Epsom and Ewell Art Group

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An Epsom and Ewell Art Group Publication

Editors: Vicky Rosenthal, Richard Seymour and Roland Vassallo 






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THE EASEL

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Chairman’s Log 00251117

I would like to wish you all a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year if you can manage it.

We have an excellent programme for 2018 and three exhibitions to give you all a chance to display your work.
In 2018 lets get all members entering pictures in the exhibitions just one unframed picture would be great as a start. Do make sure that you have followed the criteria for exhibiting on the Exhibition Page and how to finish the backs of your entries.

It is most important that the criteria for exhibitions is followed otherwise errors occur and pictures may be mislaid, mis-priced, mis-judged or simply missed.

Also poorly finished pictures do not encourage sales or even further sales, if a badly finished picture has been sold.


Your pictures can of course be displayed every minute of the day and every day of the year, on our web site, on your own page. It is a huge opportunity which it is a shame to miss.
Some members use this service extensively but I feel that some individuals are missing a huge potential.
Your page is yours, with direct visual access, you can have your page laid out as you wish, changed as you wish.
You can write what you like to go on your page, as long as it isn’t going to upset people’s sensibilities too much.
You could put prices on your pictures, I am afraid there is no e-selling off our site but it would indicate to potential purchasers the cost of your masterpieces.

Every member of Epsom and Ewell Art Group has a page ready for them. All you have to do is give Vicky, Roland or me a load of pictures to put on it. 
Please consider using this facility which is not available at most art clubs.

On Wednesday evening we had a talk by five artists from the club and I though it was a fantastic insight into the workings of other artists and their ideas, problems and concerns.
It highlights that we all have difficulties and however good an artist it is not ever an easy ride.
This event also highlighted that we have an enormous depth of talent inside our group and with the steeply increasing costs of external demonstrators, lecturers and external appraisers perhaps we could have more of this type of event. One of our newer members said it was a great way of getting to know who people were.

Adebanji started by explaining that he is quite energetic and talkative during his demonstrations (he did not disappoint). Today he was using a grid to ensure exact placement and proportions in his painting. The scene was from a photograph taken by him of the Kings Road near where he lives. 

He started with an outline of buildings, the road, vehicles and people which were quickly resolved using pen and then the darkest areas sketched in. Once this under drawing was correct, which did not take that long, about 15 mins, he started to put in some colour. With a lot of acrylic paint out on his palette (a tea tray). He pointed out that it is important not to be miserly with paint to ensure you have enough to complete the task in hand and it should not stifle creativity. 

Adebanji could not emphasis enough the importance of sketching every day. This helps to develop skill and confidence and also to formulate ideas. He is a strong believer in sketching and believes everything in art starts with a sketch, so you’ll always feel the sense of a captured moment. 

Next the major areas were blocked in; including the sky and a red bus, the emphasis here is about the major shapes and tones and not to overwork the painting at this stage. Some bold contrast was introduced where the sun was hitting and casting shadows. Once the basic scene was painted he then began the process of continually building up, in an impressionistic style, the shapes, colour and highlights slowly adding more detail, developing a strong sense of activity and movement. 

Adebanji’s work is all about people and places, he works in either oils, acrylics, watercolour, pastels, coloured pencils, charcoal and graphite and also combines these in mixed media works too. He is a member of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters; Chelsea Art Society and the Guild of Fine Art, Nigeria. 

A marvellous and thoroughly interesting spectacle, everyone was delighted by your presentation. Thank you  Adebanji from all of us at Epsom and Ewell Art Group.

Roland Vassallo 

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Adebanji Alade

 

Acrylics Demonstration, A Street Scene , Wednesday 10th Jan 2018


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Anthony Slinn,  Wednesday 14th February 2018

Lecture

Henry Moore  (1898 -1986) 

Anthony began with an overview of the some key historical sculptures including the Elgin Marbles 400BC; Michelangelo’s David and the Renaissance in16th Century, and the Victorian era which explored sculpture from many countries and a great deal from Africa. Anthony had in fact met Henry Moore (a friend also of Picasso) many years ago on a number of occasions at Moore’s house and studio in Hertfordshire where Anthony took many of his students. The work of Henry Moore is often (not always) a recognisable style; abstract figures reclining with large openings in the body. You can see influences from sculpture through the ages and from around the world, as for example the Aztecs. Anthony showed how it is also possible to appreciate Moore’s work ethic, an abundance of preparatory drawings and models, experimenting and evolving  to the final pieces. At this time most bronze casting of these sculptures involved transportation to Belgium as it could not be done in Britain and could take months to complete. A firm belief of Henry Moore was that the sculpture has to be true to the material used and also that there should be a sense of mystery that makes the viewer struggle to understand the art work. There are many examples of Henry Moore's work around the world, he was also the official war sculptor during the 2nd World War, there are about 13 in the London area and of course at his house in Perry Green.

Anthony studied at Liverpool College of Art at the time of the Beatles. He then continued Post-graduate painting at the Slade School.  Anthony is himself a painter and his research and enthusiasm for his subject is infectious. Other talks include Van Gogh, Picasso, Dali, the Impressionists and the Post Impressionists.


Another very interesting lecture and an insight to the world of sculpture. Thank you Anthony from all of us at Epsom and Ewell Art Group.


Roland Vassallo