TALENTED artists are sharing their work in unique, back-to-back exhibitions at the ArtHouse in Southport.
Artist Neil Prior, from Ainsdale, is currently hosting his one-man-show , ‘Just in Oils’ at the Eastbank Street venue, ntil Sunday, August 1.
His exhibition will feature 25 original works exploring a diverse range of subject matter in his trademark oils. Having retired in 2018 from Leicestershire constabulary, Neil has been able to turn his full attention to his life-long love of oil painting – dog duties permitting!.
He is a self-taught artist and lives with his wife, Martha, and their two Bedlington Terriers, Bruce and Herbert.
Following on from his exhibition, experimental collagraphic printmaker, Kate Tidmarsh, from Southport, will be holding an exhibition of her versatile hand printing techniques from August 1 to August 29.
Her unique artwork includes monoprint, drypoint, lino print and collagraph printing.
During lockdown, she has been investigating melting materials to create textured printing plates - which she calls ‘kitchen litho plates’ – by using a recipe of cola, oil and syrup and operating a Dremel rotary power tool to personalize her textured and marbled gelatin plates.
Kate said: “As an artist I use a variety of hand printing methods to explore my love of pattern and colour. I enjoy the practical processes of investigating and problem solving running alongside constructing and creating.
“I work in response to memories or my immediate physical environment. The juxtaposing of hand printed layers using folded, pleated and collage elements enables me to explore light and depth in a practical way.”
The ArtHouse is open Tuesday to Friday from 10am-3pm and Saturdays from 11am-4pm, with coronavirus safety measures in place. For more information, go to https://www.sca-network.co.uk/