Geoffrey Leeson, Barry Fincham and Kate Hughes

Landscapes, Seascapes and Chickens

31st March to 24th April 2009
Open evening 1st April 2009 7-9pm

Kate Hughes, Head of Art at Priory School, joins forces with art tutors Geoffrey and Barry to provide a stimulating and diverse selection of Art works using acrylic and mixed media.

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Has it ever struck you that making a work of art is a very odd and unnatural activity? A creature created out of dust takes dust of various colours and with them creates something quite apart from himself and, what is even Stranger, something that seems to have no practical use.

However, we all like looking at pictures of things we like: a mountain stream in the glow of the setting sun, a seascape, a landscape or a favourite chicken; the list is a very long one. Such subjects can help us conjure up pleasant memories. They may make us think of a trip we plan to take, or of how nice it is to have pets as faithful friends, and of many other things.

Of course, there is nothing wrong with using pictures to stimulate beautiful thoughts. We must realise, however, that if we are interested only in the subject of a picture, we are overlooking one of the most important aspects of art. We are overlooking form.

What is form? Why is it important to consider form when we look at works of art?
Every object has form. The dictionary defines it as the shape and structure of anything, the arrangement of parts. In works of art, form is simply what the artist has devised in the way of lines, shapes, colours, and volumes that make up the picture.

Too often we tend to ignore artistic form, although we frequently do react to it without being aware of its effect upon us; for example, when we see patterns, colour combinations, or textures which please or displease us.

Hopefully this exhibition will explain some of the above.