CAROL EMSLEY

The featured artist for February is Carol Emsley.

Carol is a local artist who has painted for many years. She trained at Hull College of Art from 1989 to 1994.

She loves using all media - oils, watercolour, pastel - and she has won many awards including Best Oil in the Society of Floral Painters' exhibitions and the Derwent Award with the Artist Magazine exhibition at Patchings Art Centre in 2017. She was also a finalist in a Flowers and Gardens competition in the International Artist magazine.

Carol has been a member of the Ropewalk Print Group for the last six years, making original etchings, drypoints and monoprints, and is really enjoying this new medium. Collage and mixed media is another area of interest.

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The Snow Queen 

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Easby Abbey

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The Falconer and his Lady

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Gallery view

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Once Upon a Time II

Janice Kok

The featured artist for January 2018 is Janice Kok. Her exuberant and colourful canvases will lighten up the Riverhead Foyer and Gallery during our Panto season.

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 “After nearly thirty years of office work, I studied A-level Art at evening classes. I had found my place. I fortunately had the opportunity to go on and study for my Degree and Masters in Fine Art.

My painting greats are Barbara Rae, Patrick Heron, Kandinsky and Matisse.  

I have exhibited in London and in the Midlands. My paintings are energetic with explosive colour and extravagant gestures. Critical to my work are the formal issues of colour, composition and balance, with resolution towards a bravely decorative painting.” 

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Richard Chuck

The featured artist for December is Richard Chuck.

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“Finders Keepers” 

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“The Time Traveller” 

Richard Chuck in his words.....

I was born in Denaby, South Yorkshire, in an age when most people had very little...but being born in Yorkshire gave me a dusting of true Yorkshire grit, embellished with a big dose of creativity. My family moved to the Lincolnshire Wolds, with its hidden idyllic landscape and gently rolling hills falling into quiet atmospheric valleys, in the 1970's. I spent many lost days exploring all the places that I shouldn't have! My favourite place of all was finding myself lost in my imagination, a place that gave me some comfort. I was a weird looking kid who didn't really fit in, so many hours were spent drifting around alone. It's what I liked to do.

I have painted in one form or another most of my life and have experimented in many different mediums. For now I'm quite happy with my chosen medium of acrylic ink which I paint on to watercolour paper. My inspiration is mostly drawn from the Lincolnshire Wolds, its landscapes and its diverse wildlife.

My mind remains a constant buzz of jumbled images of weird creativity. I have no formal training but continue to trust my free imagination. The fire in my heart is born out of passion. I love what I paint and remain driven by something that I can't explain.