You Are Cordially Invited To The Exeter Open Studios :)

You Are Cordially Invited To The Exeter Open Studios :)

This evening Thursday 27th March from 6pm, the preview for the Exeter Open Studios will be held at the Gloss Gallery, Barnfield Crescent, Exeter. You are cordially invited..a team of artist friends and me, will be helping with the hospitality, so you can be assured of a very warm welcome, there will be light refreshments and a Jazz Trio..:)

My oil painting, “Autumn On Tresco” will be on view here each day, until Sunday 30th March, 11am-6pm

From Friday 28th -Sunday 30th ..11am-6pm, I am opening my home and studio, as part of The Exeter Open Studios, at 17 Maple Rd. St.Thomas, Exeter EX4 1BN…you will be made most welcome..there will be paintings to view, sketchbooks and art folders to browse..videos to watch, in a relaxed informal setting…fun will be the word…watch me working …light refreshments available..and perhaps if you choose..we could converse on Art.. and Life:)

The aims and ethos of Exeter Open Studios.. is to bring a focused voice to the inspirations that make Exeter unique..helping it to become a ‘must visit’, cultural hub for the SW region. Thus bringing further economic, as well as social well being to the citizens of this wonderful city. With its rich Roman roots and wealthy Middle Ages is time to create a new renaissance in Exeter’s chequered history, creating a worthy flagship to take us joyfully into this still fledgling millenium.

The artists opening their studios to the public wish to reach out and embrace the wider community, to actively communicate our inclusivity of approach…so that the arts are seen to be a meaningful part of daily life. Without the celebratory threads of culture..through all the arts..society becomes increasingly impersonal..denying a meaningful interaction for the individual..bringing a sterility..which denies the inspiring essences which so lift the heart and heal the soul.Au

Open 11-6pm

Barnfield Crescent


About Alasdair Urquhart Artist and Poet

I am an Artist, Painter, Writer, Poet , Illustrator, Professional Creative Since I was a young child, the exploration of my universe, has been through mark making. Through the innocence of this process, I found a means of communication with others.......a point of contact. Plants, Animals, People, Birds , Insects....... The Cosmos itself............... ..began to be revealed, before my wide, curious eyes. It opened my life, my heart, my mind, something......... fundamental, was touched deep within me, each and every time. Always new....... It was alchemy.... It was beautiful..... I felt my spirit soar........for I had found, A Universal language. For Man it has ever been thus; since earliest times, it has been one of our most basic modes of interaction. Art, draws on the essence of Nature, the Universe itself; connecting us to her rhythms and illimitable moods. When Ancient Man made marks on cave walls it was to reveal to their peers, the mysteries of also its practicalities; for the need for interdependence in daily duties, if they were to survive.......... never mind thrive. Today, there has never been a greater need for Art. Art celebrates all of the senses; giving the body balance and harmony, the soul and mind, a sense of belonging. In the natural world, the function of each organism is to realise its fullest potentialities - - that is its fundamental ethos. We have a need, and duty, to create a Society in which, each one of us, has a chance to develop, their creative abilities to the fullest, in a caring, nurturing environment. We need to redefine our vision of how we wish the world to be ...... The eternal moment is now. for our world is perishing through this very lack. Art works on the inner and the outer senses. Our children are the future! Unless they are nurtured and esteemed through the Arts the present behavioural poverty in our Society will continue to spiral down........." How would you describe your style of art? It is an internal response to the energies passing through me in the Eternal Now. it has a figurative, colourful element which is a partial response to the visual impressions received. It is a synthesis of all of my senses. ..especially of Intuition and Knowing ....those most internal of journey senses. Describe one of your paintings: It is a portrait of a child...Leela....aged three Her Grandmother commissioned it. My brief was to capture the essence of her nature... before her elfin quality, was lost, to social patterning, and conditioning, which commences, when a child begins to name things.... and their relationship with the essence of an object is lost. She is situated in her garden, a wonderful space, which has a Narnia feel to it. It has been developed over a period of months. On each visit I am growing more empathic to the little one's vision and journey. How do you decide on your subject matter? It decides for me :-) It is an internal process.. a beat begins , an upsurge of energy, taste , touch, smell.. ..all the senses are heightened. I feel gently led .... the internal process is partly rationalized by discerning these feelings, articulating them.... often first in words.... free associations help the fluency, patterns emerge.... ..often unexpectedly ..I love it ...a dance begins and I am led...lovingly on a new journey..... ....always different:) Many of my paintings depict richly detailed scenes and reflect my own deep interest in the lives of people and their work. I believe that..... Lives are not ordinary – all our lives and the way we live them and interact with our environment are important. I hold up a mirror to people and situations. Due to the sale of the previous lovely studio..I have had a beautiful new studio built in my garden.. I am invited out to paint on Tresco, the Isles Of Scilly; The famed sub-tropical Abbey Gardens, and wonderfully diverse geography of this sacred Isle always provide a rich vein of inspiration for me. I spend a lot of time on Dartmoor painting the scenes and wildlife, and on and by the rivers Exe, Teign and Dart in Devon. In Cornwall, I enjoy exploring the coves and cliff paths, the beaches and Ports. Another of my loves is rural France. Initially invited over by Monaco Fine Arts in the early 90’s to paint the scenery of Southern France and Northern Italy; I developed a love of the area and spend as much time as possible exploring and painting in the wine regions particularly. I studied at Dundee College of Art from 1974.... finishing my postgraduate studies there in 1979. I won scholarships from the British Council to Budapest Fine Art Academy, and the Elizabeth Greenshield scholarship twice from Montreal, Canada. I have been exhibited at the Scottish Royal Watercolour Society, the Royal Watercolour Society, and the Royal Institute. Also in numerous galleries in towns across England, Scotland and Wales. My work has also been exhibited and in private collections in Europe, America, Canada and Japan. I have received sponsorship from Rosenstiel’s Fine Art Publishers, London, residencies at Grizedale, and Farringdon. My paintings have been published by Rosenstiel’s, Medici and Parnassus.
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3 Responses to You Are Cordially Invited To The Exeter Open Studios :)

  1. This is a marvelously inclusive event…………opening the creative process……….and the sanctuary of your own unique approach to bringing visionary expression to what you behold and experience!
    You invite through your works……….and your videos………..your stream of writing and music…….and you open your life to others…………………it is your signature………of your vocation to create!!
    My spirit is free enough to share all you describe in this event……….and yet……it would be wonderful to feel the ground beneath my feet for a while to joint you!

  2. Bless you Naomi..on day one i have met and enjoyed the creative journey with fine souls…learning of their joys, sorrows.. and aspirations too…during their visit to my home and studio…i love the openess with which people have come, looked, listened ..and shared their loving perceptions…ever the joy in sacredly sharing….sensing your bright spirit listening in….:)

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