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HUDDERSFIELD Art Society has again mounted an excellent annual exhibition at Huddersfield Art Gallery, with a wide variety of subject matter and media - this time including works in photoshop and encaustic wax.

But it is probably the paintings in traditional materials which most catch the eye, like Ralph Shephard's Supermarine Spitfires and Lancaster Raid, painted with ultra-realism. Colourful beach huts get contemporary treatment in Judith Bleazard's watercolour and gouache whilst her Blue Park (acrylic) is a striking semi-abstract work. Seabirds and rocks make for a satisfying piece of landscape by Beryl Conroy (acrylic/oil) in Bempton Frocks.

On the flower front, two splendidly vigorous poppy paintings come from Olwen Kitson (oil) and Bruce Mulcahy (acrylic). Also in vivid red is Sheelagh Illingworth's Carmen, capturing the capricious and seductive nature of the HAMMOND character. In a completely different style, Jill Moynan gives us a realistic and thoughtful portrait of Mike Hughes (pastel and acrylic).

Autumn Trees are deliciously coloured in Elizabeth Hall's landscape in acrylic, while David Shearing has a nicely quirky title, Not Fish Again! for his penguin and baby penguin watercolour.

Market Day in Huddersfield by Kin Lee shows a busy outside market scene in rather surprising subdued colours. Bruce Mulcahy is a fine landscape artist, as typified in his Calder Valley near Hebden Bridge (gouache) while Barges at Hepworth, Wakefield bring a colourful study from Keith Harris (oil).

There's an interesting mix of wax and ink in Jill Moynan's Bracken Rigg. The show has some strong portraiture of female nudes in paintings like Linda Downs' Female Life Model and Jill Moynan's Life Study, both in mixed media.

Fung, a fine piece of female portraiture by Kin Lee, has well-chosen background and makes a powerful piece. Even more powerful is John Macfarlan's The Judgement of Solomon (oil).

Who's for Shopping? by Christine Pearcy (acrylic) is a realistic impression of a busy New Street and Matthew Evans' Fruit Market also merits a mention.

I enjoyed Andrew Jenkin's characterful Colne Valley Farm (mixed media) and Keith Docker's Christine Swimming, a large and well handled oil.

Hazel Hirst won the Eleanor Sykes Award for best in show with a small but effective untitled portrait and her drawing capabilities are shown off nicely in her Sgraffito Haiku III. Students from Huddersfield University this year got their chance to compete for Hamer Awards, with the impressionistic tower block landscape by Tasneem Patel an outstanding piece of work. The exhibition runs until November 5.


* EMERGING TALENT: Huddersfield University students Mia Stafford (left) Gillian Haddon (third left), Taseem Patel (centre) and Josh Dwyer (right) with some of the work which won them awards from Huddersfield Art Society
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Oct 21, 2011
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