10 artists to visit at Bucks Art Weeks 2018
PUBLISHED: 10:48 05 June 2018 | UPDATED: 10:48 05 June 2018
We've chosen the visits marked on our calendar, but you can plot your own creative path through the work of some 500 artists and makers in 200 studios this month
This prestigious art event (9-24 June) has undergone a makeover. At least, the name is new – many will know in from the past as Open Studios – though the quality and breadth of creativity remains as impressive as ever with studios and galleries across the county hosting hundreds of artists. See bucksartweeks.org.uk to find what you should definitely not miss.
Dan’s characters are quirky, colourful and, even when naked in a lake, entertainingly harmless. “Subject is the most important thing. I like my paintings to tell a story,” the retired fire officer shares. “I like even more for someone to look and tell me the story; people see different things happening.”
His eclectic topics include a take on Shakespeare’s three witches and a couple of book lovers basking in the disarray of a home in which the written word is clearly their priority. Starting with a rough sketch, and often sitting up late as a germ of an idea evolves, Dan’s initial ideas may draw on real life before the subject is allowed to take over. He favours acrylics and regards being “able to paint as much as I like,” a novelty.
Having attended art school in his youth and more recently set up and run galleries, this Haddenham artist, who will be exhibiting in his garden shed, confesses a compulsion to create “slightly degenerate” images. More accurately, they are scenes resonant of Beryl Cook and which evoke smiles and happiness, a reaction he is keen to talk about during Bucks Art Weeks.
“It’s lovely seeing other people look at your art, even if they don’t like it. But when someone dips their hand in their pocket, that’s a great vote of confidence.”
With instant photography via mobile phones seemingly at everyone’s fingertips, Sherington’s David Quinn is a breath of fresh air. As fresh, in fact, as the stunning vistas he captures on film.
“Everything these days if fast but this is a calming thing. I quite like the act of wandering around taking in a scene and working out what I can do. I set things up and sit for an hour or two until the light looks right. For me a lot is serendipitous.”
Avoiding planning and studying other photographers’ work, David is attracted to textured clouds and holidays in Scotland where islands often provide the perfect subject: “I’m from Tasmania, but been in the UK for 19 years. I’ve always been interested in these places and my camera is always with me. When I see something I like I might get up in the middle of the night and, if the weather’s okay, try to take photos.”
David’s love of history and the British landscape began with an interest in remote places. Receiving a camera for a birthday gift seven years ago spurred a connection with that landscape. He now uses a Nikon V8-10 and four lenses and is adamant about taking the photographs he wants to take.
Visitors to his stable block will understand why. Here, atmospheric images are captivating so make the most of his collection before this talented photographer fulfils at long term plan of moving to Scotland and opening a gallery.
Wild and domestic animals await visitors to Lindsay Waring’s Stewkley studio and garden. Look out for birds perched on garden tools, hares running across the grass and perhaps more exotic creatures, each made from wire, a material the artist originally thought impossible to work with.
“Mary Orrom (past organiser of Bucks Open Studios) introduced me to many materials and allowed me to develop my own journey of sculpting,” Lindsay explains. “This was extremely freeing. Anything is possible, you just leap in and try your own methods. I hated wire at first; it wouldn’t do what I told it to! Then one day when I didn’t know what else to do I picked it up again and there was an understanding between us. Once you’ve developed this mutual connection with a material there’s no stopping you.”
Lindsay focusses on capturing an animal’s character rather than anatomical correctness. Research, including watching an animal when possible, gives her an overall feel, enabling the sculptor to building up a 3D image in her head. Using predominantly chicken wire (though local people, including thatchers, donate offcuts), long nose pliers, small scissors and a hook, she twists wire on itself. The result is nature in motion.
“The most satisfying aspect of my work,” Lindsay concludes, “is the feedback from visitors. You’re not just selling your work, but a piece of yourself, too.”
Clay, texture and animals are the common threads in her ceramic creatures. Don’t miss a visit to Chalfont St Peter’s Emerald Picture Framing where Alison will be demonstrating each Sunday.
A Bucks Art Weeks first timer, Gary Slocombe studied Textile Design and Surface Decoration at Bucks University. Specialising in printmaking and mixed media led him to paper and now his intricate papercut art, initially sketched in pencil then cut using a scalpel blade, will be on display at Queens Park Centre.
In Kingsey, instinctive acrylic painter Karen Joy will exhibit her versions of those landscapes which most inspire her, capturing emotion and atmosphere. And she will be delighted to discuss any aspect of her work with visitors.
Haddenham’s Anna Baldwin uses her love of fluid shapes and texture to create unique, handmade jewellery. A regular exhibitor, she looks forward to meeting visitors and accepting commissions.
Having drawn from childhood, Jon Willcocks only discovered his skill of portraiture relatively recently yet they are as accomplished as the most experienced artist. At his Farnham Common studio enjoy the lively illustrations by this talented illustrator.
From silver teapots to discarded dolls’ heads, this Dutch born creative’s passion revolved around reinventing discarded products. “Upcycling,” she insists, “is making a new product of more worth, more beauty.” Head to Chesham Bois to see for yourself the vision this artist brings to her work.
After seeing a loom for the first time while living in Sweden, Ann Brooks took up weaving. Her designs are predominantly in silk and she looks forward to showcasing her handwoven textiles once again in Kingsey.