3-9 September 2014

Gordon Wilkinson, Betty Harrison, Roger Davies, Jackie Palmer, Mike Duckering and Jane Palmer


  • The exhibition in the popular Montpellier Gardens Gallery provides an opportunity for six artists regularly working together at the Lansdown Art Studios in Cheltenham to bring their work to a wider public. Each artist, all painters, are showing examples of their widely varying recent work.


  •  The exhibition includes the beautifully executed portraits of Gordon Wilkinson, the evocative still landscapes of Betty Harrison and the bold Welsh landscapes of self-confessed colourist Roger Davies. Also on show are Jackie Palmer’s abstract still life and landscapes in vibrant colours and muted monotones, Mike Duckering’s en plein air abstract Cornish landscapes, and the painterly narrative work of Jane Brighton. Coming together in the communal Lansdown Art Studios, the artists are linked by their maturity, some becoming professional artists late in life, but all sharing a life-long creative ambition.


  • Mike Duckering studied architecture at the University of Bath, and ran his own architectural practice in Bristol for many years before retiring to Cheltenham to pursue his art. Mike gained his BA degree in Fine Art at the University of Gloucestershire in 2013. He has exhibited locally at Centre Arts, the Gardens Gallery, Hadfield Fine Art and Little Buckland Gallery. For more information visit mikeduckering.co.uk
  • Betty Harrison initially studied art in the late sixties after which her art education was put on hold. Later moving to Cheltenham she gained a BA Hons in Fine Art at the University of Gloucestershire in 2007. Betty’s work has been exhibited and sold at several galleries, including Hadfield Fine Art with whom her work has also appeared at the Affordable Art Fair in Bristol. She has regularly exhibited in the Royal West of England Academy’s Autumn Open Exhibition, and her work is in many private collections. For more information visit bettyharrison.com
  • Roger Davies trained first at Swansea Art School and then at Chelsea School of Art, where he was fortunate to study under Dame Elizabeth Frink, and also to paint alongside fellow student Patrick Caulfield. After a long break, Roger returned to his art in 1997. His recent exhibitions include private galleries in Wales, St Albans, Stratford-on-Avon, and locally in Cheltenham. Roger’s work appears in private collections, and public collections in Wales. For more information visit roger-davies.com
  • Jane Brighton studied art at the Slade School of Fine Art in the sixties where she gained a Diploma, and later her Art Teacher’s Certificate from London University. In 1985 she was awarded an Art Psychotherapy Diploma at Goldsmith’s College, University of London, and in 2005 an MA in Fine Art at the University of Gloucestershire. Alongside a career teaching art and art therapy, her own art has always been the main focus of Jane’s life. Her work has been regularly exhibited in many London galleries, and also locally in the Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum and Martin’s Gallery. Jane’s work has been purchased by the Gloucestershire NHS Trust, the Isbourne Institute and Winfields Hospital. For more information visit janebrighton.me.com
  • Gordon Wilkinson, Born in Ireland, gained a BA in Fine Art at the University of the West of England, Bristol. He later completed a Post-graduate Diploma course in Fine Art at Belfast’s Ulster College, and obtained his Art Teacher’s Certificate from Goldsmith’s College, University of London. Working as an artist and teaching part-time in the 1970’s, Gordon exhibited regularly with the Matrix Group in London, and in the 1980’s he was appointed Artist in Residence at Lambeth Council. After running a decorative arts business for some years, in 2000 he gained an MA in Fine Art at the University of Gloucestershire. In the past few years Gordon has returned to painting full-time.
  • Jackie Palmer came to art late in life, completing her BA in Fine Art at the University of Gloucestershire in 2008. Since then she has been pursuing her own investigation into colour, texture, form and light through her abstract figurative and still life work. For more information visit jackiepalmer.me.uk


Open daily 10am-5pm

Entry Free

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