Award winning surrealist artist, Lindsay Pickett, manages to achieve mesmorizing scenes with the detail he creates from fusing the modern world with his imagination. My main practice involves painting with oils on canvas, linen and board. Starting with a basic study of a compositional idea I develop this further to form a small watercolour, which evolves into a finished oil painting. It is my aim to create a new World paying the closest attention to the smallest of details. This serves to make my paintings as realistic as possible & I hope allows the viewer to escape effortlessly into these imagined worlds, which usually depict a...Read more..
Japanese modern artist creates sculptures from Steel. His Sculptures look as if they are just about to disintegrate, or that we are witnessing the creation of the subject as if an illustration coming to form, depending on which way you look at it.. The density of the steel reduces as the sculpture moves away from substance to provide the illusion of movement. Each Sculpture seems to act as a reminder of our own temporary state. Here today, gone tomorrow. His pieces have a vulnerable quality whilst remaining oblivious to the threat of eradication.Read more..
London based Nick Gentry uses the interesting technique of portraiture on disused floppy disks to create engaging pieces that have a street art feel to them. With each used floppy disk having come to the end of its life this comments on the modern day waste culture & our relationship with technology. It represents our shift from physical form, which has disappeared to exist purely on the web & within the digital world. This storage media once contained vast amounts of information on our daily lives, thoughts & experiences. The metal circular hub on the reverse side of the disk works as a metaphor for the human eye, of the...Read more..
Shintaro Ohata ( 1975 - ) Japanese artist Shintaro Ohata specialises in capturing those intimate moments in life, whilst adding a dramatic twist to the every day. Literally combining Sculpture with two - dimensional paintings Ohata uses his paintings as the background to his sculptures creating one collective piece using the 2 forms. An underlining sense of solitude can be found as many of his works feature a lone young female who is detached from the greater world although not portrayed to be vulnerable. She can cut an isolated figure who seeks a connection and fulfillment through technologies, animals, bicycles, but...Read more..
When Science meets Art.... Japanese Artist & ex-fisherman Iori Tomita converts marine life preserved in formaldehyde into fascinating pieces of art. He removes the scales & skin before soaking the creatures in blue stain, alcohol & glacial acetic acid. Iori utilises the enzyme trypsin to dissolve protein & muscles. He stops the process as soon as they become transparent, but before they dissolve entirely. This creates an eerie x-ray vision. The creatures are then brought back to life with colour as they are stained by soaking the various specimens in potassium hydroxide & red dye before preserving them in glycerin & displayed in...Read more..
Hush initially studied graphic design in Newcastle before traveling through Europe, Asia & America picking up street art influences along the way. He became inspired by the decaying nature of street art as a whole. The use of public space as a canvas exposes art to the surrounding elements, which over time become part of the art itself. Hush embraces this aspect & achieves a rough & deeply textured feel to his work using mixed media layering techniques. Hush has been successful in blending street art aesthetics with more traditional form encompassing traditional portraiture & figurative imagery, whilst incorporating his influence...Read more..
Clinton de Menzes succeeds in creating a barren wasteland that leaves the viewer feeling isolated, & abandoned in a bleak & desolate environment. Its as if a recent dramatic change has occurred that the viewer is left to come to terms with using minaturisation as a point of reference to provoke emotion. de Menzes is innovative in the range of media he uses including earth, plaster, ash, fire, water, light, pigments, varnish, resin, emulsion and oil paint. A strange sense of comfort & liberation can be found within the miniature figures that are encompassed within much of de Menzes’ work. These figures are brought to life further...Read more..
Anna Gillespie is a very exciting and experimental sculptor who uses very interesting materials to bring her sculptures to life. A figurative Sculptor combining her background in philosophy with carving & stone masonry, Anna Gillespie deals with the emotional content of the human experience. From concept through to fruition there is a freshness about Anna’s work. Returning to the same Beech tree in Somerset each autumn in the search for materials to use in her next sculpture Anna’s environmental concerns are also raised. Using...Read more..