Mark Elsmore

RBSA, WSA

By markelsmore, Sep 19 2017 10:05AM

The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition celebrates 30 years this week. It's fantastic to have been selected for such a landmark event. This is my 16th successful selection so I feel very qualified to wish everyone concerned CONGRATULATIONS!


It seems appropriate that on this 30th (Ceramic) Anniversary I'm exhibiting a painting of the Staffordshire Pottery Industry:


The Parable of the Lost Kiln


Not long ago there stood an old pottery kiln. Bottle-shaped kilns are an iconic symbol of the Staffordshire pottery industry. In recent years the number of potbanks has declined and many of the remaining kilns stand in a perilous state. The 'Falcon Works' kiln needed structural repair. Grade II listed status couldn't save her.
It’s disappointing that a building so identifiable and unique can disappear overnight.


The fate of the kiln seems to suggest: Maintain what you've got while you can; the wonders of today may be a heap of bricks by tomorrow.


The Mall Galleries London, 19th-24th Sept 2017
Trowbridge Arts, 11th Nov-23rd Dec 2017
Guildford House Gallery, 13th Jan- 10th Mar 2018

By markelsmore, Sep 19 2017 09:55AM

The Grosvenor Museum and Art Gallery in Chester has an exhibition of paintings from their collection. Another chance to see 'The Karlskirche Stairway to Heaven’ - it's the painting they acquired for their permanent collection last year. It’s also an opportunity to see Modern Watercolours from the Grosvenor store of paintings.


Modern Watercolours, Gallery 2, Grosvenor Museum and Art Gallery, Chester. 29th July-22nd October 2017

By markelsmore, Oct 26 2016 07:49AM

I'm exhibiting a couple of small oil paintings as part of The Wirral Society of Arts Annual Exhibition. The Society has been displaying work at The Williamson since 1950, and shares this exhibition with the Wirral Art School Degree Show.


22 Oct to 20 Nov 2016


Williamson Art Gallery,

Slatey Road, Birkenhead, CH43 4UE

By markelsmore, Dec 9 2015 07:52AM

The RBSA Members and Associates Exhibition 3rd December to 24th December.


This year I’m exhibiting two paintings: ‘Festival’ and ‘Moorlands’. Both paintings present found shards of ceramic, the ‘Art of the Potteries Past’. I’ve painted the broken fragments onto a birch wood palette. Found objects from Stoke on Trent, a decorative connection to our heritage.


Exhibition on show in Galleries One and Two, Royal Birmingham Society of Artists, B3 1SA



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