An interview with local artist Stuart Green before the exhibition at King’s College (4th to 17th March 2012)

What inspired your exhibition (4th to 17th March)?

We were all formerly art teachers at the King’s School Ely. After leaving the school we found that we were free to focus on our individual artistic preferences and this inspired us to produce a combined exhibition.

Who are the four artists involved and what are their particular artistic concerns?

The four artists are 

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and myself, Stuart Green.

Terry is concerned with creating a sense of depth and form through the use of colour and colour relationships. An integral part of her work is that it is non-representational in a direct sense, leaving the interpretation of the work up to the viewer. Some of her work is made as a direct response to observed elements in the world around her, while her use of colour has been informed to some extent by a childhood spent in Africa. She uses various media to achieve her aims, including acrylics, mono-printing and collage. She has exhibited widely and has work in numerous private and corporate collections.

Natalie approaches insects with a scientific eye and draws every detail with meticulous accuracy. She says that her work ‘is mainly concerned with the symbolic and aesthetic value of insects. They have limitless diversity in terms of their shape, colour and texture and when studying their physiognomy at close range, they can appear both monstrous and beautiful. To execute these meticulous studies I am employing the traditions of natural history illustration and the scientific depiction of insects. I am also interested in a wider range of zoological specimens and I am fascinated with the way in which museums classify and display their historical finds.’

Stephens’ work is concerned with the exploration of form and surface, which evolve through a gradual process of hand-building and refinement. Influences are diverse and come from the natural and built environment. The forms are mainly hand-built and altered by a range of techniques. This process creates significant marks and textures, which are enhanced and revealed by the subsequent use of glaze and oxides. His work is all Raku fired. Smoked and carbonated areas of the clay, resulting from the post-firing reduction, are left exposed to form a contrast with the glazed surfaces. Stephen’s ceramics have been exhibited widely and are held in many private and public collections. Corporate clients have included: Coopers and Lybrand, Lovells, the international law firm and The Royal Bank of Scotland, which are all based in London. He is the author of The Glaze Book, published by Thames and Hudson in 2002.

Since 1981, when I moved to Ely, I have exhibited all over East Anglia both in solo and group shows. I have also exhibited in Germany and have worked in private collections both in Europe and Australia. A teaching exchange in Australia dramatically changed my way of working. Seeing the world literally from many different perspectives encouraged new approaches and experimentation. By inclination I am a painter of landscape. At times I will record simply for the enjoyment of being in a particular place and at other times I will search more deeply for the marks that both man and nature have made. It is through this search that I find the colours, patterns, textures and forms that are the roots of my work.

 

Why have you chosen King’s College Arts Centre as your venue?

Natalie works in the Art Department at King’s College and consequently the opportunity arose for us to exhibit there.

 

Can you give us directions to the venue?

Once at Kings College Cambridge, follow directions to the Art Centre. Our exhibition may be found by following directions to ‘A’ Staircase, the Scott’s Building and the Front Court.

 

What is each artist’s specialty?

Steve is a ceramisist, Terry a painter/ textile/printer, Natalie’s specialty is in fine drawing and I am a painter.

 

Are there any themes in the exhibition?

Besides our connection with the King’s School Ely all four of us are concerned with texture, detail and surface and particular elements of these can be seen echoed throughout our work.

 

Are there any particularly unusual entries?

Everything is spectacular!

 

Can anyone attend the private viewing on 3rd March (6-8 p.m.)?

Yes, the exhibition is open to everybody.

 

Is there a charge for entry?

No, entry is free.

In what other activities are you all involved?

We will be taking part in other exhibitions in a variety of venues including London and Norfolk, and working on private commissions.

 

Is there anything else you would like to say?

We think that the exhibition is accessible to all and look forward to welcoming many visitors. One of the artists will be present every day.

 

How should we get in touch with you for more information?

Stuart Green 01353 661508 or email: stuartagreen@talktalk.net

 

Thank you, Stuart, the exhibition looks most promising and will no doubt attract a wide audience.

Rosemary Westwell

 

 

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