Approved: 16.08.2006

Heather Eastes

Artist

Approved: 16.08.2006

Concepts
I call my monochrome paintings 'fragment drawings'. Pencil lines are applied to a white ground and obscured or brought out. The images arising from this process are often recurrent and obsessive. Heads, beasts, animals shift shape, travel the mysteries of birth and death. Banal or sublime forms evoke traumas of early relationships. They battle for a sense of being beyond pain and compulsion.

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  • Location: Aberystwyth and Dusseldorf, Wales
  • Categories: Drawing, Graphics, Installation, Mixed Media, Painting
 
 

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    Concepts I call my monochrome paintings 'fragment drawings'. Pencil lines are applied to a white ground and obscured or brought out. The images arising from this process are often recurrent and obsessive. Heads, beasts, animals shift shape, travel the mysteries of birth and death. Banal or sublime forms evoke traumas of early relationships. They battle for a sense of being beyond pain and compulsion. From the Fragment Drawings developed the "Paper Faces" , heads made from a slow process of mashing and moulding discarded paper, often combined with found items such as bone or broken pottery, or driftwood. These express the human condition and also recall the sensibility of earliest memory and relationships. Likewise the painted wooden panels, which are sardonic and wistful, their surfaces reminiscent of wooden toys or devotional wooden panel paintings. My work explores our condition and our need for spirituality, community, and our vulnerability as beings conscious of transience and mortality. Influences: Spirituality/Religion, The human figure, Ancient cultures/Myths; own cultural identity (Welsh, European); own gender (Female)Career path Qualifications: 1979 Meisterschuler, State Academy of Arts, Düsseldorf 1974 BA Hons, History and Visual Arts, UCW, Aberystwyth, Wales Teaching Experience: 1979/82 Tutor, Painting and Graphics, Auxiliumschüle, Düsseldorf 1979 Tutor, Graphics, Kunstakademie, Düsseldorf Areas of work: Adult education Exhibiting Private commissions Public art Project management Workshops Collections: Kunstmuseum (Department of 20th century prints and drawings), Düsseldorf, Germany Artothek and Ministry of Culture, Düsseldorf, Germany Deutche Bank Art Collection, Königsallee, Düsseldorf Hank Collection, Düsseldorf

    CV & Education

    Qualifications and Training

    BA (Hons) History and Visual Art University of Wales, Aberystwyth

    Meisterschuler (MFA) , Düsseldorf Academy of Fine Art, 1979.

    2011 - elected as a member of the Royal Cambrian Academy, Royal Cambrian Academy, Conwy, North Wales.

    Solo Exhibitions

    2014- Heather Eastes, Oriel Wrecsam Gallery, Wrexham

    2012 - Other Times Different Places, Galerie Bugdahn & Kaimer, Duesseldorf

    2008 - Beasts, Angels, Silver Fields, Pebble Walk Gallery, BBC LLandaff Cardiff

    2007 - Fragment Sounds ...(with Katja Koelle), Sound Studio Viersen, Germany 2007 -

    Paper Faces, Malkasten Gallery, Dusseldorf

    2001 - The Artists Life (with Pete Bailey), St. David's Hall, Cardiff

    2000 - Dreaming of Babylon (with Pete Bailey), Llanover Hall Arts Centre, Cardiff

    1993 - Heather Eastes Fragment Drawings, Kollmeier Gallery, Essen

    1992 - Heather Eastes, Municipal Gallery, Bad Waldsee, Germany

    1988 - Fragment Drawings, Galerie udo Bugdahn, Dusseldorf

    Group Exhibitions

    2014 - Yma ac Acw/Hier und Da/ Here and There: (Organiser)

    Rhondda Heritage park, Rhondda, Mid Wales Arts centre Caersws, Gas Gallery, Aberystwyth

    2013 -  Gas Gallery, Aberystwyth,

    Welsh Artist of the Year, St. David's Hall. Cardiff

    National Eisteddfod  "Y Lle Celf".  

    2012  - Affordable Art Exhibition, St Davids Hall Cardiff, The Hayes, Cardiff

    DRAWINGMMX2, Howard Gardens Gallery, Cardiff Metrapolitan University, Cardiff

    Grosse Kunstausstellung Duesseldorf 2012, Museum Kunst Palast, Duesseldorf Germany

    2011 - Arddangosfa Celf a Chrefft/Y Lle Celf, Eisteddfod Genedlaethol, Wrecsam, Wrexham, North Wales

    Artemisia, St Davids Hall Cardiff, Cardiff

    Polemically small on paper, Charlie Smith Gallery, London

    Polemically Small, (with Edward Lucie-Smith) Garboushian Gallery, Beverly Hills 

    Polemically Small on Paper,  (with The Future Can Wait) Torrance Art Museum, Torrance

    Three Artists, Three Journeys, Futures Gallery, Pierhead, National Assembly for Wales, Cardiff  Welsh Artist of the Year 2011, St Davids Hall Cardiff, Cardiff

    2010 - Welsh Artist of the Year 2010, St David's Hall, Cardiff

    Y Lle Celf, Eisteddfod Genedlaethol, Y Lle Celf, Eisteddfod Genedlaethol, Ebbw Vale

    2009 - Memory/Imagination, Millennium Centre Cardiff and Ty Crawshay Galleries, Pontypridd , Cardiff and University of Glamorgan, Pontypridd

    Welsh Artist of the Year 2009, St. David's Hall, Cardiff

    2008 - Arts and Crafts Exhibition, National Eisteddfod of Wales, Pontcanna Fields Cardiff

    Christmas show, St Davids Hall, Cardiff

    2008 -  Mapping the Welsh Group at 60, National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth

    Re:drawing, Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown, Powys 

    The Welsh Group, Brecknock Museum, Brecon, Powys 

    Welsh Artist of the Year 2008, St. David's Hall, Cardiff

    2004 - META, Bay Art Gallery, Cardiff

    2003 - Gross Innovations, Beverly Arts Center, Chicago 2003 -

    META, Gregynog Gallery National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth

    META, Vilnius, Lithuania

    2001 - Looking Out, Newport Museum and Art Gallery, Newport S. Wales

    2000 - Revelations, National Museum of Wales, Cardiff

    1999 - Welsh Group Show Retrospective, National Museum of Wales, Cardiff

    1997 - Celtic Connections, Concert Hall, Glasgow

    Twenty-Twenty, Brecnock Museum, Brecon, St Davids Hall, Cardiff

    1997 - Wales Drawing Biennale, various venues across Wales

    Welsh Group Show, Parliament Building, Strasbourg

    1996 - National Eisteddfod of Wales, regular participation since 1990, various venues in Wales

    1996 - The Welsh Group, Brecnock Museum, Brecon

    1995 - The Welsh Group, Cambrian Royal Academy, Conwy

    1994 - Changing Views, Old Library, Cardiff

    1993 - People And Beasts, Oriel Myrddyn, Carmarthen

    1992 - Art For Sale, The Guardian, Whiteley's, London

    1992 - Winter Celebration, Newport Museum and Art Gallery

    1990 - Damal 90 (Installation), Hofgarten, Düsseldorf

    Dyfed Art Show, Carmarthen, Wales

    1979 - Grosse Düsseldorfer Art Shows

    Curated Projects

    2012 - Aus passion The Hanck Collection, Museum kunst palast, Duesseldorf Germany

    Competitions, prizes and awards

    2009 - Shortlist for University of Glamorgan purchase Prize: , Cardiff Millennium centre and University of Glamorgan, Cardiff and University of Glamorgan, Pontypridd

    2007 - Welsh Artist of the Year Prize for Drawing, St David's Hall , Cardiff

    1990 - Wales Arts Council Travel Award, Project undertaken with Jenny Fell, Dusseldorf Germany

    2009 - University of Glamorgan Purchase Prize Exhibition, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, Cardiff