In May the Granary Art Gallery will feature local sculptors Rosemary Barnett and Denise Dutton and painter and printmaker Jack Skinner.
Staffordshire based sculptor Rosemary Barnett uses materials such as limestone, sandstone and bronze to create her figurative pieces. She trained at the Kingston School of Art and the Royal Academy Schools and was elected Fellow of the Royal British Society of Sculptors in 1998.
Rosemary was Principal of the Sir Henry Doulton School of Sculpture and when it closed she joined forces with Harry Everington, who shared her vision for sculpture, to form the Frink School of Sculpture in Stoke-on-Trent in 1996.
For many years she has admired and taken influence from Romanian sculptor Constantin Brancusi.
Denise Dutton has a passion for drawing and sculpting equestrian themed work, looking at the anatomy, aesthetics and behaviour of the horse using bronze as her preferred medium. After completing a foundation course at Cambridge, Denise studied at the Sir Henry Doulton School of Sculpture and works mainly on commissions.
Commissions include life size pieces such as Amberleigh House, the winner of the 2004 Grand National and the last Maharaja of India, Duleep Singh, on horse-back which was unveiled by Prince Charles on Button Island, Thetford.
Denise is currently working on a Memorial to honour the work of the Land Girls and Lumber Jill’s to be sited at the Staffordshire Arboretum.
Jack Skinner, also Staffordshire based, will show his paintings, drawings and etchings which will complement Rosemary and Denise’s sculpture. Jack’s figurative work mainly shows domestic settings which have been completed in situ or in the studio.
Jack studied painting under British artist Bernard Fleetwood-Walker RA at Birmingham College of Art.
Jack was awarded first prize at the Keele University, Three Counties Open exhibition in November 2011 and in July 2012 some of his works have been purchased by the Duke of Devonshire for his private collection at Chatsworth.
‘Mostly Figurative’ runs throughout May in the Granary Art Gallery.