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A virtual visit to the Artworks Shop!

Welcome back to the Artworks blog! Today, we thought it would be a lovely idea to give our visitors a virtual tour (or taste!) of the small delights in the Artworks Shop!

The Artworks Shop is always a favourite destination for people visiting the main Artworks exhibition at Blackthorpe Barn. All the art currently on display in the Artworks Shop is available for immediate purchase.

Browsers containing original prints, paintings and drawings

One of the most exciting things to do is to riffle through the browsers (shown above) and discover a small work by one of your favourite artists in the main exhibition! Many of these unframed works come straight from the artists’ studios and may have not been exhibited (or even seen!) before.

We are happy to offer some advice on framing should you require it (just ask at the sales desk). Recently discovered in one of the browsers is this charming original linocut print by Elaine Nason, ‘Woman bathing‘.

All the artworks on display on the walls of the Artworks Shop can also be purchased and taken away immediately. Why not treat yourself or a loved one to an original, framed work of art at an affordable price.

Works by Lynn Hutton, Valerie Armstrong, Gill Levin, Gillian Crossley-Holland & Ben Quail

In addition to the many works on paper and small framed paintings for sale, there are also some delightful sculptural pieces offered by the artists Jazz Green, Carol Pask and Virginia Wright. 

Jazz Green’s intriguing papier mache vessels (shown below) have the appearance of ancient stone relics, the pleasing combination of light blue ceramic and grey stone or slate in Carol Pask’s assemblages evoke the colours of the coast and the free-standing glass works by Virginia Wright in translucent greys and browns conjure up walks in the woods.

Papier mache bowls by Jazz Green

Small sculptures by Carol Pask

Sculptural glass works by Virginia Wright

As usual, there is also a fabulous range of original greetings cards for sale, many of which are printed in small runs and are not available to purchase elsewhere. Shown below are the very popular cards by printmaker Penny Bhadresa.

Prints and cards by Penny Bhadresa
Highly recommended are Katie Millard’s & Eileen Revett’s unique range of artist cards. Katie’s are original watercolour paintings and Eileen’s are handmade woodcut prints, with both ranges perfect for framing to hang on your wall! 
Janet French’s cards feature one of her environmental tree prints, as illustrated below.
Helen Dougall’s colourful collection of cards include her stunning wax batik designs but much reduced in scale. In the Artworks Shop you will discover we have greetings cards to suit all tastes and occasions!
We hope you will enjoy the many delightful works of art on offer in the Artworks shop. The wall display changes as sold works are replaced with new works for sale. 
From left to right, artworks by Helen Dougall, Janet French, Eileen Revett, Anthony Jones & Lynn Hutton
Something worth a closer look is Lynn Hutton’s exquisite porcelain relief sculpture, ‘When Eve met the serpent‘ (shown above and below).

When Eve met the serpent by Lynn Hutton

All in all, the Artworks Shop is a most tempting addition to the art in the main Artworks exhibition. 
So, we welcome your visit to the Artworks Shop!

Artworks Prize Draw: Modern Abstractions

As mentioned in a previous post, the Janette Place Mini Artworks Prize Draw is a popular feature in the annual Artworks exhibition. The mini artworks are all original works at just 6″ x 6″ square. They are all presented in standard card mounts for easy framing.

Here at the Artworks blog, we thought it would be a great idea to publish a series of exclusive ‘previews’ of all thirty mini artworks in the Janette Place Mini Artworks Prize Draw 2011 (as previously mentioned here) in the run up to the Artworks exhibition.

Today, we have selected six mini artworks to show you, with a modern, abstract or minimalist style – subtle or strong dimensions in colour, simple lines and structures. The six original mini works featured here are by: Jazz GreenAnthony JonesEleonora KnowlandMac McCaughan, Katie Millard and Eileen Revett. We hope you enjoy this selection – and remember, the prize draw tickets are on sale throughout the Artworks exhibition at just £2 each!

Katie Millard

Mac McCaughan

Anthony Jones

Jazz Green

Eleonora Knowland

Eileen Revett
The Janette Place Mini Artworks Prize Draw takes place on Saturday 1st October 2011 at 4pm. The Prize Draw tickets are £2 each, on sale throughout the duration of the Artworks exhibition – just enquire at the reception desk. All the mini artworks are original works of art, not reproductions!
The Janette Place Mini Artworks Prize Draw provides funding for Artworks work with local schools, with a proportion of the draw proceeds going to charity. In 2011 we are supporting the Bradfield Green Oak Centre project run by the Suffolk Wildlife Trust.

The Suffolk Wildlife Trust are constructing an innovative new education centre at the site of Bradfield Woods in Suffolk, using green oak harvested from  Suffolk Wildlife Trust’s own nature reserves as part of their conservation management programme. You can see some photos of the project on the Bradfield Green Oak Centre’s blog.

Next time, we will focus on some different mini artworks, on the theme of travel and the landscape, each artist’s work capturing a unique sense of time and place.

The Artworks 12th annual art exhibition runs from 10 September – 2 October 2011, open 10am – 5pm daily, at Blackthorpe Barn, Rougham, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP30 9JG.

Entry to the Artworks exhibition is free, there is ample parking with full disability access (two wheelchairs are also available if required). There will also be the Artworks Cafe alongside the very popular Artworks Gallery Shop, selling small paintings, original prints & drawings, ceramics, sculpture and glass, in addition to a wonderful selection of artists greetings cards. We hope you will enjoy your visit!

Take five with… Anthony Jones, painter

The Artworks blog today ‘takes five’ with the artist Anthony Jones, one of the newest members of Artworks. Anthony often works in series, switching from figurative to abstract, choosing the medium, method & style most suited to the theories and ideas that underpin the project. Anthony originally trained as a graphic designer, working successfully in that field for many years before deciding to pursue a fine art degree at Salford University. As the Artworkstake five’ series goes, we begin by asking some simple questions.

Could you sum up your art in just five words:
It’s informed, colourful, dynamic, controlled and well-crafted.

Do you have a favourite colour – and what’s the reasoning behind it?
The colour blue. It offers most things I want in my life… security, serenity, light, excitement, scholarship, spiritual fulfilment – amongst other ‘qualities’.

Anthony Jones, Trane’s Theme, oil on canvas



What is the oddest thing someone has said in response to seeing your art?
“If I did something like that in our living room, you’d thing I was mad wouldn’t ya…” Husband to wife as they were walking past the mural I painted in an Arts centre foyer, ‘Brontosaurus Boogie Woogie’.

Anthony Jones, Brontosaurus Boogie Woogie, 2.5m x 8m (mural)

Which living artist do you most admire and why?
Bridget Riley. There is beauty in her work, colourful, organised yet wild!

Bridget Riley, Archaean, 1981, oil on canvas © Bridget Riley (collection TATE)

I also admire the work of Patrick Heron. Although he was asthmatic, which I am, and his wife passed away in about 1980 (mine died in 2001) his writings, intellect and sense of colour are fundamental to many of the views I share on creativity.

Patrick Heron, Yellow Painting: October 1958 May/June 1959, oil on canvas © Estate of Patrick Heron (collection TATE)

Heron’s work in the 1950s, 60s and 70s influenced my own sense of design, colour and composition for ever. I also liked his sense of pride in British Art of the first and second generation St Ives painters against American cultural imperialism of the 1950s. He dressed, in later years in similar colours as he painted with! I have also visited Eagles Nest, Patrick Heron’s house in Cornwall.

Patrick Heron – studio, 1964. Photograph © Estate of Jorge Lewinski



Share something unusual you’ve learnt from looking at the work of other artists.
Look closely, especially at the edges.

How do you generate or develop ideas for your own art?
They generate me, they are a response to something I see, hear or smell or read. So, how do come about or decide on the titles for your work? I think they should be fairly direct and simpler rather than obscure or pretentious. If the title becomes too burdensome or long-winded, then it’s arguable that it should be part of the artwork itself. If artworks are guns, then the titles could be classed as their triggers, waiting to be pulled by the viewer.

Anthony Jones, The flagellation of Christ, 24″ x 36″,  oil on canvas

Could you describe your studio space set-up.
I have a small studio at Cuckoo Farm Studios, Colchester. It has two windows, one at each end, a sink with cold water, easel, the usual usual stuff…

What’s the purpose of drawing for you as an artist?
It’s the graphic materialisation of an idea, and an exercise in developing how to look and possibly record.

What single piece of advice would you give to an aspiring or young artist?
Learn how to draw well.

And, if you had to choose between using a pen or a pencil to draw with – which one and why?
Pencil. I am used to it, it’s versatile, it can can be delicate or it can be bold.

Which famous artwork would you most like to own, if money & space was not an issue?
Gwen John’s ‘Teapot on a tabletop‘, a small oil in Manchester Art Gallery, or ‘Cottage in a Cornfield‘ by John Constable or ‘Birth of Venus‘ by Sandro Botticelli.

Sandro Botticelli, The Birth of Venus, c. 1486, Uffizi Gallery, Florence



Could you tell us about a work of art (contemporary or historical) that you don’t like – and why?
Anything by Bryan Wynter (a contemporary of Patrick Heron), it disturbs me too much, like a bad dream I used to have.

Bryan Wynter, Seedtime, oil on canvas, 1958-9 © Estate of Bryan Wynter (collection TATE)

Why do you need to make art?
It is essential to my personal well-being.

What do you think is the role of an artist in contemporary society?
To reflect and interpret.

A fantasy question to round off this ‘take five’ – which artist would you invite to dinner and what question/s would you ask them?
John Coltrane, Jazz Saxophonist: “Do you know any Beethoven?

A great question to conclude with, thank you for taking time out for the Artworks blog! To read more about Anthony’s work, head on over to his Artworks artist profile page, or see more of his various art projects on his own website: ajayeart.co.uk.