Born and educated in the south of England, Kim has drawn and painted all her life. She was a teacher of art and design for thirty five years before moving in 2002 to Brittany where she lived and worked for twelve years. Her paintings have evolved from traditional landscapes to completely non figurative, abstract compositions combining tones, textures, lines and colours. Having painted almost exclusively in oils, Kim now works mainly in acrylics as collaging has become an important technique which she now employs to create texture.
"Charcoal is my favourite medium for drawing; it has profound depth and richness. I often make water colour sketches and take photographs out in the open and then rework the images back in the studio. Sketchbooks also serve to record observations, sensations and quotations. Sometimes I simply start from memory with glimpses that have unconsciously lodged themselves in my mind.”
Since November 2014 Kim has been living and working in Farnham Surrey. Her studio is open to visitors by appointment.
My work sits between abstraction and figuration and is anchored in the landscapes which have inspired me in my homes and on our travels. I love vibrant colour, influenced certainly by living in India and Texas where the strong sun brings colour to life. I use colour expressively to capture a feeling or mood. In the same way my landscapes often include the suggestion of a house or home as a metaphor for feeling part of the landscape.
Mel's creations are influenced by nature, colour and light. She frequently tries new media and often combines them to get to the texture and emotion required. Combining iridescence and UV reactive properties to create several looks in one piece. Her artworks have found homes in far-flung places including Australia, the USA and Switzerland. Mel's home has been in Guildford for the past 10 years and she can often be found walking and photographing the local scenery.
I work in various mediums - oil, watercolour and pastels mostly. I'm interested in still life and landscapes.
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 My historical reference is the Flaneur, a French term for an observer of city life.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.
Tony is a fine artist and designer. A sense of place is important to him and he employs a variety of methods to capture what matters. He produces work in traditional and digital media, such as paint, photography, video, print, 3D, text and digital work. Although he loves to use oil paints, being naturally versatile, he feels perfectly at home mixing the traditional and the contemporary. The landscape, in all its forms, is the subject that he is drawn to, although he often explores other subjects and methods. He also has a keen interest in still life. He enjoys the discipline of observation and challenges of execution needed to achieve a result akin to the work of the Dutch Masters.
Tony has a commercial Graphic Design background that is a big influence on his work, as is the subject of maritime and local landscape (he was born in Liverpool and now lives in Surrey). Recently and increasingly, what interests him is his place within a landscape and its relevance to him personally, rather than just what’s observed. He is attracted to the narrative in places, often discovered as a hidden story or hint of history. Because he is no longer able to access many places, he is currently exploring the idea of imagined landscapes reconstructed from memories and details noted in different ways. In 2010 he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s. This has accelerated his artistic ambitions and the condition will undoubtedly influence what and how he creates. He has accepted that Parkinson’s will be an increasing challenge in his life, but will let his work grow with its influence. It is part of who he is and what he creates.
Kingston-based artist Nataliya Zozulya started working as a figurative painter when she graduated from National Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture in Kiev, Ukraine. She used to work with Eric Rimmington when her family moved to London in 2001.
During her career as a professional artist, Nataliya completed a number of projects each having a distinct theme: her early subtle figurative paintings explored femininity, later bright bold canvasses depicted the impressions from her travels to North Africa and South East. Nataliya uses muffled, reserved colours in her series of London cityscapes, portraying the city void of the immediate physical presence of people. She continues to express her love for the great city in her intricate and unique digital collages, full of vibrancy and sound of the crowd, printed on canvas and hand finished with sprays and acrylic.
Nataliya's favourite genre is portraiture. She has an ability to capture not only the exact likeness of her sitters but also their character and a sense of their inner being. She creates a happy atmosphere of interaction during the sitting hours where both an artists and the sitter are creators of the portrait.
Nataliya works in layers and her mastery of oil painting techniques allows her to effortlessly adapt her methods to the demands of the project, ranging from washes, thin layers of paint, to coarse, spontaneous impasto, working with palette knives and, if needed, fingers to enrich the texture of the painting.
During her professional career as an artist, Natalie has held numerous successful solo and group shows in London, Moscow, Manila, Ankara, Istanbul, Magdeburg, Kiev and her painting can be found in private collections internationally. In London, she is a member of Richmond Art Society, The Fountain Gallery Artists Association and local Art group KAOS. Her works were accepted to the prestigious Mall gallery exhibitions.
Michael’s abstract work involves the use of colours that excite, balanced with forms and shapes found in the landscape. He enjoys the fluid movement of the water-based paints using mainly gouache watercolour and acrylic in his work. He has exhibited with the R.I. and Royal society of Marine Artist at The Mall Galleries, and has been involved with a number group exhibitions, showing works in Cornwall and Norfolk.
Fiona’s paintings are primarily based on landscape. The paintings are produced in her studio, sometimes on the completion of a journey, perhaps to the landscapes and coasts of Cornwall and the west of Scotland or further afield. Her daily walks out with her dog, in and around the farm, woods and heath lands near her home, provides a rhythm to her work and a source of inspiration throughout the seasons. Her works are rarely directly representational, as they evolve from memories, drawings and notes. Small objects on her walks will sometimes find their way into her compositions, which when painted add a sense of place and time.
Fiona is the great-granddaughter of the Pre-Raphaelite painter Sir John Everett Millais.