Creative Coverage Wales Exhibition featuring the paintings of Rob Leckey ARBSA, Austen Pinkerton and Dawn Harries.
Sally Seated by Austen Pinkerton
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Rob Leckey is an elected Associate of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists (ARBSA). He is a retired primary school headteacher who has painted all his life. It is only in recent years that he has concentrated on exhibiting his work. "Primarily I work with acrylic paint and ink, collage and mixed media," he says. "The acrylics are applied with rollers, pieces of shaped wood, card and any found materials. Collage materials comprise of torn or shaped tissue paper, newsprint, and magazine illustrations. Details are also added with oil and chalk pastels, pen and ink." Like many artists Rob's inspiration comes from the subject matter. He finds experimenting with colour, media and techniques very rewarding. "By the very nature of how I apply the collage, paint and inks I can never fully predict the outcome," he says.
"Along the way many accidents happen, interesting colours and unique shapes emerge." Boats and harbours, landscapes, including his native Shropshire, town and cityscapes all provide inspiration for his impressionist style. Rob has exhibited, sold and received awards in all the local Shropshire exhibitions and galleries, The Royal Society of British Artists (Mall Galleries) and the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists.
Austen Pinkerton studied at the Oxford School of Architecture and Goldsmiths College, London University School of Art, graduating in 1976 with a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art (Painting).
Dawn has a passion for nature and wildlife, drawing inspiration for her paintings from the stunning countryside of Britain, especially her local surroundings of Wales with its rugged coastline. Dawn works in a variety of media including oils, acrylics, pastels, watercolour and ink, and her painting style is usually impressionistic but with a strong representational bias. She undertakes plein air painting whenever possible and feels that this practice hones her observational skills, which in turn helps her capture the sense of place in her finished pieces. Dawn previously reached the final shortlist for Artists and Illustrators ‘Artist of the Year’ award and her artwork has sold to collectors in the UK and overseas.