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September 6, 2012

Poppy Cyster

We’d like to welcome abstract artist Poppy Cyster to i2Art.

Born in Fife, Poppy is predominantly an abstract artist, and many of her paintings hover between abstract compositions of line and colour and representations of nature itself.
A wide range of subject matter informs her work, from aerial perspectives of the Scottish landscape to the vibrant and ever changing inspirations she gathers on her extensive travels.
She originally studied Fine Art at De Montfort from where she graduated with a sell-out degree show and was awarded the Leicestershire Artworks collection prize.
A decade on, Poppy is paintings full time and her work is exhibited widely in the UK, and held in private collections from Japan and Australia to India and the US.
Poppy’s paintings are available to buy online through our Pop-up Gallery.
May 21, 2012

Upcoming Show – i2Art Summer Exhibition

i2Art Summer Exhibition: 26th May – 4th August

The i2Art Summer Exhibition is always a crowd pleaser and this year will be no different with an exciting selection of beautiful artworks from both new and familiar faces with something for everyone.

Featuring a range of media, from Sarah Booth’s gorgeous folk art oils of fruit and birds to expressive landscapes by Yasmin Marsh; Nettie Firman’s mixed media sculptures to Emma Petts’ colourful acrylic paintings; Robin Stemp’s unique photographic style to Sarah Warnes’ small but perfectly formed paintings and Patricia Palmers’ vibrant and dramatic landscapes. Not forgetting our i2 regulars; Katie Lynn’s quirky glass flowers, Colin Chetwood’s paper and copper flower lamps and  Alan Foxley’s ceramic forms.

April 7, 2012

Horseplay – Preview

Preview on now! Why not pop in for a glass of wine and a chance to meet the artists featured in our ‘Horseplay’ Exhibition?

On now until 4pm.

Yolande Kenny

Gena Ivanov

Ramzieh Baj 



January 10, 2012

2011 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 3,300 times in 2011. If it were a cable car, it would take about 55 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

November 25, 2011

Christmas Affordable Art Market

The i2 Art Affordable Art Market is now on!

Pop down and see us in beautiful Saffron Walden, for a dazzling display of unique and affordable gifts.  With over 25 artists works on display we are certain to have something for that special someone.

Look out for posts on individual artists over the coming weeks, but here is a list of participating artists to whet your appetite –

Ailec Photography


Ramzieh Baj

Original   paintings and prints

Matthew Bourne

Abstract   paintings

Althea Braithwaite

Glass   bowls & wall hangings

Emma Brownjohn

Enchanting   paintings

Amber Caspian

Oil   painted animal icons

Colin Chetwood

Unique   lamps in wood and copper

Amanda Clark

Magical   watercolours

Stephen Clary

Dynamic   flower paintings

Celeste Copping

Quirky   illustrations

Helen Curtis

Fused   glass pictures and dishes

Jurgen Dabeedin


Mark Greco

Screen-printed   birds

Brigitte Anne Hague

Landscape   and abstract prints

Guy Holder

Ceramic   birds

Sophie Howard

Bronze   resin / terracotta figures

Anji Jackson-Main

Abstract   paintings

Judy Logan

Crow prints & figurative paintings

Katie Lynn

Fused   glass decorations & flowers

Gilly Marklew

Detail   paintings of water & light

Ruth McCabe

Landscape   paintings

Wendy Newhofer

Framed   fused glass images & bowls

Helena Reut

Figurative   & still life paintings

Sula Rubens

Collage   and print

Rhoda Slapp

Watercolour   botanical paintings

Sarah Warnes

Abstract   Paintings

Irena Willmott

Textile   images

Heather Zeale

Wax   and stitched images


August 30, 2011

Page Eight (continued)

So we didn’t end up on the cutting room floor, and lots of artists’ work was in shot. Great external view of the gallery as well. If you haven’t seen it yet, Page Eight is available to watch on BBC iplayer. You can find it by following this link:

Here are a few of the best shots featuring i2Art Gallery, featured in shot was work by Kathy Prest, Caia Matheson, Sophie Howard, Ian Hodgson and Rosemary Catling:

August 23, 2011

Irena Willmott


Irena Willmott – A Single Wave Emerging

Irena Willmott’s love of textiles began as a young child when she made tiny outfits for dolls which she successfully sold to friends. She continued to make clothes, quilts and accessories while studying for a BSc in Management Sciences and taking a PGCE before teaching.

Irena Willmott – Floating Seascape

Irena Willmott – For Shore Will Reach Sun

 After starting a family, Irena took a City and Guilds Certificate in Patchwork and Quilting at Westhope College, Shropshire.

Irena Willmott – For Shore Will Reach Sun (detail)

About 8 years ago, Irena went on her first felt-making course where she found that she could fully explore her love of colour and texture in a creatively experimental and painterly way.

 Inspiration comes mainly from the woodcuts and prints of Japan that combine an attention to detail, simplicity and strong composition, with particular reference to landscape and water.

The versatility of the medium enables Irena to undertake an artistic exploration of emotions and ideas.

Irena Willmott – Sylvan Waters

August 20, 2011

Alan Foxley and Anji Jackson-Main

Alan Foxley and Anji Jackson-Main are two of the artists currently exhibiting in our Selected Artists exhibition.


‘In my work the emphasis has been on exploiting form and surface texture on both a small and large scale. From the study of beetles, Egyptian amulets, armour, boats, stones and the human form, ideas are developed through hand-building using crank stoneware and porcelain clays. Surface treatment consists of cutting, scratching and impressing into the soft clay and then continuing with slips, oxides and dry matt glazes.’

Alan Foxley Lecturer in Ceramics Saffron Walden College of Education until closure in 1977. Set up own workshop initially wholesaling work but eventually moved into direct retailing with hand-built and thrown ware. During the early eighties, also taught 3D design to Foundation students at St. Albans College of Art.

‘My interest in Ceramics began when I was introduced to clay as an art Student. Although I trained as a potter/painter and teacher, the urge to continue working with this fascinating and very versatile material has remained with me. Over the years, I have worked in a variety of ways with various clays and have returned to hand-building, with emphasis on a sculptural rather than utilitarian way of working; since 1998 I have concentrated on individual sculptural work.’


In the 70s Anji Jackson-Main studied painting and film making at Sheffield College of Art. Since then she trained as a dancer, teacher and choreographer, founding a dance and performance company and directing several dance theatre shows.

‘I am interested in the in-between spaces of movement and time. What happens in the transition between one gesture and the next? What is movement? How do we get from here to there? In painting, all the gestures that make up the brush and body strokes on the canvas exist at once simultaneously. This is expressed in a multi-layering of image and pigment.’

My paintings are typically built up layer by layer, reduced and built up again. This series of work is exploring the relationship between remembering and the new. The works explore incomplete fragments of vision. Each isolated fragment represents an encapsulation of time, and is linked to memory (the past), but also to the future, in terms of its affect on the viewer and the potential for triggering of remembering in others.’

‘In 2008 I graduated from Cambridge School of Art, Anglia Ruskin University, with a First Class Honours degree in Fine Art. Since graduating I have worked as a painter, presenting my first solo exhibition at the New Hall Art Collection in 2009, and as a curator, notably co-curating the post-humus exhibition of the paintings of Pink Floyd founder Syd Barrett, at the Ruskin Gallery in Cambridge, 2008. I am currently studying for the MFA in Fine Art.’

July 20, 2011

Mark Greco

Mark Greco is a printmaker, artist and illustrator that is exhibiting in our Summer Exhibition.


Mark Greco – Housemartin

Originally from Wakefield, Mark Greco is an Artist and Illustrator now based in Lewes, Sussex. After studying Fine Art at South Glamorgan Institute of Higher Education Mark has worked as a commercial artist, printmaker and consultant working for clients including the BBC, the Crafts Council and Bloomsbury Academic.

Mark Greco – Treecreeper

The silkscreen and giclée prints that Mark produces are influenced by his interest in science, nature and what he sees through his explorations in the Sussex landscape. By combining digital image making with traditional printmaking techniques, Mark uses colour, pattern and symbolism to create bold pieces that reflect some of the character and stories behind the subjects he depicts.

Mark Greco – Waxwing

Previous Exhibitions:

Museum of Contemporary Art, Istanbul

Ice Cream for Everyone: Bookworks, London

CODE: Queens College, Cambridge

Mixing & Streaming: Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff

Tech Nicks: Lux Cinema, London

CRASH: Institute of Contemporary Art, London

In Progress: Wakefield Arts Centre, Wakefield

Oriel, Cardiff

Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff

Oriel Mostyn, Llandudno

Ruskin School of Print, Oxford

Mark Greco – Yellow Wren

June 28, 2011

Private View Photos!

Morning Bloggers, here at i2Art gallery on Saturday we had our private view for our exciting new Summer Exhibition. The weather graced us with the perfect day for it; the Pimm’s was going down well! In case anybody missed it, we took some photos for you!

Here is a picture of Gilly Marklew and friend; Gilly is a watercolour artist that is featured in the Summer Exhibition, and also teaches Watercolour Painting and Drawing to adult learners in the Cambridge area.

Annie Hall, talented local portrait artist, with Graz, who is part of the team here at i2Art! Annie also does commission work, which are ideal gifts!

Artist Judy Logan looking wonderfully vibrant by her painting, ‘You are always on my mind’ (above). Judy is a painter and printmaker based in Cambridge. She is part of the Cambridge Artworks Group who are featuring in the Cambridge open studios this weekend.

Lovely Sarah, head of the i2Art team, with Judy next to one of Judy’s innovative aquatint prints, ‘Perfect Landing’.

Althea Braithwaite is a former children’s book writer and publisher, who in 2003 acquired a kiln, which led from hobby to obsession as she produces her beautiful vibrant coloured glass works. Here she is with two of her works, ‘Desert Sand’ (left) and ‘Fen Sunset’ (right).

Annie with two of her larger portraits in charcoal, ‘Self Portrait’ (left) and ‘Portrait’ (right), and another Judy Logan crow print, an etching entitled ‘Speed Crow’.

Local art enthusiasts, Alison’s Mum Sonya (right) and good friend Hazel (Left) standing with Alison from the i2Art team.

One of Colin Chetwood’s delicate flower lamps, ‘Baby Bedside Cream Light’ we have here in the i2Art Gallery Summer Exhibition.

Unfortunately Loukas Morely could not make the Private View, but that did not stop us from admiring his beautiful paintings and prints, ‘Gesture (pair)’ (above), and three of his ‘Basket’ prints in Yellow, Cyan and Magenta.

Some more of Loukas’ work including ‘Gesture I’ (right) and ‘Gesture with White’ (left).

Another picture of Althea with fellow glass artist Helen Curtis. Helen is a former analytical chemist, and she has a scientific rather than artistic approach to her work; her scientific influences are clear in her stunning fused glass pieces.

Our Summer Exhibition window display here at the i2Art Gallery, including work by Colin Chetwood (lamp), Katie Lynn (Fused glass flowers in window), Helen Curtis (Fused glass turquoise dish), Sophie Howard (Human form sculptures) and Sue Law, with her Purple Party Shoes, a piece that offers an interesting point of view when looking at sense of space.

The display in another room in our historic building, showing Marc Greco’s lovely bird prints, alongside some of Judy Logan’s smaller pieces, and glass work by Althea Braithwaite, Helen Curtis and Katie Lynn.

That’s it from us at i2Art Gallery, but watch this space for more exciting news about our ‘Summer Exhibition’ and further information on the artists exhibiting.