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 (no IAT in 2014) 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 recently, 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 seemed very knowledgable and enthusiastic about the work of all seven artists.

We intend to produce new work to exhibit again in 2020 which is very exciting.

STATEMENT

Painting makes me happy: it feeds my soul. My work contains the essence of me. I am compelled to create – the joy it brings to me is utterly fulfilling.

I lose myself engrossed for hours and all the everyday stresses evaporate. I love colour and the process and stuff of paint. Immersing myself in and experimenting with different styles keeps my work vibrant and fresh. Some paintings happen easily. Others are a struggle. Each is a gently evolving creation.

I enjoy the freedom and fun of pouring colour onto canvas and watching how the colours mix and merge sometimes controlling the flow, and out of which beautiful shapes and subtle veils of colour appear.
From these random marks I develop the image by scrubbing away or adding textural or flat solid colour, re-working other areas until it emerges, complete.

My thought processes during a painting’s creation imbue meaning into each, which is a critical element for success.

EXHIBITIONS

2019

NOVEMBER 2019

No 4 CASTLE YARD ILKLEY

COLLABORATIVE EXHIBITION 2019

Details to be finalised
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28 JUNE – 30 JUNE 2019

ILKLEY ART TRAIL 2019
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26 MARCH – AUGUST 2019

SOLAR GALLEY – 26 March, launch event, ILKLEY 2019
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26 FEBRUARY – 2 MARCH 2019

MENIER GALLERY, BANKSIDE, LONDON

EXHIBIT HERE HOPE EXHIBITION

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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8 FEBRUARY – 10 FEBRUARY 2019

No 4 CASTLE YARD ILKLEY

LOVE ILKLEY ARTS

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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2018

30 JULY – 5 AUGUST 2018

TATE EXCHANGE LIVERPOOL 2018 – ART-E-MOTION

PRODUCTION-PROCESS-COLLABORATION How do you value Art?

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
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https://www.venicevendingmachine.com/vvm-7-tate-exchange-l-pool

9 – 14 JULY

LA GALLERIA, PALL MALL, LONDON – SUMMER SHOW 2018

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.

Visit lagalleria.org/summer-show-2018

22 MAY –

THE WELLS PRACTICE Ilkley – continually changing display of work

1 MAY – 30 JUNE

BRADFORD BIG SCREEN Centenary Square, City Park

In association with Bradford UNESCO City of Film, Colin Neville, curator of the www.notjusthockney.info 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.

17 APRIL – 31 MAY

WEAVERBIRD WORKSHOP Ilkley

6 – 15 APRIL

SEVEN ARTISTS ONE PEBBLE SEVEN JOURNEYS exhibition

Ilkley Manor House, Ilkley – a collaborative exhibition – one of 7 artists whose inspiration came from musing upon a pebble.

1 JANUARY –

HARRISON ROBINSON ESTATE AGENTS Ilkley – continually changing display of work

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!

1 JANUARY – 26 July

THE FLYING DUCK Ilkley – continually changing display of work

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 info@kerryjstoker.co.uk


COMMISSIONS

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