Katherine Jones ‘The Precious Hours’ – Prints and New Works on Paper

The Precious Hours 2017, Collagraph and block print on paper, 92 x 71 cm, Edition of 25

The Precious Hours is an exhibition of new prints and works on paper by Katherine Jones, Rabley’s artist-in-residence 2016-17 and runs from 17 March – 28 April 2018 at Rabley Gallery, Wiltshire.

During her residency Katherine Jones travelled down to Rabley Home Farm from her home in London on a monthly basis. Katherine was able to witness the seasonal changes on the farm as well as more formal changes such as the sale of the dairy herd, which marked a fundamental shift for the farm. She has not attempted to document these changes straightforwardly, rather, the relative space and minimalism of the cultivated landscape in contrast to the squeeze of the urban environment; the differences in scale; the bittersweet nature of farming and our larger changing environment have been the catalyst to the new work.

Katherine Jones sitting drawing at the Rabley Drawing Centre pond.

Katherine Jones at the Rabley Drawing Centre pond.

During this residency, Katherine Jones has shared The Precious Hours to be inspired, be concerned and be knowing of this place. Her new watercolours and prints meander through conundrums, alighting upon symbols and references. Their intent is not aestheticism, but question. The physicality of these fragile pieces of paper is both beautiful and profound.’   Meryl Ainslie 2018

Here is a selection of works on show at ‘The Precious Hours’ for the full catalogue please visit the website: click here

 


Special Event: Artist Gallery and Studio Introduction – Saturday 21st April

Artists Katherine Jones and Fred Galley will discuss their residencies at Rabley Drawing Centre, walking you through the studio and into the gallery to see their exhibitions – Katherine Jones, ‘The Precious Hours’, New prints and works on paper & Fred Gatley, ‘Rabley Series’ Ceramics. This is a free event but places are limited and booking essential. view and book event

 


The Precious Hours

The title ‘The Precious Hours’ is meant to be read in both a domestic and global context. All time is precious and, as the warming of our planet speeds and visibly affects our environment, the passing of time is ever more apparent.

The work in this exhibition is mostly the result of a year’s residency at Rabley Drawing Centre and Rabley Farm. I visited the farm roughly once a month, made drawings, collected objects and made prints that have been developed both in the Rabley Print studio and back in my London studio.

The show brings together a lexicon of motifs to describe the place and the thoughts evoked during the residency – containers, farm buildings, fields, rocks, birds, clouds and the man-made Rabley pond. During the year, depictions of scale and space have given way to a focus on the passing of time – both in a domestic and global sense – and the visible effects of environmental change making the speed of its passing ever more apparent.

The paintings, sketchbooks and mono-prints are part of the formation or gathering of these individual ideas. The editioned prints, however, are the result of a slower percolation – a consolidation of disparate threads into something more concluded.

The large-scale prints bring together drawings of the farm and surrounding area, the windbreaks between large open fields, mixed clusters of deciduous and evergreen trees and structures loosely derived from the farm’s buildings. These include the farmhouse – large and open, and a serene ‘hide’ from which to observe the birdlife, in particular the red kites and swathes of jackdaws.

A dominant theme has been the sky – so much wider in open Wiltshire countryside than in the city. The warmer average temperatures of recent years are thought to be behind an increase in the occurrence of towering white cumulonimbus clouds. Being more reflective than the grey blanket-like stratus, they form a feedback loop that increases rather than slows the warming of the atmosphere.

This sense of an acceleration of cumulative imbalances in our environment prompted a shift towards more tension in the images – bucolic scenes and skyscapes described in jarring contrasts of line and tone in a colour palette dominated by light flesh-tones and pitch black. Dramatic, distorted, drooping or pouring in a flow-form towards the ground, they describe the accumulation and acceleration of a momentous surge. The resulting aesthetic is something resembling melting ice-cream – sweet, ethereal colours dripped into the brown earth.

I am indebted to Meryl and Andrew Ainslie for giving me the opportunity to work at Rabley and for being such generous and accommodating hosts. Being at Rabley has shifted my perspective and been a catalyst to a new body of work, much of which is still in progress.

Katherine Jones
2018

 


 

About the artist

Katherine Jones is a fine art printmaker and painter. She combines traditional forms of intaglio and relief print (etching, collagraph and block-print) to produce her distinctive images. Fragile floras are covered with protective environments – each luminous and held in the surface of print and watercolour. Jones’ images play with the balance of botanical history and the metaphors of a fragile world.

Jones studied printmaking at Cambridge School of Art and Camberwell College of Art. She has been widely exhibited and received numerous awards and residences. Awards – 2014; London Original Print Fair Prize; Printmaking Today Prize; 2015 Artist in residence, Winchester School of Art; Eton College, UK. Public Collections – Victoria and Albert Museum prints and drawings collection, London National Art library, UK; The House of Lords, UK; Yale University Library, USA.

 


‘Katherine Jones – The Precious Hours’ Publication

Rabley Gallery have published a book to accompany the exhibition. We have copies for sale in the gallery for £18 (special price) or you can view and purchase the book online here: Book Preview


The exhibition runs until April 28th 2018

http://www.rableydrawingcentre.com

SKETCH 2017 tours to Lancaster Arts

SKETCH TOURS TO LANCASTER

The Sketch 2017 touring exhibition opens at the Peter Scott Gallery at Lancaster University this month with a special opening and prize announcement on Wednesday 22nd November at 6.30pm.

“We’ll take the experience and possibilities of the sketchbook further through other activities and displays, including work influenced by Dorothy Wordsworth’s journals by Sarah Corbett and Zoe Benbow made through collaboration with Lancaster University English Department and the Wordsworth Trust.

Join us on 22 November for the exhibition opening, where we’ll announce the winner of a Lancaster Arts Sketch commission.” Lancaster Arts view page…

EXHIBITION:
November 20 – December 15

Opening Times:

Weekdays 12-5pm
Opening Event 22 November from 6.30pm

LOCATION:
Peter Scott Gallery
Lancaster University, Arts Lancaster, Bailrigg, Lancaster LA1 4YW
Tel. 01524 594151
https://www.lancasterarts.org/visiting/performance-venues/peter-scott-gallery

For more about SKETCH, Rabley’s national sketchbook drawing prize visit our website. Click here…

Sketch 2017 Exhibition Tours to Plymouth College of Art

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The Sketch 2017 touring exhibition has now opened at Plymouth College of Art in the Drawing Studios and will run until Friday 6th October.

EXHIBITION:
September 9 – October 6

Opening Times:
Mon – Fri 9am – 6pm
Sat 11am – 2pm
23-24 September 11am – 5pm

PRIVATE VIEW ON THURSDAY 28 SEPTEMBER, 5-7pm

LOCATION:
The Drawing Studios
Plymouth College of Art
Tavistock Place
Plymouth, PL4 8AT
Devon, England — Map
+44 (0)1752 203434
enquiries@pca.ac.uk

Chitra Parvathy Merchant wins Plymouth College of Art Student Prize

We are delighted to announce the winner of the Plymouth College of Art Student Prize as Chitra Parvathy Merchant.

Chitra Parvathy Merchant, sketchbook page

Chitra Parvathy Merchant, sketchbook pages

Chitra Merchant grew up in India and currently works as a Printmaker in Bristol, U.K since 2000. Much of Chitra’s work is strongly informed by her Indian upbringing. This is reflected in her drawings and prints that examine the roles and expectations that are ascribed to women in India and elsewhere. Her landscapes use ancient Indian historical sites as a starting point from which to develop imaginal structures that take on a life and logic of their own. Her love of drawing and colour always form the starting point of any work.

For her, keeping sketchbooks is vital to her practice. They are a way of recording ideas and thoughts in a safe and intimate format. But most of all, they remain for her, a way of keeping alert and alive to creative possibilities.

more of Chitra’s sketchbook pages…

SADIE TIERNEY – Making new woodcut prints at Rabley

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We have been delighted to welcome artist Sadie Tierney to be in residence in the Rabley Drawing Centre print–room making stunning woodcuts for her forthcoming exhibition ‘Of Night and Light and the Half-light’.

Monumental in scale, she has honed the blocks and cut the images using hand and mechanical tools, never loosing the freshness of the drawing translated from her sketched and sometimes drawn directly onto the plywood sheets.

 

Even the large press could not cope with printing the works in one piece. saw. Continue reading

SKETCH 2017 TOUR Black Swan Arts 22 July – 3 Sept

SKETCH 2017 on Tour

22 JULY – 3 SEPTEMBER 2017

BLACK SWAN ARTS 2 Bridge Street, Frome, Somerset BA11 1BB

SKETCH 2017 – Sketchbook Drawing Prize includes 100 sketchbooks by 77 artists. It is selected from an international submission of over 500 Sketchbooks. This is the fourth SKETCH exhibition since 2005 and this year it will be touring UK venues.

Preview Friday 21 July 6- 8pm

OPENING TIMES – Black Swan Arts   Mon- Sat: 10.00am- 4.00pm

EXHIBITION CATALOGUE

SKETCH 2017 EXHIBITION CATALOGUE

The SKETCH 2017 Catalogue is now available to purchase online through the RABLEY BOOK SHOP. Each of the 77 artists in the exhibition is represented in this fully illustrated catalogue with an image from a selected sketchbook. Introduction by Meryl Ainslie, Director of Rabley Drawing Centre.

http://www.rableydrawingcentre.com/rabley-publications.html

SKETCH 2017 – CATALOGUE Open Sketchbook Drawing Prize. Catalogue of the artists sketchbooks selected for the SKETCH 2017 Open Sketchbook Drawing Prize.102 Pages, laminated soft cover, fully illustrated. 17 x 17cm. Introduction text by Meryl Ainslie, Director of Rabley Drawing Centre

This book is currently only available to purchase online via http://www.blurb.com by following the buy now link below. PDF versions also available.

VIEW AND PURCHASE LINK 

Publication Price £27 / PDF version £2.99 (plus VAT and P&P)

First edition published 20th May 2017 by Rabley Drawing Centre, Rabley Barn, Mildenhall, Marlborough, Wiltshire SN8 2LW, Email: info@rableydrawingcentre.com. Telephone: +44 (0)1672 511999 Website: http://www.rableydrawingcentre.com. ISBN 978 0 9926817 1 5

Printed in the UK by Blurb (www.blurb.co.uk)

REVIEW

 

..”the selections for Sketch 2017 continue to challenge what the concept of a sketchbook is and for. One searches for intimacy and authenticity, questioning the role that notebooks play in an artist’s practice. Anne Desmet’s people and places evidence a sketchbook as a constant companion..” Fiona Robinson, Evolver Magazine July/August 2017

Read Fiona Robinson’s full review of Sketch 2017 in Evolver Magazine http://www.evolver.org.uk

TOUR VENUES AND DATES

22 July – 3 September 2017

Black Swan Arts, Frome

2 Bridge Street

Frome, BA11 1BB

9 September – 6 October 2017

Plymouth College of Art

Tavistock Place

Plymouth PL4 8AT

20 November – 15 December 2017

Peter Scott Gallery

Lancaster Arts

Great Hall Complex

Lancaster University LA1 4YW

with thanks to our collaborators and sponsors

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SKETCH 2017 – Invitation to Wiltshire Teachers and Teaching Assistants

http://www.rableydrawingcentre.com

SKETCH 2017
Special evening exhibition viewing and sketchbook workshop
Tuesday 6 June 5-7pm
Or Tuesday 13 June 5-7pm
with Meryl Ainslie, Director of Rabley Drawing Centre

This is an open invitation to teachers and teaching assistants to join us for an inspirational evening of Sketchbooks and a free multisensory sketchbook workshop suitable for all levels and abilities.

SKETCH 2017 is a sketchbook exhibition of 100 artists sketchbooks selected from 500 international artists. This exhibition will truly inspire you to draw both in and out of the classroom!

There will be an education pack sponsored by Derwent pencils available to take away including worksheets, sketching ideas for all levels, a digital copy of the exhibition catalogue and more.

Please share this with your teacher friends on facebook.

If you would like to join us please contact Meryl Ainslie in the gallery on 01672 511999 or email events@rableydrawingcentre.com Please include your name, school and personal contact telephone number as places are limited.

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CALL FOR ENTRIES!

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SKETCH OPEN 2017

Submissions are now open for SKETCH OPEN 2017, the sketchbook drawing prize awarded for artists’ sketchbooks. The competition and touring exhibition SKETCH, aims to promote the diversity and importance of drawing and the role of the sketchbook in contemporary creative practice. For the first time SKETCH will be open to international as well as UK based artists.

PRIZES FROM

  • Rabley Drawing Centre
  • Black Swan Arts
  • Plymouth College of Art
  • Lancaster Arts

Deadline for submissions: 27th March 2017

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