The practice of London based artist, Becky Allen, explores drawing as a form of meditative catharsis. She channels the movement and energy of repetitive mark-making to create artworks that express a visual record of passage through time. Exploring the slow physicality of creating intricate work through the deep contemplation that the act engenders, Allen presents visual forms of rumination to both
John Beard’s work has been exhibited worldwide and is held in the collections of major gallery museums and institutions including The Tate, The National Gallery of Australia, The Art Gallery of New South Wales and The Gulbenkian’s Centro de Arte Moderna in Lisbon, Portugal.
Born in Aberdare, Wales in 1943, Beard studied at the University of London and the Royal College of Art.
Best known for her monumental public commissions, Blumenfeld is passionate about bringing sculpture into the public domain, creating works that have become intergral to the cultural landscape in the UK. Most notably, 'Tempesta' overlooking Hyde Park in London, installed in 2012 and ‘Fortuna’ in Canary Wharf in 2016. Blumenfeld's pieces represent some of the definitive examples of public sculpture
Christie Brown is an artist and Emerita Professor of Ceramics at the University of Westminster in London. She graduated from Harrow School of Art in 1982 and set up her north London studio that year. At Westminster she taught on the BA, MA and PhD programmes while maintaining and developing her sculptural practice. She was Principal Investigator on the AHRC project Ceramics in the Expanded Field.
Thiébaut began his career in 1976, training in France, Belgium and in England under Michael Cardew and Richard Batterham. Returning to France in 1981 he set up his first workshop in the Loire Valley and in 1984 built a new studio in the Vosges with a wood-fired kiln.
Examples of his work can be found in many public collections across Europe in Belgium, France and Germany. He is represented in the
After growing up in Peterlee, Stephen Dixon went on to study at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, earning his BFA in 1980. He then earned his MA in Ceramics at the Royal College of Art in 1986. From 1986 to 1998, Dixon worked as a part-time visiting Lecturer in Ceramics at the Edinburgh College of Art, The London Institute, The Surrey Institute, Staffordshire University
Once a shipwright, Dodds’ paintings illustrate the anatomy of boats, revealing the materials and curves that underwrite the finished vessel, this aspect of his work is explored in Emily Harris’ film for Classic Yacht TV, ‘Shaped by the Sea’, which draws many parallels between the art of the boat builder and the painter of boats.
Purdey Fitzherbert (b.1987) followed her foundational studies at Wimbledon College of Art with an Honours Fine Art degree from Newcastle University, where she also worked with senior Psychology lecturer Dr Gabriele Jordan to enhance her knowledge on human experience of colour.
Since 2011, Purdey has exhibited in group shows with Hus Gallery in Monaco, Gstaad, Switzerland, New York.
Born in Thurlow, Suffolk, Dame Elisabeth Frink (1930-1993) trained at Guildford School of Art (1947-49), and at Chelsea School of Art (1949-1952) under Bernard Meadows and Willi Soukop. These studies, combined with visits to Paris that acquainted her with Giacometti and the works of Rodin, culminated in Frink’s first major exhibition at the Beaux Art Gallery in 1952.
A graduate of the National Art School in Sydney, Peter Godwin lectured in painting, drawing and printmaking at the school for many years. He was awarded the Gruner Prize at the Art Gallery of New South Wales in 1979 and again in 1985. He has been a recipient of the Mosman Art Prize and was a finalist in the Sulman Prize at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. A major survey of Godwin’s work is sche
Born in Reykjavík, Iceland, Haraldsdóttir’s works are inspired by Nordic pattern and folklore. Her family was originally from a small village on the Snaefellness Peninsular called Olafsvík in the shadow of the celebrated twin peaked glacial mountain that inspired Jules Verne’s novel Journey to the Centre of the Earth.
Trained at Edinburgh College of Art and The Royal Drawing School in London, where she won the Machin Foundation Prize, Tyga uses nature as a metaphor for feelings of being overwhelmed. She couples minute observation of the teeming forest floor - where the emerald green of a bramble leaf sits in stark juxtaposition to an array of cold blue silver leaves - with the flux and movement of unceasing gro
Sean Henry graduated in ceramics from Bristol Polytechnic in 1987 and had his first exhibition in London in 1988 at the Anatol Orient Gallery. He was the first sculptor to win the Villiers David Prize in 1998 and has had more than 30 solo shows during his career. His work is regularly exhibited by galleries in London, New York, Stockholm, Bad Homburg, Mykonos and Brussels.
Rose Hilton was a British painter living in Cornwall. Born in Kent, in 1931, she attended the Royal College of Art in London, winning the Life Drawing and Painting prize as well as the Abbey Minor Scholarship to Rome.
Upon her return to London, she began teaching art, and, in the late 1950s met her future husband, the leading abstract artist Roger Hilton. Roger ac
Richard has been painting ever since he left school - a vocational painter in the truest sense. The Inspiration for his work goes back to some of his earliest memories of the forests around his Father’s farm in East Anglia. This was magnified by his experiences walking the Pilgrim routes of England, France and Spain, drawing and recording the all the way.
Makoto Kagoshima (b. 1967) is based in Kyushu, the southern island of Japan. He first encountered clay in his grandfather’s workshop and later trained as an artist studying ceramics at college. He encountered numerous influences in contemporary European design through collaboration and employment before dedicating his life to clay at the age of 35.
Kaori Kato obtained her bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts Drawing in 2008, her bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) in 2009, and her master’s degree in Visual Art in 2010 from the Faculty of the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) at the University of Melbourne.
Kato creates geometric patterns and organic forms by hand-folding paper.
Abandoning his medical studies to become an artist, in 1905 Lamb moved to London where he studied under Augustus John and William Orpen at their short-lived Chelsea Art School. A highly gifted draughtsman he soon moved to Paris, and painted in Brittany. On his return to London he made his name with an extraordinary full-life sized portrait of Lytton Strachey (now in the Tate).
Euan Macleod was born in Christchurch, New Zealand in 1956. He was awarded a Diploma of Fine Arts (Painting) by the Ilam School of Fine Arts, Canterbury University, in 1979, before moving to Sydney in 1981. He has held more than fifty solo shows in New Zealand and Australia and has taken part in numerous group exhibitions in Australasia and internationally.
Marioni burst onto the international glass scene aged nineteen, becoming famous for his sophisticated glass objects, which evoke the rich tradition of classical Mediterranean pottery and bronzes. Marioni has training in Venetian glassblowing techniques with some of the greatest masters in contemporary glass.
McCrum’s work is a potent fusion of the ancient with the modern. She works primarily in stone, from which some pieces are also cast in bronze. Initially influenced by archaeological finds and by the work of Brancusi, Hepworth and Moore, her sculpture also contains oblique references to the landscape and fauna around her homes in Devon and Gozo.
Jack McGarrity trained at the Glasgow School of Art, close to where he grew up in the West of Scotland, before moving to London to start at the Royal Drawing School. In 2018 he attended a two month residency at the Museo del Prado in Madrid having been awarded the Richard Ford Award and a year later spent three months in Florence for the John Kinross Award.
Thomas Merrett (b. Melton, Suffolk 1987) is a sculptor, draughtsman and printmaker based in East London. His work is centred around the human form, a fascination for anatomy and movement, and the challenge of portraying this in sculpture and drawing. Merrett aims to create a unique interpretation of the subject in front of him rather than a literal replication of their likeness.
Woodstock, NY-based Jeffrey Milstein was born in the Bronx in 1944. He received a degree in architecture from UC Berkley in 1968, and practiced as an architect before turning to photography in 2000. Milstein earned his pilots license at 17, and his passion for flight led to his well-known typology of aircraft photographed from below while landing.
Hiromine Nakamura (b.1986), a fourth-generation Japanese doll maker, born and raised in Fukuoka, Japan. He attended the Tokyo University of the Arts and Music in 2011 receiving an MA in Fine Art Sculpture. In 2013 he was selected for the 60th Japan Traditional Kogei Exhibition and received the Best New Artist Award. Since he has been selected for numerous national exhibitions and received prizes.
Ti Parks (1939 -2017) graduated from the Slade School in 1962. He moved to Australia in 1964 and became an important influence in the contemporary art world there. He was the Australian representative at the Paris Biennale (1973), the Sydney Biennale (1976) and as an invited performance artist at the Venice Biennale (2007). Since the 1960's he has exhibited extensively in Australia and New Zealand
Greg Payce lives and works in Calgary, Alberta and was Professor of Ceramics at the Alberta College of Art and Design (ACAD) before stepping back to concentrate purely on his work. Raised in Edmonton, Payce’s interest in ceramics began in his early years when he knew from the age of six that he wanted to be a potter.
Polly Penrose studied Graphic Design at Camberwell College of Arts in London. She went on to work in Fashion Styling and after that worked for the photographer Tim Walker. She has always taken photographs, but started to take the practice seriously when she entered and won a competition held by the London Photographic Association in 2008.
Dr Ingrid Pollard is a photographer, media artist and researcher. She has developed a social practice concerned with representation, history and landscape with reference to race, difference and the materiality of lens-based media. Her work is included in numerous collections including the UK Arts Council and the Victoria & Albert Museum.
“I was particularly influenced by commentary in Tate Modern’s catalogue for an exhibition of Agnes Martin (2015), as follows: ‘The root word for ‘grid’ in both Latin and Greek denotes ‘wicker work’ – flexible twigs or shoots woven criss-cross into a horizontal-vertical format.’* This released me – from the idea of the grid as simply a rigid structure of straight lines – and led me to start drawing
Sophie Ryder was born in London, England, in 1963 and was the youngest student after J.M.W. Turner to be admitted to the Royal Academy Schools in London aged 17. 2023 marks Sophie Ryder’s 60th year and celebratory events opened with the solo exhibition ‘Sophie Ryder: Sculpture, Drawings and Prints’ at the Djanogly Art Gallery (til 12 March) curated by Neil Walker. From 1st April – 10th September
Jean-Vincent Simonet’s practice fuses analogue images, digital techniques, collage, montage, sculpture and painting with remarkable fluidity. His work is permeated by a sense of overload, exuberance and entropy. Body and decor, nature and artifice, poses and emotions collide and merge into the poetics of excess that forms the basis of the artist’s research.
Martin Smith has achieved international recognition as one of the UK’s leading ceramic artists. His innovative and influential career has been compared to that of the late Hans Coper by Chris Dercon, who also described him as ‘… the most abstract and geometrically orientated ceramist in England and possibly of our times.’
Jørgen Haugen Sørensen, born in Copenhagen in 1934, is one of Denmark’s most esteemed and decorated sculptors. Since the age of nineteen, he has lived and worked in various European metropoles such as Paris, Verona, and Barcelona. In 1971 he moved to Pietrasanta in Tuscany, Italy, which has served as his primary residence ever since.
Linda Sormin lives and works in New York City, and is Associate Professor of Studio Art at New York University. She has taught ceramics at Emily Carr University, Rhode Island School of Design, Sheridan College and Alfred University. Born in Bangkok, Sormin moved to Canada with her family at the age of five. She has a BA in English Literature and worked in community development for four years.
Morito Toyonaga (b. 1976) is based in Okinawa. He studied sculpture at the Okinawa Prefectural University of Arts but works across many mediums, including print, ceramics, glass painting and lacquer, often collaborating with other artists and craftspeople. He has exhibited widely across Japan and his works have regularly been selected for the Japan Folk Art Exhibition.
Alice von Maltzahn explores the materiality of paper. Large scale installations alter the spaces they inhabit and appear to grow both naturally and unexpectedly through interior spaces. Drawing inspiration from nature, her intricate, hand-cut paper constructions seek to re-animate the material itself.
For more than a decade from the 1970’s, British born artists John walker was one of the most influential and imitated painters working in the UK, he represented his country at the 1972 Venice Biennale, had extensive survey shows at both the Tate and Hayward galleries and was shirtlisted for a Turner Prize in 1985.
Tom Waugh makes sculptures from stone and marble that depict discarded, mass-produced objects. Plastic bags, cardboard boxes, and tin cans are squashed, crushed, and wrinkled, documenting the casual imprints of human use. Using the processes and techniques of classical marble carving, and paying close attention to form and surface detail, He achieves a high level of realism in his work.
Angela Williams (b. 1941) started her career as a freelancer in the 1960s. Aged twenty-one she was introduced to the eminent fashion photographer Norman Parkinson. Williams soon became his personal assistant, resulting in a close working relationship and creative collaboration that continued throughout her subsequent career. She worked with Jeremy Banks on the Observer New Supplement.
Williams works almost exclusively in egg tempera - a painstaking, exacting medium in which egg is used instead of linseed oil as the binding medium. He trained at Farnham College of Art and Portsmouth University and is a member of the New English Art Club, the Royal Society of Portrait Painters and the Pastel Society.