Gallery at the Art Shop

A NEW exhibition at the Gallery At The Art Shop, Ilkley, shows different responses to the campaign from two artists who live in the area. Laura Dawes creates atmospheric paintings using watercolors, which are often painted in situ. While Helen Brayshaw has developed a process using acrylic paint which allows her to obtain a fluid semi-abstract image.

Like many others, during the 2020 and 2021 lockdowns, Helen walked daily for her physical and mental well-being. When her painting supplies dwindled due to supply issues, her solution was to dilute them to make them go deeper, resulting in a creative breakthrough in her practice. Developing this method and following a careful choice of color, the hand-mixed liquid paint is poured directly onto the canvas, colliding and blending to form semi-abstract images of the landscape seen and absorbed during its walks.

Helen’s work is also held in national public collections and private collections around the world, including her painting “Halved Avocado” from 2017, which is owned by the Duchess of Cornwall.

Working as a freelance artist, Laura’s specialty is 3D video game art, but in recent years and in contrast she has also worked with traditional media and developed her interest in landscape painting.

Laura is also a daily walker, usually accompanied by her dog. She enjoys painting on location, but also uses photographs taken while walking as reference. For this exhibition she has curated the watercolors she has painted over the past few years showing places in and around Ilkley. A regular exhibitor on the Ilkley Art Trail and at Manor House events, she has also been invited to demonstrate her painting techniques for several local artist groups. More of Laura’s work can be found on Instagram @lauradawesart.