Illumination: Judy Hurst
Sat 19 Apr 08 - Sun 20 Jul 08
Intricate illustrative works, many inspired by objects in The Bowes Museum’s collections, form the basis of the selling exhibition, Illumination: Judy Hurst, by this North East based contemporary artist, which opened on Saturday 19 April.
Working with a variety of materials, both traditional and modern, Judy’s work is inspired by her knowledge, respect and deep love of the architecture, ceramic work, Celtic history and wildlife of Britain and France.
Using gold leaf and sumptuous colour applied to vellum, paper and canvas, she creates spiritually compelling images, often with symbolic underlying themes – red for the blood of life, green for youth and rebirth, blue for heaven and aspirations, and gold for eternity.
“For me, patterns create the fabric of existence,” she said. “I draw and paint patterns, which I see everywhere, especially while jogging in the countryside.”
“I believe designers and artists have been expressing this vision of patterns of life for centuries: Celtic manuscripts of Ireland and Britain, books of Hours and Limoges porcelain motifs are just a few examples.”
Born and raised in Durham, Judy has an Honours degree in Fine Art. She has taught in New Zealand, where she had solo exhibitions at the Rothmans Cultural Foundation in Wellington, and other venues.
On returning to Britain she continued to work in education, becoming a Head of Art, while continuing her own works. She has had solo exhibitions at the DLI Art Gallery in Durham; the Moot Hall Gallery, Hexham and The Belford Gallery, Northumberland. Her work has also been shown at galleries in Gateshead, Newcastle, Alston and Consett.
Judy now works independently in both the UK and France, and was invited to show at the International Salon of Watercolour Painting in the Haute Vienne. Commissions are among her regular commitments, and she has work in private collections in New Zealand, America and Europe.
This selling exhibition at The Bowes Museum gives visitors the opportunity to purchase their own piece of her work or to simply admire the quality of the images.