Living Terra Exhibition – 9th June till 4th August 2018
Original Still Life paintings by Francesca Currie RBSA, Sally Anne Fitter, Giuliana Lazzerini, & Jake Mullins.
In association with York’s First Horticultural Festival, ‘Bloom’ (5th July – 8th July 2018).
A member of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists, Francesca was born in Banbury in 1989. She studied at The University College of the Arts in Norwich where she achieved a B.A. Honours in Fine Art. She went on to study at the London Atelier of Representational Art. Francesca now works full time as an artist at her studio in Worcester. Since her move home in 2016 Francesca has been elected full membership to the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists, had her first Solo show at the R.B.S.A., and had her work shown at the Mall Galleries in London. All her paintings are Oil on Canvas.
Sally Anne Fitter
Sally Anne is a painter, with a background in Textile Design and Ceramics.
She has a 1st Class BA Hons from Bristol Art School.
She also ran a Textile Design Studio, Digby Morton Designs, in London selling her designs to Liberty’s, Monsoon, Laura Ashley, Calvin Klein and Cerrutti amongst others.
Working from her North Norfolk home /Studio, she paints mainly flowers and still lives.
Her past as a textile designer is evident in her use of pattern and colour. Her joyful, exuberant paintings inspire a feeling of happiness in the viewer.
Often elements of collage, gold leaf are used, and a technique of layering and scraping of paint to create texture that results in paintings that are vibrant, luminous and full of interest.
Giuliana was born in Seravezza near Pietrasanta, Tuscany. Between 1962 and 1968 she was a student at the Istituto D’Arte Stagio Stagi in Pietrasanta, gaining a Master of Arts Diploma. This was followed by a further four years studying painting at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Carrara. She moved to Yorkshire in 1987 and now lives in York.
“I was born and grew up in Tuscany, Italy. This has had a strong impact on my work. Pietrasanta is a place where art is part of everybody’s life; this medieval town, nicknamed ‘Little Athens’, is surrounded by Michelangelo’s marble mountains. My father was a painter and mosaic maker and he passed his love of painting onto me. Exposure to colour and geometry during my childhood encouraged me to study art and painting in Tuscany, sparking a passion for art which has never left me.”
Giuliana has had numerous Solo Exhibitions, amongst them, Italy, Switzerland, Michigan USA, London, Glasgow, Leeds, Bradford, Doncaster, Durham and York. She has regularly exhibited at the R.I. and R.O.I. at the Mall Galleries, London. Her work has been three times finalist in Singer & Friedlander and shown at Discerning Eye Exhibitions. She has also won awards in Rome, Florence, Forte Dei Marmi, Milan, and the R.I., Mall Galleries, London. Public Commissions include Northumbria County Council (Wansbeck District Council), and York University, Research.Centre.
Jake Mullins is a Fine Art graduate from Leeds College of Art currently living and working in Wakefield. Since January 2017 his work has been exhibited in multiple group exhibitions including Ones 2 Watch, Farsley, Extra-ordinary, Leeds and Free Range, London. Jake’s work has also been shortlisted for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2016, the Royal Society of British Artists 2017 and the Lynn Painter-Stainers 2017.
As a painter Jake Mullins is interested in depicting abstracted compositions and still life pieces commenting on the idea of ‘good taste’ and modern design. In contrast to the home he is also intrigued by how public spaces such as hotel receptions, office spaces and beauty salons seem to follow a similar formula in their construction. They all appear to contain minimal decor; a potted plant sat alone in the corner surrounded by empty space and light wood surfaces.
His work uses motifs such as potted plants, designer sofas, puffy cushions and minimalist shelving to suggest wealth and sophistication, providing the ultimate example of the contemporary home containing no visible clutter that is usually found in the domestic space. Developing a technique of using masking tape as a stencilling tool, Mullins attempts to capture bold colours and superimposed shapes which is a key element to his work. He uses clean lines and simple forms to play with notions of the artificiality of what we see and read about in television and advertising.