We’re coming to the end of the summer, and there are definite hints of autumn in the air, but the riverside will be ablaze with colour once again this weekend for the final York River Art market of the year. There have been a wealth of amazing artists and artisan craft-makers, each with their own style and story, and this Saturday is no exception.
Lesia Davidson began painting as a hobby, during her maternity leave. Eventually that hobby grew and she decided to take the step to take it professionally, juggling family, work, and exhibitions. It was certainly the right decision to take, as Leia’s prolific body of work has been exhibited around York, and now graces homes around the globe.
Lesia draws her inspiration from the natural world, painting flowers, woodlands, and seascapes, as well as some portrait work. Her recent collection is a series of woodland scenes, portraying whimsical, mystical scenery, with pathways leading the viewer through the trees and towards the light beyond. Each painting caries Lesia’s trademark palette of vibrant colours carefully worked around each other, with the image built up from the background, layering the canvas with paint to create a sense of movement and colourful energy.
Lue Jacques also draws inspiration from nature, especially the Cornish Coast, which she often visits. At just sixteen years old Lue gained employment as a bespoke jewellery designer at her college end of year show, and has gone from strength to strength ever since. Now in her final year of uni, Lue is working on her own original organic collection of jewellery.
Lue works with a range of stones, both precious and semi-precious, to achieve her balance of bold, yet delicate designs. Although she does do some work in gold, her passion is for silversmithing, and her collection is dominated by the bright gleam of silver contrasted with the rich colours and cuts of the stones she uses.
Tom Wriglesworth has been happily painting and drawing since he was a child, but it wasn’t until after he graduated uni that his family and friends started asking him to paint for them, inspiring him to consider taking his hobby further. He is particularly grateful to his family for their unmitigated support as he’s gone from nervously entering a painting into a competition, to having his work on display at Studio 7 in Otley, and being able to take part in events such as York River Art Market.
As he was experimenting with, and developing styles and techniques, Tom was struck by the beauty and simplicity of the way colours and shape are used in stained glass windows and how using minimal shading, and bold, black lines, the vivid colours are brought to life. He has adapted this concept into his own style to create what are now his signature bold, dynamic land and cityscapes.
Apart from laying down paint, Tom’s favourite part of his work is manning his stall, meeting people and talking to them about his art, process, and inspiration. He’s ready and willing to chat and answer questions, so be sure to stop by and say ‘hello’ at York River Art Market 2018’s grande finale this Saturday!York River Art Market Facebook