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Dorota Bardyszewska

 

 

Born in Nidzica, Poland, Dora studied Philosophy for one year at the famous Jagiellonian University in Cracow, but her love of artistic creation led her in another direction. In 1992 she graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw with an MA in Fine Arts. Dora studied painting, drawing, graphics & graphic design, photography, illustration, sculpture, animation, poster, and industrial design.  Dora has been living and working in London since 2013.

 

As a painter, she creates her pictures in acrylics, oils, pastels and mixed media.  She takes her inspiration from literature, the street, traveling and just from life.  With her paintings and installations, she took part in several individual and collective exhibitions in Poland, Spain and the UK.

 

In 2009 Dora established the Foundation ARTEFAKT, to design and realize the contemporary monument “Cigarette Sailors of the Three Cross Square”.  The memorial refers to the famous story of Polish Jewish children from the Warsaw Ghetto during the Second World War. It represents  children's footprints imprinted in the pavement next to the  image of abandoned lying newspaper plaques from the Second World War period.

 

 

 

Ines Fonseca

 

 

My name is Inês Fonseca, and I was born and raised in sunny Lisbon. From a very young age, I was surrounded by papers, pencils, paints and pens.

 

It has always been a passion of mine to represent the world around me through illustration, one that is constantly growing. Like a child, I love to call on my purest emotional side when I observe and represent the world around me. I just grab the pen and let it flow without much thought.

 

After graduate and post-graduate studies in Design at IADE creative university, I started a career as an art director, first in Lisbon (Ogilvy & Mather) and now in London (McCann Worldgroup), where I am currently living. It was with great devotion and affection that I co-created and published a collection of six children's books, with the writer and friend Isabel Zambujal, named 'I'll Think About It'.

 

 

 

Sweta Jain

 

 

Sweta completed her Fine Art at the Art College in India, and has always had an innate creative flair, having explored art from a young age while growing up in Patna, India. Sweta is based in Essex, however her inspiration is global. She taught art at the age of 13 to many students in India. In her adult years she has established herself as a successful artist. Sweta’s work knows no boundaries and her choice of media is limitless. Her passion within the variety of paintings include oil, watercolour, metallic, wood

 

work, glass and portraiture. She prides herself on working closely with her customers to give them an exclusive masterpiece and achieving the highest standard. Sweta has successfully exhibited her art in many exhibitions throughout Suffolk (Felixstowe, Trimly, Ipswich and Needham Market) Essex (Chelmsford) and recently twice in London’s Brick Lane.

 

 

 

Sandy Layton

 

 

I am a London based artist. I use clay as my medium as well as other materials.

 

Growing up in the austerity of the 1950s meant that I was inculcated into a “make do and mend” culture.  I was directly influenced by my father’s ability to make tables, lamps etc. for the house often using wood from discarded furniture.  He was a self- taught skilled carpenter and my mother was an accomplished seamstress.

 

I observed my parents, as a child, working together to construct furniture in order to create a comfortable home for us. I think unconsciously my parent’s skills and hardworking attitude led me to want to be a sculptor.

 

It is the love of form that excites me and living in London with its diverse architecture gives me a constant library of images and ideas. I primarily use clay but recently I have been exploring wood, metal and plaster.

 

I, like my parents, have learned a skill which in my case is that of throwing on the potter’s wheel. The symmetrical cylinders and cones can look manufactured so I spend time altering my wheel- thrown shapes, through faceting  and transforming them into squares or ovals.  The pieces I create are further enlivened through the use of glazes and transfers.

 

 

 

Ana Lorena Nunez

 

 

I am a self-taught mixed media artist from Guatemala. Learning and working are a passion of mine. I see my work as a journey through different backgrounds and experiences, conflicts and relationships that are part of every human being, especially women.

 

I am interested in situations that leave a mark on us and the mystery of them... How they emerge and how they are reflected in different situations that arise day by day. It is like the awakening of the individual in its essence, showing each of its facets, from the most sublime feelings, to the darker side that is not revealed at first glance. In my work I use the same models. My intent with that is to keep track of the evolution of my characters over time, and how each stage is discovering and taking different challenges relating to each of these stages.

 

My work is a product of constant experimentation and curiosity, I build figurative and conceptual images through photographs, drawings, objects and collaged images; isolated parts, which together form a whole, showing the essence of what I need to express. For me experimentation is an essential part of my work, I am constantly looking to renew it with different materials. I use multiple channels that include canvas, metal, wood and Plexiglas.

 

 

 

Sue Macdougall

 

 

“I was born in New Zealand and moved to live in Greece many years ago, and come back to New Zealand at least once or twice a year. As I am recognized for my bold and colourful work in different mediums that create structure, depth, movement and texture, nothing excites me more than taking up my brushes and directing my energy into every stroke on a canvas.

 

Thi is a slow progress of building up the image, in which time has no relevance in the creation of my work, which absorbs me completely. Light is an important factor when using colours especially for myself and that is why living on the island of Aegina in Greece, which is famous for the luminosity and clarity of its light, is an ideal place for my studio. The landscape and sea around the island makes for an invaluable addition in my life which inspires my work.”

 

 

 

Anastasia Olarou

 

 

Anastasia is a Russian born artist specialising in human and animal portraiture in painting and sculpture. Having moved to the UK as a child, and often returning to visit her hometown, she has witnessed the vast difference between people's perception of animals across different cultures. Through her art she offers the image of animals in a less categorised and purpose led context - elevating them to eye level. Her aim is to provide a platform for the model, stripped of its original context, to converse with the viewer. So as not to lead the viewer to a predetermined conclusion, her portraits are de-cluttered, dedicated solely to the life within them. In that way the model has a chance to speak for themselves.

 

She gained a degree in character creation and technical effects from the University of Hertfordshire, and worked as a prop maker and sculptor in the film industry prior specialising in portraiture. Her experience with materials from that time sparked in her a love for blending traditional aesthetic with modern techniques.

 

Colour, it's subtleties - or lack thereof -  and the illusions it can create are important in her work. She takes great pleasure adding spice by augmenting natural tones with an accent of brightness.

 

 

 

Makenol Profil

 

 

Nature witnesses our actions and beliefs.

 

It conveys messages from the past to the present.

 

My paintings reflect this synergy between trees & human beings.

 

They live together, protecting & nurturing each other.

 

My work invites you to enter into a secret art world.

 

A world where you can visualize the peaceful nature of a true harmony.

 

My stories illuminate those who still believe that nature is an artefact

 

 

 

Jill Rock

 

 

During my time spent in the Australian outback in 1997 I had the opportunity to spend time with some Aborigine artists. It was an experience that re-connected me as an artist with nature. On my return to London I picked up a piece of tree bark, cleaned and painted it. From that time on I have painted on natural found objects and geometric forms, making work which is relevant to a place and time. I have organised events, worked and been included in exhibitions in London, UK including the Liverpool Biennale in 2004/6/8, as well as extensively in the USA, Brazil, Europe, Australia, Ghana and more.

 

 

 

I have collaborated with poets, musicians, performance artists, playwrights, scientists, mathematicians, social scientists and philosophers, as well having worked in experimental art contexts organising and taking part in events outside a normal gallery situation.

 

STORIES THAT BIND:  CINDERELLA, SLEEPING BEAUTY AND SNOW WHITE

 

 

Considering the impact that these favourite stories from my childhood had on my life I find some resolution in the words of William Blake:

 

“Man was made for joy and woe

Then when these we rightly know

Through the world we safely go

Joy and Woe are woven fine

A clothing for the soul to bind"

 

 

 

Anastasia Sotsenko

 

 

I am 25 years old, and was born in Ukraine. I am an artist, fashion illustrator, illustrator of children's books, and graphic designer. Engaged in drawing since early childhood, I studied in two art schools. In 2008 I entered to the faculty of graphic design at the Lviv National Academy of Arts, obtaining bachelor's degree and a specialist diploma on "Illustration of children's books", graduating in 2014 as a graphic designer. My work is done in watercolor, colored ink, pastel, pencils and acrylic.

 

 

 

Gemma Travers

 

Storytelling is the basis of my work. Lying somewhere between daydreams and nightmares I employ fanatical spaces and juxtapose them against domestic imagery, inviting the viewer to stroll through a dark yet playful narrative. The methodologies in each of my projects begin similarly, by deconstructing children’s lullabies, fairy tales, memories from my own childhood and thrusting them under an adult’s gaze where morals, social constructs and anxiety come into play. My aim is to suggest a fragmented and surreal environment where neither a sense of right or wrong is relevant, but instead a sense of collective empathy, a mutual memory and feelings shared.

 

 

 

Judy Wentzel

 

 

As a little girl Judy Wentzel learned to paint upside down, inspired by a wonderful teacher who told her to be free and to enjoy her art. She still paints this way only turning the canvas around when the work is complete. This unusual style gets other parts of her brain to work, meaning that she is never bored when painting. Judy also revels in textile and wrapping paper design, enjoying the different challenges they present. Following a successful four-year stint as a gallery owner, she changed direction to follow her other dream of becoming a children’s writer, combining her talents to illustrate the books as well. She is blessed with a fabulous family and with the privilege of working for herself, creating art works that are keenly acquired by collectors and art lovers everywhere.

 

 

 

Robert Wilkinson

 

 

“My work is very much focused on the forces of nature; the power and infinite expanse of the sky and the Universe. How do you capture the feeling that you get when you stand under the stars at night? I have been very lucky in my life to spend quite a number of years living by the sea. I have stood on cliff tops watching electrical storms unfold out at sea and felt the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end at the sheer spectacle of it. Many mornings I have watched the sunrise from the sea, as though it is literally rising up out of the waves, that amazing sight is one that I want to capture and with the sun’s passing at the end of the day in a burst of colour as it sets.

 

When Mount Etna erupted in 2000 I spontaneously travelled to Sicily to go up it and experience the force behind the eruption, it still remains the most spectacular display of natural power I have ever witnessed. It is these forces and the insignificance of man’s presence amongst them that I try to capture. I put circular shapes and vortex into my paintings in order to remove the boundaries of the canvas edge, to try to make a picture feel limitless like the sky or space itself. “