The Lightbox gallery and museum is pleased to present ‘Taste of Art’, a display of work by local and regional artists. Changing monthly, the ‘Taste of Art’ features established artists, all noted for their quality of work. ‘Taste of Art’ strives to offer an exciting mix of paintings, original limited edition prints, textile and mixed media work.
All works on display are available to purchase from The Lightbox Gift Shop, where there is also a large selection of unframed work by the artists.
The current Taste of Art features the detailed botanical prints of award winning local artist, Shirley Slocock. Speaking about her work, Shirley has commented:
'I was delighted when I discovered that I could combine my love of gardening with my wish to paint. For me, the creation of a picture of plant material is both challenging and absorbing, often requiring a good deal of preparatory research and thought prior to actually committing pencil and brush to paper. I find myself immersed in a quiet and intimate space far removed from a fast moving world.
Following my diploma course, I painted mostly flowers in a traditional manner, but, in recent years, I have found that what attracts and inspires me has changed. I can find beauty and excitement in a twisted celeriac root and admire the symmetry of an artichoke! I work in watercolour and graphite directly from live material , resorting to photographs only when my subject shrivels and dies. Many of my vegetable subjects are grown in our garden and, after being painted, are destined for our dining table!
I try to stay faithful to the actual specimen but continue to explore different ways of representing my subject, often in a design format. My aim is always to deliver ‘wall appeal’, botanically accurate but illustrating plants, fruit and vegetables in ways which are both challenging and unusual.'
Shirley Slocock's Botanical Art will be on display in The Lightbox Café from 28 October until 7 December 2014, all works on show will be available to buy.
Images © Shirley Slocock