Secret Art Sale Artists 2018
See below biographies of artists submitting work for the Secret Art Sale 2018.
I am largely self-taught but have attended workshops and classes at Heatherley’s School of Art, LARA, The Barns Atelier and Lavender Hill. While living in Texas I won an “Honourable Mention” award for two paintings at the Watercolor Art Society Houston.
I have a studio with ShedArt in Surrey, and take part in Open Studios, Arts Alive and Exhibit at various venues around the country .
I paint in oils, watercolour and mixed media. Colour, light, and movement play a large part in all my paintings.
Born in the USA, Virginia has been living and working in the UK for over fifty years. A teacher for many years, especially with S & N children. she retrained as a psychotherapist and has now retired.
Virginia has always been interested in art, art history, drawing and painting. An adult Ed class helped Virginia rediscover this interest and she has attended classes over the past 10 years and still feels she is learning.
Artwork– Acrylics, Inks, Abstract interpretations from her own photographs
Ian Burke was born in Saltburn and was brought up in Redcar. After studying Fine Art at Newcastle University he followed his father’s footsteps and worked as a labourer on the North Sea oil rigs for two years before continuing his studies at Goldsmith’s College, London.
Formerly a resident of Staithes, he now lives close by on the North York Moors and the village continues to inspire him. Many of his strong, unsentimental images depict its boats and buildings and the fishing industry which remains at the heart of this community. Ian is a dedicated teacher of art who takes great pride in nurturing new talent. He has taught in various comprehensive schools throughout the country, as well as at Rugby School and Eton College where he is now Head of Art.
Exhibitions include: Royal Academy, Summer Show and Young Contemporaries Exhibitions; Eton College; Zillah Bell Gallery, Thirsk; Montage Gallery, Castleton; Shepherd’s Market, Mayfair, London.
In 2013 two of Ian’s prints were selected to hang in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. The following year his large painting Glut was also selected. In 2015 another pair of prints: Big Dog and 30 Years Old were well received there.
From August 2012 to August 2013 Ian worked on a collaborative project with photographer Anthony Hutchinson who made a photo-essay in Staithes in 1970 as part of his photography degree at North London Polytechnic. His bleak and beautiful black and white images are an astonishing record of a harsh yet enduring way of life. Ian developed the images to create a beautiful series of paintings and prints, at once homage to the photographs themselves but also the world they recorded and to its inhabitants past and present.
His most recent solo exhibition What I Did on My Holidays in our satellite Sunday School Gallery was a highly acclaimed part of Staithes Festival in September 2016. For this show Ian experimented with watercolour to great acclaim.
Photographer. Exhibited at the Summer Exhibition 2017.
Rob and Nick Carter are a husband and wife artistic duo who have been collaborating for over 20 years.
Their work is housed in the collections of The Mauritshuis, The Hague; The Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem; The Frick, Pittsburgh; The Victoria & Albert Museum, London; The David Roberts Foundation, London; The Städel Museum, Frankfurt; and The Fondation Custodia, Paris, as well as being the only living artists to show a work at the Frick Museum, New York.
I started my career as an amateur artist at the age of 4 years drawing portraits of Hollywood artists from my Hollywood albums, every Xmas. I always came top of the art classes at school which led to me being commissioned at the age of 15 to do a portrait of Winston Churchill shortly after he died. This was put in the local newspapers and the Electricity board showroom for a month as an example of what a child could achieve. It was placed on the school wall outside the headmaster's room for all pupils and visitors to see.
When I changed schools after 'O' levels the Comprehensive school would not let me pursue art at 'A' level because they were only considering a Modern art curriculum. So I did geography instead and became an architect, and did art in my leisure times.
My greatest achievement was to travel to Saudi Arabia and join an all arab practice called OMRANIA. In 1980 we won a limited, worldwide competition to design a Diplomatic Club for the new Diplomatic Quarter in Riyadh. It led to the practice opening a new office in the new Kensington Town Hall and employing 100+ new staff in a time of recession. I was responsible with 10 team members for the design, detailing and supervision of its construction over the next 3 years.
In 1996 it was awarded the Aga Khan for World Islamic Architecture. An award only issued every 3 years.
The building is now known as the Tuwaiq Palace and I am proud to say it is my legacy.
Cinzia prefers to work on paintings that don't reference recognisable form. She creates intense personal moments by means of rules and omissions, acceptance and refusal. Multilayered images arise in which the fragility and instability of our seemingly certain reality is questioned. By applying abstraction, she tries to develop forms that do not follow logical criteria, but are based only on subjective associations and formal parallels, which incite the viewer to make new personal associations.
Cinzia lives and works in London.
Danger Foxx is an artist living and working in Richmond, London. Originally from Sheffield, Danger Foxx brings with her a bit of 'Northern Charm' and tongue-in-cheek sense of humour, inspired by some of the talented street artists of her hometown. She loves wildlife and in her artwork hopes to give each animal a personality and a voice, sometimes just for fun and sometimes to raise awareness about greater issues. Her aim in life is to create her own 'National Portrait Gallery of Great British Wildlife'.
Trevor Dannatt has eschewed flamboyance for thoughtful and sensitive architecture whose subtleties and qualities reveal themselves over time. Generally using a limited a palette of often traditional materials and range of forms, he works them into discreet but memorable buildings.
Born in 1920, he studied at the Regent’s Street Polytechnic. In 1943 he joined the legendary British modernist couple Max Fry and Jane Drew, leaving them in 1948 to join his former tutor Peter Moro who was team leader at the London County Council Architects department in charge of developing the Royal Festival Hall. This was the first significant public building in Britain to be designed in a modernist idiom, and was the only permanent structure associated with the Festival of Britain. In 1952, a year after its completion, Dannatt left the LCC and has been in private practice ever since, initially as Trevor Dannatt and Partners and since 1975 as Dannatt Johnson. Like many of his contemporaries he benefited from the opportunities which came from the Welfare State and particularly its expansion of education: he designed school and university buildings at Leicester, Hull and the combination room for Trinity Hall College, Cambridge. A notable commission in the 1980s was a new complex for the British Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. More recently, he oversaw the transformation of the Royal Naval College at Greenwich, one of the most distinguished groups of historic buildings in the UK, into accommodation for the University of Greenwich.
Artist from East Sheen.
Jo Ellis was born in Hong Kong where she studied traditional Chinese painting and calligraphy. Joe studied fine art and design in London and is a member of both the Richmond Art Society and Twickenham Art Circle. As an illustrator and painter she likes drawing in traditional Chinese ink and also loves painting with acrylic on canvas or recycled cardboard to create texture. Mixing both eastern and western techniques and styles often results in unusual interpretations of familiar subject matter. Further information
Melanie Ezra is a Welsh-based fine artist. She often works in series, providing visual responses to external stimuli such as literature, science and music. She considers herself a specialist in the deconstruction of time and the extension of the moment. Her artwork explores a range of themes influenced by literature and psychology, and enhanced by her own background in science, mathematics and engineering.
Since graduating in 2010 Melanie has exhibited her art nationally and internationally. Her collages and photographic works have shown at Studio Voltaire London, as well as galleries in Germany, Italy, Brazil, and several shows in New York and in Minnesota. Her work is in private collections all over the world. Recent works have diversified to include mixed media automata and acrylic paintings created by hand-crafted spinning tops. Ezra is a resident artist at Workers Gallery, Ynyshir.
Stephen Farthing studied at St Martin’s School of Art, London from 1969 to 1973 before taking his Masters Degree in Painting at the Royal College of Art, London from 1973 to 1976. Here he received an Abbey Major Scholarship, taking him to The British School at Rome for a year in 1976.
His extensive teaching career began as a Lecturer in Painting at Canterbury College of Art from 1977 to 1979), after which he was a Tutor in painting at the Royal College of Art, London from 1980 to 1985. He went on to become Head of Painting (1985-7) and Head of Department of Fine Art (1987-9) at West Surrey College of Art and Design. From 1990 he was Ruskin Master at the Ruskin School of Fine Art and Professorial Fellow of St Edmund Hall, Oxford until 2000, when he moved to New York in order to take the position of Executive Director of The New York Academy of Art, Manhattan. He was the Rootstein Hopkins Research Professor of Drawing at the University of the Arts London from 2004-2017.
Stephen Farthing has exhibited extensively in solo shows since his first solo exhibition held at the Royal College of Art Gallery, London in 1977. His work, representing Britain, was shown at the Sao Paulo Biennale in 1989, leading to many further solo shows around the world. He has also participated in many group exhibitions since 1975, including the John Moores Liverpool Exhibitions, in which he was a Prize Winner in 1976, 1980, 1982, 1987, 1991, 1993, 1997 and 1999.
Farthing was Artist in Residence at the Hayward Gallery, London in 1989. He was elected Royal Academician in 1998 and in 2000 was made an Emeritus Fellow of St Edmund Hall, Oxford. He lives and works in New York, USA.
“The aim of art
is not to represent the
outward appearance of
things, but their inward
I like this quotation by Aristotle. He places art in a central position and allow all the “users” of art to an active participation. As a painter I’m communicating with colours, lines and all that goes with this language.
The most important tool I use to make my art is Myself
- my experience, emotions, memories and of course my whole cognitive resources.
I experiment quite a lot. It is for me more interesting to walk down a road that isn’t used so much. My main medium is acrylic on canvas, but I also paint on paper.
My style is abstract, but my works are usually related to something, even if they are abstract. The titles can be an important part of the art concept. I want every individual to establish their own relation to my paintings. I don’t have, and I really don’t want to have, all the answers to my pictures. They are there. And I am happy for anyone to communicate with them. We have all different experiences and ideas. And those goes into the communication we have with pieces of art.
Stephen started off with an interest in theoretical physics at St. Andrews University but it does not take too much brain to work out that most of the research benefits the military. So, with the help of serious mental illness, downward mobility became the main driver in his life. Artwork became feasible after his last breakdown because of medical retirement, which took away financial worries.
Stephen's aim in art is to produce undemanding and enjoyable pictures, in the main abstract, but sometimes using words too. In the last year he has had two exhibitions, the first in photography. He estimates that in a year or so he will be at his peak.
Miranda went to Kingston and Hornsey Colleges of Art and later went into business with her husband, Julian, running an art gallery in Highgate, London for 10 years.
Returning to being an artist herself, she discovered print making, studying etching with Peter Jacques. Since 1988 she has been exhibiting in mixed shows and has set up her own studios in England and in France. She has had two one man shows at Abbot and Holder, London WC1, one in 2001 and one in November 2007.
She was elected to the Royal Society of British Artists in 2001 and her work can be seen at their annual show in the Mall Galleries in London in March each year, and on the RBA website at the Mall Galleries.
David Harsent has published eleven collections of poetry. The most recent, Fire Songs, came from Faber & Faber in August 2014. He is Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Roehampton and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
His work in music theatre has involved collaborations with a number of composers, but most often with Harrison Birtwistle, and has been performed at the Royal Opera House, Carnegie Hall, the Proms and on Channel 4 TV.
Imogen's artistic career began when she decided, at the age of four, to use her mum's brand new face flannel as a painting rag. Needless to say she was unimpressed by Imogen's actions but quite impressed by the outcomes. Imogen took a Foundation Diploma at Winchester School of Art before completing a degree in Product Design at Central Saint Martins. She now spends half her week teaching Art and Design at a local secondary school and the other half in her studio at home. Imogen returned to painting when her twins started school two years ago, working mostly in oil paint and palette knives. She loves painting plein air and goes out with the Surrey Hills Plein Air Painters as often as possible. Imogen has also recently taken part in Surrey Artists' Open Studios.
Born in London, Jean enjoys music, choral and piano. She is married a Royal Marine who was posted to Singapore. He was often at sea leaving her with time on her hands, so she took up Chinese painting. When she returned to England she started oil painting tutored by Mike Bernard. Jean joined lots of art societies and exhibited in the Mall Galleries with the Armed Forces Art Society, Painter’s Hall and the Guildhall, Winchester. Every June she opens her house, part of Surrey Open Studio, where people can come and browse and buy.
She enjoys working in oil, painting landscapes, seascapes and flowers. She loves colour, light and shade and texture.
Born in Northumberland in 1966, Laura Hudson is a cross-disciplinary artist and curator who worked in experimental film, digital technologies and sustainable agriculture before returning to London in 2016 to focus on her practice full-time.
Laura studied: Environmental Art BA, Glasgow School of Art (1985-89); Artist Film & Video PGDip, Central Saint Martins (1991-92) and Pending Fine Art MA, City & Guilds Art School (2017-2019)
Laura's work includes: Curator (specialising in lens-based work and political media); Project Management and Arts Development; Co-director Her Take International Women’s Film Festival Glasgow (1989-90); Founding member of Exploding Cinema Collective (1991); Cinema programmer London Filmmakers Co-op (1992-1996); Development manager Cinenova Feminist Film Distribution (1997-2000); Project Manager ArtsOnline: Arts Council England (2001-2003); Producer FluxIT (2004..2012)
Practice: Drawing, Painting, Photography, Text, Print, Sculpture, Film and Installation.
Working primarily in Chinese ink and watercolour, Elizabeth paints a range of subjects inspired by the natural world. She studied Chinese brush painting in Singapore, and has continued to focus on this technique since returning to live in London. She enjoys the challenge of combining the correct amount of water, ink and colour in a single brushstroke to create the impression of a leaf, a petal or a bird’s wing, and the impossibility of correcting a mistake – once the brush touches the paper you’re committed, forcing the artist to accept imperfections and paint spontaneously.
Currently, I am a self-taught artist producing artwork in different media's from watercolour, pencil outline, pencil shading to colour pencil's. Most recently I produced a piece with glitter which I enjoyed a lot but ended up getting glitter everywhere....oh what fun...
However, some years again I had undertaken a Botanical Watercolour course but now I take my inspiration from my external surroundings to produce different forms of artwork not just flowers.
Tabitha Macbeth is a freelance artist and illustrator, living and working in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, having graduated from Kingston University in 2008 with a BA (Hons) in Illustration and Animation.
Working primarily with chalk pastel, pencil and coloured pencil, she aims to convey a strong sense of feeling and atmosphere. She enjoys the process of storytelling as well as the immediacy of drawing from life. Her favourite subjects are animals and other forms of the natural world. Using surreal elements to communicate a sense of inner life, her work has an ethereal, timeless quality to it.
She has taken part in exhibitions at several Galleries including the Queen Elizabeth Hall (Southbank Centre), the Haunch of Venison and the Jago Gallery in London, the Nails Art Gallery in Bristol, the Riverside Gallery in Richmond and Orleans House Gallery in Twickenham. She has also been an exhibitor at The Landmark Spring and Autumn Art Fairs in Teddington. A broad range of illustration clients include Oxford University Press, Greenwood Grange, Fluid Image,The Dandie Dinmont Terrier Club of Canada and The Thomas Paine Society.
Deborah Sonia Meaden is an English businesswoman who ran a multimillion-pound family holiday business, before completing a management buyout, but is now best known for her appearances on the BBC Two business programme Dragons' Den.
Bob was born in London and went to school in Guildford. He has spent the last 40 years designing and building gardens, lakes and ponds.
Bob has drawn from a young age and use to spend holidays at the Natural History Museum, drawing. You could get pencil, paper, rubber, sharpener and a stool for a shilling a day! Bob went on to study A level Art under Ron Smoothy. Painting in oils until recently, he works nowadays in watercolour over a wide range of styles.
Born in 1936 in Landywood, Staffordshire, Ronald Morgan studied art at Walsall School of Art (1951-53, with George Willott ARCA). He is a painter in watercolour, black and white, oil and pastel, Ronald Morgan is also a draughtsman, illustrator, linguist and teacher.
He is a member of the Chelsea Art Society, the Royal Society of British Artists and the Royal Institute of Oil Painters. In 1974 he won first prize at the Lord Mayor of London's Art Award Exhibition, he has also won several other awards.
Ronald Morgan has a biographical entry in 'Who's Who in Art', 'Dictionary of International Biography', 'Royal Academy Exhibitors' and several other publications. Commissions include work painted for the Sultan of Oman, Winchester College and the Savoy Hotel.
His paintings have been reproduced in the 'La Revue Moderne' Paris 1963, 1965 and Leisure Painter. He has written articles on painting for 'Leisure Painter'.
Ronald Morgan art work is now in many private and public art collections, these include collections in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Sweden, South Africa, and America. Ronald Morgan has exhibited at leading Art Galleries including the Royal Academy and the Royal Society of British Artists.
Diana is an artist & true believer that everything happens for a reason. Her art represents her world, her emotions, her dreams, her thoughts, her hopes.
Diana lives in St Margarets. She has loved drawing and painting since she was a child but for many years she has been busy working and devoting her time to the her busy schedules, meetings, developing the business, deadlines and oncalls, so she felt she lost her identity. A few years ago the stress of the daily life challenges, health issues and long working hours have crashed her and she had to slow down if I wanted to stay alive. The art saved her and gave Diana a new direction.
It has took Diana a while to find out what type of artist she is. She enjoys to work with any media but her favourites are acrylic and black ink. Her style is abstract but she is not afraid to try something new.
Diana Poliak BA (Hons) Fine Art enjoys experimenting
with different media and creative techniques, in her studio/workshop in Wrotham Heath, Kent.
She is a member of South East Open Studios and the
Sevenoaks Visual Arts Forum. Her paintings, prints, poetry and ceramics - generally featuring flora and fauna, have been shown frequently in the south east.
Diana has also had her work selected and hung in The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition on three
occasions, including this year 2018, which is the
250th Anniversary of the RA event, and has been co-ordinated by famous potter Grayson Perry.
Punyaketu was born in 1954 in Cologne, Germany. He is an artist, designer, poet, lyricist, award winning photographer, and since 1991 a Buddhist teacher (hence his 'artist name'). After a degree in Design for Visual Communication in his youth he is now embarking on a university course in Fine Art in Cambridge. His interest in creative activity started in his childhood with music. Later he did play contemporary jazz and improvised music in several bands. He began with photography when he was 12, and since then he has taken part in a number of exhibitions. Before leaving Germany he was offered his first painting solo show. In 1993 he moved to the UK, and was for 16 years a member of a non-monastic Buddhist order. During the three-year Fine Art course he will work in multi media, from sculpture and printmaking to video.
Georgina likes to walk/look/sit and paint in the same wild place for many months, getting to know it. Working this way, she can capture the 'spirit of the place'
Georgina treats her work as ongoing study, making small monochrome, colour, flattening- value studies which is a good way of progressing with technique.
It is a way of relaxing and unwinding for her and gives her enormous pleasure.
Originally having specialised in house portraiture and miniatures in watercolour and exhibiting widely throughout London in the 80s - Mall Galleries, Royal Miniature Society, Royal Horticultural Society - Susie Ritchie has now turned towards acrylics and mixed media, concentrating on flowers and trees.
His pictures are painted in oils from direct observation in front of the subject-no photographs are used. They are painted 'alla prima' with painting knives. They capture something of the excitement and beauty of the natural world that has inspired them.
Susan is a painter & print maker, based at Studio Voltaire, Lambeth, graduated in fine art painting, Wimbledon SOA 2006, after previous work as a biologist & in education.
Exhibiting both here and abroad, works are currently held in both British & international, public & private collections.
Her work combines a passion for the natural world & environmental issues, with artistic concerns, exploring the boundaries between the two. Her latest series of etchings & monoprints, after conducting research at Kew Herbarium, features 'centella asiatica' a common herbaceous plant, growing world wide in temperate & subtropical wetlands. It is long known, in traditional & ayurvedic medicine, as beneficial for anxiety, memory, neuronal health & skin disorders.
Environmentally, it has potential in phytoremediation, in removing toxicity and heavy metals from soils.
Diana Trinca is a figurative fine art painter living in London. She predominantly works with oils on canvas, however in the past few years has returned to using ink, felt-tips, and metallic pens and 'whatever else she has at arms length!'. She occasionally dabbles with printing: lino or monoprinting; and collage when she has 'accumulated enough bits and bobs to play with'.
Her paintings and commissions have been exhibited nationally and in Europe and are in private collections internationally.
The Phantasmagoria Series are drawings that are introspective. They attempt to record and translate elusive or illusive feelings and thoughts into images. The style or 'flavour' emerges as part of an alternative process of art making requiring intuition and extemporaneity. In turn the drawings have formed their own groups, such as 'steampunk' or just 'patterns.
Her artwork is also used as designs for material and garments and other products.
Robert Wells moved to London in 1988 to study for a Masters Degree entitled The Illustration and Rendering of Architectural Spaces at London University. Prior to that he had studied at Batley Art College and worked for several years as an Architectural Illustrator.
He is a member of the Royal Federation of British Artists (RBA), a Fellow of the Chartered Society of Designers (FCSD) and a member of New English Art Club (NEAC).