First Friday Coming Programs

Friday, 2 Nov 2018

Talk:  My life as a micro Artist

 

Graham Short known as “the world’s smallest engraver” for his miniature masterpieces, Graham Short has spent over 50 years going to physical and mental extremes to produce the highest-quality engravings ever seen.

In 1974 Graham set up his one-man engraving business in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter and immediately started supplying engraved stationery to Buckingham Palace, Balmoral, Sandringham and Windsor Castle.

Appearing in news features internationally and the subject of a Discovery Channel documentary, Graham is now considered one of the most talented living artists in the world.

After several national newspapers highlighted Graham’s genius, the demand for his work began to soar. His first fine-art show was an instant sell-out. This was followed by a one-man exhibition in the prestigious Clarendon Gallery in London’s Mayfair, and later by an further exhibition at the Arthouse Galleries, Kelso – which sold out in just two minutes!

His most astonishing nine-month project, ‘Cutting Edge’, shows the words “Nothing is Impossible” engraved along the sharp edge of a Wilkinson Sword razor blade. As a result of this effort, Graham attracted much attention from the world’s media.

He works at midnight to avoid vibration from passing traffic. His right arm is strapped to the bench, allowing only his fingertips to move. He takes tablets throughout the night to lower his heart-rate to 30 beats per minute – then using a stethoscope he monitors his heart and begins to engrave with very fine needles – between heartbeats! Every few months he attends a clinic and undertakes a course of botox injections around his eyes to keep the muscles and nerves rigid. His extreme way of working never ceases to amaze people!

Graham regularly gives talks, accompanied by the most fascinating slide show, across the UK.

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Friday, 7 December 2018

Special unique arts performance ‘Watercolour-Words and Music’ for your arts society occassions

GRANVILLE ‘DANNY’ CLARKE F.R.S.A. Following a lifetime in the art GDC has become Britain’s unique Renaissance man of the Arts as an Arts performer, TV artist, internationally known watercolour artist, published poet ,respected songwriter listed in who’s who in the arts Millers Art Guide 2004 as a collectable artist valued @ £1.800 £2,500 guide price. The international Biographical Dictionary and an elected fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts.

Danny offers a Special unique arts performance ‘Watercolour – Words and Music’ for your arts society occassions. This entertaining event is ideal for your Christmas party, celebration or as a fund raiser, as it is suitable for all audiences whether they are artists or not. Please enquire for more information.

Background He has been a professional Artist since his first one man exhibition in 1977 at the Galeria Gallery Malden Essex and opened by the then renowned London bookseller Christina Foyle.

That successful sell out exhibition encouraged him to open his own Gallery on home territory in the Picturesque village of Cawthorne at his then home North Lodge in Cannon hall Country Park, South Yorkshire.

Drawing since Childhood and with ambition to be an artist, in the Mining town of Cudworth, near Barnsley, the compromise of earning a living and trying to become an artist was by becoming an apprentice signwriter craftsman by day for various decorating companies and attending Barnsley College of Art on day release and evenings gaining his first class Honours qualification in the decorative arts with the City Guilds of examinations board London.

Qualifying as a Teacher but with few opportunities available he accepted an offer to become a window dresser for Kyle wallpapers managing five outlets in the Midlands for 12 months, before returning north, where he met up with a fellow folk singer to form the Foggy DewO (see Website for Foggy dewO story). GDC’s art imput was then designated to designing posters and Decca Record album covers for the successful duo alongside continuing to write his poetry and create songs.

In the 1980’s he developed his passion for snowscenes and became the countries top selling artist of those works through his association with Micheal Stewart Fine Art galleries who promoted him nationally. From 1984 onwards he was invited by P & O cruises to pioneer art on Cruise ships which he did intermittently and successfully until 2001 becoming the only artist to paint around the world in 90 days in 1990/91 and linked an exhibition of the works with BBC’s radio Two arts 2 hour program and sight savers donating works for operations in Bombay India.

His national Television break came in 1998 when he was asked by Channel four TV to become the first art expert and commentator for the successful daytime series ‘Watercolour Challenge’, assisting in its format and appearing on 36 programmes to a 2 million viewing audience.

             

Many opportunities followed his dynamic appearances with art societies around the country packed out to see his demonstrations and one man art performances drawing audiences of 200 to 800. He achieved a significant world first ambition to paint to music in 2006 when ‘Visuali Vivaldi’ was achieved with an 18 piece orchestra at the Knaresborough festival, completing paintings ‘The 4 Seasons’ in harmony with the composition and reading the sonnets to an enthralled 800 attending audience.

His work was selected for the prestigious Royal Society of British artists and the Laing exhibitions at the Mall galleries London in 2000 and 2001. Marlborough College engaged him as main art tutor for their summer school for 8 years in 2001 and he demonstrated products for art material companies such as Winsor Newton, Art express and ProArte. He hosted many art weekends including ‘Footstep of Turners’ in Wensleydale, Yorkshire (1996). ‘Green strokes’ a brush with the past (1992) and ‘Clarke Colours the Turner trail ‘ (1997). He also hosted a 13 week complete art course for seasons art company covering all paint media in 2014.

He is always creating new dynamic workshop courses for art societies covering the realistic, impressionism and abstract with his large fluid quick effective style in watercolour, acrylic, pen and wash drawing and his recent supernova approach to painting the planets developed from interpreting Gustav Holsts planets suites in Live performance.

His background and experience are all encapsulated in his one man performance ‘Watercolour –words and Music’ which is entertaining, humorous and informative. Ideal for art societies special occasion /presentation evenings or end of season Christmas celebration.