‘Art & Soul’ Exhibition

Every year 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 2021

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Adam Aaronson

Surrey-based, Adam Aaronson specialises in free blown glass. His coloured patinas draw on painterly techniques and are predominately inspired by a love of nature, especially the play of light on water and the landscape. He is a consummate colourist and the Impressionist painters have been a significant inspiration for his work.

‘I explore the organic form of each sculpture, celebrating the natural flow and force of molten glass, sometimes leaving behind traditional requirements for functionality.’

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Allan Mackenzie

After completing courses in Commercial Art and Graphic Design at the Worthing College of Art, Allan pursued a career within the construction industry. During that period, he maintained his artistic interests and obtained various commissions including public art which remains on permanent display. Allan is now a full-time sculptor primarily forming in clay and casting in cold metals and resin stone from his studio in East Sussex.

'On The Look Out' by Allan Mackenzie

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'On The Look Out' by Allan Mackenzie

Andrea Meakin

After attending Art College in Rochester, Andrea continued painting whilst following a career in travel and tourism. Her interest in wildlife and the world meant that everywhere she travelled she had the opportunity to capture beautiful photographs of wildlife and local people, some of which she has painted.

Although her current focus is animal portraits in oils, she creates artwork for a variety of subjects - including people, still life, landscapes, seascapes and sports scenes.

'Owl' by Andrea Meakin

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'Owl' by Andrea Meakin

Andy Bendix

Andy lives on the slopes of Blackdown in the Surrey Hills. She likes to model animals, life size if possible, but also occasionally humans - her previous training in human biology triumphing. Her figures, either human or animal are very rarely from a single model. The idea comes first. She then visits farms, galleries, takes photos, sources images on the internet and from books. The piece evolves day by day. She doesn’t always seek anatomical accuracy but works with the mantra – ‘if it looks right, it is right’.

Andy shows her work in various UK exhibitions and her sculptures are held in private collections in the UK and Europe.

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Barry Fry

Based in Hampshire, Barry is a self-taught artist who takes his inspiration in urban and rural landscapes from his travels both at home and aboard. Painting mainly with acrylic and oils, he uses pallet knives and other scrapers such as old credit cards to explore the use of colour, light and tone. He believes in taking risks in order to give a painting its spirit and vitality. Such risks manifest themselves in the way he sees or interprets a subject - to try and ‘see beyond seeing’. What is then in his head may be beyond reality – but translating that is what makes the work exciting.

'All Alone in Unison' by Barry Fry

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'All  Alone in Unison' by Barry Fry

Beth Richardson

Beth Richardson´s paintings challenge our perceptions of the ordinary as mundane, and through intriguing imagery, suggestive narratives and ambiguous compositions, she invites us to join a conversation, often with inanimate objects, in reflecting on our own human nature and how interconnected we are with the world around us.

Beth is an international selling artist showing in significant galleries and shows within the art world. Collectors from around the world are slowly discovering, to their delight, the profundity of her paintings.

'Mop' by Beth Richardson

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'Mop' by Beth Richardson

Darren Dearden

‘From bold and abstract composition of shape, contour and colour to intricate textured work I continue to push my painting in all directions, evolving in subject matter, media and styles. Although sometimes simple in appearance and creating underlying emotions, my work is complex and carefully crafted to the enquiring mind. My work reflects thoughts and aims to lift the spirit and promote a sense of harmony. Inspired by events, my work is a celebration of life and all its layers and relationships.’

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Gilbert Whyman RSS

Gilbert qualified in Architecture at Manchester University, studied sculpture at Kensington & Chelsea and metal sculpture at Morley College and South Thames College. He teaches part time at Heatherley’s School of Fine Art, Richmond Adult Education College and The Art Academy, London. He works in clay, welded steel, terracotta and recycled materials.

He is a member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors and has exhibited widely, notably at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. Gilbert's work is in private collections in the UK, New York, and Australia.

'Stag' by Gilbert Whyman

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'Stag' by Gilbert Whyman

Graeme Lougher

Surrey based and with a background in model and prop making for TV and films during the 90s, Graeme is also an accomplished sculptor. As he says,

‘The majority of my finishes are in bronze and iron. I love myth and folklore, woodland and mysterious surroundings. My figurative work is sculpted in clay, wax and fibreglass. I like realism and working at life-size. I want my sculptures to tell a story with movement and mood.’

'Jack Frost' by Graeme Lougher

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'Jack Frost' by Graeme Lougher

Jennie Phillips

Dorking sculptor, Jennie, started working with clay from an early age, mostly hand-building pots, but later in her teens working on the potter’s wheel. It was not until she retired from teaching that she decided to take up sculpture. Her motivation comes from numerous sources, largely from a love of animals, but also from a fascination with movement, posture and line in the human form. She aims to capture a moment that expresses the character, spirit and vitality of her subject. Jennie casts her own work using bronze, marble and iron resin and is a member of Surrey Sculpture Society.

'Horse' by Jennie Phillips

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'Horse' by Jennie Phillips

Jo Jones

Jo studied sculpture at Goldsmiths College under Ivor Roberts-Jones and Michael Kenney and then attended Reading University for a postgraduate teaching year. Her work is concerned with the human form and its relationship with and comparisons to landscape and the environment. Her sculptures are ambiguous, self-contained characters – quiet, contemplative and serene with heads bowed or skyward looking – together yet apart.

Jo’s sculpture is held in private collections in the UK, Australia, USA and Denmark and also includes some commissioned portraits.

'Close Form' by Jo Jones

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'Close Form' by Jo Jones

Joe Szabo

Joe creates 2D and 3D contemporary glass art, always experimenting with new ideas and techniques. He loves sharp contrasts and enjoys stepping away from glass as the primary medium combining it with other media. For his sculptures, he makes mild and stainless-steel metal frames and then inserts stained glass or Dalle de Verre panels in them.

In his 2D works, Joe uses leaded glass and copper foil techniques. He usually combines glass and ceramic as the latter has a different texture from that of the glass surface and can add depth. Joe works at his studio in Buckland, Surrey.

'Spring Awakening' by Joe Szabo

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'Spring Awakening' by Joe Szabo

Jonathan Hateley

Having created props for the musical “The Phantom of the Opera” and the English National Opera, Jonathan sculpted for models and effects in TV and film. In 2003 he began creating his own work, thus turning his passion into a career. All aspects of the natural world inspire Jonathan. Working in clay, he enjoys the challenge of creating from both the real and imagined. Through his close observation and manipulation of materials, Jonathan creates detail and texture or surface bas-relief on his sculptures, which are hand finished and painted to accentuate the relief.

Jonathan’s sculpture has been exhibited widely, both in the UK and Internationally.

'Winter Facing' by Jonathan Hateley

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'Winter Facing' by Jonathan Hateley

Kim Cody

Kim was a teacher of art and design for thirty-five years before moving to Brittany in 2002, where she lived and worked for twelve years. Her paintings have become completely non-representational, consisting of lines, shapes, tones, textures, colours and feelings gathered from her life and surroundings. They are about boundaries and borders. The paintings are often heavily textured and may be worked in oils or acrylics mostly using a very limited pallet of colours.

Kim exhibits regularly in France and the UK and her work is in collections worldwide. Since 2014 she has been living and working in Farnham, Surrey.

'Yellow Line' by Kim Cody

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'Yellow Line' by Kim Cody

Michael Crook

After leaving Art college Michael moved to Surrey, setting up a studio and exhibiting at art and craft shows throughout the South of England, before a first gallery exhibition in 1991. Michael has been creating and developing his art constantly throughout his sculpting career and in 2020 appeared on BBC TV’s ‘Home Is Where The Art Is’ series.

‘When creating my sculptures I’m inspired by the simple line and movement of a chosen subject matter - utilising the unique qualities of both wood and stone to capture its fundamental beauty - committing myself to creating an individual piece of art, rather than accurate representation.’

'Ash Flight' by Michael Crook

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'Ash Flight' by Michael Crook

Paul Harvey

Birds being an interest from an early age, having kept numerous species as pets, Paul was keen to carve them in wood. Their delicate features didn’t readily lend themselves to woodcarving, so the design had to be simplified - a style that, combined with his other great interest - Art Deco - forms his work today, even though working in bronze now gives an almost unlimited freedom of design.

Paul has sold work all over the world as well as to the Royal family and is a regular at Chelsea Flower Show. His studio is set on the edge of a half-acre pond/lake, which over the past fifteen years he and his wife have turned into a small nature reserve, encouraging many of the birds he sculpts to show themselves in their natural light.

'Kestrel' by Paul Harvey

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'Kestrel' by Paul Harvey

Simon Connolly

Simon creates original work from his studio in Shropshire, overlooking Wenlock Edge. Much of his work is inspired by personal observation of the British countryside and by life in a rural community. His work focuses on relationships and interactions. He seeks to capture something of the emotional and physical energy between individuals and within larger groups. He creates compositions involving people, flocks of birds and shoals of fish. He creates work in foundry bronze, bronze resin, iron resin and stoneware clay.

Simon’s piece, ‘Ludlow Races’, was hung at The Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy in 2012.

'Birdsong' by Simon Connolly

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'Birdsong' by Simon Connolly

Sue Nicholson

Having photographed wildlife as a hobby during her career years, Sue felt on retirement that sculpture might be an absorbing extension of this. It has since grown into an enduring passion. Working firstly in clay, she creates texture to suggest fur, feather and muscle, implying individuality through expression or attitude. Finally, she casts limited editions of her sculptures in bronze or slate resin and exhibits regularly. Her work is in private collections throughout the UK.

'Do Not Disturb' by Sue Nicolson

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'Do Not Disturb' by Sue Nicolson

Susie Lidstone

Susie is well known for her botanical watercolours and her highly detailed paintings of properties locally and internationally. She is an elected member of The Society of Floral Painters, the United Society of Artists and The Society of Architectural Illustrators. Suzie was runner-up in Surrey Artist of The Year 2018. Her own range of limited-edition prints, cards, notelets, calendars and home wares are available online and in local shops.

'Foxgloves' by Susie Lidstone

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'Foxgloves' by Susie Lidstone

Veronica Dance

Veronica carves exclusively in natural stone because she enjoys creating unique works of art which possess that special, ‘must touch’, tactile quality unique to polished rock. Working in a variety of stone and styles, she especially loves the colours, translucent nature and finish that are possible with alabaster.

Much of Veronica’s sculpture is inspired by nature and wildlife, including her figurative subjects. She has enjoyed success as a finalist at the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation Wildlife Artist of the Year Competition at the prestigious Mall Galleries in London.

'Ice Bear' by Veronica Dance

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'Ice Bear' by Veronica Dance

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'Stag' by Gilbert Whyman