We are honoured to be so loyally supported by one of the country's leading figurative and abstract painters who generally sells-out at our opening private view evenings.
Strongly influenced by the Constructivism and lyrical Abstraction of the St Ives School 'mid generation' of artists, Dubrey's art transcends pure formalism and encompasses a depth of autobiographical and emotional response.
During the 90’s Duffy’s son Chris became frustrated that Duffy’s name was slowly slipping into obscurity and regularly tried to persuade him to do something with his remaining archive. It wasn’t until 2006 when Duffy was diagnosed with the degenerative lung disease Pulmonary Fibrosis that he finally gave Chris the green light to start putting the archive together.
The process was a labour of love for the first few years. Organising, scanning and databasing what remained took many hours whilst Chris was running his video production company. In 2009 the opportunity to exhibit at Chris Beetles Gallery in Mayfair London gave Duffy the platform for his first ever exhibition and this was hailed with great critical acclaim. The exhibition ignited an incredible interest in his work and there were regular queues around the block.
During the process of putting the exhibition together the BBC commissioned a documentary on Duffy’s life and work which aired in 2010. Chris then started on the first monograph but sadly Duffy was never to see this and passed away on 31st May 2010. Since 2010 Duffy’s work has been exhibited in numerous galleries and museums around the world.
The archive is made up of negatives, vintage prints, modern prints and contact sheets that were held by the family and other material retrieved from numerous UK and International magazines and newspapers such as Vogue, French Elle, Glamour, The Sunday Times and The Telegraph as well as those stored from commissions of glossy magazines such as Queen, Town & London Life. The process of exhibiting Duffy’s work continues and the future holds several more book projects illuminating Duffy’s eclectic and influential work.
With an incredibly visual, active mind, British contemporary artist Rachel Ducker has an insatiable desire to create and make. Well practiced in life drawing and with an appreciation of the human form and the emotional dynamics of human nature, combined with being originally trained as a jeweller, lead her to experiment with wire as a medium for sculpting the human form, capturing something ephemeral, either emotive or active.
An exaggeration of the figure is a reccuring theme in John’s work. Blending the physical with the emotional he explores the fabric of his own internal worlds. He approaches his work with an honest and open heart where he can share what he believes to be, 'states of mind that are inherent in us all'. John demonstrates these universal states of mind and emotion with a visual dialogue we can all relate to, taking us on a journey to a place where familiarity and shared emotional expressions unite us. His works manage to reveal an intimate examination of our reflective self. His works are personal, emotional and poetic.
John sells his work to private collectors throughout the world.
' Our emotional state of being is reflected in the physical, Johns work demonstrates this
Jane Human is a Norfolk-based painter printmaker who exhibits widely in the UK, with work held in public, corporate and private collections worldwide. Her work is characterised by a strong sense of place, a balance of abstraction and representation, by vibrant colour, texture and rhythm and a contemplative spirit.
At the heart of Catherine Richardson’s work lies a fundamental fascination for the internal life of her subjects. Pivotal themes recur; people asleep, figures enveloped in water and the private internal landscape exposed. The places depicted are imbued with memory. They are almost defined by the absence of physical presence.
Catherine’s development as an artist has been consolidated by a formal training in the history of art. She studied Fine Art as a combined degree, painting at Edinburgh College of Art with history of art at Edinburgh University. Her style remains freely layered, drawing upon but deliberately not restricted by the mores of traditional painting. Textured marks and imprints from cloths, the pattern of a wallpaper print, rollers, brushes, even the bottom of a shoe, can play a part in the building up of the picture space.
Bridging the gap between the world of visual art and its audience has always been important. Her work as an artist has provided a platform for parallel roles in arts education, communication and public art.
Theronda was born in South Africa, she now lives in Ipswich, UK. She has a BA degree in psychology and history. She did a graphic full course under Ian Taiton. This includes etching, aquatint, linocuts, monoprints as well as Lithography. She Started work as a full time artist in 1989. She travels a lot to broaden her horizons. Her work has been influenced by Picasso, Chagall and has matured into a colour filled expressionistic realism, where she puts the unexpected together.
She did numerous solo and group exhibitions in South Africa and her work is currently in Private collections in Canada, France, Italy, Chicago, London and Germany.
The impulse in my work is to create ceramic pieces, which are simple in outline and capture and evoke an essence of a face or head. At times the images are humorous and portray a character or paired down human image. Other work is abstract and playful using cropped shapes or cut out additions.
The nature of the glazing and finishing, using the raku firing process, results in often random, spontaneous and surprising effects.I also make pieces for outside settings and have produced large scale commissions and sculptures for private and public sites.
Foundation in Art and Design, Ipswich BA Hons, 3D Design – wood, metal, plastics, ceramics, Brighton MA, 3D design, ceramics, Cardiff
Maggi Hambling CBE is a British contemporary painter and sculptor. Perhaps her best-known public works are a sculpture for Oscar Wilde in central London and Scallop, a 4-metre-high steel sculpture on Aldeburgh beach dedicated to Benjamin Britten. Both works have attracted a great degree of controversy.
Sarah Baddon Price
Sarah graduated from Winchester School of Art, and has worked from bases in London, Edinburgh and Suffolk. She has exhibited widely through mixed and solo shows, her work has sold internationally to collectors including Agnes B and Esprit. She has sold her beautiful work very sucessfully with Art For Cure and has been selected to comission a painting for the front page of Glemham 2018's main catalogue of art.
With her sculptures Beatrice Hoffman wants to achieve a certain degree of simplicity and abstraction: ” Beauty to me is simplicity, clarity, concentration and must extend beyond decorative prettiness. Beauty is to be able to hold contradictions, tensions and ambivalence – it is a balance kept despite conflict. I am fascinated by ”strong form”. With both figurative and abstract sculptures, I search for a sense of fullness contrasted with negative shapes; sharp angles between surfaces, juxtaposed with smoothness.”
Some of her ideas for sculptures derive from her other career as an arts educator and therapist, which makes her very aware of the psychological and expressive potential of sculptures:
“I am influenced by C.G. Jungʼs ideas of archetypes and equally by childhood memories of Sunday visits to a catholic church filled with Baroque carvings . I reconnect with the tradition of sculptures seen in places of worship, and work towards a spiritually potent image used in a secular context.
Themes on the interface of mythology, psychology and spirituality – mental states, relationships, human identity, maternal love, and solitude are universal experiences that influence my artwork.
I hope to enable engagement and contemplation: for the viewer to find reflected in my sculptures a feeling, experience or preoccupation, and through this empathy, solace, and understanding derive some healing . “
Beside sculptures for the domestic and garden environment, she has been working in polystyrene and plaster on a larger scale (2013-14 as part of an artist-in-residency at the Chenderit School) , suitable for either garden or a a more public setting. In 2017 , she has won a large sculpture commission for Northampton Hospital,a life size double figure welcoming people beside its main entrance, and raising awareness towards organ donation.
Christopher Humphries was trained at Luton College of Art by the late Ian Dury of the Blockheads. He later moved to London gaining prestigious media clients like the BFI, Decca records, Piper champagne and Audi. Christopher still sells his work in London as well as the prestigious galleries of East Anglia and is one of the county's most prolific artists. He teaches from his home in Yoxford and is constantly inspired by the coastal landscape .
Sarah Muir Poland
Sarah Muir Poland is a colourist artist inspired by the landscapes of Suffolk. Her first debut exhibition in Aldeburgh in 2015 sold out and Art For Cure were extremely fortunate to show her highly collectable work at Glemham Hall 2016 . Sarah also paints very beautiful, feminine figurative and portrait work which we are delighted to be exhibiting at She in June.
Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that my drawing and painting would take me on such travels and hold such adventure. From 2002 to 2007 my studies and work took me to many places and led to many encounters; experiences which have shaped both me and my art. I attended art school in the early 1980s and studied graphic design - but it wasn't until my mid-thirties that the passion for drawing really took a hold of me and my journey began.
It happened like this; having spent ten years during the 1990s working in restaurants, I left London and moved to Woodbridge in Suffolk. The serene beauty of the river Deben and surrounding landscape had a powerful effect on me. One day, I found myself picking up pencils and paper to capture it and this soon became a habit which, in turn, became a passion.
A chance visit to Germany in 2001 proved to be a further catalyst. I sketched regularly on the streets of Wuppertal and Dusseldorf. And here I lost all inhibitions in my desire to capture the street life around me; cafe- society, market places, people, figurative compositions- all were before me - and I felt the need to capture it all.
Over the next few years I returned again and again to these streets, immersing myself in my work. Two exhibitions in Germany followed and subsequent sales and commissions enabled me to make other journeys to other countries. This travel through parts of Europe fuelled my hunger to work on the streets and continue to develop as an artist.
In 2005 I spent three weeks drawing and working in Venice – and even now this remains one of my most memorable and inspiring adventures. Between 2005 and 2008 I also was privileged to spend many months in rural France (Poitou-Charante region) which further helped to influence and shape my work. In 2008 I returned to England with a view to remaining more permanently in Woodbridge. I had a solo exhibition at the Pond Gallery, Snape Malting, later that year. From 2009, I started to create work in oils – on a much larger scale. Initially inspired by the walled garden created by a friend, this - more recent phase – has gradually developed into a freer style in which colour and texture play a more important role than figurative depiction in my work.
Rachel Shaw Ashton
Rachel Shaw Ashton hand cuts figures and forms from watercolour paper that is spray-painted. White, black or grey on white, each separate piece of meticulously cut paper is grouped together to form a stunning three-dimensional piece. Shadows between and behind each paper form create a dramatic tension. Despite the intensely laborious process of cutting each shape by hand, Rachel’s works have a fluid energy. Some works are calm; others are frenzied as the separate cuttings sweep up into one greater scenario. In some works, Rachel conveys a sense of realisation through the stirring of movement and in others a feeling of things being static and resigned.
“I like to show figures in unusual poses caught in a split second of time. For example bodies flying or jumping representing freedom of spirit, joy or fearlessness and in contrast, I also like static figures that hopefully convey clarity, calmness, a coming to terms – whatever they invoke in the viewer.” Rachel studied Illustration at Brighton Art School. She spent many years as an illustrator and subsequently concentrated on fine art. Rachel has been represented by jaggedart since 2009.
Maclaren is a Scottish artist with a love of the outdoors and nature. After training as a fine artist in LA, she had her first solo exhibition there in 2006. Since then she has worked as the official shoot artist at Belvoir Castle, had several shows in the UK and Europe, and spent much of her time working on shooting and horse-racing pieces, as well as contemporary abstract landscapes.
An artist based in Suffolk. My works are abstract and semi-abstract acrylics.
'..My compositions often emerge from a chaos of colour, with impulse , whim and intuition all playing a part . Although my process can involve some frenzy , as a piece nears completion what I am looking for is ”peaceful”...'
Artist Sally Muir is based in Bath, UK and is a prodigious portrait painter of dogs. Other subjects include human portraits and landscapes, as well as the occasional rodent and bird. For years Muir focused on her knitwear business Muir & Osborne as both a designer and author. With her partner Joanna Osborne, they have published seven knitting pattern books that include Pet Heaven, The Animal Accessory Bible, Best in Show, Knit Your Own Dog, (also Cat, Pet, Zoo, Farm and Dinosaur) and the children’s book Patch’s Grand Dog Show. Ms. Muir returned to university as a mature student with a concentration on Fine Art. Children’s portraits gave way to dog portraits as is evidenced in her 365 Facebook dog-fest “A Dog A Day”. A Dog A Daybook based on the series with 365 artworks of dogs — all shapes, sizes, breeds and mixes — is available through Amazon. Anthropologie, the clothing and décor store has commissioned Muir to create dishes, pillows, wall paper and tea towels. A recipient of many awards, Muir's work appears regularly in galleries. She welcomes and enjoys commission work — dogs and humans alike.
Born in Charlbury, Oxfordshire, 1963 Studied for Foundation at Oxford Polytechnic 1981-82 BAHons degree at Canterbury College of Art 1982-1985 Post Graduate course in Painting at The Slade School of Art 1985-87
Having completed my studies I have continued to Paint and have had many and varied experiences along the way. Including exhibiting with galleries in London , collaborations with other artists and for some years running my own gallery space. Most recently I have had two solo shows in North Norfolk at Salthouse Church and as part of the Holt Art Festival 2017.
I see my work as a fusion between abstraction and figuration. On my daily walks in and around my local landscape and through tending my own garden, I have become intimately aware of the Seasonal shifts and daily changes in the weather patterns. This deep connection with the physical world gives me a sense of meaning and joy, which inspires me to paint and draw the fruit trees in my orchard and to make portraits of the flowers from my garden or a posy picked while out on the cliff -tops. Colour is fundamentally important to me and I think about colour relationships all the time! A particular colour observed somewhere is often the trigger for a new painting. I use colour to create the mood and atmosphere and to structure relationships between one element and another within the compositional space of the painting.
Sculpture: A Peaceful Process
In searching for peace and contentment in his life Patrick Elder came across Vipassana Meditation in 1989. Over the years of practising this profound technique it became apparent that a great beneficial change had come about, not only in his daily life but also in his sculpture. In integrating the technique into his life it was to become the basis for all his work. Freeing up the mind allows a natural flow of creativity to occur. A natural result of this process is a sense of peace and harmony, which he tries to instil in his work. He says: "My purpose is to help create and promote a loving and peaceful world in which all may live happily and harmoniously together. To achieve this, I endeavour to work in a spontaneously creative manner, from a balanced centre of unconditional love, peace and harmony."
Patrick has exhibited widely and has work in collections throughout the UK, Europe, Australia, the USA and Switzerland.
Claudia Legge is a photographer based in London. She works and exhibits worldwide.
‘Surrealist, magical and transcendentally beautiful, her work is fast becoming highly collectable.’ The Gentleman’s Journal
‘The underwater realm she creates here is an erotically charged phantasmagoria of movement, shade, light, darkness and shadow.’ The London Magazine
‘Total triumph… skill of the highest order.’ It’s Nice That
‘A young photographer taking the world by storm; one snap at a time’. MTV
“Claudia’s work never fails to amaze”i-D Magazine
Clare has worked in print, design and illustration for over 20 years. As a lover of print and plants in equal measure, her personal work is dominated by exploring our relationship with plants and our nation’s passion for gardening. Chiefly a linocutter but also producing lithographs and screen prints. Lino blocks are meticulously hand cut, each colour being printed separately to create a distinctive and beautiful original artwork
Born in Norfolk, Jenni Cator trained in the North West, worked in London and now lives and paints in Hertfordshire.
She graduated with a First Class Honours degree as a portrait painter from Lancaster University, which led to private exhibitions, commissions and the position of Artist in Residence at four schools in the South East of England
Jenni now exhibits her work regularly through galleries and on a national level at major contemporary Art Fairs.
Her work is made with oil paint on board, pastel on paper and ink from lino.
Founder of the Bristol Drawing School, Carol Peace is a figurative sculptor who could not work without drawing. The process of drawing, that intuitive response, is what she aims for in her work.
“It’s all about trying to see, drawing enables that.”
In 1992, she graduated from Winchester School of Art and set up studio in the Bristol Sculpture Shed, which would later become Spike Island, she moved to Paintworks in 2004.
Her intensely personal work is shown and collected all over the UK, Europe, the Far East and United States. Her large-scale work is permanently on show at Glyndebourne and at the Dorchester’s country house hotel in Ascot. The sculptures are made in clay, which like charcoal is quick to make marks with, once finished it is cast into bronze, those fluid marks of the making are then fixed forever.
“The work is about everyday life, in its minutia, the sheer fantastic-ness of it all.”
“Walking into Carol Peace’s studio feels like arriving at a party in mid-flow. There seems to be people everywhere – some huddled close together and whispering, others striking a pose at various points around the room. Carol’s creations have a poise all of their own – elegant and caressing, they weave around each other like a room of bronze and resin lovers. “ David Clensy 2008
“They are first of all, real people. They yearn but they also give. They rise, they don’t fall. They strive; are eternal optimists. They look perhaps slightly disorientated, but there is no pleasure in falling, or in giving up, so they keep on. ‘For us there is only the trying’ ” Poet, John Terry
I studied graphics for three years and then worked in advertising, later studied ceramics at Richmond followed by an Open University course in glaze composition.
I went on to teach in further and higher education at the same time as running a ceramics business. In the 90's I concentrated on sculpture, developing skills and exploring materials new to me, and producing works for public commissions in clay, bronze, carved stone and resin.
Painting has been constant throughout the years, exhibiting in solo and joint shows. Works on canvas began with figurative oils, but gradually became abstracts, now, using acrylic; both forms of painting seem to be merging.
In 2000 I enjoyed returning to study, with a postgraduate course at Norwich School of Art and Design. This gave me the time and opportunity to explore and also to work with film. I enjoy using whatever materials facilitate the outcome of the project in hand.
@ studiosarahstephens - art designed by nature
Sarah works with light, place and moment - often inspired by Suffolk.
She graduated BA Hons Fine Art and practised as an artist in England and Italy. Following a career in national education leadership she returned to her original metier and passion - painting.
Sarah's most recent solo exhibition was 'Song of Suffolk'.
Born in Southwold in 1968, on the northern edge of town that borders Easton Marshes, just a short walk from the sea.
I was a foreman brick-maker at a traditional brickworks at South Cove for 3 years before attending Lowestoft Art School (1990-92) and Manchester Metropolitan University (1992-95). After graduating in 1995 I began to produce drawings and paintings in mixed media for exhibiting. I continued the theme of my Degree Show which was a portrayal of the East Anglian coastline, including parts of my family history and its relationship with the sea through several generations. In 2003 I gave up my part-time post at Lowestoft College to further my painting career.
Working in mixed media my current paintings are a direct response to my interest in unusual compositions and viewpoints and the placement of sometimes ordinary objects and buildings within them. I often explore the juxtaposition of large open skies with strands of finely detailed horizons which epitomizes the ancient and ever changing East Anglian landscape of sea and salt-marsh.
Simon combines wooden panels and acrylic paint to produce sea and landscapes inspired by both the Suffolk Coast and the more urban environment of his home in Hackney. Work is produced in situ using scalpels and other dangerous sharp instruments. Simon’s work is exhibited in various locations on the Suffolk coast and in London. His studio is a wonky barn in the lovely Suffolk village of Yoxford.
2013 MA Printmaking, Royal College of Art
2010 BA Hons Graphic Arts, University of East London (First Class)
2007 BTEC Diploma Foundation Studies (Distinction), Suffolk College
Emma Brownjohn, illustrator-turned-painter, has a deft use of colour and harmonious composition. Brownjohn finds inspiration in personal experiences, whether a line of a poem or a glimpse of a fluorescent jacket in a grey city. Beautiful and charming, the works capture fleeting moments in time.
Trained: Chelsea College of Arts | Work: Figurative Bronze | Studio: Bermondsey, London.
“My work with the human form attempts to find a rhythm and balance in our lives, reflecting and realising our imperfections and then counterbalancing them with positivity and support in order to achieve a visual and spiritual equilibrium within ourselves and the world around us”
Michael works almost exclusively in bronze having been fascinated with the medium from his very first visit to a foundry; it’s fluidity and the challenge it presents is reflected and expressed in all his work. His distinctive, elongated figures are often impressed with emotive words and objects to create hugely expressive and textural surfaces. Solitary or grouped, his figures represent how we live in the world, combining the influences of family, friends, environment and society.
He was named official artist for the BT Art of Sport Programme for The 2012 London Olympics and was for many years a resident artist at The Art Academy, London.
Working in Bermondsey, his studio is in a set of old railway arches and the foundry a short distance away in east London.
Henry Jackson Newcomb
Born in Yorkshire I studied graphics and photography at Sheffield Polytechnic, moving to the south coast in the 90’s, working for many years as a designer and commercial photographer. Using illustrative techniques learnt during my time as a designer, I designed sculptural concepts purely for pleasure, wanting something to enhance our own garden. It was one of my design clients form the art world that recently encouraged me to pursue my ideas, turning concepts into reality.
Pieces are curvaceous, charmingly simple, almost two dimensional, which probably reflects my training as a graphic designer and my beliefs in the ‘less is more’ approach. Most of my sculptures are crafted from sheet steel and stainless steel. I particularly like the rich warm hues that you get with the more natural rusted finish with pieces being left to oxidise naturally, a process that highlights the intrinsic beauty of the material as the finish evolves with time.
I’m at home working with steel and engineering processes and love integrating the latest technology when creating new work. It’s something that’s probably in my blood having grown up near Sheffield, spending my early years tinkering in my grandfather’s engineering workshop and working summer holidays in the steel works whilst studying in Sheffield. I still make frequent visits back to my roots, an area that I have a great affection for, and make use of the local trades in the area wherever possible when creating my work.
I’m lucky being invited to exhibit and install my work at some fantastic venues throughout the year and undertake commissions for clients both across the UK and a little farther a field. Please do drop me a note if you would like more details of my work or have ideas of your own.
Melanie studied Florentine Renaissance art at the Courtauld Institute, London (MA 1995, BA 1993) and Fine Art at the School of Art, University of Gloucestershire (MA 1998). She taught at Cheltenham College before taking up Artist in Residence posts in Devon then London where she lived until relocating to Cambridgeshire in 2010. Across the UK, Melanie has exhibited in group and solo shows including at the Jerwood Space, London; Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London; jaggedart, London; Thompson's City Gallery, London; Sarah Myerscough Fine Art, London; the Florence Trust, London; Quercus Gallery, Bath; Cornwall Contemporary, Penzance. Her work is in corporate and private collections in the UK and overseas, and has recently been selected for the National Open Art Competition (2016); invited for the ING Discerning Eye Exhibition (2015), and selected for second round judging of the John Moores Painting Prize (2014). The Bridgeman Art Library holds images of her work for licensed reproduction. Gallery representation is with Cornwall Contemporary, The Stratford Gallery and Josie Eastwood Fine Art.
I left a career as set designer to raise a family in Suffolk. I like my etchings to be seen as decorative and choose subjects and shapes that can be a translated into colour, often to suit a client. A big influence has been the Kimono shape.
I am a member of Printmakers council and show on RiseArt.com
John Brown`s sculpture is based on the abstracted human form is widely collected in the UK and elsewhere. He exhibits regularly in London and the provinces and his work is in the collections of Elton John, Simon Cowell, Lesley Ash and Andrew Castle
In 1997, on retiring from a career as a lawyer and a film production executive, Michael Flint took up etching. His etchings, which are his preferred medium, have been in numerous exhibitions including the Snape Maltings Concert Hall Gallery, Caroline Wiseman Prints, the North House Gallery, Manningtree, Seaview Gallery, Walberswick and P-Dram Gallery, Paris.
His etchings are to be found in private collections in the United Kingdom, seven European countries, Canada, the USA and Australia
I trained in textile design at Winchester and Loughborough Colleges of Art between 1972 and 1976, specializing in weaving. Subsequently I became interested in garden design and landscape painting: a dual career that has its roots in my childhood love of the outdoors and the natural environment. My work ranges from loose, coloured drawings executed on site, to watercolour and mixed media, semi-abstract paintings, produced back in the studio using sketches, photographs and memory. I am inspired by land and seascapes and rathan producing a literal interpretation, I aim to convey the spirit and mood of a place. I enjoy exploring the subtle characteristics of watercolour: the accidental effects achieved by washing other ut; the marks, textures and edges of the paint and how I can manipulate them to convey the landscape.
I have exhibited with the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour at the Mall Galleries in London.
Michaela studied fine art and knew it was what she wanted to do professionally. But that was over 20 years ago. Before a teaching career. Before children. Before family life took her to New York, London and Dublin.
In 2010, with her three daughters at school, she finally had time to rediscover her art, and began painting landscapes where, even if fleetingly, she found serenity and peace of mind.
Many of these landscapes were on Suffolk's Heritage Coast and in October 2013 she moved with her family from London to Suffolk, where she is now a full time artist.
Her first collection was entitled Ataraxis, the presence of calm and quiet.
After it was first shown at the Curious Duke Gallery in Clerkenwell, London, in 2013, Ataraxis was showcased at The Workshop, Snape Maltings, Snape, Suffolk, in August 2014.
Since her first Suffolk exhibition Michaela has sold a number of paintings privately, undertaken several commissions, and is now represented by Cobbold and Judd Fine Art.
In 2015 Michaela exhibited at the Aldeburgh Festival, as part of an exhibition by Cobbold and Judd Fine Art.
Michaela's paintings appeared alongside those of four other artists including Maggi Hambling and Luke Elwes, and her work was sold to collectors as far afield as New Zealand.
Emma Green is a contemporary landscape painter based in Woodbridge, Suffolk. Her work explores her experience of the coastal landscape where she lives, it's wildness, remoteness and the evocative, fleeting changes in light and atmosphere.
I'm a full-time artist and illustrator, originally from Suffolk on the east coast of England. I now divide my time between Suffolk and the beautiful county of Surrey, where I'm in the process of renovating my new home and studio. I gain most of the ideas and inspiration for my work during regular walks along the beach, and through the heath lands, fields, and forests that surround me. The landscape of the Peak District National Park is also a major source of inspiration for my work, and I try to visit as often as I can.
My paintings are created in acrylic on canvas, and in watercolour, gouache, and ink on paper, as I enjoy the versatility of water-based media. I work from dark to light, applying the paint to the canvas in thin layers, while allowing each application to remain partially visible through the subsequent layers. This method of working gives the paintings a wonderful richness and depth of tone.
My work has been exhibited in galleries throughout the UK and overseas, and selected several times for major shows including The Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours, The Society of Women Artists, and the Singer and Friedlander/Sunday Times Watercolour Competition, all held at the Mall Galleries, London. Alongside gallery shows, I sell a selection of original paintings and prints through my online shop on Etsy and my website. My paintings are now in collections in more than 25 countries worldwide.
Tracey Harper is a Suffolk artist, painting large scale bold and dramatic abstracts. ' Thoughts and emotions ' are the central theme to her work. She experiments with huge swirling strokes, entangled lines, vibrant colours, splashes and drips, creating a fluid battle on canvas which pursues between neuroses and inner peace.
Eliza Southwood practiced as an architect for ten years before deciding to take up a career as an artist and illustrator full-time in 2011, although she has consistently drawn and painted throughout her life. Her first illustration commission was a Spanish children’s book, when she was aged 13.
From the age of ten she spent her childhood in a remote part of Spain, where she grew up drawing and painting scenes of local life in the mountains. Her creative streak was later channelled into architectural design, and she graduated from Glasgow School of Art with a degree in Architecture, later finishing her postgraduate architectural studies in London. She spent several years working as a designer for Eric Parry Architects in London and later Arup Associates. However, having realised that she enjoyed carrying out the ‘artist’s impression’ part of her job more than any other, she finally decided to give up architectural practice in order to work full time on her own art projects.
Eliza’s architectural training fostered a technical eye for detail and colour, which is apparent in her artwork. Her speciality is silk screen printing, but she also works in mixed media, watercolour and acrylic. She is known particularly for her cycling themed artwork, but also produces work on a wide range of subjects such as cityscapes, dogs, sports and people.
Selected clients include Rapha, Bloomsbury, Laurence King Publishing, Magma, the V&A Museum, Brompton Bicycles, Sustrans, the London Cycling Campaign, Bourne and Hollingsworth, Epic Magazine and Cono Sur Wines. She also regularly takes on artwork commissions for private clients.
I was around the age of eight when I learned to knit and crochet. Right from the beginning, I was addicted. I spent many happy hours in my childhood home in Wales totally engrossed in creating ‘things’ with yarn! My passion has never abated.
It didn’t take me long to realise that I was much better at interpreting an idea by creating it in 3d using wool rather than through painting or drawing. This led me to the University of Brighton and I graduated with a BA Honours in Fashion & Textiles in 1995. From then, I built a successful career as a knitwear designer. My designs have been used by some of the world’s most famous labels, including Missoni, Donna Karan, Ralph Lauren to name just a few.
I was always looking for different ways to use my love of wool, textile and colour. And that’s how my art was born. The everyday has always fascinated and inspired me, particularly food. So I began to take things we all know and love – like fish and chips – reinventing them in wool.
My first exhibition – Comfort Food – was a small one in my Brighton studio. I was nervous. Would anyone come? My art was so different, would anyone like it? Would I actually sell a crocheted bottle of ketchup? Well, the exhibition was packed. Everyone loved the art. And, yes, I sold quite a lot of pieces.
This gave me the confidence to launch myself as an artist and to let my imagination take me on a journey. So far it’s taken me to London and solo shows in a Soho gallery. To Mott Street New York and another solo show. To Ally Pally and Dublin with my fish counter installation. A variety of Art Fairs and galleries. I’ve even had my art as a pop-up installation in the London Eye. Now, my work is collected around the world.
While my journey has been varied and exciting, one thing never changes. Whatever I create, whether it’s a carton of French fries, a tin of sardines or a box of frogs I always include lots of warmth and a dash of wit. Above all, I want my work to make people smile.
As well as staging exhibitions, I also work on commissions for public and private comissions.
I practiced as an architect for ten years before deciding to take up a career as an artist and illustrator full-time in 2010, although I have consistently drawn and painted throughout my life. My first illustration commission was a Spanish children’s book, when I was aged 13.
Having grown up in Spain, I spent a year in Italy and then moved to Scotland where I graduated from Glasgow School of Art with a degree in Architecture. I later finished my postgraduate architectural studies in London.
Jason Gathorne- Hardy
Jason Gathorne-Hardy grew up and lives in Suffolk. He trained as a Zoologist at Oxford University, but his fascination with livestock and wildlife inspired him to experiment in art, initially with wood carving and later with graphite and natural pigments. He had his first solo exhibition at Reed's Wharf Gallery in London in 1995 and since then he has worked along the Thames, in Sussex, Essex, Wales and New Zealand, returning to Suffolk in 2001. He now lives in the upper reaches of the Alde Valley.
He likes to sit with the animals he draws and this close proximity enables him an intimate view which might, for instance, include cow dribble. His sure hand and sharp senses produce a definite handwriting in his work that connects us to his subject.
David Riches was born in 1959. He studied graphic design at Norwich School of Art. For 18 years he and his business partner Martin ran the successful design practice, Visible Edge, in the City of London. He now divides his time between Saffron Walden in Essex and Walberswick in Suffolk, where he paints both people and landscapes from life.
BA (Hons) Dip CSAD, MA FCSD
Studied Painting and Printmaking at Brighton Polytechnic, Printed Textile Design at Central School of Art and Design, and The Royal College of Art.
Worked as a textile designer, taught at Chelsea School of Art, and was Head of Textile Design, at UEL . He now owns Fish and Ships Coastal Art in Burnham Market, producing prints, coastal maps, lobsters, crabs, whales, fish artworks made from pieces of old boat . He works on many commissions, selling worldwide- Norfolk to Whitley Bay to California! .
Arabella Shand studied at Colchester Institute 1983–4, followed by Kingston Poly and City and Guilds School of Art.
Arabella has recently moved to Wales from East Anglia. She began her career as an abstract painter and has carried her interest in composition, pattern and colour through into her current, more representational work.
Her work is primarily focused on the domestic areas of life drawing on family, landscape and nature for inspiration. She takes inspiration from a wide range of artists including Picasso, Wini
My work is inspired by my love of North Norfolk . Variety and experimentation are the main emphasis of my art and from this the local wildlife has become my new passion. I'm continually striving to represent wildlife in a new and exciting way whilst retaining an element of realism.Images are built by applying layers of collage made of different colours and textures.I have always been fascinated by the way different textures affect the paint, the emergence of different layers, revealing or hiding, drawing you into the painting so you always see something different.
Nicola graduated from the City and Guilds of London Art School in 1993 with a degree in Decorative/Fine Art.
Sophie Louise White
Sophie Louise White is best known for her contemporary wildlife sculptures and she is renowned for capturing the intrinsic essence of her subject.
Irrespective of size, she sculpts with a harmonious balance of movement, elegance and motional poise.
With an astute eye for animal anatomy and forms that function, Sophie manipulates her materials to create an elegant, aesthetically balanced signature style.
Growing up on her family’s rare breeds farm, situated in Kent, Sophie was privileged to observe the beauty of the animal form first hand. This instinctive and insightful study has given her an enviable knowledge and awareness of each subject’s individual characteristics and distinguishing forms.
Now residing in Hampshire, her rural environment is enriched with the wildlife that continues to influence her work. She portrays the unique characteristics of the fauna that she sculpts in clay, soft wax and occasionally in plaster. Each composition is then cast in either Bronze or Silver using the Ancient Lost Wax method.
Sophie Louise White gained a First Class Honours degree in Figurative Sculpture from London’s University of the Arts before gaining a residency at a renowned Hampshire Bronze Foundry. This residency gave Sophie a valuable knowledge of the foundry process, and an ability to manipulate her materials with confident translation from subject to sculpture.
Often choosing to colour her work herself, Sophie finishes each piece with rich and varied patinas, consciously chosen to compliment subject and surface.
Her unique translation and elegant interpretation of her subject has brought Sophie Louise White recognition, which sees her catalogue of work and individual commissions sought internationally.
Rosemary was born in Nottinghamshire in 1960 and originally trained and qualified as a registered nurse in Shefffield.
A year into further midwifery training in Harlow, Essex in 1983 she gave up her studies to undertake an Art's Foundation Course and then went on to gain a B.A (Hons) degree in Textile and Fashion Design at Winchester School of Art (1984-1987). In both 1988 and 1989 she was awarded places at the Royal College of Art in London to study for an M.A. in Fine Art Printmaking but the birth of her daughter and then her son in those years meant she was unable to attend.
She spent the next 20 years initially as a successful freelance textile designer for the international bedding and furnishings market creating designs for, amongst others, Sanderson, John Lewis, Jeff Banks and Vymura and numerous print and weave companies across the world. For the latter 6 years she returned to work as a surgical staff nurse in Sheffield and then as a district nurse and her local hospice.
Her art making continued spasmodically during this period including a couple of minor awards but it was not until 2009 that she was able to commit herself to life as a full time artist.
Printmaking she feels has been instinctively her focus (she won the Printmakers' Printmaker Award at Printfest in Cumbria in 2013) but painting has recently become an inspirational and important part of her work. Mark making and colour continue to predominate in both disciplines and her love of still life is depicted in either semi abstracted or in more illustrative form.
Her work has been described as, 'a mixture of still life and landscape pieces that have a beautiful abstract fluidity and movement with a warm, earthy palette'. Rosemary prepares and prints all her own small edition screenprints in her studio overlooking the dramatic landscape of the Derbyshire Peak District.
Cary's work is inspired by traces of the ancient as well as the present. taking particular interest in the effects of time and the elements on the materials she works with, such as the verdigris on the copper she uses for her sculptures, the rain on her mixed media workds produced outside and the unexpected outcomes of her hand built ceramics.
Nicola graduated from the City and Guilds of London Art School in 1993 with a degree in Decorative/Fine Art.
Variety and experimentation are the main emphasis of Nicola’s work. She is continually striving to represent life in a new and exciting way, whilst retaining an element of realism. Nicola work’s primarily in acrylics with layers of collage, acrylics give her speed to work spontaneously, to give movement and energy to her
work. Images are built by applying layers of collage made of different colours and textures. She has always been fascinated by the way different textures affect the paint, the emergence of different layers, revealing or hiding, drawing you into the painting so you always see something different.
Nicola regularly exhibits at Cambridge Contemporary Arts and The Red Dot Gallery in Holt. She has recently been offered a publishing contract with top publishing house Collier and Dobson which will result in a series of limited edition prints, some images from this exhibition will be used for this purpose. Images are to be released in February 2018.
Dominic creates original tree seats using mild steel, woven between tubes and then welded into place and filled with soil , topped with real or artificial soil. He also makes contemporary bespoke structures like edging for borders, woven fencing and edging as well as sculptural pieces from his Suffolk studio which are unique and durable hand crafted garden steel works .
Arabella designs and makes glass art pieces for the spaces we spend our lives in. From large scale 'architectural pieces' and colourful sculptures to her shimmering bowls , she is always deeply inspired by what she finds extraordinary in her everyday surroundings. Having studied at St Martins and Maidstone she set up her first glass studio in 2003.
Emma Walker is concerned with the inner life and vitality of natural form in the animal kingdom.
Working in the classical sculptor’s technique of bronze casting, as well as latterly in the techniques of willow and steel wire, her pieces are expressions of the inner grace and sincerity of the animal world. She has in particular been drawn to the equine form as an anchor for her inspiration.
Colleen du Pon
Colleen du Pon is a Metal Sculptor and Artist Blacksmith originally from Canada and now living in Bridport, West Dorset on England’s Jurassic Coast.
She earned a BA in Silversmithing and Metalwork at Camberwell College of Arts in London where she enrolled to pursue her dream of becoming a Jeweller, but fell in love with Blacksmithing and working hot iron and spent most of her time at the forge and anvil. She was awarded the Bruce Church Travel Scholarship in 2002 and has travelled extensively, working directly with nomadic Blacksmiths in India. Colleen has been working as an Artist Blacksmith and Metal Sculptor since 2007.
Colleen produces a range of work, blending forging with hand, hammer and anvil, with contemporary metalworking processes to create works in mild steel, from functional items to sculpture and architectural work to commission.
Karen Risby creates contemporary ceramic sculpture, wall hangings and porcelain accessories. Karen’s work is an extension of her love of drawing, exploring pattern and line using both brushwork and sgraffito, a process that involves scratching back into the painted surface. She takes inspiration from nature, myth and story telling; birds are a prominent feature of her work interweaved with landscapes, people and places. She uses porcelain slip, stains and oxides and fires her work to stoneware.
Originally from London, Karen graduated from Camberwell College of Art in 1994 then lived and worked in South London for many years before moving to Suffolk to set up her new ceramic studio in 2010.