The current exhibition commenced in June 2018
Clare May Martin
1 Tower View and Control Tower
Clare May Martin studied Fine Art Painting at Chelsea. Given paint and an empty space, the course gave Clare ultimate freedom to grow and develop her own style.
During the 3 year course her work evolved towards strong composition structures without any pictorial reference. Encouraged by her lecturers, who included Chris Ofili, she pursued the passion she was discovering for abstract work and theory, leaning towards the style of Abstract Expressionist and Colour Field Artists. Love of painting and paint itself drives the ambition to create
Despite a love of painting and a strong desire to create, her art practice unfortunately became a part–time pursuit due to the the realities of making a living.
In April 2017, after a successful career in International Fashion Sales, Clare made the decision to devote her time once again fully to her art. Now, looking to expand both her studio practice and theoretical studies, Clare couldn’t be happier.
“The work is a personal experience. Emotion and reference are restrained allowing freedom for the viewer to create their own images, rarely they are the same. Made with quick action emotive mark making, and pursuing a strong composition, the journey with the emerging painting becomes the end painting. Abstract image becomes a vehicle for the viewers’ mind, playing with recognisable imagery that is not there, evoking a blurred memory that they resonate with; the painting pulling from their sub conscious an emotional connection which belongs only to the viewer themselves.”
42 Kings Hill Ave
Sculptor Dick Budden is also a leading TV propmaker who has worked on everything from Absolutely Fabulous to Basil Brush.
"I'm just an old filmie," says Budden from the kitchen of his Berkshire home. "I have always made things on the side for myself but never did much of it - I didn't have time. But now people seem to have developed an appetite for my work."
Born in Jersey in 1940, Budden trained at Bournemouth Art College, moving to London in the early 60s to a dingy basement flat on the Uxbridge Road and a job making polystyrene props for the BBC.
"This was right at the beginning of colour TV," says Budden, "when the cameras were too big to go outside. We made anything they needed - Greek temples, cliffs, caves and houses. The whole thing was cheap and cheerful and we were even cheaper."
Only when Budden and his wife Mary moved near to Maidenhead in the 70s did he rent studio space to create his own pieces: wooden dancers for his garden, abstract Moore-like bronzes and, of course, his trademark oversized fruit, first for the Henley Festival and later for private clients including Alan Titchmarsh, who recently snapped up one of Budden's pears.
What differentiates one of his props from a work of art? "There's no difference," says Budden. "It is all down to the art mob who want things boxed and labelled. I just make stuff. It's all I've ever done."
And, he is still at it. Recent film jobs includes Tim Burton's Sleepy Hollow, The Phantom of the Opera and Sport Relief.But does Budden yearn to be a household name? He replies: "It would be great to hear people say: 'Let's meet by the pear.' But I don't believe you can engineer these things. I have always waited for them to come to me."
42 Kings Hill Ave & Control Tower
I am an artist and illustrator living and working in Kent, South East England.
I have always been irresistibly drawn to the heartstopping beauty of the natural world - exploring the colours, patterns and intricate forms through paint and sculpture.
My current body of work explores the emotional and intellectual responses to, and interactions with, the landscapes we experience. We all have our own perceptions of beauty in our environment, and I am looking at the elements that make a traditionally beautiful scene really sing for me, in the context of unlikely places such as my immediate, city environment, and at how these two meet, and/or veer apart.
I am especially interested in my, and the audience's, part in that process: how my interpretation and depiction of a landscape can create another world, which in turn is further changed by people's reactions - stirring memories, evoking emotions, until the lines between real and imagined, past and present, become blurred and reality shifts.
1 & 34 Tower View & 17Kings Hill Ave
Gill Is a fine art Sculptor creating abstract, animal and female cast bronze sculptures.
Gill Brown was born and brought up in Liverpool, where she studied sculpture at the Liverpool College of Art for five years. After teaching art and pottery in the North, she went to America where she worked as a freelance artist.
She spent five years in Kenya where local carvings and jewellery added a new dimension to her work. On returning to the North of England she taught sculpture and pottery whilst producing work for exhibitions.
For the last twenty years she has lived in Tunbridge Wells. Her work is both figurative, wildlife and abstract and includes animals, birds and figures, from small maquettes to life-size pieces. All her work is cast in bronze using the lost wax method, at the Livingstone Art Founders.
The gallery contains both figurative bronze sculptures, wildlife and abstract sculptures. All sculptures are cast in bronze using the lost wax method.
17 Kings Hill Ave & 4 Abbey Wood Rd
I am a self taught artist and printmaker.
After moving from Twickenham to Sussex in 2006 I trained in print making with the Sussex Art and Printmaking Studios. My focus was predominetly in etching.I started foraging for plants to study, which became an obsession and brought me closer to nature. I have a camera with me at all times and as a result have started to combine my work by using impressions of digital imagery along with traditional techniques.
I encourage people to stand still and simply observe nature. My work has been greatly influenced by Arthur Rackham who captured the Sussex scenes through his beautiful illustrated fairytales in the late 1800s. I aim to give a child like perspective of the plants and butterflies where Rackham once trod.
In keeping with a more holistic ethos I use vegetable based inks as much as possible and have been experimenting with making dyes and powders from the plants and land of the Sussex Downs.
Works are sold as limited editions, due to the hand inking process and the individual way in which I like to work, most art works are unique in themselves and are sold as varied editions. Using the same zine plate or glicee print but varied hand finished techniques including gold leaf.
39 Kings Hill Ave
Kristy Campbell is an Artist and Writer based in Norwich, UK. Since graduating with an MA in Fine Art from Norwich University of the Arts in 2014, she has gone on to exhibit throughout the UK and internationally; venues of note include Somerset House (London, UK) and King’s College (London, UK) in 2018, and EXPO Chicago (Chicago, USA) in 2014, amongst others. While her practice situates itself in the realms of typography and minimalist design, and the likes of a familiar recognisable language, through abstract compositions Campbell looks to convey the fluid ambiguity of meaning.
11 Tower View & Control Tower
Linda has a display and design background - she has worked as a freelance exhibition and window display artist for over forty years mostly in the South East and central London.
She has also taught exercise to music:- as a child and teenager she was a latin and ballroom competition dancer.
Her art practice draws on her love of dance, music and textiles.
She interprets the rhythm and beat of the music - sometimes adding the choreography. Her work is about the negative shape, the connections between the shapes and how they make a rhythm - she thinks of it as visual music. She also makes work that is inspired by poetry and novels, interpreting the text in the same way as she interprets music. The text gives the work another dimension.
In 2001 she gained a fine arts degree from Central St Martins.
She has her studio in Kent where she lives.
42 Kings Hill Ave & Control Tower
Artist and Designer Marie-Louise Miller has always been obsessed with drawing. After completing her Foundation Diploma at St Martin’s School of Art & Design in 1991 a place on the Fashion Promotion & Illustration course at Epsom School of Art & Design offered Marie-Louise the opportunity to extend her drawing practice and her interest in the human form and psyche. Later in 1996, she attended The Roehampton Institute to study Public Art and shifted her focus to human spaces rather than human bodies.
After fifteen years creating bespoke designs for the world’s premier interiors Marie-Louise returned to full time fine-art studio practice and now works from her studio The Old Chemist, which she shares with her cinematic husband Mauricio Vincenzi and which is fast becoming a must visit creative space in the quirky seaside town of St Leonard’s on Sea. The Old Chemist is home to Endwell Productions and hosts Super8, cinematic, drawing; fashion and performance pop ups, happenings and workshops. When not on the south coast of England, Marie-Louise can be found in Niteroi the city opposite Rio de Janeiro, Brazil boasting a fabulous view of that iconic skyline.
Marie-Louise was raised in South London and deepest rural France. She leads a drawing research group from The Old Chemist and is a Visiting Lecturer on the Fashion FDA at Sussex Coast College, Hastings. In 2015 she launched WEAR ART the digital extension of her fine art practice in ready to wear form.
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