Approved: 26.05.2016

Heather Boxall

Artist, Curator, Lecturer / academic, Maker, Teacher

Approved: 26.05.2016

I am a painter, printmaker and stained glass artist. I studied Fine Art at Winchester School of Art and an MA in Printmaking at Bradford School of Arts & Media. My artistic research is concerned with colour. My work draws on references from texts and poems, the natural world, historical paintings. Colour provides a sense of place, a liminal experience, a memory. My paintings explore the relevance and ambiguity of colour often using monochrome colour. As one of the most reductive forms of painting, with the abandonment of figure/ground relationships, the monochrome first appears to represent ‘nothing’. Yet the complexity of working with a single colour or a limited pallet, brings instead a unique focus on colour’s symbolic, optical and material qualities.

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    Biography

    I am a painter, printmaker and stained glass artist. I studied Fine Art at Winchester School of Art and an MA in Printmaking at Bradford School of Arts & Media. My artistic research is concerned with colour. My work draws on references from texts and poems, the natural world, historical paintings. Colour provides a sense of place, a liminal experience, a memory. My paintings explore the relevance and ambiguity of colour often using monochrome colour. As one of the most reductive forms of painting, with the abandonment of figure/ground relationships, the monochrome first appears to represent ‘nothing’. Yet the complexity of working with a single colour or a limited pallet, brings instead a unique focus on colour’s symbolic, optical and material qualities.

    My work draws on a variety of sources, from observing bird plumage with compositions derived from bird tallies whilst walking, to referencing the text of Joseph Conrad’s ‘Heart of Darkness’ first published in 1899. Conrad used descriptive colour throughout his novel and my monochrome paintings based on the text, seek to visualize this. Conrad’s writing draws attention to aspects of the African continent, its people, landscape, and pervading feelings at the time as part of Europe’s colonial past. Drawn to read Conrad’s Heart of Darkness as part of a body of research focusing on ‘black’, exploring black through motifs of birds, their iridescent colours, the use of black pigments and then cultural interpretations of ‘black’ which include racial prejudice, lead to Conrad’s work.  Struck by just how much colour his writings referenced throughout the narrative, I developed this small series.

    My most recent paintings are made working on gesso prepared surfaces. I use thin glazes of oil prepared pigments, to build up layers of colour, creating a luminosity of surface. The subtly of colour requires close viewing and cannot to be fully appreciated through reproduction. The colours reveal themselves through time spent looking.

    Working with stained glass, I am working with coloured light which is what lead me to using this traditional craft. I have been making leaded lights on and off over a period of twenty five years. I am able to make works to commission and am happy to take enquiries. Please contact me via email:  heatherboxall@btinternet.com or telephone: 07411712774

     

     

     

    CV & Education

    Contact 

    heatherboxall@btinternet.com

    tel: 07411712774

     

    Academic and Professional Qualifications

    2003     MA in Printmaking, Bradford College of Art, Bradford                            Grade: Merit

    1993    PGCE Secondary Art & Design, Bretton Hall College, (University of Leeds) Grade: Pass

    1981     BA (Hons) Fine Art, Winchester School of Art, Winchester                     Grade: 2:1

    1978     Foundation Diploma Art & Design, Medway College of Design                Grade: Pass

     

    Recent Relevant Employment Experience

    2009-2016   Joint Head of School, Bradford School of Art, Bradford College

    2006-2009   Course Leader for BA (Hons) Fine Art and senior lecturer in printmaking and PGCE Senior Lecturer for Secondary Art & Design Education, School of Art & Design, University of Cumbria, Lancashire

    2004-2006   Teaching Fellow , Course Leader PGCE Art & Design (Secondary) University of Leeds, Education Faculty.

    1997-2006   Art & Design Class Teacher, Skipton Girls High School, North Yorkshire

    Forthcoming Exhibitions:

    September 2017  'colours edge' Solo show  Space Gallery, Folkestone  Part of the Folkestone Triennial Fringe programme

    Recent  Exhibitions:

    2017   'colour code'  Group show, Cupola Contemporary Art, Sheffield     

    2017   'telling in full' Group show, Lancaster Words Festival, Peter Scott Gallery, Lancaster University

    2016   'to please a few'  Group show, Cupola Contemporary Art, Sheffield       

    2016   '153rd Open'   Group show, Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts, Glasgow

    2016   ‘Least Legible’  Solo exhibition, David Wright Gallery, Artsmill, Hebden Bridge

    2015   ‘In Light of the Monochrome’  Group exhibition curated by Heather Boxall, The Dye House Gallery, Bradford. Contributing artists’ included David Batchelor, Jane Harris, John Hilliard, Pip Dickens, Estelle Thompson.

    2014   ‘MA 21st Anniversary Exhibition’ Group Show Dene Clough Galleries, Halifax

    2013   ‘Ludlow Open’  Group show, Ludlow

    2013   ‘Paint Club’ Group show, Beaconsfield, London

    2013   ‘War’ Group show, Yorkshire Craft Centre Gallery, Bradford

    2013   ‘Colour as Material’ Group Show, Fafa Gallery, Helsinki, Finland

    2012    ‘Sense of Place’  Group show  123 Gallery, Halifax

    2011    ‘Centenary Art Exhibition’  Group show, Yorkshire Craft Centre Gallery, Bradford

    2010    ‘Workers Playtime’ Group show, Yorkshire Craft Centre Gallery, Bradford

    2008    ‘An Exhibition of Paintings’   Joint show with Mike Walker, Alexandra Gallery,       Lanacaster      

    2008     ‘Broken Pieces’  Farfieldmill, Sedburgh   

    2008     ‘Outside the Glass’  Words by the Water Literature Festival. Keswick

    2007     ‘Lime Press’  Open Studio, Hebden Bridge

    2004     ‘Walking, A Creative Journey’  Solo show, South Square Gallery, Bradford

    2004     ‘Ida Branson Memorial Bequest Exhibition’  Atkinson Gallery, Somerset

     

    Recent Conferences and symposia

    2016    Delegate ‘Reflections on the work of Albert Hunt / Within the Art School and Without’

    March 2016. Bradford School of Arts, Northern Centre for Research into Art and Material   Culture

    2015     Presentation of paper ‘The Monochrome, an Introduction’ at symposium ’In light of the monochrome’  March 2015. Bradford School of Arts and Media. Publication of ‘In Light of the Monochrome’ exhibition catalogue.

    2014     Delegate Arts Research symposia Northumbria University, Newcastle

    2013     Delegate ‘Aspects of Colour-Albers Revisited’ International symposia, Helsinki, Finland

    2013     Presentated paper Why are crows Black?  at ‘Aspects of Colour’ symposia, Northumbria

                University, Newcastle

    2013     Delegate ‘War’ conference, hosted by the Imperial War Museum, Nataional Media

                 Museum, Bradford, and Bradford School of Arts & Media.