Previous Exhibitions

Previous Exhibitions

Maka Varvaridze

Maka Varvaridze

Exhibiting at 11 Tower View

I was born and brought up in Tbilisi, Georgia and studied at the I. Nikoladze Art College and the Academy of FIne Arts.

I have lived in UK for several years and am based in Wimbledon.

My work is abstract and influenced partially by the colours of nature and the shapes of natural formations such as mountains and forests though there are many other influences which can stimulate my imagination.

I work mainly in oil and mixed media and like to explore the multiple and varied textures, depths and richness which can be created in this way.

I have exhibited in Georgia, Russia, France, Qatar and London, and my work is held by private collectors in Denmark, Switzerland, UK, USA, France and Spain.

http://www.varvaridze.co.uk/

Kathy Shadwell

Kathy Shadwell

Exhibiting at 11 Tower View

Kathy Shadwell did a post-graduate diploma in ceramics at Goldsmiths College, London for which she received a commendation. Following this she set up her own studio and worked and taught pottery until 1994. In 2001 she was elected as a Professional Member of the Craft Potters Association. She has taken part in international workshops in Japan and Germany. She has work in private collections in America, Spain, France, Germany and New Zealand.

In 1998 she was commissioned by South East Arts for three 5 ft figures which were exhibited in Petworth House in Sussex. She was also selected for the Discerning Eye exhibition in the Mall Gallery, London and the Fisher Award in New Zealand. As a member of the Surrey Sculpture Society she exhibits regularly at RHS Gardens, Wisley, Loseley and Vivartis and also in Craft Council galleries.

She works in clay including T Material and coloured porcelain. Each piece is hand-built and unique. They are fired in a gas kiln to 1260 ˚C. Her work is mainly abstract / figurative and is based on ideas about solitude and the interaction between people. She is happy to accept commissions.

My work always has the starting point about some aspect of how we are: strengths, fragility, memories, etc.

http://www.surreysculpture.org.uk/artists/kathy-shadwell

Theresa Paton

Theresa Paton

Exhibiting at 11 Tower View

In recent works I elaborate on the continuum of rhythm and pattern, concerning myself with geometry, natural cycles and the interconnection of all living things. I started working with rolled newspaper to make art two years ago, the final year of my degree and I still find the whole process of working w

http://www.theresart.me.uk/

Jonathan Roberts

Jonathan Roberts

I work with green wood which is a by-product of tree surgery or commercial felling and which otherwise would be burnt or chipped. I always begin with the qualities of the piece I have found, and rarely plan. I simplify by gradually removing mass with gouges and rasps. It is a slow process and my output is quite small. The joy is to uncover the special character of the wood: its colour, texture, sound, smell, form and grain; the forces of life it contains; its transformation by decay. I have become increasingly interested in texture and have explored smooth, gouged and in some pieces shotblasted surfaces along with natural textures such as weathered bark and cracking. My finished pieces are best experienced in natural light and through sight, touch and with some woods, smell.

I still find the whole process of working with this medium very enjoyable, getting quite excited by the prospect of it’s potential.

http://www.surreysculpture.org.uk/artists/jonathan-roberts

Henrietta Stuart

Henrietta Stuart

Exhibiting at 11 Tower View

I paint abstracts in oil on canvas, based on 'things seen': formerly still life, now mostly landscape, in which I aim to evoke time and place, using colour and light. I paint in thin layers, laying paint over paint to exploit its transparency, a technique of which Turner and Titian were both masters.
My formative influences included Georgio Morandi, Paul Cézanne, Georges Braque, Mark Rothko, Robert Motherwell, and Clyfford Still. Morandi is remembered for pointing out that "There is nothing more abstract than the visible world". I in my own way set out to make abstract compositions out of things I have seen, and been moved by: "A world observed and translated - a world created from the natural and the man-made: 'still life' a still life both drawn and felt, as one would admire and caress a well-loved jug, or wonder at the light on the water of the Thames on a calm spring morning" - was how I put it myself some years ago, and it still holds true.

http://www.henriettastuart.com/

Ben Kidger

Ben Kidger

Exhibiting at 11 Tower View

I moved to Canterbury in 2000 to start my career in the art world by engaging in a BA (hons) Fine Art degree at the University for the Creative Arts, specialising in sculpture. Since then I have concentrated on stone carving as my artistic medium and have completed several commissions. I have been able to marry this with teaching and freelance art and education projects. I curate the Canterbury Art Fair and the Landmark Art Gallery in Teddington and have worked with many differing arts organisations in London and Kent.

My work follows a similar aesthetic of creating abstract drapery. It deals with issues surrounding the figure but also uses drapery to illustrate the lack of a figurative form. The shapes evolve from a trueness to the stone with only a suggestion by the artist as to what form the finished piece shall take. I am interested in curatorial theory and ideas of existentialism and present my pieces as ‘art objects’. I am influenced by artists such as Henry Moore and baroque and renaissance work in terms of aesthetics and the ideas surrounding the creation and presentation of Alberto Giacometti’s work and other post war artists. I experiment with the nature of the material trying to push it to its capable limits, often with destructive results. I aim to represent or imitate a light material in a heavy one but retain the visual aspect of both by attempting to manipulate the stone into what I am depicting whilst allowing the form and material to act and influence me. Using the size and scale of the pieces of stone available, I often carve fragments of the figure using the negative spaces between or surrounding the form to suggest the lack of discernable limns and features. This often brings about tension and with the use of plinths often using steel or oak which both ground and elevates the stone with their own weight and form they separate the viewing plane with aims to engage the viewer and the space into a sense of conversation with the pieces.

http://www.benkidger.com/

Penny Watts

Penny Watts

Exhibiting at 4 Abbey Wood Road

I am a textile artist working in contemporary textiles, specialising in batik, printing and machine embroidery.
My greatest love is colour, and I usually work on a large scale and enjoy working on designs, especially when I’m experimenting with techniques, materials and colours.
I trained at Southwark College in art and design before doing various short textile course and then a 4 year City & Guilds Creative Embroidery course. I completed the Advanced Certificate in Education (Post-Compulsory) at Canterbury Christchurch University in 2006.
I currently teach a variety of textile based courses for (mainly) Adult Education in Kent. I regularly exhibit in galleries throughout kent and South East England.

http://www.pennywatts.co.uk/

Jess Levine

Jess Levine

Exhibiting at 4 Abbey Wood Road

My work stems from various sources which include personal travels, Kentish landscape, current affairs, childhood memories and textile designs.
I don’t like to limit myself to one discipline, instead preferring to use a wide range of materials and to draw on a wide variety of sources. However, I often initially explore ideas using collage, as I find this a useful process in realising more finished pieces of work or in translating ideas using paint.
My work is often open ended in terms of impact. I like the viewer to bring something of themselves to the piece, rather than having meaning imposed by the maker.
In that respect, I like work to be loose and to have a meaning which is beyond intention, that is the piece in a sense answers back to both the viewer and the maker.
My artistic influences are wide and include Sandra Blow, Ian McKeever, Emil Nolde, Chaim Soutine, Nicola Hicks, Joan Eardley and Peter Lanyon.

http://www.jesslevine.co.uk/

John Link

John Link

Exhibiting at 35 Kings Hill Avenue

Born in london in 1941, I trained as an actor in the early sixties and worked for 30 years as an actor, theatre director and television producer. Since 1996 I have been Director/Senior Tutor at the London Academy of music and Dramatic Art. I have drawn and sketched for over 30 years without any formal training but only started painting in 2000.
There is no particular philosophy to my work but I love line and colour and space and am fascinated by the human face. I also have a passion for Shakespeare, which is where it all begins…
My paintings, like so many things in life, usually start as doodles, scribbled in and around rehearsals or performances of plays I have directed over time. I rarely start with a finished idea , the characters just grow out of the scribbles and assume an identity.
I am not proud and will borrow from whatever is around me, rather like an actor does. And, just as the actor assumes an identity as he enters the space, I take up my characters as though they were simply waiting in the wings.
I love playing with colour and having no formal technique in place allows me a terrific freedom to play. The paintings are unashamedly theatrical – understandably given my 40 years of directing. I am not attempting to record any particular performance, just ideas that come out of the circumstances of the plays and the rehearsal process or even, sometimes, a tube journey. Life and the theatre are so inextricably intertwined.
Plays are about people wandering into space and wondering how to make the best of things, as in life. What is everlasting for me is not the outcome but the journey and the marks the journey leaves behind.
Equally I am absorbed by the landscape of the face. In a similar way faces also reflect journeys. As rooms have ghosts, so too do faces, There is always somewhere in a human face the residue of a bewildering chaos that reflects sadness, lost dreams, or occasionally, joy!

http://www.johnlink.org.uk/

Peter Bennett

Peter Bennett

Exhibiting at 39 Kings Hill Avenue

I am currently studying for a PhD at the University of Brighton, researching into Proximity and Absence: Photography and the Aesthetics of Memory. I have an MA in Photography – Distinction (University of Brighton, 2010) and a BA(Hons) in Photographic Studies (University of Derby, 1987). I have many years of industry experience, both as a photographer, and in managing large photographic, design and marketing projects. I live in London and currently divide my time between pursuing my own photographic practice/research and lecturing.

http://www.peter-bennett.com/

Chris Brunt

Chris Brunt

Exhibiting at 39 Kings Hill Avenue

‘I photographed my first wedding professionally at 14-years-old, and was so harrowed by the experience that it took me nearly 20 years before I rediscovered my love for portraiture. No longer an awkward teenager, I have had the opportunity to be involved in a number of projects and photographic experiences that have given me the confidence to know how to produce a successful shoot. What I value the most from the experience is putting a smile on the face of my clients when they receive the final piece.’

Chris is an award-winning portrait photographer, also showcasing landscape images representing both local and international areas. Chris provides promotional and publicity materials for two local charities.

http://www.orion976.moonfruit.com/

Leigh Dyer

Leigh Dyer

Exhibiting in 11 Tower View

Leigh Dyer is an independently minded sculptor his favourite medium being metal, he has been working prolifically in metal since 1998 and has experience designing metal art sculptures in the following fields, community art spaces, theatrical services, lighting, private commissions, abstract creations, installations, decorative interiors & furniture. He is a designer and maker, primarily.