Ray Hill

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Statement

 

Inner Landscapes Series ongoing 

Idealised images of the natural world.

Many people have forgotten how to ‘see’. If they do see, what they are seeing is a world of muted colour. This may be in part due to the often overcast skies of our rain-soaked island: days of greyness that sap the colour out of everything. On the days when the atmospheric conditions are right, the sun is bright and the skies are a never-ending glorious blue. This is when nature’s true brilliance of colour fills the senses.

Nature’s sublimely exuberant colour scheme is impossible to reproduce: artists often struggle in vain to capture the essence of nature. All we, as artists, can do is add our own interpretation and form a co-creation to produce an impression of what we have seen externally

On viewing a painting of nature, some people find it difficult to accept the brilliance of colour, perhaps because their whole being has grown accustomed to a world seen through a grey filter. The grey pervades the very essence of the viewer, eroding their ability to experience fully the dynamic brilliance of nature.

Primarily concerned with colour, I seek to find a way, through the medium of painting, to connect with the landscape and revel in the vastness of our natural world. Using a mixture of techniques, including textured passages, thin blending and glazing of paint as a narrative tool, I aim to create a viewing experience that reveals the joy of colour, using imagery that is calm and peaceful: a reflective, idealised world that can exist in everyone who is willing to engage with it.

 

Biography

2014Now at studios in Taynton
2009-2010At studios at the Painswick Centre, Gloucestershire.
2008-2009Stroud Valley Arts Space
2003-2006Lived in Cheltenham, worked from studios in Lansdown
2002-2003Lived in the Tarragona region of Spain
1999-2002University of Gloucestershire, Fine Art Painting BA
1998-1999Cheltenham & Gloucester College of Higher Education, Art Foundation
1968-1972Stockport Technical High School For Boys

I developed my art later in life than most. The turning point came when I did the Art Foundation course at the Cheltenham & Gloucester College of Higher Education. This led me to do a BA in Fine Art Painting at the University of Gloucestershire. It has always been my ambition and main goal in life to be an artist. Now I am fullfilling this goal.

Exhibition History

2014 Sept-OctBlack Swan Arts Centre, Diva's, Frome, Somerset
2014 Aug-OctArcade Artisans, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
2014 July-AugustOne,Hundred Monkeys cafe gallery,Glastonbury,Somerset
2013 AugustCoffee And Co Gallery, Montpelier, Cheltenham
2013 AugustPatchwork Mouse Art Cafe, Painswick, Gloucestershire
2013 June26th-July 2ndCheltenham Gardens Gallery, Montpelier
2011 AugustPainswick Town Hall Art Fair
2011 JuneLandmark Art Centre Teddington
2011 JunePainswick Town Hall group show
2011 JuneStroud Sub Rooms Group show
2011 July-AugustStroud, Star Anise Arts Cafe
2011 February-MarchGloucester Royal Hospital Fosters Gallery
2011 June-June 14thCheltenham Gardens Gallery(group show)
2011 Feb.-MarchWoodruffs Organic Cafe
2011 November -Jan.Cheltenham General Hospital Link Gallery
2011 November-January 31stCirencester Sundial Theatre
2011 Dec.- Jan. 31stDursley,Bristol House
2011 Dec-Jan. 4thStroud House Gallery
2011,Feb.14th-March12thWoodruffs Organic Cafe, Stroud,
2010 August 26th-Sep. 16thNumber 8 Arts Centre,Pershore, Worcestershire
2010Painswick Town Hall,Gloucestershire
2010Hobbs House Gallery space,Nailsworth, Gloucestershire
2010The George Cafe, Newnham-On-Severn,
2010Blue Door Gallery, Nailsworth
2009Stroud Subscription Rooms
2008Cheltenham Town Hall, Sep 6th - Oct 3rd
2008Stroud Subscription Roooms, Solo show
2008Mills, Withy's Yard, Stroud, Glos. Solo Show
2007Halo House, Cheltenham, Group Show
2006Sabre Art Gallery, Quedgeley, Glos, Group show
2005Brockworth Tythe Barn, Glos. group exhibition
2005Isbourne Foundation, Cheltenham, solo exhibition
2005Cheltenham Group, Artists Open Exhibition
2005Gloucestershire Artists Open House
2004Waterloo Gallery, London, Summer Open
2004Cheltenham Group, Artists Open Exhibition
2003Cheltenham Group, Artists Open Exhibition
2003L'Ametlia de Mar, Spain, Solo Show
2002The Rockface, Birmingham, Solo show
2002Millfield Open Summer Show, Street, Somerset
2002University of Gloucestershire Degree Show
2002Sotheby's, Shrewsbury Visual Arts Open
2002Eyepoppers, Gloucester, Open Exhibition
2002ING, Discerning Eye, London
2001Locations, Gloucester Docks, Group show
2001Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, Group show