Mostly abstract oils. Judith is an intuitive painter experimenting with a variety of media, but always returning to oils.
Paintings in acrylics. An armed forces veteran whose main love is painting poppies, for their vibrancy and symbolism.
Karin Bailey travelled the globe as a steward n the Royal Navy, before settling in the area and eventually coming to work for the University.
A self-taught artist, Karin began painting for relaxation, before starting to take requests from friends for her work, and now she has sold to clients on 4 continents. She paints with acrylic on canvas, and her work is usually inspired by flowers for the natural beauty, vibrancy, calming influence and - in th case of the poppy - symbolism.
Lizzie paints the rivers and flooded meadows of the Fens. She takes inspiration from autumn and winter light, from the sound of the reeds in the wind, from gathering clouds, and the silence and solitude to be found walking along the great river banks. Lizzie works mainly in watercolours.
Lizzie studied at Loughborough College of Art and went on to be trained in botanical art whilst living in Leicester, becoming a member of the Leicestershire Society of Botanical Artists and exhibiting throughout the United Kingdom.
When, in 2002, Lizzie moved to Cambridgeshire, there began a significant transformation in her style and approach to art generally. The discovery of the inspiring flat landscapes combined with the breathtaking skies of the Fens jolted her into responding in kind; she moved from the controlled, careful depiction of the botanical to the broader canvas of the landscape.
And yet – whilst there is a loosening up of the control demanded by the discipline of botanical art, there remains within these sometimes ethereal fenscapes, echoes of that back-story, such as that revealed by the observational detail of the subject, the attempt to communicate its essence.
For information about her work and forthcoming exhibitions:
Sarah J Ormrod
Art and creativity - drawing and painting, as well as photography - have been a part of Sarah Ormrod's life since early childhood. Apart from the study and teaching of art history (up until about fifteen years ago) and short periods of practical study under private tutors and as part of a Masters degree course, she has rarely had the opportunity to work full time on her painting, photography and sculpture, and these have had to fit in around another career. But over the years her work has been influenced by a huge range of C19th and C20th artists. Creativity colours her perspective on daily life.
Sarah has held one joint and eight solo exhibitions so far. This second joint exhibition brings together artists from the budding 'University Hidden Talents' group, which she founded, and provides an exciting opportunity to show works in a wider context.
Weathered clay garden sculptures - large heads - date from a c10-year period of working in 3-D. She now works primarily in oils, and the most recent paintings are seascapes, with a few landscapes, portraits and still lives of studio pottery. Paintings celebrate colour, water, light and place.
For more information about her work:
Saturday 30 June & Sunday 1 July, 10am-6pm (Open Studios weekend 0)
Sunday 29 July 10am-6pm (Open Studios weekend 4)
All artists are University members, and include:
Karin Bailey: Paintings in acrylics. An armed forces veteran whose main love is painting poppies, for their vibrancy and symbolism.
Judith Brown: Mostly abstract oils. Judith is an intuitive painter experimenting with a variety of media, but always returning to oils.
Gordon Chesterman: Oil paintings and letterpress printed posters, ephemera and hand-bound books of poetry.
Lizzie Madder: Capturing the spirit of the Fen landscape in watercolour and ink. Watercolours are of the rivers, skies and flooded meadows of the Fens. Inspired by the autumn and winter light, and the silence and solitude to be found walking along the great river banks.
Sarah Ormrod: Oil paintings. Seascapes, landscapes, portraits, clay garden sculptures and still lives of studio pottery, celebrating colour, water, light and place.
Artists will be demonstrating at various times during the three days, and visitors can try out materials. You can bring your own easel and sketch in the grounds, or are welcome just to come and enjoy the exhibition and its setting. Take a walk in the fabulous gardens, find out about art history courses on offer at ICE, purchase refreshments in the Terrace Bar.
Make a day of it, by booking a special afternoon tea or an evening bar snack in advance: firstname.lastname@example.org