Val Hudson, Call and Response

August 23rd – September 19th, 2015

Opening, August 23rd, 12 – 3pm




Call and Response – The Transient Nature of Being


Val’s shifting, evocative and atmospheric paintings engage with “the insubstantial, transient nature of existence as expressed through colour and form, the elements, open spaces and the play of light”.


Drawing on many ideas and influences these abstract, landscape-like paintings – that strive to make the invisible, visible – invite us to have our own imaginative response in our endeavour to create meaning. Val’s paintings are like a portal. They are a creative “conversation” between the viewed and the viewer.


Val layers oil and wax on canvas then scrapes-back to create pieces that are contemplative, meditative and mysterious. They are textural, intimate, paradoxical and poetic and engage with the potential of emptiness and silence.


“Often, the starting point for a painting is a piece of music, a poem, or a person’s life, something that touches me, something that cannot be put into words, something I want to respond to. In the process of painting I try not to force anything to happen but rather ‘let go’ into the work.”


To fully appreciate Val’s paintings the viewer should also “let go” and allow the paintings to speak.



Val studied Fine Art (painting) at St Martins School of Art, London 1991-1994


solo exhibitions

1998 Swan House : Suffolk
1999 Expresso Café : Norwich
2000 Frames Gallery:Norwich
2003 Last Gallery: Zurich
2005 Last Gallery: Zurich
2006 St Giles Gallery: Norwich
2008/9 St Giles Gallery: Norwich
2011/2012 Last Gallery: Zurich


other exhibitions

1992 Cambridge Library : Cambridge
1993 The Gallery : Cambridge
1998 John Innes Centre : Norwich
1998 Eastern Open, Fermoy Gallery : Kings Lynn
2001 Regatta Fine Art : Norfolk
2001 British Contemporary Art, Deloitte and Touche: Zurich
2011 Norwich Assembly Rooms: Norwich
2012 Cambridge Buddhist Centre : Cambridge
2012 Parallax : Chelsea London
2012 Affordable Art Fairs London Bristol Stockhom
2012 Enid Lawson Gallery : London
2012 Gallerytop : Derbyshire
2012 Artwave West : Dorset
2013 Harley Gallery Open : Nottinghamshire
2013 Open Up Studios : Sheffield
2013 Torr Vale Mill Derbyshire Open
2013 Wirksworth Arts Trail: Derbyshire
2013 Jack Sevens Gallery : Macclesfield Cheshire
2013 Selected for Midlands Open at Tarpey Gallery
2013 Artwave West : Dorset
2014 Last Gallery : Zurich
2014 Bessemer II : Sheffield
2014 Artwave West : Dorset
2014 Gallerytop ; Derbyshire
2014 Tarpey : Castle Donington
2014 Wirksworth Arts Trail : Derbyshire
2014 Affordable Art Fair : London
2015 Bessemer II : Sheffield
2015 Artwave West : Dorset
2015 Gallerytop ; Derbyshire


Tarpey Gallery
77 High Street
Castle Donington
De74 2pq

Opening Times

Thursday – Sunday
10am – 5pm


Luke Tarpey – 07772404293


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