The second week of York River Art Market is set to be just as colourful and varied as the first, with both long-standing supporters and some new faces hanging their work side-by-side along the riverbank.
One of the market’s regular artists is Martin Jones, whose motto “paintings to make you smile” shines out through all his work. His distinctive, contemporary style has a simple, bold approach that perfectly captures the mood and sweeping beauty of his subjects. Martin draws his inspiration from all over Yorkshire, lending his bright and cheerful style to everything from the moors, to the cities, to the beaches. Many of his paintings focus not only on local landmarks, but local life, too. Martin captures the quiet, typical, and often humorous moments that make Yorkshire such a great place to live and visit.
Whilst Martin often shows the beauty and fun of the seaside, Lauren Darn has a very different approach. Lauren is the driving force behind Submerged UK, a climate change campaign that explores the potential effects of rising sea levels in the event of a 40C rise in global temperatures. Using cinematic photography to visualise a life where our familiar coastal communities and low-lying towns and cities are flooded, Lauren illustrates the concerns surrounding the potential displacement of domestic environmental refugees. Rather than oppressive scenes of suffering, Lauren opts to use humour to draw people into the conversation. Her images are intended to point directly to the adversity facing the next generation, and seek to remind people that it is not only the polar bears that face loss of habitat. Her ultimate message is that we must consider our own actions, and their impact on the environment, before it is too late.
One way to reduce our impact on the environment, is to re-use and upcycle materials, which is exactly what Feral Metal byBrettJames does. Brett uses upcycled metal and wood to craft his sculptural pieces, which are influenced by natural forms. After travelling the world as a photographer, Brett retrained as a design engineer. Now working as an artist, Brett finds “the creative process liberating, after being governed and restricted by the rules and regulations as an engineer.” As well as producing ready-made pieces, Brett enjoys working on-site with clients, to create sculptures that compliment and complete unique spaces. The juxtaposition of the industrial materials and the organic forms that they take perfectly reflects Brett’s own changes in career.
Rather than upcycling or recycling, Rosie Waring demonstrates the beauty of low-impact production techniques. Rosie designs and makes hand-woven textiles for interior products. Drawing on interesting colours and textures in nature, she balances the structure of weave with a free and experimental style. Her signature flair for colour gives her fabrics, largely woven from silk and cotton yarns, a unique look that bridges the gap between traditional crafts and contemporary living. Her finished products are bright and vibrant, with intricate structures that reflect the aspects of nature that inspire her.
So this Saturday (July 14), get your sun cream on and head down to Dame Judy Dench Walk to see and hopefully buy some incredible, affordable art.Last Week's Column