This body of work records objects that remain at his family home and are a direct response to the loss of his father. They are studies made in a particular place that he associates with his father and memories attached with him. When he became engaged in what was physically left behind he began to realise that the majority of items discovered began to reconstruct his memories and feelings about his father and their relationship.
Julian Ward studied an MA at University of the Arts in London and now lives in Brighton, UK and works as a freelance photographer. He has worked in various areas of photography including assistant to Magnum photographer Mark Power, picture editor in a photo library and teaching digital photography. His work has been published in Monocle magazine, 125 Magazine and used on book covers for Routledge and Picador. 'Mecanno Car' from this series of work was chosen for the 'Magenta' 2006 emerging UK photographers and included in the book and exhibition in Toronto, Canada.
These elegant and intriguing pieces of 'alien nature' are directly inspired by natural, organic forms. The shapes and textures of the tiny fruits and seeds of wild flowers is a theme Si continually explores, enlarging them to giant sizes to celebrate the beauty of these minute wonders of nature.
Si grew up surrounded by the woods and fields of southern England where he still lives and works. The woods provide the raw materials and often the inspiration for his distinctive sculpture. Carved from Oak, the most English of woods, Elm, Sweet Chestnut or Robinia, a dense, durable, exotic wood, the sculptures will continue to weather and evolve to a silver driftwood like colour over time.
Peter M Clarke
A graduate of Camberwell College, London, he works from his studio on a farm in Kent where he uses mainly copper or steel. He is inspired by nature, the earth, the cosmos and the spirit, and he uses elements of these for symbolism, form and texture.
He has exhibited widely throughout the British mainland and in Guernsey, and his sculptures have been purchased by collectors from Europe, New Zealand and the USA. Public artworks include school projects and sculptures for the sensory garden at the Royal Brompton Hospital, London. BBC2's 'Gardeners World', ITV's 'Carlton Country' and 'Artworks', BBC Radio Scotland, The Financial Times, Gardens Illustrated, Country Life, Surrey Life, Kent Life, Country Life, Kent Messenger and The Sunday Express Colour Supplement have all featured my work.
His Organic Forms series are comprised of imaginative, futuristic copper heads on spiralling copper stems. They are inspired by nature, and many of the textures that he introduces into his work are derived from organic surfaces of stem, leaf or bark. They can be sited internally or outdoors in soil or in water, where the fine balance incorporated in the design allows for gentle movement in the wind.
Paula produces abstract sculptures, previous commissions also include: clocks, lights, signage, medals and trophies. Her medium of expression is mild and stainless steel and she uses as much reclaimed metal as she can in her work. On larger pieces this is often used on the majority of the maquettes, and is introduced as much as possible in the final work. She sources scrap locally or with relevance to the specific commission.
She has some signature details that echo throughout her work; Orbs - mirror polished, they reflect the surrounding and the spectator, Lettering - in more recent work having wording has been relevant for the project and she likes to incorporate this as a strong part of the identity. Cosmic - there is often a planetary feel about her work, Definition - highly polished and textured Primary forms - the circle, square and triangle.
The project theme and the metal she uses are the inspiration for each piece. Her water jet process also gives her the potential to introduce other materials, such as wood, glass and marble and she has previously worked in collaboration with other artists including a ceramicist and two textile artists. Over the years her work has increased in scale and she is receiving prestigious commissions from Medway Council, Science Organisations, architects and sculpture parks, as well as receiving the "Outstanding Achievement Award" at Medways Culture and Design Awards in November 2008.
Carol Anderson Knight
Carol Anderson Knight has an honours degree in Fine Art from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa and is currently doing a masters degree in Painting at Wimbledon College of Art. She has a studio at The Wimbledon Art Studios where she paints on a full-time basis, and has exhibited in the United Kingdom, Australia and South Africa.
Working predominantly in oil on linen, the paint is built up from layers of glazing to create imagery that is suggestive and evocative hinting at figuration and at times moving towards complete abstraction. Being a colourist, the closest attention is given to paints of the highest quality on ensure maximum purity of hue. Exploring the limits and possibilities of oil paint as a substance is an ongoing challenge in developing her artistic practice and has become a lifelong commitment.
Bobby Boud's work is inspired by transience; impermanence and the continual changes which are take place in the environment. Assimilation of all our surroundings is impossible, and it is often merely fragments of what is seen which are retained in the memory. It is these fragments which appear in his work as it is being created, in both drawing and printmaking. Our environment is multi-layered, and he employs this layering in his work. The medium of printmaking particularly lends itself to the process of layering allowing images to be placed over each other juxtaposing elements which can create a visual tension.
After completing a two year Printmaking diploma at Northbrook College in Sussex, he is currently in the fourth year of a Fine Art Degree at Farnham College for the Creative Arts.
Awarded a Fine Art degree in the early eighties, followed by research into paper and related media in Japan in the late eighties (Japan Foundation and the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust). She teaches textiles and visual arts at Adult Education and for schools and groups, and was resident artist for the Edward James Foundation, West Dean College in 2006 where she now runs regular courses. Guest artist at Quilt Art Lugano in Switzerland in 2007 and with Quilt Italia in Florence in 2008.
Her work has always been informed by personal experience, places visited, stories of my Romany grandmother, old and forgotten textiles. This new work proposes to examine cultural links between the Northern Indian art and decoration and my Romany heritage within a broader cultural context of land and people. She is interested in the shadows of marks made by man in the earth and reflections in water and flooded fields, the changes and impact on the flora and landscape. The use of land as a reference in art (floral patterns, colour and images); my concern is political, social, as well as climatic change. Her training is in Fine Art and works between two disciplines, painting and mixed media textiles. The stitched mark becomes a line of drawing. The dye becomes my paint. My base material is paper and fabric. The use of stitch is imperative to how the work holds together.
Stig Evans is intrigued by colour and how we perceive it. Trained as a painter, he combines conservation work with his artistic practice, often using historical paintings and their materials as starting points for new work. He is fascinated as much by the chemical make up of colour and its application, as the emotional impact of it.
"I want the paint to have a life of its own, so leave its application quite loose at times. Working primarily in oil I endeavour to escape the confines that total realism can impose, leaving more expression and less constraint."
Bill Bate is based at Wimbledon Art Studios, London.
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