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Weekend Showcase : Ashley Mackenzie (Artist)

16 May

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Every Friday, 1 creative, letting their work speak for itself.

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Ashley Mackenzie

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Ashley Mackenzie is an artist and illustrator based in Toronto, Ontario. Some of her clients include The New York Times, Scientific American and The New Republic. Though she loves the challenge of creating complex conceptual illustrations and finding new ways to navigate ideas visually she also enjoys making concept art and decorative illustration. When not drawing she can be found reading, playing videogames or thinking about her next project.

 You can find more about Ashley here:

http://ashmackenzie.com/

https://twitter.com/_ashmackenzie

 

 Thank you, as ever, for your interest.

On Monday there will be the final FreeSpace from writer Estrella Azul.  

 

 BE THERE AT THE START AND HELP US MAKE THE VIRTUAL REAL

Transformations Kickstarter Campaign

14 Twitter poets, 15 Twitter artists, 1 Contemporary reworking of Ovid’s Metamorphoses

Please do take a look: 

 Campaign short code

http://kck.st/1i2e721

Campaign Video short code

http://goo.gl/khucJx

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Weekend Showcase : Jack Morris (Artist)

2 May

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Every Friday, 1 creative, letting their work speak for itself.

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Jack Morris

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Old Trafford (ink on canvas)

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Artist’s Statement

“A line is a dot that went for a walk.”
 

So said Swiss-German artist, Paul Klee, and it is a quote which holds great visual and contextual relevance to my work. Indeed, my artwork is dedicated to analysing the subconscious exploration and emphatic celebration of the city, offering a critical yet liberated view on how we traverse and observe the grand cities and their conurbations. The notion that “a line is a dot that went for a walk” is utterly pertinent; it not only connotes the way in which the medium is applied linearly to the canvas, it is also metaphorically applicable to how it traverses freehandedly around the canvas, much as we may traverse a city.

I consider my art to be a form of cartography. However, rather than attempting accurately to replicate what the city looks like, I seek to convey what the city feels like; amalgamating the dynamic, vivacious, exciting and hostile ambiences of the urban landscape and illustrating them upon the canvas. It is a unique form of cartography, a visual representation of the atmospherically rich urban landscape.

 

 You can find more about Jack here:

http://www.jackmorris.org/

http://facebook.com/jackmorrisart

https://twitter.com/jackmorrisart

 

You can see Jack’s collaboration with poet Lucy Quin here  Part of our ‘Supporting Mental Health’ Anxiety/Release Collaboration.

Thank you, as ever, for your interest.

 

 BE THERE AT THE START AND HELP US MAKE THE VIRTUAL REAL

Transformations Kickstarter Campaign

14 Twitter poets, 15 Twitter artists, 1 Contemporary reworking of Ovid’s Metamorphoses

Please do take a look: 

 Campaign short code

http://kck.st/1i2e721

Campaign Video short code

http://goo.gl/khucJx

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Weekend Showcase: Anulade Creations (Artist)

29 Nov

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Every Friday, 1 artist/poet/writer, letting 1 piece of their work speak for itself.

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Anulade Creations

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I am a singer, artist and writer.

I paint with oils, acrylics, watercolours, produce digital art, sing, play the guitar and write original songs and books.

All my work is motivated by my desire to tell stories. I am fascinated by transformation. My digital art is produced through different phases, with images changing and evolving, allowing the viewer to find where there is a hidden image within.

Many of my paintings are produced firstly on Canvas using oil or acrylic paints and then evolve into a piece of digital art, others are produced entirely digitally.

I also produce bespoke ‘Rotational’ art for clients which involve personal meetings.  I spend time getting to know my client, in order to produce art that tells their story – in their words.  ‘Rotational’ art can be hung in four different ways, depending upon how the client wishes to see it.

My art is available as original canvases, or in extremely high quality limited edition prints. I am currently working on a series of ‘Rotational’ works to be reproduced on fabric.

I am also writing a series of story-telling songs which will be released in due course.

You can contact me on my website www.anuladecreations.co.uk

or through Twitter and Facebook.

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Do get in touch via the Comment box or @ArtiPeep if you would like to be showcased. You’d be more than welcome!

 

Weekend Showcase: Deborah Sheehy (Artist)

1 Nov

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Every Friday, 1 artist/poet/writer, letting 1 piece of their work speak for itself.

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Deborah Sheehy

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Artist’s Biography: 

In the times in between life and a day job Deborah is an artist, writer and occasional photographer. Scottish by birth, she currently resides in the hills, paths, and narrow streets of a South Wales valley. Home is shared with her Irish husband – a maker of marvellous meals – and a hound called Henry whose days are spent in a happy amble of walks, sleeps and rubs. 


Inspiration comes primarily in the form of nature, especially the wild and deserted places and the creatures who reside there, as well as the stories, myths and happenings of times gone by.

http://www.thehoneybeeandthehare.com/

https://twitter.com/honeybeeandhare

 

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Do get in touch via the Comment box or @ArtiPeep if you would like to be showcased. You’d be more than welcome!

 

Weekend Showcase : Heather Burns (Artist)

4 Oct

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Every Friday, 1 creative, letting their work speak for itself.

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Heather Burns

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 The Fence

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I have chosen to share this particular painting after much deliberation, as it marked the start of a very rich seam of responses to images and sketches that came from a long holiday spent in France over the summer of 2009. I made the painting of this and for ‘Lane’,’Chaos Granitique’ and ‘Meadow’ over the winter months of that year and into  the next up to Easter and beyond.

My ‘New Red Flower Painting’ 2013 came from a sketch made on that same holiday. I was surprised at how the paintings just seemed to make themselves and to totally evoke the particular time, feeling and experience of responding to the summer, whether in the sacred space of the lane, or the in the garden of the house where I was staying. I felt that I had come alive again as an artist through this holiday and experience. I was able to time-travel in the winter months through these pieces back to the exact time and place where the original sketch was made. This was a very special feeling for me, a revelation. I had done it before in previous works, like ‘Geronimo’s Window’ of 1989, but somehow thought that may have been a fluke somehow.

With ‘ The Fence’ I discovered I could repeat the experience. The texture of the leaves and the very particular style of French country fencing with its bleached blonde wood, came back into my consciousness completely. This was a wonderful surprise to me. The subsequent works such as ‘Lane’ flowed ever more urgently out of me. It was as if the time in France was made to last forever. The experience of looking at the work brings back the experience in a complete way that I view as a gift from the place. I wanted to share this with you.

‘The Fence’ surprised me when it manifested itself. It was almost as if the painting had made itself before I created it. Just as when a child is born and you think,’ I should have known it was you,’ I felt the same about this piece. It opened the door to so much more. It continues to influence current responses, namely the final piece that I have recently completed in the ‘Medea’ series for ‘Transformations’ for Artipeeps. Recent work may be more raw and abstract in nature, but it couldn’t have come into being without ‘The Fence’

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Artist’s Biography:

My name is Heather Burns and I am a practising Artist and Art Teacher at Clitheroe  Royal Grammar School, Clitheroe , Lancashire, England. I was brought up in St.Bees Cumbria, and attended the Village Primary School, and after that the Grammar School in the next town of Whitehaven.

The village of St.Bees still means home in so many ways, and I have revisited it many times over the years resulting in the series of paintings :’St.Bees Rocks’ which you can view on my website heatherburns.co.uk The red sandstone is so characteristic of the place, and the headland on the beach constantly drew me back.

The sea was always part of my days, especially as so much time was spent exploring the countryside and walking the dog. I always miss the sea, and that sense of something absent is what I am exploring currently with my Lyme Regis painting.

Childhood was spent largely outside playing and dreaming with the sea as a constant presence. I took it for granted a lot of the time, and it is only now when it is no longer with me that I appreciate the role that it plays for me. I can hear the sound of it as I write this for you.

I went to Leeds University to study Fine Art, and travelled to Norway to research Edvard Munch’s work as part of my studies. I was able to see the originals not on display in the store at the Munch Museum, and that memory remains with me to this day. His fluid mark making and uncompromising ability to explore many taboo areas still has an influence on my practice as in my recent ‘Medea’ work.

I then decided to take my Art Teacher’s Certificate at Leeds in the year following my degree. I also got married at the end of that year to the love of my life Tony. My first teaching job was at one of the Village Colleges in Cambridgeshire, and we spent the next three years there. The demands of teaching meant it was difficult to do much of my own work, but I did make large pastel drawings as they were relatively quick, and managed to keep going with some painting.

We moved to Ely in Cambridgeshire in 1983 and my eldest son Patrick was born there. I was very happy in our little cottage and kept going with my pastel drawing, but the demands of motherhood meant that my art took something of a back seat. The drawing I did do I was happy with, and I gradually got enough work together to have a show at ‘The Old Fire Engine House’ in Ely. I had stopped art teaching and was teaching English as a Foreign Language in Cambridge in the holidays so that I could spend more time with Patrick.

We moved to Clitheroe in Lancashire in 1987, as we were missing the hills and I wanted Patrick to have stony streams to play in. I quickly got an art teaching post at the Grammar School here covering a maternity leave. Our second son Simon was born in 1988. I’ve been here ever since.! It’s been a great place to raise a family. The school has also been a significant part of my life, and has a sixth form which I always wanted to include in my teaching.

As far as the development of my own work was concerned, I found a way of working whereby I would explore motifs in the landscape in the form of ‘recce’s’ often with the family, then I go back under my own steam and draw ‘plein air’ uninterrupted, then make my paintings back in the studio.

I had a show at the Haworth Gallery in Accrington, and gradually have managed to build a body of work that represents my interest in a sense of place and the narratives that they hold.

I am moving back to working in oils after experimenting with acrylic. I am finding this exciting as the resistance on the brush and the lush colour obtainable suits my work at the moment. I have learned a great deal over the years from the practicing artists that I have worked with, especially Ian Murphy whose thinking on colour taught me so much, and his uncompromising way of working in the landscape directly from the motif. All this came through my teaching and I am immensely grateful. These things come together to bring me to where I am now.

My work has recently been on show at my brother’s gallery in Askham , near Penrith, in the Lake-district, stuartbroadhurstceramics.co.uk and I am very appreciative of the opportunity to show my work there. It has been a great springboard for me. I am currently looking for a larger venue in the north of England to show my paintings, so that you can stand back to appreciate the scale as several are quite large. I always thought I would do my best work in my 50’s for some reason. My art has always been central to my life, and the need to create will always be there. If what I am trying to say through it can reach folk in some way it will make me very happy.

 

 You can follow Heather on Twitter here:

https://twitter.com/Heatherburns201

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* As Heather indicated, she is one of the 15 artists involved in our ‘Transformations’ poetry and art Exhibition at Hanse House in Norfolk, September 2014

Weekend Showcase: Artist, Danny C

5 Jul

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Every Friday, 1 artist/painter/poet/writer, letting their work speak for itself.

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Artist’s Biography:

My name is Danny and I live in California, USA. I have a variety of interests such as psychology, philosophy, fitness and art. Since my early childhood, art has been one of my passions… And although I majored in psychology, I took a few art classes in college and continued to draw/paint in my spare time. Whenever I’m painting, drawing, or writing… I feel a sense of tranquility and joy. As my high school art teacher used to say, you get lost in “the zone”. It is as if time disappeared and nothing else mattered at the moment; pure bliss. I have recently started to draw with charcoal (vine charcoal and charcoal pencils) and I’m loving it! Both of my featured drawings on the right side of the photo have been done with charcoal. As an artist, I will continue to strive for improvement and am excited for the future artworks to come!

If you’re interested, you can check my work on Instagram.
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Weekend Showcase: Ryan Atkins (Artist)

28 Jun

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Every Friday, 1 artist/painter/poet/writer, letting their work speak for itself.

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Ryan Atkins

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Artist’s Biography

“My name is Ryan Atkins and I’m a single working father that lives in Casper Wyoming, USA. I draw in my spare time yet I hope to draw full time very, very soon! I’ve drawn my entire life yet have only had a semester of Art in college. I love drawing female figures, mainly faces and portraits. I also enjoy comic book style fantasy art, sketching and the occasional side walk chalk art. You can check out more of my work at theryanatkins.blogspot.com
I can be reached publicly via @theryanatkins  or via email theryanatkins@gmail.com

 

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Weekend Showcase: Oliver Pratt (Fine Artist)

7 Jun

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Every Friday, 1 artist/painter/poet/writer, letting their work speak for itself.

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Oliver Pratt

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In my mind I don’t like to say I’m an artist, I don’t know what but when I saw I’m at university and people ask me what I study I seem to hesitate before I say “I study fine art”. I don’t know why I do as I love art, it’s my subject at university, my hobby and a major factor in what job I take after university. Within my work I’m always moving from one thing to the next, I have the urge to go and make something if I draw it or have taken a photo. And this has led to me form an interesting method of practice that has helped me with my work.

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And one of my favourite endeavours from this was my project “Night time gallery”, this project came apparent when I noticed that the car park near where I live is vacant at night but is open 24 hours. Also at the same time I had started making my installation piece I call “spikes” and I needed to get a large enough space to set them up, so one night I packed up my installation and with my camera went over to the car park and took photos of my work. From this I discovered that it was a interesting image seeing these different sized “spikes” in a place you wouldn’t expect to find them. This “night time gallery”was the beginning, for the rest of the week I chose to take my “spikes” and set them up in empty areas at night to take photographs.

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The places I went to were selected based upon the reason that during the day they are busy and are unavailable until the evening. I started off in the car park and over the course of the week I got more adventurous until I got to the point I was setting them up in the city centre in front of a bank. Alongside the photography I was developing the spikes to overcome the problems I found during the project, things like being blown over by the wind or being susceptible to rain. All of these things were taken care of by using thicker materials and adding bags of rice into the base of each spike, and by doing this I was able to be more adventurous with where I would place the spikes.

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You can find out more about Oliver and his work  here:

http://oliverpratt.weebly.com/

https://twitter.com/oliver_pratt

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If you are a creative from any discipline and would like to be showcased please do get in touch via the comment boxes on any of out posts or pages. Or contact me via @ArtiPeep

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Weekend Showcase: Lisa Risbec (Artist)

5 Apr

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Every Friday, 1 artist/painter/poet/writer, letting their work speak for itself.

nb. This week we are doing something slightly different in as much as Lisa has chosen more than one piece to represent herself. This is a direct reflection of her present state in transition as an artist

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Lisa Risbec

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I am an artist (it has taken me a while to say that and I still struggle to say it out loud!) and my work flows between textiles, crafted piece, photography, collage, drawing, printmaking and animation. I create surreal worlds, dreamlike images and handmade oddities and objects. Using vivid colours and rough textures I like to explore the unseen and the hidden.

I studied Photography and filmmaking at university 6 years ago, and I have been searching for another way to express my creativity, and keep coming back to making things by hand. I have made films using images and textures and taken photographs of musicians incorporating handmade elements.

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Still image from The Moss Witch

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Image of musician Gwendolen

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I’m experimenting with printmaking and art journaling and taking photographs of things that inspire me and I also sing and have begun to experiment with music and writing, mainly stream of consciousness and poems to try to work into songs.

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I am currently part of Islington Mill Art Academy, which is a ‘a peer-led experiment into alternative modes of art education.’ http://islingtonmillartacademy.blogspot.co.uk/

Using this group as support, and learning from them, I am attempting to school myself in fine art, and develop my artistic practice into something that fits with the kind of artist I am. As part of this I am working on a project at the moment and have begun documenting some wasteland near to my studio, mainly the nature that persists there. I’m still working out how to express my thoughts and findings in a visual way. I’m also designing and making work to sell in my online shop ‘Thinking of Foxes’ I love making something out of nothing and finding inspiration in many places especially new places.

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Wasteland project

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Swedish forest quilt

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This is on top of running an art workshop and having a part time job! I definitely need to pace myself! I have my fingers in a lot of pies and my aim is to simplify everything down into an artistic practice where I can follow my current interests and express myself in whatever medium feels right at the time, without feeling the pressure of trying to do everything all at once. And I’m still trying to work out how! Any tips much appreciated 

www.lisarisbec.co.uk contains links to the films, blog and etsy shop

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Do get in touch via the Comment box or @ArtiPeep if you would like to be showcased. You’d be welcomed!

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