Morag Yorke DA
Morag graduated from Glasgow School of Art where she specialised in Interior Design. She showed a huge talent and flare in all aspects of her artistic training, most notably Drawing and Painting, Life Drawing, Embroidery and Weaving, Printing, Textile Design and Architecture. All of which has helped to influence her varied and diverse painting style, as well as giving her a wonderfully inventive use of materials.
She chose to develop and expand her knowledge of creative design by working for The British Design Council helping to promote all aspects of British Design. This was then followed by the design and building of travelling exhibitions for the Schools Council.
Her flare did not go unnoticed and she was asked to join the Exhibitions Design Team at the Natural History Museum, to assist in an exciting remodelling and modernisation program with new exhibition installations and a re-design of the galleries.
Her unique use of materials and the vibrant colours she uses to express form and light give her a wonderfully individual and fresh style of plein air painting. Working in many materials, oil, acrylic, watercolours, ink, pastels, charcoal, and metallic powder, she loves to experiment with different combinations, which produce new and exciting results.
- Combining the opaque quality of watercolours with pastels to give added depth and texture as used in ‘Top of the South Downs 1’ in the Landscape section.
- Using printing inks in a painterly way and combining them with charcoal drawing as in ‘Three Figures on Purple Background’ and ‘Two Figures on Yellow Background’ in the Life Drawing section.
- ‘Autumn Leaf’, mixed media shown in the Illustration section, is a combination of watercolours, inks, and bronze and gold metallic powder.
Specifically her acrylic and oil paintings are strong, colourful and textural, capturing the light and colour of the country she is in - Winter Morning Walk (England) | Barrier Reef (Australia) | Sunny Provence (France).
Her life drawings and paintings are drawn and painted directly from the model. They can be long poses of three to four hours or two minute poses where the essence of the pose has to be captured very quickly, two minutes to be precise.
She has a love of painting in the South of France, but then, there have been quite a few famous painters before her, who also found it an inspirational location!
She has a studio/gallery in West Sussex, where you can view more of her work.