Gallery owner & resident artist
I started painting at the tender age of 67 in August 2017 completely out of the blue, and self taught. I have always had an interest in colours in nature, and my pictures are all full of bright contrasting tones, I specialize in urban landscapes and portraits all painted in an expressionist style with thick saturized paint.
One of my latest series of paintings called "Reflections" is typical of the type work I enjoy: lots going on, loads of colour and all finished in a mirror finish resin!
It’s now over a decade ago that my family and I sold up...packed up and shipped out of London. We headed West to a quirky little town called Frome. Jam packed with artists, musicians and everyone in between, it is an oasis for creative souls.
My entry into the art world came via a career in fashion, during which I travelled extensively in Europe, India and the Far East. Whilst as a job it was always interesting and often challenging, my heart always yearned to paint, so when the opportunity arose I happily put down the passport to pick up the paintbrush. I have now been painting full time since arriving in Frome.
Obviously I don’t have a classic fine art training which can be a curse and a blessing. But what I might lack in technical knowledge I hopefully make up for with love and passion for the discipline. Obsessed and fascinated by light and shadow, colour and texture, I am constantly inspired by the natural world.
As an abstract painter and sculptor with a wide practice and interest, I work in a number of media, including wood and metal. A fascination with the architecture of the picture plane and its surfaces seems to act as a bridge between my two and three-dimensional work. I love the industrial and architectural, the abstraction of letter forms, found materials, the old crafts, the written word.
My earlier career includes publishing, theatre, arts- and public art- administration, serving with charitable and public bodies. I now live and work in Somerset.
I hold a first class MA (Hons) in Fine Art from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, the University of Dundee and an MA in English Literature and Language from the University of Edinburgh. I also studied at Ruskin College, Oxford, the University of Warwick and Dundee College.
My paintings are collected and exhibited widely, with over 700 held in private collections throughout Europe. North America and Australia. They form part of the permanent collection of the House of Lords (see Art UK) and other bodies.
The subjects that most delight me are wildlife and domestic animals. I love capturing the essence of living things, vibrant with energy. Through the handling of pigment, the energy of the brushstrokes and mark-making, I seek to convey the spirit of the living creature. These works tie in with my interests in environmental matters. They treat other creatures as having a status worthy of our interest and concern. I also paint flowers, still lives, landscapes and people. I am known for my watercolours but also enjoy working in other media.
David is a full time artist living in Bath. He worked for many years in the design and print industry and doing painting, fashion and glamour photography in his spare time, he switched to full time film making/glamour in the 1990's.
It was at this period that his painting took a back seat but resumed again in 2007 when he started painting street scenes. In taking this further, he embarked on a series of paintings with sections of 'negative space' - subjects included urban scenes, travel and glamour. He is now experimenting with a new hybrid approach – mixing two or more disciplines of art in one picture.
He regularly exhibits in open exhibitions and his painting 'The circle is unbroken' featured recently on Grayson Perry's Art Club on Channel 4.
Gallery owner and weaver
Helle Jones is a weaver based in Woolverton near Bath and is a partner in the Bath Art Sales group of galleries. Using a large Louet Delta loom, Helle creates bright, colourful textiles inspired by the craftsmen from her home country of Denmark.
One of the first projects was to produce ultra colourful tartan inspired cloth which were then used by Chapman Bags to produce Helle's beautifully manufactured handbags. Each article is finished in high quality leather, and based on the manufacturer's welknown models.
Helle also produces wonderful Ponchos/pashminas made out og pure alpaca, and stunning scarves woven in 100% silk.
My abstracted landscape paintings seek to explore the spirit, features and qualities of the places we call home. I paint landscapes I know well creating remembered experiences, fragments of time, sounds, colour, movement. A recreation of place which is deeply personal. I am interested in the areas that pull us back, the places we visit over and over and never tire of. The landscapes we carry with us, which hold our memories and fill us with joy. For me these are specific places in my home County of Somerset and nearby Wiltshire, the wildlife marshes around Gibraltar Point in Lincolnshire, the coast and wild spaces of Cornwall and the beautiful rural landscapes of Italy. I work with paint, collage, pencils, oil pastels and water-soluble crayons creating mixed media pieces full of colour. Bold, sensitive, emotional responses to landscapes forever changing and marked by the human hand, nature and time.
As well as permanent exhibitions from our resident artists, we invite guest artists to join us at regular intervals.
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