Private View 23 May 2014, 7-9pm


Exhibition Dates: 24 May – 5 September 2014


Visit Blue Owl Art at Grantham Tennis Club to see paintings by Chris Bagnall and Kate Robotham in the first floor gallery space. Chris Bagnall’s work focuses on the form and presence of strangers.  In contrast, Kate Robotham’s work is strongly influenced by the beauty of nature.  The first floor gallery space is quite unexpected to the visitor. The twenty paintings look like they were created for the space and the spot lighting highlights the dynamic colour and richness of the oil paintings.   There are also six intriguing smaller charcoal and chalk drawings on display by Chris Bagnall.   Four pieces of work have ‘sold’ dots next to them already.   Not surprising as the place was buzzing on Preview Night.


Blue Owl Art also have a large display case brimming with exciting contemporary work by artists and makers, some of whom are members of the Design Factory.  On display are: designer jewellery made by Rachel Jones, Sheila Kerr and Gill Pottle; beautiful porcelain pieces by Katharina Klug and Perin Towlson; colourful lamps and flowers made by eco artist Sarah Turner; hand printed textiles and sketch-books by Andrew Berwick and cheerful jugs designed by Helen Russell. Also on offer are hand made greeting cards; if you are looking for that special gift Grantham Tennis Club has become the place to visit.

Private View 23 May 2014, 7-9pm


Chris Bagnall

I am a painter who is concerned with the notion that a stranger is an abstract ideal. Currently, my work begins with a series of small sketches of strangers.  I find that with drawing these unknown, I can focus on the form and presence rather than their identity.
The sketches become about a very peripheral experience of observing the person whilst the identity of the individual remains largely unknown. Upon return to my studio, these drawings become a catalyst for painting. The result is an image that has been informed by an observation and the act of drawing.

Kate Robotham

Kate Robotham is a painter and recent Fine Art graduate from Loughborough University. She has exhibited throughout the UK and abroad, and is currently based in Loughborough, where she works as an artist and painting tutor and part-time student working for Open Heaven Church. Her interests as an artist lie within the cross-over between nature, colour and painting, seeking to express the beauty of nature through the medium of paint.