December 24, 2011
A Fine Art graduate from Norwich School of Art and Design, Brigitte specialises in large ‘one off’ original screen prints. Her vibrant works explore the use of colour, shape and mark to create mood, atmosphere and currents of energy. Brigitte’s work is essentially a poetic aesthetic, inviting the viewers to a sensory response. The work draws on Brigitte’s own life experiences.
“ My inspiration is drawn from wide-ranging sources – a response to my current environment, human relationships and memories of beautiful and seductive foreign locations. All are combined to produce works which embody complex subjective emotions, perceptions and sensations. Colour, shape and mark are juxtaposed to evoke space and current of energy, inviting the viewer to a sensory response.”
However, Brigitte believes the response to an artwork is an intensely personal experience and hopes that the viewer will find their own point of aesthetic contemplation, or emotional reflection.
Brigitte has sold to both corporate and individual clients and has work held in private and academic collections including California State University, USA and Asagaya College of Arts, Tokyo. She has recently had work selected for new developments in London and Birmingham, with another recent sale going to a new home in Malaysia. She has exhibited widely, in London and especially Norfolk.
See more of Brigitte’s work, available to buy, at http://i2popupgallery.com/artist/i2-Art/category/78/AFFORDABLE-ART-MARKET-Brigitte-Anne-Hague.html
December 22, 2011
Sula is currently part of our Christmas Affordable Art Market, please feel free to pop in and browse!
Since graduating from St. Martin’s School of Art in 1989, Sula Rubens has lived, painted and exhibited in many countries (including Holland, France, Poland, Spain, Greece and Ireland.) Her work is represented in public and private collections in this country and abroad, including the Leicestershire Collection for Schools and Colleges and the Town Council of Amsterdam. Prizes include the Winsor and Newton Young Artist Award and the Anna Airy Memorial Award.
A remarkable feature of her practice is her use of everyday objects such as photographs, stamps, labels, scraps of wallpaper or floor lino as well as drawings. Sometimes these items are incorporated in a work as collage. Other times they suggest elements of her environment, the Suffolk coastline, where she has lived and worked since 1999. This coast, with its tides, erosions, reed marshes, ships and the everchanging light has a strong presence in her work.
She gradually builds up the paintings and drawings in layers, using a wide variety of media: oil paint, graphite, soft pastel, charcoal, collage and printmaking techniques. Often the etchings incorporate the chine colle technique.
See more of Sula’s work, available to buy, at http://i2popupgallery.com/artist/i2-Art/category/92/AFFORDABLE-ART-MARKET-Sula-Rubens.html
October 19, 2011
Jess Levine’s work stems from various sources which include personal travels, Kentish landscape, current affairs, childhood memories and textile designs.
She doesn’t like to limit herself to one discipline, instead preferring to use a wide range of materials and to draw on a wide variety of sources. However, she will often initially explore ideas using collage, as she finds this a useful process in realising more finished pieces of work or in translating ideas using paint.
‘My work is often deliberately open ended in terms of impact. I like the viewer to bring themselves to the piece, rather than having meaning imposed by the maker.
In that respect, I like work to be loose and to have a meaning which is beyond intention, that is the piece in a sense answers back to both the viewer and the maker.’ [Jessica Levine 2009]
October 15, 2011
Over the past years Valerie Armstrong’s work has undergone a series of profound changes as she has made the transition from figurative images painted on screens to the current narrative and semi abstract works. She is now experimenting with various monoprinting techniques combined with chine collé; collage; drawing and mixed media.
‘In the 1970’s and 80’s I trained and practiced as an art therapist in mental health. This experience, together with my own vivid dream world, forms thebasis for my current collection of work. This is the framework on which to weave visual stories touching the absurd, sometimes reaching out to the darker side; exploring the thought shadows that lurk deep within the mind to emerge in dreams. Sometimes my work is inspired by poetry and a love of words; jumbled upside–down ideas woven together to feed the imagination.’
After studying textiles at Hornsey and Croydon colleges of art, Val took a post-graduate degree in Art Therapy at St Albans, followed by many years practicing in schools and hospitals as an art therapist.
For the last twenty-five years, she has worked freelance as an artist from her studio in Woodbridge, Suffolk.
October 6, 2011
Susan Macarthur was born in East Sussex in 1952 and now lives in Broad Chalke near Salisbury, Wiltshire.
She studied at Eastbourne College of Art in 1970, Art Institute of Southern California 1980 – 82, Saddleback College (US) 1982-84 (Associated Arts), California State University Long Beach 1985-87 (General Art) and City & Guilds Part 1 & 2 Stitched Textiles 1990-93.
Susan is a Fellow of the Society of Designer Craftsmen.
She initially studied Fine Art primarily painting, drawing and sculpting.Towards the latter part of her education at Cal State Long Beach she was introduced to textiles and on returning to England has gone on to experiment with different techniques and materials to portray the human form.
‘I come from a background of life drawing/painting and have always been drawn to the drama of the human form. My work is a combination of painting together with fabric, paper, thread and paints. I like the unpredictable occurrences that can arise with these materials and feel there is a strong crossover between the drawn line and a line of thread. Textureplays a large role in my work – in fact I think it is probably the most important element for me.’
Susan shows her work through galleries, exhibitions and art fairs – upcoming events can be found on her website.
September 30, 2011
A new exhibition starts at i2 Art tomorrow that aims to show some of the interesting ways artists use paper as a medium alongside paint, print and found objects.
Paper as we know it today dates back to the Chinese Han Dynasty (105AD) and spread throughout the world, although remaining only an artisan activity until 19th Century industrialisation. Originally intended purely for writing, printing and packing purposes, the wide variety of papers available now have greatly inspired artists into using it as a medium in its own right.
i2 Art explores this fascinating material as used by a number of talented artists, watch out for posts on each artist over the coming weeks.
Girl Bending Down - Susan Macarthur
Book Collage - Neil Payne
Suffolk Moonlight - Valerie Armstrong
Autumn - Jess Levine
Private View Saturday 1 october, 2-4pm. Join us for a glass of wine and the chance to meet the artists in our beautiful gallery space.
July 6, 2011
At the moment in i2Art Gallery (Saffron Walden), we have a feature of Loukas Morely‘s work.
Loukas Morley is an artist specialising in the media of collage, bricolage, gestural drawings and paintings. His responses to feelings and thoughts are intuitive, so that when an idea has become firm in his mind he is able to step aside and let it describe itself. This is what gives his work its momentum: respecting the flow of an idea and allowing it to breathe on its own.
Morley takes seemingly peripheral objects and makes them central by allowing them to inhabit a setting which lets us see them freshly and with an affection which is poignant because it is so unexpected. For example, he takes a squashed shopping basket found abandoned, places it in a gallery, takes a photograph of it and then takes the image and makes it into a screen print. The basket is dignified through the process it undergoes and the attention it receives.
Morley is spare and precise in his work. The stark simplicity of the marks and lines of his pieces provide piercingly humane responses to the inescapable problem of wastefulness peculiar to humankind: these trigger in us our own rich and luxurious poems. Here is an artist whose work is always elegantly robust; whose pieces resonate with that quality which no human being should ever have to live without – beauty.
(Biography written by Judith Liddell-King)