11 Tower View
Magical paintings on reclaimed boards by Andrew James Hofmeyr featuring everyone's favourite furry friend, the urban fox.
Hofmeyr was born in Johannesburg in 1978 and in 2000 moved from the suburbs to Johannesburg Central Business District and fell in love with the shape and prominence of the skyline. He moved to Taiwan in 2003 and continued his love affair with the skyline.
After moving to Brighton in 2007, he became fascinated by the ubiquitous urban fox. The series of paintings on show create a sense of the magical, a naive fascination with the foxes larger than life space within public perception and psyche. The gorgeous creatures pop up all over the streets of Hofmeyr's urban landscapes and are sometimes joined by magpies, cats and seagulls.
As Hofmeyr says: "When I'm painting I enter a world where my subject matter becomes real, to the extent that when I go into the world the giant foxes go with me and loiter behind buildings and hide in parks. My intention when being creative is to bring joy to people. My favourite thing is to see people smile at my paintings and know that something has touched a chord"
6 Alexander Grove
I was born and raised north of the Polar Circle in Norway where the winters are long and dark and the summers are short but intense.
I recall one of my happy childhood memories when we children would try to make the northern light come after us by waving something white at it. We were convinced that the long, electric arms of the northern light were right at our heels, and we’d scream with excitement as we ran away to hide.
Another happy memory was when the horizon beyond the mountains lightened up more and more every day at the end of January, and finally the sun became visible in all its red and orange intensity between the mountain peaks, after two months of absence. We celebrated with a school holiday!
My work at this exhibition is a reflection on these memories and how much it means to me. If only every child in the world today could feel just as carefree and happy as I did as a child! Unfortunately, that is not the case for millions of children who are victims of abuse, violence or starvation. Or children growing up, worried about the effect of global warming. And yet; our blue planet is so beautiful, so precious, and so fertile. If only we could make it right for everyone.
I moved to England in 2006 to take a BA in Fine Art, Painting at Northbrook College Sussex, which I completed in 2009. I now live and work in West Sussex.
35 Kings Hill Ave
Born in Kingston, Surrey, I originally studied Fashion at Epsom School of Art and Design and worked for many years as a freelance designer and illustrator whilst raising a family in London. Later I went on to study at Chelsea College of Art, graduating in 2002 gaining a BA honours in The Practice and Theory of Fine Art.
After moving from London to the South Coast, I now paint full-time from my garden studio at home.
Living a stone's throw from the sea is a constant source of inspiration. The ever-changing light reflected onto the sea and the rich and varied textures of the coastline are an important influence on my work.
Although I draw constantly I prefer to paint intuitively, working directly onto the canvas, allowing the paintings to emerge from a frenzied and chaotic fusion of line, colour and shapes. The process continues with erasing, scratching and gestural mark making until the desired composition and balance is achieved.
I have exhibited in London, various places in the UK and France.
39 Kings Hill Ave
Lucy Brennan-Shiel is an Irish artist based in Hastings She studied for her BA in Fine Art at Wolverhampton University where she received funding to visit Moscow. She was awarded a bursary from the London Institute for her MA studies at Camberwell College of Art and completed her MA in 1995, with a Distinction in Printmaking.
Lucy has been a studio based artist since 1995. She was artist-in-residence in East London, at St John on Bethnal Green from 2000 until 2005 and at St Paul's Bow Common Lane in 2008 and 2009. She is currently based in her studio in Hastings.
Her work is centred around the themes of science, spirituality and the Irish landscape that she grew up in. She uses paint, printmaking, paper, fabric and sewn elements in creating her art and continues to develop her artistic practice and exhibit.
Lucy is also engaged in various art projects and educational activities working with both adults and children.
39 Kings Hill Ave & 11 Tower View
The long history of prints made by the hands of the artist using the traditional methods of etching, relief prints, screenprints and lithography has been made redundant by the introduction of computer technology and laser printing. The cast iron presses of the Victorian era, Columbian and Albion presses requiring manual labour in hauling on levers and winding of wheels have been tossed out of the art schools, so that old skills are being lost to today’s generation of young artists.
Those of us who have spent a lifetime hand drawing every colour separation of a screenprint and hand cutting every block of lino or wood, who have hand mixed colours, sometimes grinding the raw pigment with copper plate oil to make the inks and hand rolled it onto the blocks before printing one colour at a time – are a dying breed. Our work has a tactile quality, each linoprint is unique with minute changes in colour and pressure, importantly it lacks the bland sameness of computer printing.
Artist made prints are literally a labour of love, both physically and mentally demanding , requiring concentration and accuracy in repetition over the number of works in an edition. By virtue of the above, prints made by the traditional methods will become increasingly rare and more valuable as time passes.
My speciality in printmaking is in linocuts, or linocuts and hand made relief blocks, cardboard with PVA seeds, grasses and other applied textures, which are inked up and printed in the same way as the lino . Printed on hand made papers either white or coloured, from Nepal, India and Japan. Or screenprints made with a master printer in their studios in London and Melbourne. Both types of print made with non fading, oil based inks.
My inspiration comes from wilderness areas in Australia, Kenya and Brazil, the landscapes, wide horizons, strong colours and shapes, together with the local flora and fauna particularly birds and fish.
11 & 34 Tower View
Born in New York, Edith obtained a BA in Fine Art at Long Island University. After graduating and taking courses in Illustration and Graphic Design at the School of Visual Arts, Manhattan, she went on to California State University to study welding, metal forging, weaving, leather crafting and quiliting whilst teaching Art in High School to underprivilidged teenagers.
I walked softly through Petworth House, silently, listening to the whispering walls, wondering what secrets the rooms were holding. Down dim corridors past the studded door, this was the trigger that inspired my paintings. The door was studded so that the servants could feel their way in the dark.
These paintings are about feeling one’s way in the dark through unknown passages, playful openings, floating past shifting shapes, disturbing atmospheres and movement, embodying a sense of wonder, joy and.mystery.
30 Tower View
I want to make the world seem strange again, to de-familiarize it so it can be re-seen with fresh, curious eyes. My current paintings, drawings and sculptures look at animals and how we manipulate their natures and behaviours, especially through childrens’ entertainment. These anthropomorphisms become a tool to blur the visual and emotional boundaries between humans and animals, adulthood and childhood, examining the wonder and fun of nonsense
11 and 30 Tower View
Janine has been a full time practising artist for 30 years. She trained in Fine Art at Newcastle upon Tyne and subsequently gained a Masters Degree in Public Art from Chelsea School of Art. She has sculptures in public sites at Guildford, Crawley, Oxford, and Horsham, and has shown in many commercial and non-commercial galleries in Britain and abroad including the Mall Galleries and Cadogan Contemporary Art, Knightsbridge, London.
The strongest inspiration I get is from travelling. Influences have come from temple carving in India, monumental stone carvings in Egypt, and Buddha images from Sri Lanka, Thailand and Cambodia. The strong stylised designs of the mischievous gothic misericord carvings of England and France have also been in my mind for a long time. Each sculptural piece is tactile in pattern and texture but has a strong recognisable overall form. The heads can be bizarre or contemplative, but each is intended to hold an ambiguous but hypnotic atmosphere in a space. Features may be borrowed from the drawings I make of specific people but the final head sculptures have no relationship to portraiture.
30 Tower View
I am a sculptor living and working from a studio in Hertfordshire, creating figurative sculpture ranging from traditional and lifelike poses to representational ergonomic shapes of the human form combining the negative and the positive. I had a more unusual education, being home tutored due to severe dyslexia, consequently art became a major passion and a love of wood and tactile materials encouraged me towards sculpture which became an area of achievment away from academia. I then decided not to have a formal education but to gain knowledge and experience from working with professional sculptors gaining fist hand experience. I am inspired by the natural elegance of the human form finding the connection between the concept of people in various figurative positions and the emotions that they portray, captivating. Drawing is a major part of my inspration, creating shapes and shadows to represent the complexity of the human figure. I now work from a studio within the Digswell Arts Trust in Hertfordshire.
30 and 34 Tower View
Croatian born Vinka Dekovic-Knight is a sculptor living and working in Broadstairs.
Vinka studied sculpture in Camberwell School of Art and Byam Shaw School of Art.
Vinka uses a variety of materials available, such as wood, bronze, concrete, plaster, recycled materials, etc. also working with non-conventional materials like chipboard; carved and incorporating with pigments, sand and cement.
“My work celebrates the material I use; it is about form and texture, a fascination with layers and about the process of creation - using my intuition to create a specific work.
I start with a loose idea by letting images develop. My work changes as I discover new areas. I am interested in adventure, the journey on which the work is going to take me. My interest is in the subconscious and how I form the images without an outlined preconception, primarily it is an ongoing adventure into the unknown...”
Vinka has exhibited in the UK and Croatia, and many of her works are in private collections.
4 Abbey Wood Rd
Heather is a new member of the Chichester based group of artists called 'ARTEL' and she is based at The Unity Studios, St.James Industrial Estate, Chichester, West Sussex. Continuing to explore her underlying interest in contemporary figurative and landscape painting she employs mixed media, oil and watercolour mediums. Heather's interest in our human attributes and spirituality underpins the work and their benefits and consequences in culture are observed. In both the 'Activating Rain' and 'Exploration' bodies of work, investigation is made into the two environments that we now occupy, that of real landscape and virtual space. The beautiful and the sublime of each environment are examined. The metaphorical use of trees as theme is recurring.
Primarily, the process of making along with the surface properties and colour are regarded as intrinsic components, equal to content in affording the visual experience. This encourages continuous experimentation, enthusiastically reaching for new ways of working.
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