KERRY J STOKER – BIOGRAPHY

Kerry graduated with a BA Honours in Fine Art from Reading University where she was a pupil of Sir Terry Frost and after obtaining a PGCE became Head of Art at Rockport Preparatory School in Northern Ireland. Then after ten years as Art Co-ordinator at Westville House School in Ilkley West Yorkshire Kerry retired from teaching and now paints full-time in her studio in Ilkley.

'I am delighted to be included on the website notjusthockney.info which lists and offers information about professional artists within the Bradford Metropolitan District (BMD).

I have exhibited with the Ilkley Art Trail ilkleyarttrail.co.uk since it began in 2011 and have enjoyed much success, as well as connecting with many incredibly talented artists who had worked previously, like me, in splendid isolation.

As a result seven of us in April 2018, had our first collaborative exhibition which was very successful. See above for a photograph of me with the lovely Alan Titchmarsh, who is from Ilkley and who opened Ilkley Manor House officially during our exhibition there. He spoke to me about my work particularly the one shown 'Solid as a Rock' and was very knowledgable and enthusiastic about the work of all seven artists.

In 2018 and 2019 I have exhibited my work in London at La Galleria, Pall Mall and the Menier Gallery, Bankside respectively and performed at Tate Exchange, Liverpool in 2018 where I had pieces in Art-E-Motion's Vending Machine alongside artists from all over the world.'

SOLAR GALLERY

I am a Founder Member and Planning Group Volunteer involved in setting up this exciting new contemporary art gallery in Ilkley.

ILKLEY MANOR HOUSE was gifted to the town in the 1960's to be both a museum and art gallery and so establishing the SOLAR GALLERY within the stunning Manor House is a natural extension of its development.

The SOLAR GALLERY aims to provide a vibrant heritage, creative and fun arts hub in Ilkley offering a wide range of activities, events and exhibitions, as well as collaborative work, meeting and studio spaces in the adjacent cottages.

IMAGE – SOLID AS A ROCK – a painting by KERRY J STOKER exhibited in the SEVEN ARTISTS ONE PEBBLE SEVEN JOURNEYS exhibition at the re-opening of Ilkley Manor House by Alan Titchmarsh.

STATEMENT

GROWING and BECOMING AN ARTIST is my never ending aspiration…

To ripen bloom blossom burgeon flourish flower open unfold and evolve…

One day I hope to achieve something akin to ‘fully fledged artist’ status…

Although how I measure this is anyone’s guess…

I strive to create uplifting, fun paintings full of joy often containing deeper meaning, along with the odd bit of railing at our imperfect world in other styles and media.

I am a contemporary abstract artist working with bold, intense hues. I find it fascinating that my choices of colour and mark making can produce such an array of images, creating drama, movement and depth as I intuitively place slices of colour side by side on a 2D surface, which nevertheless seem to advance, recede, and hover, simply due to their assigned proximity to one another.

Dreaming and painting on days, carved out of my busy family life, filled with endless studio time playing and experimenting with paint, help me to be a more inspired, calm and content human being who loves abstraction, colour and building layers both in paint and meaning.

I start with a pristine blank canvas and randomly pour water and paint over the surface. I watch and wait to see what happens as these mix and merge. I tilt and mop, scrape and throw, adding colour, spraying water on areas to quicken the mix and soften edges, sometimes controlling the flow and out of which beautiful shapes and subtle veils of colour appear. How the paint behaves dictates my subsequent moves – whether to keep or obscure or to start again.

The freedom and fun of throwing colour onto canvas is tremendous. From random marks emerges an image which I develop using a variety of mark making techniques. I add marks using textured paint or flat solid colour and re-work other areas. I attempt to find a balance of light, colour and shape creating visually engaging compositions.

Sometimes the results are completely imaginary and sometimes based loosely on a memory or image of somewhere I have been. Using the accidental, scrubbing away and adding to the image until it emerges complete is utterly fulfilling and sets my mind free.

Each composition is hence part chance, part mindful orchestration and my creative thought processes during production imbue further meaning to the final piece.

An artist friend once said to me that each artist is ‘THE WORLD EXPERT’ on their own work so I have taken note, acknowledging and absorbing influences and opinions, mixing them up, discarding the negative, choosing my personal perspective and methods, and in doing so exposing my sensitivities and inner thoughts to the wider world.

When a painting resonates with another it is an awesome boost further enhanced when purchased. This may be due to feeling a deep connection with it, or that it matches the decor! I am happy either way.

Marketing takes time, effort and self-confidence and is not a skill that all artists are naturally good at.

I take a deep breath and tentatively allow you a glimpse into my world.

I surprise myself all the time!

EXHIBITIONS

2020

CASTLE YARD ARTS FESTIVAL

ILKLEY, WEST YORKSHIRE

11 12 13 OCTOBER 2020

ilkleyarts.org
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ALL 2020 EXHIBITIONS BELOW ARE CANCELLED OR POSTPONED for the foreseeable future.
PAINTINGS CAN BE PURCHASED ONLINE VIA MY WEBSITE OR PRIVATE MESSAGE ME ON FACEBOOK OR INSTAGRAM
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MAZE OF COLOUR

BARGEHOUSE, OXO TOWER WHARF South Bank, London, SE1 9HP

22 APRIL – 26 APRIL 2020

exhibithere.com
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AWAKENING

SOLAR GALLERY, ILKLEY MANOR HOUSE Ilkley, West Yorkshire

1 FEBRUARY – 26 APRIL 2020
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SILSDEN ART SHOW Organised by Colin and Wendy Neville, creators of the website notjusthockney.info

SILSDEN TOWN HALL Silsden, West Yorkshire

11 APRIL – 13 APRIL 2020 10am – 4pm each day – to raise the profile of professional local artists and raise money to support the ongoing management of our community-managed Silsden Town Hall.
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2019

CHRISTMAS FAIR

ILKLEY MANOR HOUSE, Ilkley, West Yorkshire

29 30 NOVEMBER & 1 DECEMBER 2019
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MERCATUS LIBER – FREE MARKET

HAMILTON HOUSE, Bristol

22 NOVEMBER – 24 DECEMBER 2019
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venicevendingmachine.com
veniceagendas.eu
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DRAWING IN

SOLAR GALLERY, ILKLEY MANOR HOUSE Ilkley, West Yorkshire

9 NOVEMBER – 21 DECEMBER 2019
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MAKING SPACE – COLLABORATIVE EXHIBITION – KERRY J STOKER, JOANNE TINKER, LUCIA SMITH
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No 4 CASTLE YARD Ilkley, West Yorkshire
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6 NOVEMBER – 10 NOVEMBER 2019
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Out with the old and in with the new…
An art exhibition with a difference. A unique chance to buy beautiful pieces at fantastic cut down prices as well as being the first to grab some brand new, not seen before pieces pieces of art.
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kerryjstoker.co.uk
joannetinker.co.uk
luciasmith.co.uk
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LIGHT

SOLAR GALLERY, ILKLEY MANOR HOUSE, Ilkley, West Yorkshire

20 JULY – 29 SEPTEMBER 2019
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ILKLEY ART TRAIL 2019
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I will be showing my work in my home and studio as I have done since the inception of the Ilkley Art Trail in 2011.
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28 JUNE – 30 JUNE 2019
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ilkleyarttrail.co.uk
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SOLAR GALLERY INAUGURAL EXHIBITION

SOLAR GALLERY, ILKLEY MANOR HOUSE Ilkley, West Yorkshire
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26 MARCH – AUGUST 2019
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This stunning venue now hosts a brand new beautiful contemporary art gallery and I am one of the Founding Artists and Planning Group Volunteers aiming to provide a vibrant heritage, creative and fun arts hub along with Ilkley Arts Studios offering exhibitions, meeting and studio spaces, and teaching and learning for the local and wider Yorkshire community.
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ilkleymanorhouse.org/event/solar-gallery-every-saturday-and-sunday
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EXHIBIT HERE’S HOPE EXHIBITION

MENIER GALLERY, BANKSIDE, LONDON
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26 FEBRUARY – 2 MARCH 2019
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I am thrilled to be selected to exhibit alongside other fabulous artists in this beautiful dedicated art space in the centre of London. All money raised from The Menier Gallery hire supports the charity Paintings in Hospitals
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exhibithere.com
paintingsinhospitals.org.uk/pages/category/meniergallery
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LOVE ILKLEY ARTS

No 4 CASTLE YARD Ilkley, West yorkshire
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8 FEBRUARY – 10 FEBRUARY 2019
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I am delighted to be taking part in an exhibition with several other local artists in this newly renovated dedicated art space.
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loveilkleyarts.org/love-ilkley-arts/

2018

PRODUCTION-PROCESS-COLLABORATION How do you value Art?

TATE EXCHANGE, LIVERPOOL

30 JULY – 5 AUGUST 2018

ART-E-MOTION‘s Vending Machine contains miniature artworks, including some of mine, produced by artists from all over the world.

This is a travelling participatory performance and installation that invites artists to support each other whilst interacting with the public.

https://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-liverpool/tate-exchange/workshop/venice-vending-machine
https://www.venicevendingmachine.com/vvm-7-tate-exchange-l-pool
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SUMMER SHOW 2018

LA GALLERIA, PALL MALL, LONDON
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9 – 14 JULY
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I am thrilled to have been accepted for the Summer Show at La Galleria, Pall Mall, London in which four of my paintings will be displayed alongside other contemporary artists’ work.

lagalleria.org/summer-show-2018
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CONTINUALLY CHANGING DISPLAY OF MY WORK

THE WELLS PRACTICE Ilkley
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22 MAY –
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ABSTRACT AND IMPRESSIONIST ART DISPLAY

BRADFORD BIG SCREEN Centenary Square, City Park
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1 MAY – 30 JUNE
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In association with Bradford UNESCO City of Film, Colin Neville, curator of the Not Just Hockney website has organised themed presentations and I am delighted to be included in the Abstract and Impressionist Art display at 12.30pm daily along with 6 other artists.
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www.notjusthockney.info
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SOLO SHOW

WEAVERBIRD WORKSHOP Ilkley, West Yorkshire

17 APRIL – 31 MAY
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SEVEN ARTISTS ONE PEBBLE SEVEN JOURNEYS

ILKLEY MANOR HOUSE Ilkley, West Yorkshire
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6 – 15 APRIL
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A collaborative exhibition – one of 7 artists whose inspiration came from musing upon a pebble.
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ilkleymanorhouse.org/
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CONTINUALLY CHANGING DISPLAY OF MY WORK

HARRISON ROBINSON ESTATE AGENTS Ilkley, West Yorkshire
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1 JANUARY…
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My paintings are permanently on display in this beautiful space and are available to view any time. The lovely staff are happy to show you my work – alongside selling houses!
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SOLO EXHIBITION

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1 JANUARY – 26 July

2017

DECEMBER

Ilkley Arts Christmas Art and Gift Fair

ilkleyarttrail.co.uk

OCTOBER

Ilkley Art Trail 2017

ilkleyarttrail.co.uk

JULY

Bradford Big Screen, Centenary Square, City Park

JUNE – AUGUST

Kunsthuis Gallery Summer Exhibition
kunsthuisgallery.com

JANUARY –

Harrison Robinson Estate Agents, Ilkley

PREVIOUS EXHIBITIONS

2016

Christmas Fair, Ilkley

Ilkley Art Trail, Ilkley

2015

Ilkley Art Trail, Ilkley

2013

Ilkley Art Trail, Ilkley

Saltaire Arts Trail, Saltaire

2012

Art for Youth, Royal College of Art, London,

Ilkley Art Trail, Ilkley

Art for Youth North, Topcliffe

Art for Youth, Sheffield

2011

Art for Youth, Royal College of Art, London

Ilkley Art Trail, Ilkley

OTHER EXHIBITIONS

The Society of Women Artists, Westminster Gallery, London

The Pastel Society, Mercer Gallery, Harrogate

The Spirit of the Garden Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum, Salisbury

Tom Caldwell Gallery, Belfast

AWARDS AND ACHIEVEMENTS

Royal Society of Oil Painters Mall Galleries London – shortlisted 2013

Watercolour Challenge – regional finalist in the Channel 4 series

The Artist magazine – awarded prize in summer painting competition

Yorkshire Watercolour Society – elected member

The Society of British Artists – elected member

MY INSTAGRAM

GET IN TOUCH

If you are interested in any of my paintings and would like to discuss possible exhibitions or commissions then please don’t hesitate to get in touch.


Telephone 07904 656 850
Email kerryjstoker@yahoo.com


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