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Kerry Stoker

Painting makes me happy: it feeds my soul. My work contains the essence of me. I am compelled to create – the joy it brings me is utterly fulfilling. 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 is very exciting. 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 paintings creation imbue meaning into each, which, for me, is a critical element for success.

Commissions are a welcome challenge. Kerry studied Fine Art (BA Hons) at Reading University, a pupil of Sir Terry Frost, and now paints full time. 2018 Exhibitions include Ilkley Manor House – SEVEN ARTISTS ONE PEBBLE SEVEN JOURNEYS, La Galleria Pall Mall London – SUMMER SHOW, Tate Exchange Liverpool – PRODUCTION PROCESS COLLABORATION. Previous exhibitions – Bradford Big Screen 2017/18/19. Kunsthuis Gallery SUMMER EXHIBITION 2017; Ilkley Art Trail 2011-2017; Art for Youth, London; The Society of Women Artists, London. Shortlisted – Royal Society of Oil Painters – Mall Galleries London

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Ilkley Arts mission is to promote and celebrate the arts in Ilkley and surrounding areas to enrich the lives of residents and visitors and to support and help the development of our exhibiting artists.

Ilkley Arts works with a wide range of organisations to achieve this mission from those whose focus is on developing young artists such as Art School Ilkley and Nell Bank Outdoor Education Centre as well as partnerships with Ilkley Manor House, Outside the Box, Ilkley Literature Festival and the Ilkley Playhouse.

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