Rob Corfield, Susan Brudenell Harvey, Norman Irvine, Andrew Pearson and Karen Swann

12 – 24 February

Five artists from the city’s premier art group, Chichester Art Society,  take on our Studio room for an exhibition of original works including painting, print and watercolour.

Rob Corfield

Rob Corfield is a Chichester based amateur artist. He exhibited for the first time in Chichester Arts Society’s 2018 summer exhibition where he sold his first painting. He works mainly in acrylics and is inspired by the sea and countryside of West Sussex. The paintings are usually large, bold and mounted in recycled frames.

Susan Brudenell Harvey

As a practicing artist living in the south, Susan’s work is an engagement with paint and mixed media, though more recently she has developed an interest in printing. The main body of her  work involves both representative and abstract compositions, and occasionally she finds that the two overlap. Her works have been accepted into the several open competitions including Portsmouth and Southampton Opens, as well as the much loved annual Stride Open at the Oxmarket.

Susan also belongs to the Omega Print group based in Portsmouth and as a result enjoys experimenting with all elements of printing particularly lino cuts, etching plates and more recently cyan prints with their magical production through sunlight. Printmaking has added another element to her overall art work.

Norman Irvine

Norman has always enjoyed painting and works mostly in oils, preferring to paint with brush or knife using impasto or glazing technics depending on the mood. His inspiration comes mainly by observing nature hence his main subjects are seascapes, landscapes and wildlife. He finds nothing more challenging than a blank canvas, a prepared palette and time on his hands.

Andrew Pearson

Andrew treats the traditional subjects of landscape and still life in an individual way. He is interested in shapes, as such and how they interact in interesting ways on a surface. He thinks realism is better done with a camera; he values ambiguity, inviting questions from the observer.

Karen Swann

A single starling turns and the sky murmurs with balletic grace, the yellow flash of the goldfinch charms away the blues, the blackbird wakes and the chorus rises. These things are celebrated in the work of Karen Swann. A fascination with nature results in everyday encounters which prompt investigation and lead to the creation of an eclectic anthology. Prints, paintings, drawings, sculpture and collage capture a moment of experience or a fleeting impression.

After a career as a Biomedical Scientist, Karen graduated from West Dean College in 2015. Her laboratory background and experience provides an aptitude for the exacting, process based methods used. Materials, colour and composition reflect key characteristics providing the viewer with an insight into the spirit and true nature of the subject. Ecological concerns are often explored and expressed, raising awareness to the fragility of our world and human interactions with nature. The intention is to captivate and lead others to a greater knowledge and understanding of the natural world and to act in its defence. Birds are the sentinels of Global Extinction, in seeing their decline we must recognise we are also damaging ourselves.

As a member of the Pallant Gallery Community Programme, Karen enjoys sharing her creativity with others making and talking about art. She has shown work locally at West Dean, in the Oxmarket Gallery and Pallant Gallery. Other exhibitions include the Bankside Relief Masters, London, Littlehampton Open, Roffey Park, Horsham and Haslemere.