Exhibiting in 11 Tower View
“What I am trying to do through my photography is very simple. While much of photography today presents an over-intellectualised, dystopian view of the world, I want to provoke positive emotions in the viewer. Wonder, intrigue, perhaps just a smile. I hope the images invite you to jump in and experience this world for yourself."
Exhibiting in 11 & 30 Tower View
A lot of my work so far has been commissioned by small companies, galleries and individuals who saw work at an exhibition. Some commissions came from friends and family. Regardless of the relation, the nature of any commission is such that my creativity is influenced and galvanised by what others want. This interaction invariably produces exciting and innovative results through the use of unexpected or less familiar materials and methods. It gets me out of my ‘comfort zone’ and I learn new skills and techniques. Commissions can, for the same reasons, be challenging but I have come to love the research, investigation and negotiations needed for a successful piece of work. It also makes me produce more substantial and ambitious pieces. So, feel free to approach me if you are interested in having something made for specific place or person. The process is much easier than you think.
When it comes to working for ‘myself’ things seem to work very differently. My work is generally informed by what is around me in terms of material as well as my surroundings. I never seem to need to ‘look for inspiration’ and for a good number of pieces I simply waited for a piece of stone to 'tell' me what it wants to be. It may sound a bit silly but I find that this is the case particularly with carving. Once I see an object – either a figure or animal – within the form it is easy to carve around it to expose its surface. Some people are naturally more inclined to carving – ‘taking away’ and I do love working that way but I also enjoy making objects – by adding or ‘putting on’- Two very different approaches to sculpture, both equally important and valid.
I also throw in some painting and drawing for good measure!... Perhaps one day I will concentrate on just one discipline but as it is I don’t feel I have to.
Exhibiting in 4 Abbey Wood Road
I started painting as a hobby, after training and working as an haematological technician,and raising a family of three boys. I had good instruction in Adult Education, and have continued to paint ever since.
I am drawn to colour and form, used in an abstract way. It seems natural to me to try to find the essence of a place, still life, or figure in this way, working from a series of sketches. I use a variety of media in most of my work, and have started working in watercolour and ink on canvas.
I have exhibited at The Royal Academy, The Mall Galleries, and The Open Exhibition of The Royal Watercolour Society, where I won "The Saunders Waterford Award" with a painting of Australia. I have had several one man shows,and taken part in numerous group exhibitions.
I work mainly in my studio in Saltdean close to the Downs. In my search for subject matter, I sketch, photograph and often work directly from the Sussex Downs and the seashores of the south coast and along the South Coast Walk to Cornwall and latterly in the mountains of Southern Spain.
The sea, with its rich source of movement, colour and mood and the Downs, reflecting the changing light and atmosphere of the Sussex chalk lands, are the main inspirations for my work. The rich variety of weather, the seasons and times of day provide me with challenges of capturing the qualities and moods across land and sea. Walking in Cornwall has inspired me with its darker, more richly tonal land and brilliantly lit seascape.
I also work in three dimensions. I make hand-built ceramic vessels, bowls and pots in mainly stoneware. My clay surfaces reflect the cracked and pitted nature of erosion on forms and structures exposed to the elements and evoke too, the colours of land, sea and sky. I use oxides and glazes to highlight these qualities. My ceramic pieces relate closely in feel to my 2D work, but focus in more abstract ways on the corrosive and weathering effects of the elements upon the natural and man-made.
Life drawing is an essential element of my work. I work from the life model mainly in charcoal and conte. I also work from life to create clay figure sculptures in stoneware.
I trained in Fine Art, first in Croydon and then Brighton. I exhibit and sell my work in different galleries and venues in the South East. I also participate in the Brighton Festival Artists Open Houses, exhibiting and selling my work.
I studied painting and theatre design at Birmingham College of Arts and Craft; worked freelance as a book illustrator; taught various disciplines of art to all ages and abilities; studied printmaking part time at Brighton University; full time and part time at Northbrook College. I have exhibited extensively including the annual Art Festivals of Arundel, Brighton and Oxford. Recently, I have been experimenting with ceramics, taking my enjoyment of linear qualities into a 3D format. I always carry a sketchbook to scribble down whatever has grabbed my attention and then try to recreate that special moment, when I get back to my studio. The medium I chose for the follow-up work, will be dictated by the subject and the atmosphere it generated.
I live in the Downs and am fascinated by the rolling hills and ancient trackways. The surrounding countryside is a recurring theme in my work.
I enjoy colour and use colour like music with cords and dissonants, layering colour and textures as history is layered upon the landscape.
Exhibiting in 11 Tower View
Al Johnson is a sculptor and printmaker. Her work has been widely exhibited, and is held in both public and private collections. Al’s sculpture and installations explore the concept of the collective memory, and consider the ways in which the past remains embedded in the present. She works in thematic series, undertaking the majority of the technical processes required for each work, utilising a range of contrasting materials; textiles, forged steel, plaster, copper, and timber, to create works which are sensual, paradoxical, and challenging.
In addition to her studio practice she lectures and leads workshops in major museums and galleries in the UK, including the National Gallery, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and the British Museum. Curriculum Vitae: Lectures and Residencies
The natural landscape has always been the primary focus of my work, inspired by the vast panoramas of the Americas, Spain and the Swiss Alps.
Whilst my work is based upon the places I have seen, I have no interest in simply recreating existing landscapes. I like to use photographs and memories as reference to create new and imagined scenes.
The way in which light falls upon objects is of great interest to me. When broken down to just two tones (black and white- the part upon which light falls and that which is cast in shadow), the shape of an object can be suggested, giving as clear an idea of its form as a photographic image.
Exhibiting in 11 Tower View
Ingrid Sixsmith has been working as a tapestry/textile artist since 1984. Based in the East End of London she has undertaken some major commissions, including two pairs of large tapestries for the reception decks of cruise ships and further ones for hospitals, including Homerton A & E Dept and clients including Allen & Overy, Linklaters and Roche.
Her tapestries are saturated with colour, often depicting theatrical landscapes full of symbolism populated with stylised figures and buildings usually exploring a spiritual language.
“My latest works derive influence from nature, sky and water combined with imagery from local photographic material or figurative gesture I am also exploring politically satirical paintings and tapestries.
I am committed to the promotion of ethereal and also stimulating work in order to either aid recovery and still retain a sense of belonging, or create a work which resonates the ethos of the company, public space.
Enhancing the environment is my key concern in alleviating stress and promoting a relaxing sense of well being - My MA thesis Art in Architecture probed Art in Health Care”
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