Inspired by Hampshire? Sarah Peters speaks to three diverse artists to find out
PUBLISHED: 11:57 12 January 2011 | UPDATED: 21:41 20 February 2013
Hampshire is certainly a county of contrasts. So how are Hampshire artists inspired by their surroundings and how do they interpret their environment? Sarah Peters speaks to three very diverse artists to find out
For visual artist and designer Eileen White, Hampshire is a very stimulating place to live. Eileen has been an artist since she graduated with a fine art textile degree from Goldsmiths college in London in 1996. She also has a degree in languages and had a career as a designer and buyer. She has exhibited abroad as well as in the UK and works from her Winchester studio.Much of Eileens work is based around paper and, producing layered wall-mounted papercuts. She also creates site specific installations for public buildings. I have a manual and tactile relationship with the materials I work with and each piece is painstakingly painted, cut and stitched by hand, thereby creating a truly unique piece of artwork. I like to take the time to research my work by reading and drawing in order to create a narrative. Eileen has done some large-scale installations and her most recent was on display at Winchester Cathedral.
Winchester Cathedral was a truly inspiring location. I was so fortunate to be able to work on a site specific project in such an auspicious and beautiful building. As part of the Hyde 900 celebrations I worked with a large part of the local community and learned so much about Winchester in particular. I was amazed at the amount of important and fascinating history that has taken place there.
Eileens installation Memento was in the Cathedral for some months and was then re-located to the atrium space at the Theatre Royal, Winchester.
Her current project is a childrens library commission in Waterlooville. I have produced designs based on drawing workshops that took place in a local school. I have translated the childrens drawings into papercuts that have been subsequently digitized and are being printed onto carpets, walls and windows.
The papercuts have been meticulously cut by hand as a statement against mass production. They symbolize the uniqueness of the people they represent. The processes involved literally became a meditation or incantation.
My work is a culmination of my experiences, travels, education and an appreciation for the little
things in life. My goal is to try to transform an ordinary thing into something beautiful.
Eileen is currently working on a range of layered paper cuts, most of which are box framed. These are created from her original sketches and designs. I use pattern, positive/ negative space, shape and repetition which are transferred onto hand-painted paper. All my work is cut, painted and stitched by hand. My work has a clean, contemporary feel yet is festive and whimsical. Eileens work can be found at www.eileenwhite.co.uk
Barbara Long is a contemporary artist, based in Medstead, near Alton. She has been a professional artist for 13 years, since graduating from the University for Creative Arts in Farnham with an honours degree in fine art.Her pictures tend to feature strong, vibrant colour in an abstract style and her favourite subjects are the sea, the countryside and cities of Hampshire. I find my inspiration from life in the 21st century, she says, in both the natural and manmade worlds.
My seascapes are both calm and powerful, depicting the sea in its many guises. My work on cities is fast and colourful, reflecting life in the urban conurbation. My paintings of the countryside interpret the marked seasonal changes that occur throughout the year.
All sorts of locations in Hampshire have proved an inspiration for Barbara, especially her birthplace, the Isle of Wight. Her work is much inspired by J MW Turner, Pierre Bonnard and Howard Hodgkin.
Through her art Barbara focuses on the exploration of colour, shape and texture. Her aim is to create a visual language, which communicates her emotions and expressions to the viewer. She explains how does she does this. I communicate emotion by trying to make people see the relationship between feeling and memory, whether it is a place or a person. Barbara has a studio at her home and is a member of the Hampshire Artists Co-operative.Her work can be found at www.hampshireartistscooperative.co.uk
Artist Philip Lambert is best known for his landscape paintings of Hampshire and has exhibited at various exhibitions including the Royal Academy, Guildhall Gallery in Winchester and the Royal Institute. He has been an artist for 60 years.His paintings are in many private collections including The Mayor of Winchesters collection in the Guildhall Gallery and The Rose Bowl, Hampshires Cricket Ground.
My paintings are modern, but not divorced from reality, he explains. They are based on what I see, but my interpretation in a spiritual way, using colour and form to express my feelings about the subject. There is a feeling of spontaneity and simplicity in my work.
Philips favorite places to paint are Winchester, Farley Mount, Preshaw and the surrounding areas. He tends to use watercolour, oils and acrylics and sometimes a mixture of both.
Cheesefoot Head, near Winchester is a favourite place to paint, especially before the trees were destroyed in the 2001 storm. I am particularly interested in painting clouds and the ever-changing sky. My painting Storm Clouds at Cheesefoot Head (below) is one of my favourites and was painted just before a thunder storm.
Hampshire Clocks features the landscape at St Catherines Hill, Winchester, before the M3/Twyford cutting. It is a watercolour in my early semi-abstract style of the late 1950s, using a limited palette. It is an interpretation of the actual landscape at St Catherines Hill.
Philips work can be found at www.pdlambertpaintings.com