A Sense of Place

Four Contemporary Mark Makers

 

6 - 15 May 2016
10.30 am - 4.30 pm

 


Sue Kellam

Judy Cockram

Jane Ellis

Ursula Livingstone

Judith Cockram, Jane Ellis, Sue Kellam and Ursula Livingstone have painted together for the last five years. Inspired by marks, colour and movement, they approach their work from a shared perspective, meeting weekly in a studio and working outside in the summer months to seek out new and contemporary means of expression through painting.

My paintings are a response to the spaces I have moved through. They seek to be free, fluid and spontaneous, portraying a ‘sense of’ rather than a representation. Landscapes etch themselves into my memory leaving visual and emotional traces that are powerful starting points for my work. I enjoy walking. As an initial experience it enables me to reach quiet and isolated places. I take a sketchbook and make drawings which I use as the basis of my paintings. These help me recapture a feeling of place and the shape and form of the landscape.
Judith Cockram

Jane Ellis’s bold and energetic abstractions are an expression of her feelings about the landscape with its vivid colours, noticing how the quality and intensity of the light changes through the day and through the seasons. She sketches constantly and takes photographs to capture essence and light.

The temptation to reproduce accurately what we see is so hard to resist. What I strive for is more emotional: to explore, expand, and develop what makes me react so powerfully to a subject, to a view, to a breathtaking instant of light or a wonderful piece of music. I work towards seeing the world with greater intensity, abstracting subjects more economically, and simply seizing the beauty of what’s around me. My responses are very personal, and the tools and techniques I use are stimulated by the subject, the nature of the painting, and the way it progresses. This demands a variety of mark-making, and a multi-media approach. Studio work with Ursula, Judy and Sue has encouraged me to experiment in this way. Although my work is primarily emotional and abstract, I always need a definite connection to the subject matter, and mostly hope to depict a hint of the original inspiration of place or light. But sometimes I feel my pictures take on an independent life, even when I do achieve some link with the joy that initiated the work.
Jane Ellis

I completed a Fine Arts degree in 1993 as a mature student and have continued to paint and draw ever since. All my work is to do with my appreciation of and intuitive response to my garden and the natural world around me in south Devon. I enjoy using a variety of materials to make marks in relationship with what is inspiring me, always hoping to complexly immerse myself in the activity of looking, feeling, drawing and painting, both physically and emotionally, so that I forget myself in the process.
Sue Kellam

A curiosity for capturing the essence of beauty surrounding us in Devon compels me to make my work. The mysterious shape of Totnes Castle above the town, the rookery at Leatside and a flock of buntings spotted over a hedge: I respond with marks that develop into compositions and I play, searching to find fresh ways of responding.
Ursula Livingstone

www.judithcockram.com