Alice Melita Steffan
Alice Melita Steffan, 1 Tower View
Alice Steffen is a young British conceptual artist emerging on the London art scene.
Her work embodies the exploration of language, pop culture, stereotypes, gender, class and identity. These themes are taken from her experience as a young woman, exploring class based social systems, and comparisons of class. These subjects are interwoven into her work, which becomes a dialogue with the viewer. The art is autobiographical, reflecting the multiple facets that define her personhood.
Steffen erases the original labels of the objects she uses to create her sculptures, changing the dynamics of the objects in the presentation, which conveys materialistic messages which can be awkward or uncomfortable for the viewer.
Steffen was born in Cambridge, England in 1989, her home being in a small rural Essex village. She studied Sculpture and Environmental Art at The Glasgow School of Art, The School of The Art Institute of Chicago and The London City and Guilds Art School.
The themes explored in Alice’s’ practice are based upon how people interact with each other with regard to gender, stereotyping , prejudice, discrimination, class, culture and language. Her observation of these themes provides the core subject matter of her work.
‘The Scotsman’ in June 2011, reviewing her work exhibited in her degree show wrote:
“If American artist Jeff Koon’s is the king of kitsch, then Alice Essex (real name Alice Steffen) is its potential queen.”
John Gledhill, 1 Tower View
The skill of drawing has always been the foundation to Gledhill’s work. Under the tuition of artists such as John Lessore while studying at the Royal Academy Schools the importance of drawing set a precedent for life. Using either charcoal or pencil, Gledhill draws from the subject and works from the drawings back at the studio to develop his paintings. The subject can often be a London street scene but Gledhill’s focus will also be on the people who pass through that street, commuting to and from work.
Aware that the physical rigour and the rigour of skill demanded in drawing from life requires continual mastering and constant practice, Gledhill draws weekly from the model at the R.A. schools Life Drawing Room in Piccadilly.
Autumn 2013 Gledhill began a series of portraits in his studio .The model sits on a raised platform eyes resting on the wall ahead where hangs ‘New Birth in the City’ (2013) Gledhill’s most recent painting in black and white depicting the Thames flanked with cityscapes of London’s glass monumental skyscrapers.
Jenny Eadon, 11 Tower View
Jenny Eadon is an abstract artist working in oil on canvas. The paintings show the impressions associated with places visited when travelling or visual images evoked by reading poetry. After many years living in Cambridge, her studio practice and home are now in a village near Banbury in North Oxfordshire.
1994/95 Postgraduate Diploma, Anglia Ruskin University
1978/82 BA Hons. Fine Art, University of Reading
1977/78 Amersham College of Art, Buckinghamshire
1976/77 Berkshire College of Art, Maidenhead
Advanced Abstract Painting MA, Academy of Art, San Francisco, I semester
Painting used for cover of book of poems by Patricia Clark, Michigan University Press
Founder of Cambridge Artworks Studios, artist run studios, gallery/workshop
Organiser of monthly slide and lecture series at Cambridge Artworks
Henry Moore Sculpture Studio, London, sculpture course.
Public Art Training programme run by Commissions East Eastern Arts.
Participant in NVQ seminar for Arts & Entertainment Training Council.
Travel and study visits to Paris, Turkey, Canada, USA, India, Morocco, Peru, Australia and China.
Mark Stonestreet, 11 and 30 Tower View
Mark Stonestreet work has developed from his days working as an industrial welder on the hop farms of the south east of England to the works shown here, His works can be found in private and public collections in Europe and Asia.
'DO re me far so', granite, 3.2mtr, 2013His work varies from the monumental abstract granite forms of the symposiums, to far more delicate work with lettering and relief panels.
Frankie DetailAn organizer/participant of the emerging Pallava Sculpture Symposium, director of Stanmer Stone Works Sculpture Studio, and currently in the process of forming partnerships with studios around the world, enabling cultural and professional exchanges for students and practicing artists alike.
The UK studio is set in the beautiful grounds of Stanmer Park.
Susan Evans 30 Tower View
“Susan Evans is well known for her highly accomplished virtuoso oil paintings of clouds, inspired by her walks around UK and especially the South Downs. She creates paintings of immense calm, but with great emotional depth. In 2000 she won the prestigious national Peterborough First Open prize and has shown widely in England, Europe and the USA since leaving the Chelsea College of Art in London.
Susan has had solo art exhibitions in London, Bath and Brighton and taken part in many high quality art fairs. Her work is collected internationally by institutions such as Exeter College in Oxford, the Peterborough Museum and Live Wire in California.”
Enid Lawson Gallery
Marek Emczek Olszewski
Marek Emczek Olszewski, 34 Tower View
"I use the medium of photography freely and instinctively, at times beyond its conventional role, form and expectations.
Constantly experimenting: with textures, surfaces, movement, reflections, light, angles.
Discovering new ways of expression, new meanings. Attempting to move imaginations.
From sharp, colourful geometric shots to soft and calming landscapes. From minimalist to complex.
Looking for beauty and poetry in the mundane. Hunting for treasures".
Barbara Burns, 6 Aleexander Grove and Control Tower
Whether walking the coast line or countryside I absorb my surroundings obsessively, constantly exploring the relationship between land and sea, from rocky craggy cliffs to soft velvet green rolling landscapes. Sometimes sketching, sometimes just observing.
In my studio paintings take place with an intuitive response to what memory allows. I always paint in oils with glazes that allow me to build the painting over several months, the composition coming together in a process that evolves; selecting and eliminating forms and texture, until the final image presents itself.
From 1976 to 1979 I studied an Art Foundation Diploma in Buckinghamshire. Following that I went on to travel and to raise a family, moving to Brighton in 1990.
In 1991 I took a second Foundation at Brighton and then went to Brighton University where I gained a B.A. in Fine Art.
Ros Lymer, 4 Abbey Wood Road
Ros Lymer’s work explores the thousands of tiny details that we encounter every day, from the labels in clothes, bus timetables, shopping lists, teaspoons and lockless keys, to the weeds in her neglected garden. She explores weathered surfaces, boxes of old photos and tins of once treasured nick-knacks found at car boot sales.
Ros completed a degree in Fine Art Painting in Manchester in 1990, where her work involved large scale assemblages combining objects, paint and textural media; she was interested in creating a balance and a tension between these elements.
Since then her interest has grown in linking separate and often unrelated fragments, moving them around as if working out a jigsaw puzzle, until she feels they 'fit' or belong.
Ros started to explore textile media after a trip to Finland where she was able to explore weaving, felt-making and screen printing. Trips to India and Thailand inspired her to use bold and even discordant colours together. The marks created by the sewing machine added a new drawing and joining tool to her toolbox.
Richard Heys, 35 Kings Hill Ave
I was born and raised in West Yorkshire, brought up on a farm nestled in Chew Valley. A valley of waterways and reservoirs over looked by the moors and grit stone crags of the Peak District. These rock strewn hillsides, rivers and springs became my rocky guardians and enlivened the landscape of my childhood and have remained in my inner life ever since. The potentiality of nature to suggest censure or succour informs my artistic practise to this day.
I work primarily as a painter and sculptor. In my drawing and painting I explore the suggestive nature of colour and form and the substance of paint and ground. For me painting has a hidden potential. As a search for meaning and authenticity, it becomes an essential expression of individuality and spirit. Each artwork is a statement arrived at through a long process accomplished by means of opaque and transparent layering. Absences and removals build tensions and a wealth of texture and meaning as one state supersedes another. The finished piece offers a new vantage point, a new "countenance" in the world, unique and radiant.
Currently I am working in Acrylics, and oils, with brush and squeegee. In heavier mediums I develop a dynamic between liquid and body, the transparent and opaque qualities in the paints, attempting to lose the materiality of paint, saturating the colours a they flow into the canvases, and building layers of colour with direct painting and glazing.
I have travelled widely and the landscapes and cityscapes I know and have visited appear again and again in my work. This elemental mood of place appears, often before I recognise it. I engage with music, literature and poetry to unlock my imagination, seeing them as keys to spaces beyond the everyday.
In painting and sculpture I work at different speeds, working in intense bursts of creativity, but also developing major pieces and series of work over months and years.
Kaidy Lewis, 39 Kings Hill Ave
Kaidy was a student at St.Albans City school of art and design. She then went on to secure a place to study at Chelsea College of Art.
After the birth of her second child the artist received portrait commissions and took up art professionally. In addition to her distinct and expressive portraits, she makes intuitive and colourful paintings.
Recently she shared her knowledge of product design and art therapy in her role as Project Manager for Canterbury Oast Trust.
A passionate advocate for personal growth through art and action she also teaches, creativity workshops for adults in Godinton House, near Ashford, Kent. The next course starts on the 11th September 2015.
Kaidy is a member of The Pilgrims Way Artists in Kent. The artist won best portrait at the Lenham show in 2013 and 2014.
The Kings Hill Art initiative, now in its sixth year, provides a professionally curated rolling art exhibition in office buildings across the Kings Hill business park, curated by artist June Frickleton and supported by Arts & Business. To celebrate the 20th exhibition, the new Cultural Centre in the recently refurbished Control Tower, Liberty Square, is the venue for an exhibition of past and present artists who have generously loaned their artworks to the Kings Hill Art initiative.
A former Kings Hill Art exhibitor, Alan Rankle, is showing a selection of paintings including the stunning centrepiece, ‘Untitled painting XII (Herne)’, which features a resplendent stag in a threatening landscape.
Showing alongside these magnificent paintings are textile pieces by Anne Kelly, sculptures by Clive Soord, Krystina Lowicz and Lorraine Kelly and paintings by Barbara Burns, David Armitage and June Frickleton, who curated the exhibition.
Anyone interested in buying a painting should contact curator, June Fricketon on 07946 457285 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
30 & 34 Tower View
This is the work place ,where the copper leaves and sculptures are formed using blacksmithing and coppersmithing skills.
leaFSmith ltd is a small personal company producing Garden Artwork features using Traditional Copperwork and Blacksmithing handcrafts. Primary works are large scale copper leaves.
Maybe One Autumnal day you pick up a dry curled up leaf and stop to admire its beautiful form and think how it got that way...Thats how I started.
Its a natural thing to see these craft objects in the best Gallery of all ..your Garden, in the changing seasons , through sunshine snow, frost, and rain. They are Unique handcrafted and adaptable.
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