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‘Art & Soul’ Exhibition

Art & Soul 2024 will be held from the 1st to 23rd June. 

 

More information on the guest artists who have been selected for the exhibition can be found below. 

 

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‘Art & Soul’ Exhibition

Featured Artists for 2024

Simon Probyn

Simon Probyn 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 man-made architectural steel designs and lets them subtly dictate a new purpose.
Simon came late to sculpting but over the last eight years he has been able to focus his full attention on his art and has been successful in creating highly original works, some of which have featured in award-winning Chelsea Flower Show gardens.

'Leaf Form' by Simon Probyn

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'Leaf Form' by Simon Probyn

Adam Warwick Hall

‘My present aim is to create a melange between nature and machine: aircraft and bird, aeroplane and whale, airplane and plant. As a sculptor I feel I should represent the world around me as I see and feel it. I am attracted to aircraft. They are a symbol of our modern world, they are our past, our present and, it seems, our future. Airplanes have history, glamour, action, service, ever-present reliance; they are form through function and I find their feminine beauty mesmerising.
‘My sculptures appear as if they could have grown rather than have been made - a previously undiscovered species or mechanised creature?’

'Hall Herringkel Mk 2' by Adam Warwick

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'Hall Herringkel Mk 2' by Adam Warwick

Andrea Meakin

Local artist, Andrea Meakin is known for her detailed pet portraits, wildlife, and seascape paintings, primarily in oil. Her artistic journey began at Rochester Art College, followed by a career that included extensive global travel as an airline cabin crew member and working onboard cruise ships including the QE2. These travels, filled with unique wildlife encounters, greatly influenced her wildlife-themed artworks.
Andrea won the Marwell Wildlife Zoo Award at the Southern Nature Art Exhibition 2023 and also won the SAA Amateur Artist of the Year 2023 People's Choice Award.

'Harbour Scene' by Andrea Meakin

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'Harbour Scene' by Andrea Meakin

Ellie Drake-Lee

Ellie creates beautiful, contemporary stained-glass designs for outside spaces, inspired by natural shapes and forms and set in bespoke steel frames. She uses traditional techniques to hand-build her sculptures incorporating exquisite textured and coloured glass, giving a quality of depth and life as the weather and seasons change. Her art draws in the observer, instilling a sense of calm contemplation as the sculptures nestle in harmony with nature.

'Triptych Elysium' by Ellie Drake-Lee

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'Triptych Elysium' by Ellie Drake-Lee

Helen Pittick

Helen is a contemporary artist and sculptor. She has exhibited in galleries and exhibitions internationally and her work is in many private collections. Notably in 2016 she was commissioned to produce a bronze horse sculpture for the late Queen Elizabeth II.
Helen’s paintings are inspired by the beauty of natural light, its influence on colour, shape and the landscape. She specializes in using golden and metal leaf, iridescent pigments and glazes. Each painting has many different techniques using mixed media pigments in many layers to create a contemporary but realistic painting.

'Forest Fire' by Helen Pittick

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'Forest Fire' by Helen Pittick

Teresa Martin

There is a strong sense of game-playing in Teresa Martin’s sculptures. Always pushing the boundaries of casting techniques, her use of materials and moulds enables original ideas to blossom - evident in her 35 years of teaching, with a career dedicated to making creativity available to all.
Teresa’s works may be cast in metal or stone resin, but the rhythmic manipulation of clay in differing states dictate the textural effects. The consistency of clay is affected by the passing of time and application to an armature, or into a mould, can become a performance - frantic, fiddly and fatalistic.

'Tortoises Bridging Over' by Teresa Martin

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'Tortoises Bridging Over' by Teresa Martin

Yeside Linney

Born in Nigeria, educated in England, Yeside Linney retired from teaching English at secondary level eleven years ago. She is a Surrey-based artist, her love of the countryside being the strongest influence on her work. She focuses primarily on semi-representational landscapes and vibrant abstracts mainly in acrylics and mixed media. She is developing an ongoing visual autobiography, examining sense of identity through the conflict of her British education and her denied Nigerian heritage.
Yeside has had considerable success: Runner-Up in the 2021 Surrey Artist of the Year competition, she also received national recognition winning both The Euan Millar Abstract Prize and The Susan Angoy Prize for an Artist of Black and Caribbean Heritage in The Woman in Art Award 2022.

'Elemental' by Yeside Linney

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'Elemental' by Yeside Linney

Michelle Castles

Inspired by the human figure in motion, Michelle specialises in dynamic wire sculptures which have a living quality, embracing a moment in time. Michelle’s work is deeply rooted in the traditional representation of human anatomy. Working in the contemporary material of steel wire allows light and shadow to enhance the sculpture in dramatic ways.
Michelle studied for her B.A hons at the University of Sunderland in 1998, thereafter pursuing her career in making sculptures for private and public spaces. She has created installations for public and private spaces around the UK and beyond.

'Athletes' by Michelle Castles

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'Athletes' by Michelle Castles

Dan Shipp

25 years ago, Dan picked up his first camera and he hasn’t seen the world in quite the same way since. He now spends a large proportion of his life underwater, buried in foliage, or on a windswept mountainside searching for gripping compositions of the incredible world we live in. Dan enjoys bringing his audience face to face with subjects ranging from dramatic landscapes to the unique personality of miniscule wildlife. He cares deeply for the environment and conservation. His award-winning imagery is regularly used by the BBC as well as numerous underwater publications and conservation initiatives worldwide. He currently shoots with a Canon DSLR camera and an array of equipment that he promises himself one day he will scale down.

'Beach light' by Dan Shipp

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'Beach light' by Dan Shipp

Jacqui Shipp

‘My favourite medium is paper, and I am known for my representational collages, fashioned from a fusion of recycled magazines, tickets, maps, recipes, labels, old photographs, poems, handwritten notes and doodles. Each piece is unique and has a story to tell - a narrative woven into the artwork from snippets of literature and images. I treat the printed colours like tubes of pigment, blending them to create the final composition.

‘I have just completed eight years as a travelling artist. My ideas come mainly from the people, landscapes, and wildlife I have encountered in faraway places. I have spent many hours underwater - scuba and free diving. This colourful world greatly aids my imagination. My clients include Formula 1, The Natural History Museum of London, EMI, and UK sports personalities.’

'Showtime' by Jacqui Darnell

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'Showtime' by Jacqui Darnell

Jeremy Moulsdale

Jeremy grew up in the beautiful landscapes of Shropshire and North Wales where he was instilled with a love for nature. Woking as a sculptor for over 20 years, he creates contemporary, figuratively based sculptures, that manifest the human spirit with lightness and grace. There is an ephemeral quality to his work, a poetic sense of reflection. His figures are often reaching out beyond themselves, connecting to nature, to spirit, to the sky. They invite us into a world of enchantment, reminding us of the wonder and mystery of life. Mostly self-taught, his creative practice is grounded in his exploration of meditation.

Jeremy works in clay and plaster, which is then cast in limited editions of bronze, bronze resin or iron resin. His sculptures are exhibited nationally and internationally and are in private collections in the UK and around the world.

'Birdie' by Jeremy Moulsdale

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'Birdie' by Jeremy Moulsdale

Sarah Goodfellow

‘I’m a fine art realist sculptor, primarily working in clay which is then moulded and cast either in resin or bronze. I’ve always had a creative drive but only came to sculpting in recent years. I went on to study anatomy and now work from accurate skull and skeletal dimensions, using hundreds of photos and the physical subjects themselves where I can.

‘I’m particularly inspired by capturing both the mood and form of my subjects. I always try to give the viewer a sense of an active ‘presence’. I find that a pose can impart so much meaning and can totally change the way that we respond emotionally to a sculpture. Conservation is something that I feel passionately about so where I can, I pledge to donate a proportion of the sales of my sculptures to the WWF.’

'Polar Bear' by Sarah Goodfellow

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'Polar Bear' by Sarah Goodfellow

Martin Duffy

Martin has been a professional figurative sculptor since 1996. His work covers a wide variety of subjects including dancers, children, animals, portraits and motor sport. He casts in bronze and other materials for the garden and home. As he says,

‘I try to create powerful and dramatic sculptures, which have a beauty of form. Sculpture should be tactile, drawing the viewer to want to interact physically as well as visually with the work. With a lifetime fascination with the way a body moves, I enjoy the challenge of capturing the essence of movement, balance and tension within a static sculpture.’

Martin’s is a regular exhibitor at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and in 2012 was commissioned to produce a sculpture for the entrance hall of one of the Olympic training venues.

'Leaping Boxing Hares' by Martin Duffy

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'Leaping Boxing Hares' by Martin Duffy

Jo Jones

‘My work is concerned with the human form and its relationships with and comparisons to landscape and environment. My sculptures are ambiguous, self-contained characters – quiet, contemplative, serene, with heads bowed or skyward looking – together yet apart. I have exhibited my sculptures in many places including Chichester Cathedral, the Bishop’s Palace Gardens at Wells, View Gallery Bristol, The Sculpture Show, Artspace, Cube Gallery Bristol, The Life Building City of London, Chapel Row Gallery Bath, and many more. My sculpture is in private collections in this country, Australia, USA and Denmark and also includes some commissioned portraits.’

'Child' by Jo Jones

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'Child' by Jo Jones

Kimberley Gundle

Kimberley was born in Johannesburg and completed her postgraduate in Fine Art at the Slade School of Fine Art, London in 1990 and is now a London-based artist.

Kimberley has her finger on the pulse of life, she reflects on our fragile existence through her creative practice. She is known for her bold and vibrant use of colour and works across an extensive range of media including sculpture, ceramics, painting and drawing. During lockdown, Kimberley made an outdoor sculpture entitled ‘Reclaiming Joy’ - in fibreglass and metal - a symbol of hope for the future.

'Reclaiming Joy' by Kimberley Gundle

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'Reclaiming Joy' by Kimberley Gundle

Sandy Easby

Ex professional dancer, Sandy hung up her ballet shoes when she became a mum and subsequently trained at Putney art college. Her focus is on sea and landscapes inspired by life in Cornwall and the Alps. Through her artistic endeavours, Sandy seeks to inspire others, encouraging them to see the world through a different lens and find solace in the interplay of colours, shapes, and emotions. By bridging the gap between her experiences as a professional dancer and her profound love for painting, Sandy creates a unique artistic language that leaves an indelible mark on the canvas and in the hearts of those who encounter her work.

'Loony Bothy' by Sandy Easby

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'Loony Bothy' by Sandy Easby

Ben Nicolas

Ben’s inspiration comes from the Natural world, during his travels. He captures the essence of a landscape using patterns, colours and light and transfers it to his organic forms. His material of choice is ceramic stoneware, from which he creates large architectural sculptures as well as smaller functional pieces. Ben uses a hand-building coil technique, glazed with metal oxides to give a natural look. His pieces are fired at a high temperature and therefore are frost-proof. Ben’s work is regularly exhibited at prestigious venues including The Fountain Gallery, Menier Gallery and High Clandon Vineyard.

'Shell' by Ben Nicolas

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'Shell' by Ben Nicolas

Lynn Fitzwalters

Lynn is a Surrey-based mosaicist who creates wall-hung pictures and garden art, including colourful stepping-stones, usually featuring naïve renderings of wildlife. She seems to have endless patience, spending many hours cutting and fitting tiny glass and ceramic tiles to produce memorable images.

'Xmas' by Lynn Fitzwalters

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'Xmas' by Lynn Fitzwalters

Emma Fenelon

Emma Fenelon’s sculptures are contemplative explorations of our inner and outer emotional landscapes. Enriched by her background in psychotherapy and shaped by a childhood influenced by constant relocations, her art resonates with themes of curiosity, a quest to understand belonging and the essence of shelter.

Working in clay, Emma Fenelon’s towers set the scene for a journey through the layered clay surfaces and internal spaces. Some routes to the top are clear and some hidden but there is always a way.

'Tower' by Emma Fenelon

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'Tower' by Emma Fenelon

Lucy Dorothy

Lucy is proud to have been voted ‘Surrey Artist of the Year 2023’.

She is a paper and textile artist who recently returned to University, wanting to build upon years of making with some formal teaching, and explore new techniques. She discovered a love of working with paper, culminating in the creation of a working pinball machine, made entirely from paper and designed to promote the ideology of learning through play. A paper dress Lucy made at the beginning of her course, was selected for the “Inspired by…” exhibition run in association with the V&A, and shown at the Morley Gallery, London.

Lucy also teaches regular workshops in both freehand machine embroidery and papercutting.

'Bird Life' by Lucy Dorothy

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'Bird Life' by Lucy Dorothy
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