Scratching The Surface
A group of local East Cambridgeshire artists will be hosting a new exhibition at the Old Fire Engine House Galleries in Ely from the 3rd March. Titled ‘Scratching the Surface’ the exhibition is a vibrant and varied display of work based on the local landscape
The show promises to be interesting and informative as well as holding a mirror to our region’s landscape. The title ‘Scratching the Surface’ reveals something of their working methods. Using their chosen media the artists, Julie Baker, Katrina Wilkie , Lyz Gardner and Jeremy Peake, all apply and remove material in different ways to create their artworks- often scraping into layers to create texture.
Julie Baker works in oil on board, drawing and scratching with cardboard, palette knife and brushes. She is drawn to moody skies over land and water and her recent paintings feature the wetlands of Sutton Gault: flooded grasses, ditches, fence posts and sunsets.
Lyz Gardner specialises in oil pastels, which she builds up in many layers before etching into them with a palette knife and pencil. Lyz‘s work focuses on Wicken Fen, woods and forests.
Katrina Wilkie uses brushes, palette knives and stencils. She also incorporates her own painted and printed, textured paper into her paintings. Katrina takes her subject matter from her surroundings, fusing a strong visual structure with rich, harmonious colours and surface textures.
Jeremy Peake’s thrown ceramics are decorated with colour-stained fenland clay, physically incorporating the landscape into his work. The pots are scraped and incised to evoke the mood of the fens before being glazed and fired in a gas kiln.
The exhibition runs from 3rd March to 2nd April at The Old Fire Engine House Galleries, 25 St Mary’s Street, Ely, Cambs CB7 4ER. Gallery opening times are Monday to Friday 10.30am to 10.30pm, Saturday 10.30am to 5.30pm and Sunday 10.30am to 4.30pm. Free entry.