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Thursday 25 April 2019

How Painter Ned Hoskins Threw Open His Home & Brought Brighton Artists Open House To The City

In the early 1980's, when painter Ned Hoskins returned to the UK following a year spent living and working in the States, he was struck by the lack of visual arts in the Brighton Festival

Ned's solution? Inspired by the open studio idea that he had observed on his travels but lacking a studio space of his own, he decided to open his Brighton home to the public instead. 

He burned all his furniture in the back garden, gathered together a few artist friends to help him fill the space in his now distinctly empty house, printed some flyers and opened the doors. The rest, as they say, is history.......
 
Over the years the Brighton Artists Open House concept has grown exponentially and today is a thriving festival in its own right. 

The concept has been replicated across the country and further afield and allows artists both established and emerging, to show their work in a welcoming domestic environment.
 
And Ned? Now in his 80th year, Ned no longer opens his house to the public (although plenty of devotees still turn up at the door!) but continues to paint in his studio at the top of his Fiveways home. 


This year, almost 40 years since he first showed his work in Brighton, 35 North Contemporary Fine Art will be staging a solo exhibition entitled Fractured Landscapes.

Featuring predominantly new works, the exhibition name is derived from Ned's very particular way of viewing landscapes, the result of the actions of a very unorthodox art teacher! 

One day, having marched his class to the top of a hill on the Yorkshire moors the teacher threw his papers into the air and cried 'There you are, draw that! Draw the wind.' 

As the papers rose into the air in a rhythmical, visual description of space, Ned grasped that the landscape is just as much about space as substance and that space can be realised only when something happens. 

Ned's art training took place at Harrogate School of Art and the Royal College of Art in London. 

His paintings are held in private collections throughout the UK and across the world as well as a permanent display in Southampton City Art Gallery.

Fractured Landscapes launches on Saturday 4th May and runs until Saturday 25th May 2019. 35 North Contemporary Fine Art is located at 35 North Road, Brighton, BN1 1YB. Gallery hours are 11 – 5.30pm Thursday/Friday/Saturday or by appointment.

by: Mike Cobley




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