4th July to 15th August
Geoff Williams –
Better Late Than Never
With my first pension cheque a distant memory, I thought the time right to launch my work on an unsuspecting public – hence BETTER LATE THAN NEVER, my first exhibition.
I have no formal art training, beyond GCE level, but a keen interest in all visual arts, including some experience working with ceramics and stained glass.
The exhibition comprises a selection of my non-representational art. I like to use acrylics, oils, oil pastels, glues, varnishes, cut outs, found materials such as newsprint and anything else that adds to the composition. Some pieces I would consider purely abstracted arrangements of colour and form; others are intended to communicate a specific idea or proposition that invites a response from the viewer.
I welcome all responses, good or bad, in the comments book provided.
26th November to 17th December
3 Of A Kind
This current series of paintings titled ‘ 3 of a kind’ originated from a book in my collection of what the Americans call ‘slot machines’. The interest is nostalgic, looking back, leisure and youth. The slot theme has been used by artists in the past, If you look at both American and English Pop Artists e.g Peter Phillip and Peter Blake you will find examples of this type of imagery. I have recycled some of their ideas in my own paintings.
My objective is to try and create the allure, glamour and temptation of the slot machine.
The series began with very small sketches which then developed into A4 sketches in acrylic on paper and finally works in oil on board. Some of the boards in this exhibition have been separated rearranged and reassembled.
As an artist
You can have a aims, however constraints of time, resources and environment can limit those objectives. At this time I am scanning my work and producing combinations of images that the audience can pick & mix.
I live in the Warley area of Birmingham and work for South and City College Birmingham as a lecturer at the Bournville campus. I teach adults with learning difficulties.
You can find my work on my website: www.markhightonart.co.uk
7th January to 23rd February 2019
Branches Through The Year
I am a photographer. I work with analogue photography. I shoot series of photos. I document changes in nature by returning to the same place at regular intervals to take a photo from exactly the same point of view. Each series of small photos (10 cm x 15 cm) is shown together in one large frame.
The work I will show consists of several 12 month series, starting in January, where I took one photo each month. I concentrated on just showing parts of trees, often just a few branches or twigs to give a more detailed view of the leaves and – sometimes – flower petals and the changes that happen over the course of one year.
All images were taken in my local neighbourhood of Handsworth, most of them in Handsworth Park.