Meet this year's exhibition artists and makers

Val Archer exhibition

Come along to Nunnington for a rare opportunity to meet the artists and makers behind some of this years exciting art exhibitions.

Place and culture - Val Archer
Saturday 9 February – Sunday 24 March

Blurring distinctions between still life, interior and the record of architectural detail, Val Archer has developed a highly original and absorbing body of work. Attentive to the aesthetic pleasures of life, she handles paint sensitively and sensuously, and keeps alive the canvas and paper through thrilling combinations of colour, texture and motif. Often using native flowers, fruits and fabrics are set against complex, resonant surfaces to encapsulate feelings for places and cultures.

The collection is presented by the Chris Beetles Gallery

MEET THE ARTIST - Place and culture art exhibition by Val Archer
Friday 15 February, 11am – 4pm

For this special onetime occasion Val Archer will visit Nunnington Hall to meet and chat with people, as well as demonstrating her talented drawing and painting ability.

About Val Archer
Val Archer's paintings are meticulous, generously coloured and deeply attentive to form and texture. Her intensity of observation reflects a lifetime looking at the ideas surrounding what painting is, has been and can be.

Val was born in Northampton, England, and studied at Northampton School of Art, Manchester College of Art and at the Royal College of Art. She has lived and worked in London since 1968.

Val’s first solo exhibition was at the long-established Kunsthaus Buhler in Stuttgart, Germany, in 1975. She exhibited with Fischer Fine Art, London, in the late 1970s and early 1980s, and with Noortman, Maastricht in the late 1980s and early 1990s. In 1982 Val was the co-creator of the Tate Gallery’s award winning exhibition Paint and Painting about the history of art materials and of colour and technique in painting. She has exhibited widely in the USA, Europe and the UK and, since 1998, the Chris Beetles Gallery in St James’s, London has staged exhibitions of her work every two years.

Travel has long informed Val’s work and, for the past 15 years, she has divided her time between her studios in London and Tuscany recording everyday natural and man-made objects. For as long as she has been working, Val has been offering the fruits of her observations: “I’ve always loved looking at things…it’s like eating with your eyes.”

Val Archer at work in her studio
Val Archer at work in her studio
Val Archer at work in her studio