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  • Featured Artist | HENRIETTA CORBETT

    24 January 2021

    I'm currently using the time to explore new ideas, make new work, look at different ways of working and try using new materials. Adventures during lockdown have seen me collecting found objects and creating new pieces from drift wood, discarded metal and garden brambles.

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  • Featured Artist | VIVIENNE CAWSON

    27 May 2020

    Flowers are my main subjects. My love of geometric pattern has been with me for as long as I can remember - I love my garden and I love my studio and sometimes it can be a battle between the two. 

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  • Featured Artist | LISA TIMMERMAN

    9 November 2019

    "My passion, like most painters, is for how light affects things," says Lisa Timmerman, "But the light through the trees onto the water, with the depth of the deep shadows and the reflections of the changing trees and boats is beauty to another level."

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  • Featured Artist | DAVID CLARKE

    24 April 2019

    I try to show that by working with computers, not brushes, doesn't mean it can't be art . .but the most challenging part is. . .knowing intuitively when its finished and leaving it alone . . . .

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  • Featured Artist | SIYUAN REN

    13 March 2019

    "Among all the different styles of Chinese painting, I like gongbi the most" says Siyuan Ren, "however the extreme delicacy and meticulousness required is itself a test of patience and spiritual equilibrium".

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  • Featured Artist | LOZ ATKINSON

    12 February 2019

     A practicising artist for nearly 10 years, Loz has had 3 solo exhibitions and featured in 'The Other Art Fair' and the 'Affordable Art Fair' in London and Bristol. One of her 'Imagined Nebula' paintings is currently travelling through space on the NASA probe OSIRIS-Rex

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  • Featured Artist | MARK HANCOCK

    23 October 2018

    "I work closely with my model and try to capture the figure in variety of poses that suggest contemplation, the human condition or simply domestic, daily life," says Mark Hancock.

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  • Featured Artist | FIONA HUMPHREY

    29 August 2018

    I have roughly two ongoing themes, the sense of self and memory. The former has been with me, fidgeting away in my head for years and I think the memory prints flow from these thoughts," says Fiona Humphrey.

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  • Featured Artist | MICHAEL MORALEE

    5 August 2018

    "When I was 10 years old, I was given a camera as a birthday present. It was then I decided that I wanted to be a photographer," says Michael Moralee. "All these years later I still love and get excited about making photographs."

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  • Featured Artist | LINDA SHARMAN

    22 February 2018

    'I feel that painting colour and light and is essential when trying to capture an atmosphere of a place, 'says Linda Sharman . . 

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  • Featured Artist | MAXINE DODD

    10 January 2018

    "The line is essential – seeing where action and breaks in action are balanced. I think a great deal about the ‘white’ space – where the paper does its work," says Maxine Dodd, whose drawings of cyclists in action part of her current theme of movement and sport

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    29 October 2017

    “Encaustic is very flexible,” says Jo Sheppard, “layers can be built up, you can pour, flick, splat, introduce collage, encapsulate images. The possibilities are endless and for this reason I have found working with wax very addictive.”

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  • Featured Artist | LESLEY BROOKS

    15 September 2017

    “Colour mixing has always been a passion,” says Lesley Brooks. “Sometimes a bold gesture or a sensitive brushstroke can yield an amazing outcome.”

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  • Featured Artist | JOHN SYDNEY CARTER

    30 August 2017

    A Fellow of the Royal Society of British Sculptors (FRBS), John Sydney Carter's sculptures can be seen in the cities of Leicester and Cambridge. An affinity to the coast, the sea, sailing, birds and fish are all central to his work; Joan Stephens looks at his career

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  • Featured Artist | LOUISE ELLERINGTON

    28 July 2017

    "I am very much an instinctual painter working with my gut feelings," says Louise Ellerington.  "How I feel about each mark I make is paramount to what stays and what goes..."

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  • Featured Artist | ANDREW JACKSON

    2 April 2017

    I reassess and rework constantly, adding layers. I’m often asked how I 'manage not to smudge it' - I smudge it deliberately and my hands are black when I finish working. . . .

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  • Featured Artist | DANIELLE VAUGHAN

    25 October 2016

    One of my proudest moments was meeting Claudio Ranieri and having him sign my portrait of him. This year has been amazing for Leicester and I am making portraits of people and buildings in the city.

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  • Featured Artist | SUE GRAHAM

    6 September 2016

    "The feeling of escape, the solitude of being next to the sea in the open air for the day whatever the weather is essential to my way of working. There is no other feeling that comes close to being in the open air and painting on the spot."

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  • Featured Artist | PETER RAPP

    26 July 2016

    "Seeing, thinking, drawing. Constantly discovering new ways to do these three things. I do a lot of drawing and re-drawing. I sometimes start with a doodle, letting my mind wander. I'm looking for an unusual composition or something with a bit of an edge .. "

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  • Featured Artist | PETER CLAYTON

    10 April 2016

    "I like to lose my self in a wide range of music while I work," says Peter Clayton – it helps me become more intuitive, I think, and not overwork things. . . .

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  • Featured Artist | JENNY COOK

    13 March 2016

    I discovered the joy of working with wood at the Coach House, Community Craft Centre . . . I had just gone to repair a little cupboard, but seeing the lathes and band-saws, I immediately began wondering how I could combine my painting with wood-working?...and that was it!

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    1 February 2016

    "I began to explore notions of wearing out and holding together", says Gillian Adair McFarland. "I feel we treasure things most at the point we are about to lose them in pushing grounds to their limits, ideas about conservation and preservation emerge." . . .

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  • Featured Artist | CHIRSTOPHER BENT

    17 November 2015

    "I started to look at the abstract quality of skies more closely and to experiment freely with the wonderful shapes and variety of edges in cloud formations," says Christopher Bent. . . .

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  • Featured Artist | CARL SWANSON

    16 September 2015

    "Art and craft is really a whole series of problems to be dealt with and resolved, says Carl Swanson.  I keep my ideas open, looking from different angles, and finding a ways around things to work to a theme". . . .

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  • Featured Artist | JANE FRENCH

    12 July 2015

    "A combination of believing in myself and achieving goals and receiving recognition from others, has meant that I’m determined to continue doing what I do and to do it as well as I can", says Jane French . . .

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  • Featured Artist | DEBORAH BIRD

    7 May 2015

    "Nature is my fascination and my fear. I love its genius, and beauty but fear the increasing unbalances that we cause," says Deborah Bird . . . .

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  • Featured Artist | John Barradell

    1 March 2015

    "Drawing and looking, which are the same thing in my opinion," says John Barradell . . .

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  • Featured Artist | Jo Sheppard

    8 January 2015

    Jo Sheppard is a professional fine artist. She trained as a teacher and taught art & design in secondary schools until she took a career break . . .

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