SIMON PARKIN - part of the big weekend

Festival Art Show (Venue 20)

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Spring Bank Arts Centre, Spring Bank SK22 4BH Fri 22 Preview 7.30pm Sat 23 & Sun 24 11am-4pm

Artists and crafters display their work in the beautiful setting of Spring Bank Arts Centre (formally the Church of St. James the Less). Work by Natasha Braithwaite, Stuart Brocklehurst, Kate Brooks, Claire Duberry, Jane Evans, Karin Findell, Tim Neath, Simon Parkin, David Toft and Jennifer Vize. An exciting mix of painting, print, photography, drawing, jewellery and installation. Tim Neath, a multi-disciplinary artist who responds to the ideas and imagery found within film of the wild west, will also be on hand to talk about his work. Drop in any time to try your hand at building your own wild west façade. Fresh coffee and homemade cakes available.

"My painting derives from the need to connect to the environment, to absorb, listen, question and investigate through the painting process. There is a continual dialogue within the paintings as I feel my way through the layers of paint capturing what I see, think and feel. Many of my paintings are started in the landscape where I strive to capture the feeling, atmosphere and essence of character of the location. When painting outside I become part of the landscape and the life and energy of my surroundings has a greater impact on me and my work. In this way I form a deeper connection to the landscape and I use the painting process as a means to explore the many facets of what life holds. I want my paintings to have a sense of longing but be resolved, be playful, accidental and uncertain but purposeful, be stimulating and also calm, and be of a time but timeless and transcending. Through this holistic approach I have a multi-layered depth and appeal that will entice the viewer to participate in an intimate way: to step inside the painting and lose themselves in their own thoughts and feelings and by doing so bring the work to a conclusion."