Exhibiting modern art for golfers within a clubhouse or hotel
Are you looking to create a memorable event at your golf club or hotel ? Then why not consider hosting an exhibition of Jason Skill’s art ? An exhibition can be a vibrant social event which is talked about for years to come. Exhibiting Jason’s art can help you market your club or hotel through press features and create links from the art bushiness to your business.
Exhibited at Virgin Money head office in Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne. Aug. 5th – Sept. 4th 2013
Northumberland Golf Club Exhibition 2012
Members of Northumberland golf club were able to view Jason’s golf originals on the 24th and 25th of March. The work was very warmly received by visitors, who felt his art truly reflected aspects of the life of a golfer and captured the movements of golfers playing the game both young and old. Several members became collectors of Jason’s work at the exhibition.
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Seascapes – Watercolours
A passion for the sea
Jason first became interested in painting the sea in watercolour after attempting to learn to surf in the early 90’s. The experience of the power and beauty of the sea at close quarters had a profound influence on his art creating a fascination for seascape that has lasted almost twenty years.
In this exhibition in May 2012, Jason’s work was shown alongside photographer Mike Tilley, whose work beautifully captures the movement in water with photographs that have a painterly feel. This exhibition inevitably had visitors comparing the artists approaches to the same subject.
One man exhibition – Newcastle Arts Centre 2009
Due to the interest created by the large scale watercolours exhibited in the 2005 show ( below ) it was felt that a second showing of the work with additional new work was warranted. One again the publics response was highly positive with a large number of sales arising from the exhibition
One man exhibition – Newcastle Arts Centre 2005
The large scale watercolour seascapes in this exhibition created a dramatic response from the public who where highly enthusiastic about the exhibition. The press were equally pleased with the work.
‘Dynamic seascapes proving convincingly that watercolours can easily be as powerful
‘Attacking the paper with the ferocity of a rabid beast’ the North East based artist captures the raw, unforgiving power of the sea. Magnificent waves cascade into each other with palpable force, sending showers of foam in every direction. Of course such an epic subject deserves plenty of wall space, and, accordingly Skill’s best works are also his biggest.’
‘EllenMacArthur would probably think twice about getting into a boat if she saw these.’
– Quotes from a Review by Christopher Collett for the Metro –
Jason said ‘At eight feet by four, the main seascapes were a huge technical challenge working wet in wet at this scale. This was watercolour painting at its most exciting with some of the work completed in the time the water and paper took to dry !
Like the previous exhibition at the arts centre, my aim was to challenge the public’s ideas about watercolour painting.
are often seen as small scale and the preserve of mainly ‘amateur’
artists. I wanted people to see the potential of this wonderful medium
to be as powerful oils or acrylics’.
‘The Emperors New Clothes’ – Newcastle Arts Centre 2003
The first of two shows working in co-ordination with Newcastle Arts Centre aimed to challenge the public’s perception of watercolour. Beginning to feel type cast as a seascape artist, he declined the initial invitation to produce a show of seascape work and opted to paint and draw images inspired in part from his childhood and adult day dreaming.
When he chose the title ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes’ it was intended to state to the public that he was willing to be judged by their opinions. Their version of what they thought the artwork said was as valid as his own. To make this point more plain he courted the opinions of the young who, like the boy in the fairy tale, would in all likelihood speak their minds with devastating honesty. This was done by loaning paintings to schools with the teachers working with the children to produce written work inspired by the artwork. The children’s’ work was then laminated and displayed next to the finished artwork so that the visitor could gauge others reactions to the watercolours.
Public and critical reaction in the press was very positive. Local TV news conducted an interview relating to the project. Many visitors spent a good deal of time reading the children’s written work and wrote enthusiastically in the visitors book about their own feelings. Jason would like to take this opportunity to thank all those children and teachers who took part in this project.
‘Baltic Remembered’ – Shipley Art Gallery’
Although not officially recognized as such, Jason Skill was the first artist in residence at Baltic.
He was commissioned by Gateshead Council to record his impressions of the interior and exterior of the derelict flour mill and also to paint the initial demolition of part of the structure and the arrival of the steelwork, prior to the building of the ‘cage,’ that held the walls in place whilst the new interior was fabricated. This required him to work with protective clothing, gloves, face mask, suit and hard hat, as the interior was covered in rat poison to rid the mill of its furry friends prior to construction work being carried out.
The Baltic, now famous as an international arts venue, was in its first stages of finding a voice when this exhibition was staged.
The resulting watercolours were shown alongside photographic imagery of the mill when in operation in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s. This was intended to jog the memories of workers at the mill, who were asked to have their recollections recorded as a ‘sound archive’ from which snippets of speech were to be used in the first exhibition by Baltic to be staged later at the Shipley Art Gallery.
Much of this collection was sold to Gatehead Council where they hung in the chief executives offices with other key pieces sold to a private collector interested in the project.
Watercolour exhibition at Gateshead library
The exhibition’s title ‘Mixed emotions’ was intended as a comment on how many people felt about viewing both the seascape and woodland watercolours which made up the main body of the images in this show. Those who looked at the work commented that I had captured the beauty of the sea and woodland, but also the power of the forces of nature which brings that slightly unnerving aspect to looking at the sea, or walking in woodland.
South Shields Museum & Art Gallery
This exhibition was held at both the Hancock Museum and South Shields Museum and Art Gallery . At this point in time Jason was surfing and felt that his work could have an impact to help draw attention to the poor state of our coastal waters. He had seen the pollution first hand. With the co-operation of the Marine Conservation Society and Surfers Against Sewage, information about the pollution of our coastal waters was exhibited alongside the artwork.
His intention was that the viewer’s admiration for the sea’s beauty would make the accompanying literature have greater impact and would perhaps make some visitors keen to help make a difference by adding their support to the two organizations.
The Hancock Museum is a natural history centre. They were happy to have an educative element at the core of the exhibition and also felt that sea pollution was a subject they wanted to help draw the public’s attention to.
The curator of South Sheilds museum and art gallery was impressed with the exhibition at the Hancock and requested that the work be given a second showing in the region within a second museum venue.
Laing Art Gallery
The Laing art gallery was in the 90’s considered by many to be the primary art gallery within the North East of England. Consequently showing his watercolours alongside some of the finest watercolour paintings in Britain was a considerable early boost to Jason’s career. The laing art gallery has work by some of the great names of watercolour. Cotman, Girtin, Turner, to name but a few. His exhibition
was held in the watercolour rooms with one section of wall exhibiting
works in progress showing the development of his paintings created
over the twelve weeks within the demonstrations he provided weekly for the visitors to the gallery.
Redheads Advertising Agency
This exhibition was held in a foyer of one of the top advertising agency operating in the North East of England in the early 90’s who were showcasing local talent. They held a series of
‘one man’ exhibitions by local artists they felt were both inventive and had skill in the craft of painting.