30th July 2015 - 15th August 2015 Open Tue-Sat 10am - 6pm
Private Show: Friday 31st of July 6-10pm
Take a walk around an English stately home and you encounter some of the finest examples of the country's artistry. Paintings by Turner, Constable or Gainsborough. Novels and plays by Shakespeare, Dickens or Coward. We may encounter an exquisite Chippendale cabinet or a grandiose ceiling by the architect James Wyatt. But if you want to experience England's greatest contribution to aesthetics, you'll need to leave the house altogether and explore the landscape garden that surrounds it.
English landscape gardeners created masterpieces that surpassed anything on the continent. The history of gardens is an important part of England's green infrastructure and they fulfil multiple roles. They allow us to escape from the every day's busy life. They are the places where we can enjoy life's simple pleasures: to plant and seed, relax, play, and grow our own food.
With these references in mind, Gabriel Fine Art present a carefully selected group of artists whose work record and celebrate the beauty and importance of nature and gardens in the cities and in our life set against various images of objects and maps from the Garden Museum, Lambeth Library and Kew Gardens Museum.
Artists on show:
Jacqueline Merry Bernard
Andrew Alan Johnson
Beata Maria Rzepecka
Make a bird feeder
out of clay
Tuesday 28 July
Come along to our family activity on Tuesday 28th July at the Garden Museum. Drop in and make a bird feeder out of clay with our artist Julie Windler. Julie is a ceramics artist based in the US and is leading this workshop during her visit to London.
She will be giving away one of her bird feeders to a participating family.
Garden Museum, Lambeth Palace Road, London SE1 7LB
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Lambeth Palace Archives:
JACQUELINE MERRY BERNARD
Jacqueline is a painter, art therapist and felt maker. Her CV includes Art Colleges and Exhibitions in France and the UK; Work with Children and Adolescents in a Psychiatric setting; Textiles for The Shakespeare Globe Theatre, London and MGM's 'A Knight's Tale'; and a variety of commissions.
About her work: “Some of the canvasses and Felt work on show depict the claustrophobic nature of my London garden and others the airy one of my garden in France. They are not reproductions of specific seasons because our climates are undergoing such disruptions. They are experiential constructions with particular regard to colour and mood, tranquility and movement.
I work in a cyclical way, revisiting images which may not have been fully understood at the time of making. Parts of abandoned canvasses find other relationships which are integrated into new ones by cutting and stitching.
Space, form and especially colour and their imaginative context remain my commitment.”
Gill is a Sussex-based artist and art tutor. She paints landscapes and life forms that “promise better times and places”.
She paints mainly large contemporary oil paintings of woodland scenes, trees, landscapes, animals, seascapes, underwater paintings, and fish. They are Expressionist, Impressionist and slightly Art-Nouveau in style. She uses thick paint on deep edge canvas. She did her art foundation course at Chelsea and her fine art degree course at Brighton completing in 1982.
About her work: “My inspiration simply comes from painting things that I have actually seen – often from memory. I find that if I paint something I have seen - that it is what was imprinted on my memory that emerges on the canvas - but it will also be altered into a symmetry and pattern that pleases me. My six years studying art at college was well spent learning to draw skilfully and learning about composition, colours, tones and shapes. I know my basics quite well and find that this is essential to the creation of most impressive pieces of art. I think that the best paintings in this world have ‘little souls’ woven into them by the artist and this is what makes people desire them (or not). This what I try to do. Sometimes I succeed well and sometimes I don’t but it keeps me endlessly entertained. “
E-L. Cartwright is a versatile contemporary artist and writer who works in various media, with series in oils and acrylic, as well as pen and watercolour illustrations. Self-taught in art, and having painted from childhood, she graduated from Hull University with a First Class degree in English Literature and Language, followed by post-graduate diplomas in Theatre and Journalism gained whilst studying in the Midlands and the North. Born in Sutton Coldfield, she now lives and works in Sussex. Her recent work includes a series of bold, symbolic, semi-abstract oil pastel and acrylic paintings, which employ one of her signature techniques of juxtaposed complementary colours and layered glazing effects over a bright tonal ground.
About her work: “My art is a place I can be free from the constraints of everyday life and enter a world of the imagination. Dreams and the subconscious provide a deep well of ideas, with the subjects of time, childhood, nature and mortality echoing throughout my work. Over the years, there have been several different thematic periods to my output, with a variety of media chosen according to my aims and interests at that time. In Vincent Dreams of Sunflowers, for instance, I favoured the delicacy of pen and watercolour to create detailed imagery rich in symbolism. By contrast, in a recent series of oil pastel and acrylic paintings, I employed bold colours and deliberate clean lines to convey meaning through shape and form. The hawk-like figure that occurs early on in my work reappears again, as do several familiar motifs including eyes and masks, reflecting my fascination with the seen and unseen. Of late – and with the discovery that my great-grandfather was a lithographic artist – I have become increasingly drawn to the process of printmaking. Preferring the starkly unadorned images achievable through relief printing techniques, I have expanded my portfolio to include a number of original linocuts.
As an admirer of William Blake, my painting and poetry often go hand in hand, their symbiotic relationship resulting in a number of combined projects that can stand together or alone. Ultimately, to me the blank canvas – like the empty page – represents endless possibilities for creation; here I can express and share alternative perceptions of life through visions, dark or dream-like, playful or thoughtful.”
PATRICK O’CALLAGHAN MA(RCA)
Graduated and trained as a graphic designer Patrick is a prolific painter. Painting mostly in Watercolour and gouache and en plein air when possible he is currently painting landscapes in his home area in S. Bucks.
The subjects are generally chosen from observing countryside and sky and he looks for the unusual – a fallen tree – a brightly coloured cloud – a startling event – a peculiar light – something to capture and draw-in an audience.
About his work: "My pictures are dependant on unsaturated colour and heightened reality and I try to be honest; I'm influenced by everything but the heroes who haunt me are Edouard Manet, Eric Gill, Edward Bawden, Eric Ravilious, Edward Hopper, Alan Fletcher and David Hockney"
Chris is a UK-based artist, printmaker and sculptor. About her work: “I originally trained as teacher of English and Drama and was predominantly self taught as an artist, although I have now had some training in Art. After working in a women's prison with inmates with mental health problems I found that art was a great way to communicate with the women and help to build their self esteem; then I went on to use art as a primary means of bringing education and hope to different groups of adults and young people. I left teaching in 2005 to devote myself full time to my own work with assemblage and sculptures and to work in partnership with my husband Paul in the studio and on decorative and trompe l'oeil commissions around the world. In 2011 I was asked to become part of a new art movement..'Neo-Outsiders' by the founder Melissa Westbrook. I am also part of a group of artists called 'Uncooked Culture', founded by Chutima Kerdpitak (Nok)”
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. “
Alison’s bold and sometimes quirky images are mainly linocut prints, though she likes to combine other methods such as monotypes and chine colle. Due to the process itself, she usually creates small editions of each image. These editions often differ due to the printmaking process and also her desire to always experiment, this means that each print is always a unique piece. Continually inspired by artists of the past and present and pretty much anything that surrounds her. Since finishing her degree in Fine art she went to live in Florence where she settled for many years. She has also travelled much of the world but has now returned to London when she decided to move back 2 years ago.
Alison studied fashion and illustration at Epsom College of Fashion (now UCA). And then went on to do a BA degree in Fine Art at the University of Roehampton. She studied printmaking at RACC.
Kate Heiss studied at the Royal College of Art graduating with an MA in Textile Design in 1997. She then worked as a Textile Designer across a wide range of fashion brands including Fenchurch, Miss Selfridge and the Japanese fashion designer Michiko Koshino. Kate has lectured in Japan and was a visiting tutor at Central St Martins College of Art and Design and Buckinghamshire New University.
In 2011 Kate set up her own printmaking studio after receiving a Certificate of Printmaking with distinction from the prestigious Curwen Studio. Her approach to design and printmaking stems from a love of florals, geometric patterns and bold colours often found in textiles. Much of her inspiration comes from the natural landscapes of East Anglia. She works in a variety of techniques including Linocut, Screenprint, Chine Collé, Collagraph and Collage. All her work is on paper.
Kate works with the giftwrap company Re-wrapped and one of Kate's designs has recently been selected for a greetings card by the stationary company Art Angels.
Morna Hinton grew up in Windsor and followed an Art Foundation course at Bath Academy of Art before completing a degree in History of Art at UCL. After graduating, she trained as a secondary Art and Design teacher at the Institute of Education in London, and taught at Feltham Community School before taking up a post as Schools Education Officer at the V&A in 1991. Her career at the V&A included senior management roles in the Learning Department as Head of Learning Services (2002-2011) and Head of Gallery Interpretation, Residencies and Access (2011-2014). She holds an MA in Museum Studies and has published widely in the field of museum and gallery education. In 2014 she left the V&A to pursue painting full-time. She lives in Vauxhall.
Morna is a painter working in watercolour, acrylic and mixed media. As an artist, she takes the external world as her starting point, but she is also interested in the more abstract, formal and emotional qualities that characterise paintings. She generally draws directly with paint and relies on instinct as well as observation. Watercolour in particular, is very conducive to working fast, overriding the rational mind with its drips, runs and chance effects.
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.
ANDREW ALAN JOHNSON
Andrew is a self-taught artist who has always enjoyed art and painting. In his younger years he won many children's art competitions and was included in the Cadbury's National Exhibition of Children's Art in his early teens. As he grew older his interest was pulled away from painting and focused on animation. He achieved a degree in the subject in his early twenties and having spent three years at Dundee University, he graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art.
About his work: “Following several years in graphics roles and gaining children's book experience (having illustrated and self published some myself also) I eventually found that I had been made redundant for a second time within a three year span. Both times it was graphics positions that let me down.
I decided to look to myself and 'feel' for an answer to what I should be doing on this planet! This answer came in an unconventional way! I had an awful experience in a freelance project I was working on (still as a graphic designer trying to work for myself this time) where two clients really pushed me right to the edge, due to their vicious and mercenary abuse of my skills. I felt empty again, like I had for years in the graphic design jobs.
Then, one day I sat down and just painted! Suddenly I remembered. I remembered my gifts for painting, my eye for balance, my feel for colour use and most importantly I remembered feeling alive, enjoying my work and sharing that joy. I felt like me!
I love to use colour and I feel it is an essential skill of mine. I gauge the distribution of colour placement through the 'feel' and the energy of that colour...I seem to know where it should go for full effect. I enjoy bringing spirituality into my art and also healing through my colours. My experiences in animation have, I'm sure fine tuned my eye for movement and helped with adding energy into my pieces.
My favourite things to paint are landscapes, seascapes and cats! I have sold four cats to Singapore and have other pieces in Texas, Spain and of course the UK. As a newly established artist, I am enjoying the adventure very much."
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.
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.”
Tina is a Swedish-born artist painter and photographer. She has successfully exhibited her work around the world in places including New York, Barcelona and London. Tina is a member of Swedish Artist Society. Tina’s photos can seize the day and the innermost beauty found in nature. She gives us the special moment of soft tenderness that disappears in seconds. Such soft tones and subtle colors are basic in her painting.
Her childlike characters is a metaphor of the inner jaw of the man in front of nature wonders. She talks us through photos and paintings on the energy that nature provides and how people should have respect towards the Earth's creation, like a child in front of an enchanted castle.
Sophie Mason is an artist and urban grower dedicated to exploring creativity and nature in the urban environment. Through art, gardening and teaching she fosters connections of care between the self, the natural world and each other. Since completing a Masters in Fine Art two years ago Sophie has worked in collaboration and built on my solo practice, combining performance, installation, sculpture and drawing; to explore these themes. Play, humour and the vernacular are central to her aesthetic and process.
About her work: “I use object making, drawing and performance to explore ways to engage more deeply with each other and the natural-urban environment. Environmental degradation, rising levels of stress and competitive individualism are some of the issues that drive my practice. The studio has provided a space for me to explore new ways to inhabit the urban environment on a social, ecological and psychological level. And to see the possibilities within this even at the smallest scale.”
Paul Wuensche is a London-based figurative artist. He has had several solo shows in London, as well as exhibiting in numerous group shows including the BP Portrait Awards, The Discerning Eye, and the Royal Society of Portrait Painters. Although he works on portraits, nudes and still lifes in his studio, he also paints outside throughout the year.