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Urban Eye: Views through the Brush & Lens by Mike & Beki Bloor
Wednesday, August 3, 2016 @ 10:30 am - Tuesday, August 30, 2016 @ 4:30 pm
Urban Eye is the title of our August exhibition when we have a father and daughter team collaborating to bring us some fascinating images. Here they tell us about themselves and the inspiration their works on display. First Mike:
“I studied Fine Art at Derby College of Art in the 50s/60s and then did two further years training as an Art teacher. In my 30s I gave up painting completely and only returned to it a few years ago. I have been a member of the Milton Keynes Society of Artists since 2012.
Since resuming my interest I have worked mainly with acrylics but still enjoy drawing in pen and inks and charcoal. I work mostly from photographs and my daughter, a street photographer who works in London, has provided the material for some of these paintings.
Paradoxically, I seem to have developed two parallel styles which are linked by my interest in the human figure within the environment. Predominantly, most of my work has a figurative element, although sometimes it might seem incidental to the main subject.
In some of the subject matter painted in and around Milton Keynes I have developed a more precise and detailed approach to painting, somewhat limiting the bolder brushwork and impasto finish of other work. It has not been a conscious decision and I am trying to bring the two styles closer together – a more unified voice.
I also paint portraits and have received several commissions over the past 3 years”.
And now from Beki:
“I am a street photographer originally from Milton Keynes but now based in London. I studied photography at college but stopped for a long time and only took it up again when I got a DSLR camera.
I started with landscape and photography and began to take pictures of the countryside in and around Milton Keynes. I entered the Landscape Photographer of the Year competition, my image was highly commended and displayed in the National Theatre in London as part of the winner’s exhibition.
I changed direction soon after this and began to make regular visits to London in order to document its street life and people. I finally made the move to the city in 2012 so that I could invest more time in my work.
Street photography enables me to get amongst the diverse, colourful and interesting people of my city and provide images that document London in the 2010’s.
IMAGES FROM THE ‘URBAN EYE: VIEWS THROUGH THE BUSH & LENS EXHIBITION
Come along to the Three Hares Gallery between 3rd and 30th August to enjoy the works on show at ‘Urban Eye: Views through the Brush & Lens’. Admission free.