Artist Sketchbook Study
‘St Mary in the Wood’
In this episode we are in Morley, Leeds, and artist Robert E. Wells will be completing a sketchbook study based on the church named ‘St Mary in the Wood’. This church was built in 1878 to serve a growing congregation. Sadly, in 2010 most of the church was destroyed by a fire. This sketchbook study will focus on the spire that remains, and how the skeletal remains appear theatrical when illuminated by the surrounding street lights.
NEAC R. E. WELLS Artist Workshop
Sketchbook discussion and workshop
1st July 2021 at 2pm
The Mall Gallery. [Booking essential]
NEAC Annual Exhibition
New English Art Club
25th June to 3rd July 2021
4 Marina Crescent 36″x 24″, oil on panel
One young girl in a bright white coat left her home one dark black day, she was never seen again.
Robert E. Wells artist at work
A short film depicting the working life of the artist, recorded in December 2020.
Thompsons Annual Exhibition
12th June to 4th July 2021
2 Girls 1 Boy 18″x15″, oil on panel
The Royal Society of British Artists. (RBA)
15th April to 24th April
The Green Blanket, Chiara. Oil on Canvas mounted on panel 9″ x 8″
PANTER and HALL
Best of British
23rd March to 9th April 2021
Albert Bridge Oil on Panel 24″ x 36″ SOLD
RA. SUMMER SHOW
Two works included in the Exhibition (Both SOLD)
Running from 6th October to 3rd January 2021.
NEAC ANNUAL EXHIBITION
Four works included (Grey Blanket SOLD)
Running from 11th November to 21st November 2020
TRENT ART – SOLO EXHIBITION
Small Is Beautiful. Twenty Five small and medium sized Oil Paintings
Running from 1st November to 31st December 2020.
Brandon Lindberg – Joint Head of Picture Department; British and European Pictures at Dreweatts Auction House SOLD
Towner Gallery 2019
Wells is a Yorkshire-born painter who worked as an architectural illustrator before moving to London to continue his artistic studies. His architectural influences can be seen in many of his paintings including this one which shows an ordinary entrance to a regular house in an Amsterdam Street. The focus of the painting is the arch leading to the side door rather than depicting the house in its entirety. There is just a glimpse of the interior through the window on the right, adding to the intrigue of the painting.
Wells relies mainly on sketchbooks and direct observations, seldom using a camera. This work was based on several oil studies produced in 1984/5 on a trip to Amsterdam, but it wasn’t until 2012 that he converted the sketches into a studio painting. The exact location of the house in the painting has been misplaced and is therefore unknown.
See this work in TEN – an exhibition curated by team members who have worked and volunteered with Towner for the past decade – until 10 November.