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Featured Artist for Hospice Art Festival Announced
In July we will be holding a month-long celebration of art in our first ever Sunflower Art Festival. Tadcaster-based artist, Chub Perkins, has been selected as the featured artist - a featured photographer will also be announced in the coming weeks. 
Posted Mar 15

Featured Artist for Hospice Art Festival Announced

In July we will be holding a month-long celebration of art in our first ever Sunflower Art Festival. The festival will showcase art from all different styles and genres and we encourage everyone to get involved, from professional artists and photographers to those who have a passion for art as a hobby and even complete beginners. 

There will be a number of community events, workshops and exhibitions throughout the month all across the area culminating in an exhibition at the University of York, showcasing all artworks from Thursday 19th July until Saturday 21st July. The aim is to display over 500 pieces of artwork in this exhibition, and members of the public can come to view and purchase art. The public will also vote for the festival favourite.

Tadcaster-based artist, Chub Perkins, has been selected as the featured artist - a featured photographer will also be announced in the coming weeks. 

He says: "To be selected as featured artist for the inaugural Sunflower Art Festival at St Leonard's Hospice really is a tremendous honour. The standard of care and support that they provide is invaluable to many families so to be involved directly with their fundraising using my newly re-discovered artistic skills is extremely gratifying. Plus they're not asking me to run a marathon which pleases me greatly.

My painting style is still developing but on the whole I would describe it as quite loose and expressive - my Mum Marlene calls it 'slapdash'. I apply the acrylic paint without brushes, preferring to use whatever object I deem appropriate to create the right effect. Amongst my painting tools you're likely to find items such as badminton shuttlecocks, kebab skewers, wallpaper scrapers, feathers... for me there's potential in any object when it comes to mark-making on canvas, that's why I don't limit myself to brushes; it also helps me to maintain a loose style. My work tends to involve quite a lot of paint throwing and flicking too which is a messy, random technique but it gives me the effect I'm looking for; a kind of freeze frame of energy. It's also a lot of fun.

My overall aim is to create stunning wall fillers that not only connect with the viewer but also stand the test of time, and have the potential to become future heirlooms. As a form of quality control when creating I often ask myself 'would I hang this on my own wall?' If the answer is no, then it's time to consider what else it needs to make it work.

A current favourite subject is the balance between nature's light and human-made light - such as the interplay between a streetlight and a sunrise/sunset. The half light at dawn and dusk has provided me with much reference material over winter, along with trees and foliage; another great source of inspiration. As well as these more figurative paintings, during the exhibition I also intend to show some of my entirely abstract pieces; colourful paintings that usually have several layers, and tend to contain sweeping, expressive marks, as well as plenty of thrown paint. The titles for these abstracts often come after the painting is finished, with the colours and form offering suggestions in the naming process.

To share my work with the world, and that of other selected local artists, I've recently created a pop-up woodland art gallery in Tadcaster called Little Land. When the weather allows we exhibit our work amongst the trees, allowing an all important real world connection between the artwork and viewer. 2018 is our first year too so to be involved with the Sunflower Art Festival in what is also its inaugural year is not only serendipitous but also very fitting.

I'm really looking forward to this exhibition; knowing that the proceeds of any sales will go towards helping such a worthwhile cause adds an extra element of satisfaction to the artistic process. I'm sure this year's Sunflower Art Festival will be the first of many more successful art exhibitions hosted by the fantastic St. Leonard's Hospice!"

If you'd like to get involved - and please do - please find out more and enter here.