A Practical Dialogue
Friday 7 February - Sunday 2 March 2014
Preview: Thursday 6 February / 6pm - 8pm / All welcome
Artists: Sue Baker Kenton / Peter Clayton / Serena Smith / Gino Ballantyne / Gordon Millar / Richard Devereux
A Practical Dialogue presents artwork created collaboratively by six artist educators during in a project conceived and led by Sue Baker-Kenton, artist in residence at Leicester Print Workshop in 2012-2013.
Baker Kenton is a visual artist and artist educator who specialises in etchings and lithographs. Her practice is rooted in observational drawings that record the world around her. In her recent work she has returned to the subject of the human head, using it as a matrix from which to explore ideas about what it is to be human.
Baker-Kenton devised A Practical Dialogue with a view to staging collaborations and provoking conversations between artists. She proposed that three artist educators based at Leicester Print Workshop would partner three artists who worked, predominantly, in different disciplines to create new work together for a touring exhibition. In addition to Sue Baker Kenton, printmakers Peter Clayton and Serena Smith were invited to join the project and together they selected visual artists Gino Ballantyne, Gordon Millar and Richard Devereux as collaborators.
Speaking of A Practical Dialogue Sue Baker Kenton commented: "This project provided an exciting opportunity to work alongside a diverse group of artists, each of whom exhibited varied sensibilities when making new images featuring printmaking at their core. I am delighted that we have the opportunity to present the resulting artwork in MK Gallery Project Space.”
Sue Baker Kenton is a Buckinghamshire-based visual artist with many years’ experience as a practitioner and educator. She studied at BNU (MA Printmaking) and at the Curwen Print Study Centre (individual study in Stone Lithography). She exhibits nationally and internationally, with her work regularly selected for major printmaking exhibitions. She was Leicester Print Works resident artist 2012-13. www.sue-baker.co.uk
Gino Ballantyne was born in Malta and studied at The Glasgow School of Art (BA (Hons) Fine Art, Drawing and Painting 1987) and the University of the Arts London, Wimbledon College of Art (MFA in Painting 2009). Gino was shortlisted for the Jerwood Drawing Prize in 2008. He has exhibited widely and his work is held in private and public collections both nationally and internationally. http://issuu.com/ginoballantyne
Peter Clayton is a painter printmaker who exhibits widely throughout the UK. He has work in private and public collections and has undertaken commissions for designers, art galleries and publishers. www.peterclayton.org
Gordon Millar is an art historian and artist, a Trustee of the Leicester Print Workshop, and formerly Vice Principal at Loughborough College of Art & Design.
Serena Smith is a Leicestershire based artist who trained in lithography at the Curwen Studio (1985-97), and Fine Art at Central Saint Martin’s School of Art (MA 2004). In partnership with Leicester Print Workshop, she is mentor for the Lithography Internship, a year-long programme of bespoke training, offered to a postgraduate artist-printmaker. www.serenasmith.org
Richard Devereux studied at Portsmouth College of Art, UK [1974–77] and has exhibited extensively since 1979. His work is held in numerous private, national and international collections including: The Sackner Archive, USA; The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art; Siena Art Institute, Italy; Tate Gallery, London; Tsukuba Dojo, Japan; The Usher Gallery, Lincoln; Van Abbemuseum, Holland; Vancouver Art Gallery, Canada and Yorkshire Sculpture Park, UK. www.richarddevereux.com
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