Artist: Tony Prower
Country: Reykjavik, Iceland
Tony Prower is an Englishman living in Iceland. A passion for photography and nature has been the driving force behind his tour business which takes visitors to the most beautiful spots in Iceland. Tony shoots with a Canon 5D3 and a small collection of prime lenses, the most commonly used is the Canon EF 24mm f/1.4 mark II. Tony enjoys all types of photography, but he focuses on making “scapes”; Landscapes, Ice-scapes, Night-scapes.
Artist: John Fereday
Medium: Oil Painting
Country: Cornwall, United Kingdom
John Fereday’s intricate, precisely detailed oil paintings are highly influenced by his interest in the Roman era. Fereday’s few original pieces are highly sought after and are in the possession of private hands. Fereday no longer produces work and hasn’t for several years due to severe arthritis which contributes to his pieces being highly collectable and rare. Residing in Cornwall John Fereday began painting on a commercial scale very later on in life, his paintings hold a very special and mysterious quality due to Fereday being a very reserved and highly talented painter who hasn’t produced a big array of paintings, which ultimately has resulted in his prints being in extremely high demand.
Artist: Julian Quaye
Medium: Oil Painting and Mixed Media
Country: Bristol, United Kingdom
Julian Quaye’s powerful, inventive and surrealist series of portraits cleverly combine the animal style drawings of the household names Warner Brother, Walt Disney and even the delicate illustrations of Beatrix Potter. This is skilfully infused with the paintings of Margritte Rene and the American Realist Edward Hopper –but with a liberal dose of kitsch.
Quaye brings these contrasting subjects together to create a very thrilling and witty series of portraits. An archetypal example of work that does this is ‘The Aviator’ which displays a penguin in early period pilot’s uniform at the North Pole- a bird that can’t fly on the wrong side of the world. This demonstrates Quaye’s reoccurring ironic juxtaposing subjects throughout the entire body of work from the exhibition,
Julian Quaye is a commercial artist with over 25 years of experience. He originally began producing screen prints for clothing in the 1980’s and later on progressed to customising freehand airbrushing for anything ranging from murals and backdrops to motorcycles and crash helmets in the 1990’s. Eager to develop these skills further, Quaye studied the art of trompe l’oeil, marbling, graining, colour washing and traditional sign writing, incorporating these mixed media techniques into unique and distinctive effect into later pieces. Within 3 months of exhibiting for the first time in 2012, Quaye was picked to be included in a contemporary auction alongside Damien Hirst and Banksy by Dreweatts and Bloombury auctions.
Julian Quaye’s love of contrasting themes is very profound in his pieces; he explores the original techniques developed during the Edwardian and Victorian times using colour themes and fashion. His series of works follow the same compositions of human forms and animal portraits, his foreground anthropomorphic characters sophisticatedly blend into his dark tonal backgrounds. All the paintings form characters for the narrative for an illustrated book in the future.
‘It will be steam punk meets Beatrix Potter’ says Quaye.
Medium: Ceramics and Pottery
Country: Cornwall, United Kingdom
Born in Brixham, Devon in 1962, Adrian Brough moved to Cornwall age 7 and was educated in St Ives where he currently resides and is the owner of the old farmhouse pottery, where visitors are welcome to come and view the pottery in creation, and to view completed pottery in the adjoining show room.
Adrian Brough’s passion of pottery was discovered through his father Alan Brough, the owner of the famous Leech pottery. And from very early on Adrian worked in his father’s pottery in Newlyn, glazing and kiln-stacking to earn some pocket money. Since then, he has graduated with a design diploma from technical college where he was taught to throw by Bill Marshall. Brough then went on to become a member of the Society of Designer Craftsmen and the Society for Industrial Artist and Designers. This was followed by a major commission for the South-West Electricity board (SWEB). And in the 90’s he finally built The Old Farmhouse pottery, where he still creates his exciting spirited pottery.
Brough’s high fired earthenware is highly inspired by his environment and greatly reflects his Cornish surroundings. Cornwall is surrounded by sea to the North, West and South which evidently imitates the loose wash of sand and sea like the shades of colours beautifully incorporated into Brough’s pottery designs. Other influences which are apparent in Brough’s works, are amongst Korean, Portuguese and Chinese design. Koi-carp play a significant part in Brough’s designs. Many of the attributes of the koi symbolize several lessons and even trials individuals often encounter in life. The koi fish has a powerful and energetic life force, demonstrated by its ability to swim against currents and even travel upstream, the koi-carp represent many characteristics such as prosperity, harmony and longevity. Which is an absolute reflection of Brough’s peaceful and harmonious pottery.
Artist: F. Tricksybell
Medium: Painting and Sculptor
Country: Bristol, United Kingdom
Fifi Tricksybell, as he likes to be referred, isn’t your typical artist. His works are much loved and appreciated by collectors and are often snapped up sooner than he can complete them. Tricksybell's works are the result of his experimentation with pastels, gouache, acrylics, wax and crayons and are based on his high affinity for his subjects and figures which are inspired by their different colours, tones and textures.
Artist: Katharine Morling
Country: London, United Kingdom
Katharine Morling is an award-winning artist working in the medium of ceramics. Using a technique that she describes as sketching in 3D, Katharine has created a number of large installations for high-profile clients including the 2012 Cultural Olympiad and large installation commissions through the Balman Gallery.
Joining Cockpit Arts in 2003, Katharine’s work has grown in both reputation and scale. But it took a while for her business to really take off. ‘When I first arrived at Cockpit, I didn’t think artists had anything to do with business. I just thought it was luck,’ says Katharine. ‘I was encouraged by the Business Development Team to look at the parts of my business I could get help with.’ Katharine now employs a studio manager and an assistant. ‘It has taken the stress away so I can concentrate on what I’m good at.’
Drawing from her own personal narrative, Katharine Morling presents an exciting and original body of work. Morling intricately sculpts inanimate objects turning them into a monochromatic entity. Her pieces work well as a free-standing work and together, transform an everyday still life setting. The scale of her sculptures and also the neutral tone of the work create a surreal experience for the viewer.
Since setting up her studio in 2003 Award winning Morling has gained international acclaim for her work. She has won the ‘Art Council’ award for arts two years in a row and has also been awarded first prize at the 2010 World Crafts Council Triennial in Belgium in 2010.
The artwork is left for the viewer’s interpretation, to create their own narrative just as Katharine does when creating these objects, which are clearly injected with layers of emotion. Inspired by her own personal narrative, Morling’s work offer a unique perspective on familiar everyday objects such as ‘Tape Measure’ and more excitingly the objects are presented in a porcelain shade. Her sculptures are made fired without a glaze, allowing the drawn quality of the work to be more accentuated. The pieces give a great-animated feel and as some of her pieces are everyday objects you naturally feel the urge to touch and play with these items in a childlike manner. She presents us with her life-size ceramic objects that are equally charming and playful in nature.
Artist: David Guy Turner
Medium: Mixed Media
Country: Cardiff, Wales
David Guy Turner’s work highlights Turner’s interest in the human form; his intense, vibrant, highly charged works are influenced by his interest the human form. His figures highlight key aspects of Turners life, often personally referencing his family’s musical background.
Using mixed-media oeuvre, Turner’s work consists of fluid complementing colours with many intricate, complex and purposely placed details of the human form in motion or in a theatrically staged setting. The naked and the damned and welcome to the swing gate evidently explores themes of sexuality, erotic satires and suite. The composition of these pieces are reminiscent of a theatrical stage production, which evidently reference Turner’s time spent as a costume designer at Cardiff Sherman’s theatre and with the BBC’s costume department, alongside several exhibitions in England and Wales in the 1980’s and 90’s.
Turner’s musical heritage builds the foundations for a lot of his work, such as 'Playing the night away'. His choice of title translates the playfulness and energy in his work. Although is he the only non-musician, he undoubtedly knows how to interpret the vibrant music scene into an equally vibrant body of work. Currently residing in Cardiff, Wales
Medium: Painting, Sculpture, Murals
Country: Bangkok, Thailand
Praphan initially graduated from Bangkok Institute of Fine Art then attended Ayutaya University to study for a further four year degree in Fine Arts. He has been commissioned to create work for restaurants and hotels in Chelsea and Kensington, museums and private clients and has also worked in Arco where he designed patterns for Asian rugs and carpets. He has worked in publishing, advertising by illustrating and creating art for Ayutaya Bank in Bangkok. He works with different media and in different art forms (wood, ceramic, polystyrene, glass, paper, canvas etc). He has done a lot of work with hotels, restaurants and in other publlic spaces. A lot of his work can be found in and around Chelsea, Kensington, Camden and Bangkok.
Artist: Tony Howell
Country: Somerset, United Kingdom
Photography enlightened Tony Howell into viewing the natural world for what it really is; enabling Howell to tune into his own interpretation of the subject he is focusing on. Highly influenced by his surroundings and often stripping away any sign of human existence, Howell attentively focuses on the peace and harmony of the ever-changing world.
Born in 1960 in Plymouth, Devon. Howell is a self-taught artist, sourcing his ideas from books and magazines. He has used his perfectionistic and dedicated nature to create his attractive, abstract pieces.
When handed a Kodak Instamatic camera, aged 17, by his father there was a spark of realisation that he had an instinctive eye for photography. 35 years into his successful career, Howell’s images have been used in various magazines, books, billboards, greeting cards, posters, postcards and many more. His clients also include, National Geographic, The BBC, The National Trust and The Tate.
Howell’s images are a true reflection of his connection with nature, offering a spiritually uplifting experience. ‘Peace and joy through beauty - concentrate on beauty and it infuses your life’ (sourced). Keeping his landscapes as natural as possible, Howell plays with texture, colour and saturation to highlight the different dimensions of the beautiful world around us.
It is evident that Howell strives to communicate the beauty of the world, which is often neglected; his extraordinary pieces capture the splendour of the landscapes around us that somehow blend in to our everyday environment and are often neglected. By viewing Howells images, you begin to take pride of the subject you are concentrating on, which in result makes you relive and often ponder on your time spent in that location. Howell offers a different perspective on his subjects and makes the viewer interpret their landscape in a deeper and more meaningful approach.
Medium: Sculpture, Installation and Public/Corporate Art
Country: Bristol, England
Pete's working practice concentrated on sculpture, installation and public art. He works with many materials especially metals creating high quality sculpture for indoor and landscape settings.His interests lies in the human condition and thus explore the boundaries between science, religion, art and the natural world as well as spirituality, inter-faith dialogue and pluralism
Pete's work encompasses abstract and contemporary figurative work with the overriding aesthetic being minimal, emphasising the form with strong lines. He creates completive work, a moment to reflect in a busy world. The Present sometimes being represented by the absent, memory by a trace, stillness by form. Light is an integral element in the manner with which it interacts with the works, reflecting and responding to the form. His recent body of work examines traditional Islamic art, looking at the engravings, tiling and architecture of Mosques and re-interprets these in sculptural form. I am currently contributing design elements to a new Mosque in Bristol. He exhibits regularly and have work in several collections here in the UK and overseas. He recently represented the UK at the prestigious Islamic Art Festival in the United Arab Emirates.
Pete has undertaken many public and coperate art commissions where he creates site specific work. Public artworks have been produced for various locations including hospitals, health centres, libraries, schools, and cycle paths and these projects have often involved significant community participation and consultation. Throughout his practice, he has collaborated with a variety of professionals, Public and coperate art consultants, form commissioners, architects, town planners to scientists, theologians and doctors and work closely with several engineers and fabricators.
Medium: Mixed Media Drawing and Painting
Country: Bristol, United Kingdom
Mark o neill’s abstract prints and drawings hone unique detail with a cubist element. Created with a contrasting mixture of fluid, sharp, bold and confident lines. The repetition of his lines change and intertwine with more visible images that express his love of tribal art and patterns. His images are full of brave and dramatic detail, which reference his connection with nature and music and typically build the foundations of his ideas. Mark has been into drawing as long as he can remember,and disliked reading or writing, so his art has always been his initial voice for expression and translate feelings of warmth, fierceness, sensuality and diligence.
Artist: Nick Pike
Medium: Oil and Acrylic
Country: Painswick, United Kingdom
Nick Pike’s impressionist works exudes urban settings in a spectacular and striking fashion. Using exciting colours and stirring movements; Pike creates an imaginative translation of everyday surroundings. The method behind his paintings originally comes from going for walks and embracing the scenery around him finding layers of embellishment within nature.
Typically Nike Pike’s center focus in his work is portraying a certain emotional response from the viewer using weather, light and reflection elements and incorporating his other passion of music to influence and control the interaction with his painting. Pike also cleverly creates soundtracks to the pieces he is focusing on, which results in impulsive decisions made when creating his paintings. A strong sense of movement is apparent and by using panoramic landscapes nick is able to bend perspective, which builds the foundations of his technique.
Nicks work speaks of the imprint left of spirits, moods and past emotions that where once present in his ever changing landscapes and busy streets creating an ethereal and ghostly perspective in his work. He makes us want to listen in on the quiet conversation between the couple in a busy cafe; we hear the rain beating down on the umbrellas as they hurry home through the cobbled streets.
Nick was born in Cirencester. He studied Art & Illustration at Northbrook College in Worthing, before returning to the Cotswolds. Regularly attending the 'Bath Prize', 'Bristol Prize' and more recently 'The Best of Bath Prize', Nick also exhibits across the country and runs art classes that connect painting and music. He currently resides and works from his studio in Painswick.
Artist: Stephanie Price
Country: United Kingdom
Stephanie price re-creates captivating and serene scenes with a reoccurring theme of boats, rivers, water and beautiful landscapes. Fresh from a recent exhibition at the RWA, Stephanie will be exhibiting at Justnanco Fine Arts Gallery for her second solo exhibition.
viewing Stephanie’s images you find your self in a mesmerized state of mind, getting completely lost in her transformation of an everyday setting. Her images capture a remote landscape, stripping away any sign of life and concentrating on purely on the movement and objects in our day-to-day surroundings, which are often ignored due to the disorder of people within those sceneries. Honing an impressionist style Stephanie uses many earthy, rich, bright and pure colours, carefully applied brushstrokes are visible and the play of natural light is emphasised in her pointilist style of painting. A close attention is played to each detail and paint is applied in impasto in short thick strokes, capturing the essence of the subject.
Artist: Gordon Baker
Country: United Kingdom
Born in Gibraltar in 1960 he moved around the world as his father was in the army. He finally settled in Northamptonshire when he was twelve.
Gordan has always had a vivid imagination and even from a young age he has found art fascinating. However, it wasn’t until he came to secondary school that he was given the encouragement from his art teacher to paint and draw in many different ways and to let his own style grow and develop, although in those days his work was very abstract. Gordon states: "My art teacher encouraged me to go to Art College in London but I chose to start work instead." On leaving school he continued to paint in oil, but was always experimenting with different materials such as glass. He had a few local exhibitions but also ventured to London with his work.
In late 1983 he sold my first painting to a recording company in Milton Keynes. This gave him the confidence to promote his work to a wider market. This was just the start. Over the next few years he sold about eight hundred originals to companies like MTV Europe, The Gap and also many private collectors, many of these being commissions which have helped to develop his unique style of painting. He has paintings in corporate and private collections in many countries in the world such as France, Germany, South Korea, USA, Denmark and the United Kingdom.
The landscapes he paint are mostly ones that he's created in his own imagination. He likes to make the pictures ‘busy’ so that each time someone looks at it they notice something else going on. He prefer's bright vivid colours that grab people’s attention rather than drab and boring. He is passionate about his creations and as soon as he finish a painting he is constantly thinking of his next one. He never loses the desire to create another work of art. He states: "The best thing about being an artist is that I start off with a blank white canvas or sheet or paper and gradually, as my imagination takes over, the colours flow until I finish with a colourful, busy story that I hope will grab people’s attention and take their imagination to another level. I want people to enjoy my art and see things in my paintings that also mean something personal to them." He has 3 cats and I almost always paint a cat in his paintings – sometimes you will have to look hard to find them!
His paintings appeal to both adults and children, each person seeing in the image what they want to see. A child may look at it and see just a train, an adult may look at that same train and remember a ride they took many years ago – it is all a personal journey. Each one as individual as his art form.