I'm doing a series of blogs with a little bit of background information about some of the Harris Tweed "paintings" currently in an exhibition. of my work at the Bakehouse Gallery in Alnwick.
I have to confess that although I live in the countryside, I don't keep chickens and I know very little about them. "Chickens" was one of the first pictures I did for the exhibition and it was inspired by a trip to York Art Gallery back in 2017.
One of the rooms in the gallery was completely transformed to reflect one artist’s vision of a Lumber Room – a room of miscellaneous stored objects and artefacts, inspired by a short story by Saki. York-based artist Mark Hearld spent 2 years researching the objects and artworks to include in the exhibition, which were taken from the store rooms of the Yorkshire Museum, York Castle Museum and York Art Gallery.
The slightly gloomily lit room was full of an amazing mix of textiles, ceramics, costumes, oil paintings, works on paper, furniture, and taxidermy, along with a selection of Mark's own work made specially for the exhibition. It was so good we went to see it twice and we were gutted when we returned a third time later in the year to find it had gone. We had mistakenly thought it was a permanent feature of the gallery!
Anyway .....chickens and birds feature quite a lot in Marks' work and I was inspired by him to create a picture of chickens. The picture itself is an imagined composition based on various photos and the white coloured chickens are Suffolk Lights.
"Chickens" has been professionally framed in a plain wooden frame with an opaque white finish. It measures 15 inches square (inc. frame) and costs £400. It is also available as a greetings card or a giclee print in 2 sizes (£25 & £75) from the Bakehouse Gallery or our online shop.
I am a Northumberland based textile artist and I create needle felted paintings with Harris Tweed and wool yarns.