Previous Exhibitions

Previous Exhibitions

Peter Vaillant

Peter Vaillant

30 Tower View

Peter Vaillant is a London based artist who was chosen by the BBC from thousands of artists to make a mark on history and capture in his own style of the Queens Diamond Jubilee Pageant on Sunday the 3rd of June from the Millenium Bridge. Numerous preliminary drawings were created on the day to produce a larger artwork.

“Statements are for gathering evidence; Art is for gathering an audience”

I formulate a unique interpretations to my chosen subject, applying paint and other mixed medium to document my manipulated visual perception, shaping form and recording colour. I set the transformation of the painted image to depict the colour in its purest form creating texture, depth and emotion.

http://www.petervaillant.co.uk/

Wendy Smith

Wendy Smith

11 Tower View

These paintings combine the exotic, sumptuous, richness of materials and colour in contrast to an everyday situation or ‘happening’. Inspiration comes from a normal act, event or place and I often use objects or textures within the painting to represent the feeling and atmosphere of that place. The colour often represents the emotion that I have experienced or felt, within the situation. The canvases are then dressed up to create something exciting and special, beyond the everyday.

The expressive and bright colour palette, I have developed since spending time and working in Asia, particularly India. I am inspired and fascinated by the Eastern use of colour, which feeds my heightened sense of colour and embrace the combination of placing strong hues together. Each one develops its own place and relationship within the narrative and sense of the painting.

Studied at Central St Martin’s College of Art & Design, London. Also at Facultat de Belles Artes, Barcelona and exhibited extensively in the UK & India.

http://www.wendysmith.co.uk/

Des Kilfeather

Des Kilfeather

35 Kings Hill Ave

A recurrent theme in Des Kilfeather's art is the philosophical exploration of ethics, greed, power, ambition, jealousy, apathy and time. Counterbalanced with poetic narratives of love, optimism and humour.

Along with research, starkly and dramatically contrasting personal experiences inform Des' work. These are the main source of inspiration for the expression of doubt and optimism in his paintings.

Working with oil, ink, watercolour, etched copper plate, camera, digital manipulation and metaphor at multiple levels Des believes that the medium is superseded by concept.  Des studied photography at the University of Brighton, aesthetics, painting and drawing at the Edward James Trust's West Dean College and Fine Art at the University of Portsmouth. His studio is in Chichester as part of Unity Art Studios and Unity Arts Trust and his work is held in collections in the UK and USA.

Kilfeather, winner of the 2010 UK National Open Art Competition, pictureframes.co.uk Endowment Prize, studied photography at the University of Brighton and aesthetics, painting and drawing at the Edward James Trust’s West Dean College and Fine Art at the University of Portsmouth.

http://www.deskilfeather.com/

Mike Walker

Mike Walker

4 Abbey Wood Road & 39 Kings Hill Ave

Mike is a painter/printmaker who has exhibited widely, and has work in collections in Britain, Europe and America. Mike focuses his work upon questions of non-representation and the materiality of the medium and is committed to a studio-based practice. He has for many years been involved in art education, teaching both Fine Art practice (he was Course Leader for a degree course in visual art in Yorkshire for six years) and the history and philosophy of art, currently lecturing at the University of Kent and University of Chichester.

He has undertaken several collaborations, principally with the composer Bryn Harrison and their Music for a Light Room/Music for a Dark Room was shown and performed at the Pheonix Arts Centre, Exeter in 2006. Mike’s interest in various forms of painting extends to writing for other artists and he has recently produced catalogue texts for Angus Pryor, Richard Nott and Mark Howland.

http://www.axisweb.org/artist/mikewalker

Jan Shand

Jan Shand

39 Kings Hill Ave

My paintings are about landscape and memory. They are my response to being there and to not being there. They are as much about the weather and season as the place depicted, because these elements cannot be separated, and one place can be the source of many paintings.

My work is a response to standing in a place of great natural beauty and trying to capture and share the powerful impression that these places have had on me.

The paintings evolve from a collection of photographs both old and new, drawings, stones, driftwood, words, thoughts and memories. Armed with these stimuli each piece then takes a journey of its own within the studio.

The work hangs between the literal and abstract, creating a sense of place rather than an exact translation of the landscape.

http://www.janshand.co.uk/

Emma Topping

Emma Topping

6 Alexander Grove

Inspired by (and a little envious of) the creative talent behind West-End and Broadway stage productions and the New York depicted in Woody Allen movies, I have increasingly over the last 10 years stepped out of the office and my role as an entertainment lawyer, taking to the streets instead - camera in hand.

These days, I am fortunate to continue both pursuits. My day job affords me the opportunity to travel extensively and immerse myself in photography: a welcome reminder of the colour beyond a grey meeting room and black and white arguments.

My focus is street smart, seeking out a new angle or experience rather than a studied pose or over-worked construction: a new experience, a fresh perspective.

I exhibited for the first time in 2011 at the 30th anniversary of the Artists Open House in Brighton, which I presented as a travel diary: from Jerusalem to Vegas and the clashing cultures in between.

During the course of 2012 I showcased a new collection: “NEON” at various fairs and festivals in Brighton & Hove, as well as representing at the Artists Open House, our house scoring 4th out of some 288 houses, thanks to the public vote. “NEON”, named after the two cities where I spend most of my time: New York and Brighton, celebrated vibrance and diversity.

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, I felt compelled to launch a tribute collection entitled ”A Winter in New York”, donating a percentage of profits to the Hurricane Sandy Red Cross Appeal.

“He adored New York City…To him, no matter what the season was, this was still a town that existed in black and white and pulsated to the great tunes of George Gershwin”
– Woody Allen, Manhattan

http://www.emmatopping.co.uk/

Julien Hatswell

Julien Hatswell

'Following college graduation 22 years ago, I briefly worked for a London toy design company sculpting their prototypes and product pattern making. I have been producing various ranges of my 'Baroque Designs' Gothic and Art Nouveau inspired home decorative sculptures since 1995, all the pieces are designed/sculpted/molded and manufactured in cold cast metals by me from my home based studio/workshop. In that time, well over 40,000 castings have been sold through galleries and interior decor retailers throughout the UK. Alongside the sculpture works, I've occasionally painted in oils, developing techniques with metal powders and mediums that imbue a dreamlike liquid quality to my work . Most of my inspiration and style is rooted in Symbolism and Surrealism, recording on canvas how my imagination prefers to visualise the world around me.'

http://www.retromotive.org

Sarah Jones

Sarah Jones

4 Abbey Wood Road

Sarah Jones has been working as an illustrator for over 20 years, producing images for the design and advertising industries. Her clients include Nat West, John Lewis, Marks and Spencers, British Airways, Financial Times and The New Scientist. She studied graphic design at Brighton Polytechnic, and went on to teach at Brighton and Kingston Universities .Drawing on her illustration background she now produces limited edition fine art prints combining drawn and printed elements resulting in a vibrant contemporary style.

http://www.sarahjonesprints.co.uk/

Guy Portelli

Guy Portelli

My Career has encompassed many aspects of art, from television where I worked on Blake 7 and Dr Who, into the advertising world, before creating a reputation as a sculptor. I studied at Medway College of art in the 70s and have a studio in Tonbridge.

I am known for my Dragons Den appearance , where I got Funding from 3 of the dragons in order to create my Pop icon collection , a collection now of more than 20 pieces. I will be showing a few of the large pieces at the Kings Hill Music festival. Some of the sculptures on show have been used at Wembley Stadium with U2 and Coldplay in the VIP areas , and the Isle of Wight festival.

The Pop Icon as a theme has been an interest to me over many years, the fusion of music, fashion ,art and politics gives me a lot to work with. The research is fascinating, and I like to include symbolic elements with in the piece sometimes only obvious to the connoisseur.

http://www.portelli-sculptor.co.uk/