Art in The Barn – An Exhibition Featuring Works of Art by 16 North West Artists
On behalf of Goosfest, Debbie Goldsmith has curated an exhibition bringing together a range of stunning and high quality works of art from 16 professional artists largely working in the North West. A range of different styles and various genres have been included but all with a common thread of technical excellence and quality of content. This wide range of art will be displayed in the beautiful setting of The Old Barn of The Orchards Farm, across the road from Bidlea Dairy and award winning Ice Cream Parlour. The majority of art items exhibited will be available for sale. Many of the artists exhibiting will be attending the exhibition over the weekend and will be happy to discuss their work.
The majority of the exhibition is displayed on the first floor and only accessible by a wide staircase. If anyone wishing to attend the exhibition has concerns about mobility issues please ring our Goosfest Ticket support telephone number and leave a message so we can contact you.
Artists featured in the exhibition include:
Adam Quinn – is a Cheshire based artist and member of the Electric Picture House artist’s collective. His energy, originality and unique free flowing style is strikingly evident in all of his work. Originally from an illustration background and training he now largely produces provocative and dramatic painted canvases as well as multi-media three-dimensional art. There is an addictive quality within all his work which keeps your eyes fixed and you mind occupied even long after you have walked away. His work will be a major and welcome discovery for many.
Nicholas Ferenczy – is a South Cheshire based artist and teacher with his own distinctive and wonderful style that once seen is completely memorable. Consequently, and understandably, his work is now in increasing demand. His talent and technique shine through all his work and are only matched by his modesty.
In his own words: “Apart from sleeping, I’ve never excelled at anything but I’m interested in art, music and literature and can’t help having a go – like scratching an itch – can’t help it (sorry). After quite a few years writing on mags (such as ‘The Horrible Histories Collection’) and studying fine art I started adding to these strands of interest with illustrated poems, drawings and paintings – teaching art evening classes to survive. I think figures are great and I often draw spaces and stick people in ’em. I like to use a bit of scary colour – Saharan orange and bubble-gum pink”.
Petra Lea – is a professional artist based in the UK at The Electric Picture House Artists Cooperative. She exhibits throughout the UK and USA including New York, London and Oxford. Her artworks are housed in collections in the UK and USA. She has also had her artwork published in magazines, including ‘Rapsodia Independent Literary Review’ based in Italy and ‘Capitol No’ in Switzerland.
She is a member of Collagistes Collective, an international group of collage artists. She is represented by The August Agency in New York, the Artbank in China and recently exhibited at the Venice Biennale.
Petra participates in an average of ten exhibitions per year, these include group and solo exhibitions.
Terry Baker ARPS – Terry is an artist and photographer who, through a combination of both disciplines, produces digital artwork deeply influenced by the School of Surrealism. His inspiration comes from the work of artists such as Salvador Dali, Max Ernst and Yves Tanguy.
He is also fascinated by the randomness of nature and events, be they serendipitous or calamitous. He believes in a wholly irrational and illogical world where the subconscious reigns unfettered and supreme.
He graduated with a BA in Fine Art, subsequently studied for an MA in Photography, and is an Associate of the Royal Photographic Society. Having taught art and photography for over 30 years he now works full time on his art in the Peak District National Park, where he has a small studio.
Much of Terry’s unusual work often derives from his own extreme close-up photography. The photographs are taken through a series of physical manipulations including tearing and burning, and often combined with other materials to create small collages. These in turn are rephotographed and digitally edited. The final images, being digital files, are printed in limited editions of various sizes.
He also enjoys photographing landscapes and cityscapes which he digitally transforms into his vision of an alternative (and sometimes ominous) reality.
Terry exhibits internationally and has had work exhibited and sold at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.
Sam Baguley – Is a self-taught artist, living and working in South Cheshire who specialises in oil paintings of landscapes, seascapes and abstracts.
In her own words: “I’m inspired by the rugged beauty of the west coast of Scotland, where my son and I often spend a few blissful weeks in the summer, and also by the coast of Anglesey, where my family holidayed when I was growing up.
Although I use a traditional medium like oil paint, I like mixing it up a bit by adding gold leaf or glitter – that’s usually how you can spot my original paintings!
My favourite artists are Munnings, Singer Sargent and Monet, and I love trawling through Instagram, getting inspiration from the amazing photographers and contemporary artists I find on there.”
Tony Boon – is a professional artist based at The Electric Picture House Art collective, Congleton.
He specialises in portraiture and figurative painting. His preferred medium is oil paint. He is continuously exploring the methodology of previous figurative painters, especially Egon Schiele. His technical prowess is incomparable after many years studying the processes of major artists including Caravaggion, Klimt and Picasso.
In addition to painting Tony is a time-served sign writer producing hand-painted and vinyl signs.
Tony exhibits in an average of ten exhibitions per year. His work is collected in the UK, USA and France.
Susan McCall – is an artist who lives and works in the Peak District of Derbyshire, UK.
Landscape is the dominant theme throughout her life and her work reflects this continuing fascination. She usually begins with movement – a walk, a boat trip, or a cycle ride through the natural landscape. Her drawings and paintings are memories of those experiences. The excitement and awe of the colour, light and texture seen whilst cycling along a green lane or glimpsed whilst boating through the landscape or walking the moors is still overwhelming. The small of bluebells, heather, hawthorn, bracken and earth: the blues and greens, the pink and whites and the gold and reds of the landscape and the sounds of bees, grouse, curlews and skylarks combine feelings, visual observation and physical experience in order to create energetic images.
Bruce Lyons – is an artists based at the Electric Picture House Art Collective.
In his own words “The subjects for my paintings are drawn from any number of sources: from imagination; from direct observation and experience; from man-made media and art history. In a world overflowing with still and moving images, nothing and everything is a worthwhile subject.
The starting points for my work originate in many different places and they all develop along the same set of processes. Although landscape is dominant in my ideas, I have developed an interest in the textures formed by the various methods of decay on materials, man-made and natural. A recurring theme in my work is rust with its multitude of colours and textures.
My knowledge of art history, combined with the experience in looking at artworks, is deep and therefore there are many influences prevalent in my work. However, I have always had a keen interest in the work of the Japanese woodblock printers of Ukiyo-e, the Floating World, the painters of the Renaissance, and twentieth century artists too numerous to mention.”
Debbie Goldsmith – is an artist based in Goostrey in Cheshire. Since graduating in 1991 with a BA Honours Degree in Fine Art, she has exhibited extensively nationally and internationally, and has work in both public and private collections.
Debbie’s work is vibrant, abstract and full of energy. Her current work explores her immediate surroundings, the landscape of Cheshire using daily walks as inspiration for drawings that she takes back to the studio to develop into large-scale expressionist abstract paintings. A recent studio move has allowed Debbie to continue to push the boundaries of her practice and is currently exploring wool as a medium to create large-scale textured artworks which are as comfortable hung on the wall as on the floor. These vibrant pieces form aerial views of landscapes, where the viewer is invited to walk around and on top to experience the tactile surfaces.
Clinton Cahill – graduated in Fine Art from Manchester Polytechnic in 1979. His pedagogic practice includes teaching art and design subjects in further and higher education, and until 2019 he led the MA courses in Illustration, Graphic design and Art Direction at Manchester Metropolitan University. In his painting he pursues interactions between literature, landscape and imagination. He has presented, published and exhibited work nationally and internationally, including China, Mexico, the USA, Australia and Ireland and holds a PhD for his work in visualising James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake.
Joey Collins – is Resident Artist at Hot Bed Press Printmakers’ Studio in Salford and has a First-Class Honours Degree in Visual Arts and Culture from the University of Salford.
In the Artist’s own words “I work in series, combining silkscreen, collage and drawing to intuitively build my compositions. Each piece exploring traditional silk screen processes creating one off pieces of work; silkscreen mono-prints. My practice is centred both around digital and analogue drawing. Initially working very freely, then slowly organising my visual language into a more formal structure. This becomes a conversation, which I begin and the work concludes. A constant dialogue throughout the process where I’m continuously talking and listening, editing and responding, observing and exploring.
My work is influenced by my love of the city where I live and work. I’m constantly gathering references of colour, found drawings, photographs and found objects from our constructed, unnatural environment. The work is abstract, although my love of the city inevitably leaves its mark.”
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Sue Roberts – describes herself as ‘A-lifelong creative’. Sue has exhibited locally, nationally and internationally. After a long ‘hiatus’ Sue returned to painting in 2018. Working in a variety of media, she now creates expressive, intuitive paintings responding to internal or visual stimuli. The process leads her to the completed painting.
Trevor Johnson – Visual communicator and urban imagineer, Salford-born Trevor Johnson has been responsible for creating some of Manchester’s most iconic graphics for over five decades. He forged his reputation during the 1980s & 90s Madchester scene, creating promotion for the legendary Haçienda nightclub and record sleeves and publicity for its owners Factory Records, as well as a host of independent businesses at the start of the city’s urban renaissance. Trevor has continued to shape Manchester’s image, creating designs and branding for some of the region’s leading organizations and cultural institutions, and his graphic design and typography work has been widely published internationally.
Phoebe Connolly – Phoebe Connolly is an award winning wood-cut print artist. She graduated from West Dean College of Arts and Conservation, West Sussex in 2020. A young artist whose work responds to her surroundings and the natural life that exists within it. Phoebe’s attention to detail and her acute observation of the insects, birds, mammals and fauna that inhabit our world is clear through all of her work.
Seija Dudgeon – is a local Cheshire-based artist who originates from Finland. She now has her own studio in Congleton.
Seija is a much exhibited artist and her work is in great demand.
In her own words “I am an abstract painter heavily influenced by nature and my Finnish roots. My work is a representation of emotion and the feelings that being in nature evoke within me. I often imagine myself being in the solitude of the towering Finnish pine forest when I paint”.
Lee Walsh – is a designer based in Lancashire. He graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2008 with a BA (Hons) in Three-Dimensional Design.
Lee presents a number of pieces from his series “Framework”. Residing somewhere between minimalism and conceptual art, he explores the frame as an art object; using the materials, skills and conventions of the picture framer as a medium to create non-pictorial conceptual narratives. In addition to the materials familiar to the process of frame making; timber, glass and mount board, colour is also introduced in the form of cast acrylic, and mirrors allow the works to react to their environment and provide each viewer with their own unique experience.