35 Kings Hill Ave
Chris Gilbert was born in 1947. He studied Graphic Design at Plymouth College of Art and typography at the London College of Printing. He worked for Heals as publicity designer and also for Harrods. After five years working in a design group in Sevenoaks, he moved back to London. He worked freelance for several major publishers, designing books and book covers, using photography and illustration. He was also commissioned to produce documentary photographs for publishers, and local government.
In the late 1990s he undertook a major change in direction. After a period of studying life drawing he developed his interest in pastel painting, specialising in life drawing and landscape painting. In 2000/2001 he spent a year travelling and painting in Mexico. On his return to the U.K. he studied printmaking at Morley college. In 2002 he moved to Germany where he continued to work on etching and aquatint. His work has featured in The Artist’s and Illustrators Magazine and he continued to exhibit in Germany
Chris has recently returned to the U.K. and has settled in rural Sussex. He is continuing with landscape painting and he has recently set up a printmaking studio. Has exibited in the Bite Exhibition, Mall Galleries, and is now exhibiting at the summer exhibition 2012 at The Biscuit Factory in Newcastle upon Tyne.
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Living by the coast is Sharon’s inspiration for her work. Beach combing is her passion and she regularly forages for source materials that the sea offers; driftwood, sea worn glass and all kinds of flotsam and jetsam.
Sharon, born in Maidstone in 1963, trained as a Printed Textile Designer at Middlesex Polytechnic graduating in 1985. After gaining her PGCE from Brighton Polytechnic in 1990 she taught Art and Design in schools. Later she left teaching to pursue her career as an artist and now produces paintings, sculpture, and reliefs in driftwood and cast plaster. She is also a community artist in Whitstable, teaching local art workshops which give adults and children the opportunity to learn new skills based on her own experience as an artist and designer.
Helen Applegarth, born in County Durham in 1963, is a trained sculptor and garden designer with degrees in Fine Art (1985) and Garden Design (2008). She is also a horticulturalist with 28 years of professional garden management, development and design. Her work as a garden designer is very much from the position of garden design as fine art and the sculpture of a space.
Her sculpture work began figuratively, directly from observation, in clay, cast plaster, direct plaster, wax cast into bronze, stone then semi abstracted figures in heavy ceramic constructions.
Now she is working collaboratively with fellow artist Sharon Cavalier on Coastal Hortisculpture.
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Hiroko Lewis, born in Tokyo, Japan in 1962, works in the mediums of oil and tempera. After winning a scholarship to Kanazawa College of Art, where she graduated with a BA degree in Oil Painting, she started a career with Noritake Ltd, creating surface designs for bone china. Returning to oil painting, she exhibited at the National Art Centre in Tokyo between 2008 and 2010 with one of Japan’s oldest and most prestigious art societies, Shunyoukai. During that time, she developed a technique for integrating oil and tempera, which continues to influence her current work. Since moving to Brighton in 2011, she has been adapting her style to match the new environment.
‘My work focusses on the integration of representational image and abstraction. Starting with the hint of something remembered or observed, often derived from nature, my work travels to expand these fragments into a new world using a process of repeated construction, destruction, and reconstruction, in search of another sensory reality.
By using a combination of tempera and oil paint, I aim to create a fusion between my academic training in the classic method and the more modern environment which now surrounds me.
Sometimes many pictures hide under the surface of a single canvas, the result of this long battle of exploration.’
39 Kings Hill Ave
Originally trained in graphic design, Whitstable textile artist Jan Lewis has been creating unique colourful collections of ‘wearable art’ as well as mixed media embroidered wall pieces for over 20 years.
Inspired by nature antiques and poetry, her eclectic and contemporary take on traditional craft, combined beauty with functionality, to create objects that are unique and collectable.
Jan is a member of the International Felt Makers Association, Crafts Council register of Designer Makers and the Canterbury embroiderers guild.
Jan has exhibited and sold nationwide, including commissions by the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Her work has been published in books and magazines and appeared on TV.
She runs workshops from her own ‘Raspberry Studio’. Raspberry Studio can be found on Facebook, and on line on her Etsy Raspberry Studio Designs shop.
4 Abbey Wood Rd
Janine Kilroe has created images for the last 30 years, initially as an Editorial Advertising Photographer commissioned by many international blue chip companies and for the past 9 years she has focused on creating a truly unique one off style of hand painted fine art photography, drypoint etchings and linocut prints. Janine’s work is available in galleries throughout the UK.
Exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and The Saatchi Gallery, London 2013
“Photography and printing enables me to express my life experiences, feelings and thoughts when words are simply not enough. My aim and prayer is that others will feel and see what I see and that this will bring great pleasure and blessings to others. “
Janine is inspired by what makes Britain. Its nature, its landscapes and coastal environments all of which she loves to explore. Janine’s view of the world, that’s hidden from our eyes, an unseen layer peeled back. Hand painting her photographs, Drypoint Etchings and Linocuts using a variety of mediums; pastels, watercolour pencils, washes and acrylic inks. All printed on British archival watercolour papers enabling her to subtlety select her interpretation of the original scene.
The feeling of movement and ethereal atmosphere is often achieved, using and hand developing experimental black and white films. Working with classic film cameras and lens such as a 1952 Leica M3, Wista 4 X 5 Field camera, Pinhole and digital cameras. Film creates an organic look and feel plus a wonderful tonal range for each subject. Janine’s images are intentionally timeless, therefore enabling a possible memory trigger for the viewer.
Janine’s craft conveys a captured unique moment in time. This captured moment in time can never be repeated. This fact fascinates Janine. To ensure the best workflow and consistent quality control all of Janine’s work is kept in-house from the pre visualisation of ideas to the final print. Janine uses British papers and materials whenever possible, PH neutral tapes, mounts and backing boards. This personal attention to detail and quality control throughout the creative process produces exceptional archival quality (out of direct sunlight 100 years plus) and finished craftsmanship.
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Julie Caves is a contemporary artist who uses painting and sculpture to explore ideas of surface and colour. Her artists' books often contain lists. She has exhibited in the US, Spain, Korea, Mexico, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Norway and the UK. She has artists' books and original prints in a number of public collections including the Tate Britain Gallery Special Collection. Her paintings are in numerous private collections.
‘I paint imaginary scenes and mysterious objects that are equal parts attractive and repellent. I am interested in surface and colour. I use ambiguity and oppositions. I know a painting is nearing completion when it starts talking back to me. I am trying to figure out what painting is for.’
Julie Caves lives and works in East London and Margate.
30 & 34 Tower View
Wildlife and Portrait Artist and Sculptor, specialist in found wood Sculptures..
Selected for and exhibited at the "Mall Galleries" in London for the Royal Society of British Artists, also selected for the first round of the Thread needle Prize in London.
My sculptures and artwork can also be seen, and are for sale at many wood fairs garden shows and art trails throughout the year.
My sculptures appeared in the "Wood Carvers" magazine in 2011, and various newspaper articles
Artwork has always been a huge part of my life and I am very passionate about my creations.
I spend many hours deeply absorbed in sculpturing, painting and drawing. Only when I am happy that I have completely captured the likeness of my subjects do I feel my creation is complete.
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The pair behind One Off Chairs
“We cannot bear waste, and abhor our current ‘throw–away’ society,” says the founders of One Off Chairs, Chico and Lee.
An Eastbourne man, with a background in engineering and sales, Chico relocated back to the town when his mother was unwell. Visiting the hospice every day he soon became aware that donations of house contents to the hospice often resulted in fabulous furniture being discarded, as it was not fire retardant. Chico decided to start buying some of this furniture from the hospice and this was the start of One Off Chairs. Now breathing a fabulous new life into furniture that has decades of history is his passion and luckily for him, his job.
“Every chair has a history and a story to tell, some of them were are person’s favourite chair, some chairs I have found relics of times gone by.” In one chair he found old pennies and cleverly incorporated these into the newly refurbished chair on the armrests.
The range of fabrics and finishes that he used are endless and he is currently working with artists from around the UK to transfer their art onto fabric to be used for various chairs. The tales behind some of the chairs are fascinating and all are individual and unique – hence the
name: ‘One off Chairs’.
More recently their work has been picked for inclusion in the world famous interiors book Art Without Waste - that features 500 upcycled and Earth-friendly designs from cutting-edge designers, illustrators and artists around the world. Published by Rockport Publishers.
6 Alexander Grove
It was John Firth who taught Selina to look and observe; to feel and learn the qualities of colour, light, form and composition from an early age.
Selina went on to study Fine Art Foundation in Yorkshire, silkscreen printing at the London College of Printing, and Trained in Fine Art Painting and Printmaking at the Central School of Art, London WC1.
Recently, Selina has fulﬁlled her life’s wish to establish herself in the two occupations she loves above all others: as a Fine Art Painter and a holistic Bowen Therapist.
Selina ﬁnds inspiration from the ‘interrelated connectivity of all life’ and derives joy in each day’s dawning of fresh possibilities and growth.
“I want to capture the characters of buildings: shape, air, relationship, space; the joy of living here: the evenings, the mornings, afternoons – all within the context of this uniquely beautiful town. My aim is to give as much attention to the spaces and nature as to the built form – an interrelationship which constitutes ‘my Whitstable’.”
Selina’s new work, entitled ‘The Air and Feel of Here’ is a series of pieces distilled from walking, exploring and absorbing the lanes and alleyways of old Whitstable
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Award Winning Artist
Oil paintings have been inspired by the wonders of nature around East Sussex, and of her travels worldwide, she aims to portray a sense of tranquillity and an air of mystery showing the wonders of life.
Serena won the title of Brighton Artist of the year in 2005; the selected top 10 finalists had 1 painting displayed at the ‘art at five gallery’, which was chosen by a public vote for the winner. The winning artwork Woodlands Walk was also chosen for the front cover of the debut album for the band ‘The LoveGods’.
Twice she has painted on the BBC. 2006 She was also selected from 3000 people to recreate Holbein's Henry VIII together with 107 other artists as part of ‘The Big Event’, which was broadcast live from Trafalgar Square, London.
Also selected to take part and paint a picture in a day with other artists, to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee 2012at Waterloo Arches, London, a pop up art exhibition was set up for 3 days and 3,000 visitors came every day to view the artist’s works.
November 2008, ‘Autumn Walk Landscape’ was selected by IKEA store as a limited edition print on canvas. It was sold for 2 years worldwide in their stores.
Tom Nicholson Smith
1, 11 & 30 Tower View
My work is inspired by many factors; nature - macro and micro, architecture - manmade and natural, imagination - mine and others. I enjoy making pieces that follow variations on a theme and the resulting journey it takes me on and when exploring the world of creativity.
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I started painting when in my 40s, obtaining an A level in Art at evening classes. While continuing to attend various courses, I have gradually developed my own style of representation.
My BA (Hons) is in the History of Art and Design from Kingston-on-Thames University where I studied when in my 50s.
I continue to experiment and explore various media and ideas, generally based on landscape.
My linocuts reflect the Kent countryside and are more formal than my paintings but still aim to bring some abstraction to the image. Every linocut is an individual print.
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