King Street Studios is a small arts organisation creating and showing art with both modern and contemporary values.
Our exhibition space will host up to twelve exhibitions a year. These will be by invitation and through working closely with other curators and artist led groups around the North West and further afield.
Working in and around the exhibitions there will also be classes, workshops and other events related to the arts.
Kath McDonald and Roy Smith
I enjoy working with process, both via the tactile nature of clay, and the varying mental processes involved in drawing .
Painting and drawing provide a form , beyond words, for expressing my thoughts, feelings and observations of our world.
My name is Laura van Tatenhove. I am a Lancaster based artist, working primarily in oil paint but with a postgraduate degree in painting and printmaking and an interest in sculpture and drawing. My tendency is to work in a focused and serial manner with a single motif. Whilst a personal ‘felt’ connection to my subject matter is imperative the effect I have always sought in my work is one of distance or objectivity. As far back as I can remember my aim has been to make paintings that are inspired, deeply felt and demonstrate the wonder of visual impressions and sense perception in a manner that is not distorted or clouded by my emotional response or by expressive mannerisms. That is not to say I want my works to be illustrative, far from it in fact. I have always wanted my paintings to be realistic, but a form of realism that captures the visual appearance of the motif with tight precision, recognises the changes that take place to the motif as it is subjected to time and space and resonates with metaphoric and allegorical significance. This commitment to painting the motif in a way that is accurate and true to life is at the core of my practice.
Spending time outdoors and developing my awareness of the landscape is an essential part of my life. For many years now, I have pursued this through an ongoing process of walking, exploration and creativity. Over time I have come to know the landscape that surrounds my home on Morecambe Bay intimately, yet each visit brings something new. My walks in these familiar surrounds are strongly felt, meaningful experiences that contribute to a constantly evolving 'sense of place'. I see this as a mingling of the physical appearance of a landscape; with history, memories and stories; and the inexplicable emotions that certain places bring which linger in the mind and create a sense of belonging.
Whilst walking in the landscape I respond to my experiences directly by making photographs and drawings. From these initial explorations, I continue to make paintings in the studio, adopting a more carefully considered approach. I'd like to convey the intensity of feeling of these lived experiences, whilst maintaining a commitment to painting the landscape and the physical characteristics that make each place unique.
Compressed charcoal on paper
A Fading Memory
Acrylic on canvas
500mm x 700mm
Acrylic on paper mounted on board.
380mm x 570mm
Acrylic on canvas
610mm x 610mm
A liminal space: Echo 01
Acrylic over photograph mounted on board
200mm x 200mm
Acrylic on canvas
600mm x 600mm
Something missing at the heart of things
Acrylic on paper mounted on board
598mm x 860mm
A final tear
Acrylic on aluminium
800mm x 1220mm
Mon - Thu
Fri - Sat
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