Gravesham Arts Artists At The Blake Gallery

Gravesham Arts Artists At The Blake Gallery February 2017

31st January – 6th February
10am – 5pm
Blake Gallery, Woodville Halls DA12 1DD
Six artists show their work in a collaboration between Gravesham Arts and the Blake Gallery.
Brain Colley, Deidre Beven, Gloria Holden, Julian Burrows, Maggie Osborn, Paul Relf and Roger Tooth

Brian Colley Biography

Brian Colley was born, and has lived, in Gravesend all his life. He paints in an impressionist manner using acrylic or watercolour paint and is known to produce work in mixed media, including pastel and paint as well as pen and charcoal work.
He is very diverse in style and has produced images in abstract and inventive style. He is creative and imaginative with an exciting approach to portraying what he perceives as the main image.

Deirdre Beven Biography

Since retiring from teaching seven years ago I have thoroughly enjoyed returning to my passion of painting. I have experimented with various mediums some with more success than others, but I love painting with acrylics out and about in the local area.
Through signing up with the Adult Learning Centre in Gravesend I have been encouraged to try different styles and techniques and to look at the work of many different artists.
This led to joining the Gravesend Art Group and the Medway and Chalk Art Group where, working with many different local artists, watching demonstrations and participating in have a go workshops, I aim to improve my painting and to continue my enjoyment.

Gloria Holden Biography

BA hons, Art and Design – Loughborough College of Art
ATC – University of Leeds
MA (Education) – Canterbury Christchurch University College
Throughout her working life Gloria taught Art and Design in Kent secondary schools and in adult education. She has also led a number of community workshops, in recent years has focused on her own work as an artist/print-maker.
Her work has been shown in a number of exhibitions in England, and Ireland. She is a member of the Print-makers’ Council and has work in a number of private collections and also in the permanent collection at Scarborough Art Gallery. She regularly participates in South East Open Studios and is an active member of Gravesham Arts and Gravesend Art Group.

I am fascinated by the patterns, textures and layered surfaces I see in natural forms and the wider landscape. Land forms, fossils, seedpods and insects are frequent starting points for my paintings, prints and collages. I enjoy exploring the qualities of etched lines and textured surfaces which can be achieved using copper plates with aquatint.
My collages are made up from fragments of my own prints built up in layers to echo and extend the structure and surface qualities of the subject matter.”

Julian Burrows Biography

Julian Burrows is a husband, proud father, and a local amateur artist that has had some commercial success over the 50+ years he’s been painting, and still takes commissions on a regular basis. As well as painting, his hobbies include creative writing and amateur acting. He also takes a great deal of interest in Gravesend and the surrounding areas.
He has been influenced by many artists, so is not confined to one style.

Maggie Osborn Biography

Maggie Osborn – BA (Hons) Theatre Design (Twitter : osoarty)
Nucleus Arts, Studio3a: (fb: Maggie Osborn – Artist Osoarty)

Colour, Inspiration, Application – Working in all media – life, figurative, abstract.
Sculpture and working in 3D. Love it!!

Paul Leslie Relf Biography

Paul Leslie Relf was born in 1959, and since his childhood has loved drawing and painting.
He is married with two daughters, and still lives in the town of his childhood, Gravesend.
Apart from a gap during his twenties, Paul has painted regularly as an amateur.Having no formal training, Paul was reticent to show his art outside family and friends.
Membership of Gravesend Art Group has encouraged him to exhibit more often, with increasing success. Paul has received several modest commissions in the last few years and his paintings have dispersed to America, Australia, New Zealand, and Italy. The most recent example being a painting of St Georges Church presented to the Colonial Grand Dames of America to mark the Pocahontas Anniversary.
Working for the Port of London Authority at Gravesend, the river is a recurring theme in his subject matter. He also enjoys painting animals whether wild or domestic, portraits, and single engined aircraft, which originates from being a keen modeller in childhood. Most of his work is done from photographs, whether his own or researched from the Internet.
More of his work is available to view in his gallery on the website

Roger Tooth Biography

I am based in the Medway towns and have a passion for photography.
I have been exhibited on various occasions and venues including the Nucleus Arts Gallery.
I was proud to be short listed in the Richard Watts Charity competition last year and to have had a piece bought by them to be hung in one of their homes a year or two before that.
I enjoy beautiful scenery, architecture and street entertainers. I can see avenues open to me that I haven’t yet fully exploited and that opens up future possibilities.
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