Creative Coverage Wales Exhibition featuring the paintings of Wendy Yeo RWSW, Rob Leckey ARBSA, Austen Pinkerton and Dawn Harries.
Sally Seated by Austen Pinkerton
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Wendy Yeo is a Hong Kong born painter who graduated from the Slade School of Fine Art, University of London. She is an elected member of the Royal Watercolour Society of Wales whose patron is the HRH The Prince of Wales, who is also a member. Wendy has been awarded various prizes including: Slade Summer Competition (First Prize); Young Contemporaries (First Prize); the Boise Travelling Scholarship; the Wilson Steer landscape prize (First Prize) and a Travelling Scholarship to Italy and France where she attended Atelier 17 (Etching Studio) in Paris. Wendy has exhibited widely throughout the UK and overseas, including: Hong Kong, New York, California, Istanbul, Kuwait and Paris.
She had a two-person show with John Piper and two one-person shows at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. In 2015 Wendy had two paintings in an exhibition at the Ashmolean, entitled “From Palace to Studio: Chinese Women Painters from 1900 to the Present”. Her paintings are in many private and public collections, including the Ashmolean Museum; Wolfson College, Oxford; UCL Art Museum; the Slade School Collection; The British Library; Hong Kong Museum, and in the Private Collections of John Piper and Professor Michael Sullivan. "Cityscapes have interested me a lot, particularly cities by water such as New York, Hong Kong, Venice, Istanbul and London; also the colour of buildings, their reflections in water, and various changes of light through the day," says Wendy. "Apart from that I am even more involved with natural forms, e.g. plants, trees, rocks, sea, and water in lakes and waterfalls, portraying form with movement and space and all the natural energy of nature. The media I use are watercolour and also acrylic on canvas.
Having been born in Hong Kong and graduated from the Slade School, I like to exploit the Chinese traditional use of the brush and the Oriental use of space mixed with a Western individual interpretation of form, light and colour."
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.