Saturday, 16 March 2013

Featured Artist - The Figure of Eight

This month The Laboratory is delighted to be showing work by a collective of female artists from The Figure of Eight Art Group.
The Figure of Eight is more a collective than an art group. They consist of 6 female artists who get together to show and exhibit their work, but instead of seeing themselves as competitors they feel that they enhance one another.  Favouring different mediums, watercolour, acrylic, oil, pencil, diverse subjects and styles; abstracts, landscapes, wildlife and more, and exhibiting together in many venues in Essex, with an aim to encourage and inspire others to get involved in art and culture for the good of everyone. 

You can view the works by The Figure of Eight at weekends between 10:00am-4:30pm but if you can't wait until then, here are some sneaky previews.

Installation View of The Figure of Eight art work at The Lboratory

A stunning collection of eclectic works by The Figure of Eight art group
Sharon first gained a B Tec Diploma in photography at Southend College, winning highest award in her year, choosing to return to her first passion for painting, and now enjoying success with work accepted by the Beecroft, Llewellyn Gallery in London and other local venues and recently won ‘Best in Show’ at Southend Art Club exhibition. Sharon enjoys painting portraits, wildlife and landscape subjects.

Little Ballerina, oil, by Sharon Stone

Gina Warner.  OIL
‘A’ level art at Southend College in 1987;  ‘Visual Arts’ winner Best Painting in 2005 and 2008, and Cliffs Pavilion Action Research in 2004, work accepted in the Beecroft Art Gallery. A member of local art club for over 35 years, she recently won 1st prize (botanical category) at the EAC Art Awards 2012.  Since 2009 Gina has represented the Visual Arts, for the Southend Arts Council. Gina enjoys painting floral and animal subjects in oil.

Poppy Love, oil, by Gina Warner

Elaine Richmond.  PENCIL
‘O’ level Art at Southend College. Her passion for drawing and design enabled her to work for the House of Fraser in Oxford Street.  Elaine has exhibited at the Beecroft, the Cliffs Pavilion and Southend Library, Rochford Art Trail and a member of a local art club for 20 years, receiving a prize for Best Picture in 2008. Subjects varied, but specialises in portraiture.
Tea Break by Elaine Richmond

Rose Hofman.  MIXED MEDIA
‘O’ level Art at Southend College. Painting and drawing for 15 years and a member of a well established Art Club. Work accepted in the ‘Essex Open’ at the Beecroft Art Gallery, Rochford Art Trail, and at local venues in Essex. Rose likes to paint most subjects, including animals.

Night Sky, acrylic, by Rose Hofman

Margaret Cudby.  MIXED MEDIA
Member of the Spinners and Weavers Guild, Margaret came to art through textiles, winning an award in a national exhibition organised by Texture, a yarn manufacturer. Her work was accepted at the ‘Essex Open’ Beecroft Art Gallery, Visual Arts at Southend Central Library, & other Essex venues and loves to paint in a contemporary or abstract style.
Morning Post, pen and watercolour, by Margaret Cudby

 Lynne Grech. ACRYLIC
BA (Hons) in Fine Art at the University of Essex.  Specialising in acrylics, Lynne has exhibited at the Graduate Show in Brick Lane and at Chelsea Art Society, the ‘Essex Open’ at the Beecroft, Visual Arts at Southend Central Library, and Rochford and Westcliff Art Trails.  Contemporary landscapes and other subjects painted.

To view works by The Figure of Eight, Lisa Smith pop in to The Laboratory between 10:00am - 4:30pm weekends. To find out information about exhibiting your art work, attending art classes or art parties please email or call Lisa on 07970332097

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