Posts tagged ‘selected artists’

September 23, 2011

Christophe Gordon-Brown

Born in Kampala, Uganda, in 1952, Christophe Gordon-Brown came to England when he was ten and attended school in South and North Wales. He then moved to Cambridge, where he completed his A levels at the Cambridgeshire College of Arts & Technology. Long fascinated by forms and stones, Gordon-Brown then contemplated training as a sculptor, but decided to opt for a more secure future and trained as a goldsmith. Following his studies at Loughborough College of Art and Design, he went travelling and spent a year working on boats on the Amazon and in hotels and restaurants in Columbia and Peru. Back in England, Gordon-Brown set up a workshop in Loughborough. In 1985, he decided to return to Cambridge and worked as a jewellery designer on Magdalene Street. Ten years later, Gordon-Brown moved to his own premises on Grantchester Street in Newnham.

Shortly after a burglary at his workshop, Gordon-Brown had a chance conversation with an elderly lady who commissioned him to produce an original sculpture. He accepted the challenge and has produced more than seventy sculptures since. The devastating burglary aside, Gordon-Brown has not looked back and has recently won a major competition for a large-scale sculpture for Robinson College, Cambridge.

Further to his work as a goldsmith and sculptor, Christophe also regularly teaches spoon-making in Ireland and runs sculpture workshops alongside an ‘open-access’ use of his studio in Cambridge. He is also an accomplished poet. Christophe Gordon-Brown lives in Cambridge.

September 23, 2011

Mel Fraser

In 2002 Mel Fraser received her first public commission to design a memorial for Comberton Village: entitled ‘Tranquillity’ it was completed and installed in May 2003. Mel has been working alongside service users from Fulbourn Hospital Trust in Cambridge in a project that involves the creation of several carved heads.

A sculpture, ‘Impressions’, containing elements of the heads produced by the service users, will be carved by her and will be installed in 2010. She has also taught at various schools around Cambridge including, Perse, Comberton, Morley, St Paul’s and St Matthew’s and has a number of individual students who join her at her studio and who have now gone on to exhibit their own work at Open Studios.

Mel is always keen to explore new ideas, with her sculpting and also within the spheres of painting and poetry, areas that are new to her but have been crucial to her work as an artist.

Mel has exhibited at: The Architecture Gallery, Christ’s College Cambridge, Langham Fine Art, Hardwick House, Alexandra Palace and Crystal Palace, London, The Great Art Show, Bergh Apton Sculpture Trail, Urchfont Manor, Wiltshire and Sculpture in the Sanctuary in Notts. She is currently showing at The Grove Hotel in Hertfordshire, Primavera in Cambridge and The Sculpture Park near Farnham, Surrey. She has been an active member of Cambridge Open Studios for over 10 years.

September 15, 2011

Michael Westbrook

Michael Westbrook’s sculptures are created un two conjoined sheds at the end of his garden in the village of Dry Drayton.  Mike says, “The journey to concrete sculpture is long and logical starting with wood carving, though an unsatisfyingly slow process when the ideas keep flowing. A move to ceramics fixed that problem for ten years but the constraints of my kiln kept my work small. The solution was concrete, which is a beautiful medium with no restraints to my flights of imagination. I was trained by an eclectic group of evening classes in all the disciplines above over the last twenty years.”

The artistic content is drawn from things as simple a curving limb, a subtle profile. All can be incorporated into his sculptures’, probably on a subliminal level, known feature’s appear as the steel mesh is twisted and pushed into shape. Once satisfied with the shape, the surface becomes the focus adding incisions or lines to cure blandness and draw the eye. Mike likes his designs to demand attention in the garden, to light dark corners, or enhance blank vistas.

Inspiration is drawn from almost anything visual or just popping into his head at night followed by adapting and refining these ideas seems to work well. He needs a design to draw the eye, have a gentle nature and fine lines. Though no Westbrook trait will appear as repetitive pieces of the same model soon lead to a lack of enthusiasm plus a burning desire to try something new.

September 15, 2011

Justin Hawkes

After leaving the Byam Shaw in 1980 with a distinction in drawing (The Graham Hamilton award) Justin Hawkes trained as a painting conservator with a pupil of Helmut Ruhmann.  As well as the conservation studio Justin has maintained several studios for his own work developing a style that derives from the study of colourfield painting. He has taken a particular interest in classical watercolour techniques.

Titles can be a vexed issue for painters, particularly so if you are not being directly descriptive of one given place. Peter Nolan (Judge Institute) often discourages me from giving paintings titles. He mentions that numbers are used to catalogue compositions by Beethoven and Mozart. Nevertheless I find titles appropriate when I feel confident there is a link with ideas and attitudes the painting may be revealing.’

Currently his studio is in Cambridgshire.

Past Exhibitions:

RBA Annual Mall Gallery, London 2011

Rock, Paper, Scissors. Oeno Gallery Summer Show Ontario Canada Jun to Sep 2010

RBA Annual Mall Gallery, London Mar 2010

RWS Open Bankside Gallery, London Feb 2010

Oeno Gallery Bloomfield Ontario Canada Winter Group Show Feb to Mar 2010

5 paintings in solicitors offices southern England. Commission arranged by Jo Hughes Interiors 2009

Cambridge Gallery’s Winter Show, Whittlesford 2008

Christmas Show, Angela Mellor Gallery, Ely 2008

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.’

August 16, 2011

Selected Artists Private View

Come along to the private view for i2Art Gallery’s Selected Artists exhibition this Saturday, 2-4pm, and enjoy a glass of Pimm’s in our new courtyard space. The exhibition includes work by Alan Foxley, Anji Jackson-Main, Anna Tun, Irena Willmott, Justin Hawkes, Mel Fraser, Michael Westbrook and Christophe Gordon-Brown.

We also have a body of work by Helena Reut on show, so please feel free to come and have a look.