Artists stage ‘fascinating’ exhibition in Nelson

Artist Jill Wright who has an exhibit at the ACE Centre
Artist Jill Wright who has an exhibit at the ACE Centre

Two Ribble Valley artists are in the frame at the ACE Centre, Nelson, this month.

Work by Jill Wright and Rob Parkinson is combined in an exhibition at the arts centre until October 3rd.

Rob Parkinson

Rob Parkinson

Their work is totally different so makes for a really fascinating exhibition which is open every day.

Jill (36), of Sabden, has been interested in art and design from an early age and after attending Ribblesdale High School gained a degree in interior design and studied art to masters level.

Her mixed media works feature vibrant colours, textures and materials, many with a super high gloss finish to make the colours even more intense. Over the years her work has evolved from simple watercolour landscapes to textured natural botanical matter but she still has numerous commissions for her stunning depictions of Pendle Hill in its most natural form. She works from a studio in Clitheroe and regularly exhibits at galleries across the UK.

Rob (43), from Longridge, sees the funny side of life in his artwork and says he draws his inspiration from his childhood favourite films, comedians, musicians and TV programme. Hence some of his unusual wax mosaic creations feature the likes of David Bowie, Eric Morecambe, Les Dawson, Ken Dodd, Kenny Dalglish, scenes from spaghetti westerns, and he even has a portrait of the Mona Lisa in wax. These unusual works of art are really worth seeing. He also uses resin, acrylics, spray paint and stencils in his creations, along with street art which are all on display.