Brush, Pen & Knife: Exhibition at Bear Steps
02 Feb 2024

A new exhibition in the main hall at Bear Steps Art Gallery 'Brush, Pen & Knife' will showcase a varied and contrasting collection from Lisa Pitchford & Graham Sherman (Feb 18th - March 2nd, 2024). Pictured above 'Owl Moon' by Lisa Pitchford. 

Shropshire artists Lisa Pitchford and Graham Sherman have joined together to bring a new varied and contrasting collection of their work to the beautiful Bear Steps Art Gallery this Spring.

'Brush, Pen & Knife' will take over the main hall of the town centre gallery from February 18th to March 2nd, where you'll be able to meet the artists and discover the stories behind their artwork. 

Lisa and Graham of Brush Pen and Knife

Lisa and Graham can ordinarily be found in their studios at Maws Craft Centre, Jackfield in the historic Ironbridge Gorge. The centre is situated in what remains of the former tile factory of Maw & Co, just over a mile from the famous bridge. It's home to a mix of artists, designers, makers and galleries. 

Lisa is a realism-based artist who produces wall art using a mixture of pencil, fine pen and watercolour. Her themes are wide ranging and have covered areas such as dance, music, and wildlife. A self-taught artist, having enjoyed drawing in her teens, she opted to follow a different career path and it wasn't until 2020 that she rediscovered her love of art.

She was thrust into the spotlight last April when her portrait of a statue commemorating the bravery and sacrifice of Sikh soldiers during WW1 was presented to PM Rishi Sunak at Number 10. That statue was erected at the National Arboretum in Staffordshire in 2015 to honour the Sikh soldiers who fought in the Great War. Lisa gifted the ink and watercolour pen portrait to the WW1 Sikh Memorial Fund, which is touring it across the UK. A print of the WW1 Sikh Memorial artwork will be on show at Bear Steps during the exhibition.

Rishi Sunak receiving the Sikh Memorial portrait

Lisa's portrait of the WW1 Sikh Memorial is presented to Rishi Sunak

Graham is a contemporary landscape artist whose inspiration for his painting comes from observing the light and colours of the Shropshire landscape and the changing seasons.

He mainly works in acrylics on board and canvas applying the paint thickly using a palette knife with additional materials to add more texture, giving an extra dimension to his work. He has exhibited his work throughout Shropshire, Wales and the Midlands.

Lisa Pitchford and Graham Sherman will be at Bear Steps Art Gallery from February 18th to March 2nd, 2024 with their new exhibition 'Brush, Pen & Knife'. Visitors will be able to see the artists at work and discuss commissions and there will be a wide range of our original artwork and prints available, together with cards and gift items.

Pictured below: 'Brecon Beacons' and 'Distant Light 'by Graham Sherman

Brecon Beacons by Graham
Distant Lights by Graham