Ironbridge Fine Arts Spring Exhibition will be on display from the 1st March through till the 28th May 2022. The exhibition includes an incredible collection of Artwork from a wide range of local Artists. Featured Guest Artists include Linda Nevill’s beautiful Pastel Paintings, Claire Rogers expressive monotype printmaking, and Martin True-Fit Baker’s fascinating Reduction Lino Cuts. None of our exhibitions would be complete without our family of Artists including Jenny Gunning’s fascinating range of Intaglio Etchings featuring her new Aga Factory Collection, Liz Gunning’s incredible Earthenware, and Raku pottery, and of course Dave Gunning’s extraordinary graphite on paper drawings and Etchings.
More about our featured Artists…
Martin Truefitt-Baker is a fine art printmaker and painter living in the Brecon Beacons National Park. He makes Reduction Linocuts, usually printing from a single piece of Lino. This is progressively cut away and overprinted onto the paper several times, in a succession of times to build up the final image. Martins prints are of the animals he has seen on his walks through the local landscape around his home, equipped with a sketchbook and camera.
“The forms, textures and detail of landscapes appear almost spontaneously through the process of monotype printmaking. The ink, manipulated on the plate’s surface, makes layers that evolve, summoning atmospheric scenes that can play towards abstraction or, be tamed by an addition of a layer of botanical drawing. A primary focus on the light in the landscape looks at soft mists that mask the sun, creating environments both gentle and brooding. Blending ink allows a deeper character to form, bringing currents of wind through filigree trees, bendy hawthorns and lone pines. Wandering through these vistas, the viewer can be drawn into ‘other places’, sensing the familiar, yet illusive nature of memory and belonging.”
Linda’s beautiful Pastel Paintings are expressions of joy and pleasure. She particularly loves exploring the shapes, forms, colours and textures of landscape and seascape. She often sketches en plein air then works with these drawings, together with her memories and the sensations of that day, to create a finished piece of work in her studio. She enjoys the pursuit of an idea and exploring this through a printmaking process or oil paint to create a finished work. She studied History of Art at the University of Edinburgh (MA Hons) and Fine Art Printmaking at the University of Wolverhampton (BA Hons). Significant short courses include printmaking at ‘New Grounds’, Albuquerque, New Mexico, which was part of an Arts Council-funded study trip researching Route 66.
Also on display is a large selection of handmade sterling silver Jewellery by Liz Simmons and Jo Mollart-Highfield, Limited Edition Lino Prints and Drawings by Helen Arthur by Eric Gaskell, Janet Jordan’s amazing Etched Prints, Paul Gooderham’s display of incredible Pottery, Fused Glass by Greg Anston-Race as well as exquisite Handmade Etched sterling silver Jewellery.
Why not spend the day exploring the Ironbridge Gorge, enjoying lunch at one of our amazing local restaurants, and of course enjoy being emersed in our Fine Art Exhibition surrounded by some of Shropshire’s best Artists!
The exhibition is free to enter with free parking right outside.