Art on show in Brighton and Hove & East and West Sussex
Jill has shown work all over the UK, with many solo exhibitions, workshops, projects and commissions. Recent exhibitions include Sense and Serendipity (William Nicholson Gallery) with Gail Gibson Tait and Tattersall & Greco at Pelham House, Lewes. She was the first Artist-in-Residence at the wonderful Sussex Prairies gardens in 2013. She also shows work regularly at the Affordable Art Fair with the Nicholas Bowlby Gallery.
She is now based at the Wolf at the Door (Artists’ Open House) in Hove.
About Jill’s work in her own words: ‘I’m obsessed with patterns. They’re everywhere. The rhythms and forces of nature create them all around us on every scale, from the microscopic to the cosmic. We’re made up of patterns ourselves. Coastlines, weather systems and gardens; maps, mazes and manuscripts; sand-dunes, trees and blood vessels….
I used to teach Old French literature and my paintings are inevitably influenced by medieval ways of looking at the world. Other sources of inspiration include early cave paintings and rock art, and signs, symbols and marks from all periods.
My work is mainly abstract or semi-abstract. Colour is vital to me. I use mainly water-based paints, inks, dyes and pure pigments to build up intense and glowing colours. I enjoy combining costly, high-quality materials with found or throwaway elements.
I experiment with all sorts of media, but often work on my own handmade cotton paper. Making paper is messy, watery and time-consuming and best done outside in summer. Life would be easier if I simply painted on canvas or board. But the texture of this hand-made paper (which can be shaped and moulded as well as cast and pressed flat) is unique to each piece. The tiny irregularities collect and hold paint giving a depth, intensity and subtlety that nothing else can match. I also love that element of unpredictability – you have to respond and adapt as you go along.
Each piece has its own underlying ‘story’ (I’ve provided a short ‘explanation’ of each piece separately). I’m also inspired by the wonderful light on the Sussex coast where I now live.
As a medievalist it’s especially exciting for me to be showing work in this lovely setting at the Abbey Hotel here in Battle. Because of 1066, some of the best medieval French poetry was written in England!’
Telling Tales: solo exhibition of work by Jill Tattersall
01/10/2015 to 31/10/2015, 11.00am – 11.00pm
Abbey Hotel, Battle
84 High Street, Battle TN33 0AQ
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Featured image: Jill Tattersall, ‘Origins: Night Hunter’.