Jitka Palmer

The Searchers exhibition: September 12 – 24, 2014
‘Shooting from the Hip’
Harriet Aston, Stephen Buckeridge, Dave Morgan Davies, Tony Eastman, Michael Hayter, Stuart Low, Jitka Palmer, Ruth Piper

8 Artists: spotlighting an artist a week for 8 weeks leading up to the show.

Week 5: Jitka Palmer
‘The group of three heads represent my reflection on how shooters or prophets orpeacemakers are often treated by history and mankind’ JP

Jitka is a story teller. Her work suggests a continuing narrative or commentary, a processing and distilling of conscious and unconscious observations, made visual through her manipulation of clay and stone.
Her latest work has an immediacy and spontainaety, a straight from the hip response.
The 3 new heads are powerful portraits of a train of thought, a passionate rendering in clay. ‘Silenced Preacher’ & ‘Blinded Visionary’ are roughly worked in porcelain, finished with a clear glaze. The clay hangs in folds, patched and scarred in direct contrast to the delicate nature of the material.
‘Misled Dreamer’ is a brutal stoneware puppet like head sickly with bright coloured glazes, an iron stake hammered into the centre of the skull.
http://www.jitkapalmer.co.uk/
Ruth Piper – Founder of The Searchers contemporary

‘Shooting from the Hip’ 4. Stephen Buckeridge

 

 

 

 

 

The Searchers exhibition: September 12 – 24, 2014 ‘Shooting from the Hip’
Harriet Aston, Stephen Buckeridge, Dave Morgan-Davies, Tony Eastman, Michael Hayter, Stuart Low, Jitka Palmer, Ruth Piper

8 Artists: spotlighting an artist a week for 8 weeks leading up to the show.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week 4. Stephen Buckeridge
In a conversation with Stephen last week on Skype we discussed possible unconscious influences and sources that may be apparent in his most recent paintings. Certain strong changes in the work triggered stories from the past, giving new insights and at the time conjured similar memories of my own.
When I was young my father used to bring paper home from work for me. Stephen’s own father did the same. He was an engineer who worked on the fuel systems of Condorde in the 60s. The paper had a grid – the same paper he used to develop his drawings……

‘The colour of the paper was a either a kind of burnt orange, an emerald green or a metallic blue, it had tiny squares within larger darker coloured squares. He also gave me staedler propelling pencils to work with – I still like the etched line they give. The paper was very susceptible to smudging, which I liked and still do’ SB

Ruth Piper – Founder of The Searchers contemporary

 

‘Shooting from the Hip’ 3. Stuart Low

The Searchers exhibition: September 12 – 24, 2014
‘Shooting from the Hip’

Harriet Aston, Stephen Buckeridge, Dave Morgan Davies, Tony Eastman, Michael Hayter, Stuart Low, Jitka Palmer, Ruth Piper
8 Artists: spotlighting an artist a week for 8 weeks leading up to the show.

Week 3: Stuart Low
I knew Stuart for a while as a successful glass artist and it was a pleasure to discover his paintings. The sometimes difficult philosophical and psychological shift needed to make the transition from glass to a fine art process seems not to pose a problem for Stuart. There is a laid back ‘coolness’ about his small paintings, underpinned by carefully controlled energy and intensity. His confident loose brushwork is sometimes overlaid with a more structured but soft playful grid that has a thoughtful diagrammatic quality.
The stained and painted glass commissions that provide his living subtly inform the painting with an innate sense of design and in the way that colours can appear to be backlit or giving off light. Ruth Piper – Founder of ‘The Searchers Contemporary’
http://www.stuart-low.co.uk/