Outside In – Tony Bates and Nicki McLean

November 22, 2011

Outside In - Preview Evening

A joint exhibion of work from wildlife and landscape photographer Tony Bates with artist, painter and sculptor Nicki McLean.

Red Kite by Tony Bates

Tony Bates has been a semi-professional wildlife and landscape photographer for twelve years and his work has appeared in newspapers, magazines, books and on television as well as calendars and greetings cards.  He has previously exhibited in Gainsborough and  at the Stamford Arts Centre.  Tony now specialises in British wildlife, especially the brown hare.

Nicki McLean draws inspiration from the idea of the ancient world linking through to the present day, leading her to examine society’s ancestral beliefs.

“Shamanism in particular fires my imagination because of the way it transcends religion and crosses cultures.  I am drawn to imagine how creativity would have been prioritised in preparation for ceremony and worship in conjunction with phases of the yearly cycle.  This contemplation motivated me to organise small gatherings, encouraging participants to make costumes, re-enact old customs, feast and light fires.  Enticed by the imagery from these events I am currently planning a series of work”

Crossing by Nicki McLean

“Creating the painting is invariably my initial line of departure once the research is underway.  Frequently by mixing the paint pigment with earth, ash and charcoal I observe a raw quality, evocative of an old theme.  During the journey of the work I play with form, texture and colour, often developing a narrative along the route.  At this point I then carve, assemble or craft three-dimensional pieces reverential to, or as an appropriate expression of the subject.  As with the painting entitled ‘Crossing’ I plan to cast hoof prints and fabricate felt to create deer/animal head-dresses.  Ultimately, as nature is an important part of my own self-fulfilment, through this discourse, I endeavour to inspire unison between humans and the earth.”

Exhibition open from 10 am – 4 pm from Mon 21 Nov until Sat 03 Dec.

Gallery photos by Robin Hall

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