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Playful & Theatrical Collage Artist, Illustrator and Designer inspired by a love of history be it a narrative, a piece of architecture or an intricate pattern.
Agatha, a life of ladders and snakes
Originally the collection was made up of nine collages which retold the story of crime writer Agatha Christie. A new piece, Daydreaming was added to the series for a tour of USA and another two pieces for an exhibition at Burgh Island Hotel, Devon. The Announcement and Sunworshipper were inspired by the crime writer’s novels which were based on the island and indeed written in the hotel.
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My current work is nearly all made from copper. The starting point for the form is almost always organic. And in the case of Gum fruit, a Portuguese Eucalyptus seed was the inspiration. Whimsical undertones crept in and a distinct relationship emerged between the pair. I have been seduced by the surface textures, colours and malleability of this material and am always trying to learn more techniques to expand my language of making.
A recent commission for a piece involving water at Rockingham castle has given me the opportunity to see the effects of both the form on the water and of water on the colour of the copper. I would like to work more in this area.
Recent large scale commissions
2014/15 “Riverbed “.A water sculpture for the redesigned Rose Gardens at Rockingham castle, Northamptonshire.
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Dawn Mead is a photographer living in Hassocks, West Sussex.
Although Dawn’s photography skills are largely self-taught, the arts have always featured prominently in Dawn’s educational and professional life.
Brought up in Stoke Newington, London, by her grandmother, Dawn was always fascinated by the old photographs she found at home, imagining the scenes and stories behind each one. She studied Art and History of Art at school, Film at university, and Fashion at St Martin’s College in London.
Dawn then became a fashion stylist working for several national magazine publications, TV shows and commercial assignments. During her time as a fashion stylist, Dawn worked very closely with photographers on the composition and layout of the shoots, and quickly reignited that passion for photography she had in her childhood.
Dawn now specialises in natural and available light photography, placing a heavy emphasis on composition, and does not digitally edit or photoshop her work. Her work is mainly still life, inspired by the old Dutch Master painters such as Vermeer, van Aelst and Heda. However the composition of Dawn’s photography is simpler than that of these old masters, allowing light to draw out the natural beauty and intricacy of the subject matter to the viewer.
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Something that is simple is often hardest to explain. This is the root of my interest in arts which provide us with the bare essence of the artist’s explored idea or subject, yet may still evoke the most complex experience for the viewer.
Always initiating a work without any preconceived ideas, I prefer to allow the respective environment to stimulate me in a way that I can respond through drawing or painting to discover the final image as a reaction to the whole experience rather than just the visual stimulus.
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Originally from Bolton in the North West of England, just a short distance from the Lake District, but has lived in Kent and East Sussex for the past 22 years.
He is a self taught photographer who works only with film.
After using many formats he now specialises in large format photography, using either a Linhof Technorama 617 S III or a 5x4 Linhof Technicarden. He uses exclusively Fuji Velvia film as he finds this to be the only film to capture correctly the amazing diversity of light and colour of the image before him at the time of taking.
Everything you see in the photographs was as it was at the time of taking; nothing has been added by the use of filters or a computer. All the pictures you see here are produced using the traditional chemical process and are limited to 150 prints in the edition, then the transparency will be destroyed ensuring no further copioes can be made and therefore increasing the value of the prints that are left.
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It all started over ten years ago when I was on holiday in Croatia and someone I met through a mutual friend needed help in turning over a large glass panel. When I saw it, it was love at first sight. I returned to my native Hungary, did a course and set up my business. I have worked a lot with interior designers and architects on larger commissions, such as bank branches, solicitors’ offices, health clinics and private residences. My decorative glass objects have been exhibited and available for sale at art galleries. Please click on Links, etc. to find out about forthcoming events and exhibitions, further details of galleries and websites where my work is listed.
In 2008 I moved to the United Kingdom, the country of fascinating hedges, chimneys and stained glass art. I intend to continue working with glass, preserving this country’s traditional glass art and, also, hoping to make my own modest contribution to British contemporary glass art. I work in a workshop in Reigate.
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"Inspired by the sea at her Whitstable home Liz Shedden paints semi abstract canvases with thick buttery paint. Windy seascapes, cups, jugs, flowers and hearts are recurring themes which appeal to young and old alike.
Liz has exhibited in many group and solo shows in Kent and her work is bought by clients keen to make a collection. As well as being suited to the domestic setting Liz's work also lends itself to the corporate sector.
Liz's work has been featured on Channel 5's 'Selling Homes' and in 'Coast' magazine. She has recently opened her own gallery and shop in Whitstable.
39 Kings Hill Ave
Janice Thurston is a painter working with oil and acrylic paints plus a variety of fine art printmaking techniques. Her recent work focuses mainly on the South Downs – an area of ancient histories, wildness and human traces fashioned by agriculture. Her personal interpretation of the landscape captures the shifting light, patterns and colours that are relentlessly changing as the seasons advance.
Janice was born and raised in Sussex where she still lives with her family. She loves the area which is sandwiched between the sea on one side and the rolling South Downs on the other. Taking up painting later in life after a change of job ignited her interest in the arts; this inspiration led her to achieve an honours degree in Fine Art Painting. On completion she was awarded the Degree Show painting prize. Janice has exhibited in Sussex, Kent and Cornwall and has been a member of the Chalk Gallery, Lewes since 2011.
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Started his training at Westminster University in 1987, where he achieved his HND in Ceramics, he then joined Middlesex University achieving a degree in 3D design. This is where he found working with metal was his medium of choice. His futuristic inventions started with a surreal fully functional telephone standing 1.5 metres high, this piece of sculpture propelled Paul into the media and this extended when he created his television using a jet engine!
Paul started up on a stall at Camden Market selling his metal fish. He was then discovered by the BBC and went on to create the iconic Newsnight Globe for the title sequence. From here his reputation grew and soon became known for his window displays for the likes of Selfridges & Fortnum & Mason, Pauls most prestigious commission was his collaboration with Alexander McQueen incorporating giant insects for the Harvey Nichols windows.
Pauls work diversifies from the Trendy Bars & Restaurants in London to the refurbishment of The Ministry of Sound.
His latest works include a horse standing 18hands high, a stainless steel life size ballerina and for Barratt Homes Ltd two 3meter Stainless Steel Swans.
Last year Paul and his partner opened a gallery in Haywards Heath, The Orchards Shopping Centre. It is here he has developed a range of work in his unique style from classic candleholders to grand chandeliers, stainless steel & copper Indian Running Ducks, Herons and many more animals and wildlife.
Paul welcomes commissions both small and large to suit any budget.
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I develop my work through writing, drawings and photographic images of the subjects/themes that interest me – sometimes being interested by the shape, colour, relationship etc of a particular subject’s physical sculptural form, presence and space. Sometimes more involved with conveying emptiness, spaciousness and being less concerned with form.
Other times there will be more of a conceptual idea or feeling forming the basis/theme of a piece of work; though always there’s a personal story or narrative of some sort connected with and running alongside all my work.
Technically, I trained as a printmaker and enjoyed using photographic silkscreen and etching printmaking processes in previous and degree show work, perhaps now reflected in my natural painting style – where I lean towards stylized and simplified – preferring to layer thin glazes of paint for a light and subtle linear graphic effect, rather than the use of more heavy paint effects.
These recent paintings explore the colour, form and magic I have found in the places that I have lived or visited frequently in SW Scotland, Cumbria, Spain and Brighton.
The healing nature of art-making interests me ~ in my work I explore my relationship to, or what’s drawing my attention to, a particular subject or theme and let the meaning unfold during the creative process of engagement and exploration ~ providing original artwork, prints and commissions.
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Victoria Claire is a Kent based visually impaired artist, specialising in contemporary sculpture carved in wood, she has been sculpting for 21 years.
She has a degenerative eye condition called Retinitis Pigmentosa. This, unfortunately, is claiming her eye sight, however, despite her visual impairment she continues to sculpt in her studio which has been adapted for her specific needs.
Born in 1975, Victoria Claire always showed much promise as an artist. After studying for her GCSEs and A levels she continued her education at art college studying Graphic design, however, she found a passion for sculpture before going to art college. She committed herself to the graphic design course and successfully graduated. After which she carried on her studies at Staffordshire University studying figurative sculpture. This was an extremely prestigious course as there were only 28 places in Europe.
Due to Victoria’s loss of vision her artistic life has not been an easy one. She had to leave university as she wasn’t coping with her visual challenges, however, after much support from her family and Kent Association for the Blind, Victoria began to sculpt again. Those earliest years in her 20’s were some of the hardest of her life, having to give up her dream of becoming a university lecturer of contemporary sculpture was extremely hard, but after a few years she began to see that sculpture could still be part of her life.
She now lives with her husband and their westie in a bungalow and creates her work in her studio at the bottom of the garden.
Victoria is thankful for every day that she can continue creating her sculptures and will continue doing so for as long as she can.
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For me, the creative process is about developing a conversation with nature and her forces, and starting to listen to her with my heart. Although my sculpture is non-representational it is strongly related to human questions of encounter, relationship, the space in between, the centre and the inner life.
I am inspired by stone, especially the slate of North Wales with its dark, deep purple/black tones and soft forms. I also enjoy using found materials, often wood, which has already been worked by nature to which I add further transformation (sometimes a lot, sometime a little) to enhance its beauty and give it meaning. Often I use mixed materials to create a dialogue between the various components of the form and so add a higher level of complexity to the work.
Since 2000 I have been a member of Surrey Sculpture Society and exhibited with them at many prestigious venues. I also exhibit regularly with the South East Open Studios programme and at other venues in SE England.
My work can be found in many private and company collections.
I am a co-director and tutor at the Hoathly Hill Sculpture Studios, West Sussex. I am also a state registered Art Therapist (STRATh) with a private practice and using the healing properties of sculpture and painting.
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