22nd June – 4th July
Bob Hoare – Legends of Sports, Music and the Movies
Bob’s caricatures have featured locally in
the Chichester Observer, the Portsmouth News, the Brighton Argus, the Sports Mail, and the Southern Evening Echo. He was the caricaturist for Sounds, the music paper, in the 1970’s. For the last 25 years he was with Graphic News, a worldwide London based
agency and, through them he was regularly
featured in hundreds of newspapers and
magazines all around the world. He has
worked for sports magazines, including
Speedway Star where he produced the
Christmas cover for 20 years. He was
even responsible for a short run cartoon
series in the Portsmouth Football Club
programme during the Terry Venables era.
Bob was a professional caricaturist for 50
years, he was also a technical illustrator and
25 May – 6 June, Giles & Polly Harvey – ‘Half Light’
‘Half Light’ brings together for the first time the work of father and daughter Giles Harvey & Polly Alizarin Harvey.
Giles Harvey originally studied Fine Art at Farnham College of Art; it was there that he first became aware of photography and photo screen printing as a medium for expressing his interest in abstraction.
He went on to gain a BA in Art History; specialising in Modern & Renaissance Art alongside lecturing & teaching in both colleges and schools.
Giles has exhibited widely in the South East and London; in 2015 Giles won 1st prize in the Surrey Open Photography exhibition at the LightBox Gallery in Woking.
In this exhibition Giles has combined techniques of collage, screen printing, lithography and mono printing. This abstract series explores the relationship between colour, shape and perception of space through use of line and colour blends. Subjects are based on landscape, weaving, recycling, rubbish and ruins.
Polly Alizarin Harvey
Somerset based Illustrator Polly Alizarin Harvey has been honing her approach to collage over the last few years from a small studio in her garden.
Polly gained a BA in Fine art and a Distinction in MA Illustration at Camberwell College of Arts where she fell in love with the potential and directness of collage. Upon graduation Polly was asked to join the teaching staff at Camberwell, since then she has been tutoring on BA & MA courses across various institutions including University of Arts London, UWE , The House of Illustration and the Open College of Arts.
Polly works using paper collage; hand painted papers, scissors and glue. Influenced by British customs and traditions she retells everyday stories using bold shapes, bright colours and contrasting textures. The work shown in this exhibition is inspired by the British tradition of Garland Day held each year in May.
11 May – 23 May
5 Printmakers: A Vibrant Exhibition of Fine Art Prints
‘5 Printmakers’ presents a new exhibition of fine art prints at the newly refurbished Oxmarket Gallery.
We are a group of creative printmakers from London and the South East who are united by a love of print and connection to Ochre Print Studios in Guildford, Surrey. We planned this exhibition before this pandemic and were forced to postpone it, so it will be really exciting to see this work together for the first time. The exhibition brings together a range of printing techniques and sources of inspiration creating an impactful mix of literal and abstract; colour and black and white. The members of the group use linocut, etching, screen printing and collagraph and are inspired by nature, history, architecture, literature and social change. This exhibition is an accessible and affordable way to access original art. There will be something for everyone and all prints and cards are for sale.
We have a wide range of experience between us and produce a broad spectrum of work: David Crosby’s linocuts draw on myths and silent film to create simple, but singular images in monochrome and colour. Stephanie Draper’s etchings are inspired by wild landscapes and the maps we use to depict them. Ros Pritchard is also stirred by nature, capturing the beauty of flowers and gardens around her in evocative linocuts. Mai Osawa’s etchings bring a sensitive combination of light and dimension to the historic buildings she is fascinated by. Liz Varrall is also inspired by architecture and maps, translating them into dynamic, colourful abstract screenprints. We have enjoyed collaborating on this project and hope that our love of print is evident in the exhibition.
27 April – 9 May
“I started making hand embroidered portraits in 2017 during a lull in my self employed work as antique textiles restorer. I had many years of adult education training in life drawing / painting, and a certificate in technical hand embroidery from The Royal School of Needlework, and the skills from both disciplines have come in useful. I’ve experimented with many art forms and techniques over the years, but I always come back to depicting faces and bodies.
My portraits begin with an informal photo session and my subjects are usually family and friends; I try to show their personality, or my perception of their personality. I snap people in the street too, at festivals, or in art galleries. I’m interested in capturing strangers in heightened states of emotion, when they’re deep in thought, or when they are sleeping. There are a few pieces that are tongue in cheek too, I’d like to stitch more of those.
I’m very excited to be exhibiting at Oxmarket Gallery in Chichester. Although I’ve taken part in local art trails before, this is my first solo exhibition in an established gallery.”