Meet the artists currently exhibiting at Cole's Gallery
Chris is a Figurative artist from Leeds who works across a range of media from small scale gouache portraits on paper to large scale paintings in oil and acrylic on canvas to original handmade prints, made at ‘Leeds print workshop.’ The figure is central to her work. As a fine art student Chris worked for three years painting and drawing from the life model. “ Whether a portrait painting or a figure print I’m attracted to simplifying the image as much as I can to bring to the fore the core elements of its design, particularly in the use of colour.”
Further examples of Chris work can be found at; www.chrisieastham.com She is available for portrait commissions via her Etsy shop: ChrisiEastham Instagram: @chrisieastham
Cole intends to make a kind of 'Poesy Painting', based on a conceptual link between literature (poetry), visual art and life. His works aim is to be connected to poetry, debate and contrary but not to follow the often cringe worthy pairing of the adjective, 'poetic', and painting. The works focus on areas such as rhythm, semantic content, visual and verbal puns and the real life ways both physical and visual that poetry can be considered a key discourse in painting. His paintings are a visual representation of the poetry of epiphany, moments of creative inspiration and a merging of the poetic and artist myth making.
Helen Thomas is a visual artist based in West Yorkshire. Helen works mainly with painting and drawing in response to themes which are currently focussed around plants and place.
Jackson studied at the Royal College of Art and the Royal Drawing School. His paintings and drawings are held in private collections in the UK and Europe including the Royal Collection and the Moritz-Hayman collection.
Morrison has established a reputation as a painter renowned for capturing the character and essence of the land. Driven by a desire to remind viewers of the beauty of the landscape and inspired by the diverse vistas of the UK, Morrison is compelled to translate the breadth of colours, shapes and forms onto canvas. Morrison’s gestural oil paintings are composed of expressive colours and richly textured brushwork, offering abstract representations of the British Isles.
Jeremy Ford studied Graphic Design at Southport College of Art, (1972-5) and Illustration at Harrow College of Art, London (1975-8) and has been a professional Artist and Illustrator since then, working on a wide variety of books, magazines, and greeting cards. Jeremy is also a regular contributor appearing on the Painting & Drawing Channel, Sky 192, & FreeSat 402 and can also be seen on the Painting and drawing TV channel.
Jonathan studied art at High Wycombe in the Chilterns, and Falmouth in Cornwall, before moving to Leeds twenty-eight years ago. His subject is the built landscape of Leeds: the houses, flats, and commercial and industrial architecture of the city, and the suburbs to the North West (Hyde Park, Kirkstall, Headingley and Meanwood). He is influenced by the British tradition of landscape painting from the 18th , 19th and 20th centuries, as well as by colourist, modernist, painterly and abstract traditions. He focuses on the permanent and characteristic forms and atmosphere of the buildings and spaces.
He doe’s not include people and vehicles, and avoids indications of specific times of day. In parallel with realism, he places importance on the abstract qualities of line, shape, pattern, texture, and above all colour; and on the emotional atmosphere of the painting. Jonathan paints in oil on canvas or board, in his studio at home. He works from drawings, notes and photographs of the subject. Typically, Jonathan works on a series of paintings over a few weeks, developing the colour and compositional relationships, and he revisits the subject many times to think through problems in the paintings.
Helen is a Mixed media artist, She studied Fine Art Painting at Bretton Hall. Helen works in all different media, concentrating on colour, line and shape predominantly in an abstract style.
Zoë Carlon’s practice explores ambiguous and transitory spaces, both domestic and public, that we experience within our everyday lives. She is interested in asserting a balance between abstraction and representation, using the physicality of painting to create an invented space that draws on both her own imagination and literal places she has encountered. Zoë studied at the Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts Budapest 2015 - 2016, and The University of Leeds, graduating in 2017. She is the winner of the FUAM Graduate Art Prize 2017.