Secret Art Sale Artists 2018
See below biographies of artists submitting work for the Secret Art Sale 2018.
Norman Ackroyd studied at Leeds College of Art from 1956 to 1961, and subsequently at the Royal College of Art, London from 1961 to 1964. Ackroyd has had many solo exhibitions, both in Britain and internationally. He has also received several public mural commissions, produced in etched stainless steel or bronze.
Norman Ackroyd was elected a Royal Academician in 1988 and was made Senior Fellow, Royal College of Art in 2000. In 2007 he was awarded a C.B.E for Services to Engraving and printing. Ackroyd lives and works in London.
Now a retired architect, I have for a while taken up art and painting, greatly encouraged by others with similar interests.
I work in wate-colour and acrylic, charcoal and graphite for figure drawing, and more recently in pastel. My subjects are still-life, townscape and landscape, the latter often with an industrial or marine perspective. I like to look for impressionistic or abstract ideas to re- interpret into my work, often using journal sources or my own photographs.
As well as participating in local art societies, I have exhibited at Orleans, Stables and Riverside Galleries and also at Bankside Gallery.
One of the most challenging things about my art is choosing the fruit! Grocery shopping has never been quite the same since I began to search out the most engaging 'models' for my paintings and prints.
I’m a London-based painter and printmaker with a fascination for light, nature and scale. Born in Chelsea, I studied art and design at Wimbledon School of Art and the London College of Printing and lived in Singapore and Hong Kong for a while, where I also studied Chinese calligraphy. I regard all my subjects as portraits, whether flora or fauna, exploring the character behind each model, be it the figure-like shape of pears that exude human qualities, the secret of an unopened lily, or the playful cheekiness of a bird.
For my most recent work I have been experimenting with variable printing techniques. Using stencils, I paint directly onto silk screens, applying the paint in many layers to create depth and texture. The application of colour can be controlled to a certain extent, but the process is all the more intriguing because there is an element of randomness when the paint is drawn through the screen.
Alison is an amateur artist who studied fashion and textile design in her youth. She didn't pursue an artistic career, but enjoys spending her free time making jewellery and also drawing, painting and mixing the two with collage.
Lisa Bartlett is a Hampshire based artist working in Oils. Landscapes Seascapes and Wildlife are favourite subjects and she also loves to draw figures and runs a local life drawing class.
Lisa regularly exhibits and sells her work and participates in Open Studios. She has won numerous awards and has collectors both in the Uk and abroad.
For the past 40 years Tony has had the pleasure of capturing thousands of moments with his camera.
With the evolution of digital photography he has explored some of the endless possible combinations between camera and imaging techniques to create more than a record shot.
Tony was made an Associate of the Royal Photographic Society in June 2018.
Helen Baxendale is an English actress of stage and television, known for her roles as Rachel in the British comedy-drama Cold Feet (1997–2003), and Emily in the American sitcom Friends (1997–98).
Baxendale’s early stage credits include The Soldiers at Glasgow’s Citizens Theatre, which earned her a 1993 Ian Charleson Award nomination. Her other television credits include Cardiac Arrest (1994–96), An Unsuitable Job for a Woman (1997–2001), Adrian Mole: The Cappuccino Years (2001), and Cuckoo (2012–16). Helen is very interested in the environment and is a Patron for Environment Trust.
Despite passing O level art I really only started classes to draw and paint in retirement.
I'm fond of watercolour and have been experimenting also with pencil ink and charcoal. Having done medicine all my life, it is refreshing to immerse oneself in the arts which includes music and writing as well.
London artist who has her studio at Osterley Park & House. Trained initially at Camberwell College of Arts.
She is primarily an oil painter but also enjoys using pastels and mixed media. Her work explores different themes within the natural world but expressive use of colour and light is a key feature throughout.
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.
I am a professional abstract painter living in beautiful rural Dorset.
My inspiration comes from walking the ancient Dorset landscape and coast every day with my two dogs observing it's markings, hillforts, rivers, footpaths, animal tracks, field systems and the impact of changing seasons and light. Back in the studio I recall the experiences and express them in marks and layers of paint rubbed back exposing the layers beneath echoing the erosion of the land and cliffs. I work on several pieces at one time adding and subtracting the paint until I feel that the work is complete and authentic.
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
Having spent his childhood on the hills and shores around his home on the Isle of Mull, there was little surprise that Gordon Buchanan would pursue a career in wildlife film-making.
He is best known for Tribes, Predators & Me, Elephant Families & Me, Gorilla Family & Me, The Bear Family & Me, Life in the Snow, Polar Bear Town and the 2018 documentary Animals with Cameras.
In addition to his work behind the camera Gordon has made successful forays into working in front of the lens. First in ‘Leopard Hunters’, Gordon proved to be a very competent and natural presenter. His relaxed and informal manner was put to good use in two series for the BBC’s 'Wild' strand. ‘Wild Scotland’ and ‘Wild West Country’ were hugely popular with the BBC2 audience, and have provided an interesting diversion to Gordon’s main love of filming.
Gordon is a patron of the Environment Trust.
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.
I've been taking photographs for more than 35 years and have had one accepted at the RA Summer Show last year,2017, I am at present working on 2 projects which should be shown at the Espacio gallery in Bethnal Green Road with The London Independent Photography Central group and also at Photofusion in Brixton, dates not fixed yet.
James Butler studied at Maidstone School of Art from 1948 to 1950, St Martin’s School of Art from 1950 to 1952 and subsequently at the Royal College of Art, London. After two years of National Service in the Royal Corps of Signals, he spent the following ten years as a professional stone carver, working on architectural sculptures such as the Queen’s Beasts at Kew Gardens and restoration work on the Albert Memorial. From 1960 to 1975, he taught drawing and sculpture at the City and Guilds of London Art School.
Butler’s work is very much commission based, his first major assignment being a twice life size statue of President Kenyatta of Kenya for the city of Nairobi in 1973. Following this, he gave up teaching in order to work on numerous public commissions and works for private collections throughout the world, ranging from monumental pieces to small-scale sculptures of dancers, children and female nudes. He cites the works of Rodin, Dalou, Degas, Jagger and Manzù as sources of inspiration.
He was elected a Royal Academician in 1972, a Member of the Royal West of England Academy in 1980 and Fellow of the Royal Society of British Sculptors in 1981. Butler lives and works in Warwickshire.
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.
Currently creating concept art for film and screenplays. Member of Apathy and Tea art collective in Southend. Works with St Clements Leigh on Sea Art Chaplaincy.
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.
With a background as a photographic printer, Emma Champion has spent over 20 years providing specialist hand printing services for a broad range of commercial clients and photographers in London.
Nowadays, working mostly as a digital technician, Emma's love of the darkroom continues with the rediscovery and reimagining of an extensive collection of cameraless images. These have been created over a 10-year period between 2005 and 2015. This accumulation of photograms and luminograms range from distinct, if somewhat ethereal, depictions of recognisable objects to dreamy and indeterminate shadowy impressions.
Emma has had a fascination with the interplay of light and shadow since she was a child. Her time spent in the darkroom has allowed her the opportunity to experiment with cameraless techniques, exploring the possibilities of capturing this interplay.
1959 Born in Surbiton, Surrey, Julian Clary studied Drama and English at Goldsmith's College, University of London. After graduating Julian began working on the cabaret circuit in the early 80's, known as The Joan Collins Fan Club. His TV break came in 1989 with an ITV quiz show called Trick or Treat. Then, following an appearance on Saturday Night Live, Channel 4 offered him his own show, 'Sticky Moments' (1990-91). In August 2012 Julian was the 4th housemate to enter Celebrity Big Brother 10 (Channel 5) and went on to win the series. Julian is a regular panelist on Radio 4's Just a Minute and is also the voice of the narrator in 'The Little Princess' animated series. Julian has had 5 books published.
Julian toured the UK and Australia in 2016 with his show 'The Joy of Mincing'.
Austin moved to London in 1980. He has a degree and Masters in Fine Art and was elected a member of the Royal Society of British Artists (RBA) in 2011, and an associated member of the SGFA in 2014 becoming a full member in late 2017.
He is an etcher and printmaker specialising in the urban landscapes of cities such as London, New York and Tokyo as well as the landscapes of his native Pembrokeshire.
He exhibits regularly in galleries in London and around the UK. His work has been previously accepted for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, the Discerning Eye, the New English Art Club (NEAC), the Royal Marine Society as well as the Masters and Originals print exhibitions.
Ashley Collin creates striking abstract works based on pure geometrical elements. He has a colourful abstract style combining simplified compositions, symmetrical representations and flat areas of colour.
His works have reduced geometrical forms which have a meditative quality and challenge our perception, they create dynamic representations suggesting floating-like movements and generating dreamlike feelings of infinite space.
Exhibits include Brick Lane Gallery London (2015) The Art Box Project Miami 1.0 (2016) The Art Box Project Basel 1.0 Switzerland (2017) The Art Box Project 1.0 New York (2018) The Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition (2018)
Ashley Collin was born in Birmingham in 1988, and studied at Plymouth College of Art, University Falmouth, Cornwall and Cyprus School of Art. He has exhibited internationally including solo and group exhibitions in London, Germany, Poland and America.
This photographer retired as a Tech. Illustrator. He took up photography in 1980 and sold his images since 1990. He has had about a dozen exhibitions over the years, which have included Landscapes, Dance and Abstracts which was the subject of his last exhibition in June of this year. All either darkroom work or since 2005 digital. He hopes you like some of his works.
Cathy is a Twickenham photographer who has won International awards and exhibits regularly in Orleans House Gallery. She has worked for many years with a journalist creating travel pieces from far flung places such as the Himalayas, Scandinavia, Canada and USA. Her images have been published extensively in magazines and on websites
She is a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society and Life Member of the Scott Polar Research Institute and UK Antarctic Heritage Fund.
Closer to home she is interested and actively involved in local history but also likes to experiment with cameras and photographic techniques.
At two and a half I was apparently interested in 'anything and everything'! Throughout a very varied life I've always had a love of food, agriculture and nature leading to a degree in the Rural Environment. My art in stained glass, wood carving or Lino cutting always takes its influences from the natural world and the stunning Scottish east coast landscape of rivers, moorland and beaches in which I grew up.
Arts Richmond's Summer Youth Intern and now a 2nd year Maths Student at York University enjoys stretching the other part of her brain in her free time by making Calder Inspired mobiles and nature inspired paper cuttings.
After 4 years training in Fine Art at Kingston School of Art in the 1960’s Joy Cuff became a freelance artist and designer working on various projects in theatre, television and film as a painter, sculptor, matte painter and general art technician.
A working artist throughout her life enjoying many varied and interesting projects from painting pub signs to book jackets. She continues wherever possible to develop new techniques and explore her interest with calligraphy. Joy’s great passion is painting people and portraiture is one of her main interests.
Exhibited at many galleries including the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.
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.
Sharon Drew lives and works in London and her paintings have been selected for solo shows and exhibitions - currently at 'The Place' Kings Cross and previously at Royal Academy Summer Exhibitions and Heathrow Airport, Terminal 5. She has also completed two residencies at Trinity Buoy Wharf Docklands. Sharon's work has been shown in Singapore and Paris.
Sharon completed her Fine Art MA at Central Saint Martins in 2003 where she is now a mentor to Fine Art BA students. Her work is in private collections in Germany and throughout the UK.
After working in London in the media and marketing industry for many years, I decided to have a change of life and follow my creative side and move back to the countryside. I have designed and produced a variety of different creative works and some have been exhibited, commissioned and sold at different locations around the UK, including having pieces auctioned at two large charity events at The Royal Society of Arts and The Deloitte Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts in London.
I mainly work in Acrylics, but do like experimenting with other mixed media. After growing up on a farm in Kent and enjoying the countryside, I have taken my creative energy from all that it has to offer. My work can be found on my website www.thegingerbeandesigncompany.co.uk or on www.artfinder.com (an International Art Selling Website).
Born in London but moved North to study (Graduated from Nottingham Trent Uni). Megan did a graphic design degree but her interests lie more in animation now. From what Megan remembers at After School Club, she was always in the 'Crafty Corner' making sequined Christmas fairies.
She likes to do drawings by hand, then colour them on the computer, usually block colour, this is also the method Megan uses for animation. Further information
Anthony trained as an artist at Blackburn School of Art and graduated as a teacher at Leeds College of Art. He subsequently gained a Doctorate in History of Art at the Courtauld Institute, University of London. His prints are in private and public collections in Britain and abroad.
Recent exhibitions include the Royal West of England Academy; the London Original Print Fair; the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition; Bushy House, National Physical Laboratory (Teddington); the Art and Architecture Shop, Richmond; the RE Annual Exhibition, Bankside Gallery, at which in 2010 he gained a Fenton Arts Trust award; and later in the same year he was awarded a prize for his etching "Borough Market", shown at a national exhibition on the theme of London.
He has taught Art and History of Art in schools and colleges of education, ultimately as a Senior Lecturer in the University of London Institute of Education.
In 1987 he left full-time teaching to establish his Black Star Press. Here, as well as making his own prints, he worked for fifteen years as a master printer, producing editions of the work of other artists (including portfolios of the prints of Robin Tanner, Edgar Holloway, Paul Drury, Harry Eccleston and Stanislaw Frenkiel) and printing historic engraved plates for establishments such as the Tate Gallery and Harvard University, the print publishers Frost & Reed (Bristol) and Rosenstiel's (Chelsea). From 1990 to 2000 he published the Calendarium Londinense for which he designed, made and printed the illustrative etchings.
In reaction to the need for topographical accuracy in such series as the London Calendar plates, his recent aspiration is for a greater fluency of style. In an attempt to achieve this he frequently works directly onto his prepared etching surface in the open, dispensing with preliminary sketches and only using the studio for the biting and printing of plates. Alongside this, the sketchbook remains an important means of generating ideas.
Artist from East Sheen.
Emmely is a sculptor and ceramicist, using mixed media and found objects. She studied Textile Design at Central St Martins and was awarded her MA in Fine Art at Chelsea College of Arts in 2017. Currently living and working in London her work focuses on recycling materials to transform them into beautiful and occasionally humorous pieces of art, be it beach balls, abandoned bins, thrown out canvases or discarded copies of the Evening Standard from the daily commute. Her work looks at how traditional art and techniques fit into the modern world and adapts to its environment and the audience who will view it. She had a sculpture selected for the 250th Royal Academy Summer Show and will be also taking part in this years Art Carboot Fair.
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
Tracey Emin’s art is one of disclosure, using her life events as inspiration for works ranging from painting, drawing, video and installation, to photography, needlework and sculpture. Emin reveals her hopes, humiliations, failures and successes in candid and, at times, excoriating work that is frequently both tragic and humorous.
Emin’s work has an immediacy and often sexually provocative attitude that firmly locates her oeuvre within the tradition of feminist discourse. By re-appropriating conventional handicraft techniques – or ‘women’s work’ – for radical intentions, Emin’s work resonates with the feminist tenets of the ‘personal as political’. In Everyone I’ve Ever Slept With, Emin used the process of appliqué to inscribe the names of lovers, friends and family within a small tent, into which the viewer had to crawl inside, becoming both voyeur and confidante. Her interest in the work of Edvard Munch and Egon Schiele particularly inform Emin’s paintings, monoprints and drawings, which explore complex personal states and ideas of self-representation through manifestly expressionist styles and themes.
Tracey Emin was born in London in 1963, and studied at Maidstone College of Art and the Royal College of Art, London. She has exhibited extensively internationally including solo and group exhibitions in Holland, Germany, Japan, Australia and America. In 2007 Emin represented Britain at the 52nd Venice Biennale, becoming the second female artist to ever do so. That same year, Emin was made a Royal Academician and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the Royal College of Art, a Doctor of Letters from the University of Kent and a Doctor of Philosophy from London Metropolitan University. In 2011 she became the Royal Academy’s Professor of Drawing and in 2012, Queen Elizabeth II appointed her Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for her contributions to the visual arts.
Catherine studied art at Ravensbourne and Newport College of art many years ago. Following on she took part in group shows such as the New Contemporaries and Young Illustrators.
Now she concentrates on painting with watercolours usually out on location and frequently with London Urban Sketchers.
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.
In his work Andy explores the history of a space or area of land, the gradual decay and erosion over time or the immediate transformation by destruction or demolition and its subsequent renovation or redevelopment. The repetition of this cycle over years shapes the spaces that surround us, leaving permanent marks that act as reminders of the past. He brings these marks and the layering and charging effect that they have on the space into view, exposing the emotional residue that is left behind.
Born in London, he grew up behind an old industrial gas works and this is where his fascination for run-down urban areas began. “There is a cycle in all spaces but to me it is more defined in decaying urban and industrial spaces.” In a renovation or regeneration of an area the first stage is a clearing process, a scraping clean of the old in preparation for the new. At this point the physical evidence of the old is removed but the history of it remains despite the loss. The new building is erected and the cycle starts again. It is the flow of this continual cycle that informs his practice and drives his production.
Throughout his oeuvre you will find white oil paint, canvas, paper, cement, timber, bricks and salvaged items, but it is white oil paint and light that play the lead roles. Together they create pieces that change as the ambient light changes, areas become visible and others fade making them subtly ebb and flow. Over time the imagery, often close to invisible in many lights, gradually starts to reveal itself and this revealing allows the narrative to slowly emerge.
“My aim in all my painting is to draw viewers in and for the work to slowly reveal itself. It is my way of slowing down time, to remove them to a place where the world drifts slightly away. My work tends to sneak up on you and slows you down as it transforms and I like that. It is such contrast to the instant imagery that’s all around us."
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“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.
Sue has been painting for the last six years, encouraged by Richmond artist Mandy Belmokhtar.
Using acrylics, Sue paints local scenes around Richmond, views of the South Coast near Brighton where she spent her childhood and, latterly, has taken to painting places further afield.
She aims to exhibit her paintings in the Richmond area once or twice a year.
Name Ms Diane Gerrard
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BA hons: Fine Art painting and print making
Art Teachers certificate
Collective Studios Dolphin Square July 2011
Cannizzaro Open Studios Merton Arts Trail October 2011 and 2012
Phipps Bridge Open Studios Merton Arts Trail October 2013
Sunday Times Watercolour competition; Exhibitor Mall Galleries September 2013: Guildford House Gallery November 2013 - January 2014
ASC Open Studios October 2014
Sunday Times Watercolour competition short listed 2014
Metamorphosis Orlean House Gallery 2015.
Sunday Times Watercolour competition exhibited Mall Galleries 2015
ASC Open Studios October 2016
Sunday Times Watercolour competition short listed 2016
30 degrees Celsius ASC Gallery August-September 2016
Obverse and Obvious Lightbox Gallery 2016
Selfies Revisited Stables Gallery 2016
CTRL group Show Whitechapel London 2016
Virginia Woolf and the Hogarth Press Riverside gallery 2016
Visually Literate Fitzrovia Gallery 2017
Richmond Arts Society Autumn Exhibition 2017
Tricks of the Light Riverside Gallery Richmond 2017-2018
Richmond Arts SocietySummer Exhibition 2018
Short listed Lynn Painter Stainers 2018
Visually Literate Two Menier Gallery 2018
Richmond Arts Society 2018
ASC Open Studios October 2018
SundayTimes Watercolour competition 2018 - shortlisted
Society of Women Artists 2018 - shortlisted
Having retired from teaching Spanish to small 6th form groups, I decided to see whether I had inherited any artistic talent which was on both sides of my family. Life drawing and portrait classes were intermingled with calligraphy classes. I then joined Leatherhead Art Club and North Downs Calligraphers.
Since 2003 I have had very successful exhibitions with Surrey Artists' Open Studios and twice a year with Leatherhead Art Club and more recently Dorking Group of Artists.
My chosen medium is oil for its colour and texture, but I also enjoy the drama of charcoal. Subjects are very varied, ranging from landscapes to vibrant semi-abstracts and small mixed media pieces with gold leaf. There is always a new challenge around the corner!
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.
Anna Grayson is a former BBC Presenter and Science Writer who treated herself to a Diploma Course at Exeter School of Art. Her plan had been to study ceramics incorporating knowledge and understanding gained from her first degree from St Andrews in geology with chemistry. But photography won the day, using lighting techniques learned in her first career. During that first career she won the Glaxo Wellcome award for best science films and was the first woman to present a Natural World film on BBC2. She was a regular voice on BBC Radio.
In 2014, just one year after leaving art college Anna was hung at the RA with her take on the Arnolfini Portrait. She had two more photos hung in Grayson Perry's yellow room at the 2018 RA Summer Exhibition. She has also been hung at the RWA in Bristol and is a regular at the South West Academy in Exeter. He work is in private collections around the world.
She is delighted to support the Environment Trust, having an informed understanding of the workings of our planet.
Hugh is a photographer - primarily of landscapes and wildlife, but in truth is often called on to photograph events and people.
I like to produce work that is slightly minimalist - a lot of negative space forces the viewer to focus on the important things in the picture.
He likes story-telling, and many of his pictures have a story that may, or may not, be true, but gives life to the image. Ansel Adams once said "There are two people in every picture, the photographer and the viewer", so his ideas of the story may differ radically from yours. Brilliant - so long as the image gives you a slice of enjoyment and a moment of fun.
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.
Artist Poet and Author. Producer of the healing essences called the Limelight Essences. Teacher and group leader. I take people on the Kingston Zodiac walks
A lover of Nature . Bee Keeper. Mother of two beautiful daughters aged 28 and 36. No partner for many years now... a bit of a loner really. I support enviromental issues such as antifracking. recycling and cleaning up the Earths water ways
Sam Harris is a multidisciplinary artist from London. His work focuses on the subversion of consumer-culture, using unique and provoking imagery to capture the off-kilter aspects of growing up in the 21st century.
Poet, Librettist, Dramatist, Novelist
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.
Louis Hellman has for the past four decades drawn cartoons commenting on the world of architecture and planning for The Architects' Journal and Building Design as well as caricaturing famous architects in the style of their buildings for the Architectural Review, subsequently collected in a book, Archi-tetes. The Id in the Grid (Academy 2000).
Other books include All Hellman Breaks Loose (1980), Architecture for Beginners (1986), Do It With An Architect (1999) and Architecture A to Z. A Rough Guide (2001).
Hellman studied at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London and the Ecole des Beaux Arts, Paris. He worked as an architect for YRM, the GLC and the Spastics Society (now SCOPE) before branching out on his own to design home adaptations for disabled people as well as healthcare buildings.
Hellman has had exhibitions at the Architectural Association (1979), Interbuild (1991 and 1993), Cambridge (1996), Sir John Soane’s Museum (2000), Barcelona (2001) and Shrewsbury (2006). He has exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition every year since 1998.
He has contributed cartoons to numerous publications including Design Week, Private Eye, Punch, The Observer, The Guardian, The Independent, New Society, The Statesman and The Evening Standard and written many articles, reviews and critical appraisals in the professional press.
He has lectured extensively in the UK, Australia and the United States.
Louis Hellman received an MBE in 1993 for services to architecture and an Honorary Degree from Oxford Brookes University in 2002.
Cecile is a French lady from Lorraine who has been living in London for 20 years. She likes to work mostly with watercolours and oils.
About Morgan Howell FRSA
Known for his giant, hand-painted 3-D facsimiles of classic paper sleeve 45s Morgan creates a one-off unique supersized painting of each single. The natural wear incurred by the treasured disc is duly rendered in paint, making for a desirable artwork and consciousness portal for vinyl junkie music heads everywhere. Howell's attention to detail is fastidious, down to the authentically distressed and creased canvas that doubles as up-scaled paper sleeves and the tiny imperfections round the edges of the labels of the 27” vinyl records. He additionally offers prints and also takes commissions as long as the song hasn’t already been painted.
Howell’s original paintings are attracting a cult following amongst musicians and music industry moguls. His painting of David Bowie’s 'The Jean Genie' sits proudly on the wall at Sony Music, 'Yesterday' by The Beatles was displayed at the iconic Capitol Building in L.A. and famous owners include Ozzy Osbourne, Neil Diamond, Lord Lloyd Webber, Don Letts, Jerry Dammers, Ian Brown of The Stone Roses, The Kinks Ray Davies, Elvis Costello, Blur’s Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon, Hans Zimmer and Johnny Marr.
Examples of his work are a permanent feature of the Radio 2 Green Room alongside Elton John’s piano, and when the BBC interviewed The Rolling Stones in London’s Dorchester Hotel in the run up to their concerts at the 02 in November 2012, three of his supersize Rolling Stones singles formed the backdrop.
Howell’s passion has always been his art. In 2005, he was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Art and in 2018, his work was displayed at the 250th Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.
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.
Marcia received the HRH Princess Michael of Kent Award for the most outstanding watercolour in the Society of Women Artists , Annual Exhibition 2010.
Painting throughout her life whenever possible, Marcia is self taught. A member of The Society of Women Artists, Teddington Riverside Art Group and Molesey Art Society, she has an extensive catalogue of watercolours including botanical pieces. Establishing a name for herself as a talented artist, Marcia has exhibited her work at many prestigious venues such as: Westminster Hall, The Mall Galleries SW1, The Landmark Arts Centre Teddington, The Savoy Gift Shop, Aberfeldy Gallery Perthshire, Wadhurst East Sussex, The Stables Gallery, Orleans House Twickenham.
Stephen James has worked for the Environment Trust since 2014 and is a keen explorer of local places and curiosities with interests in music, history and nature conservation. He was inspired to contribute to the Secret Art Sale by the open and encouraging ethos of the event.
Jennie Jewitt-Harris is an artist in Surrey, who draws on her experience in medicine and explores concepts of time and memory. She was recently selected for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and currently has a solo exhibition at C&C Gallery in London. Her next solo exhibition will be at One Paved Court in Richmond from 31st October 2018. Jennie studied Fine Art at UCA Farnham.
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.
Jane Kell started painting in 2010 and is essentially untrained - although both her parents were painters and she admits that growing up in that environment she must have absorbed something more than just the smell of turps and linseed oil. The thought of painting was always in the background, it just took a while to surface.
She has a BA Honours in the History & Theory of Art from Essex University and worked for many years in PR. The final push came whilst working at the National Gallery in London as Head of Press, experiencing the collection at close quarters heightened the feeling that it was time for her to try her hand. She was clear about how she wanted her paintings to look and that she only wanted to paint with oils, so she bought some good paints and finally made a start.
From the beginning it felt very natural. Her first paintings were still-life and landscapes, influenced in particular by the work of British painters such as William Nicholson, Euan Uglow and Mary Fedden. Colour and light were her main interests then, and they remain the chief pre-occupations today.
Ever willing to try something new. Returned to art
with joy after a gap of over 30 years. Evening classes in the early 2000s led to unstoppable painting. Exhibiting member of 2 local art groups.
Janette began her art career in 1978 as a print worker. From 1978-1983 she worked as a designer and layout artist at Bath Community Publications on a radical newspaper - Bath Spark. From 1980-1993 she taught as a full-time lecturer in painting, printmaking and drawing at the City of Bath College.
Janette was made a Royal West of England Academician in 2003 and elected as the President of the Royal West Academy of Bristol in 2011. She is a Visiting Research Fellow in Fine Art at the University of the West of England, Bristol.
Janette's work has been featured in a number of solo and group exhibitions across the U.K and in Norway. More recently, her work was shown at the Bonhoga Gallery in Shetland, Cadogan Contemporary in London, Stour Gallery in Shipston-on-Stour, and Kilmorak Gallery in Inverness-shire. Her work is held in a number of private collections in the UK, Europe, USA, South Africa and Norway. Janette's paintings are also housed in public collections in Shetland, Dublin, Bristol, Tuscany, Bergen, Bath and Cumbria.
Her current research project Extreme Wave Theory, explores the connection between art and science.
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.
Ann Kopka is a visual artist and curator. She has exhibited her work in London, the UK, Denmark, Germany, Italy and the USA. She has been selected for solo and group exhibitions and for exhibitions by national charities and Interfaith organisations. She has exhibited in art galleries, museums, hospitals and churches. Her work is held in private collections in the UK, France, Spain, USA and Australia.
Ann’s artwork has been used to inspire students of all ages, from primary school children to art college students and has been the subject of GCCE art projects. She has participated in collaborative exhibitions with jazz musicians, poets, writers, architects and designers. Ann is also a volunteer at the Heath Robinson Museum in north west London where she is involved with organising and curating fund-raising Secret Art Sales and special exhibitions.
Ann studied Fine Art at Central St Martins College of Art and Design and The City Lit London. She studied The Practices and Debates of Modern Art at the Open University and graduated with a First Class Honours Degree. Ann has studied Museum Curating at The Tate Modern.
Like most children, I drew and painted, often on the back of old pieces of wallpaper... and I never stopped although I no longer use wallpaper. I have had no formal art education except for courses at the marvellous City Lit and a few short courses at West Dean. Now retired, I have more time - and space - to sketch and paint. I am attracted to patterns and the adventure of colour mixing and contrasts.
I grew up in the Highlands of Scotland, surrounded by nature, but at age nine my family moved to London. We lived at Roehampton Gate, where our family home overlooked Richmond Park, which reminded me of the wild Scottish scenery I so missed. I spent weekends and school holidays exploring Richmond Park come rain or shine. I had wild dreams about the animals flooding through my bedroom window . I spent every spare moment playing in the park, exploring its every corner. The paths made it easy for me to set off by bike and not be seen again until dusk. Sledging in the winter, catching tadpoles from Adam’s Pond in the Spring and feeding the ducks at the Pen Ponds were just some of my daily pastimes. By age 11, I was making silver jewellery and selling it at weekends to park goers on the pavement outside her house!
In my teenage years I spent many a Sunday at Speaker’s Corner, Hyde Park and throughout my adult life, the Royal Parks have played a significant role at every stage. When I met my husband-to-be, Colin, he introduced me to the romantic gas lit pathways of St James’s Park.
When my children were born, Bushy Park became our regular picnic spot, but Richmond Park has remained closest to my heart. In 2010 it was the training ground for my London Marathon preparations. I ran around its perimeter three times as my final training run!
I try to visit Richmond Park every morning as I believe its natural beauty is the perfect space for reflection and contemplation and provides great inspiration for my work. With its fantastic views across London, and the childhood memories it evokes, the park gives me a feeling of space and calm.
My timeless designs, filled with emotion, are a creative and contemporary representation of the historical parks of London. Deer, dogs, leaves, Stag beetles, foxes, swans, roses and arrows are just the start of this growing collection inspired by the Royal Parks of London.
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.
I have always drawn, and now later in life am acquiring new skills like watercolouring. The Secret Art Sale has given me the confidence to offer my work to the scrutiny of others and of course to further a splendid cause.
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.
After having to give up calligraphy I decided to try my hand at art.
I'm currently experimenting in freehand using fineliner pens. So that means that when I make a mistake theres is no going back.
My work can be found on Instagram @apparentlythisisart
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.
Former Executive Officer at Arts Richmond, now studying fused-glass at Richmond Adult and Community College.
Benjamin Murphy was raised by wolves in an isolated cave in the deepest recesses of the Yorkshire countryside.
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. She enjoys working 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 lives in St Margarets.
BIOGRAPHY – ARTIST ANGELA O CONNELL
Contemporary Artist, Angela O’Connell, was born in the UK in 1959 to Irish parents. Angela's father, Bartholomew O'Connell, was, inter alia, a renowned self-taught sculptor who spent many hours in an old forge next to his home making sculptures out of wood, and, in particular, he liked working with bog-wood (a material from trees that have been buried in peatbogs and preserved from decay for thousands of years. Angela’s father had a huge influence in her artistic life. .
Angela works from her Palmersgreen studio and continues to develop her unique style rather than go down a technical or "by the book route". She has exhibited locally as well as Tate Modern and at this year's Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.
Angela has an unstoppable passion for creating her one-off pieces of artwork; with her unique selling points being her imagination and her quirky style. Angela's preferred medium is oil but she also works with acrylics and watercolours.
A selection of Angela’s artwork can be found at www.aocart.co.uk
Louise has recently completed a BTEC in photography.
Her primary interest is landscape, using particularly both long exposure and intentional camera movement techniques, to reflect an emotional response to surroundings.
Other interests include flora and portrait photography.
Lesley graduated from Central St Martins in 2013 where she was selected for Xhibit. “showcasing the finest student work from across University of the Arts London”. She has since exhibited in The Discerning Eye at The Mall Galleries, the National Open Art Competition and The Summer Exhibition at The Royal Academy
Working as a professional photographer since 2008, Graeme has exhibited and sold his work in London and Dorset, recently in 2017 he has taken up painting having produced a popular range of limited edition prints ( titled " Halycon days " ) he is currently painting still life hoping to move on in 2019 to produce a body of work with a contemporay theme.
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.
After a career in science research and teaching, I retired to learn about painting. I like to find the beauty in everyday things as I think we forget how to look!
I have put my work in to local exhibitions and have had some success, also in being shortlisted for a recent Mall pastels exhibition.
Peter Randall-Page was born in the UK in 1954 and studied sculpture at Bath Academy of Art from 1973–77.
During the past 40 years he has gained an international reputation through his sculpture, drawings and prints. He has undertaken numerous large scale commissions and exhibited widely. His work is held in public and private collections throughout the world including Australia, Eire, Germany, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, USA, Spain, South Korea and Turkey. A selection of his public sculptures can be found in many urban and rural locations throughout the UK including London, Edinburgh, Manchester, Bristol, Oxford and Cambridge and he is represented in the permanent collections of the Tate Gallery, Victoria & Albert Museum and the British Museum.
He has been awarded an Hon D.Litt Bath Spa University (2013), Hon D.Litt Exeter University (2010), Hon D.Litt York St John University (2009) and an Hon D.Arts University of Plymouth (1999).
As a member of the design team for the Education Resource Centre (The Core) at the Eden Project in Cornwall, Peter influenced the overall design of the building incorporating an enormous granite sculpture (Seed, pictured) at its heart.
Spanning decades, and media, from giant theatre sets to mini botanicals, she is now settled into retirement learning Chinese brush painting one day a week in London, living in Hertfordshire, still beekeeping, forever the student, never the master.
Jackie studied Fine Art at UCA Farnham and works as a painter and print maker. Using acrylics and oils Jackie's work is predominantly landscape based.
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.
Anne did quite a lot of drawing and painting after she retired; now she'd describe herself as an occasional artist but looking to commit more time and effort to it.
Beth is an Artist based in London who recently studied a post graduate at the Royal Drawing School. Beths works focus on the ‘everyday’, capturing those closest to her performing rituals such as painting and reading. Her medium of choice is pen and Ink.
Beth has just started her Masters degree in Architecture at University College London.
Sue is a printmaker and painter. She loves all types of printmaking but particularly enjoys Collagraphs. Sue works across all genres. She regularly exhibits and has won several awards.
London based artist
I work in watercolours and oils and run classes several times a week teaching drawing and painting skills. I also make hand-pulled original prints using techniques including linocut and etching. Cats are a bit of an obsession and they crop up in a lot of my work. I love getting out and about in London to paint and draw the amazing scenery and buildings we have here. I have exhibited with the Society of Women Artists at the Mall Galleries in London and the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists. I have undertaken many commissions, including for the stately home Syon House (cards and prints designed by me are available in the gift shop).
Based in Richmond Borough, Julia is a positive psychologist, art therapist and founder of local arts and well-being organisation Collective Arts. For the past 3 years, she has also curated artwork for the Environment Trust's Secret Art Sale. Currently working as an arts and well-being consultant for Hampton Court Palace, Julia has led arts and well-being workshops in South West London for over 20 years. While her work focuses on the use of creative and visual activity to enhance communication, team-development and well-being, she makes time to practice what she preaches. Julia studied fine art at the University of Toronto and is inspired by Canadian Artists including Ojibway First Nation's Artist Norval Morisseau and Visionary Outsider Artist Sandra Silberweig.
Axel Scheffler is an award-winning, internationally-acclaimed illustrator of some of the most well-loved children’s books including The Gruffalo, Room on the Broom, Stick Man, The Highway Rat and many more. His books have been published in many languages and his work has been exhibited all around the world. Born in Hamburg, West Germany, Axel moved to England in 1982 and studied at the Bath Academy of Art. He now lives in Richmond, where he works from his attic studio. Axel is a patron of the Environment Trust.
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.
I am 19 years of age and have grown up in London, studying and enjoying art throughout my education. This September I will be attending university and reading Biological Sciences with the hope of weaving creativity into that subject with specimen drawings. My art is mainly realistic but I tend to use gloomy and somber colour palettes to create an atmosphere in my work. I usually use oil paint however I also do a large amount of work in pencil as I can achieve very high levels of accuracy. This mathematical approach to art attracts both the scientific and the artistic interests that I nurture.
Ian Shillaker is a graphic designer who has been painting for over thirty years. He enjoys the freedom and spontaneity of watercolour and also works in oils and acrylics.
CEO of Environment Trust - apologies!
Student at Esher College
Kate is a print maker and artist living in Twickenham. She works from her garden studio, where she has a small press, and also at the print studio in Richmond Adult Community College. She likes to experiment with different styles and has lately been working on some large abstract collagraphs. Her inspiration can come from anywhere but she has a particular fondness for her garden and swans.
I am an artist based in west London, with an MA in Printmaking from Camberwell College of Arts, UAL.
My practice is rooted in print and the concept of the multiple but has widened to include more sculptural one-off paper pieces and artist books. I combine traditional printmaking techniques of intaglio and screenprinting with digital and laser technology to create 2D and 3D works that explore light, texture and movement.
I take inspiration from the bold graphics of the Art Deco period, mid-century design and the visual illusions of Op Art...the precision of geometry continues to fascinate.
Gillie is an artist of contrasts. She is attracted to detail and works in watercolour to create botanical subjects. But she also likes to work with oils and paint atmospheric coastal scenes in a semi abstract way. She is interested in printing too, particularly etching which she uses to depict a favourite topic, cats.
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.
JAN STEVENS NAPA
Contemporary Abstract Artist
Water, Colour, Connection.
Jan has paintings in private collections in London
Selected for National Acrylics Painters Association (NAPA)
Selected for Exhibitions at Orleans Gallery, Bowmans Gallery Richmond, Mariners Gallery St Ives, John Rank Gallery Chichester
‘My early life experiences are incorporated in my art inspired by a love of river and costal water environments, a quality-loving creative mother and a mathematical fun father. Cornish raised, state-degree-educated, global business wise and South West London living celebrate my creativity through fusion. In my continuing enjoyment of life, I find painting to be very freeing, momentary and personal.
I enjoy making art with water based paints and prefer acrylic paint for its range of consistency. I love the challenge of paint pouring together with the deliberate slow calmness and consideration brushing in solid shapes to create a floating sensation.’
PAUL SUNDERLAND - Biography
Paul Sunderland is an artist living in Nottingham, England. He has been painting since an early age and particularly loves to work with oils, though will turn has hand to differing media. As a child living in close proximity to the Peak District National Park, he spent much time within its boundaries enjoying the ruggedness of the landscape along with the beauty of its wild expanse. Upon leaving school aged 18, he served as a missionary for his church, spending two years in Scotland where he indulged in some of the beauty this amazing country has to offer. On returning to his home town, Paul was accepted by a local art college, but decided to pursue a career in mental health, which afforded him a stable lifestyle where he could raise a family. Paul did however complete some works of art on a commission basis as occasion would permit during this 32 years in the mental health service
Now retired from this profession, Paul uses his wealth of diversity to pursue his great love of art and advance as a professional artist. He states"When touched by an event, place or feeling, the sharing visually in a way that promotes others to explore and contemplate their own interpretation, gives my work meaning and purpose. Creating a mutual respect between artist and viewer is my goal, enticing and encouraging the viewer to be part of the process of personalising the art, to not only understand but also to become.
Paul has recently exhibited in the 250th Summer exhibition at The Royal Academy.
A New Zealander living in Teddington, Felicity Swan studied at Auckland University and Central St Martins College of Art (UAL). She worked for many years in the media, whilst continuing to exhibit in both group and solo shows, mainly in the UK and New Zealand. Recently she has been able to focus on my painting practice. Her current approach to painting is intuitive, which has led to her own expressionist painting method.
Uk based German artist Hanna ten Doornkaat is primarily concerned with the repetitive process of mark making and how to challenge the concept of drawing.
In 2002 she completed an MA (Sculpture) from Wimbledon School of Art and BA (Sculpture) Kingston University in 1997. She has since exhibited widely both in the UK, Germany, Belgium and Australia, Canada, Belgium and Brazil. She has also curated numerous group exhibitions.
In 2015 her work was shortlisted for the Jerwood Drawing Prize, London. In 2016 she exhibited in Berlin, Germany, had a solo show in BBK Galerie Oldenburg, Germany and was shortlisted and exhibited twice at the RA Summer Exhibition and Derwent Art Prize. She has rcently been invited to show her work at the 2019 Venice Biennale.
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.
Liz trained as a graphic designer and worked in the Graphic Design department at the BBC. Later while working as a web designer she joined a printmaking class at RACC. She enjoys it so much she’s still there.
Liz prefers silkscreen printing and makes prints from edited photographic sources or creates abstract images produced by effects that some would describe as faults, with interesting results that can be interpreted in different ways.
She has taken part in Richmond Art House Open Studios for the last 4 years.
Georgina Wedderburn is a Winchester based artist working predominantly in acrylics and mixed media. Inspired by natural forms - be they lichen or the human body - Georgina attempts to find the extraordinary in the every day and communicate this through her paintings.
Georgina enjoys varying her work - she recently painted a sculpture for the Moor Otters trail, raising funds and awareness for Dartmoor National Park and this year one of her pieces was selected for the 250th Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and was hung in Grayson Perry’s yellow room.
Georgina also has a passion for inspiring the next generation of artists and art lovers by encouraging parents and carers to take their children to galleries and sculpture parks - this can be seen on Instagram @BigFatSatsuma
Jaqui is visionary,intuitive artist.
Art is her way of manifesting her inner experiences.
Her path as an energy healer and holistic therapist has greatly influenced her artwork. Expressing spiritual dimensions as part of universal energy that benefits the mind, body and soul.
Jaqui works in oils, acrylic and graphite.
The White Eagle Lodge,
St. Mary Abbots Place,
The Landmark Centre,
The Autumn Art Exhibition 2007
The Summer Art Exhibition 2008
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).
Drawing provides the balancing silence and stillness to busy hours coaching professional spoken voice.
Dutch Masters (1600/1700s) inspire and inform traditional drawing skills and awareness of light.
Preferring low key hues, tints and washes (to the quality and ease of Frances Towne 1700s), I draw with a variety of brushes, quills and ink pens.
Through weekly group tuition I continue to explore ancient Chinese landscape drawing.
I am an amateur artist. Retired and love painting as a hobby and also sell my paintings locally.
I paint mainly in acrylics and water colour.
My subjects are varied from floral and landscape.whatever takes my fancy!
I take commissions for pets portraits taken from a photograph. These are becoming popular as l gain more requests.
Alex was born and raised in South East London with his parents and two older sisters. He loved drawing from an early age and has a big passion for playing sport and exercising. His earliest memory was being taken to the Natural History Museum where he would draw the skeletons of dinosaurs, a big passion at the time.
He typically uses graphite and polychromos colouring pencils when drawing portraits.
I am inspired by the sheer variety of art produced by artists over time & take my inspiration from them to contribute .
my style if I have one is quite varied & the challenge is to try & be different which is almost impossible.
Cheryl first studied art at Beckenham art college where she drew Quentin Crisp in the 1970's. She went on to study at Morley college, Ravensbourne college of art and design and Birmingham art school.
She has always kept detailed sketchbooks of her extensive world travels and has taught art to children and adults.
She continues to draw and paint and also enjoys ceramics. She has exhibited work in group exhibitions in Birmingham, London, Bromley and Richmond.