Eileen Martin 1937-2014

It was with great sadness that we heard the news of the death of Eileen Martin, a wonderful friend and creative character who had been exhibiting with Skylark Galleries for the past 10 years. Eileen had been unwell for some time, but was fully involved with the galleries until the end. She was much loved by her fellow artists and those who knew her through her wonderfully vivid paintings.

Eileen (second right) with other Skylark Galleries artists at a recent Affordable Art Fair, London

Eileen (second right) with other Skylark Galleries artists at a recent Affordable Art Fair, London

Eileen, who lived and painted in a studio in her home in New Malden after working as a German translator and living in Germany for some years, was a regular exhibitor at the Affordable Art Fair and Skylark events. Her indomitable character and independent spirit are already greatly missed.

A posthumous exhibition of her abstract paintings work is being planned at the galleries. Full details will be posted here when these are finalised.

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Follow Skylark on Instagram

skylarkinstagramSkylark Galleries can now be found on Instagram! Images of hundreds of paintings, prints, sculptures and more by the Skylark artists can be found on the image-sharing and social media service. It’s an excellent way of exploring the range of work the galleries have on offer before coming in to see the work for real. How do you find us on Instagram? Visit: www.instagram.com/skylark_galleries_London#

Remember, you can also follow Skylark on
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Twitter: @skylarkgalleryand visit our website: www.skylarkgalleries.com

 

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James Hobbs: Sketch Your World book signing

Sketch Your World_ Apple_PB Cover_Final.inddJames Hobbs is the featured artist in Skylark 2 until 31 January. Along with drawings and prints, his display includes signed copies of his book, Sketch Your World, which was published in the UK, US and Asia this month. The book, which costs £9.99, features his own drawings, as well as those by around 60 other international artists who work on location in sketchbooks. James is a member of the Urban Sketchers network of blogging artists: see www.urbansketchers.org. Find out more about the book at www.facebook.com/sketchyourworld.

This is James’s last month at the gallery. He has been at the gallery for five years and will miss the strong sense of community and cooperation at Skylark. He will be present at the gallery on Friday 31 January from 6pm until 8pm as part of the SLAM Last Fridays events, signing copies of the book. Everyone is welcome.

 

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Christmas at Skylark

IMG_1883The Skylark Galleries are open all this weekend, 22 and 22 December, and on Christmas Eve until 3.30pm, so there is still plenty of time to find the perfect gift for the ones you love. Paintings, ceramics, prints, sculpture: you name it, we have it, at a price you can afford. There is also a fantastic range of artists’ greetings cards for the festive season in both the Gabriel’s Wharf gallery and the Oxo Tower Wharf gallery.

Skylark 1, daily, 12noon-5pm, Skylark 2, Tues-Sun, 11am-6pm

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Clare Johnson: new unique prints

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Clare Johnson’s Albertian Span

Clare Johnson is showing new work in her featured artist slot at Skylark 1, at Gabriel’s Wharf on London’s South Bank, from 4 to 17 November. Works on show include colourful industrial landscapes of bridges, gas turbines and iconic buildings from across the UK. Each of Clare’s prints is unique as she monoprints the coloured elements and combines these with the black screenprinted image. Come and see them now!

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New: Ruti Benjamini ceramics

Figurine

Figurine

Ruti Benjamini is the featured artist in Skylark 2 from 29 October to 10 November 2013. Her ceramics will be exhibited in both windows of the gallery, one showing work made in Poland in 2008 when she worked in a ceramic stoneware factory, the other featuring a display of mostly new work.

Blue Angel Eggs

Blue Angel Eggs

 

Ruti will be at the gallery offering drinks and snacks on Sunday 3 November at 6pm, and she will be giving a short talk about her work at 7pm. All her work is for sale.

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October at Skylark

There’s plenty going on at Skylark Galleries this month.

Nicolette Carter in Skylark 1

Nicolette Carter in Skylark 1

Nicolette Carter is the current featured artist (until 13 October) in Skylark 1. “My influences include medieval art, Mughal painting and decorative arts from many cultures,” she says. “Although I enjoy using colour and pattern as surface decoration, there are always poetic, narrative and spiritual elements in my work. This lends a meditative element to the paintings, as the viewer is free to interpret and explore the images as they wish, in the same way that reading a poem may evoke different responses from different people.”

Angelique Hartigan, A Windy Day, Manchester, acrylic on canvas, 91x76cm, £1,175

Angelique Hartigan, A Windy Day, Manchester, acrylic on canvas, 91x76cm, £1,175

In Skylark 2, Angelique  Hartigan is on show until 13 October. She is influenced by movement, timelessness, change, the moments just before or just after – as someone passes from light into shadow, a changing skyline, the changing seasons. Her paintings have a sense of the celebratory and she enjoys looking for the iconic in a locality to capture.

There will be more news soon about Skylark artists appearing at the Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, from 24 to 27 October.

 

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At the Thames Festival? See the art of Gill Hickman at Skylark

Come and meet Skylark Galleries artist and director Gill Hickman at Skylark 2 at Oxo Tower Wharf on Sunday 8, Thursday 12, and Sunday 15 September where she is showing work as part of her featured artist slot. Her show of embossed prints and collages coincides with the Thames Festival, which also continues until 15 September with a host of events, activities and entertainment. On the South Bank? Drop in and visit the galleries and see Gill’s work.

More about Gill here, and about the Thames Festival here.

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