Outsider Art inspiration at the Pallant Gallery

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This week I drove the furthest away since passing, a whole 70 miles to Chichester to see some Art!

Pallant House Gallery has a collection of British Modern Art and a rolling programme of displays and exhibitions. There aren’t many galleries outside of London that hold Art that interests me, this was number one on my list to visit, number two is the Jerwood Gallery, Hastings.

I was inspired by a lot of Art on offer, it’s quite a large gallery space with a whole variety of works. I really liked the brush work, bold backgrounds and whimsical song lyrics sewing of Clair Woods and Des Hughes. As well as some works by John Piper, the colour scheme of his Foliate heads were fabulous.

The section of visionary portraits I really enjoyed, especially Nigel Kingsbury and Dora Hazhandler.

I REALLY ENJOY LOOKING AT OTHER PEOPLE’S EXPRESSIVE, IMAGINATIVE ART AND SEE MYSELF AS AN OUTSIDER ARTIST. I AM MOSTLY SELF TAUGHT AND BELIEVE ART IS ALL ABOUT THE EXPRESSION YOU PUT ONTO THE PAGE OR SURFACE – ART IS FOR EVERYONE.

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My main reason for going to the Pallant, was Outside In had teamed up with Radical Craft for an exhibition Radical Craft: Alternative ways of making.

I started off my creative journey in craft then moved onto Art and I feel as if I’ve come full circle, that I can finally use both in my creative time/art making.

I especially liked Ian Sherman’s assemblage stating ‘It’s like living with a body of work that needs to be fed’. Just like our us, we are feeding our creative spirits all the time. Also Kate Bradbury‘s Rail Road Jim was a great story telling piece and had a sweet element of wonder to it.

There were many amazing pieces, all different mediums and structures in the gallery, showing Art isn’t just done one way it can be in the form of:

Machine embroidery
Pop Art 3D sculpture
Intuitive, instinctive, systematic layering textiles
Assemblage
Mixed media
Pen
Coloured pencils

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