I am a glass maker specialising in casting, skills I learnt during BA & MA courses at UCA in Farnham. I use textures from the environment to create sculptural work informed by nature and the layers beneath our feet.
Sue paints pictures of everyday folk. Taking a lighter look at life, capturing our warmth and humanity. The aim being that you’ll recognise something in the image, like it's a reflection of someone you know, or a type of person - evoking a sense of the familiar.
The majority of her work is in oil, with just occasional forays into water-based media. In oils Sue starts by drawing with paint, the lines forming part of the finished piece. The same with water-based media, there is no initial drawing - rather Sue says she takes a deep breath and goes straight into the masses with a loaded brush. The focus being on the essence of the image, rather than the finer detail.
All the candid moments captured are of people Sue has seen whilst in her happy place – out and about with sketchbook and camera in hand.
Sue came to art later in life when an illness stopped her in her tracks – going to an Adult Ed Art Class was a way back to herself, and she was blessed with a brilliant mentor who helped her find her ‘thing’. Within two years she started exhibiting and selling.
In recent years she has been a finalist in the Holly Bush Emerging Woman Painter Prize 2018 & 2019, the winner of Creates Magazine Emerging Artist Award 2019, and in 2021 was a finalist in the Surrey Artist of the Year Award.
Susi started printmaking about five years ago. Previously she had spent many years creating textile pieces. She finds that pattern and texture are common in both areas and looks for these when she is out and about both in natural and man-made environments. She uses her camera to capture scenes that she finds compositionally interesting or natural forms with especially beautiful textures. She uses parts of these images as a base for her compositions – sketching until she has something she likes. Her work focuses on nature’s beauty, bleakness or quirkiness and humour.
She used lino to produce her first printed images and have been attending courses and creating her own pieces since then using a mixture of processes such as relief (lino, woodcut and collagraph) and intaglio (monoprint and drypoint). She is fascinated by the way that using layers of colours on a plate can produce new colours and unexpected parts of the composition can become more interesting by overlaying. She never ceases to love the reveal as the paper comes away from the printed plate after it’s been rolled through a press – sometimes the piece exceeds expectations but not often enough!
Producing a printed piece combines different skills such as sketching, composing, using cutting or etching tools, preparing beautiful paper and choosing colours of ink which she finds completely absorbing and continually testing. Within the printmakers community she has found encouragement, a willingness to share advice and ideas and the feeling that it is a continual learning journey no matter how far you have already come. She has exhibited her work at the Ochre Print Studio Summer Exhibition and the Harvey Gallery as part of the Surrey Adult Education Summer Exhibition over the last couple of years.
American documentary photographer Elliott Erwitt once stated "Photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place", and this is very much true to Jon’s approach as he challenges himself to find the hidden beauty in scenes that would otherwise go unnoticed.
Jon has exhibited across the UK and had his work selected from over 16,000 entries to be included in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in 2019, selling the piece during the pre-exhibition viewing. He is part of many artist collectives and is represented by the Punchbowl Gallery at art fairs across the country.
All work is for sale from his website.
My practice explores two key areas – the figure and the urban environment – and is influenced by my continuing interest in film and television. My key focus, through the medium of painting and photography, is how people interact with the contemporary environment.
I show urban life in dramatic colour and shade by using a highly contrasting palette to additionally emphasise shape and form. My historical reference is the Flaneur, a French term for an observer of city life. My work, as a modern day flaneur, takes me into the city where I take images on camera or phone, later to be refined and honed digitally in the studio before commencing painting on paper, board or canvas. An earlier solo show ‘Urban Narratives’ at the Hay Hill Gallery, London, further developed these themes while the subsequent online solo exhibition ‘The City Revealed’ continued these ideas with further new work. Both exhibitions can be currently viewed on the Hay Hill Gallery, London, website.
I have also widely exhibited in many juried group exhibitions including the Royal Watercolour Society, the Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize, the ING Discerning Eye Exhibition and the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours at the Mall Galleries, London.
Marilyn Taylor is a gold medal winner and International award winning freelance photographer. As a keen amateur, she is on the Royal Photographic Society Digital Group committee, and is an active member of two local camera clubs.
She has always been a keen photographer, from her teens, but when digital cameras became more available in 2000, she started to combine her photography with digital manipulation.
She prefers to take photographs of people and wildlife.
Ruth’s paintings in this exhibition exemplify what catches her eye: INTRINSIC PATTERNS, whether occurring naturally in the countryside, or created by architectural design.
Ruth enjoys working in a variety of media, notably acrylic, gouache, pastel, pen & ink. Over the years, her work gradually but insistently has evolved into the semi-abstract. She is especially rivetted by the strong and vivid patterns that emerge seemingly spontaneously in nature, but similarly inspired by architectural details on buildings. Reflections from, or views through, windows – often abruptly perceived in passing or waiting at bus stops – are another, related, focus. The challenge is to manipulate all that to a further level. Exaggeration and even distortion has fine aesthetic appeal. Some of the results are on display here.
Born and raised in New York, she came to Europe in 1965, ultimately settling in the UK, where she married and produced three children. The art world generally, and painting in particular, always has featured significantly in her life. Ruth has been painting seriously since childhood, and it has remained her main diversion from the strains of parenting and the pressures of working life through the years.
Her work has been exhibited individually, in group exhibitions at various sites in the Southeast and in Southern France, where we live part of the year.
Gill is a local textile artist who has lived and worked in the Guildford area for over 40 years. Having always been creative from an early age, when her children had grown up, she was able to return to sewing, starting with patchwork and then moving on to a variety of techniques and materials.
Over the last year, Gill has been experimenting with print and hand dye techniques and uses the resulting fabrics to make small stitched bowls.
She is inspired by her background in Biology to create small sculptures from vintage materials based on flora and fauna.
Gill also designs and makes colourful metallic pictures that she stitches and melts. Having created many pictures based on Russian architecture she is currently working on a series of fish designs!
Charles is a local artist living and working in Woking and exhibits several times each year locally.
His art takes three principal directions. Firstly, at present he is working on a massive project (over 400 images) entitled, “Trees and Beyond”, of which five are shown here, the work is multi-media, but predominantly ink work and shows the symbiotic relationships which trees have with other fauna within their various environs.
Secondly Charles is passionate about mental health work and spends several days a week working with Mind, Epsom LMLMM and other local organisations.
Then thirdly, Charles loves travel, compiling pictorial essays in ink, water-colour, photography and also the written word of these journeys. Over the years seventy plus of these journals have been produced.
He also produces Maritime and botanical sculpture. All the above is available to be examined by appointment.