Where It Began

Painting by Louise Ventris

Open 1st February 2024 to 10th March 2024

Studio Eleven Gallery presents our Spring Show 2024: Where It Began

Featuring Bren Head, Louise Ventris, Kashmira Patel and Penny Withers

Preview: Saturday 3rd February, 12pm – 2pm. Refreshments served. RSVP: info@studioeleven.co.uk

Bren Head – Painter: After a life spent working in the catering trade and running her own business Bren Head went ‘from pans to paint’! Having gained a BA Hons degree in Fine Art from the University of Hull in 2003, she has exhibited widely across the U.K. including with the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, The Royal Birmingham Society of Artists and the Ruth Borchard Portrait Prize. Paintings are part of the Priseman Seabrook collection of 21st Century Art and Art UK.
Bren is now continuing to develop her unique style of sensitive and haunting portraiture and landscape painting from her new studio in Slaithwaite, in the Colne Valley.

Work by Bren Head

Kashmira Patel – Playing with Clay: Kashmira’s passion with clay evolved after many years of working with brush stroked decoration applied to bisque – ware. Now, playing with organic forms, Kashmira lets the clay take the lead, and challenges the normal structures of figurines, bowls, or any other practical items. Groggy clay surfaces that contrast with smooth and crackle glazes connect Kashmira with the earth. Working with oxides, greens and blues, provide a sense of the ground and water. The inspiration is taken from the Japanese philosophy of ‘wabi-sabi’ or ‘imperfectly – perfect’. The forms are created by employing the Japanese technique of ‘Kurinuki – the hand – building technique of starting with a solid block of clay and hollowing out to ‘find’ the form.

Moon Jar by Kashmira Patel

Louise Ventris – Painter: Whether it’s commuting through dark nights, school runs, or stuck in traffic, these experiences are part of the Louise Ventris ‘every day’ journeys, that we all can relate to. The daily commute is one such journey; documented in paint, Louise relates these experiences as a metaphor for the challenges of life. Heavy traffic or caught in a gridlock, Louise considers these moments not a worthless experience of stress, rather a moment to observe. Louise is affected by her surrounds, and preserves through her striking, watery, and emotional art.

Work by Louise Ventris

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