Each June David stages an exhibition in conjunction with Surrey Artists Open Studios at his home, studio and six acres of lawns and wooded grounds in Haslemere. It is called ‘Art & Soul’. He brings together 20 or more artists and curates an exciting exhibition of sculpture and paintings – over 100 pieces of art to suit all tastes are on show and for sale. The show has become very popular, with over 700 visitors from all over the South of England. Entry is free.
Featured Artists for 2019
Edwin Barrington Lue-Shing
Henriette van der Does
‘Art & Soul’ Exhibition
A sense of humour and a keen observation of nature are the driving forces behind the figurative sculpture of Jon Barrett-Danes. Jon’s early years spent exploring the wild hills that surrounded his home led him to be a keen observer of nature in all its guises and this has been translated into his animal sculptures that confront and challenge the onlooker. There is, however, lurking behind those beady eyes, a wealth of fun embodied in the lively and richly personal vocabulary that he has made his own - guaranteed to make you smile!
Jon completed his degree in ceramics at UWE, Bristol in 1985, having specialized in thrown ware and glaze development. He also spent time building kilns and experimenting with wood-fired salt glaze.
He subsequently worked as a ceramic technician, travelled a lot, did landscape gardening and other short-term jobs before returning to his first love of working with clay while also training to be a teacher. He has taught on and off ever since – currently teaching adults ceramic sculpture at West Dean college in Sussex and, more recently, running workshops for blind and visually impaired students at New College, Worcester.
Edwin Barrington Lue-Shing
Edwin, having multiple heritages, draws upon them for inspiration for his work. He mostly focuses on portraits; he says the expression of each face is original and can never be repeated. Of billions of faces in the world, everyone is original and individual and with Edwin's unique take and twist on his portraits he too tries to create unique artistic images.
Lisa is a Landscape wildlife and nature artist. Inspired by her love of the countryside and the sea her landscapes painted in oil are all about colour, texture, pattern and light.
As she says, ‘Nature is not all clean and tidy, there’s lots going on and I try to simplify it yet give the viewer lots to find at the same time.’
Lisa exhibits widely, has won several awards for her artwork and been published by a number of Art Magazines
Much of Simon’s sculpture is inspired by life in a rural setting - in particular, the connections between ordinary people going about their everyday business. Often playful, his clay characters, in ordinary poses and settings, are full of life.
His studio is set in the dramatic landscape of Corvedale in Shropshire, between Wenlock Edge and Brown Clee Hill.
Sue is a watercolour artist based in Dippenhall, near Farnham. Her life as an artist began at Art School, followed by a career in publishing as a book designer. She returned to painting and started a company named Cups & Saucers, focusing her paintings primarily on antique chinaware. Her clients during this period included Whittards, Peter Jones and Leeds Castle.
Sue’s subjects are now primarily seascapes, landscapes and still life, painted in places as diverse as Scotland, Cornwall, France, Morocco, and the USA. Sue is a frequent exhibitor at Farnham Art Society, Surrey Artists Open Studio and venues throughout the county. Sue has twice won the prestigious ‘best watercolour’ prize at the annual Farnham Art Society exhibition.
Seamus qualified as an Art Teacher in Ireland in the late 70s. After moving to the UK, he set up an Arts Centre for adults with physical disabilities in Leatherhead and ran this for almost 20 years. Seamus has been creating his own sculptures since 1996 and works from his studio in Chessington, Surrey.
Modelled clay has historically been Seamus’s preferred medium as it allows great freedom to experiment with form and texture. He also enjoys exploring the unique sculptural possibilities and challenge of working with resistive materials such as wood and metal. His style ranges from realistic to semi-abstract and his subject matter is mainly figurative (human and animal).
Veronica is a sculptor of one-of-a-kind stone sculptures. Born and having spent half her life in Surrey, she currently lives in the wild and beautiful Cambrian mountains in Mid Wales. With degrees in Geology and Chiropractic in her background, she’s had a variety of occupations. It wasn’t until she took a one-day stone carving workshop in 2010 that she found and pursued her passion for sculpting in stone. A proponent of learning by doing, Veronica is self-taught, and believes this will be a lifelong process.
Veronica particularly enjoys working with alabaster because of its translucence, colours, patterns, and possible finishes. Believing beauty and touch to be essential in our modern lives, she attempts to create pieces that appeal to our sense of touch as well as being visually beautiful. Veronica’s unique sculptures vary from representative to more abstract pieces. She has always had a real love of animals, the outdoors, and the natural world, and it is this that has inspired much of her work to date.
Veronica earned early success being selected as a finalist in the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation Wildlife Artist of the Year competitions from 2011 to 2015, exhibiting at London’s prestigious Mall Galleries - an annual, international event raising money for wildlife conservation. She has also exhibited at the Society for Wildlife Artists Mall Galleries Natural Eye Exhibition.
Henriette van der Does
Henriette was born in Holland and has lived in France, Colombia and Brazil where she was taught art by local artists. She came to the UK 25 years ago and has settled here with her two children.
Henriette took up sculpture around 18 years ago, in a complete turnaround from her degree in French language and literature. She now also expresses herself in 2D media. In 2013 she qualified as an Art psychotherapist and has her own private practice, working with both children and adults. Both lines of work are continuously diverging from and complimenting each other through an endless stream of human and thus emotional interaction and inspiration. This has resulted in her current portfolio of abstract paintings.
Henriette’s sculpture is about emotion, expressed through an attitude, a posture, a movement. Both the human figure and nature itself hold an everlasting fascination for her. Her artwork often is without a title, inviting the viewer to enjoy the piece in their own unique manner.
Henriette is the current Chair of the Surrey Sculpture Society.
‘I have always struggled with writing Artist Statements, mainly because the word ‘statement’ is so static and final. For me, my pieces are the beginning of a story, one in which I create their reason for being, but which may have begun a thousand years before or just yesterday. As I form them with my hands, my imagination builds their story, but it is not one to share with others, as they will naturally make their own stories, I merely provide the character.’
Angie describes herself as ‘an insatiable thief’, as she purloins from history, ancient and modern. She steals from all cultures and brings them together to create pieces which are deliberately ambiguous in date and origin whilst retaining a sense of the familiar. By using one material to portray another, she adds further to the contradiction.
Angie studied at Wimbledon School of Art as a mature student and has always preferred to work figuratively. She likes to work predominantly in clay and other malleable materials as it gives her greater control. She casts her own work as limited editions in bronze or resins.
Eric travels widely in Asia, Africa, Australia and New Zealand, providing inspiration for his work which is derived from natural forms and textures. Eric works in clay and casts in bronze resin. His work is found in public and private collections around the UK and Europe.
Helen has been a mixed media glass artist for over 18 years. She is self-taught and enjoys the freedom of exploration with no boundaries. She combines her love of nature with a fascination for found objects, especially vintage clock faces, copper pipe, and old tools. She creates almost 3D illusions in some of her work by painting on many glass layers which are then fused together into one solid piece of glass.
Helen has written tutorials for U.S. Glass Patterns Magazine and been featured in Brides Magazine. This year her work was chosen to be printed onto T Shirts in America to raise money for a sponsorship for a college art placement. Helen also does the window dressing for All Our Own Crafts, a shop dedicated to selling a mix of artists’ work in Hampshire.
Following a degree course in Graphic Design at Gloucester College of Art, Maria worked as a visualiser in an advertising agency, but now finds herself painting and illustrating.
She is inspired by colour and has always had a love of nature and flowers. The inspiration for her work comes mostly from her garden, nature reserves and travel.
Maria’s painting style has evolved, using vivid colouring techniques and a free, semi abstract style. She uses acrylic paints and sometimes combines them with ink and pen on paper, board or canvas. The balance between colour and line works well; the line doesn’t overwhelm but adds another dimension to her paintings.
By the time he was ten years old Miles had lived in five countries. After school he travelled in the Himalayas before learning Chinese at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. This led on to studying in China just as Chairman Mao died and the Cultural Revolution came to an end. His subsequent business career took him to every continent except Antarctica. A camera often accompanied him but it was only in 2011 that he decided to make Photography his main line of work.
Miles is now a full-time travel and landscape photographer. His work is held and in the permanent collection of the Falmouth Art Gallery in Cornwall and in a number of private collections. He is based in Teddington.
International Artist and Author, Soraya works in watercolours, oils, pastels, acrylics and mixed media with a variety of subject matters such as musicians, café scenes and African market scenes amongst others. Many of her subjects are travel based including people in everyday life situations. Light and colour are the two important elements in her paintings together with semi abstract passages with a sense of ambiguity.
She is a regular contributor to The Artist Magazine. The success of her two art books published by Harper Collins has brought her international recognition with a wide following. She also tutors and demonstrates her painting techniques to art groups and societies worldwide.
Soraya’s studio is based at Project Workshops in Hampshire. She is currently President of The Society of Women Artists, President of the Andover Art Society, and a member of The Society of Floral Painters.
Louise is a Papier-mâché artist from Surrey who originally studied three-dimensional design at Brighton University. Since then, she has enjoyed a variety of roles in the arts including teaching workshops to adults and children, managing Cranleigh Arts Centre and working as a freelance textile designer. More recently she was Artist in Residence at St Josephs Specialist School and College in Cranleigh.
Three years ago Louise changed her art form to Papier-mâché sculpture. She had researched her family history and wanted to tell the stories of the past generations through sculpture. She developed the idea of Papier-mâché heads, collaged their faces with the subjects’ birth, marriage and death certificates, used colour supplements to create their lips and hair and made jewellery from found and reclaimed pieces for a final touch. She then began to gain commissions to recreate family members for clients, using research they had gathered.
Most recently, in addition to her large head commissions and projects, she has been working on more accessible, smaller pieces and brooches. Louise aims always to start a talking point and make people smile. She has been very successful in doing that so far!
Paul has sold work all over the world as well as to the Royal family, and has exhibited at Chelsea flower show on many occasions.
His studio is set in the middle of the Hampshire countryside in Burghclere on the edge of a half acre pond/lake which, over the past ten years, he and his wife have tended to encourage as many of the birds he sculpts to visit.
His other great interest is Art Deco, and it is this that he combines in varying degrees with the endless supply of birds he sculpts, finding the clean lines of Art deco lending themselves perfectly to the aerodynamics of birds.
Much of his work is designed for outside, but he also works in highly patinated bronze which is cast at the renowned Pangolin foundry in Stroud.
Andrew is a former professional yachtsman with a passion for the natural world, who currently makes sculptures inspired by the dynamic qualities of nature.
His wind sculptures invite you to become conscious of the invisible air; to watch as the geometric grid of ‘tell-tales’ begins to reveal the currents, waves and vortices that interplay and swirl everywhere around you.
The beauty and subtlety revealed is a live experience of the wind itself. The wind, therefore, becomes the art object - the sculptures more like instruments that make it possible.
Fiona has worked as an artist since graduating from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne with a degree in Fine Art in 1984. Usually, but not exclusively, her paintings are based on landscape or still life, but are rarely directly representational. Paintings are often produced on the completion of a journey - either abroad or within the British Isles, and are evolved from memories, drawings and notes done on the spot. Music and literature sometimes provide additional source material.
Fiona is intrigued by how landscapes are shaped by us and our ancestors, leaving traces, marks and echoes. She collects objects such as stones, leaves and feathers which, when painted, create layers of texture, colour and interwoven history. She often paints and repaints canvasses so that traces of the original images remain and the work undergoes a process of metamorphosis.
Fiona is the great grand-daughter of the Pre-Raphaelite painter John Everett Millais.
Simon is a sculptor who works using heavy industrial steel. Based in rural Herefordshire, he creates abstract and figurative works of art from both found and new material. He takes the man-made architectural steel designs and lets them subtly dictate their new purpose.
Simon came late to sculpting, having spent 30 years in unrelated employment. Over the last five years he has been able to focus his full attention on sculpture and he has been successful in creating highly original artwork.
As he puts it, ‘I revel in being my own boss, working within art and on my own bespoke designs.’
Juliet is a Hampshire-based artist whose unique style uses elegant lines and curves to capture elements from everyday life. She studied for several years under internationally renowned sculptor Les Johnson. She works mainly in clay, producing original pieces in limited editions. These are moulded and cast either in bronze, aluminium, copper, iron or other resins, or cast in foundry bronze.
Juliet founded and curated The Sculpture Garden at Bramley Estate in 2009, one of the largest temporary sculpture exhibitions in the South East. Since 2016 the exhibit has been managed by Surrey Hills Enterprises in association with the Surrey Sculpture Society, of which she is a member.
Sam draws with steel, using heat and hammers. Her inspiration comes from the black, sweeping lines of Art Nouveau illustrations, and the structured organic forms of plants.
She predominantly uses cold, hard, linear steel, but by manipulating and controlling it using the flames from the forge, welding together and then sculpting with power tools, she aims to create pieces that have movement and life.
Sam was born in Brighton and grew up in Shoreham by Sea, where she currently lives, surrounded by the South Downs, River Adur and the sea.
She gained a BA (Hons) degree at Brighton University in 3D Design, and has exhibited her work at RHS Hampton Court Flower Show, RHS Wisley, BCTF Harrogate, Brighton, Adur, Arundel and Steyning Festivals.
Kate’s range of full figure horse sculptures and detailed head studies are all produced as limited editions and are designed to explore the vivacity, power and movement of horses.
The creation of each horse sculpture comes from the detailed study of the subject and the passion to explore the subject’s possibilities, discovering the elements that will combine to create an expression of the living being. Each idea is noted in sketches and maquettes until the final realisation is begun and a new sculpture begins to spring to life. Detailed knowledge of the bone structure and musculature of the horse is used to build the form; and knowledge of the horse’s anatomy allows the form to be shaped and the spirit of the animal to be shown in the finished sculpture.
Kate spent 10 years sculpting for the film, model-making and collectibles industries before reaching out on her own to explore all aspects of the equine form. Her studio in Kent is full of projects and possibilities.