Artist Interrupted

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Ibbitson Glenn Artist Interrupted Rozanne Hawksley

Artist Interrupted; a Portrait of Rozanne Hawksley

I moved to West Wales from London in 2004. Like many incoming artists [and there are plenty of them here,] I expected a local tradition of landscape painting anchored to hillside and coast. These I found in abundance in numerous exhibitions and galleries. What I hadn’t expected was the impact made by two conceptual  assemblages comprising stitch-work, bone, paint and fabric. They expressed feelings of grief and loss; of conflict and compassion. Big, human themes. I sought out the artist, Rozanne Hawksley.

Beware meeting your idols. Yes, perhaps, but I have been very fortunate in my encounters. The great Bill Bowes of ‘Bodyline’ renown proved a gentle, dignified giant of a man; Sir Peter Blake was as affable as if we had known each other for years. Similarly, Rozanne Hawksley was everything I hoped she would be. Talented, articulate, witty and generous with her time and criticism. We developed a close rapport, to the point where I was eventually invited to her studio. Here was a store room of source materials; fabrics, animal bones, old nails, beads; organised in trays and boxes, all to serve her visual purposes. I asked then if I might be able to paint her portrait sometime in this environment.

I made several preliminary drawings over four sessions as she worked on her latest piece [based on Handel’s funding of the Chelsea foundlings hospital]. Because I didn’t want to impede her progress, I also made a video. The combination of sketch and film stills provided me with the foundation I required. I was able to interpret one particular frame, where one of my questions had struck a nerve; her dialogue with her work momentarily interrupted…

I framed her image on the canvas with four ‘still-lifes’ representing four preoccupations which creep through her art; conflict, catholicism and loss of belief, natural form, and gender bias based on craft skills.

The relative obscurity in which Roz currently operates prompts the question: just how many other artists of genuine merit remain undiscovered by the contemporary art scene? How many creative voices remain unheard by today’s influential critics and curators who are intellectually hamstrung by a belief that the provinces are a state of mind and not simply a geographical entity, and who are thereby incapable of looking at anything beyond either the M25 or our solipsistic art education system?

Do seek out Roz Hawksley’s artwork. It is individual, innovative and has something profound to say about the human condition. It is not flashy or ‘fast’; it doesn’t give you an immediate hit with no follow up. [add an example of critically supported art from the Brit-brat of your choice here.]  Rather, it repays repeat viewings, offering up that little bit more with each encounter. Visual art really doesn’t get much better than this…

Artist Interrupted can be viewed as part of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists‘ 2017 Portrait prize show until Saturday 19th of August

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Art Rooms.org: London 2018

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An online vote for inclusion in a show set within the elegance and glamour of the Meliá White House, ARTROOMS is an interactive showcase of today’s most thought-provoking artists.

Glenn Ibbitson Art Rooms

My submission details can be found by following the link below:

https://art-rooms.org/application/ibbitson/

“Artist Interrupted: a portrait of Rozanne Hawksley” @RBSA

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I am delighted to have been notified that my portrait of Rozanne Hawksley has been selected for The forthcoming RBSA Portrait Prize Exhibition 2017

Ibbitson Glenn Artist Interrupted Rozanne Hawksley

“Artist Interrupted; a portrait of Rozanne Hawksley”

oil on canvas  with copper wire, feathers and iron nails.          112x91cm

“Shortly after moving West Wales in the early 2000’s, I came across two assemblages by Rozanne Hawksley. My initial response was that here were the products of a first-rate intelligence. My second musing was why I had not seen her art back in London when I was living there. Why, in a lean period for British art -all seductive surface but gravitas-light, had her name not been regularly heralded in the [inter]national art press? Hers is a body of work which authoritatively identifies what it means to be human, through meditations on love and loss, bereavement and grief, who investigates the drive toward conflict and the desire for peace. This moral, principled and humane artist questions Christianity and its validity in the 21st Century by turning its own artillery of fetishism and ritual on itself. All this is achieved without sermonising, through powerful, memorable visual imagery comprising stitch-work, bone, paint and fabric. These elements are manipulated and transformed to serve a new purpose, akin to the evolutionary process of preadaptation in nature. Hawksley is undoubtedly an artist whose work will, in time, be elevated to its rightful level in the history of art. The relative obscurity in which she currently operates prompts the question: just how many other artists of genuine merit remain undiscovered by the contemporary art scene? How many creative voices remain unheard by today’s influential critics and curators who are intellectually hamstrung by a belief that the provinces are a state of mind and not simply a geographical entity, and who are thereby incapable of looking at anything beyond either the M25 or our solipsistic art education system?”

Glenn Ibbitson: ‘Consignment’

Nant Publishing      ISBN: 978-0-9563567-2-7

Exhibition 27 July — 19 August 2017. RBSA Gallery is open 7 days a week and is free entry. Group visits are welcome. If you would like to book a group visit or tour, please contact natalie@rbsa.org.uk.

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Heads: works in progress

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All works in progress:
Screenprint and freehand acrylic on canvas       All A1 size
The image derives from self-portraits drawn from a mirror, and then reworked  paintings onto acetate sheets. The acetates were transferred directly onto the silkscreen using a photo-sensitive emulsion. The acrylic colour backgrounds were applied through a worn, partially blocked screen producing a range of diagnostic marks and reflecting the weave of the cotton duck canvas. Details are picked out freehand with brushwork.
By using the familiarity of self-portraiture, I am free to concentrate here on a proliferation of surface mark-making achievable only with the medium of  serigraphy.

RBSA: Friends Exhibition 2017

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Delighted to have two paintings from the ‘Smoke & Mirrors’ series accepted for

Royal Birmingham Society of Artists
Friends Exhibition 2017

Glenn Ibbitson RBSA

‘Horus, the Magician’ and ‘the Emerald Archer’    both oil on canvas; each 122 x 92cm

RBSA29 June — 22 July 2017
RBSA Gallery
4 Brook Street
Birmingham
B3 1SA

Monday to Friday 10:30am – 5:30pm
Saturdays 10:30am – 5:00pm
Sundays 1pm – 5:00pm

Admission – Free

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Nant Studios: Ceredigion Art Trail 2017

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Nant Studios, showing the work of Glenn Ibbitson and Carole King are again opening to the public as part of the Ceredigion Art Trail 2017.

A wide range of work in a variety of media. Works will be for sale and prices for original artworks begin at £10

12th August  ~ 28th-August

For full details, follow the links below.

http://ceredigionarttrail.org.uk/2017-directory/carole-king

http://ceredigionarttrail.org.uk/2017-directory/glenn-ibbitson

Ardent Gallery Open, Brecon

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Two paintings accepted for the Ardent Gallery Open Exhibition, Brecon
6th July 2017 – 3rd August 2017

CONSIGNMENT BATCH 31 UNITS 3 & 5

Preview evening Thursday 6th July; 6 – 8pm

Gallery Contact Information:
46 the High Street, Brecon, Powys, LD3 7AP, 01874 623333
email: info@ardentgallery.co.uk
www.facebook.com/ardentgallery1

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