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Colour Room 07.02.24 - 25.02.24


Colour Room: 07.02.24 till 25.02.24

The gallery's Colour Room group show features the works of Laura Grace PDA, Antoniela Ginourie, Ingrid Katarina Karlsson PDA and Sandra Orme AAUC & PDA.

Colour Room's distinct style is shaped by four artists who have been living and working locally (Macclesfield & the Peaks) for many years (some decades).  With appearances on BBC's Countryfile as part of National Story Telling Week 2017, establishing both Peak Vision Arts & Vernon Mill Studios (Ingrid Katarina Karlsson PDA); Wild Card on Landscape Artist of the Year 2023 (Laura Grace PDA);  residencies with the Silk Museum, Macclesfield (Antoniela Ginourie) and author of Painting Skies in Pastel with Search Press, tutor at the Ashmolean and previous Buxton Spa Prize winner (Sandra Orme AAUC & PDA). It'll be a superb show.

Laura Grace

Laura Grace (B.1991) is a British oil painter living in Derbyshire. Her inspiration is taken from the ever-changing light and array of colours found particularly along the Cornish coast and throughout Derbyshire where she lives. Laura`s work is characterized by a fascination with light and movement, how marks can become unified to create the illusion of movement, how colours can be implemented to create the illusion of light.

“As an artist, I have always found words don’t quite portray what painting means to me. For me, art is an emotion, a connection with nature that is very difficult to describe. When I am by the sea, I can only describe that feeling as being home, a place where I truly belong. I have always been driven towards recreating memories through a paintbrush. Moments where a shrill of seagulls echoes through the skies, the feeling of the sea mist enveloping each strand of hair, those smells that are so beautifully unique to the ocean. The way the light scintillates across the water, making it sparkle and dance. Every time I paint, my mind travels back to those memories and my hope is, through my artworks, that I can also ignite memories for others”.

Sandra Orme PDA & AAUC

Former winner of the The Buxton Spa Prize and former Chair of the Peak District Artisans, as well as, a brand ambassador for Unison Colour Soft Pastels. Sandra is a leading pastel artist in the North West. With a degree in Fine Art and many years experience as an art teacher and tutor (including tutoring the occasional pastel class at the Ashmolean Museum); Sandra has recently had a book published with Search Press for Unison Colour with accompanying video tutorial, which has been a huge success. Sandra is also a member of the High Peak Artists in Gallery in the Gardens at the Buxton Pavilion Gardens and the Peak District Artisans. 

With a studio in the heart of the Peak District in Buxton, Derbyshire. Sandra's work explores the ever changing sky and landscape that surrounds her studio; capturing the dramatic skies and sense of place. She has also exhibited with the Pastel Society at Mall Galleries, London.

Ingrid Katarina Karlsson PDA

A mixed media artist known for her narrative style inspired by experiences, places and journeys. Ingrid Katarina Karlsson's roots in Northern Sweden, alongside the distinct significance of living and working in the Peak District for the last 20 years have both informed Ingrid's work; the ever-changing colours and landscapes of the Peak District influencing her richly coloured and textured narrative works. Ingrid has been featured on BBC Countryfile as narrative artist resident in the Peak District as part of National Story Telling Week, the Buxton Festival Cover artist; and exhibiting in her home town, Umeå, for the European Capital of Culture year. In more recent years Ingrid has focused her attention on a body of works; Habitat which focus on the plight of endangered species both in Scandinavia and the Peak District. Researching the effects of climate change in the circumpolar north on the most threatened birds in the Scandinavian Arctic; the Snowy Owl, the Lesser White-fronted Goose, and the Gyrfalcon (all featuring in Ingrid's works). With more works developed around wildlife in Derbyshire; highlighting birds, mammals, plants and butterflies; "many of our precious species are now in decline, often due to loss and degradation of natural habitats caused by human use of land and water, environmental and climate change... We are now at a stage where the decline in biodiversity is of great concern, so here is a great source of subject matter where the medium of art can lend its voice #avoicethroughart".


Antoniela Ginourie

With residencies at Macclesfield's Silk Museum (in ceramics), Antoniela has been working and exhibiting in the location for many years; exhibiting with the Northern Girls at Clonter Opera House, Moving Clay, and Incubation Arts. She works in oils, printmaking and ceramics taking inspiration from the environment with a love of the sea and nature clearly reflected in her works; "Untamed nature, craggy rocks and bleak moors". Antoniela Ginourie has also exhibited with the Art Fair Cheshire Hospice biennial  from it's inception.

Kate Fawcett

My art practice is informed by a deep emotional response to the beauty of the natural world. Whether it be a wild landscape, seascape or the colour, form and texture to be found in a formal garden. More recently I have been striving to express the serenity and pleasure I experience from being in my own cottage garden. I work in an expressive, energetic manner. Building up layers of paint, collage and mixed media. Often employing unusual tools or found objects to apply the paint such as twigs and leaves. Then scraping back and sanding to reveal the layers beneath. Colour is a key component in my practice. A visual and emotional conversation takes place between myself and the painting until gradually an image emerges from the layers until the canvas and myself agree that the piece is finished. As well as exhibiting in mixed exhibitions I belong to a group of seven women artists aptly named  ‘The Northern Girls’ . We exhibit as a group biannually at the beautiful Clonterbrook Gallery set in the stunning Cheshire countryside. This year I have had a painting selected for an exhibition by The Royal Society of British Artists at The Mall Galleries in London 28th.Feb-9th March. 

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Antoniela Ginourie
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