Archive for March, 2012

March 24, 2012

Upcoming Exhibition – Horseplay

Horseplay Equine Grace

This spring we look at the beauty, elegance, grace and spirit of the equine form, celebrating these beautiful creatures with an exhibiton entitled ‘Horseplay’. Running from the 31st March until the 19th May we do hope you get a chance to pop in and see the wonderful paintings, sculptures and prints from selected local artists with a passion for horse portraiture.

Yolande Kenny – Paintings and Drawings

Gena Ivanov – Watercolour Paintings

Ramzieh Baj – Paintings and Prints

Sophie Howard – Sculpture

Watch this space as there are more blogs to follow on our fantastic ‘Horseplay’ artists!

March 20, 2012

Fairytale – Neil Payne

Neil Payne is an i2 Art favourite and currently part of our ‘Fairytale’ Exhibition. Hurry it ends on Saturday!

“Intricate collages created from old books loved literally to pieces, and found objects such as beautiful broken watches, speak of times long past and lost. New worlds from old, gardens in palaces, wasps in book covers – bringing the discarded together to make them live again in curious ways.”

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Neil’s images combine a range of techniques and are drawn from historical references including architecture, landscape and the human figure.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.

For more of Neil’s work, available to buy, see

March 20, 2012

Fairytale – Sue Law

Sue Law is currently part of our ‘Fairytale’ Exhibition. If you like the look of her work why not pop in and have a look ?

“The body and its relationship to the space that surrounds it inspire my sculpture. Absence and Presence are recurrent themes within my work as these sculptures are the physical depiction of the negative space around the figure. I have recently used resin to make sculptures of stiletto shoes that include an impression of the wearer’s feet. The Glass Slipper from the Fairytale of Cinderella was a perfect inspiration for my sculpture which could only ever fit one partficular foot!”

Sue Law has recently returned to the Cambridge area after moving to Norwich to complete her MA in Fine Art at Norwich University College of the Arts. Sue sold her restaurant in Cambridge in 2003 and has reveled in a change of career, studying at first in Cambridge then for her BA at Winchester School of Art.

Using Adobe Illustrator Sue has developed images that have been laser cut from Perspex to create a large installation describing the events of a ‘Girls Night Out’. This piece is a comment on the current binge drinking culture. She has also used the solid substantial physicality of bronze and the light delicacy of plaster bandage to describe the negative space around the exquisite curves of the figure.

To see more of Sue’s work, available to buy, go to

March 17, 2012

Fairytale – Amber Caspian

Amber Caspian is another of the fabulous artists taking part in our ‘Fairytale’ Exhibiton – on now!

“I have loved witches and fairytales since early childhood being enchanted by the drawings and silhouettes of Arthur Rackham and Jan Pienkowski. Later I turned creatively to this subject painting them in watercolour and ink. I am inspired by folk and faery stories, dreams, nature, spirit, ancient landscapes and beautiful worlds”

Local artist Amber Caspian is a fan of the magical and the mythical and this is evident in her illustrative paintings.

Brought up in Thaxted, Amber Caspian returned to Essex after many years living and working in London. After leaving school she completed a Ceramics degree in Bristol and discovered print-making and collage as a way of exploring patterns and form. While in London she studied oil painting the human figure, particularly portraiture, as well as taking a Diploma in Counselling. All these disciplines influence her work.

“I would describe myself as a painter and maker of imagery and objects relating to archetypal mythology and faery tales, particularly about women and nature. I also write poems as part of my creative process.”

Travels across flame-coloured deserts in America, around exquisite templesat Angkor, Cambodia, and frozen lakes in Arctic Sweden greatly inspire her. Whether it be with paint, print, paper, clay, wood or cloth and thread, Amber uses a variety of techniques to express herself.

To see more of Amber’s work, available to buy, see –

March 17, 2012

Fairytale – Amanda Sheldrake

Amanda Sheldrake is currently featured in our ‘Fairytale’ Exhibition, why don’t you pop in and see the lovely artworks for yourself?

“Changing  times, wind blows, untangle the threads of  a lost soul , fly free my friend. Dream on a space in time for my soul radiates the love within. I am walking through the forest of dreams and if by magic everything has been transformed into rainbows of colour…”

Amanda Sheldrake has been creating works of art for many years, selling to collectors world-wide. She is also commissioned to do mural designs, window painting and portrait painting.

“I have always been inspired by travelling to different environments and particularly by the intense joys of nature which I respond to with my vibrant use of colour.”

Amanda likes to explore many different media and uses them to inform the piece of art I am inspired to create. The essence of the enjoyment in my work is displayed in the diversity of subject, design and colour.

“I would simply like to share with you my love for life through my creativity.”

March 9, 2012

Fairytale – Amanda Clark

Amanda Clark is part of our ‘Fairytales – Curious Realms of the Imagination’ exhibition, on until 24 March.

“The old fairytales have such an other worldly presence that can take the reader or listener on a fantastic journey of wonder and a special connection that is passed on through the ages. When I’m painting, I’m naturally on a journey of my sub-conscious, and the images are truly of ‘another world’ which I feel the fairytales and myths are born.”

Amanda’s paintings are a rich tapestry of colour, fairytale, myth and legend. Inspired by the magical and mysterious tales she has been reading and studying since childhood and the enchanting English countryside where she has lived all her life. The colours she uses in each piece of art portrays the mood and essence of a tale that has been told through the centuries, but with a contemporary twist.

Each piece of Amanda’s art is painted in jewel like colours with acrylic paint, adding layers, glazes and fine detail and sometimes mica for iridescent texture. For very special commissions, Amanda makes her own paints using egg tempura and natural pigments. Amanda’s family are all of the creative kind, whether it be music, art and crafts or writing. She has illustrated 4 books for her brother Robin Clark and has art published in ‘Earth Pathways Diaries’. She is hoping to write and illustrate a book of her own for next year.

To see more of Amanda’s work, available to buy, see

March 9, 2012

Fairytale – Helena-Alexandra Reut

Helena Reut is part of our ‘Fairytales – Curious Realms of the Imagination’ exhibition, on until 24 March.

“Walter Benjamin wrote about the aura of the work of art, and lamented its loss in the age of mechanical reproduction. I draw my subjects from history, mythology and the imagination because that is where I believe ”aura” has its roots. I strive for that unspoken quantity through which a painting can enchant and even haunt its viewer.”

Helena-Alexandra Reut was born in Belarus and studied in Moscow (Russian State Humanities University, Faculty of the History of Religion; Moscow Institute of Applied Arts), then continued in Warsaw (Academy of Fine Arts, graduation work supervised by Piotr Welk – Graded ‘Excellent’). She also attended the Warsaw School of Photography (directed by Marian Schmidt), the British Higher School of Art and Design, Moscow, and others.

In Helena’s own words, “The role of visual art is to express that which no other medium can convey. The exquisiteness of a painting is its inexplicable something – its striving for sacrum. For centuries it did this by exploring explicitly religious themes – biblical scenes, myths and fables. I believe this heritage is vital for the continued relevance of art, which is why I draw inspiration from, for example, the medieval period, the Fayum portraits, and difficult questions about the roots of the Slavic peoples – themes related to the art of bygone ages and the spirits of those times. The techniques used by those artists also fascinate me, and I try to employ and re-interpret their methods in my own work.”

Helena has exhibited internationally including Warsaw and Moscow. She is married and now lives in Cambridge where she has also exhibited some of her work.

To see more of Helena’s work, available to buy, go to

March 3, 2012

Fairytale – Celeste Copping

Our ‘Fairytale’ Exhibition is on now! Why don’t you pop in and have a look? One of our featured artists is Illustrative Painter Celeste Copping…

“During my studies I became deeply inspired by the art and films of Tim Burton. I still admire his use of sinister imagery, and hauntingly fantastical characters. Other Illustrators include Jordin Isip, Denis Zilber, and Brad Holland.”

Born in Suffolk, Celeste Copping spent most of her childhood immersed in books such as Roald Dahl, Charles Dickens, and the very funny Sue Townsend. She always loved to draw and paint, and graduated from the University of the West of England in Bristol 2002, with a BA Hons in Illustration.

“My paintings focus on both figurative and animal characters, with themes that are sometimes considered dark, humourous, or both. My favourite materials are using Acrylic on stretched cartridge paper.”

Celeste currently live in Hertfordshire with her two mischievous Bengal cats Vinnie and Eugene, and her husband Ben.

For more of Celeste’s work, available to buy, see