News Release

June 2006


A Sense of Place



To coincide with the East Riding Artists (ERA) exhibition "A Sense of Place," Beverley Art Gallery is holding a number of ‘meet the artist’ sessions. Each session will be an informal chance for visitors to chat and meet local artists talk about their art.

Local artists Helen Plaxton and David Humphries will be on hand in the gallery on Saturday, July 8 and Saturday, July 15 respectively to give visitors a greater insight into their artistic development and inspirations. ‘Meet the artist’ sessions run from 11am – 12pm.

Local ceramicist Helen Plaxton is interested in constructing simple shapes and using saggar, salt and smoke firing.

Helen said : "Currently I am exploring "reconstruction" which to me represents the constant battle we all have to keep the different areas of our lives together - in my case wife, mother, artist, daughter, sister and friend, and all the responsibilities and expectations that each of those entails."

Helen started working in ceramics in 1995 and, after a few years of experimentation with different clays and firing methods, became interested in smoke and saggar firing.

"My village neighbours view me with slight nervousness due to my ‘unhealthy’ interest in fires," said Helen.

Helen is an ERA committee member and has exhibited locally and in London.

Local artist David Humphries is known for his unique use of mixed media, collage and various painting techniques to create textural impressionism artworks. Over recent years, David has also included digital photography into his art.

"The use of vibrant colours, particularly acrylic inks, depth and fast execution adds to the immediacy of my work," David said.

David once managed one of the leading electronic companies in the UK using computer-generated images for industrial inspection. Over the last decade or so, art has gradually taken over from engineering and he now works full-time as an artist.

David is a professional member of the East Riding Artists group. His paintings have been in exhibitions throughout Yorkshire and his works can be found in private collections in the UK and the USA.

"A Sense of Place" is ERA’s first exhibition and firmly establishes ERA as the premier art group for professional artists in the area. A variety of artwork, including colourful abstract paintings, fine lined printmaking, dramatic photography, powerful sculpture, silver jewellery and delicately glazed ceramics, will be displayed.

ERA was founded in 2005 as a support and networking group for artists who live and work in the East Riding of Yorkshire. ERA aims to support and encourage artists living and working within the area through a comprehensive exhibition and events programme and through networking opportunities. Currently ERA has a membership of 88 artists with 35 professional members. An independent panel of two plus an ERA committee member selects the professional members. Associate membership is open to everyone interested in the arts of the East Riding of Yorkshire.

Further information on the ERA  C/o Hilary Angle Pocklington Arts Centre, Market Place, Pocklington, YO4 22AR

Further information on the David Humphries  contact or refer to
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