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ELEMENTS, Part 2

As above, so below

- Hermes Trismegistus

WHERE    The Tabernacle, Notting Hill, London

35 Powis Square, off Portobello Road, London W11 2AY

SHOW RUNS     21-26 of July 2015, Tue-Sat 9am-10pm

SPECIAL EVENT   Wednesday 22 of July 6-10pm - Performance by Mark Sheeky &

Sabine Kussmaul and music by Papa Tigre!

 

Elements Part 2 is an exhibition of selected artists working in a

variety of media and scale concerned with the elements of wind, fire,

water and alchemy; the universe in part or whole, reflected, transformed

and depicted. As above, so below weaves narratives into the two level

framework of things; disturbance v tranquility, surface v depth,

division v the whole - an exciting and diverse range of artworks

celebrating the natural world and our place within it.

 

Artists:

 

Isabelle Beaubien

Melissa Budasz

Paul Czainski

Leah Downing

Mark Edmonds

Klaus Grape

Gill Hickman

Kevin Holland

Moira Jarvis

Lauren Jetty

Paul Jackson

Yana Kapoustin

Gayane Karapetyan

Sabine Kussmaul

Eileen Lee

Caia Matheson

Mariya Naydis

Ann Palmer

Gerald Prior

Curtis Radclyffe

Suzanne Rees-Glanister

Renee Rilexie

Mark Sheeky

Bagdasaryan Smbat

Jacob Sodergren

Nataliya Scheib

Kimm Stevens

Hester Tatnell

Heran Tefera

Steve Trevillion

Teresa Wicksteed

Dora Williams

Yoyne

 

Come help us celebrate at our FREE SPECIAL EVENT on 22 July - an evening

of marvelous performance. Artists Mark Sheeky, Sabine Kussmaul and Escargot will

perform "The Anatomy Of Emotions", a 30 minute collaborative work that takes the viewer

on a journey through different emotional states, building up a picture

of a person in feelings using spoken word, music and projection effects.

and music by PAPA TIGRE! - a strong blend of flamenco, mariachi, and

eastern European melody with hard funk and latino rythmns. Jim Dandy on

bass, Zed on cajon and David Randall Goddard on guitar and lead vocals.

Beautiful songs, bare-bone arrangement and a large helping of pasión!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A missionary of the Middle Ages tells that he had found the point where the sky and the Earth touch..

 

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Flammarion, Camille (1888)

ISABELLE BEAUBIEN

 

Born in Montreal in 1980 and completed her studies in fine arts at Concordia University in Montreal; Then moved to the south of France to specialize in Contemporary Art where she got a Master Degree from The Villa Arson, Nice. She lives and worked in London for the past 7 years.

Her attraction for the uncertainty and the fact that she can never predict the final result provokes a surprisingly happy reaction when the color interacts perfectly with each other.  She would never retouch a painting, it’s a one shot experience.

Isabelle is someone who has strong control on her surroundings. This technique allows her the freedom needed to create an amazing piece or art.

Inspired by two of the most important artist of this century, Donald Judd and Gerard Richter, Isabelle Beaubien’s mixed media paintings combine vibrant, dynamic colors that generate excitement and emotion.

Similar to Richter’s technique, she does not paint with brushes; She takes a chance in one stroke that could or could not result in a great painting. Isabelle is also very attracted by minimal art and that’s why her work is a mixture of the colorful, glossy, and perfect sculptures of Donald Judd and the surprising and blurry paintings of Richter.

She gets that result by the combination of acrylic and a resin that creates a very glossy finish and sensation of depth on some part of the work. These painting look very sculptural because of the thickness of the finished canvas, producing a beautiful object on the wall.

 

LEAH DOWNING

 

Leah Downing (b. 14 April 1992) is a British Artist from Worcestershire. She graduated from Loughborough University in 2014, with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art. Downing works predominantly using the medium of oil painting, but additionally produces LED Lightboxes using digital painting. Her art focuses upon the alliance between science and art, exploring aesthetic properties found within chemistry and the cosmos. Influenced by science fiction and portrayals of space, the unseen is made visible and false landscapes are produced. Downing’s work has been featured in many exhibitions, including Saatchi’s online ‘Life Aquatic’ Collection,in addition to being one of 20 artists shortlisted for the Works in Print Art Graduate Prize, which was exhibited at Herbert Smith Freehills in London. She was awarded second prize in the Glendonbrook Enterprise and Innovation Award 2014, was long listed for the Signature Art Prize 2015, and has pieces displayed in private collections in both the UK and the USA. In 2014, Downing was selected to join 'The Studio', an enterprise which assists Loughborough graduates to develop sustainable businesses. She wrote the article ‘Science, meet Art’ for Fresh Meat Collective, and her paper “The Cosmos: A Convergence of Art, Science and the Sublime”, was nominated to be entered for the Association of Art Historians Dissertation Prize.

 

Leah about her work: “The basis of my work stems from the balance between science and technology, and aesthetics displayed within Hubble images. Much of the cosmos exists outside the visible spectrum; reliance on multiwavelength observation to reveal the hidden, introduces intervention and bias. Whilst remaining a scientific encryption, colours and constituent unseen radiation are selected artistically to produce an aesthetic, falsified, image. Focusing on false colourisation to perceive the unseen, endeavour to create my own interpretation of fantastic false landscapes, rooted in science. I document the invisible effects of hydrophobic and hydrophilic interactions with dye, which are artistically altered through colour to present an aesthetically pleasing image that resonates with the ‘look’ of our perception of the cosmos. By specifically selecting elements of my experiment as inspiration, I produce large scale images presented as digital paintings. The work no longer exhibits a still of reality, but a composite image displaying a fusion of chemical reactions and paint, amalgamating science and artistic licence. I display these fictitious realms through circular LED lightboxes, introducing a window to these worlds; whilst also imbuing the work with the power of technology.

 

MELISSA BUDASZ

 

Melissa Budasz is a London based visual artist, curator and Chair of South London Women Artists and is a painter who works with photography, collage, assemblage and drawing using multi media. Her work negotiates identity, myth and memory, drawing on the fictional aspects of memory and the boundaries between forgetting and remembering. She details the dichotomy between acquired knowledge with observation and uses her body and hair with fragments from the natural world creating links between femininity, creativity and trauma. The process of transformation evolves through the rhythms of movement, vision and tactility, rooted in both psychological and metaphysical states. Working in series (and repetition) perceptibly transforms one piece to another and how a network of inter-relationships are made. Her work connects to symbolic and discursive systems such as myth, philosophy and psychoanalysis referencing nature, the body and literature in an allegorical way. Myth and memory are at the foundation of her work, it is here that she can creatively tell imaginary stories that are deeply personal, a separation from ordinary life, intimate and specific to the moments of experience, opening awareness of passing time and the rhythms that govern one's life. Melissa studied painting at Camberwell and Norwich Schools of Art, graduating in 1997 and lives and works in London.

 

PAUL CZAINSKI

 

Paul studied Fine Art at Leeds College of Art and Goldsmiths College, London. Straight out of college he met and worked with the top interior decorators of the time. He became (and still is) the most sought after specialist trompe l'oeil artist, muralist, and specialist decorator. More recently Paul has begun to spend more time on his individual studio work and his collaborative ventures with his wife Chris, including, making films, performance and installations.

He is inspired by pattern, decorative effects, chiaroscuro and the fantastic. In his paintings and drawings he is able to tell a story or bring to our attention the hidden beauty or excitement of the mundane. He works in virtually any medium, from charcoal, etching and drawing through to oils and acrylics. He is equally at home with large scale and miniature works. Much of his work has been  for the celebrated interior decorator Nicky Haslam although he also works directly with clients and other interior decorators.

 

MARK EDMONDS

 

Mark Edmonds is an emerging artist who channels his life’s experience and knowledge into creating work that highlights the issues he is passionate about. The themes of Mark’s paintings are often premeditated and decided prior to the application of paint. Imagery will be conjured at the base layer in the form of various shapes and textures. Paint is subsequently applied in an expressive manor, using meditative techniques, some documented by those who practice ‘automatic drawing’. A combination of paint and varnish is then used to reveal the hidden esoteric patterns within.

 

KLAUS GRAPE

 

Klaus Grape was born in Munich on 27 June 1961  Expelled from his grammar school over a painting, he attended Munich Design School and subsequently studied architecture, graduating as an interior designer in 1984.  Some years of travel around the world followed: In Africa Klaus worked on store an exhibition design projects and held two exhibitions in the National Art Museum and the Natalie Knight Gallery in South Africa, displaying a cross-section of his early artistic works. It is unsurprising that he won an art  competition to commemorate the 100th year of Johannesburg’s foundation. Back in Munich/Germany he set up a small architect’s office but dedicated his creativity and heart  to art. In this time he completed several projects with Wolfgang Flatz. Klaus Grape has been a professional artist since 2000. Exhibitions of his work have been held in Greater Munich, Baden-Baden, Bremen, Düsseldorf and Berlin. His art work is displayed in many private residences throughout Europe, South Africa and Canada including several public collections including the collection at the headquarters of the Bavarian Broadcasting Association.

 

Klaus is currently working on two series,  “cosmos and empathy” and “mystery time”   which are inspired by the interactions between cosmos, nature and time. He lives and works in Munich/Bavaria.

 

GILL HICKMAN

 

Gill Hickman was born in 1955 and raised in the sleepy suburb of Bromley, Kent.  After two year foundation at Croydon Art School, she studied art and education to Degree level at Kingston University. She became a teacher and expressed her creativity supporting her young pupils for twenty years. In 1997, after becoming a mother, she returned to art full time and now lives and has a studio in Brockley, South East London. As well as creating art, Gill Hickman also facilitates meditation classes in SE London. Her work is in many collections, both public and private in the UK and internationally. She has been the Director of the Skylark Galleries on London's South Bank since 1999.  

 

“My work is fundamentally autobiographical. I gain inspiration from the textures, patterns & layers I see around me and in the ups and downs of life. In the late eighties I was diagnosed with a life threatening illness and thought I would not survive. As part of my health regime I began to meditate regularly and I believe this has helped me to remain well. Mindful meditation also influences my artworks and the way I represent the human emotional landscape. I often work with basic shapes and forms, creating pieces which may appear simple yet can be extremely powerful. Collectors describe my works as “calming yet uplifting.

I choose quality materials; fine hand-made papers, gold & silver leaf, and create  embossed paper works, embellished collages & textured works on canvas.” Says Gill about her work

 

“The Five Chinese Elements” and “The Four Seasons” are two works that have arisen through my practice of meditation and Tai Chi." she adds

 

KEVIN HOLLAND

 

Kevin has worked as a sculptor continuously since 1987, having completed his studies in Fine Art (Sculpture) at CCAD. In the development of his sculptural career he has been able to explore many styles, materials and methodologies, having worked with and studied associated arts practices. Throughout these explorations he has found that working creatively with tactile materials is the area to which I am passionately connected.

Having successfully completed my first Public Art commission in 1992, Kevin has been able to make the production of commissions the main focus of my sculptural output. To date he has completed fourteen large scale Public Artworks, each having it’s own individual characteristics.

In 2011 he was awarded an MA in Visual Art Practices following a two year course. During this course he became more familiarized with contemporary art production, and of how this can inform the progression of my practice.

 

About his work:

“Alongside my work on commissions, I have continuously developed my studio practice. This involves sculptural works of a smaller scale and more immediate nature, which can be developed with more spontaneity and with less practical restrictions than large commissioned works. The smaller works are generally for exhibition in galleries or for private commissions. The sculptural discoveries from my studio practice also provide creative influences for the production of the larger works.

 

At present I am emphasising my studio work development, and focusing on works for exhibitions. I like to see my practice as continually evolving, and I approach every new sculpture as an expedition in search of new discoveries.”

 

LAUREN JETTY

 

Obsessiveness and multiplicities run through Lauren's choice of iconic imagery as well as the processes used; crafting an intimacy with something global. Iconic paintings become less significant as paintings and more significant as images; with networks of parodies shadowing them across the Internet. The Mona Lisa occupies the same space as Kim Kardashian’s derriere. Sewing has strong historical connotations with the regulation of appropriate feminine behaviour and the division of the sexes. It is still difficult today for a female artist to be known as an artist without gender being attached. The boundary between computer and human, heart and hard drive is a blurry one. Lauren's practice questions our assumptions of man versus machine. There is a constant exchange between the digital/non-space to the tactile object/material – dislocating traditional forms and handcrafting the digital. Lauren learnt to cross stitch when visiting her grandparents as a child. She has readily stuck two fingers up and said you know what, this is art. Lauren is a recent Fine Art graduate based in London.

 

CAIA MATHESON

 

Caia Matheson is an Award Winning Contemporary British Oil Painter based in Brighton United Kingdom. Caia Matheson was born in Johannesburg and educated in Tokyo and London. She has exhibited alongside artists Billy Childish Jamie Reid Yohji Yamamoto and Sir Paul McCartney.

 

Caia about her work: "As a kid I used to be fascinated by the Lowly worm in the Richard Scarry books. I loved scouring each page to seek out that worm and when I found it I would feel most content like I had discovered a piece of secret truth that would uncover all the answers to my questions about the universe. There are some Lowly worms in my abstracts albeit in symbolic form. I love to mix paint mediums and experiment with the effects. This can be the most exciting part of the creative process. My work is about words and verse from all sources such as radio plays audio books stories song lyrics and poetry. I get such great pictures from words and translate them into my work as a visual narrative. I paint with my hands and household sponges onto canvases laid flat on the floor. I begin painting with a specific colour that I have in my minds eye then I  introduce other colours and begin to build layers on the canvas. These layers are then scratched off and layered over again like a palimpsest literally meaning scraped clean and used again. I love the idea of previous markings that are not visible but are still an inherent part of the composition. The subjects in the layers are buried in the dark and light spaces and come out and disappear as the light changes presenting different aspects depending on shifting light conditions and mood. I consider each successive layer a generation to populate or depopulate the canvas as needed and create my own world as I go. I like to create a world within worlds."

 

Caia Matheson was selected as one of the top 5 artists The Other Art Fair April 2014 by FAD Art Website Painted Europe's First Rainbow Pedestrian Crossing on Madeira Drive Brighton UK 2014; Painting 'Forest Fire' selected by author Neil Gaiman for A Calendar of Tales 2013; Winner Brighton Artist of the Year UK 2004; Nominated for the Ambassadors Art Prize Belgium 2005; Nominated for the Women's Art Show Basingstoke UK 2005, Short listed for the Brighton Festival Art Prize UK 2004

 

PAUL JACKSON

 

Paul Jackson is a Norfolk-based sculptor, writer, illustrator and storyteller.

 

The artist about his work: “I remember as a young boy putting a 2b pencil on its side and rubbing it into the grain of a sheet of cartridge paper. I would see images there, which I would then draw into. Often I would see faces, eyes, leaves or flowers or any number of things. For forty years now I have continued to find fresh ways to explore my imagination, to perfect line and colour and breathe life and imagination into all of my work, whatever it is.This work is often figurative, using themes of Mythology with a faerie-like twist to it. I create in four distinctly different disciplines. Ceramics, Illustration, Storytelling and Writing. However I often have a strong link between these approaches to creativity. Using sometimes all four of them to help me develop the full potential of a creative idea. I will use Lustres and Gold to finish my Sculptures and illustrations off as I feel it adds that magical, mercurial final flourish to a piece of my creativity. I am inspired to create by many things in nature, the magic of forests, the shapes in clouds, the movement of the sea, the shapes of Mountains. I subconsciously seem to constantly observe and absorb imagery and then look for different ways to express my emotional response to it.”

 

His Sculptures and illustrations have been described variously by collectors as being; ‘so full of story that they never tire of looking at them’. Which is one of my main aims when I make a piece; I just want someone to enjoy looking at it once they have it in their home.’

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His main influences include Arthur Rackham, Edmund Dulac and W. Heath Robinson alongside with Da Vinci, William Blake, Richard Dadd, Turner, Van Gogh, Stanley Spencer and Monet. Paul’s work has been held in private collections across Europe, in North America and Australia. With solo exhibitions in London, and mixed exhibitions in New York, Frankfurt and Melbourne.

 

MOIRA JARVIS

 

Trained at Cambridge Art School, with a degree in textiles, Moira initially worked as a designer selling in New York and Paris. After having children she qualified as an art teacher and worked for many years as head of art in a London Comprehensive School. She completed an MA in Fine Art (painting) at Wimbledon College of Art (UAL) and now work in one of the Cannizaro Park Studios near Wimbledon Common.

Moira’s work explores personal and collective histories and our place in the natural world and is informed by an earlier career as a textile designer.

 

YANA KAPOUSTIN

 

Yana Kapoustin is a Luxembourg – based artist painter. Her favourite style is post-impressionism and she chose to work with oil on canvas. As a qualified art therapist Yana works mainly with children.  Her paintings have been exhibited in Luxemburg, Brussel and London.  Yana’s vibrant work captures the dynamics and beauty of nature and her distinctive style has been appreciated by private collectors around Europe and in the UK.

 

GAYANE KARAPETYAN

 

Gaya is an independent abstract artist from Toronto. She has had extensive experience in varied fields, ranging from a degree in education in Biology to Event planning but finally found her true calling in Art.

 

The common theme of her creation infers the artist’s abstractive reflection on, and interpretation of, the natural world and phenomena. Her paintings include natural environments and objects, single elements of natural phenomena and geographical ambiance, panoramic view, and wildlife. The intent is to show the captivating power of colour of the landscapes and seascapes, light refractions in the texture of flowers, mysterious fluctuations of water and deviational patterns of the moving natural forms. The paintings feature an area of land or water, including their physical elements such as mountains, rivers, lakes, seas, flowers and other vegetation, as well as any transitory elements such as weather conditions.

 

About her work:

 

“For me, creation through the art is the sublime freedom to express myself. Music is that powerful source of inspiration, which induces my profound emotions, plays on the strings of imagination and culminates in a refined creativity of artwork.

My paintings can be described as continuous abstract variations on the theme of the beauty of nature. They associatively correlate and thematically complement each other. From the pure abstraction perspective, the goal is to introduce colours as unconventional identifiers of the nature themes.”

 

SABINE KUSSMAUL

 

Sabine Kussmaul studied Fashion Design with Fine Art at Fachhochschule Pforzheim, Germany and at Pratt Institute, New York. She later gained a PGCE in Further Education from Sunderland University. Kussmaul has previously worked in the Fashion industry, as an illustrator and a lecturer in Art & Design. She has exhibited work in galleries in the UK and abroad, with several pieces currently held in private collections. Kussmaul produces work which ranges from small drawings and prints to large scale mixed media pieces. She works along the briefs of her own projects and commissions but also collaborates with other artists. Kussmaul currently works on visual concepts to incorporate sound and real and projected images in a three-dimensional context.  

 

EILEEN LEE

 

Eilen is a self-taught Artist was born in England in 1942 and grew up in the northern country of Lancashire. She moved to Australia in 1987 with her husband and sons.

She has since returned to England in 2012 after her husband passed away and now lives in Cornwall.

Her greatest influences have been John Hammond, Arthur Seago and Ray Balkwill for their stunning landscapes. More recently, she have become more obsessed with bright, vivid colour, with painters such as Soraya French, Hashim Akib and David Hockney renewing her appreciation to Art.

 

About her work:

“I have been an artist for as long as I can remember. Encouraged by my parents and armed with pencils and crayons I would spend hours creating picture and drawings for my family.

I became serious about my art when I retired from the workforce and children grown up.  I am also self-taught, as formal training was always out of my reach. I became an avid reader of every art instruction book that I could lay my hands on.

I paint in oils and acrylics. As a keen conservationist and lover of wildlife it became second nature to me to paint the environment and its inhabitants. No matter where in the world I happen to be, I love to paint the beautiful waterways and coastlines. My fascination with landscape has led me to become an avid cloud watcher, which leads me, of course, to paint them.

 

MARIYA NAYDIS

 

Mariya Naydis produces vibrant, dream evoked pieces of artwork with an extremely exquisite quality to them. Painted in oil, the art is abstract and bold with various interesting figures and stories encapsulated within which express the human emotions, nature and depict her own dreams. She concerns herself specifically with the realistic, detailed conception of her dreams, feelings and visions. She conveys the far spectrum of human emotions from sorrow to rage to love, fear, and longing.

Born on the 12th June 1983 in Dnepropetrowsk, Mariya grew up in the Soviet union of that time. In her infancy she had to be content with little - often it pulled her on the street where she found materials such as multi-coloured shards. Mariya was fascinated and obviously it was not difficult for her to lay these shards out into colourful picture mosaics. Mariya’s grandmother was an actress in the theatre. Her mother told her numerous stories growing up which sparked a constantly growing interest to represent the experience of life and art as a possible unity.

 

Mariya’s success speaks for itself. In January 2014 she held an exhibition consisting of the subject ‘As Mr. Keuner incendiary turned….fine pictures/ arsonists’ in the art pavilion, Munich. In March 2014 the Munich Artist’s Association set up another show with her pictures in the ‘museum of Egyptian art’. Other exhibitions followed in January 2015 in the ‘De Sena & De Sena Gallery’ in Westerham and repeatedly within the framework of the annual exhibition of the Munich Artist’s Association in the ‘museum of Egyptian Art’.

 

ANN PALMER

 

Ann Palmer is a Self-Artist who paints 'en plein air' townscapes, landscapes and seascapes in oils and also painting from life. Ann's outdoor paintings depict scenes near her home in Kent and London, as well as the West Country (Bath, Dartmoor, St Ives). Whilst in her home in France, she paints French chateaux and landscapes from the Loire Valley. She also loves to paint in Venice. Though she had enjoyed Art as a child, she did not actually paint until later retiring from the NHS, where she worked as a General Practitioner and Public Health Consultant for several years.

 

About her work:

“I joined the Rochester Adult Education beginners Class in 2007/8. In July 2008 I joined a 5 day course in Watercolour led by Roger Gill at Central St. Martins; this course provided me with the basic grounding to take my interest in watercolour forward. I have learned through class work, reading and visiting exhibitions. I have taken part in watercolour workshops organised by Francis Iles in Rochester, Norfolk Arts Centre and monthly Master Classes led by Bill Newton.

 

I have also attended a pen and wash course run by Brian Ryder in Norfolk, a course entitled ‘café culture’ at Central St Martins, and a painting holiday led by Bill Newton in Tuscany in July. During 2008/10 I attended regularly a Life Drawing Class at Maidstone Adult Education Centre and an Improvers Class in Gillingham.

 

I am now a member of the Improvers Class at Rochester Adult Education Centre led by Gary Bassett ; I attend Life Drawing Classes led by Crawfurd Adamson in Hastings; Crawfurd has been responsible for my development in oils. I am a member of the Hesketh Hubbard Art Society at the Mall Galleries, the Rochester and West Kent Art Society.”

 

JEZ PRIOR

 

Having spent the last 30 years or so devoting most of his time to the "music business" Jez decided enough was enough and it was about time he got back to the thing he really loves - PAINTING.

 

About his work: “I became a  student at The Hornsey School of Art in 1976 after a foundation course at Barking technical college of all places incidentally, this is where I saw the Sex Pistols play at our christmas party in 1975 in a pub in East Ham,before anyone else saw them really , and it changed my life! Painting was dead and it was the time of "conceptual" art. So I went along with the whole thing and stopped painting, did some conceptual performance things and this led me to the experimental music studios in the college where I discovered Synthesisers and a four track studio and my interest in painting waned and took a back seat .

 

My new passion became sound , recording and performing and this led to a post punk band called The MONOS! Then a new romantic band called Victims Of Pleasure. I made records with both bands but had no commercial success. In the meantime I had learned about recording music and became a studio recording engineer in 1982.

 

Life followed on and I had children , got divorced ,became a teacher of music technology in 1990, a job I have done since,until in May 2006 I made the decision to paint again and give it all my energy and commitment.”

 

CURTIS RADCLYFFE

 

Curtis trained in film and photography and for many years worked as a film director. He is a graduate of the Royal college of Art with Ba (Hons) Photography and MA in Film. He conceived and directed two commercial feature films.

Curtis about his work: “Slowly my passion for stills photography has returned and now I found my way back into the art form. I'm interested in evoking the nonliterate, the resonances between, above and below. “

‘A man's work is nothing but this slow trek to rediscover, through the detours of art, those two or three great and simple images in whose presence his heart first opened’ – Camus.

 

SUZANNE REES-GLANISTER

 

Suzanne Rees Glanister is a London-based Welsh artist. After a childhood largely spent overseas,she trained as a set designer at the Central School of Arts and Crafts (now Central St Martins) and then worked with eminent designers such as Sean Kenny and Jocelyn Herbert before becoming a designer in her own right, later developing her work as a a fine artist. Her work is inspired by  her philosophy as a Buddhist and Japanese and Celtic culture, and includes large abstract canvases as well as portraiture and smaller gouaches.

 

About her work:

“Trained as theatre designer; worked in many theatres; had 3 children; took up fine art; had exhibitions, though find it hard to find places to exhibit; but carry on. As you will see from this painting and my website, I paint large, though not all the time, abstract mostly, though not all the time,. I use oil on large paintings, but when working small I use gouache. “

 

MARK SHEEKY  

 

Mark Sheeky is a UK based self-taught painter and craftsman with a diverse range of skills. He runs his own sound effects library and composes music on commission for the computer game industry. As an artist he primarily paints oil paintings and designs art objects, which include a variety of craft techniques from gilding and metal/jewellery work to plaster work, working with stone, wood, plastic resins and other materials.

About his work: “I am an eclectic professional artist. I typically paint detailed surrealist or fantastical looking paintings in oils and I aim to show experiences and feelings that people can relate to. I paint using classical techniques and sometimes augment my paintings with frames or cabinets I construct myself.

What is new excites me, so I'm always pushing towards any limits. I love being pro-active in promotion and art creation and engage frequently with local arts organisations, from poster and video production to organising poetry nights, art markets and festivals, to performing piano or readings.”

 

JACOB SODERGREN

 

Jacob Södergren is a 28-year-old contemporary artist based in Stockholm, Sweden. Jacob holds a Master of Science degree in Design and Product Realization from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.

 

About his work: “Art has been a great part of Jacob’s life as long as he can remember. He has tried many different styles and methods and likes the possibility to vary, from sketching with a simple lead pencil to creating abstract art by using whatever tool available.

Jacob prefers colorful abstract themes, leaving room for imagination and interpretation. He usually describes his art as structured chaos and works without fine brushstrokes or precise ideas. He rarely knows what the result will look like when he starts – by mixing colors on the way in multiple layers of paint, anything can happen during the process. Since Jacob never has the patience to wait for the paint to dry, he likes to work with quick drying and easy-mixed acrylic. Jacob believes that the larger canvas to paint on, the more space to make something unique.”

 

NATALIYA SCHEIB

 

Nataliya Scheib is a Ukrainian-born artist who currently lives and works in Houston, Texas.

 

Nataliya began drawing at a very young age. Growing up in Soviet Ukraine, she did not have art supplies readily available, so she used all kinds of found materials to draw with, such as sticks, pieces of red and white bricks, and mortar. At the age of ten, Nataliya entered the art school in her town to complete a 4-year intensive and structured classical training in drawing, painting, sculpture, and composition. After graduating, Nataliya went to college to study architecture and received a BA degree in Architectural

 

Nataliya’s work has been included in a number of art exhibitions in the U.S. and in Romania. Some of the national places she has exhibited include Lawndale Art Center in Houston, Texas; North Gallery Department of Art and Design of San Jacinta College in Houston, Texas; Avis Frank Gallery and Gallery M Squared, both in Houston Texas; Fine Art Museum in Gadsden, Alabama; Nicolet Gallery at Nicolet College, Wisconsin, Dacia Gallery, New York City, New York, and others galleries in the U.S.

 

Additionally, Nataliya’s work has been selected for the exhibitions by National Association of Women Artists; Oil Painters of America; and National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society.  

 

Nataliya also has received several awards and honors, and a Special Recognition Award for Outstanding Art for her oil paintings, and her work was included in Artist Portfolio Magazine, and ArtAscent Magazine, among other publications. Nataliya was selected among 79 artists of the United States to be included in the publication Art Buzz “The 2014 Collection, Volume 7” with her landscape painting "Umbrella Man." This year Nataliya has been selected to participate in two Intensive Art Residencies in Berlin, Germany. One art residency is coming up in July 2015 and another, by Berlin Art Institute has been scheduled for September 2015.

 

BAGHDASARYAN SMBAT

 

Since graduating from the Yerevan State Academy of Fine Arts, has had numerous acknowledgements from Artists and Art-lovers across the World. He has exhibited his work from Cairo, Poland, Montpellier, Moscow to Toronto. He has also received a highest rating of ‘excellent’ in his thesis illustrating the works of Mikhail Bulgakov’s “Master and Margarita”.

 

He has also studied at the all-Union institute of Improvement of professional skill of workers of Television and Radio Broadcasting at the rate of Animations Artists (Moscow, Ostankino) under the leadership of F. Khitruk. Since 2007 he has become a member of the International Art Fund. His wealth in experience and depth in knowledge is certainly apparent in his work.

 

KIMM STEVENS

 

Kimm studied painting at the Royal academy schools and has been painting, exhibiting and teaching ever since. He has written 2 books on painting and also designs and builds decorative installations for playgrounds.

“I spend a lot of time going out into the country painting and drawing directly from nature. The immediate challenge is to achieve a composition and capture the light, on site, in real time. These studies then form the basis for more formal paintings completed in the studio. The field work has an immediacy and a spontaneous freshness all of its own. It is this work that I exhibit here.”

 

TERESA WICKSTEED

 

A Fine Art graduate of Falmouth University, Teresa creates a timeless zone where you may lose yourself for a while. Since she nearly died many years ago, she has given creative expression to the transcendent light she was aware of during her Near Death Experience. Inner vision from daily meditation reminds her of this Light. In paint, she re-captures her experience of moments out of time. Her work is a conjuring up of the unseen - an evocation of incorporeal energies. Despite this, the physicality of the oil dictates the finished form of the work; she uses instinctive mark-making within a strict process of layering and waiting, concealment and revelation. For Teresa, the fascination of painting is in the process: the hidden layers (like the internal workings of our bodies) give the work its life.  Her layering and glazing technique is very slow, so slowness/time is encapsulated within the layers of each piece. Since her degree show in 2002, her painting has developed organically and instinctively, and though still emerging from her inner core, her current work reveals an authentic individual signature style.  Many of Teresa Wicksteed`s works have found homes in therapeutic locations: buyers range from a consultant psychiatrist to osteopathy, yoga and acupuncture practices, hospices, and Dame Stephanie Shirley`s school for autistic young adults.

 

HESTER TATNELL

 

Hester Tatnell is a self-taught, London-based painter. Using oils as a preferred medium, her work focuses on finding beauty in darkness, perfection in imperfections and creating macabre hybrids of the human form and nature. Hester studied Printed Textile Design at Loughborough University, graduating in 2014, and though her painting takes on a more instinctive role, inspired elements of subtle patterns and textures can often be found creeping around her artworks. Alongside her education, Hester has continually explored and enjoyed her personal art and taken regular commissions in a range of subjects.

The Artist about her work:” Painting, for me, is a medicinal process and always comes from a need to vent current emotions or obsessions. My ideas develop spontaneously, often triggered by a potent experience and enriched with a dark twist. My current work plays upon a theme I have christened ‘PrettyUgly', which deals with personal insecurities alongside a fascination with skin, blurring the lines between reality and fantasy, and nature in its most cruelly striking form. My figures are muses of my mind and evolve as I work, their original beauty becoming tainted by macabre yet strangely attractive subtleties - floral deformations and patterned scars. Splicing together aspects from many different inspirations, I enjoy creating unique, hybrid creatures that also reflect a level of vulnerability and sensuality.

Within my practice I enjoy a more intuitive approach - by utilising a variety of traditional and unconventional tools and techniques, I feel the natural energy is kept alive, and the raw qualities and defects work only to compliment the unconventional beauty of my subjects.”

 

HERAN TEFERA

 

Heran is an emerging artist who has had an interest in Art from a tender age. Heran mentions how art has been some what of coping mechanism, and her portfolio has developed considerably in recent years with attention from Artists and Art-reviewers alike.

Her influences include Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso and Edvard Munch, and has been fascinated in abstract paintings when initially undergoing tough periods in his life. As time progressed, his influences have been ever-expansive, much like her work, with influences in abstract to naturalistic to representational.

 

About her work:

“I don't set out to produce art about one subject or another. I draw or sketch my thoughts and sometimes the drawings are left in the sketchbook while other times they build up into more in-depth ideas and detailed paintings. Most of my Art works are predominantly painted without a base of sketch of ideas.  

 

My influences come from my expression and extension of my thoughts and feelings. Hopefully, my art speaks for itself and gives the viewer the right message. I believe each viewer has different interpretation from the same painting and whatever right message it gives to the viewer, gives me pleasure.  

I see the canvas as a means of describing life from my perspective. Painting is not just my passion but also where I have a breathing space and freedom ticket to wherever I want to exist. I see it as an escape from the world where, there is only me, images of my thoughts and the noise of the brush against the paint and canvas.”

 

STEVE TREVILLION

 

Steven Trevillion  lives and works in London. He is an abstract painter  who works mainly with acrylic on paper and canvas. Steven has an MA in Fine Art from Camberwell College, University of the Arts London. He is a member of the artist-led Espacio Gallery in London's East End and of the Artists Studio Company. His studio is  in Streatham, London. He has long-standing interests in environmental questions  and the idea that an artwork emerges out of a partnership with materials and processes, both of which influence his practice .

"My work deals with materiality and metaphor.  The making of an artwork,  like the process of making a landscape can leave marks or scars that help to shape its future as well as record its past." Says Steve

 

DORA WILLIAMS

 

Dora was born in Italy in the town of Taranto. She always had a passion for painting from her early teens. Prevented by circumstances, from following an Art education, she pursued a career in business for many years, initially in Italy and continued after moving to England in 1988.

Her artistic career developed in the Cayman Islands when she moved there with her family in 2000. Primarily a self-taught artist she has attended numerous workshops by several international artists as well as learning the realistic technique of the Masters at the Academy of Realist Art in Toronto.

Dora was an active member of the Visual Art Society of the Cayman Islands and chaired the board until April 2010.In July 2011 Dora and her family moved back to the UK and now lives in Great Malvern, where she continues her fine art practice.

 

About her work:

“Abstraction is the foundation process in making my work. The unknown factor makes the journey unpredictable, as I search for human forms within the abstract. For me the human body conveys a feeling, an emotion, engaging the viewer with their own personal response.

 

YOYNE

 

Yoyne (Piotr Nowak) is a London-based multidisciplinary artist. He is a graduate of Cracow School of Art and Fashion Design (SAPU) and he also completed Furniture Restoration Course at London Metropolitan University.

 

Yoyne about his work:” I tend to translate my perception of the world into colours and forms and then place them onto various objects, which this way become ‘canvas’ of my paintings. These paintings then can tell multiple stories; it all depends on the viewer which story is told. Apart from using ‘traditional’ canvas I tend to ‘recycle’ and use old pieces of furniture, mirrors and fabrics to paint on them. This way my art, my painting also becomes an ‘object of everyday use’. I believe that this world of colours can reflect emotions and memories – it can create new feelings and can heal – it’s a creative surge that can engulf you once you start to explore, feel and respond. It all depends on how you take it.”

 

 

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