Saturday 24 February 2018

Jack Crabtree exhibition

THE 2002 season at the Appleloft Gallery opens with an exhibition of paintings by Iorwen James and Jack Crabtree.

Jack Crabtree is a graduate from Saint Martin's School of Art and the Royal Academy. He was a lecturer at various art colleges and was Professor and Head of Fine Art at the University of Ulster 1984/86. Between 1974 and 1977 Jack was awarded three Fellowships at the National Coal Board, Gergynog Art Fellowship at the University of Wales and the First International Ruhr Arts Fellowship awarded by the German Federal Government.

To date Jack has had over 70 solo exhibitions, the most recent in Ireland were at the Kerlin and Rubicon Galleries in Dublin, the Ulster Museum and the Orchard Gallery in Derry. Jack's work can be found in many public collections, the Ulster Museum in Belfast, the Arts Council in Northern Ireland and the Arts Council in Ireland and the Wyatt Hotel, Westport, Co. Mayo, to name but a few. The National Library of Wales is at this time preparing a touring retrospective of his work for 2004.

Iorwen James is a graduate of Swansea College of Art. In the early 1980s, Iorwen was invited to design costumes for the Welsh National Theatre and this developed into an unplanned career. She worked mainly in film and television and was awarded a BAFTA in 1999.

The following year Iorwen decided to return to painting full time. Since then she has exhibited at the martin Tinney and the Albany Galleries in Cardiff, the Workshop Wales Gallery in Pembrokeshire, Queen University in Belfast, The Kerlin and Fenderesky Galleries in Belfast.

Jack and Iorwen live between North Wales and France and visit and paint in Ireland frequently. The main body of work in this exhibition has been painted here in Easkey over the last two years showing the landscape of Sligo and Mayo.

It is possible to see some of Jack and Iorwen's most recent work purchased by the Wyatt Hotel in Westport recently.

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