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25 October 2019 – 27 October 2019
Seven artists with a diverse range of styles, approaches, interests and backgrounds unite with the objective to create a colourful and evocative exhibition in the heart of Brighton.
SEVEN promises to incorporate an eclectic mix of two- dimensional artwork, resulting not only from the myriad of processes and media used, but also from the naturally occurring variety of influences and passions of the respective artists.
The whole is more than the sum of its parts…
The exhibition is open on Friday 25 October from 12pm and there will be a launch event in the evening at 6 – 8pm ALL WELCOME
About the Artists
From a young age Lilly Yates enjoyed making art because it was ‘fun’. This childhood experience of making art, led Lilly to pursue studying the arts further. In 2005 Lilly completed an art foundation in Surrey and in 2010 received a BA honours in Fine Art. For Lilly, creating art became a cathartic process, finding refuge and solace. This relationship with art led Lilly to complete an MA in Art Psychotherapy at Goldsmiths University of London. Lilly now works in this field in the NHS. Lilly is a landscape artist and her paintings are formed from her own photos, where she then creates her own landscape photomontages. From these photomontages, Lilly will then paint her own larger landscapes onto canvas. Lilly engages in visual games with landscape by taking on conventional western landscape painting and then renegotiating it to examine new avenues of possibilities.
Janet Cawthorne grew up in London, and graduated from the University of Hertfordshire with a first class degree in Cognitive Science and Psychology. After qualifying as a secondary school teacher, she enjoyed teaching A Level Psychology for many years whilst simultaneously pursuing her passion for Art and Photography – finally returning to education part-time in order to fuse hobbies with career. For the past ten years she has taught Art and Photography, and has found it extremely rewarding to use her enthusiasm for art to help inspire students to create their own work. The study and teaching of both Psychology and Art have fuelled a lifelong fascination with mental processes, perceptions, communication, emotions and human relationships. Particular areas of interest include ambiguity, differing viewpoints and their effect on perception, the different processing styles of the left and right hemispheres of the human brain and mental health. Janet feels strongly about the need for a compassionate, inclusive and collaborative society, and also in the power of art to support, enhance and communicate valuable ideas and encourage a philosophical approach.
Born in 1986, Sam Flylightly had an eclectic home life in Sussex and the Florida Keys. A reverence for the ocean and storytelling has greatly influenced her choice of subjects as an artist. The development of her painting style has since been organic, evolving from watercolours to large-scale acrylic washes – with detailed linework an echoing factor, and water an ongoing theme. Despite artistic training from an early age, Sam worked to achieve a BA in Anthropology at Goldsmiths University of London, choosing to dedicate time to her practice outside of study halls. Since graduating in 2011, Sam has participated in several group exhibitions in London, West Sussex and Key West, FL. USA, and was invited to become a member of the Sussex Art Association (ASA) in 2016.
Polly Farrell studied art at college but remained an amateur artist while she pursued a career in management. From Crawley in Sussex, Polly always wanted to live by the sea and in 2017, she became a professional artist, and moved to Saltdean, just outside Brighton, selling paintings, prints and hand-painted glass/ceramic ware. She opened a studio and gallery at her home in 2019, where she has a clear view of the sea when she’s creating. Polly has always been fascinated by art deco and art nouveau genres and her signature style is colourful art deco inspired work, often with faux stained-glass backgrounds. She was recently commissioned to produce the artwork for a CD inlay. Polly also produces acrylic, graphite and coloured pencil portraits, including ‘icons’. At her recently opened studio, Polly teaches beginner classes in glass, ceramic painting and drawing, utilising her 30 years of experience. In June 2018, she began volunteering once a week with young people, encouraging them to try different art forms. She started a local art club in September 2019 and wants to bring the vibe and excitement of an artist’s network to Saltdean.
Madeleine De Angelis
Madeleine De Angelis is a Brighton contemporary artist with a career in fashion and textile design. She studied fashion design at Eastbourne College of Art and Design and then won a bursary to Harrow School of Art to further her studies. A passion for vintage clothing soon developed as she appreciated the beauty and unseen structure, and this background has been pivotal in creating and understanding form. The importance of colour, texture and movement through the use of a palette knife is an integral part of Madeleine’s acrylic paintings – and she also creates charcoal artworks evoking impressions of light, depth and balance. Photography and observation are the foundations for Madeleine’s art which is based on nature, and she uses her enthusiasm to teach young children the joy of experimentation and exploration.
Kirsi K (1981) is a Finnish born painter, artisan graduate and visual artist currently living and working in Brighton UK. She mainly experiments with acrylic painting and mixed media. Her work is a combination of dream and reality, documenting life around her. She is interested in exhibition opportunities, commissions and collaborations.
Cris Morales is a contemporary artist based in Brighton. Originally from Spain, she has lived in the UK for over 10 years where she became a qualified accountant. Before moving to the UK she lived in countries such as Norway, Ireland & UAE, and it is the stunning landscapes she saw in these countries that have inspired and influenced the themes in her paintings, such as forests and aurora borealis. She started painting over four years ago using oil paints, and uses a ‘wet-on- wet’ technique for her landscape and seascape paintings. She also uses a pointillism technique with acrylic paints, to create mandalas – where she strives to form beautiful and balanced images. She wants her paintings to convey that beauty and calmness to the observer as well as striving to awaken feelings and longing for travel – and discovering beautiful and quirky places. She was a member of the Crawley Art Society and has exhibited at The Hawth in Crawley.
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