The Natural Lines group of north Norfolk artists is delighted to return to West Acre Gallery after an unprecedented year that has affected so many lives.

This is the group’s third year exhibiting together, and they will be showing oil and watercolour paintings, sculpture in bronze, clay and wood, ceramics and constructed textiles.

As artists they share a sensitivity to the natural world, which is evident in the choice of subjects and how they use materials.

The pieces in this exhibition will reflect elemental sources and interests – playing with how light affects lines in 3D work, pulling shapes from darkness and following the flow of movement and energy.

The artists acknowledge the power of random effect on their work – the ‘beautiful accidents’, the unpredictability of emerging marks and inspiration found on beaches and country lanes.

Elaine Banham
Elaine studied fine art, art history and cultural anthropology in Canada. She was based in London from the early ’80s, working in the creative industries, and moved to north Norfolk in 2013. She paints in oils, inspired by the local landscape, and exhibits regularly in the region.

James Crisp
From the 1990s James worked in a wide range of woodworking roles, from bespoke cabinet making to timber framing. He is currently producing wood sculptures and guitars.

Norfolk Makrs
With a background in fashion and textiles, and after first coming to Norfolk in 1986, they established a creative textile design studio still working within the fashion industry, but developing alongside private commissions for patchwork and constructed textile pieces. The beauty, people and landscape of Norfolk constantly provides an inspiration for their work and life.

Alison Henry
Until recently Alison’s creative practice ran in tandem with a career in the public sector, but she is now free to pursue her passion for art, and sculpture in particular. She works chiefly in clay, exploring elements and structures of everyday objects and creatures in the natural world. Pieces are either fired or cast in bronze or other materials, and examples of her work are held in private collections in the UK and abroad.

Don Seed
Following a degree from UCA, Don established a freelance design business, Seed Art, in mid ’70s London, working in advertising and film in different roles – art director, storyboard artist and visualizer. Since 2013 he moved to north Norfolk and produces large format watercolours of shells.

Kate Vogler
After a fine art degree in Norwich, followed by a post grad in art education, Kate taught sculpture and ceramics in Norwich comprehensive schools, adult education centres, primary and special needs schools. In recent years Kate is developing her studio work and selling through galleries. She exhibits regularly and continues to teach sculpture and pottery to students of all ages.

The Natural Lines 2021 exhibition will take place daily 11am-5pm, 1- 7 August, 2021, at West Acre Gallery, with a Meet the Artists day on Sunday 1 August.