His interest is to make paintings that have a strong physical reference to landscape and form, delivering a language that suggests a parallel companionship. The paintings do have a relationship to a place and a time but are not mimetic transcriptions; they do not depict life in a straightforward manner. The are pictorial equivalents of their subjects; objects in their own right, they should orchestrate a formal distance from their subjects.
'I hope for accessibility of meaning and for work that uses description, ambiguity and symbolism in addressing paintings tradition'.
Much of her work emerges from the exploration of ideas through small sketches, whereby drawing can either be a part of the eventual composition or act merely as a starting point. However, the process of painting and printmaking involves issues concerning the actual quality of the surface whether it is flat or textured, or whether it is thin or thickly applied. The use of contrast becomes a major element in resolving these and compositional issues. Hazel has also undertaken a number of public art commissions in vitreous enamel and etched glass and developed a symbolic way of working using flat colour, line and collage elements. She has also been involved in creating images for texts. Her first book, To paint the portrait of a bird, was based on a poem by Jacques Prevert and published in 1994. She is currently working on a second book, At the limits of nature, for which she is creating a series of images based on twentieth century poems on the theme of liberty and the environment.
Steve Geliot is a sculptor and lives in Brighton. He loves the simplicity of carving and works in wood, stone and clay. When using clay he allows it to harden and then carves it, as the material keeps its shape better, rather than sagging and loosing its tension. His sculptures are often inspired by natural forms and the bio-physics of the way things grow. The tall piece, Cereus is based on a cactus, simplified, spines removed and reduced to its essential bio-geometry. The clay sculptures are based on microscopic organisms. The diatom (a microscopic water dwelling organism) was found on Brighton beach. It was coated in a fine layer of gold in a sputter coater, and then photographed on an electron microscope, from a number of angles, revealing its delicate inner structure.
Marcus Haydock lives and works in Brighton. He exhibits nationally and internationally; his practice blends the genres of landscape, still life and portrait to create a sense of place through everyday scenes and objects that are emotionally engaging. In 2006 he was selected for the North Kent photography commission 'Vanishing Shore'. During eight months, Haydock researched and photographed the landscape and communities of North Kent, capturing images of the people, the natural and built environments. The resulting fourty one large format colour photographs do not present a romanticised view of the area but offer a new interpretation of what is there. A selection of these photographs are exhibited at 11 Tower View, loaned by North Kent Local Authorities Arts Partnership (NKLAAP) and The Faversham Society.
She was born 1960 in the Northern Norwegian town Tromso, far north of the Arctic Circle. She studied Fine Art at Andenes Art College, Norway (2002-2003) and graduated in Fine Art Painting, BA (Hons) Degree from Northbrook College/Brighton University, Worthing, West Sussex, in 2007. In 2007 she was shortlisted for the Jerwood Drawing Prize and won Anthony Amies Drawing Prize. She has exhibited widespread in England, Norway and Germany and had two solo shows in 2008 and been into 25 group exhibition the last 18 months. She is inspired by the environment and climate change and she has a special interest in the Artic and Antarctic climate. Maps form a core to most of her work. Her works consist of drawing, painting and sculpture.
Julie Taylor-Goodman lives and works in Dymchurch, Romney Marsh. She exhibits widely in the UK and mainland Europe; her most recent exhibitions include 'Touching You, Touching Art' at the Catmose Gallery in Oakland, Rutland and 'Tactile' at the Otter Gallery in Chichester, West Sussex. Her primary practice focuses on ceramic sculpture and much of her work is informed by the colour and forms of the Marsh landscape and coast. She often visualises the finished pieces set in the landscape that has inspired them.
Katie Welsford lives and works in Margate. She has exhibited throughout the UK and Europe in solo and group exhibitions. She has completed commissions for the NHS and Thanet Coastal Project; she has also won the 'Sofa so Good' national competition in Scotland. The inspiration for her current works is a fascination with landscape, in its detail and mass. Many of her mixed media pieces explore her enjoyment of combining materials and techniques to interpret the variety and texture found in nature.
Sara Wicks lives and works near Canterbury and she has been based in Kent for the past eighteen years. She has participated in numerous exhibitions in the UK and northern Europe, with work in many private and public collections. Narrative and story making are strong elements in her practice. Her current mixed media works have been inspired by the woodland close to her house and her recent fragile paper constructions often incorporate or work alongside found objects. Her seven year old twins are a source of inspiration, their role play and toys often feature in her imagery.
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