- the exhibition 'In The Process' of the
artist's latest paintings.
Shepard is a British based Russian artist. She studied at the St Petersburg
Academy of Art where she was awarded a distinction in her painting and
portraiture degree. She has exhibited her work in Russia, France and
Britain, including Mall Galleries (Royal Institute of Painters in
Watercolours, Royal Institute of Oil Painters, Royal Society of
Portrait Painters and Society of Women artists), and The Great Art
Fair at Alexandra Palace.
to follow the best traditional techniques but also to experiment
with different materials and styles, which is reflected in her
commissions ranging from portraits to murals. For example, she has
painted a portrait of Sir David Howard, the Lord Mayor of the City
of London in 2001. She also participated in an international Art
competition in France, and was awarded a prize (Prix de la Société
Gemma Billington -
'The Space Between' of the artist's latest
The works of Turner,
Jack B Yates, Matisse and present day
contemporary artist Hughie O Donoghue are much
admired by Gemma and she admits that she doesn’t
really think that you can be influenced by other
artists but can be inspired by the subject that
they are drawn to. Gemma’s main inspiration
comes from the western coast of Ireland huddled
on the edge of Europe where she feels true magic
Born a catholic, the
‘eight of ten children’ was brought up in
household where the rosary was recited each
night. Her religion is now one with nature and
art. She believes a relationship with painting
can be healing both for the artist and any
viewer prepared to let go of preconceived
prejudices and absorb the magic of the
timelessness of nature and its ever changing
Wells - the exhibition 'Only
Human' of the sculptor's works.
Teresa Wells obtained a
first class honours degree in Fine Art from Nottingham Trent
University, 1996, and undertook postgraduate studies at Loughborough
University, where her tutors included John Atkin FRBS and Dan Archer
worked on large-scale sculptures 4 meters high
and at a more intimate scale 30 cm in mixed
media. Her early sculptures were constructed
from mild steel, using a variety of ready-made
fixings such as nuts, bolts and silk ribbon. The
materials were used metaphorically as she made
vessels. These expressions of the body conveyed
the relationship between our inner and outer
selves, strength and fragility, the hidden and
vulnerable. Trained originally as an
illustrator, she works in a Baroque style.
Influenced by Bernini, Anthony Gormley, Phillip
King, Cathy de Monchaux, and Grayson Perry.
Currently working in bronze she likes to place
figurative forms in precarious positions using
strong geometric steel shapes as supports.
an ethical consciousness, I create work that
examines the contradictions of human action and
thought, in an attempt to survive. Rule
breaking, disconcerted relationships,
miscommunication, isolation, vulnerability, and
fragility fascinate: as do tenacity, ingenuity,
forgiveness and strength. I use the medium of
sculpture to express that it is our whole selves
complete with flaws that make us compelling.' - Teresa Wells
- the exhibition 'Vibrations Of Light' of the artist's latest
Archetti was born in Monticelli Brusati (Brescia), Italy in 1946.
He lives now in Brescia.
began to be interested in art during the years of high school and
after graduation he continued his cultural education graduating in
Modern Letters. During the same period, without interrupting his
studies, he attended the Carrara Academy of Bergamo for two years
under the direction of Trento Longaretti. For Archetti painting is
one of the most effective ways to tell himself, the others, and the
beginning of his artistic activity, in the 1970s, he painted the
real, and then, until the early 90s, he confronted the great artists
of the past, in particular with Piero della Francesca and
subsequently combined his figurative with informal painting while
maintaining the female figure with cobalt blue eyes as the dominant
- the exhibition
'From Pain To Freedom' - the first exhibition at
our gallery of the artist's artworks.
Helen Warner was born in Southampton, UK. She studied
Art, Sport Studies and Human Biology
at college and being a passionate runner, subsequently completed a
degree in Sports Studies at DeMontfort University in Bedford, which
encompassed elements of Human Psychology and Sociology.
Helen started to re-embrace her innate creativity and attended an
art class in Southampton to allow her to re-discover her creative
path. Since then, her career as an artist has been an intense and
"There is so much I could say about my artwork
but I choose not to because my paintings and sculptures should
speak for themselves. I like the viewer to see what they see and
therefore this enables my artwork to have an unlimited potential
to open minds. I love to shut my studio door behind me and shut
out the outside world. The silence is wonderful to me.
Many subjects and emotions inspire and compel me
to paint and create it's a continuous journey of exploration.
It's all about and in the creativity". -
- the exhibition 'Big Oil, Lost And Found' of the artist's latest
'I’m placing objects
from climate change, and humanitarian events on
top of a mass consumerism box. I have been
bringing wood and other found objects, charred
from recent fires on the west coast, or salvaged
from a Florida Keys refugee boat, into a
conversation with art history, climate change
denial, corporate environmental greed.
These subjects are
inherited with the times and drawn from personal
narratives and sources that span art history.
They reflect my interest in philosophy and
contemporary thought.' - Mel Smothers
- the exhibition 'Studio Studies' of the
paintings by the artist.
David creates works driven by the moment, by
direct observation and a passion for his
subject. Within a career spanning 35 years
he has produced both wildlife and figurative
studies on a commercial basis including a
life-size bronze Welsh Cob commissioned for
the town of Aberaeron, Wales.
His own editions in bronze are choices based
upon what he is interested in at that time
or reflections of recent observation and
"I am often torn between working
outdoors with a sketchbook and being in the
studio. The studio is where the work is
completed … outside is where my work starts. I
enjoy all aspects of being outside, come rain or
shine and is where I am most comfortable.
My time outdoors is split between
simply walking and finding my subjects or my
other passion, running in the mountains and
trails where there is always opportunity for
that chance sighting that may be the spark for
When developing a new piece it usually
starts from my sketchbooks, then the creation of
pinch maquette's that stand a few centimetres
tall. From this point I should have some idea if
a larger piece will work or not. Occasionally I
dive right in and with full conviction and
sculpt the new piece … the immediate response,
the fresh unrehearsed approach, offering
something extra to the work.
I offer no meaning for my works … they
are what they are, responses to observations of
animals sculpted in a long held style that comes
most naturally to me." - David Mayer
the exhibition 'At The Intersection Of Borders'
of the artist's latest paintings.
was born in Moscow in 1952. He started
to paint in early 1970s in his native Moscow as
a theatrical painter. There was some theatrics
in his paintings since each painting
represented a prop. Sometime they looked like a
shot from a movie.
Each painting was in
line with its own play and with the music,
playing in the painter’s head while he was
creating composition, mixing colours and putting
them on canvas. It required different art
techniques and materials. That’s why Valentin
used oil, acrylic, tempera, watercolour,
coloured pencils, etc., if it helped to achieve
the desired result.
His education as a
painter he started in the studio of the famous
Soviet artist A.I. Laktionov.
From the late 1980s
till now Zenkovsky was showing his paintings at
various galleries all over the world (more than
300 exhibitions). He sold more than 2000
paintings. Valentin is constantly looking for
new themes, new art expressive means
and working hard to apply the creative
approaches in the painting process.
has PhD in engineering and he’s the author of 8
textbooks on computer graphics. These related
fields of knowledge and skills are also helpful
in art creation. He created
dozens of films with the use of computer
animation. He made some commercials where he
used his drawing and colouring skills. He even
wrote some stories.
Metin Salih -
the exhibition 'mesmerEYES' of the artist's latest artworks.
Metin Salih hails from a “Mad Men” –esque
background; having illustrated and painted for
almost every ad agency and brand you can think
of. Influenced and inspired by masters such as
Sargeant, Reynolds, Varga, Robert McGinnis and
Robert G. Harris, his boldly painted portraits
are created from a truly unique colour palette
merged with an experimental approach to this
Metin has been
continuously evolving his style as a
contemporary artist in his own right. The
illustration-based background is reflected in
the hyper-real and graphic nature of the work.
The accuracy and sophistication of his images is
bolstered by a clear passion for painting. His
highly expressive work is provocative and sexy;
yet able to capture the intimacy and
vulnerability of his subjects at the same time.
The relationship between artist and sitter is
one of ease and trust, resulting in a sense of
individuality and character that shine through
these beautifully alluring portraits.
with oil paint, he also fuses his work with
unconventional elements such as cement and rusty
nails; resulting in stunningly adventurous works
of art that ooze with passion.
the exhibition 'Obsession' of sculptures.
Tcholaria was born in 1959 in the small town of Ochamchiri on the
coast of the Black Sea in Abkhazia, Georgia. During his school days,
his teachers noticed his exceptional talent and suggested that he
apply to the prestigious Art College of Sukhumi. Tcholaria spent the
next three years there studying under the guidance of artist Givi
Guergaya. After completing his studies at the College, Tcholaria
moved to Leningrad to study at the University of Arts named after
Tcholaria became one of the first artists in the Soviet Union
who earned a living by painting portraits in the street. During
Gorbachev’s Perestroika, Tcholaria was noticed by the owner of
Cenacolo Gallery in Piacenza, Italy. Intrigued by Tcholaria’s
talent, the Italian art dealer offered to collaborate with him, the
start of an artistic venture abroad. In Italy he had his first solo
exhibition, soon followed by shows in Greece, Belgium and
Netherlands, along with auctions and art fairs. Among other
commissions, he was asked to paint two four-meter long murals for
famous ocean liner, the Queen Mary II. In 2009 he won the gold medal
for his aerographics on the latest Volvo C70, exhibited at the
Millionaire’s Fair in Moscow
of the artist's latest
Penny Crofts studied Fine Art at
Central Saint Martins’ College of Art and
Design, London, England, graduating with a BA (Hons)
Fine Art in 2002. Her first solo exhibition was
in 2006, and since then she has had further
exhibitions around the UK.
Penny’s work is continually evolving
and she continues to push the boundaries with
her unique brand of art, using thermography as a
starting point to reflect on the world in which
Climate change is becoming
particularly relevant to her paintings, the new
challenges it brings with the UK perpetuating to
be a tropical climate, a distinct change from
the moderate climate we have been used to.
Heatwaves are becoming more prevalent in this
country with the hottest day ever recorded in
Some of these paintings also contain imagery of
Olympic champion athletes which have been
translated on to canvas using acrylic paint.
They reflect the power, talent and determination
through the vibrancy of colour. However, the
initial source of the imagery, using a thermal
camera that records heat instead of light, is a
true reflection of warmth which is effecting our
world today and in the future.
'The Death Of Cleopatra' of the artist's latest
'My depiction of the series " The Death of
Cleopatra " an event that occurred on August, 30
BC, in Alexandria is based on surrealism.
As an artist, I work hard and that hard work
includes my study, research, and efforts to
develop paintings that speak both to me and to
others and what inspires me to portray The Death
of Cleopatra which has been depicted in various
works of art throughout history is the narrative
itself and the way Old Masters portrayed it.
Cleopatra was the most beautiful woman of her
era but she regardless of her looks was
certainly a formidable leader—and one of the
most powerful members of a Greek dynasty that
dominated Egypt for more than three centuries.
As the Queen of Egypt faced with the prospect of
losing her kingdom, she killed herself by
allowing an asp (Egyptian cobra) to bite her.
I was very much inspired by this famous subject
matter that I decided to represent a historical
event in my manner.'