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Parklife by Graeme Roach
Wednesday, June 1, 2016 @ 10:30 am - Saturday, June 25, 2016 @ 4:30 pm
Once again, the Three Hares Art Gallery at the Cowper & Newton Museum is participating in the county-wide Bucks Open Studio event which runs from 11th to 26th June. This year, we are pleased to welcome the artist Graeme Roach and his exhibition of drawings of Canadian Geese under the title ‘Parklife’.
We asked Graeme to tell us a little about himself and what lies behind the inspiration for his exhibition:
“I was born in Newcastle upon Tyne and after leaving school I attended a Foundation course at the local College of Arts and Technology before furthering my studies at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. My interest at this point was mainly with sculpture and relief; using the local coast line as a source of subject matter. This interest in the natural environment has stayed with me over the years and continues to be a feature my work.
I have always realised the importance of drawing and its effectiveness of not only conveying accurate representational images of a subject but also as an important tool in effectively communicating ideas. My early interest in sculpture has ingrained an interest in representing form and structure; whether this is created through broad areas of tone or the build-up through the layering of graphic mark making.
For the past twenty five years I have taught in Art in at secondary school level in Milton Keynes. My interest in drawing birds stemmed from a visit to Kew Gardens where one year a large flock of Canadian Geese had decided to take up residency. Seeing these birds in such numbers, their variety of poses and movement as well as and the manner in which they interacted with one another, provided the initial source of inspiration for many of the drawings in this exhibition. Initially I began to make drawings to inform the development of small pieces of abstract sculpture. The drawing has now firmly established itself as the finished outcome.
One of the most appealing aspects of Milton Keynes is the open green spaces and parkland which encourages wildlife into the town and attracts a large variety of bird life to its lakes. Formations of geese are a familiar sight in the environment and they have continued to provide a source for my work. Geese and Swans are themes that reoccur as I am particularly interested in their physical presence, power and strength which is one of the reasons why I choose at times to depict them on such a large scale. These animals that that we perceive to be things of beauty can also be aggressive and confrontational; it is this contradiction that makes these creatures so fascinating to observe and draw”.
Graeme’s stunning work is on display in the Gallery from 1st June to 25th June.