Leicester-born artist returns to his roots

Posted by pt91 at Oct 05, 2012 12:12 PM |
University of Leicester to unveil painting by artist Adrian Hemming

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 5 October 2012

Photo opportunity: Adrian Hemming with his newly installed painting Garden at the University of Leicester’s Charles Wilson Building at 4pm on October 11. Contact the Press Office on (0) 116 252 2415 or: pressoffice@le.ac.uk

A stunning painting by a nationally acclaimed Leicester-born artist will take pride of place in one of the University of Leicester’s most prominent buildings.

Landscape painter Adrian Hemming will install his piece Garden in the main foyer of the Charles Wilson building on 11 October.

Garden is a powerful landscape painting of a friend’s garden, presented in greens, yellows and reds on two canvasses measuring a total of 16ft in width.

The University purchased the piece after it particularly impressed Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Robert Burgess, and Assistant Registrar, Jo Wood, who lead on the purchase of artwork at the University, during a visit to Adrian’s studio in London.

Adrian has also donated a second piece, Xhosa, to the University, which will be installed at a later date.

Professor Burgess said: “Adrian Hemming’s vibrant work makes a powerful statement that will bring life to the newly refurbished foyer of the Charles Wilson Building.  We were impressed by Adrian’s work when we visited his studio and pleased to be able to provide suitably large wall spaces to display his paintings to full advantage.  Adrian makes excellent use of colour and I hope that Garden will be enjoyed by many staff, students and visitors to the University given its prominent location. 

Adrian was born in Leicester in 1945, and grew up in Paget Road in the Fosse Road North area.

He attended Fosse Road Secondary Modern School, before commencing an apprenticeship as an engineer with the British United Shoe Machinery in Ross Walk, Belgrave.

During this time, he was encouraged to study art by his uncle Harold Wilcock, one of the directors of Leicester auctioneers Warner, Sheppard and Wade, as well as local businessman Ray Martins.

After travelling Europe, he studied art at Lincoln College of Art, gained his BA in Art at Brighton Polytechnic in 1973 and received an MA from Goldsmiths College, University of London, in 1982.

He co-founded Tichbourne Studios in Brighton and later founded Angel Studios in London. He went on to establish Southgate Studios in London’s east end where he has been painting full time since 1990.

Adrian has been short-listed twice for the Artist in Residence at the National Gallery, London. He has exhibited and lectured extensively throughout Europe and worldwide including the United States, Mexico, South Africa and Australia.

His work can be found in a number of private and public collections as well as being on public view in Terminal One at Heathrow Airport, as a result of a major commission by BAA.

Adrian said: “It is a big thing for me to be able to give something back to the city via the University.

“Creating such a major work entailed literally hundreds of drawings and watercolours done in situ, returning to the actual garden time and time again throughout the seasons.

“I stared at the garden till the colours danced before my eyes. My brain burst with colours green. Green is one of the most difficult colours to work with and many artists will tell you this. The big colours of our world are green and blue. Unless you go to the desert, they describe virtually everything you see and that was made even more apparent to me by those seminal photographs of the earth from space – the ‘blue marble’ images from the Apollo missions.”

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Adrian Hemming can be contacted on 020 7254 6485 or at: adrian@adrianhemming.com

More information about Adrian and his work can be found at: www.adrianhemming.com

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