Thump of the Tale is a snapshot of those works, which seek, not to illustrate the stories, but to use themes and elements and connect them to memories as prompts. The exhibition also features some of the artists’ earlier animal studies, published works and sketchbooks.
The tales of childhood: mythology, parable, poems, or folk and fairy tale become enmeshed with our memories and echo forward throughout our lives. We feel the reverberations of the Thump of the Tale.
Ruth Buchanan BA(hons), SEA, IEA, and Dr Julie Cross BA, MA, DPhil/PHd, are artists who live and work near Wetherby, West Yorkshire. They met through their early work painting animals and both served on the committee of the Association of Animal Artists: Julie, who was Chair and Exhibitions Co-Ordinator of the Association, painting animals in general; and Ruth, also a committee member, mainly painting horses. They formed a co-mentoring partnership based on their shared views and values despite their different styles and media. Both Artists have previously exhibited at Weston Park as part of the Association of Animal Artists Autumn Exhibition.
In 2016, Dr Julie Cross started work on a series of oil paintings based on Greek mythology and fairy tales. Capitalising on her Doctorate in Children’s Literature she combines childhood memories to create new ‘stories’ in paint. Independently in the same year, Ruth Buchanan started work on a series titled ‘Innocence and Experience’, looking at formulative experiences in childhood and the texts intertwined with those memories. Ruth’s Bachelorial Thesis considered the end of The Golden Age of Illustration.
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