Chris Agnew (Print)
About the Artist
Chris Agnew is a British visual artist, focusing on finely detailed drawing, painting and his signature technique of etching on panel.
He received his BA in Contemporary Art Practice from The University of Leeds in 2008, followed by a Masters in Fine Art at the Wimbledon College of Art in 2010. His work has been short-listed for the Jerwood Drawing Prize in 2009 and 2010 consecutively, The Clifford Chance Post-Graduate Printmaking Prize in 2010 and Saatchi's New Sensations in the same year. He is also a recipient of the Jealous Graduate Print Prize (2010).
His work has been exhibited in Japan, Italy and throughout the UK - including the Royal Academy of Arts' Summer Exhibition. His work has been featured in numerous printed and online publications, including NME magazine, The Telegraph, and on the front page of The London Evening Standard.
His first solo exhibition - The Pomp of Circumstances - was held at Nancy Victor Gallery in London in 2012 and he is currently working towards his second solo show - The Mighty Grip of Fate - with Kristin Hjellegjerde in London, 2014. He divides his time between his studio in Bucharest and London.
Chris Agnew is represented by Kristin Hjellegjerde, London.
Chris Agnew | Visual Artist | London
'When studying etching at Leeds, I was looking at printmakers such as Frank Brangwyn, Albrecht Durer, and Gustav Dore, paying particular attention to their use of line and contrast. I found that when I was actually making a print, the ink on the plate had a stronger presence as an object than the impression that it left on the paper. I guess you could say that in the Platonic sense, it was closer to the essence of the image rather than the mere reflection it produced, and this naturally felt important to me. There is an inherent permanence in the process of carving out an image or text into a surface that just doesn't exist when making marks on a surface. For me it automatically conjures memories of seeing people's initials carved in trees near where I grew up; they had this enchanting presence that I was fascinated by, as if they existed outside of our conventional understanding of time. I wanted to embody this sensation in my works.
The use of the icon panels was quite an important development in my practice, and one that might not have happened if I hadn't moved to Romania. I had previously been using resin to etch into due to its significance in the Mayan creationist text the Popul Voh, and although I'd had numerous successes with the medium - Jerwood Drawing Prize, Saatchi's New Sensations and Clifford Chance Postgraduate Printmaking for example - I wanted to align my medium with my subject in a less esoteric fashion. Most families I have visited in Romania, regardless of how religious they are, have icons of saints in their homes. Whether bought by relatives or painted in an art class, it wasn't important to me how they came to be there, but rather how their nature defined them as cherished objects. As my work focuses on the construction and deconstruction of belief systems, the relevance of this medium became even more evident. The modern Byzantine iconographer Photios Kontoglou wrote that:
"The art of the icon painter is above all a sacred activity...Its style is entirely different from that of all the schools of secular painting. It does not have its aim to reproduce a saint or an incident from the Gospels, but to express them mystically, to impart to them a spiritual character...."
The use of tessellation, and geometric patterns in my work plays an important role. It is buried deep within human nature to seek and observe rhythms and patterns at work in nature and particular events, and it is with these patterns that we compare one event or object to another; the chemical makeup, the date, time, participants, location etc. These patterns both aid and hinder us in equal measure as we attempt to overlay one pattern onto another in order to see the bigger picture; we find that the patterns don't always fit comfortably. It is within these gaps that mysteries, conspiracy theories, conflicts and schisms flourish. The patterns in my works are used in this fashion, as a barometer against which the viewer measures their comprehension of the scene.'
Melanie Alexandrou (Gifted)
Melanie J. Alexandrou was born in Stockton-on-Tees, England but moved to Cyprus when she was 3 weeks old where she lived for the first 14 years of her life. In 2000 she moved to Macclesfield, England and went on to study Art in York in 2006.
Since graduating in 2009 she has exhibited in York, Bollington, Macclesfield and Leeds, as well as travelling to Newcastle and Middlesbrough with Happycat Collective, which she co-founded in 2008. She also co-created The Postal Project in 2010 and completed an AA2A Residency at Manchester Metropolitan University in 2011.
Her work is about the attention to skill in making, whilst drawing on ideas based in nature, using a variety of mediums (such as painting, drawing, printmaking, textiles, bookmaking and postal art) and often resulting in an environment where the audience can not only view the work, but also has the opportunity to interact with the work and potentially create their own work.
She believes that the artist should not be so strictly separated from the viewer, and that this is key to making art accessible to everyone, and creating a network of exchange that is not particularly linear. Similarly, she doesn't think that there should necessarily be such a strong distinction between art and craft. The focus on fauna and foliage within her work is a way of exploring a return to a more organic aesthetic, using materials and methods that are craft-based and that celebrate the distinctive traits of the handmade.
She currently works from her studio in Macclesfield, Cheshire. http://magpiethunder.blogspot.com/
Richard Allaway (Pop, print & Stitch)
Richard has recently graduated from York St John University where he studied a BA Hons Degree in, Contemporary Fine Art and Contextual Studies.Throughout his time within the University he achieved an array of qualities that have furthered his artistic knowledge and skills to a level where he in confident to be able to participate within an acclaimed, renowned, creative profession.
Richard explores the sculptural potential and materiality of space and light, to produce experiences of spatial mass and volume, creating sculptural installations within a dark space.
His work is indentified in a way in which it contains distinctive elements of minimal art. Focusing his design ideas on the fundamental means within the genre of art, allows himself to think of how he can create compositions of sculptural installations including the idea of, shape, colour and depth of simplicity to the work.
Heather Ashton-Rowell (Gifted)
Heather is a professional Artist working in Hyndburn in Lancashire from a studio in the East Wing, Balcony Kiosk, Market Hall in Accrington.
Heather works as a figurative artist. More specifically specialising in drawing and painting from the nude. she uses photography as a way of collecting information, but it is rather more than that: it is a way of capturing a moment, and because she has worked with male and female couples it is a way of isolating a moment of intense intimacy between the two that Heather feels she loses when drawing because of the time it takes to achieve the image. Heather uses friends and family members as the models for her work.
Because they are ordinary people and not professionally-trained 'life models' Heather has to consider issues regarding their personal comfort for the poses she requires and the duration of time required for holding these poses, Heather also appreciates the fact that her models are working within an environment of a domestic setting and that unlike the peaceful, structured environment of the life-drawing studio she will have to deal with possible interruptions and activity around her. Heather feels that this adds to her experience of working with them and it reiterates the fact that these are 'real people' in 'real life' situations. Heather works with everyday people in everyday settings and this makes the 'split-second' moment in time more precious. She shoots a lot of photography and then selects the ones that seem to be the most powerful and looks at a photograph for a long time until she can 'see' the painting that she is going to make from this information.
After studying the work of contemporary artists Heather feels that as a whole, the nude, as in the painted nude, has slipped out of fashion yet she finds the most subtle of ways to make the nude more comtempoary. Heather's website can be seen at http://www.genepoolart.com/
Caroline Backhouse (Gifted) & (PomPom Forest)
As part of Nantwich Festival of Arts 2012 Caroline will be coordinating a mass participation public art project which will involve community groups and individuals making pom poms to form part of a large scale interactive installation at the festival.
Caroline's main objective for this project is to engage with people of all ages and abilities, offering an art form that touches the whole community and encourages an understanding and enthusiasm for the Arts as an outlet for creative and physical energy. She has been involved in mass participation projects before in her role working with the arts team at Cheshire West and Chester Council and as an artist it is something she is hugely passionate about.
The programme of workshops and activities will begin early in January 2012, however Caroline is doing a series of flash mob type public art displays around East Cheshire starting in September as a way of measuring the level of public interest in the concept and getting people excited about it.
For more information please visit: http://www.flockarts.co.uk/pombomb/
Charlie Backhouse (Gifted & Print)
Charlotte is a practicing graphic designer, typographer, illustrator, tea drinker & aerosol artist based in Liverpool. Charlie has exhibited with Marburae Art Gallery several times, each time creating a new project across new media.
For the Print exhibition Charlie’s work has been created especially. Her work always breaths freshness, and is ethereal in nature. You may also notice the grand piano situated within the hall which Charlie illustrated for Barnaby 2013. Soft flowing lines with foliage and fluidity reflect her practice as a whole.
Not restricted by size or medium she works on canvas, paper a computer and brick walls.
Charlotte's influences are nature, calligraphy, everyday things and many art nouveau artists especially Mucha. She wants to capture the attention of people who see her work and would like to inspire and excite.
Charlie Backhouse | Graphic designer & Artist | Liverpool
Michael Barrow (Focus photography exhibition)
Michael's work is a comment on the world around him.
He works quickly and without too much thought, admittedly. The 'decisive moment' is spontaneous and none dramatic. Michael's photography, in addition to other work, has always come as a result of his intrigue into context and the subjective nature of the human 'self' in that context.
He is fascinated by the idea of lives that co-exist, without ever really joining as it brings a great sense of isolation and Michael tries to mirror this in each shot.
Michael dwells on space and the suggestion of a human presence whilst trying to keep his work simple and unedited.
Using old film formats and working from a strict interest in everyday working class surroundings, Michael finds beauty and intrigue in the curious and relentless narratives of the quotidian.
Michael believes that within photography there is a great deal of importance contained within empty space. He tries not to bombard a viewer with stimulus. Sometimes what's not in a shot is more important, more suggestive.
Gaining a recognised Associateship Distinction from the Royal Photographic Society in February 2011, Michael continues to work spontaneously and candidly, taking inspiration and influence from the photojournalist, reportage styles of Magnum Photographers.
Michael Barrow | Photographer | Greater Manchester
Alexander James Bell (Jason, Del & Bumper | FOUR - Barnaby Festival 2013)
Jason, Bumper & Del
Jason is an on-going photographic project by photographer Alexander James Bell.
Largely influenced by photographer Darcy Padilla, and 'The Julie Project' Jason follows the relationship between a homeless man (Jason) and his dogs.
The project is 'time based' and as to state the obvious, it will only unfold and manifest across weeks and months as Alexander spends more time with Jason and their lives go on.
Alexander is a 2nd year photography student at Manchester Metropolitan university.
Alexander James Bell | Photographer | Manchester
20 year old observer
Influences: Kevin Carter, Autumn De Wilde, Danny Clinch, Mark Power, Terry Richardson, Robert Frank, Allister Ann, Danny North, Tamara Lichenstein, Theo Gosselin.
People & Music Lifestyle is what drives Alex to do stupid things for great photographs.
Based in Manchester | From Chesterfield
Eleanor Bennett (Portfolio)
Eleanor's descriptive and delicate photographs have made this 15 year old an internationally award winning photographer and artist.
Eleanor has won first places with National Geographic, The World Photography Organisation, Nature's Best Photography, Papworth Trust, Mencap, The Woodland trust and Postal Heritage.
Eleanor's captivating photography has also been published in the Telegraph, The Guardian, BBC News Website and on the cover of books and magazines in the United states and Canada.
Among all these accolades, perhaps the one to really stand out is that she was also the only person from the UK to have her work displayed in the National Geographic and Airbus run See the Bigger Picture global exhibition tour with the United Nations International Year of Biodiversity 2010.
Eleanor is clearly a talent and her skills and eye will only develop with age - one to watch!
Eleanor Bennett | Photographer | Manchester
Paul Bennett (Gifted)
With the digital age well and truly with us, the advances of visual media mean that almost anything is possible within the boundaries of our imagination. It has been Paul's aim to create work that is most definitely a painting; accomplished by using rich textures, multiple layers, poured paint and brush/palette knife marks. This becomes a way of escaping the everyday, mass produced visuals that we are constantly exposed to and the way in which we now digest and assimilate our visual world. Paul is a great admirer of photography and photorealism and appreciates the technical ability to produce such works. However, his approach is to record and comment on things that are more than visually apparent: to tease out more than the eye can see, to draw people in and invite them to experience - not just consume - an image.
The seascape and abstract paintings created are inspired by his memories and experiences and are developed using artistic intuition. They are not tied into any specific region or time, they are an eclectic synthesis of place, weather and season. Paul chooses to capture and communicate his experiences this way as it reflects life with its unceasing process of observing, experiencing, interpreting, storing - and ultimately - reflecting. The result he strives for is a unique and original visual experience that has captured not only the sense of somewhere/sometime, but also the more subtle notion of recollection.
Occasionally he refesr to photography as a starting point and as a way to engage with the surface and begin the initial mark making process. After this point it is all an abstract interpretation of the memories he has and places he has experienced. This, is all brought together with constant experimenting and he finds the works are continuously evolving and influencing the next.
Oil paint is the medium that plays a big part in capturing the essence of a faded memory and lends itself nicely to the way Paul paints. It works well when applied thickly and can create great depth when worked into the surface sparingly, which leaves previous layers partially exposed. The paint is applied in this way to give the artwork itself a narrative and history, where the process of its creation can be glimpsed at in places - not dissimilar to the way in which the memory deals with the hazy recollection of a place once visited.
He has recently started to introduce a high gloss finish, which works in two ways. Firstly, it gives the paint beneath a much richer and more vivid finish, and secondly, it produces a vaporous reflection where the viewer can see and incorporate themselves into the image, bringing us back to observing, experiencing, interpreting, storing and reflecting. Now the viewer can exist as part of the work - as well as identify with the atmosphere and character the painting seeks to capture. By doing this, Paul has broken away from the more traditional methods or sea and landscape art. http://www.paul-bennett.co.uk/
John Biddle (Up & Coming)
Illustrator, Designer and Hamster lover. Currently studying at the Liverpool School of Art, John primarily works in ink and digital and his list of clients includes Liverpool's Lime Pictures, and the New York Publishers, Nomad Editions. For more information on John's work, please visit: http://johnbiddle.blogspot.com/
Colin Binns (Up & Coming)
Colin explores myth and memory and their connections with places and events through mixed media paintings.
His practice involves combinations of paint, print, photography, collage and found materials, making responses to locations holding a personal significance. Studies in Eastern ideas of landscape and place have had an influence on Colin's approach, helping integrate an intuitive response with analysis of the underlying dynamics of a place. The imagery within his work is drawn from intensive research of each location,before its assembly into expressions of abstract ideas and visual reference points. For more information on Colin's work please visit: http://colinbinns.com/
Tony Bishop (Gifted)
Tony Bishop works in mixed media, which idividually consists of different types of metals, woods, and any found or reclaimed materials he can get his hands on.
He uses them on either canvas or timber and then use this as a base to create his paintings, generally using acrylics, oils or gloss to add tone and colour and retain a nice amount of soul to the pieces. The methods he uses gives his work a unique, contemporary and modern feel with an abstract, urban edge which combined with today's minimalistic living designs work perfectly giving a gritty and striking visual finish to either a residential, recreational, or commercial developments.
Tony believes that in one way or another we should all learn to create. Let it be music, sculpture, a song - anything! In his case, a work of art. He believes it's a perfect way to express yourself and let your feelings be known.
He thinks by using your own unique imagination and creativity it gives beauty or a feeling of well being. That can be a very powerful and rewarding experience which can enrich our lives for the better. Expressing yourself in a form of creativity also helps with a number of general lifestyle issues that can ultimately be released onto a blank canvas of whatever art form you take pleasure in doing. This is an important thing to channel over the course of your life, and what better way than in the form of art?
Stefan Bleekrode (Up & Coming)
Stefan creates his own imaginary cities on paper, as a substitute for the passion of travelling that has been with him all his life.
Over the years, Stefan has enhanced his technical abilities and increased the amount of detail in his city drawings, or cityscapes as he calls them.
Nowadays, Stefan creates his own world-class cities comparable to Paris or London. The latter being where he finds most of the inspiration for his paintings.
Stefan's work shows a love for light and shadows, architecture, a nearly geometric composition and the absence of movement.
Stefan mainly works in the Netherlands but often travels to various places in Europe and occasionally to the United States in search of inspiration. For more information about Stefan's work, please visit: http://stefanbleekrode.exto.org/
Dominic Bradnum (Pop, print & Stitch)
Dominic's work is primarily concerned with capturing the flickering,
incandescent qualities of neon lights. He works mainly in oil paint,
building up layers and glazes and taking advantage of the slow drying
times to blend the pigment and create subtle changes of tone and
contrast. The images take on an optical, almost transient, quality,
playing with the viewers' perceptions, as they seem to shimmer across
the surface of the canvas. The subject matter often takes form as
textual musings: pop-art style slogans; playful and evocative
one-liners; plaintive thoughts. Or as abstract forms: phosphorescent
drips; meandering lines; geometric shapes; op-art patterns.
Wish You Were Here
Dominic has a romantic notion of the out-of-season coastal town: the faded
glamour and flaking paintwork of the seafront hotel; empty beach-huts
huddled on a windswept promenade; whitewash waves crashing on a
deserted beach, as the first few drops of rain spot on the pebbles.
The artwork draws on the long-standing traditions of seascape
painting, capturing the elemental forces at work where sea meets land.
A vast and foreboding, leaden sky looms overhead, a biting wind whips
across the empty beach.
This bleak and timeless snapshot is tempered by the presence of a
flickering, bright red neon message: 'Wish you were here'… to share
the cheap-and-cheerful tack of the pier and a plate of greasy chips in
the cafe that time forgot.
Helen Brough (Select)
Helen Brough is a British painter, drawer, sculptor, and installation
artist. Educated at the Chelsea School of Art in London, achieving B.A. Honors
First Class and a M.A in sculpture.
Her awards in England include the Prix de Rome prize at the British school in Rome, and the Prince Charles travel scholarship. She has received the honorable Soros Foundation Grant, which helped fund her early art exhibitions in Romania, Hungary and United States. Brough was also privileged to be accepted funding by the Pollock / Krasner Foundation next to an artist residency at The Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha, NE. which lead to her oil painting work being chosen by The Jocelyn Art Museum as part of their permanent collection.
In 2003 she had her first solo gallery show in New York City with Kristen Frederickson Contemporary Art in Tribeca, followed by being awarded a 6 month artist residency with Triangle, D.U.M.B.O. / Brooklyn, NY. In 2004 she was picked to be one of the artists for the Triangle Workshop and in 2005 was elected as a member of board for Triangle Arts Association, where she still currently maintains her role as a director. Brough simultaneously advanced with a series of group exhibitions which include; "Projects 04" at the Islip Art Museum, Islip, NY; "Building Blocks", Jersey City, NJ; "A.A.F.F" with Lamont Editions, NYC; "The London Art Fair", with Waterhouse and Dodd and "American Exposure" curator: Michel Allen, Memphis, TN. "Ashurst Connections", with Ashurst Corporation, London, UK.
In the Spring of 2006 the permanent sculpture commission "Emulated Flora" opened at 70 Washington Street, DUMBO / Brooklyn, NY, commissioned by Jane and David Walentas, where Brough was singled out from a selection of 250 accomplished New York based artists.
From Fall 2006 though Spring 2007 she was part of a Solo Exhibition "Cataclysmic Hypotheses" at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, NE. and also took part in a 2 person exhibition of new drawings and glass pieces at the Allen Gallery in Chelsea, NYC.
In 2008 Brough went on next with several gallery exhibitions including
"Jump" at Henry Gregg Gallery, DUMBO, Brooklyn, NY and a solo exhibit
with SCOPE for Art Basel in Miami, FLA. with the Allen Gallery which then
resulted to procuring another solo show in NYC with Allen Gallery, as well as 2
other group shows; "Nature Interrupted" at the Chelsea Art Museum,
Chelsea, NYC, curator Elga Wimmer, and "Curious and Curiouser" with
Rebecca Kormind Gallery in Copenhagen, DK, curator Alan Rankle
In 2009 she was part of a group show "Eye World" at Triple
Candie, NYC and later that year Brough relocated her studio to London, UK to
work and produce several private commissions she was awarded for private
European clients, which lead to a solo show in Fall 2010 "Deliriously
Urbane" at the Coningsby Gallery, London, UK, curators Helen Driver and
In December 2010 she and architect Emmett Roepke co-founded the 24/8 Workshop,
a multi-disciplinary creative workshop studio and gallery space that is an
integration of architects, artists and graphic designers who work
collaboratively to create conceptual architecture and contemporary art. At the
beginning of 2011 she secured the commission "Oriental Luminescence"
a series of large permanent art pieces for Collins Stewart Wealth's
headquarters located at 88 Wood Street, a building by architect Richard
Kate Bufton (Abstracted)
Kate is currently undertaking an MA in Creative Education, whilst also doing a 12 month Artist residency at Winstanley College, Billinge.
For the past few years Kate's practice has revolved around old unwanted books. She has found that the books are her perfect media, and provides her with inspiration and creativity. Kate tends to stick to simple folds or cuts through the books, these simple manipulations transform the old books from carriers of text to objects of art.
For Kate it is the aesthetics of old books that encourages the creativity within, their old musty smells and textures, followed by their stained pages. Kate transforms the books into individual sculptures, many unique designs, which enable the books to be admired. The story now becomes abstract, as the viewer begins to pick out the words and letters in the books new form.
As a book artist or more a book sculpture Kate regularly attends book fairs, all over the country, participating in the International Book Fair at Leeds, to BABE down in Bristol.
Kate is forever pushing the boundaries and physicality's of a book and she is continuously finding new ways to alter and transform them. The possibilities are endless, and Kate believes that books will always form a strong part of her artistic career.
Micc Burgess (Macarbe Macclesfield)
Micc is an artist who works in a variety of media including painting, screenprinting, mixed media, graffiti and assemblage.
He has previously worked with discarded materials to produce his art, and his work often has a raw, industrial feeling to it.
He is much inspired by artists like Robert Rauschenberg or Jasper Johns who used unusual materials to say something interesting about the world. His themes are diverse and eclectic, often exploring extreme images, but often with a humorous or witty twist.
Fi's work is influenced by Eastern Philosophies and encourages finding simplicity from the seemingly complex, to value the transient, and to question relationships with language and belief systems, regardless of religion.
She often uses the mediums of flour and bread to explore both the ephemerality and permanence of thoughts; how everyday thinking can become a 'nutritional' diet - habitual and 'ingested' without question - just like the daily slice.
The photographic flourscapes are created in flour beds which are evocative of Zen gardens - they are a place where 'raking' and 'sifting' can take place to facilitate openness to new 'mindscapes'.
Dave Butcher (Focus Photography exhibition)
Internationally acclaimed and admired for his stunning images, photographer, printer and author, Dave Butcher uses his thirty years of experience and knowledge of traditional darkroom skills to great effect, producing breathtaking photographs.
Working exclusively in black and white, Dave produces dramatic landscapes, cityscapes and costal shots. He chooses black and white because it is such a powerful medium to convey drama and atmosphere, allowing the viewer to consider the images in terms of shapes, patterns, brightness and tone.
Dave is showcasing his cityscapes part of Focus. The selected body of works encapsulates Dave's style, focusing on architectural angles and shapes formed in black and white.
Dave Butcher's images are used for advertising and P.R and he has also published a number of books of his own. He is an Ilford Master printer and is an Associate of the Royal Photographic Society.
Dave Butcher | Photographer | Derbyshire
Brut Carniollus (Focus photography exhibition)
These painterly images of cars express the hunger for beauty in every form and shape that drives Brut's creative process, consisting of finding uncommon views of things ordinary.
Being essentially a collector, Brut finds photography to be the perfect media, as it gives him a tool to harvest images almost unconsciously. Collected pictures are then, and not so seldom years after being taken, tweaked, processed, twisted, mixed, collaged and abused to the point of revealing what appears to be their inner collective image. Which quite so often takes a look of an ordinary snapshot, but almost never is.
Despite extensive use of computers and insane amounts of post-processing, photography perceived as an impression of light remains the main source of Brut's artistic creation and helps to create these almost painterly images of cars.
Brut Carniollus | Photographer & Collector | Slovenia
Ian Clegg & Angela Tait (Select | Contemporary arts exhibition)
Ian Clegg and Angela Tait are artists who have been working collaboratively on creative projects since 2010.
Their practice was founded upon a fascination with combining their individual disciplines of sculpture and photography. This led to a collaborative approach to other projects including teaching and writing.
Ian is a photographer, illustrator and painter. He is currently lecturing in photography at the University of Blackpool.
His personal practice includes visual essays and on-going collections of thematic photographs.
Angela is a sculptor and ceramicist who works in mediums from the traditional to the experimental. She lectures at the University of Salford and is currently practicing Fine Art from Ebor Studios in Littleborough.
ATIC studios has been established since 2010.
Stephen Connell (Focus photography exhibition)
Within cities and industrial areas our view of the night sky is often obscured by industrial and domestic pollution, and a combination of the street and lighting which is employed to keep our infrastructures running 24 hours a day.
Initially intended to draw the viewers' attention to 'light pollution' and filmed in the dead of night, Stephen Connell's photographs reveal a nocturnal world of spectacular landscapes.
Using exposures of up to 30 minutes to capture the dark landscapes, the photo's reveal the drifting of smoke and steam into the atmosphere and the movement of the stars at night. Artificial man made buildings that appear grey and menacing by day, are transformed into ethereal and un-worldly wonderlands.
Words by 20-21 Visual Arts Center
Wasted light is winner of the public choice award for ImagineAIR - Air & Cities category
Stephen Connell | Photographer | Sheffield
John Crux (The Collection)
John originally began taking photos 2 and a half years ago when he first began travelling. Since then he has travelled almost continuously around Asia and Australasia, practicing photography as much as possible along the way. John is exhibiting pictures from rural Australia and New Zealand. capturing scenes that most tourists don't get to see, and visitng the more remote areas of the world.
Caroline Dangerfield (Cheshire Open Studios)
Emily Davenport (Portfolio)
Born in a small village in Staffordshire, Emily cultivated a passion for drawing and painting from an early age. She studied an eclectic combination of fine art and mathematics at St Martin's College in Lancaster, going on to specialise in lino printing in her final year, and achieving a first class honours in art.
Confidence often grows with age, and this is certainly true of Emily who, upon leaving university - despite encouragement from the Arts Council - found marketing herself and her work too challenging. Instead, she chose to pursue a career in publishing, only printing in her spare time. Now, fifteen years on, with more life and work experience - and with the addition of three children - Emily feels up to the challenge.
Emily has a passion for the outdoors and for architecture. She loves to observe the beauty within her surroundings, both with colour and form, but most importantly, with texture. And this is what makes her prints unique; each print relies on different textures to create the image. Particularly with her single colour prints, with the absence of colour changes or strong lineal forms, texture alone is utilised to portray its subject.
Her early work concentrated on architecture within the landscape and conversely landscape within architecture (glimpsed through a window). More recently, Emily has studied wildlife and is enjoying depicting the texture of fur, and further examining the challenges of using a single colour. Initially she sketches from a photograph, traces this onto lino and then cuts out the white/pale areas of the image. She prints onto paper using an old printing press, originally used for typesetting in a commercial printer workshop.
For more information like Emily Davenport Printmaker on Facebook.
Charlotte Davies (The Collection)
is a passionate and hardworking student that enjoys being creative in
all aspects of her life. She enjoys being able to stage an image and
create something that represents her as a person. By being creative
Charlotte can explore aspects of society that would normally have been
disregarded which is what she finds so interesting. Charlotte's work
involves lots of juxtapositions and contrasts that she aims to conceptually create.
Sam Devereux (Works | FOUR - Barnaby Festival 2013)
Despite the works being predominantly photography and 2D based practice, the depth of space within his pieces hint at the influence of the Samuel Devereux's sculpture studies at the Glasgow School of Art.
The series show here are photos taken from his studio whilst studying at the prestigious school of art - clips from an artist's studio space and workings on wider projects creates interesting snippet of the artist's thought process and almost a collage of a wider idea, a work in progress. Extending conventional boundaries in object making and questions of what is the completed item.
Samuel uses a Te-Mamiya Camera and a collage process to ask the questions to what extent can we see the processes of making as transpersonal experience? And how can making continue to question, in a world so ever-increasingly dominated by the image?
Samuel Devereux | Glasgow School of Art
Samuel Devereux is currently studying Sculpture and Environmental Art at the highly prestigious Glasgow school of Art.
Samuel is originally from Macclesfield so it feels fitting to bring his most current works back to his home town. We are showcasing his work at the same time as the Glasgow School of art is hosting its degree shows, thereby bringing a little of the Art school to Macclesfield.
Sculpture has been taught at Glasgow since the turn of the 20th Century with the Environmental Art being an addition to the program in 1980. Environmental art is not a nod to a greener way of making or subject matter but actually a section of the program dedicated to ensuring that the Artist is prepared for continuing their work in the wider world.
As part of his studies at the Glasgow School of Art, Samuel is an invigilator for their contemporary exhibitions.
Emotion Driven Process Based Parallel Identities (Up & Coming)
Emotion Driven Process Based Parallel Identities is an international South London based artist's collective that employs a completely non-exclusive approach: neighbours, strangers, friends and lovers.
Their marker pen drawings are made collaboratively, with as many as 30 people having worked on a single piece.
People's immediate and varying perspectives clash, interweave and tangle into a 'tapestrial' zeitgeist.
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Joan Fisher (Print)
Joan returned to education as a mature student. She was able to fulfil a personal ambition to develop as a Fine Artist and to qualify as an art teacher
Joan's work regime has been to teach as a contracted art teacher for 3 days a week leaving her with the time to pursue her own work and to initiate and deliver specific projects within communities.
Joan's print work is inspired by all sorts of things including landscape, cityscape and still life. The pieces that we are showing at Marburae Gallery are inspired by the local landscape and have a real textured quality to the printmaking.
Joan enjoys working in sketchbooks and developing ideas into print. She uses a range of techniques and loves the unpredictable things that happen along the way.
Joan is involved with an artist group at Hot Bed Press and this enables her to be with like-minded people and to participate in many creative events and exhibitions. She also has work in various local galleries.
Joan Fisher | Printmaker | Macclesfield
Ellie Geary (Gifted)
Ellie Geary is a visual artist based in the East Midlands with a first class BA in Fine Art from Nottingham Trent University. In 2009 she was awarded a scholarship to study for a month in Seoul, South Korea where she had the opportunity to get involved in eastern Asia's rich culture, meeting other contemporary artists, students and visiting professionals' studios. Since graduating in 2010 she has worked as an artist, exhibited, undertaken voluntary work in galleries across the UK and worked as an artist assistant. She is currently working on a magazine project that profiles young creative talent and aims to to expand collaborative opportunities between art and design disciplines.
intangible notions of comfort reference the human need for personal
space and Ellie is interested in how this conflicts with opposing views
of desire and longing. Currently my practice explores the idea of
anti-sentimentality and fragile trepidation within satirical play. http://elliegeary.carbonmade.com/about
Lucy Gell (Print)
Lucy’s playful, fun and bordering naive style is showcased perfectly in the collection we have here for our Print exhibition.
She uses various print techniques across her work, such as; etching, screen printing and collograph. Etching gives her images a depth of texture, while her screen printed images give a graphic quality. Both forms are represented here. Her work conveys the love she has for all living creatures, and captures the unique personalities and humour she sees in them.
Each print is designed and lovingly printed by hand in the best way to bring each individual character to life, while retaining her unique iconographic style.
Lucy is based in the creative heart of the High Peak. Her work can be seen in various local galleries and she exhibits at shows across the country.
Lucy studied Illustration and graphic design at Staffordshire University and after graduating Lucy worked as a puppet animator for the award winning animation company, Cosgrove Hall Films in Manchester. She animated on television programmes such as Postman Pat and Andy Pandy. During this time she began developing her knowledge of print making.
Lucy is a member of the Worcestershire Guild of Designer Craftsmen and High Peak Artists and Craftworkers Association.
Lucy Gell | Printmaker | Derbyshire
Bob Gelsthorpe (Abstracted)
Born in 1990, in Blackpool, Bob went on to study Art & Design at Blackpool & Fylde College and is currently studying BA (Hons) Fine Art at University of Wales Institute, Cardiff.
Bob's practice exists between aesthetics and linguistics; he addresses the intimate space in between painting and poetry, in a manner of mark based responses in way of channeling the idiosyncratic appeal of poetry and the exciting nature of working visually. The paintings exhibited as part of Abstracted are looking at the poetic side of synaesthesia (a union of the senses), from a personal point of view. They were all painted in a response to Bob's own poetry written around the Lake District, which in an emotional sense makes them quite internal, but also aesthetically accessible as sensory objects.
Sophie Gibson (Focus photography exhibition)
120's & Polaroid's
"Sophie's work first caught my eye for its nostalgic feel, evoking childhood memories of holiday locations.
The selection chosen for Focus brings these childhood memories to the fore but mixes them with hints of teenage nights out and the following odd blurred memory!
The combination of the grungy subject matter and the works being created with a selection of 120 film and Polaroids creates a worn feel, documenting lost warm days and sweaty band nights.
Whenever Sophie leaves the house for a day she takes a camera but if she leaves for more than one day she takes a selection of cameras. This process allows a diverse, collective approach to her photography"
Kaite Helps | Marburae Art Gallery
Sophie Gibson | Photographer | Lancashire
Ross Gibson (The Collection)
Deborah Graham (Print)
Deborah Ann Graham
This collection of Lino Block Prints perfectly captures Deborah’s practice as a printmaker. Clean strong lines and forms easily manage Deborah's aim to give form to internal feelings of thought and emotion.
The prints Deborah makes are usually sourced directly from her sketchbooks, where cathartic scribblings start to suggest images which she hopes will be recognisable to the viewer. Sometimes in obvious ways as in the print 'Sometimes I feel like this', or in more subliminal ways as in the 'Illuminated Falling' pieces where thought free-falls and imagery becomes more surreal.
Deborah Ann Graham is originally from Cumbria where she attended an art foundation course at Cumbria Collage of Art and Design. From there going on to Trent Polytechnic Nottingham, where she achieved her BA (Hons) degree in Fine Art, graduating in 1987.
After spending a year or so in Art studios in Nottingham including the Oldknow Studio Group, she took art related employment. Working first in the animation industry then moving into computer games. She still works as a computer games environment artist, splitting her time between that and her own art practice.
Deborah works in a range of media, including oil, watercolour, stich, collage, yarn and pastel but over recent years it has been her simple black and white lino prints that have provoked most reaction from those viewing her work.
Deborah Ann Graham | Linoprints| Derbyshire
Chris Godber (Macarbe Macclesfield)
Chris is inspired by a lot of modernist painting and often work with a modernist aesthetic, utilising abstraction and distortion in an attempt to heighten the impact of an image.
Some particular painters who have inspired him include Picasso for his cubist work, Van Gogh for his confident handling of paint and intense portrayal of nature, Joan Miro for his biomorphic abstractions and a whole host of expressionists, surrealists and abstract painters.
Chris' work often explores an inner world of abstracted shapes and what he calls an interior landscape which he thinks of as the landscape of the mind. Chris tries not to work from subject matter and will most often start with an initial visualisation or idea in his mind which he will then expand on as he works. While some of my Chris' work is purely abstract and non-objective there are often subtle hints at representational imagery, like images glimpsed then forgotten as in a dream.
Some reoccurring themes in Chris' work include portraying nature, distorting the figure and expressing negative and positive emotion as well as exploring dream landscapes.
Jenny Gunning (Print)
Jenny is an extremely talented printmaker who runs her own print studio and gallery known as Ironbridge in Shropshire.
Her etching prints reflect her skills as a draughtsman and contain a deep earthy feel. The process is raw and firm like the industrial topics she draws upon in her imagery.
Jenny studied at Cheltenham University where she obtained a BA Honours degree in Specialist Printmaking. From University she continued to develop her skills as a commended and guilded framer, fine artist, printmaker and private teacher. Amazingly at the same time as all of this she opened her Gallery, specialist printmaking and Framing business; Ironbridge Fine Arts and Framing
Having lived and worked in Ironbridge for over a decade Jenny has a fantastic collection of work about Shropshire. Her love of the Gorge and its history go together with the traditional printmaking techniques Jenny uses to create her artwork. Never able to quiet her passion for capturing the surroundings that she sees she also has a vast collection of work from further afield such as Venice, New York, Vermont, San francisco and Mexico.
Jenny Gunning | Printmaker | Shropshire
Laura Havenhand (Up & Coming)
After studying at Leeds Metropolitan University Laura had her first solo show at The Bowery Gallery in Leeds. Since then Laura has been making new work, and recently became the curator of Blott studios.
There are two strands of Laura's work exhibited here. The first focuses on socio-political themes, with particular reference to modern class systems and subjugation. The portraits in this series are of refused asylum seekers who have used themselves as tools to protest with against asylum laws in the UK. The paintings are constructed by the layering of one singular image, the silhouette of a man. Laura has used semiotic language to act suggestively of the desired interpretation, indicative of a multi faceted reality, rich with hidden agendas and visible elucidation.
The second body of work is the 'Madelena' series. Very much a progression from Laura's earlier works, as it still focused on refused asylum seekers but the position of women in the process was prominent this time. This series came after Laura worked at a charity called Parfras in Leeds. The paintings here are also built up out of the silhouette of a man but they are left unfinished to implore more feminist undertones, and the fact that these particular women had been raped in the UK. For more information on Laura's work, please visit: http://www.laurahavenhand.co.uk/
Di Harding (Macarbe Macclesfield)
Di Harding's work is influenced by her surroundings, the constantly changing environment and the images and colours of nature.
The vibrancy of colour appeals to Di's creativity as she feels that nothing in nature is black and white.
Richard Heckert (Select)
Richard Heckert is a German artist and philosopher. His works are vibrant expressions of his dislike for all things mass production, his dislike of beauty only found in things that are traditionally considered beautiful and his dislike for calm!
He strives for maximum fun, in life and his artworks - perhaps then lending to the mass of colours, shapes and chaos in his drawings.
The chaos theory runs through so many artists' works, but rarely is it depicted in such a fun and playful way. The works have darker undertones, consistent with the chaos theory however with hell like imagry and disturbing text.
The works that we have for SELECT are signed and edition canvas prints of original ink illustrations that have been painstakingly crafted by Richard. We have the prints as the originals are too precious to transport and the prints x are far more cost effective. If you would like to enquire about an original however, please contact a member of staff.
Richard Heckert | Illustrator and philosopher | Germany
Marielle Hehir (Select)
The work is concerned with depicting a hallucination like vision of evolution.
The cohabitation of motifs within the painting, provoke questions concerning societal differences and our shifts in values over time. The painting is composed of elements, which have been referenced from an extensive repertoire of sources and adapted to manufacture a symbolic language.
This language is culturally and historically heterogeneous, to visually represent the diversity we exist within. Human footprint is suggested through the introduction of obscure biotic forms, hinting at a disturbing consequence of rapid change. The way the paint is applied gives volume to the individual voices within the canvas.
The plight of each motif, pattern or surface is enhanced by shape, perspective, scale, dimension, colour and a cacophony of painterly styles interacting upon the canvas.
Marielle Hehir | Painter | Manchester
Kaite Helps (Up & Coming & Portfolio)
Kaite is a freelance artist based in Cheshire (Uk)
Kaite's current work is inspired by her recent travels to India and South East Asia. Her paintings are a personal perception of the cultures and variety experienced whilst exploring the region. Kaite draws on the colours, patterns, and architecture from various cultures and religions during her travels and they feature heavily within Kaite's work, allowing her to recreate the richness and atmospheres of such diverse and different places. Process is also very important to Kaite and she wishes for it to remain as true to her subject matter as possible.
Kaite creates her own watercolours made from spices and powders bought from various parts of the world during her travels. Kaite works predominantly with Saffron but also uses many more 'pigments' such as Turmeric, Indigo and Vermillion Powder. The later is a powder placed along the parting of the hair by Hindi women to represent marriage.
Born in Bristol in 1987, Kaite went on to study Fine Art at Clitheroe Royal Grammar VIth Form where she received 100% in her Art A-level, one of only five people in the country to do so. Kaite continued her studies at the University of Plymouth and was awarded a First Class Honours Degree. Kaite's work has been successfully displayed in Calcutta, India, Switzerland, Liverpool, Plymouth, Bristol, Bath, Sheffield, Lancashire and Buckinghamshire, she even has work in space, aboard the SpaceArc! For more information about Kaite's work, please visit: http://www.kaitehelps.co.uk/
Aimie Hertog (Focus, Photography exhibition)
In her photographs of Coney Island, Aimee exaggerates the colour and focal point, often a cartoon like image, through digital manipulation.
As a result, familiar signs in the park to render a sense of the timeless, the excessive and the fantastical as seen through Aimee's adult eyes.
In Aimee's initial artistic endeavours she did not understand the value of using found objects. After becoming a mother, however, she was forced to employ more material items in her daily life. She began recycling utilitarian objects into her art, creating sculptural forms from discarded clothing, kitchenware and other commonplace materials. Influenced by Joseph Cornell's work with found objects and frequent viewings of Alexander Calder's Circus, responding to its gritty playfulness.
Ultimately Aimee realised the importance of aligning the content of her art with the materials used to construct it. With this in mind, Aimee's sculptures, with seemingly cheerful household objects
become grotesque creature-like forms and this direction flows through her photography of Coney Island, (even the name itself evokes an eerie, unrealistic feel) where simple, child like found images are transformed into grotesque, nightmare like images.
Aimee has just had her work selected for the 3rd Juried photography exhibition in New York.
The New York based exhibition will take place over the same dates as Focus
The 3rd Juried photography exhibition has been curated by
Aimee Hertog | Photographer and sculptor | America
Thom Hudson (The Collection)
Thom's artwork centers on the process of understanding his surroundings and his place within them. He walks and watches his environment, observing and analysing to develop a connection with where he is.
Charles Baudelaire writes of the flâneur, a lone figure able to breeze through a landscape, watching, absorbing and understanding, resisting the urge to attempt to define beauty by any conventional picture postcard ideal. One must allow the time and the required sensitivity to extract the elegance and grace from the scenes you may see, the scenes of our everyday surroundings in which we live our lives. Each image created is a pure entity in itself, the photos taken proving that this beauty is real, lying in wait for us to open our eyes and find it, and for a brief moment bask in its fleeting, fragile beauty.
'The photographer is an armed version of the solitary walker reconnoitering, stalking, cruising the urban inferno, the voyeuristic stroller who discovers the city as a landscape of voluptuous extremes. Adept of the joys of watching, connoisseur of empathy, the flâneur finds the world 'picturesque.'
Susan Sontag,On Photography.1977
Each artwork that Thom will be exhibiting is part of individual series of images taken during the last two years, taken in Tokyo. Each series of Thom's projects draws on elements of memory and mans connection to the land and the ideas surrounding landscape painting and photography. They are as much a discussion about the process of looking and photographing and the relationship between the photographer and the scene, as they are about our connections with the places in which we live.
For further information please feel free to visit Thom's website at: www.thomhudsonart.com
Lloyd Hughes (Select)
9 x 9 Arrangements
In a seemingly chaotic arrangement of colour lays a methodically placed sequence of pre-determined numerical values which celebrate ideas of sequence, composition and number.
The large scale original oils are based on number puzzles which are employed for the sense of balance and order that is achieved in its completion. The investigative nature of the work throws up a multitude of combinations with various degrees of complexity and points of focus.
Colour is implemented strictly as a means of demonstrating the various numerical values rather than as an artistic consideration. In this era of information Lloyd look to translate tables of information into playful forms, to convert it into imagery autonomously that speaks without misleading.
His aim in this most recent body of work is to use playful numerical arrangements as a way of constructing artworks to demonstrate less obvious sources of composition and to celebrate the playful nature of art through the translation of number puzzles.
Artistic development during its construction is forsaken in favour of a strict methodology regardless of aesthetic successes during production and development is considered in hindsight and in reviewing completed artworks which will then be implemented in later pieces.