World Land Trust gallery invited artists to submit work for our Open Exhibition; it has attracted an eclectic and exciting variety of work from amateur and professional artists on the theme of Wildlife in a Landscape.
The exhibition showcased a variety of forms and styles by 12 different artists – from glass engravings and mix media artwork, to cameo engravings and pencil drawings.
After the Event
Artist focus: Ian Griffiths and Lesley Pyke
Category winner of the BBC Wildlife Artist of the year 2011, Ian Griffiths – or Griff as he is better known – is renowned for the photographic quality of his acrylic paintings, as seen from the image of ‘River Tide’ featured above.
Griff, who lives and works on the Lizard peninsular in Cornwall, is becoming a regular exhibitor at the World Land Trust gallery; he has travelled the world and has witnessed first-hand the need for direct action to be taken to protect habitats for wildlife to survive, so is keen to see his work help support global conservation through WLT.
Artist Lesley Pyke has an even more direct connection with the World Land Trust gallery, as her glass engraving business is based in the same town in rural Suffolk. Lesley’s success and passion for glass engraving began when she ‘scratched’ a little flower onto a glass in Zimbabwe in 1983 and her life was changed forever. She has been taking commissions and creating her own art glass ever since, running a glass engraving business for 19 years in Zimbabwe and then here in Halesworth, Suffolk.
Lesley’s clients come from all over the world; she has been commissioned to complete works for heads of corporations, heads of state and royalty. Their tastes have been varied and Lesley engraves the glass accordingly. You will notice that her own creations vary in style, technique and theme, depending on her mood. Lesley said:
“This medium of engraved glass is so thrilling and so well received. Once you have experienced this you will find it useful for every occasion, each piece lasting many generations. Remember, it is estimated the Portland Vase was engraved in 40BC and is now priceless.”