IMAGINED LANDSCAPES 

by COLIN BLACK MA(RCA) 

Artist’s Statement 

The English artist Samuel Palmer considered his Shoreham a ‘valley of vision’. It was a sacred place in which the very objects which made the landscape, shone, hummed and pulsed with divine presence. 

Colin’s work locates the un-locatable, maps our inner experience and seeks to present personal intuitions shared experience. The conceptual metaphor of the map: the grid, traces of longitude and latitude, north and south is overlaid with the language of colours both intense and sonorous, which evoke both place and mood. There is a nostalgia for the landscape’s history. A time before it experienced the weight of metaled roads when life was simpler and when it’s silence was not trammeled by noise. 

All is expressed through the subtle overlay of collaged papers, washes and scumbles of gouache through which secret fragments and remnants of drawn and printed imagery peep. They invite you in to explore the map of Black’s vision as if you were finding your way.

 Palmer wrote on the back of one of his sketches some lines from

Shakespeare’s ‘As you like it’, 

“This our life, exempt from public haunt,

Finds tongues in trees, books in running brooks,

Sermons in stones, and good in everything” 

Paul Martin


List of Works 

1   Fresh Meets Salt   ( 9”x 9” )   £275 

2   Firmament  ( 9”x 9” )   £275 

3   Holy Ground  ( 21” x 21” )   £1100 

4   Eastward  ( 15” x 22” )   £800 

5   North Star  ( 9” x 15” )   £550 

6   Journey  ( 8” x 7” )   £195 

7   Liminal Space  ( 21” x 32” )   £1300

8   Stewardship  ( 22”x 33” )   £1300

 9   Fertile Land   ( 8 x 7” )   £195 

10   Vision 2   ( 8” x 11” )   £210 

11   Clothed in Righteousness  ( 9”x 9” )   £275

 All works are mixed-media, mostly on linen-backed maps. All works for sale 

COLIN BLACK

 Colin gained a BA at Chelsea School of Art, then an MA at the Royal College of Art London. He worked for several different London design companies, as well as teaching part time at different colleges. He worked as senior lecturer, later becoming Head of Design, at Leith School of Art, for nearly twenty-five years. He has also always produced his own work, having had work in many solo and shared exhibitions. 

Colin is married with two grown sons and three grandchildren. He was born and grew up in NW London.  They lived in Musselburgh, to the east of Edinburgh 1993-2018, then he and Sallie re-located to York to establish Seek Art School in March of this year. 

The school runs day and evening classes in drawing and painting and Saturday workshops on a variety of disciplines. The classes are relaxed and informal and the cost of all materials is included in the price. 

Seek Art School

Southlands Methodist Church, Bishopthorpe Road, York YO23 1NX 

www.seekartschool.co.uk / sallie@seekartschool.co.uk / Also visit our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter.

TRACY POLITTI - GRIMGLASS

I HAVE BEEN WORKING WITH GLASS FOR THE LAST FOUR YEARS, HAVING LEARNT FROM AN ESTABLISHED GLASS ARTIST IN YORK.

MY INITIAL INSPIRATION IS TAKEN FROM LYRICS OF FAVOURITE SONGS AND POEMS.

I POSITION THESE ALONGSIDE SCENES FROM ANTIQUE MAGIC LANTERN SLIDES, IN ORDER TO EVOKE IDEAS AND MEMORIES RELAVANT TO THE WORKS I HAVE CHOSEN TO FIRE INTO THE GLASS.

OFTEN COLOURS REFLECT THE SUBJECT, OR THE ACTUAL COLOURS IN THE SLIDES SELECTED.

I DO THIS ALONGSIDE MY FULL TIME OCCUPATION AND SO COMMISSIONS ARE CAREFULLY CONSIDERED.

PLEASE SEE SOME PICTURES OF MY WORK BELOW BUT WHY NOT VISIT AND ENJOY MY WORK DIRECTLY

CONTACT INFO. WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/GRIMGLASS/

KATIE FARROW

I EMBARKED ON A POTTERY COURSE AT A NIGHT CLASS AND DISCOVERED I LOVED WORKING WITH CLAY AND THROWING POTS.

THIS IS MY FIRST POTTERY COLLECTION AND MY INSPIRATION WAS FROM A FAMILY HOLIDAY SAILING IN THE MEDITERRANEAN SEA. I LOVED THE VIVID BLUES AND GREENS OF THE SEAS AND SKIES AND WANTED TO RECREATE THESE COLOURS AND TEXTURES IN MY GLAZES.

IN SEPTEMBER 2018, I AM STARTING A DREGEE COURSE IN CONTEMPORARY CRAFTS AT OUR LOCAL COLLEGE AND LOOKING FORWARD TO WORKING AND DEVELOPING MY ART SKILLS WITH DIFFERENT 2D AND 3D MEDIUMS AND AREAS OF EXPERTISE.

ARTS POST IS A BRIGHT AND RELAXING SPACE AS PART OF OUR PUBLIC LOUNGE AREA WITHIN THE WINNING POST.

THE ROOM IS ALSO USED FOR SEPARATE AND SMALL EVENTS SUCH AS OUR GIN CLUB, TASTING EVENING AND SMALL GATHERINGS.

THIS IS AN IDEAL SPACE TO HOLD EXHIBITIONS / LAUNCH EVENINGS WHERE WE CAN OFFER DISCOUNTS ON WINES FOR YOUR GUESTS (SUBJECT TO MINIMUM QUANTITY AND BY ARRANGEMENT.

WITHIN OUR MAIN BAR WE ALSO HAVE A DISPLAY CABINET FOR 3D ARTISTS TO EXHIBIT THEIR LATEST COLLECTIONS.

PLEASE CONTACT US IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN DISPLAYING YOUR WORK WITHIN ARTS POST.