Midland Painting Group

Monday 1 July – Friday 30 August

The group was established in the 1940s with the aim to generate a wider interest in the visual arts, share interest and expertise, and offer guidance via appraisals by professional artists. Their members range from those with art training through to accomplished amateurs and keen ‘leisure’ painters. The composition of MPG’s membership reflects their belief in art’s ability to cross age and social boundaries.

Jilly Oxlade-Arnott

Monday 1 August – Friday 27 August

Jilly is known for her unique watercolour and fine line ink depictions of historically or nationally significant architecture. She is a Worcester based architectural watercolour artist from a family of draughtsmen, painters, potters and sculptors. Having two distinct styles, a more traditional ‘Classique’ which is bright watercolour with detailed fine line ink whereas ‘Vivid’ is simplistic bold lines on layers of pure vibrant colours, inspired by the pop art genre and is best seen on large scale canvases. Structure, perception and placement form the focal point of her works, with an emphasis of colour and depth on the subject structure leaving the surrounding detail in contrasting black line work.

Nicholas Sims

Monday 30 September – Friday 1 November

Nicholas Sims has loved drawing since childhood and always wanted to be an artist or an illustrator. He recently completed a degree in illustration at the University of Wolverhampton and his work has gone in the direction of reportage drawing. He is interested in drawing people whilst they are engaged in a job or involved in some leisure pursuit. Nicholas finds that the more nervous he is about drawing in a place the better the result. In the last two years he has made a collection of drawings of the Bull Ring, indoor market, and transport in Birmingham.

Thomas Parry – Made On The Canal

Monday 4 November – Friday 13 December

Taking inspiration from traditional draft drawing, Thomas’ clean-cut illustrations are brought to life by turning them into 3D pictures. Pillars, terraces and other protruding features are cut out by hand and brought forward, while windows are recessed and roofs are sloped back creating natural shadows and a real sense of depth. Thomas is keen to make art accessible to all, especially if it is of a building you cherish. As Birmingham is facing a high level of development, architecture is becoming more recognised and appreciated among all generations. Many buildings have been lost over the centuries, with only vague descriptions or tarnished photos remaining. These are the buildings Made On The Canal wishes to focus on in the coming months: to bring them back to life, to remind people what came before and how Birmingham was built.

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