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A mostly figurative exhibition will be launched at Foxlowe Arts Centre

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: March 07, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

An example of the work which will be on display at the Foxlowe Arts Centre from Friday (March 7).

An example of the work which will be on display at the Foxlowe Arts Centre from Friday (March 7).

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A 'mostly figurative' exhibition will be unveiled at an art gallery in Leek this weekend.

Sculptors Rosemary Barnett and Denise Dutton have joined forces with painter and printmaker Jack Skinner for the next creative exhibition at the Foxlowe Arts Centre.

'Mostly Figurative' will be unveiled at a special launch event on Friday (March 7) at 7pm.

The exhibition will then run at the community-run arts centre until April 26.

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Rosemary Barnett, who lives in the Staffordshire Moorlands, trained at Kingston School of Art and the Royal Academy Schools.

Rosemary was Principal of the Sir Henry Doulton School of Sculpture. When that school closed, Rosemary joined forces with Harry Everington, who shared her vision for sculpture, to form the Frink School of Sculpture in Stoke on Trent in 1996.

After a foundation course at Cambridge, Denise Dutton studied at the Sir Henry Doulton School of sculpture. The majority of her work is to commission and includes life size pieces such Amberleigh House, the winner of the 2004 Grand National and the last Maharaja of India, Duleep Singh on horse back 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 has a painting and printmaking studio in Stone. He studied painting under Bernard Fleetwood-Walker RA, at Birmingham College of Art. Appointed Head of Department of Fine Art, at Staffordshire University, 1980 -91, Jack exhibits with, and is a member of, the Manchester Academy of Fine Art. He was awarded first prize at Keele University for the Three Counties Open exhibition in November 2011.

Foxlowe Art Gallery co-ordinator Chris Thompson said: "Given the title - 'Mostly Figurative', the aim of the exhibition has been to complement the work of Rosemary and Denise, both figurative sculptors, as previous exhibitions, held in 2012, were exclusively landscape in theme.

"Most of the recent images have been painted in a studio or domestic setting. All the figurative images, and without exception, commence first as drawings, which, if they are good enough, may go forward into paintings. Some are figure studies or portraits, especially the earlier works.

"More recently, portrayal has become a secondary element, as the placement of the figure within the canvas and its domestic setting, becomes much more significant.

"A few recent landscape images may be included. The etchings are sometimes a spin off from a drawing or painting, or conceived as a separate idea, but always linked to some event of personal interest."

Foxlowe's Art Gallery is open Wednesday to Saturday 10am-4pm and Sundays 11am-4pm.

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