Brian Lewis's work is in collections in Canada, USA, Germany and India as well as in the UK. He has had major solo exhibitions, in the municipal galleries of Sheffield, Hull, Doncaster and in private galleries all over the North.
His paintings are owned by factory shop-floor workers, Members of Parliament, miners, lawyers, students, doctors and lecturers.
He started life as a moulder and in his time he has been an airman, school teacher, clerk, publisher and university lecturer. He was Birmingham's first Poet Laureate and is currently visiting fellow to an Indian university.
He is also a publisher, writer, playwright, social-commentator, poet and entrepreneur. He has been involved in the writing and publication of over 100 books.
Jo's work occupies that hinterland between the abstract and the programatic, and she has had a fantastic year with several one woman shows around the country and is now showing regularly in London. You may have been fortunate enough to see her work at the recent show at the Parsonage in Howarth
Wednesday, 7th december, between 6pm and 8pm there is a private show of her work at the Gallery, come along and join us for a glass of wine and a chance to meet Jo and talk to her about her work.
It is hard to belive that we are about to celebrate our second Chirstmas at HoMA.
In the meantime we are finalising details of of a Christmas Party, to which you will be welcome, the first Cafe HoMA caberet in February, and - fantastically - the opening of a new exhibition space - Horsforth Modern Art (London) in Shoerditch in London in January.
It is with sadness we have to report than Joe Dolan, a fine, fascinating and always engaged artist, writer and film maker, has died after a short illness. Joe was born in 1939 and taught in the United States and London before settling to teach largely in Bradford but also in Leeds.
Joe died on 19th November and it will come as little surprise to those who knew him that he left precise instructions about his funeral, and that these instructions included not letting anyone other than immediate family know, until after the funeral. This was last Friday.
Joe and I had a conversation about having a show of his work here at HoMA
and a few weeks ago I am pleased to say I had a note confirming his interest in doing this. Sadly that will now be a memorial show in the spring, but I hope we may be able to show work that reflect the many sides of this complex artist.
We have just produced two new web casts to coincide with our current shows the first of these is a profile of painter Douglas Binder follow this link to You Tube:
September 30th saw the publication of “The Imp of Surrealism”, a fine monograph and appreciation of the work of Anthony Earnshaw described (accurately) in the blurb as: “the maverick artist and writer was an original and witty thinker in the latter half of the 20th century, and his northern working class
roots were turned on their head by his discovery of surrealism and jazz in post-war 1940s England”.
His is work is currently being shown at Flowers Gallery, in London, and that exhibition will be coming to Bradford next Summer.
We have copies of the “The Imp of Surrealism”, priced £24.99. This fully-illustrated publication, compiled and edited by Les Coleman, includes essays, commentaries, and anecdotes by those who knew him well and worked with him. This includes many people whose work we have on show here at HoMA, including Chris Vine, John Hyatt, Doug Binder, Patrick Hughes and Glen Baxter
Here at HoMAe also have an excellent collection of his books, many produced with his writing partner Eric Thakker, and his pamphlets. Many of these are very difficult to get hold of. We have various editions of “Musrum” (including signed limited editions), “Wintersol”, “Seven Secret Alphabets”, “25 Poses”, “Dongdeath and Jazzabeth”, “Flick Knives and Forks”, “Carping and Kicking”. We also have a Flowers East catalogue with a personal dedication to his long time friend, and collector, George Melly.
A selection of 24 fine paintings form life by the Bradford artist who studied at Bradford College alongside Hockney and Oxotoby and was taught by Kramer, before going on to study at the Royal College. As a graphic artist working in the 1960s with Dudley Edwards he was a hugely important in creating the iconic sixities look. As a teacher he taught at Portsmoth, St Martin's and with Lucien Freud at Norwich. As a curator he established the impressive reputation of South Square Gallery in Bradford and Dean Clough in Halifax.
For the last ten years or more he has been building up a a body of beautifully crafted oil paintings from life; distinctive in their unmistakeable palette, tonality, rendition of light and painterly draughtsmanship. This is an exciting show by an artist who, at 70, is at the peak of his form and yet who's work still remains affordable for collectors.
Ian is an important figurative, monumental sculptor. His local commisions include the Angel of Peace on the Leeds War Memorial (there is a special display about this in the City Gallery), J B Priestly in Bradford and a mother and child in Wakefield Cathedral. But he also works on a more intimate scale as can be seen in the collection of bronzes we are showing.
For those of you who loved John Hyatt's painiings in "There is only the now" we now have have six small framed oil on canvas landscapes (6"x4") all priced at £150. (There is a photo gallery below).
During August and most of September we are showing a
collection of work by one of the region’s most interesting abstract artists. His supreme confidence in the use of colour, and of contrasting styles of line and mark create works with exciting sense three dimensionality, fascinating visual rhythms and a sense of action. His large and bold A1 sized drawings of nudes, show just the same confidence, and sense of drama. The paintings and collages are priced between£250 and £1000. The framed drawings are £500 each. There is a photo album of most of his works.
Laimonis was born in 1929 and came to the UK from Latvia in 1947 after studying at Leeds College of Art and Goldsmiths he returned to teach at Leeds College of art from 1965 to 1994. He acquired some extra-curricular fame when comedian Lee Francis, a former student at Leeds, acknowledged that he had used Laimonis as the model for his “Bo Selecta” character Avid Merrion.
Those interested in the current series of talks on “Imaginary Painters” at the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds, along with other followers of John Hyatt’s work, shouldn’t miss our next evening event: “John Hyatt – an artist and his alter egos”, including his most recent internet video character The Pilot of Bee Patrol. The evening will also include an opportunity to view “Art Wars – Division and Design”; the large unstretched painting that was used for the catalogue cover of the 1984 British Art Show. There are some details on the pdf flyer below
7pm July 16th, Horsforth ModernArt
John Hyatt – an artist and his alter egos
Here is an image of Tony Noble's BP Portrait Competition exhibit, The Shooting Gallery, you can also view it online, send it as an e-card or order a print from the website:
And if you'd like to see John Hyatt in action with The Three Johns on "The Tube" in 1984 here's a clip we came across:
Before our first bethday party, and to mark a new way of organising our space, we are delighted to say that we are showing our first installation.
It is by Leeds based artist Phill Hopkins, and in addition to the installation there will be drawings and other works available by him. Phill studied at Goldsmiths in late 1980's, and is known for his drawings and installations and video works. He has a number of one person shows including 1991/2 "Flyers – Recent Sculptures & Drawings by Phill Hopkins", at Leeds City Art Gallery.
The installation we are showing is "Place" seen for the first time earlier this year in Sheffield; an atmospheric piece creating a richly metaphorical landscape using packing blankets and his recent trade mark of small wooden houses. We think it will work brilliantly at HoMA.
You can watch the video of "Place" at HoMA on You TubeClick on the following link to see our film of "Place":
It is hard to believe but HoMA is approaching its first Birthday. We will be celebrating that on June the evening of Saturday June 11th with a show of new work, and some older work not seen for some time, by John Hyatt. John's work opened the Gallery so it will be nice to celebrate the first Birthday with a new show from him. So please put that date in your diaries.
Here at HoMA we will not be celebrating any weddings on April 29th so please join us that aftenoon and some of our artists for refreshments and to enjoy and celebrate excellent art with a Yorkshire pedigree.
Bank Holiday Openings
We are open as usual for the Easter Weekend
Thursday 21st-Sunday 24th April
We are not celebrating any weddings and so are also open as usual 28th April - 1st May. More details to follow.
Fellow Back Lane residents The Horsforth Arts Society also have their spring exhibition over these weekends so there is another very good reason for visiting us over the holiday period.
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At the eastern end of the M62 (much closer to New York than London) Alex Corina (Bradford born and bred artist, gallery owner, and HoMA artist) has taken over the Lark Lane Atelier, for the next couple of months (at least). In addition to his own work and work by some other exciting Liverpool based artists he is also showing work by fellow West Yorkshire - based HoMA artists Ian Taylor and Erin Ward (her first showing in that city). If you are over there add the "Artworks at the Atelier" to an intenary that includes the Tate and the Walker (probably the best muncipal art gallery in the world). It is open Thursday to Sunday afternoons, the address is Lark Lane Atelier 33 Lark Lane, Liverpool L17 8UW.
At HoMA e have a number of new works including a selction of beautiful slate and acrylic works by sculptor Suzanne North, and a dramatic large canvas by Doug Binder. It dates from 1982 and is the first of his "Geometric Series" which mark his return to, "Full Circle", to painting. You may not have seen these paintings before, or for a long time, since many are now in private collections so do try to get along to see it. And of course don't forget are Meadows show which is on till the end of April.
Meanwhile elsewhere don't forget the show of Ian Judd's works at Dean Clough and further afield in Sheffield.....
Phill Hopkins at Wesley Hall,
Sheffield, S10 1UD
Phil has a new installation as part of an exhibition about "Willderness" at Wesley Hall, in Sheffield. Phil has created a fascinating landscape urban or subaurban landscape continuing his exploration of memory, inclusion and exclusion from society and its constituent parts, especially the familly. The show is on until April 22nd and opening hours are good but complicated so check them out at Phill's web page: http://www.phill-hopkins.co.uk/articles_172213.html.
A good day to visit may be when Jon Gomm, the outstanding Leeds giutarist, and friend of HoMA, is playing
On Saturday March 12th our new show opens. It includes twenty works on paper and two bronze castings by Professor Bernard Meadows, Henry Moore's first assistant and later for twenty years head of sculpture and the Royal College of Art. All the works are for sale, and you'd be welcome to join us at our private show from 6pm on Saturday 12th March
We now have a selection of exciting studio pottery by some of the country's leading potters check our ceramics page.
Please download our new newsletter that looks and some of the exciting things happening this year as well as the challenges facing the artworld.b Also please note that for the remainder of the winter we will be closing at 5pm on Thursday and Friday.
Designer and producer of fabulous fused and stained glass
Horsforth Jeweller, who studied jewellery making at Leeds College of Art, produces stunning unique pieces in Silver and Titanium.
Designer and producer of silver jewellery,
particularly using found silverware
Designer of silk scarves
If you haven't been in recently it will be a good chance to check out our new work including a superb stage design (larger and I think possibly better that that in the current University show about Beardsley), and female nude, by Albert Wainwright; very striking paintings by Barry de More, sculptures by Phill Hopkins, works on paper by Emma Fotherby and, just arrived, recent prints and mixed media works by Joe Dolan whom I believe hasn't hasn't shown locally for some time.
Wendy McArthur is the subject of a substantial and enthusiastic profile in the latest edition of "Inside Track" - the Home Office's in-house magazine. You can read the full profile below. Many thanks to the Home Office, who have allowed us to use the article and Claire Wood, the excellent local free lance photographer who took the images for the magazine.
To whet your appetite here is a photo gallery of some images from Erin Ward's and John Kaye's show cases. The images have been cropped and resized for the web, so you do need to see them in person to experience the drama of Erin's work (one of these canvases is 6ft wide) and the captivating detail of John's work. Hopefully we'll see you at the private show next Wednesday.
Erin Ward - In Wild Places
Erin Ward paints atmospheric and dramatic imagined landscapes which have a monumental feel even when she works on a smaller scale. In this show case we present a number of striking works from a larger 4ftx6ft canvas to smaller works.
Erin will be running a short series of classes in the Gallery in the new year.
John Kaye - Shrines and Houses
John is drawn to houses and shrines which he depicts in a highly stylised, distinctive, exquisite way. He uses acrylic and increasingly gold and bronze leaf which is beautifully etched. Although there is a strong arcadian feel to his work, he also drawn to the industrial pennine architecture of his hometown, Marsden.
Private Show November 24th, 7pm
Please come along and meet John and Erin at a private show of their work.
Tony Noble has been awarded Meynell Fenton Prize at the ING Discerning Eye Exhibition at the Mall Galleries.
We are so pleased for Tony since we have been showing his work since we opened. His distinctive virtuoso technique, applied to often very ordinary urban scenes, have drawn appreciative comments and attention from the widest possible range of visitors to the Gallery.
This award rounds off a great year for Tony with pieces accepted into the BP Portrait Award at the National Portrait Gallery, the hugely competitive Sunday Time Watercolour Exhibitions and the ING Discerning Eye.
We currently have eight of Tony of pieces on show, so that is a great chance to see his work in West Yorkshire.
For those of you who are fans of the Notting Hillbillies I now also have a great small pastel of The Gap of Dunloe, by Brendan's fellow Hillbillie Steve Phillips. Done in 1986, it measures around 28x23 cms and was executed in 1986. It is framed underglass so the attached photo does not do it justice and is just to give you an idea. For more about Steve as an artist check out his web site http://www.stevephillipsmusic.com/.
Ian is a well known artist and sculptor living in Bradford. Later this academic year he retires as a teacher at Bradford College where he has shaped the future careers of many of the important artists who have emerged from there.
Brendan is possibly better known as an outstanding musician with his own band, the Five O'clock Shadows and as co founder of the Notting Hillbillies as well as being a regular feature of the Mekons' and Tasmin Archer's line ups. But he trained as a visual artist and has regular shows in Europe, including most recently at the Ghent Festival.
Ian and Brendan are old friends and their work sits well together. Their repertoire includes many of the techniques used by surrealists and dadists. But rather than creating surreal worlds their witty, wry and beautifully crafted works more often point up the delicious absurdities of the world outside our doors....
We hope you can make the opening, if not please try to catch it before it ends on 7th November. We are open Thursday to Sunday.
HoMA is spreading its wings and putting on an exhibition at Dean Clough of the works on paper by Bryan Ingham. Originally from Calderdale Ingham worked in a tailors after leaving school and only after National Service in the RAF went on to studying at St Martin's and the Royal College of Art.
Influenced by cubism and post war modernism and the artists of St Ives, he produced some striking and exqiuisite etchings and dawings, soeme on show in this exhibition. Although he worked in Cornwall and occasionaly Germany for most of the rest of his life he conitnued to capture scenery of the areas he came from - particularly Calderdale.
IFor More information about John and his work visit our artists page, John Hyatt,where there is a list of works and gallery prices, and links to his music videos on U Tube. Or check out the following web pages:
Manchester Metropolitan University:
John Hyatt’s personal website:
Nature’s Code Foundation:
HoMA no longer exists as a selling gallery.
It is an online dictionary promoting the role of West Yorkshire in Modern Art since the start of the twententh century.
Download the dictionary as a pdf above, and add it to your ipad or tablet.
The Gallery web page archive is available on this site (click the tabs at page tops to go there).
For more information about the images and to download free copies of original digital art by David Hockney dating from 2009 go to our David Hockney download page.
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