2018 Highlights & News

2018 has been an exciting time in my exhibition calendar with the focus around Savile Row, London. I have produced highly detailed work in collaboration with Piccadilly tailor Benson & Clegg. A canvas so precisely measured that it tested even my technical skills. The portrait of King George VI is a permanent feature at Benson & Clegg and lists the George Cross recipients awarded from 1940-2018. Please visit the shop to view the portrait during opening hours you would be most welcome.

I have also produced a portrait of Horatio Nelson using Savile Row’s Davies & Son bespoke label. Although minimal in design compared to King George VI this canvas also tested my skills. It is clear to see my decision-making processes allowing the visible sketch to be seen and making suggestions of Nelson’s coat rather than including the whole detail. 

A highlight of 2018 was selection for the Royal Academy 250th Summer exhibition, both portraits selling at the private views and a second commission as a result of the exposure, thank you Royal Academy. I must also mention a local exhibition at the wonderful 19th century Framework Knitters Museum in Ruddington, Nottingham back in May 2018, it was great to be involved in this exhibition.

Looking ahead to 2019 I can confirm that I will be showing work as part of the INNOVATE exhibition at Derby Royal Hospital from 18thMarch, and also taking part in North Norfolk Open Studios from 25thMay – 9thJune 2019. 

Limited Edition Giclee Print

Two of my artworks have been selected for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2018. I decided to respond to the call out by Grayson Perry to produce work for his 'Room of Fun'. The two original works have now sold but Limited Edition prints are available, 33x33cm.
The exhibition runs until 19th August 2018. 

The McAulay Gallery Royal Academy of Arts London W1J 0BD. Grayson Perry has curated a 'room of fun' to celebrate 250 years of The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2018. The collection of portraits look really cool and the McAulay Gallery is free to visit, it can be accessed through the vaults or via the new entrance in Burlington Gardens. 

The McAulay Gallery Royal Academy of Arts London W1J 0BD. Grayson Perry has curated a 'room of fun' to celebrate 250 years of The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2018. The collection of portraits look really cool and the McAulay Gallery is free to visit, it can be accessed through the vaults or via the new entrance in Burlington Gardens. 

Red Cow selected for Old Station Gallery Open Derbyshire

Please join us for the Private View on Saturday 24th September 3-5pm.
The Old Station Gallery, Peak Shopping Village, Chatsworth Rd, Rowsley, Derbyshire, DE3 2JE.
Exhibition runs from 24th Sept - 26th Oct 2016 Open SAT/SUN/WEDS 11am-4pm
 

Red Cow with used clothing labels 60 x 60 cm.  (Forms part of the collection 20,000 used labels)  It took five years to gather sufficient red labels to produce this canvas.

Red Cow with used clothing labels 60 x 60 cm. (Forms part of the collection 20,000 used labels)
It took five years to gather sufficient red labels to produce this canvas.

Sir Winston Churchill celebrated by Nottingham artist

Joy Pitts (MA Fine Art 2005) has completed a label portrait of Sir Winston Churchill to coincide with the issue of the new five-pound note featuring Sir Winston Churchill later in 2016. Continue reading....

DAIRY COW exhibition at Sue Ryder DE7 8AH

At age eight Sue Ryder was given two Jersey cows and subsequently began her own dairy herd, which grew to twenty-four. Young entrepreneur Sue sold the milk and butter from the door and scrubbing her dairy was her favourite job. I wonder what Sue Ryder would think of this Dairy Cow assembled from 5000 used garment labels, all generated through charity donation on Ilkeston High Street. ‘Dairy Cow’ has been described as ‘an extravagant rescue of fashionable waste’ and in the current global milk crisis offers the viewer a strong sense of community.

The exhibition ‘20,000 Used Labels’ continues at The Lally Gallery, Erewash Museum, Ilkeston, DE7 5JA from 11th Sept – 30th Oct 2015.

The Museum is FREE to enter and is open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10am until 4pm and is situated just off the Market Place.

READ BBC NEWS  - NOTTINGHAM WOMAN MAKES ART FROM LABELS