If you talked to 20 artists, you would find they would give you as many reasons, as to why they create. Some would say they only work to satisfy themselves, others because they have the need to share their thoughts and emotions. Some are introspective, others more gregarious. The one thing they all seem to have in common, is the desire to show their work in public. Malvern Theatres is seen as a great place to exhibit, partly due to the high number of people who pass through the building and partly because the venue is about art, in all its forms.
Brian Richardson is Malvern based. When painting, he finds that music has the ability to motivate and relax, enabling the analytical side of his brain to be suspended, and his psychological state to enter "the zone" or "flow" more readily. His hands and eyes do the painting without influence from the analytical mind. Sometimes he initiates. At other times he listens, harnessing his emotions to arrange elements until he "knows" what works; when to stop. The canvas itself is rarely static, moving from upright on the easel to horizontal on the floor, and all angles between as the mood dictates.
Brian is influenced by the paintings and writings of Turner, Blake, Kandinsky, Klee, and last but not least, his Grandchildren.
His paintings can be found in public and private collections in U.K., U.S.A., Spain, and New Zealand.
David Shiers is a Wirral based artist. He has worked in various studios as a Graphic Designer and Illustrator, exhibiting widely around the country. The only tuition he received was from attending Liverpool College of Art life drawing classes, on an evening basis over a period of four years. He turned professional in 2003.
Since going full time, he spends a lot of time painting on location in the Wirral, Southern France and Spain. His working process is based on a series of Plein Air watercolour sketches and digital photographs, then finally working up to the finished painting; much inspired by works of the Post Impressionists, Pissaro, Monet, Cezanne and Sisley.
His painting is all about capturing the light, atmosphere and essence of a subject. He has a fast and spontaneous approach to his painting producing work in an expressive and impressionistic style. He works in oils and mixed media, combining watercolour, acrylic, oil pastel and gouache.
Jools Lawley lives and works in Worcester. What started out as serene, single figure pastel drawings have evolved over the years into these unique and quirky characters that have become her signature calligraphic style. Hand drawn in black ink or painted in acrylic on white backgrounds, Jools distinctive stylised works owe their inspiration to the elongated figurines of Giacometti which she saw on her first ever visit to the Tate gallery as a teenager! “Combine those with the sculptural work of Henry Moore and transfer them into two dimensional sketches and this is what you get!”
Her monochrome, imaginative compositions range from folk bands, jazz bands and rock bands to golfers, surfers and horse riders. She is continually on the look-out for new inspirational characters and challenging scenarios.
Jools commissioned work has grown in popularity and incorporates personalised features where first name initials are worked into the swirls of the feet and significant possessions are added to identify individual characters. They are a mixture of framed drawings and paintings on canvas. All the paintings in this show come into the second category.
If you like Jools’ style and would like your own piece commissioned just contact Jools through this website,
The exhibition is open every day until 6 December. It’s a great place to look for an early Christmas present.