Dorset based Judy Tate has been drawn to soft pastels for a long time. She finds the versatility, immediacy and vibrancy hard to beat. Most recently the recurring theme is ‘leaves and layers’ – often initiated as an underpainting with monoprinting.
En plein air sketching and painting gives Judy a platform for larger pastel work in the studio. Sketchbook travelogues are an ongoing source of inspiration.
Underlying all of her work is a love of colour and the excitement of seeing how far she can take it.
Studio based work (often inspired by horizons, flowers and seed heads) is often of a more abstract nature. For this work a looser approach is taken, using water or alcohol washes, sometimes inks, dependent on her intent. Recently she has been experimenting with using mono printing onto various pastel surfaces as her under painting.
Her Poundbury based studio work now seems to be combining the two branches of her work practice, with recurring motif ‘beyond’ and ‘behind’ often with paths going into infinity.
The range of her work can be seen on her website www.judytateartist.com
2012- to date regular exhibitor at Gallery at 41 Corfe Castle.
2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 Paintings selected for annual Pastel Society exhibition at Mall Galleries London
Regular workshops and demos at Art Societies – including New Forest, Chandlers Ford, Broadstone and Wareham, PEDAS Poole.
Regular workshops for small groups in my studio (mixed media and pastels)
2019 – Art trail organiser for Open for Art including organisation of a trail of 19 studios, opening own studio in 2019 and planning and curation of Duchy Group Exhibition for 85 artists and sculptors
2011 – 2016 – Trustee and Exhibitor of Purbeck Art Weeks
2015 – Featured artist at RHS Rosemoor, Devon and Exhibitor at Society of Woman Artists, Mall Galleries London