The Old School Welcomes Sheryl Roberts

The Old School Muker is pleased as punch to be able to showcase the dramatic skyscapes of Sheryl Roberts.

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The Greatest Lightshow, Sheryl Roberts | The Old School Muker

Painted in acrylic and oil, these atmospheric images convey the drama above as the weather sweeps in over Buttertubs Pass and down into Swaledale.

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Fallen Skies, Sheryl Roberts | The Old School Muker

The work is simply stunning, looks wonderful on our gallery walls, and would create a fantastic centrepiece in anyones home.

The Old School Welcomes the ceramics of Nigel Edmondson

The Old School is proud to welcome the ceramics of Cumbrian potter Nigel Edmondson.

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With a mission to discover ceramic work for our garden, Polly came across the work of Nigel Edmondson at this years Pots in the Park. Perfect!

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Nigel’s planters and sculptures are inspired by the Northern fells and dales and their earthy tones and textures will sit well, and become the centrepiece, of any garden.

Alongside the work of Adrian Wood and Michael Kusz, Nigel’s work makes the Old School Garden an even more special place to sit, relax, drink coffee, eat cake and admire the views and the art they inspire 🙂

More about Nigel below.

Richard & Polly 

Artist Statement

I am constantly searching for new ways to respond to the landscape and every walk on the fells contributes to this.

The surfaces or my ceramics are often richly textured and much of the work incorporates landscape-based abstraction that reflects and responds in particular to the fells that lie on my doorstep and on which I enjoy walking. 

Craft-crank clay is used, fired to 1250°C in oxidation, only limited use is made of glazes with colour coming from metal oxides and high firing slips. On occasion multiple firings are employed to allow for further refinement of the ‘painted’ surface. 

 

The Old School Welcomes Hester Cox

The Old School is extremely pleased to welcome in the work of Horton-in-Ribblesdale artist and print maker Hester Cox.

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Silent Night, Hester Cox

Hester’s work is inspired by and reflects the natural rhythms of the natural world that  that surrounds her home in the Yorkshire Dales and that she passes whilst out on the tops, fell running.

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Where the Curlew Cries, Hester Cox
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Flying Home to Roost, Hester Cox

Hester’s collagraphs are a wonderful addition to our growing portfolio of print makers at the Old School and I’m sure you’ll feel the same.

More about Hester below.

Richard & Polly

Artist Statement

“My printmaking is informed by my surroundings and wherever I am I seek out evidence of the natural world that is particular to that environment. I have lived in rural places most of my working life and I am fascinated by the rhythms and cycles that occur within nature. Whilst an idea may be sparked by the written word, it is invariably my physical experience of a place that inspires new work.

As a fell runner, my excursions often take me to wilder less visited locations in all weathers. The physicality of running combined with the solitude and necessary awareness of my environment creates a connection with the landscape that lasts long after I have returned to the studio. Revisiting the same areas provides me with the opportunity to catch a glimpse of some of the more elusive wildlife that inhabits them. It is these chance encounters that I find most exciting and that will often be translated into print. I carry a camera to record details and sketch and write notes to distil my ideas.”

Piers Browne Illustrated, 1 Sept – 30 Sept

Piers will be at the Old School on Saturday and Sunday, from 1:30pm to 3pm, for the final weekend of his exhibition.DSC05969

Piers Browne Illustrated is the first (and perhaps last) exhibition that brings together a specially curated collection of etchings from all of Piers books into a single show. As part of the exhibition Piers will be at The Old School Muker on the afternoon of Sunday 2ndSeptember to discuss his work and inspiration.

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Each print is lovingly created by hand, inked by hand, rolled through the press by hand and signed to say genuine.  With each indivually printed by Piers himself, each is a unique work of art.

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Piers Browne trained at London’s Royal Academy Schools in the early 1970’s before settling in Wensleydale in 1975 to become a professional artists and printmaker.  He has exhibited at the annual Royal Academy Summer Show multiple times and held one man shows from “Malibu to Munster, via Manchester and Reykjavik”. Piers has published eight books illustrated by his etchings and oils, including Glorious Trees of Great Britain, with a foreword by HRH, Prince Charles, the culmination of over 15 years work containing 167 full-colour etchings.

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Piers continues to be inspired by, and concerned for, the natural world. In his own words:  “Overwhelmingly the desire to capture the beauty of Nature continues to drive me on. I am still a depicter of the rural scene, a sort of conservator of the beauty of light and form. I have compensated for my indulgence by donating money and books to conservation groups, but need to do more as this world crumbles away in heat and flood from ‘our’ indulgence in polluting it“.

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Piers Browne, Illustrated – Exhibition Catalogue

The catalogue for the upcoming Pier’s Browne Illustrated exhibition is now available.

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The catalogue measures 21cm x 21cm and contains 31 selected reproductions of Pier’s etchings, printed on 170g uncoated paper. The catalogues also contains a full price list (including dimensions) for the work on show.

The catalogue costs £5 plus £2 p&p. To request a copy please email ask@theoldschoolmuker.co.uk.

About the Exhibition 

Piers Browne Illustrated for the first (and perhaps last) time brings together a specially curated set of over 70 etchings taken from the seven books of celebrated painter, printmaker, poet and author, Piers Browne, published between 1988 and 2018.

The exhibition runs from 1st – 30th September in the Hartlake Gallery and Piers will be at The Old School on the afternoon of Sunday 2nd September to discuss his work and inspiration.

For more about the show and about The Old School Gallery & Craftshop please contact Richard Walls on 01748 886155 or at richard@theoldschoolmuker.co.uk, or contact Piers at piersbrowne@gmail.com.

About Piers Browne

Piers Browne trained at London’s Royal Academy Schools in the early 1970’s before settling in Wensleydale in 1975 to become a professional artists and printmaker.  He has exhibited at the annual Royal Academy Summer Show multiple times and held one man shows from “Malibu to Munster, via Manchester and Reykjavik”. Piers has published eight books illustrated by his etchings and oils, including Glorious Trees of Great Britain, with a foreword by HRH, Prince Charles, the culmination of over 15 years work containing 167 full-colour etchings.

Piers continues to be inspired by, and concerned for, the natural world. In his own words:  “Overwhelmingly the desire to capture the beauty of Nature continues to drive me on. I am still a depicter of the rural scene, a sort of conservator of the beauty of light and form. I have compensated for my indulgence by donating money and books to conservation groups, but need to do more as this world crumbles away in heat and flood from ‘our’ indulgence in polluting it“.

 

 

 

 

 

The Old School Welcomes Carol Nunan

The Old School is proud to welcome the wonderful printmaking of Carol Nunan.  Carol’s work is rooted in the landscape. Her inspiration comes from cultivated and wild flowers, iconic castles, landmarks and archeological history.

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Carol works primarily with monotypes and collagraphs. Printed by hand each print is unique. Her fascination lies in experimenting with printmaking media and alternative colour palettes to reflect the changing landscape. Her use of colour and quest to constantly reinvent her practice owes much to the diverse cultural influences of her African and Irish upbringing.

With an aim to bring more printmaking into the Old School Gallery Carol’s work was an immediate and obvious candidate, reflective as it is of the landscape and wildlife that surrounds our gallery and much of the North of England. Seeing it for real at this year’s Printfest, and meeting Carol and Chris, simply confirmed our suspicions, and it’s wonderful to now have the work on display.

 

 

 

James Wheeler –

James Wheeler’s paintings have been part of the Old School since the days before we took over the gallery back in April 2017 and we’re pleased that the association continues and grows stronger over the months and years.

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Moor Entrance, James Wheeler | The Old School Muker

Of all our artists it is Jame’s work that I’m reminded as I make my way off Shunner Fell at dusk or walk along Occupation Lane on one of those atmospheric days Upper-Swaledale throws at you from time to time; the patterns and textures of the landscape, the lonely field barns and farm houses, all lying under a brooding, heavy sky.

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Moor Textures, James Wheeler | The Old School Muker

Using oil on cork, James perfectly captures the drama and atmosphere of our surroundings and next year we hope to be able to showcase Jame’s original work in the Hartlake gallery. Watch this space!