First featured on our walls in an exhibition at the Archipelago Gallery, 742 Ecclesall Road in 2008, just before we moved here, we are proud to again show paintings by Chris Ramsden, with a feature wall in the gallery. Here it is:
b. 1948 Sheffield.1966-1971. Harrow School of Art , Sheffield College of Art ( B.A.Hons, Fine Art ) , Brighton College of Art ( Art Teaching Certificate ). Various exhibitions as a student, including, Young Contemporaries (ICA London), Northern Young Contemporaries (Whitworth Manchester)
1971-2006. Secondary school Art Teacher.
1976-2006. Head of Art Dept. Hinde House School, Sheffield.
Senior Moderator for G.C.S.E Art & Design.
Retired from teaching in Sept.2006.
Since my retirement from teaching, I have been able to devote my time to reconnecting with the development of my painting.
My current paintings are developed in groups of 5/6 at a time, all having a common related theme which evolves from the previous set. Each set will be likely to take four or five weeks to complete. I may concentrate on colour relationships, limitations of colour, format, scale, texture, or any challenge that the previous set brought out. Within each series, there may be very closely linked paintings, in pairs or threes, where I explore the possibilities of producing near identical images, where the subtle variations of colour and tone become of particular importance.
The paintings follow deliberately restricted vertical ‘stripe’ formats which enable me to explore the ambiguous relationships between solids, spaces, and edges. However, I am aware that many of my paintings can be viewed in a landscape/horizontal format.
The techniques I employ involve working an acrylic ground onto watercolour paper by painting, scraping, rubbing, dragging and pulling the paint to create different textures and thicknesses. Colour is then added and built up, overlaying transparent glazes of drawing inks, with brushes and cloths. The process is repeated many times during the course of the painting.
Chris Ramsden, 2007
1 Stone 49x68cm oilpaint and ink on paper £195.00
2,3 Staying I,II 73x24cm oilpaint and ink on paper £115.00 £195/pr
4 Gates 59x86cm oilpaint and ink on paper £225.00
5 Twice 69x74cm oilpaint and ink on paper £215.00
6 Call 66x80cm oilpaint and ink on paper £225.00
7,8 Staying III,IV 73x24cm oilpaint and ink on paper £115.00 £195/pr
9 Remember 52x67cm oilpaint and ink on paper £295.00
UF Pages I, II, III cm oilpaint and ink on paper £125.00 £300/set
UF Want cm oilpaint and ink on paper £125.00
UF Hereto cm oilpaint and ink on paper £140.00
UF Returns I, II, III cm oilpaint and ink on paper £205.00 £500/set
UF Tonight I, II, III cm oilpaint and ink on paper £125.00 £300/set
UF Fate I,II,III cm oilpaint and ink on paper £165.00 £400/set
UF Change cm oilpaint and ink on paper £185.00
These will be on show until March 2nd - if you'd like to talk to us about acquiring pieces from this collection please email us or call 0114 263 4493