October 29, 2011
Neil Payne is by nature a collector, especially of old and once valued objects; this has influenced his work considerably both in terms of starting points and the materials used.
Neil’s images combine a range of techniques and are drawn from historical references including architecture, landscape and the human figure. Mark-making, musical notation, word traces and ancient materials are combined, layered, often worked over and cut back to give echoes of the original starting point.
Teaching art part time and running workshops gives him the opportunity to share ideas, which in turn influences his own work. He also sells antiques, which inspires and provides materials for his exquisite artwork.
Christmas Market – i2 Art Gallery, Saffron Walden
Fry Art Gallery, Saffron Walden
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.