― Taking inspiration
Lunchtime sketch over a huge caramel iced latte yesterday in the sun. Stunning Nottingham Council House which I was lucky enough to see at the Corporate Games last year but took me a while to draw. Perhaps one for @GracePownall25. Taking inspiration from the awesome @JillyArchiimp.
Twitter by Mark Hipwell of MHSketches on 21/5/18
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― Messages sent by two happy visitors of the Easter Bank Holiday Pop Up Gallery held at the Hopmarket
Easter Pop Up Gallery Customers
It was wonderful to meet you today. I am thrilled to say the Mark A Linley (Friar Street) piece is hanging proudly and beautifully in my bedroom. It was wonderful to see some of your work today.
I would also love to hear more about your upcoming exhibition at Croome. I look forward to hearing from you, have a wonderful Easter. Best wishes, – Amy, Worcester
Thank you so much for our amazing Lea and Perrins art, it has pride of place in our kitchen.
We have been searching for some Worcester art for a long time and are so happy that we came into the pop up gallery to get out of the rain yesterday. We found just what we had been looking for! – Samantha, Worcester
― Jack Prichard of Prichards
Jack Collects a Memento
J.M Prichard was a well known and respected jewellers situated for many years on the Foregate opposite Berkeley Court Hospital and Almshouses, now the building has been taken over by Hopmarket Flowers and his signage has been painted over.
Retired Jack Prichard, former owner of Prichard’s, saw and purchased a card of his old shop while visiting the Worcester City Art Gallery Museum. He then contacted Jilly to purchase a larger print, as a memento of his beloved shop to accompany his other treasures he has pictured on the wall of his home.
Jack said, “I saw the card and said to myself ‘wow’, that’s my old place, it looks great! I must get a copy for home”.
“Thank you Jilly for such a wonderful picture and thank you for painting it just as I remember it, but it is nice know Hopmarket Flowers are using it as a shop again. I have just the place for it.” Jack commented.
― Ludlow Museum
Ludlow Museum at the Buttercross tweeted…
“Fantastic collection of cards by a super talented lady, now available to purchase from the museum “
― Art and a pint at The Old Pheasant
Art on the walls of The Old Pheasant
The Old Pheasant in New Street had a change of ownership in 2017 and underwent quite a transformation, restoring the building to its former glory and highlighting its architectural heritage.
Business Partner at The Old Pheasant, Sue Patey, already a fan of Jillys work, wanted artwork that would complement the building and display some of Worcesters many historic treasures.
Sue Commented “When we took over the Pheasant we gave the place a thorough refresh and we wanted some artwork to show that was sympathetic to our ancient building but also was representational of the beautiful architecture that Worcester has in abundance.”
“Jilly’s work is perfect and we now have six painting for our guests to enjoy whilst dining.”
There are currently six artworks on show throughout the public house; Worcester Cathedral, The Commandery, Queen Elizabeth House, Friar Street, New Street and the famous Lea & Perrins factory.
All these artworks are available for sale.
Pop in and see my work and have a pint while you are there!
See more of the Old Pheasant by going to their website:
Link to The Old Pheasant Website
Tel: +44 (0) 1905 616606 Email: email@example.com
The Old Pheasant, 25 New Street, Worcester WR1 2DP
― Henley McKay Kitchens
Henley McKay Kitchens
Pictured here presenting the artwork are Keith, Zoe, Jilly and Grace
Zoe commented “Jilly has done a couple of commissions for us. She created a very striking colourful composition of our kitchen showroom, not her normal style but it turned out just as we had hoped. From this design she produced Christmas Cards for us.“
Keith commented “She also painted my father-in-laws bed and breakfast in Wales which we gave to him as a gift for Christmas. He is not an easy person to buy for so this was a perfect idea and he loved it.”
― The Mayor’s Parlour
The Mayor’s Parlour
Mayor of Worcester 2017-18 Steve Mackay commented
“I first met Jilly at her business launch and was so captured by her artwork that I asked if she would consider loaning an artwork for my office, the Mayor’s Parlour in Worcester Guildhall. Thankfully she agreed and its something I am proud to show to my visitors on a daily basis.”
“I have also purchased a painting for our home.”
― Praise from Droitwich
We went to your exhibition today (Worcester’s Historic & Iconic Architecture 2018) and we thought it was super.
Betty thinks that your 9 panel montage of the Cathedral ought to be on permanent display as it really suits the location and the subject matter is perfect.
Hopefully the library/university authorities recognise this too and buy a copy.
Congratulations on a fine exhibition and we hope that lots of sales and commissions result.
David & Betty of Droitwich
With Reference to: Hive Cafe Walls – Worcester’s Historic & Iconic Architecture 2018 Exhibition
― WR Magazine 8th January 2018
Artist Jilly Oxlade-Arnott (second from left), founder of Architectural Impressions, delivers her first exhibition at The Hive Café, entitled ‘Worcester’s Historic and Iconic Architecture’.
Robin Walker, Worcester’s Conservative MP, took time out from his busy schedule to meet Jilly. Already familiar with her work, he owns a print of Worcester Cathedral which lives in his office in Downing Street. Pia Potter-Farrant (pictured far left) and her team at the Hive helped organise the event. Sandra Taylor, Publicity Officer, represented the Civic Society.
The exhibition is designed to build awareness of the city’s wealth of architectural assets, highlighting the global interest and importance of some of Worcester’s treasures. Art and architecture have always been good bed fellows and this exhibitions re-imagines the classic buildings through vibrant ink and watercolour to iconic pop art; what better venue to showcase this than The Hive?
This exhibition is supported by the Worcester Civic Society. The society believes that Worcester has a proud history, with many firsts and innovations in arts and industry, and also possesses an impressive and unique natural and built environment.
Jilly’s work is on show until 22 January. Learn about some of the historic buildings in Worcester and her inspiration in painting them. The Hive is the first joint public university and library in Europe and has some of the best facilities in the country. For more information, visit http://www.archiimp.com
Link to WR Magazine Article
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― Wayland’s Yard in Foregate Street, Worcester celebrate local artists
Local artists from musicians to potters and Christmas card makers were celebrated at a Worcester Christmas market.
Wayland’s Yard in Foregate Street held a festival over the weekend, with two rooms and the outside area full of local products for people to buy, with a number of Christmas themed items to buy.
Owner Sam Smith, who opened the business in October 2016, said: “Everything we do here is about supporting the local area. We stock local products and use local suppliers. “Hopefully this will mean we can hold similar events at Easter and Christmas, as this is the first time we have done a market. We have held summer parties but never anything like this and we are very pleased by the response by local artists.”
Amongst the items on offer for people to buy were personalised necklaces, dog products, soaps, wooden animals, jewellery, Christmas baubles, glass products and pictures by local photographers.
Over the weekend local musical talents Ben Hughes, Deborah Rose, Georgia Szygowka, Stream of Sound and Boneyard Productions also performed.
Two charities supporting children in Uganda and Guatemala were also selling handmade items.
Chris Greening, a potter from Claines said: “I go to a few of these kind of events but it is nice to have one in the city, I usually go to Hereford or Malvern. I think it is a really impressive display and the staff here have done very well to put it together.”
Claire Hilton, from St John’s selling handmade Christmas decorations said: “I absolutely think that there should be more of these events. I think people are getting fed up with the big businesses and corporations taking over Christmas and it is good to celebrate local, independent businesses.”
In total, 22 stalls filled with more than 30 young artists were there.
Wayland’s Yard, which is donating 20p of every takeaway sale to Maggs Day Centre, held the festival and market on 16th & 17th December.
Link to Worcester News Article
Link to Wayland’s Yards
― Art as a business tool – Halfway Inn
Art as business tool – The Halfway Inn
James and Magda Callery, proprietors of the Halfway Inn in Berkshire commissioned Jilly to paint their restaurant to use as a marketing tool.
Positioned halfway between Bath and London on the ancient A4 roman road, it has a long pedigree as a travellers rest and the image of the building is very important to James and his team. James and Magda have spent a great deal of time and effort improving the inside and outside of this restaurant having taking ownership of the premises. They know the restaurant/hosting business is not just about great food or wine but about the whole experience – which they deliver in spades!!
Mr& Mrs C: “We just love Jilly’s work and how she captures the essence of a building. Having seen her style we immediately wanted to use her work to promote our business and its been a great success – Thanks Jilly!”
Having taken various photographs, Jilly completed the detailed ink and watercolour in readiness for the relaunch. The artwork high resolution scan is currently being used on business cards, signage, menus and other printed marketing collateral.
See more of the Halfway Inn by going to their website:
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Tel: +44 (0) 1488 608 115 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Halfway Inn, Bath Road, Newbury, Berkshire, RG20 8NR
― The Marwood Mini Gallery
The Marwood has teamed up with Jilly of Architectural Impressions to provide a new mini gallery space within one of the most popular bar/restaurants in Worcester. Situated in the lounge area immediately as you enter the venue, is the perfect place to showcase local artists.
The Marwood Mini Gallery has been set up as a place where local artists can present new artworks which promote awareness, improve knowledge and celebrate the amazing architecture provenance and global historical importance the buildings of the City of Worcester represent.
The City of Worcester has some of the most historically significant buildings in England and has one of the greatest number of listed and protected buildings of any UK city outside of London.
Mr C “Jilly is a very talented local artist who has a unique watercolour style, however it was her Vivid Range that most caught my eye, something that I had never seen before of Worcester and thought the resulting effect was fantastic.”
“I always try to support local businesses and Worcester itself wherever possible and through talking with Jilly I decided to create art space to celebrate Worcester’s amazing architectural pedigree and The Marwood Mini Gallery was born.”
“Her style compliments our décor and creates a dramatic entrance when visiting our venue.”
Ben Coates – Owner of The Marwood
You can currently view three works from Jilly’s Vivid Range and two from her Classique Range, these are available to purchase through The Marwood, 40 The Tything, Worcester WR1 1JL.
― The Mann Hifi Eclectic
The Mann Hifi Eclectic
Phil Mann of Mann Hifi, Worcester, has recently taken delivery of a Fine Art Vivid Canvas created by Jilly Oxlade-Arnott of Architectural Impressions.
Phil is a specialist in music and Hifi systems and has had been in the business for 35 years. To compliment his sound systems he has a few eclectic pieces of furniture and select statements of art. The latest addition is the Aqua Vivid Worcester Cathedral from Jilly at Architectural Impressions.
Mr Mann owner of Mann Hifi: “I love Jilly’s work. Its good to see a different take on our beloved cathedral and it compliments my offering.”
See more of the Mann Hifi by going to their website:
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Tel: 01905 676 456 Email: email@example.com
42 Upper Tything, Worcester, WR1 1JZ
― From one Office to Another
David Blake, MD of Worcester City Council, has new art in his office at the Guildhall.
Mr B: “I first met Jilly at her business launch in April earlier this year. She is a talented local artist and very I am pleased to have her work on show in my office. I also intend to commission her to create a watercolour of my home.”
David Blake – Managing Director of Worcester City Council
― Mrs G – Purple Canvas
A large canvas of the Cathedral in purple (Vivid Range)
A very striking artwork in purple to coordinate with the soft furnishings of the conservatory. Bold background wallpaper prints like this look fantastic with a simple elegant form of the Vivid Cathedral.
Mrs G: “The moment I saw Jilly’s work during Open Studios I just loved it! The striking colours of the Vivid Worcester Cathedral instantly appealed and it is so exciting to now own an original artwork which I can look at every day.”
― SLAP Magazine Article October 2017
Review from October Issue 74 of SLAP Magazine (Supporting Local Arts & Performers)
Jilly Oxlade-Arnott’s Architectural Impression really hit the spot. Displayed around the beautiful display kitchens at Henley McKay Kitchens just along the Tything, the fastidiously detailed fine line work really brings out the character of some of our much loved local buildings, highlighting the featured buildings in watercolours while those around it are left in black and white to show its location. Jilly kindly showed us some of her earlier works to demonstrate how her process had developed, and while quaffing a glass of swiftly offered wine, we were invited into the inner sanctum to see her latest work. We were delighted to see the pop-art inspired array of posters based on the iconic image of Worcester Cathedral in every colour imaginable, creating an incredible display.
― Canvases to Droitwich
Birthday presents with a presence
David and is wife first saw Jilly and her work at The Worcester Open Studios in August.
They immediately fell in love with her work and her style of painting. David instantly found his birthday present and so, chose a couple of A2 Canvases of the Cathedral and the Guildhall, places where they both have fond connections.
David Holden “I have been allowed to have a pre-birthday look at the pictures in the daylight and we are both delighted. Your individual style is really wonderful and sure to bring you great success as more and more people get to know your work.”
― Painswick, Gloucestershire
A Private Commission in Painwick, Gloucestershire
This client wanted a basic face on artwork with no ink line work detail around the subject. An alarm box, many cables and other outside fittings were removed during the painting. In addition to the artwork the client ordered greeting cards.
Lady P: “The painting makes my quite plain home look as good as new, it’s sitting in the conservatory and looks fabulous. I love the cards and use them all the time, much better than emailing!!! Thank you so much Jilly.”