New home, new city, new life, new art

Works on handmade paper in our new hallway. Foreground picture shows a misty day on the N Yorkshire coast very new work.
New work in a new house

This is my first post on here since our move early this year. There have been various Wolf at the Door newsletter updates: the latest one is here.
I was for some reason unable to upload images to this blog (WordPress updates?) and gave up the struggle with so many other things to do. Now they are magically available again. So, here at last is the new domicile of our cherished Wolf, made entirely of recycled materials by Iain Tatam fifteen years or so ago.

Our new house (and impromptu gallery) in York. Our signature Wolf made of recycled metal is there in the garden, but not very visible
Wolf at the Door in York

We are tucked away in a leafy, quiet little ‘snickelway’ lying between two main roads. We’re very near the centre and the railway – convenient for visitors. We even have a largish garden which formerly belonged to an ancient Priory – it was used to grow rhubarb, we hear.

My stand at the Flux exhibition in Chelsea.  The light was low but this quite suits my work.
Flux exhibition, Chelsea

In theory life has got simpler since the summer. Immediately post-move, it was hectic. First, the wonderful  Flux exhibition in Chelsea in March. Its organiser, Lisa Gray, is constantly diversifying and has many art plans bubbling away. The first Flux Review will be out soon (and contains some of my work.

Bright yellow Artists' logo for York Open Studios 2020

Then York Open Studios in April, and Brighton and Hove Artists’ Open House in May kept me really busy. It was a bit of struggle to get ready to open our house to the public so soon after moving. But, over two weekends, we had (I think 1350) visitors to the Wolf, all interested and involved. And many bought work too. Much more, we have made so many friends and people were generous with their knowledge and suggestions.

My upstairs gallery space, labelled for the occasion 'Dark Nights, Dark Skies'. Paintings of or seen from the sky.
Night skies and dark paintings were all upstairs

I have been accepted again for York Open Studios next April. This is by no means a foregone conclusion as artists here are selected by an external panel of six experts, unlike in Brighton where you simply cough up a (large) sum! Different philosophies….

Lovely colour and shape juxtaposition by Karen Hollis. Ceramics by Tessa Wolfe-Murray, sculpture by Robyn Neild and painting (now sold) by Jill Tattersall (me).
Evening, Haven (sold) at Art in Bloom, Hove AOH)

It was a huge pleasure to be involved in Brighton’s Artists’ Open House – without the headaches! Lots of friends, lots of visitors. And sales too. Many thanks to Karen Hollis of Art in Bloom.

A wall at the Kunsthuis Gallery, Crayke. A large blue night sky on canvas of mine has been given a great position.
A Night Sky painting at the Kunsthuis Gallery

Since then it has been a bit quieter, though there’s so much to catch up with. (I am deliberately omitting all reference to politics.) I am involved in the ‘Positive Emotions’ exhibition at the unique Kunsthuis Gallery in Crayke (continuing over the winter).  An uplifting counterblast to current  affairs – enough said. If you are in N. Yorkshire it is well worth a large detour. A lovely art gallery, extensive organic gardens and a riverside walk, all free entry, plus a plant nursery and Dutch pancakes….Check opening times though.

I am starting to look for new Yorkshire galleries; all suggestions welcome.

A wall at the beachside gallery in Hove/Brighton which is closing down. My paintings on handmade paper, all sold now, plus glassware and ceramics by Joe Campoli and others.
Sad news about the Nigel Rose Gallery

To everyone’s profound sadness, the beautiful and wonderfully successful Nigel Rose gallery on the Brighton/Hove foreshore is to close. Lively, delightful, and always busy. I owe Nigel a huge debt for consistently giving me a wonderful large display space, and for selling many of my paintings. He even allowed me to continue after my move away, describing his painters, sculptors and ceramicists as ‘nineteen Brighton artists – and one has-been’!

Tiny abstract on reclaimed cedar block, part of the 'Brighton Glimpses' series. Misty grey-brown hues.
Seen in York, bought in Brighton! Tiny cedar-block abstract

It’s odd how many people here in York have Brighton connections, and vice versa.   A while back I had the pleasure of selling, in Brighton, a painting that someone had seen (and not forgotten) in York, at Art&. Now the reverse has occurred and someone from these parts saw and remembered a piece at the much-to-be-missed Nigel Rose Gallery  

Sun on the sea In Hove, with distant wind turbines and the characteristic iron railings in the foreground
Seen in Brighton, bought in York! Sun, Wind, Sea

That’s enough for now; I have various irons in the fire and some definite dates; they will have to wait for the next update which I hope will be a lot more prompt than this one. I have been updating the ‘Events and exhibitions’ page on this site even though the blog and gallery sections have been inert.