Posts tagged ‘painter’

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.
July 19, 2012

Summer Exhibition – Still On!

The i2 Art Summer Exhibition is still going strong with work from many wonderful Artists both new to i2Art and regular contributors.

Two i2Art favourites whom we have asked to return once more to i2Art as part of the Summer Exhibition are Amanda Sheldrake and Amanda Clark.

Both Artists create paintings that are both magical and mystical but in very different ways.

Amanda Sheldrake

Amanda Sheldrake has been creating works of art for many years, selling to collectors worldwide. 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”

Amanda Clark

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.

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June 28, 2012

Summer Exhibition – Patricia Palmer

Patricia Palmer is one the fantastic Artists currently showing work at i2Art as part of our Summer Exhibition, why not pop in and have a look for yourself?

Patricia’s art training in the 70’s in Leeds (Teacher Training College, Headingley), was graphic based: the following years of teaching developed her abilities in a variety of art and craft skills. After 22 years in the classroom she decided to return to study. Patricia started the first full time course in 2000 at Cambridge Regional College and continued there for the next 5 years: Foundation, HND, Diploma and finally BA Hons, graduating from A.P.U. Cambridge in 2005 achieving a high class degree in Fine Art, specializing in painting.

At first, Patricia explores ideas through drawing, painting and collage, on paper (postcard size) using all mediums. She works from memory in order to sift away the unessential revealing only the typical, although, referring to photographs if she needs to check a specific detail/ colour/ shape/ position in space etc. Patricia tries out different formats, scale and size on paper to see which is appropriate for her theme before going on to canvas. Colours are softened or intensified, perspective flattened and features simplified.

‘My work, though abstract in appearance is for me representational and my paintings are how I see the world and how the world makes me feel.’

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June 20, 2012

Summer Exhibition – Sarah Booth

Sarah graduated from West Surrey College of art and design in 1990 with a BA hons in fine art painting. She has spent time travelling and working as a teacher, artist in residence in schools in west London, as well as having a family and painting and exhibiting.

In 1996 she spent some time at the Cypriot Art college in Pafos, under the expert tutelage of Stass Paraskos, he was impressed by a bold use of colour and a quirky quality! It was here that Sarah started painting pomegranates that still feature in her work today.

Sarah’s work has been described as Gypsy folk, with a pinch of kitsch. The main themes at the moment are flowers, birds, pomegranates and insects.

‘I paint both from life and memory and my images unexpectedly continue over the sides of the canvases and can be enjoyed from multiple viewpoints. I use mixed media including canvas patches, gold leaf and may print on the sides of the canvases.’

Since 2008 Sarah has regularly exhibited at the New Ashgate Gallery Surrey, she has also exhibited at the Landmark Art fair in Teddington Lock, Artshed and Letchworth Art centre and more recently the Tudor Gallery Sawbridgeworth. She is currently doing an MA in art therapy at the University of Hertfordshire and is excited to be exhibiting at the i2Art Gallery in Saffron Walden

Sarah lives in Hertfordshire and works from her garden studio

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June 14, 2012

Summer Exhibition – Sarah Warnes

Sarah Warnes is currently part of our Summer Exhibiton, why not pop in and see her work alongside a selection of other beautiful artworks both from Artists new to i2Art and some familiar faces?

Sarah studied Fine Art and Illustration, and gained B.A.(Hons) Degree in Illustration at Anglia Ruskin University in 2003. She has exhibited in and around Cambridge, and is a regular gallery artist at the Porthminster Gallery in St. Ives Cornwall.

She teaches watercolour painting and drawing in Cambridgeshire and London, directs art education projects and has illustrated several published books and on-line courses. Sarah also trained at the Royal Academy of Music studying singing and harp, and music continues to directly influence and inform her work.

“I live in a smallSouth Cambridgeshirevillage, surrounded by fields, a nature reserve and bordered by the hills of Essex and Hertfordshire and use the landscape as my point of inspiration. I regularly walk the village ‘boundary’, and record variations in the seasonal colours, effects of light, and the historical patterns and lines, -which I use in my work to create a ‘sense of place’. My work is water-based, sometimes purely watercolour, but at other times I use gouache, graphite, ink and gold leaf metal – whatever I need to express whatever I am saying about the piece in progress.”

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June 7, 2012

Summer Exhibition – Emma Petts

Artist Emma Petts grew up in Kent but moved to Braintree 5 years ago to live with her boyfriend, now her husband. She has a 10 year old daughter, 2 step kids and a cat with no ears! Emma studied Art GSCE at school and then started Art A level but left 6th form after a year of study – work was calling her and she found a job working for a fashion company as an Admin Assistant. She now works for Reiss as their shipping manager and has been with them for 12 years.

‘My dream one day is to own my own cafe ( I love to cook as well as paint) and spend my time cooking and painting…… one day!’

Emma began painting again about 4 years ago, after seeing a picture of some Graham & Green wallpaper in Marie Clare magazine and thinking a larger version would look nice on her lounge wall. She ordered a swatch, bought a canvas, some brushes and acrylic and set to work! Her style since then has changed a lot. A trip to Brighton a few years ago and a view of Yvonne Coomber’s beautiful work lead her in a different direction and resulted in her collection of circle paintings.

Emma spend’s her evenings painting in her lounge with sheets on the floor to protect the carpet (there is a dark green stain on there from a spillage a couple of years ago, hence the sheets now!) but would love one day to turn one of her bedrooms into a studio so that she doen’t have to keep putting her paints and brushes away each time.

‘I like bright colourful pictures and although the circle paintings are abstract to me they are fields of flowers and I love them! Recently I’ve started to build up a lot of texture as I think it really adds to the painting, along with the glitter! I’m not fussy with what I use, acrylics, tester pots from B & Q, kids poster paint, kids glitter paint, shiny sequins, nothing is really off limits! This is my first exhibition, I hope you like my work!’

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June 1, 2012

Summer Exhibition – Yasmin Marsh

Yasmin was born in Oxford in 1966. She began sketching and painting in both watercolours and oils in around 1979. Her subjects at this time were mainly still life based on branches of trees and dried flowers and portraits of literary figures, Samuel Beckett and Thomas Hardy. She studied English Literature and Fine Art, graduating in 1991 from the University College of Ripon and York St. John. In 1996 she qualified as an Art Therapist from the University of Hertfordshire and worked in mental health until the birth of her first child in 1999.

Her current paintings are oils on both canvas and board. They are mainly sunsets, landscapes and seascapes inspired by visits to Iceland, Morocco, Denmark and the Norfolk Coast. She is interested in trying to capture the feelings evoked by the natural beauty that surrounds us.

Yasmin has enjoyed participating in Cambridge Open Studios in both 2009 and 2010. She has exhibited at the b Gallery in Toddington, Bedfordshire and Darryl Nantais Gallery in Linton, Cambridgeshire.

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May 26, 2012

i2Art Summer Exhibition Starts Today!

i2Art Summer Exhibition – until the 4th August!

The i2Art Summer Exhibition is always a crowd pleaser and this year will be no different, featuring artworks from both new and familiar faces with something for everyone.

Sarah Booth’s gorgeous folk art oils of fruit and birds

Expressive landscapes by Yasmin Marsh

Nettie Firman’s mixed media sculptures

Emma Petts’ colourful acrylic paintings

Robin Stemp’s unique photographic style

Sarah Warnes’ small but perfectly formed paintings

Patricia Palmers’ vibrant and dramatic landscapes

Not to mention…

Katie Lynn’s quirky glass flowers

Colin Chetwood’s paper and copper flower lamps

Alan Foxley’s ceramic forms

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May 18, 2012

Last Chance To See – Horseplay!

Our exhibiton entitled ‘Horseplay’ ends tomorrow.

‘Horseplay’ celebrates the beauty, elegance, grace and spirit of these beautiful creatures.

Why not pop in before it’s too late and see the wonderful paintings, sculptures and prints from selected local artists with a passion for horse portraiture…

Yolande Kenny

Gena Ivanov

Ramzieh Baj

Sophie Howard

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May 11, 2012

Horseplay – Ramzieh Baj

Our current exhibition ‘Horseplay’, exploring the equine form, features the work of several wonderful local artists including Ramzieh Baj. Why not pop in and have a look for yourself?

Ramzieh Baj was born in Jordan of Circassian parents from the Caucasus region of Russia.  An honours graduate in fine art from the University of Baghdad, where she studied under Faiq Hassan, she taught art before taking up a British Council scholarship to pursue her post-graduate studies in Brighton from which she graduated with distinction in painting. She was awarded an MA in Fine Art Printmaking from Cambridge School of Art in 2008; her dissertation was on ‘Globalisation and Issue Based Art’.

Ramzieh has lived and worked in Iraq, Yugoslavia, Egypt, Qatar (where she lectured in art at the University), Botswana, Algeria, and Senegal, and now lives outside the village of Little Walden between Cambridge and Saffron Walden.

Solo Exhibitions include:

Botswana – Gaberone: National Museum and Gallery

Qatar – Doha: Gulf Hotel & Department of Culture and Arts.

Egypt – Cairo: Akhenaton Gallery, Zamalek

Serbia – Belgrade: Graficki Kolektiv

UK – Brighton: Hove Museum of Art

Jordan – Amman: British Council

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