Alice Fox, Stef Mitchell & Colin Self Exhibition at Gallery Forty-Nine

6th – 27th April 2013

Showing in the Gallery’s new ‘White Room’

Last summer the lighthouse and nature reserve at Spurn formed the base for a residency by textile artist Alice Fox, and the body of work she created is to be installed in Gallery Forty-Nine’s newly-named White Room as part of their April exhibition. The exhibition opens on Saturday 6th April with a preview from 12 – 4 pm, and runs through until 27th April.

Alice had a previous career in nature conservation, and chose the residency at Spurn because of its unique and fragile landscape. The fascinating patterns in mud and sand as the tide constantly ebbs and flows were of particular interest to her, as her work brings together the textural qualities of stitch, collage, embossing and collagraph printmaking.

The residency was Alice’s first public project as a solo artist and an opportunity to take her work to new audiences, and was in partnership with Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, with support from the National Lottery through Arts Council England and from EY Events.

Alice says: “I have an intense interest in the natural world and in the detail of organic things. I am fascinated by the interplay of order and randomness that is found where man meets nature. Spurn provides so many possibilities for developing my work. I’m very excited about being able to focus on this special location. I’m fortunate to have been given this opportunity and to have the support of the organizations who are backing my project.”

Alice has documented the project at:

This exhibition also has a collection of new prints by celebrated local artist, curator and educator Stef Mitchell

Stef’s current work explores an ongoing relationship with the landscape, and involves recording and documenting field edges while out walking, and chronicling the effects of weather patterns on plant growth through printmaking. Her monoprints are made using plant material directly, and the plants, ink and paper having equal say in the process. Stef examines how attention can be drawn to the materiality of paint or ink whilst at the same time engaging the viewer with spatial depth.

Also featuring ceramics by Margaret Lawrenson

PLUS in the ‘Blue Room’, a collection of etchings by Colin Self

Colin Self studied art at Norwich Art School and the Slade School of Fine Art (1961-63). At the Slade he met and was encouraged by Peter Blake and David Hockney and became hugely influenced by Pop Art and the context of the cold war. In 1969 he decided to separate from dealers altogether and has represented himself since.

Self is an important printmaker and in some respects he redefined the process of etching by inking separate metal plates placed side by side, often printing from found objects or producing unique variants rather than uniform editions of prints. The Tate holds many of Self’s works in diverse media and over many years he has exhibited internationally.

About Gallery Forty-Nine

Gallery Forty-Nine is in its eighth year of business and is situated in the Old Town of Bridlington in the heart of the Yorkshire Wolds, a heritage area with many listed historic buildings. We offer an exciting and affordable range of paintings, sculpture, jewellery, textiles and ceramics by contemporary British artists, and each of our four exhibition spaces is dedicated to different kinds of work.

We regularly stock limited edition prints by celebrated Royal Academy artists David Hockney, Sir Peter Blake (including the popular ‘Homage to Damien Hirst’ series), Sir Terry Frost, Barbara Rae, Bruce McLean and Donald Hamilton Fraser. We also stock a selection of David Hockney’s East Yorkshire poster prints, some of which are rare editions, both in the gallery and our online shop.

Address: 1 Market Place, Old Town, Bridlington, East Yorkshire, YO16 4QJ



Phone: 01262 679472

Opening Hours: Thursday – Saturday, 10:30 – 4:30


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