A Few of Our Favourite Things

17th November 2017 - 24th December 2017

A seasonal showcase

Marking both the end of the year and the Second Anniversary of the opening of the Gallery on Bootham, A Few of Our Favourite Things will present a selection of our favourite pieces handpicked from artists working across all disciplines; both those new to the Gallery, alongside some of our regular stars.

Showcasing prints by paper-cut artist Rob Ryan and collages and assemblages by newcomer Joanne Hummel-Newell, the show will also include ceramics by Julie FewsterKathryn Sherriff, Becky Mackenzie, Charlotte Morrison and Rebecca Callis, new jewellery by Italian duo Ortiz-Gadler, new collage works by Steve Williams, as well as small prints from Jacqueline Quinn and Dorrie King, amongst others.   

Rob Ryan lives and works in London having moved here from Cyprus where he was born in 1962. He studied Fine Art at Trent Polytechnic and then a the Royal College of Art, where he specialized in Printmaking. Rob views himself first and foremost as a fine artist but his intricate papercut works lend themselves to other mediums including homewards, textiles and ceramics, resulting in numerous high profile collaborations with the likes of Paul Smith, Liberty of London, Tatty Devine and Vogue.

His aesthetic is celebrated widely thanks to the often-whimsical figures seen within his works. These, he pairs with sentimental, grave, honest and occasionally humorous pieces of writing which he admits are autobiographical.

Rob has exhibited widely across the UK and internationally and has illustrated a number of books. He last exhibited with Lotte Inch Gallery in 2012.

Joanne Hummel-Newell has a BA from Kingston University and an MA from the Royal College of Art.  Her work, in her own words, is driven by the instantaneous and forever changing concerns of consciousness and is an explosion of colour and bold shapes.  She is intrigued by patterns in human behavior and endeavors to represent human emotion in an honest and emotive way.

She is the recipient of the Royal Watercolour Society Open Exhibition Prize and the Quay Arts Purchase Prize and has previously been shortlisted for the Jerwood Drawing Prize. She was selected by artist Andrew Salgado for inclusion in Fresh Paint Magazine and has also been featured in the UK TimesObserver Newspaper, and After Nyne Magazine. Joanne has participated in solo and group exhibitions across the UK and Europe, most recently showing at the Accessible Art Fair in Brussels, and accepting the role of artist in residence at the Other Art Fair in London. She has recently been flagged as ‘One to Watch’ by the international art website Saatchi Art.

Julie Fewster is an English ceramicist whose work is heavily influenced by Finnish landscape and lifestyle thanks to a 5-month residency there in her earlier career.  Since returning to the UK, Julie created her company, Inner Finn Ceramics, which produce both sculpture and functional pieces as well as jewellery, all of which take the clean lines, soft form and pared back style so seen in the snowy landscapes of Finland.

Ortiz-Gadler are Italian duo, Ethel Ortiz and Dolores Gadler whose passion for fairytales influences every element of their artistic practice. Creating whimsical jewellery and paper-collage ‘shadow boxes’ Ortiz-Gadler explore within their work this keen interest in magical tales and myths and their relevance in today’s world, along with an obsession with the primary material used in their practice, paper. Their partiality for paper stems from its dichotomies: its purity and boldness, its simplicity and precious nature, its colour and its colourlessness. 

For a full list of works available or for more information about any of the artists in this exhibition, please email the Gallery.