Archive for October, 2011

October 29, 2011

Neil Payne

Neil Payne is by nature a collector, especially of old and once valued objects; this has influenced his work considerably both in terms of starting points and the materials used.

Neil’s images combine a range of techniques and are drawn from historical references including architecture, landscape and the human figure. Mark-making, musical notation, word traces and ancient materials are combined, layered, often worked over and cut back to give echoes of the original starting point.

Teaching art part time and running workshops gives him the opportunity to share ideas, which in turn influences his own work. He also sells antiques, which inspires and provides materials for his exquisite artwork.

Exhibitions

2010

Christmas Market – i2 Art Gallery, Saffron Walden

Fry Art Gallery, Saffron Walden

October 19, 2011

Jess Levine

Jess Levine’s work stems from various sources which include personal travels, Kentish landscape, current affairs, childhood memories and textile designs.

She doesn’t like to limit herself to one discipline, instead preferring to use a wide range of materials and to draw on a wide variety of sources. However, she will often initially explore ideas using collage, as she finds this a useful process in realising more finished pieces of work or in translating ideas using paint.

‘My work is often deliberately open ended in terms of impact. I like the viewer to bring themselves to the piece, rather than having meaning imposed by the maker.

In that respect, I like work to be loose and to have a meaning which is beyond intention, that is the piece in a sense answers back to both the viewer and the maker.’ [Jessica Levine 2009]

http://www.jesslevine.co.uk

October 15, 2011

Valerie Armstrong

Over the past years Valerie Armstrong’s work has undergone a series of profound changes as she has made the transition from figurative images painted on screens to the current narrative and semi abstract works. She is now experimenting with various monoprinting techniques combined with chine collé; collage; drawing and mixed media.

‘In the 1970’s and 80’s I trained and practiced as an art therapist in mental health. This experience, together with my own vivid dream world, forms thebasis for my current collection of work. This is the framework on which to weave visual stories touching the absurd, sometimes reaching out to the darker side; exploring the thought shadows that lurk deep within the mind to emerge in dreams. Sometimes my work is inspired by poetry and a love of words; jumbled upside–down ideas woven together to feed the imagination.’

After studying textiles at Hornsey and Croydon colleges of art, Val took a post-graduate degree in Art Therapy at St Albans, followed by many years practicing in schools and hospitals as an art therapist.

For the last twenty-five years, she has worked freelance as an artist from her studio in Woodbridge, Suffolk.

http://www.valeriearmstrong.com

October 6, 2011

Susan Macarthur

Susan Macarthur was born in East Sussex in 1952 and now lives in Broad Chalke near Salisbury, Wiltshire.

She studied at Eastbourne College of Art in 1970, Art Institute of Southern California 1980 – 82, Saddleback College (US) 1982-84 (Associated Arts), California State University Long Beach 1985-87 (General Art) and City & Guilds Part 1 & 2 Stitched Textiles 1990-93.

Susan is a Fellow of the Society of Designer Craftsmen.

She initially studied Fine Art primarily painting, drawing and sculpting.Towards the latter part of her education at Cal State Long Beach she was introduced to textiles and on returning to England has gone on to experiment with different techniques and materials to portray the human form.

‘I come from a background of life drawing/painting and have always been drawn to the drama of the human form. My work is a combination of painting together with fabric, paper, thread and paints. I like the unpredictable occurrences that can arise with these materials and feel there is a strong crossover between the drawn line and a line of thread. Textureplays a large role in my work – in fact I think it is probably the most important element for me.’

Susan shows her work through galleries, exhibitions and art fairs – upcoming events can be found on her website.

www.susanmacarthur.co.uk