STATEMENT

My starting points are often found on Dartmoor and on the north Cornwall coastline.  My images are contemplations on how our surroundings can reflect our histories, our moods and our thoughts.  I specialise in etching which is a medium that has been developed by artists for its own intrinsic qualities and is now often used to produce single images as individual as paintings.

My etchings almost look as if they have been eroded by the elements themselves.  The metal plates have been scored and furrowed, scraped, burnished, re-scored and re-furrowed until their history is symbolic of the very subject that confronts me.  This tactile immediacy is of the essence and combines with the use of light and dark to create images of intense atmosphere.  My oil paintings and pastels are informed by the etchings but are often lighter in feel.

Recently I have been applying some etching principles to the medium of collagraph so that I can work on a larger scale and more freely.  This development reflects my love of painting which continues to influence everything I do.

BIOGRAPHY

Born – 1953 and moved to Devon in 1956

1975 – 1976 Plymouth Polytechnic, College of Art, Foundation Course

1976 – 1979 Bristol Polytechnic, BA (Hons) Fine Art

1980 – 1981 Brighton Polytechnic, Art Teacher’s Certificate

1982 – 1984 Brighton Polytechnic, Postgraduate Diploma in Printmaking

1992 – Founded Tamar Print Workshop at which courses having been running, under my direction, for nearly 25 years.


Member of:

South West Academy

Plymouth Society of Artists

The 21 group.

Founder member of the Drawn to the Valley Group of Artists (networking and Open Studios)

Workshop under the Sky (community art projects).

Two Rivers poetry group.


Galleries:

Blackheath Gallery, London

Gloss Gallery, Exeter, Devon

Artmill Gallery, Plymouth, Devon

Limekiln Gallery, Calstock, Cornwall


SUMMARY OF EXHIBITIONS

Selected Group

2016

21 Group at Teignmouth Arts, Teignmouth, Devon
South West Academy Academicians at Delamore Arts, Cornwood, Devon
Creative Coverage show at Kennaway House, Sidmouth, Devon
Two woman show with Tessa Asquith at the Craft Centre and Design Gallery, Leeds
21 Group of Artists at Artmill Galleries, Plymouth
Five Creative Coverage artists at the Brewhouse Gallery, Taunton, Somerset
Fresh off the Press at the Limekiln Gallery, Calstock, Cornwall (Annual show of work by members of my workshop.)
South West Academicians at the  Thelma Hubert Gallery, Honiton, Devon

 

2015

Christmas Show, Limekiln Gallery, Calstock
21 group, Small Works, Birdwood House, Totnes
Doddiscombsleigh Art Show
Plymouth Society of Artists, Penwith Gallery, St Ives
Drawn to the Valley Open Studios, Tavistock
Maynard School, Exeter
Plymouth Society of Artists at Artmill Galleries, Plymouth
Water Water Everywhere, Harbour House Gallery, Kingsbridge, Devon
South West Academicians show, Exeter Castle
21 Group, Theatre Royal, Plymouth
Fresh off the Press, Limekiln Gallery, Calstock, Cornwall
Prints and Drawings, Artmill Galleries, Plymouth

2014

Artists of the Devonshire Association, Gloss Gallery, Exeter
Plymouth Society of Artists at Artmill Galleries, Plymouth
Transitions, Signpost 2, 21 Group,  Cube 3, Peninsula Arts, Plymouth University
South West Academy, Academicians annual show at the Clarence Hotel, Exeter
21 Group, Ariel Centre, Totnes
Plymouth Society of Artists, Plymouth Museum and Art Galleries.

2013

Drawn to the Valley Open Studios 2014 at Tamar Print Workshop
21 Group, Artmill Galleries, Plymouth
21 Group, Birdwood House, Totnes,
South West Academy, Gloss Gallery, Exeter
Autumn Collective, Redearth Gallery, Tiverton, Devon
Doddiscombsleigh Art Show,  Christow, Devon
Arc en Ciel, Artists’ Handmade book launch exhibition, High Cross House, Dartington, Totnes, Devon (Go to the “Printmaking News” section of my Blog to see my images for this.)
Fresh off the Press 2013 (annual show of work by members of my workshop), Limekiln Gallery, Calstock
Beckford Fine Art Selected Group Exhibition, Guildhall, Bath
South West Academy, The Lens and the Easel, The Ariel Centre,  Totnes
Blackheath Gallery, London, New Year Show
Plymouth Society of Artists, Artmill Gallery Plymouth

2012
South West Academy Open, Gloss Gallery, Exeter
Coast and Country, The Gloss Gallery, Barnfield Crescent, Exeter
21 Group of Artists, Birdwood House
Art at the Works, Tavistock, Open Studios 2012
Plymouth Society of Artists at St Ives Society of Artists, Mariners Gallery, St Ives,
Art in Mind, Maynard School, Exeter, (to raise funds for “Mindful” and a 6th form bursary)
South West Academicians’ Show, Gloss Gallery, Exeter
Four painters at the Spring Show at the Limekiln Gallery, Calstock
21 Group of Artists, Redearth Gallery, Bickleigh, Nr. Tiverton
Passionately Involved: pots, prints and drawings, Artmill Galleries
New Year 2012 exhibition, Blackheath Gallery, London
Fresh off the Press 2012, (selection of work by members of Mary’s workshop), Limekiln Gallery, Calstock
2011

Doddiscombleigh Art Show, Teign Valley
South West Academy Open, Exeter Castle
Mary Gillett and Madeleine Strobel, Artmill Galleries, Plymouth
Plymouth Society of Artists, Artmill Galleries, Plymouth
Printmakers’ Poetica Launch, Saltram House, Plympton
BITE, National printmaking show, Mall Galleries, London
21 group, Artmill Galleries, Plymouth, 20th August – 2nd September
South West Academy, Academicians Show, Gloss Gallery, Exeter
Tamar Print Workshop Show, Art Gallery, Derriford Hospital
Plymouth Society of Artists , Plymouth Museum
Tamar Print Workshop Show, Limekiln Gallery, Calstock

2010

2D & 3D Original Print Exhibition, Redearth Gallery, Tiverton
A4 Printmakers, First International Printmaking Competition 2010, shortlisted
Point of View, Limekiln Gallery Calstock
The Tamar Valley Centre, Albaston, Cornwall – 2010 Drawn to the Valley group of artists
21 group – Ariel Centre, Totnes, Devon
Plymouth Society of Artists’ Spring show, Artmill Gallery, Plymouth
A Celebration of Art, The Maynard School, Exeter
Prussian Blue, An early summer in West Cornwall, Artmill Gallery, Plymouth
Fresh off the Press, New work by members of Mary Gillett’s Print Workshop, Limekiln Gallery, Calstock

2009

21 group – exhibition at Birdwood House, Totnes, Devon
Cook the View – launch of a handmade booK at the Dartmoor Inn at Lydford
21 group – exhibition at Harbour House, Kingsbridge, Devon
Limekiln Gallery, Calstock
Printmaking Open, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
Draw, print, fired, inspired – Artmill Gallery, Plymouth, Devon
A walk at Fursdon House – Fursdon House, Nr. Crediton, Devon
Tavistock Sings, The Wharf, Tavistock, Devon
21 group – Ariel Centre, Totnes, Devon
Part of the Country – exhibition at the new Duchy Centre, Princetown, Dartmoor, Devon

2008

Waterfront Restaurant (in conjunction with Artmill, Plymouth)
Lime Kiln Gallery, Calstock
Lasting Impressions. An exhibition of work by members of Mary Gillett’s Tamar Print Workshop, Kelly College, Tavistock
Drawn to the Valley group show, Cube 3, Peninsula Arts, Plymouth University
Brighton Open Houses, (Brighton Festival)
Artmill, Prints and Ceramics show
Blackheath Gallery, London, Spring Show
Tavistock Sings, Festival exhibition
21 Group, Totnes
Originals 08, The Contemporary Printmaking Show, Mall Galleries, London

2007

A Walk in the Valley, Impressions of a walk in the Tamar Valley, Gunnislake Church Hall
21 Group, Birdwood House, Totnes
Drawn to the Valley group exhibition, Cube 3, Peninsula Arts, Plymouth University
21 group, Ariel Centre, Totnes
Morley Contemporary Art, Torpoint, Cornwall
Mary Gillett and Nicky Walker, Inspired by the Landscape, Artmill Gallery, Plymouth
21 group, Exeter University
Originals 07, Mall Galleries, London
Festival Exhibition, “Tavistock Sings”. Bedford Hotel, Tavistock.

2006

Blackheath Gallery Christmas Show
Response to Turner Exhibition, Plymouth Museum
21 Group, Birdwood House, Totnes
Artmill, Plymouth, Opening Show
Drawn to the Valley, Cube3 Gallery, Plymouth University Peninsular Arts
Brighton Open Houses
Drawn to the Valley group show at Saltram House, Plymouth
Blackheath Gallery, London, New Year show

2005

South West Open, Plymouth Society of Artists Annual open
21 Group, Birdwood House, Totnes
Artmill Gallery, Plymouth Christmas show
Double Elephant Print Workshop (Exeter) – Exmouth and Barnstaple
South West Academy Annual Exhibition, Phoenix Gallery, Exeter
Artmill Gallery, Plymouth, Drawn to the Valley Group show
21 group, Ariel Centre, Totnes
Brighton Open Houses
Originals 05 – contemporary printmaking at the Mall Galleries, London

2004

South West Open, PLymouth Society of Artists Annual, Plymouth Museum
First Impressions, Mary Gillett’s Tamar Print Workshop members at Kelly College, Tavistock
21 Group, Sherwell Centre, Plymouth
Royal West of England Academy Open Printmaking Show, Bristol
South West Academy Open, Phoenix and Museum, Exeter
21 Group, Ariel Centre, Totnes
ORIGINALS 04 – contemporary printmaking at the Mall Galleries, London. John Purcell Paper Award winner

2003

Royal West of England Academy Annual, Bristol
South West Open, Plymouth Society of Artists Annual, Plymouth Museum
5th International Miniature Print Exhibition (2003-5), touring venues in Scotland and England
Exhibition of etchings by The Integrated Art Group at the Wharf Cafe, Tavistock – project funded by Awards for All
South West Academy Annual, Phoenix Gallery and Exeter Museum
21 Group, Ariel Centre, Totnes
Affordable Art Fair, Battersea

2002

South West Open, Plymouth Society of Artists Annual, Plymouth Museum
21 Group Exhibition, Kelly College, Tavistock
Crafted, South West Academy, Phoenix Gallery, Exeter
The Printmaking Show, Quay Gallery, Cotehele House, Callington
South West Academy Annual, Phoenix Gallery and Exeter Museum,Exeter
Landscapes of the Mind, Exeter Phoenix

2001

South West Open, Plymouth Society of Artists Annual, Plymouth Museum
The Small Print Exhibition, Quay Gallery, Cotehele House, Callington
South West Academy Annual, Phoenix Gallery and Exeter Museum, Exeter
‘Prints from the West Country’ at Row and Mawe, Solicitors, London(Double Elephant Print Workshop
Rural Development Agency Offices, Exeter, Display of work representing exhibitors at the STRAW Project’s ‘Nine Days of Art’
National Print Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London

2000

South West Open, Plymouth Society of Artists Annual, Plymouth Museum
Mary Gillett and Karen Howse, North Cornwall Museum and Gallery, Camelford

1999

South West Open, Plymouth Society of Artists Annual, Plymouth Museum

‘On and Off the Wall’, Art Haven, Maritime Museum Exeter (Double Elephant Print Workshop)

1998

Royal West of England Academy Annual, Bristol

1997

Plymouth Arts Centre
Printmaking Open, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol

1996

‘Tamar Print’ Exhibition of Work by Mary’s students, Wharf Gallery, Tavistock

1995

Summer Exhibition, Trelissick Gallery, Truro
Winter Exhibiton, White Lane Gallery, Plymouth

1994

Summer Exhibition, Trelissick Gallery,Truro
Royal West of England Academy Annual, Bristol

1994/3

Sterts Gallery, open competition

1993

Bath Artist Printmakers Open Exhibition, Victoria Art Gallery
Royal West of England Academy Annual, Bristol

1992

Royal West of England Academy Annual, Bristol

1987

North Star Studios group exhibition, Central School of Art, London

Brighton Festival Community Exhibition, Corn Exchange. (North Star Studios)
Open Exhibition of Contemporary Prints, Bankside Gallery, London

1986/7

‘Open View’, travelling exhibition organised jointly by Lloyds and South East Arts

1986

‘The Art and Craft of Etching’, 300 Years of Etching, Pallant House, Chichester
‘An Introduction to Printmaking’, Printmakers Council, Romford Library
The Fourth British Print Exhibition, The Grundy Gallery, Blackpool
‘The Elements in Print’, Brighton Festival Exhibition, North Star Studios

1985/6

Sussex Artists and Photographers Exhibition, Brighton Museum

1985

‘North Star Print’, Gillingham Adult Education Centre Gallery

1984

‘Brighton Printmakers’, Somerville College, Oxford
‘Brighton Printmakers’, Vortex Gallery, London
‘Ten Brighton Printmakers’, Intaglio Printmaker, London

‘Eight Postgraduate Printmakers’, The Gallery, Brighton Polytechnic

Solo:

2012  Art at the Works, Tavistock – Drawn to the Valley Open Studios 2012

2007 Dartmoor Inn at Lydford

2004 Dartmoor Festival, Dartmoor in at Lydford

2002 Chapel Gallery, Saltram House, Plymouth

2001 Kelly College, Tavistock

1997 Plough Gallery, Torrington

1996 Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter

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