Hampshire Open Studios
In August GAF will be hosting Hampshire Open Studios for the 10th year with 10 local artists and artisans showcasing their work in the GAF Centre.
The exhibition will be open on 19th to 28th August from 1pm to 5pm
There will be a feast for the eyes with watercolour and acrylic paintings, photography, ceramics, glasswork, wood turning and wood carvings.
Read more about the Artists below, and see more about Hampshire Open Studios
Jo Munford(Seaview Studio)-Glasswork
Jo creates original glass art from her studio in Netley Abbey. She initially trained as a textile designer at Derby university then followed a career specifying yacht interiors. She retrained 5 years ago learning the skill of traditional lead light work and ‘Tiffany’ copper foil technique. Jo works mainly to commission mixing traditional stained glass techniques with contemporary concepts to create original bespoke glass art work, windows, interior and exterior sculptures and yacht replicas. Her pieces are a fusion of glass, metal and foraged wood. Each glass piece is inspired by the wood, structure or space it will inhabit. Glass choices compliment the designs encompassing beautiful bubbles, streaks, striations, patterns and colour fades.
Glyn Foulkes - Wood Carving
Glyn studied sculpture at Southampton Art School and St Martin’s School of Art in the late 60’s. He works in a variety of materials, mostly figurative, from naturalistic portraiture to more stylised work based on historical styles found in ships figureheads, Church architecture and Heraldic Devices. Glyn’s current range of work involves carved lettering in wood. Examples of his work can be seen locally and include the figureheads on the outside of the Jolly Sailor pub in Bursledon and a figurehead of Nelson which is on display in the You-Boat chandlery in Swanwick Marina.
Peter Jarvis - Water Colours
Peter is an artist and illustrator working in pencil and watercoloun Inspired by the topographical drawings and watercolours of the 18th and 19th centuries, Peter’s work is objective and realistic and true to the Italian term, veduta esafta meaning ‘exact view’. However, Peter’s work extends beyond mere reproduction and the knowledge and experience gained through on-site sketching enables him to re-present his subject and, in turn, develop an intimate relationship with it. The painstaking attention to detail is the result of many hours labour that, he admits, at times can be obsessive but rewarding. This work represents a melding together of his love of architecture and the rural landscape.
Roger Murphy - Wood Turning
Roger was inspired into the world of “functionless” wood turning on a surf trip travelling around Australia 30 years ago. Ending up in Margaret River, the home of Jarrah wood, other timbers and a thriving woodturning/ craft industry, he saw functionless turning for the first time – Jarrah burl hollow forms — crafted purely to show the beauty of the wood. Roger has been creating his own beautiful turned works of art for 25 years. Using mostly local timbers from Hampshire and Dorset he aims, through whatever form; hollow, natural edge, platter, bowl or box, to bring the natural beauty of the wood to the fore. This may also incorporate some simple texturing and colouring techniques depending on the timber in question.
Kirstin White - Watercolour
Kirstin trained at Salisbury College of Art 1979 — 1982, and spent ten years employed as a designer before going self-employed as a watercolourist and art tutor. Kirstin’s contemporary watercolours are full of colour, life and movement. She particular enjoys painting ‘on the spot’ and is often commissioned as an event painter capturing the essence of the moment with her flowing strokes. Kirstin teaches regular weekly watercolour painting lessons at Martyr Worthy Village Hall, S021 IDY and Bursledon Village Hall, S031 8BZ. Each September, Kirstin runs a six-week course for complete beginners. Near Winchester, on occasional Saturdays, there are workshops suitable for all.
Steve Foulkes - Photography
Photography has always been a strong part of Steve’s life, influenced by both his budding photographer parents and long standing family friend Jonathan Eastland, the renowned maritime photographer and writer. As a lifelong resident of Bursledon, the river has always been at the heart of Steve’s work and play. He spends many hours walking the banks and surrounding woodlands or rowing to Botley, Curbridge or Hamble to capture the very essence of the local landscapes and wildlife.
Graeme Hodgson - Ceramics
Graeme has been making, selling and exhibiting ceramics for over a decade. His work is freely thrown yet refined, modern and light, comprising domestic forms such as cups, bowls and dishes alongside a variety of individual vessels and a more robustly-thrown range of garden pots. He achieves a balance between a repeatable ‘range’ of work and an approach which allows the forms to evolve and develop over time. Some shapes are resolved quickly, others need more time. Graeme mainly uses stoneware and a semi-porcelain clay with principal glaze colours being opalescent blue/green in pale and dark shades, a rich iron red and a plain white.
Colin Bowler - Painting
After leaving Portsmouth College of Art & Design in the late 60s Colin went on to pursue a career in graphic design and illustration. He moved to Bursledon over 40 years ago where he still lives with his wife. His landscape paintings have been inspired by the River Hamble and surrounding countryside. He paints in oil and his work captures the textures in rusty machinery, rotting wrecks and the wonderful old trees in the area.
Frankie Colling - Watercolour
Frankie studied at Winchester School of Art and has refined her style over the years to create light, colourful and cheerful works. Painting from life or from her own photos she mainly works in watercolours but occasionally acrylics. Frankie’s works are often inspired by the coast and beautifully capture the light on the water. Frankie combines her painting with her work as a therapeutic radiographer, running and enjoying holidays!!
Philippa Headley - Painting
Phillipa is an established, full time professional artist based in the UK with a diploma from the Royal Society of Arts graduating from Christies in London in (1989). Philippa paints contemporary landscapes and seascapes using traditional oil painting techniques. Her expressionist approach is inspired by the natural forces of the ever-changing landscape with the initial emotional response captured with sketches and drawings which are then worked up in her studio. Her proximity to the Solent creates a myriad of opportunities for her to paint the beauty of the coastline, beautifully capturing the changing light reflecting on the beach, estuary or marshes as the sea ebbs and flows creating stunning effects on the surrounding landscape. Philippa’s work is in private collections in Europe, America and Australia and is represented by commercial galleries.