The Made in Hornsea Exhibition held during October at The Gallery at Hornsea indoor Bowling Club was a huge success. The pictures on display were all painted during the Society’s Festival of Art at various workshops held across several venue. A prize for the best picture on display was awarded at the preview held on Saturday, 6th October.
The judge was Larry Maikin, Chairman of East Riding Artists and prior to the announcement of the winner he commented on the very high standard, and what difficult a decision it had been with no set subject and watercolours to acrylics to choose from. Eventually he announced the winner as Martin Piper with his painting of ‘Storm Brewing over Hornsea Mere’.
Martin has been a Hornsea Art Society member for about three years after moving to Hornsea in 2012 from London where he has spent most of his life.
He has been involved in Art for most of his life , mainly with Sculpture and large paintings, having studied at Chelsea School of Art and Ravensbourne College of Art Design. Over the years he has built up an impressive CV, exhibiting at venues such as The Mall Galleries, St James’ Park, The Café Gallery in Southwark Park and the Tartar Gallery in Edinburgh.
Martin has renovated his home in Hornsea to incorporate a studio and is currently painting some landscapes as these are always popular and he never has any in stock but he says “My heart is in sculptures and large paintings which are a whole different ball game!”
Society Chairman, Phillip Hargreaves thanked Larry for marking and congratulated Martin for winning before moving on to an auction for two paintings by two national artists, Fraser Scarfe, who has been a guest judge on BBC’s ‘The Great Painting Challenge and Tom Voyce, winner of Sky Artists Landscape Artist of the Year. Philip advised that the two pictures were originally to be auctioned for club funds, but it had since been decided that money raised would go to The Indonesia Appeal Fund, and the auction by Club President, Chris Caley, together with a few donations raised almost £300.
Blanche has been a very talented member of Hornsea Art Society for about five years since moving to the area, having spent 20 years living in Menorca, where she taught art.
Blanche studied at Doncaster, attaining a national diploma in design and is now living in Leven where she has her studio, and her work has been recognised and exhibited at exhibitions all over Yorkshire including Ferens Art Gallery in Hull, The Great North Art Show at Ripon Cathedral, Bridlington Spa and most recently at Beverley Art Exhibition, where one of her exhibits was chosen by Friends of Beverley Art Gallery as this year’s Christmas card for 2018. These cards will be on sale from November.
Blanche has always liked landscapes and relishes the challenge of depicting Yorkshire landscapes with vibrant Mediterranean colurs. Recently she has taken to painting pet portraits, some of which will be on display at Leven Craft Fayre in November.
Blanche has a large studio in Leven with many of her works on display and she would love to meet anybody who is interested in art, to encourage them to take it up and give them any help they need. Tel: 01964 503678. email: [email protected] www.artbyblanche.co.uk