Keith Hillsden is an artist who mainly works with pastels and mixed media. To Keith, art is entertainment: to be able to touch the work, as well as to interact with the work is important. His works are based on inspiring situations: visions that reflect serene contemplation, combined with subtle details of odd or eccentric elements. His mixed media artworks establish a link between the paintings reality and that imagined by its conceiver. With influences as diverse as Monet and Edward Hersey, his variations are crafted from both traditional and modern structures.
Keith is a member of The White Rose Artists, which are a group of artists living and working in Yorkshire. Their art takes on many genres, including oils, acrylics, watercolours, pencil, pastels, collage and digital art, from landscapes to evocative abstracts, animals and flowers and traditional and contemporary pieces. Each summer the White Rose Artists come together for a series of ‘Art in the Gardens’ exhibitions along The Colonnade at The Valley Gardens in the beautiful historic spa town of Harrogate, North Yorkshire.
Exhibitions have been running here for more than 40 years and have always been extremely popular with locals, visitors and art collectors. I shall be exhibiting here again this year amongst a collaboration of wonderfully talented artists. If you have time please take the opportunity to come along and meet me and my fellow artists and take in the beauty of these gardens. There are refreshments available at the Garden Cafe for you to sit and drink in the wonderful atmosphere.
Keith is also a member of the made in Yorkshire group whose aims are to inspire and enlighten Yorkshire design led manufacturing businesses to widen their markets under the recognised quality mark of the made in Yorkshire brand. You can see the dates of which I will be exhibiting with them on the events page.
“Some of the world’s most exquisite works of art are done in pastel. I prefer to keep the composition as simple as I can and at times leave some areas of the paper untouched. Make the pastel “look” like a pastel by using it in a way that shows off its unique properties.” Keith Hillsden