Medway artists showcase their work


News from Medway Council website

Upcoming exhibition at Rochester Art Gallery

17 January to 15 March

Four Medway artists will be showcasing their creative talents at an exhibition in Rochester Art Gallery.

Paintings, drawings and pinhole photography will make up a display called ‘The Skull Grins Relentless’ by self-taught artists and musicians Mick Hampshire and Wolf Howard.

Wolf Howard specialises in images painted in a style called impasto, which involves painting with thick, deep, visible brush strokes that form part of the image itself.

Howard – who tries to capture his subjects with a childlike innocence – paints in his back garden using oils on canvas and shoots old-fashioned style films with his super 8 cine camera.

He will also be conducting two special painting and drawing workshops for families during the exhibition.

Mick Hampshire’s abstract work is inspired by cave paintings and medieval art. He often paints with a grinning skull sitting on his shoulder, a fact that has helped inspire the name for this exhibition.

Galleries throughout London and the South East have showcased Hampshire’s work and a number of his paintings have found homes across the world.

Some of the pair’s well known pieces will be at the exhibition as well as art created especially for the show.

Also on display at the same exhibition will be crafts by two other Medway artists.

Sarah J Crouch will be presenting a selection of her sculpted ceramics inspired by aboriginal art as well as 1950’s and 60’s graphics.

She will be joined by printmaker Xtina Lamb, who will be displaying her colourful artist books; vinyl cut illustrations and printed banners based on the themes of luck, loss and truth.

*The exhibition will run from 17 January to the 15 March with a special preview on the 16 January between 6.30pm and 8.30pm.

Free Admission. Opening times are Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm and Sundays, 10.30am to 5pm.

The workshops led by Wolf Howard on Saturday 1 and Saturday 8 of March are free, but places must be booked in advance by contacting Medway Council on or on 01634 338319.

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