
Open evening 3rd June 7-9pm

I am a figurative painter and printmaker and a member of the Bucks Art Society. My studio is based in South Bucks. These new plein air paintings explore the Chiltern landscape of hills, woods and the river Thames.

I finished my Fine Art degree in 1997 at Surrey Institute of Art & Design, specializing in printmaking. I went on to do a Masters in Printmaking & Illustration in at Bucks Chilterns University in 2000, finishing in 2003. In 2004 I started a 2 year printmaking residency at South Hill Park Arts Centre in Bracknell. I taught adult printmaking classes & kids’ workshops, the rest of time I used the print room facilities to produce new work. The end of residency exhibition provided me with my first major solo show at the Bracknell gallery. After my residency I worked as a gallery technician for South Hill Park, giving me the opportunity to work with various different artists and gaining an insight in to their diverse practices. I am currently a gallery technician for the New Ashgate Gallery

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Marjorie Bulos – 25th May to 1st July 2016

Marjorie Bulos – Poster Art (1970-1990) Please ring to view 020 8464 5816
25th May to 1st July 2016
Open eve 26th May 7-9pm

This exhibition celebrates the work of the artists who formed the ‘Polish School’ of poster art. These artists were famous for the allegoric and enigmatic nature of their work. For us however their appeal lies in the vibrant colours and evocative images. A sensual feast, a mental challenge

The end of World War 2 marked the beginning of a new period in the development of Polish poster art. Building sites throughout Poland were enclosed with wooden fences which were quickly covered with posters. These fences became the substitute for the absent museums and galleries and posters became the art of the street. During this time at the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts poster design flourished. A new branch of art emerged -the Polish School of Poster Art.

From the 1950s through the1980s the Polish School of Posters successfully married the experiences and ambitions of painting with the succinctness and easily grasped metaphor of the poster. The distinction of designer and artist disappeared. The Polish poster became a national tradition and became recognised as the best in contemporary poster art comparable to France’s la Belle Epoque of the 1890’s.

Polish posters are more than aloof graphic images – they also reveal the emotional involvement with the subject as well as his or her commentary on society. ‘

This extract above forms an introduction to a full account of the history, artists and their work. A full version can be found at: www.contemporaryposters.com/story/story-psp.php

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George Harding – 12th April to 21st May 2016

George Harding – MIRROR viewing weekdays and Saturday morning
12th April to 21st May 2016
Open eve 13th April 7-9pm

The central theme in my work focuses on perception; what we define as real or unreal. From detailed portraits of others to abstracted self-portraits, my work explores what it is to be human, how we relate to others, and how we understand ourselves.

This collection of mirror paintings forms a large series of self-portraits using a mirror to distort the image. When we look into a mirror it reflects our physical appearance; however the paintings delve deeper than that; they attempt to reflect back more than the physical reality that presents itself to an individual, manifesting a universal feeling that we can all relate to.

Mirrors as a symbol have been used in art to mean many different things. They suggest the inner world of self-knowledge, discovery and consciousness. They have been seen as a reflection of god, true knowledge or a way of seeing into one’s own soul.

Rendered in reflections of misted or rippled glass, the self-portraits distort and fragment the figure behind. The mirror is a metaphor for there being more to reality than what appears, aspiring to show our temporal nature and the thoughts we have about our origins, our human limits and our future beyond the reality that presents itself to us. The use of water is also significant as a symbol of purification, rebirth and cleansing. The use of gold with in some of the images has connotations of the sun, illumination, light and transcendence. In my paintings the glass acts to abstract the figure and break down to something that is between the physical and abstract, reality and beyond reality. It probes at what we are and questions who we are, as in Einstein’s quote: “Reality is an illusion, albeit a very persistent one”. I want to speculate at what is beyond this illusion and reveal who we truly are.

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Bromley Artists On Show – 13th April to 23rd May 2016

Bromley Artists On Show – Please ring to view 020 8464 5816
13th April to 23rd May 2016
Open evening 12th April 7-9pm

An exhibition of work in many different styles and media by the artists of Bromley Art Society.

Bromley Art Society was formed in 1947 to bring together local painters, craftspeople and students, and all who share an appreciation of the fine arts. Most of its members are amateur artists working in a wide variety of media. Members can paint together during the day at the Ripley studio on Wednesdays and we meet, also at Ripley, on the first Friday evening of each month for a demonstration or talk. We also hold around four exhibitions each year. All artists, from beginners to professionals, are welcome to join the Society. Membership details and other information may be found at www.bromleyartsociety.org.uk.

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Henry Jones: A Reflection 2nd March to 11th April

Henry Jones: A Reflection
2nd March to 11th April
Open eve 10th March 7-9pm

‘A Reflection’ poses a compelling challenge for watercolour, how to depict the many types of mirror image of lake, puddle, window or the reaction to an event, a reflection in a different way, in a medium which very much likes to behave in its own way.

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