Artizan Gallery welcome Creative Coverage members in this group show.
Creative Coverage members are selected on merit. We handle all aspects of marketing for them and have an excellent track record for delivering results. We also collaborate with venues to deliver exhibitions. Ultimately, Creative Coverage delivers time-saving services and opportunities that help artists, craftspeople and galleries to become more successful.
Leonard Murrell spent his informative years in Deal on the Kent Coast and developed an affinity with the sea and coastline. He subsequently served 15 years in the Royal Navy followed by 40 years in the Defence Industry.
Largely self taught Len took up painting in the early 1990’s and now works exclusively in oils. His preference is to work in the studio using a collection of photographs and sketches accumulated over the years. His paintings focus notably on marine subjects, the theme of the sea, rivers and boats subject-matter.
His painting approach starts with thin darks to mid-tones then lights adjusting the values and rounding the forms as the painting develops endeavour to finish one section at a time with soften edges to allow a seamless transition for the next section. If a section is not working he will wipe out with a rag – the ‘ghost image’ retained can quite often offer an atmospheric feature to the composition to capitalise on. His inspiration comes from the works of Edward Seago and David Curtis.
Saskia was named by her parents after the wife of the artist Rembrandt, not only because her mother is Dutch but mainly to choose a name that was uncommon in England. It soon became apparent that there was more to the connection than just the coincidence of the name. When at her primary school, she showed some considerable flair for art, producing some easily recognisable images in her school work. Besides being interested in many other things throughout her school times she always kept up a keen interest in her art work studying an art foundation course at Maidstone College of Art. When time permitted together with raising three children Saskia continued to produce many family portraits, animal/pet paintings and a range of other subjects. Having taken on many commissions Saskia is now starting to express herself using oils and has experimented with finger painting, which is a technique of applying the oils with the fingers. Saskia's enthusiasm for art is continually leading her to explore new ideas and ways to achieve excellence and is driven by her desire to improve on the last painting.
Lynda has painted and drawn from an early age. At Art College she specialized in theatre design, which then progressed to a career as a Production Designer for BBC television. She was the creative set designer for over 200 high profile television productions.
Lynda enjoys painting in different styles inspired by the natural environment. She paints in a variety of mediums such as pastel, watercolour, oil and acrylic.
An elected member of both the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists (RBSA). and the Birmingham Watercolour Society. (BWS)
Since moving to Devon she paints in her art studio/gallery in Libra Court, Sidmouth and has become the Chair of Sidmouth Society of Artists (SSA)
She has sold paintings internationally and exhibits her work at galleries and group exhibitions. Now regularly doing painting demonstrations and running workshops for art groups.
Sue Purser Hope
Elected Chair of the Contemporary Glass Society, Susan Purser Hope ran her Midlands based commercial interior design consultancy for many years until changing direction in 2005 when she returned to University to study glass making. Five years ago, she moved to North Norfolk, fulfilling a lifetime's ambition to live by the sea. Her latest collection of fused and slumped glass art is inspired by her fascination with the relationship that we have with the elements of nature whether it be the crab fishermen who have brought in their catch for generations, the annual holidaymakers returning to well known haunts, or the architecture that we impose on the landscape from dominant churches to offshore wind farms. Susan’s range of Seaside bowls enable you to hold a little bit of the coastal experience in your hand and continue your dream of sun, sea and holidays!
Devon sculptor Nicola Axe is passionate about stone carving. "Stone is an incredible and exciting medium, which drives me to discover its possibilities," says Nicola. "My work is inspired by the sculptors Modigliani, Brancusi and Rodin to name a few. I use limestone, mostly Portland stone and am looking forward expanding my experience to marble, serpentine and polyphant. Yoga, meditation and the human condition impress upon the visions and meanings in my work. It is mostly figurative, sometimes abstract, and can be inspired by natural forms."
Nicola likes to use crystals and fossils where relevant in her sculpture to convey vibrant energies, which contrast with the opaque stone forms.
"My work is exhibited locally and further afield in the Sculpture Exhibitions of Delamore Arts, Hidcote Manor Gardens, Stone Lane’s Mythic garden, Art Parks International Guernsey and with Devon Artist Network in Exeter and The Flavel Art Centre Dartmouth. I also produce work for private commissions. In 2014 Nicola's Yoga Mudras sculpture graced the entire front cover of The Art Parks catalogue.
The wheel forms the basis of most of Staffordshire based Andrew Matheson's work. Skills learnt through repetition throwing and the discipline required help to inform and develop the individual pieces. "I enjoy and get great satisfaction from all stages of the making right through to the final firing," says Andrew. "All glazes are made by me from research and experimentation and trials of glazes based on oriental tradition. Together with the reduction technique this helps to achieve a distinct range of glazes. Many of the landscape forms and panels incorporate more slabbing hand building techniques with areas of texture to achieve the desired result. The work can be classified into three distinct styles: thrown functional and individual pieces, blue and white ware and landscape ware. Customers include HRH Prince of Wales who purchased two of Andrew's large stoneware bowls.
Exclusive early access to the works of our August Flash Exhibition.