I am influenced by how we do or do not relate to Nature in this modern world. Drawing on 30 years experience working with rivers and coastlines, trying to understand and work with natural processes, this now influences my painting and sculpture. My painting is abstract, bold and worked quickly and intuitively. My sculptural inspiration is often derived from the materials I encounter within my personal environment, using texture, light, maybe movement and sometimes colour. Whilst resisting ‘labelling’, I am not without higher motivations; wild environment, human form and the spirit of place matter greatly to me.
Laina has lived in Reydon, Nr. Southwold, for 10 years and has become increasingly absorbed in painting the surrounding area. She has always loved painting and drawing and is continually looking at new techniques and mediums.
Her studio will be open to visitors on 22 & 23 June 2019 as part of Southwold Arts Festival’s Open Studio Trail. She has work at the Ferini Gallery, Pakefield, and will be exhibiting at Beccles Society of Artists and Southwold Art Circle annual exhibitions.
Laina works mainly in oils and pastel, but also enjoys mixed media and watercolour. She can be contacted via her website at www.lainawest.co.uk
Mark Burrell is one of the leading members of the ‘North Sea Magical Realists’ and lives by the coast in Lowestoft Suffolk.
He is a painter of visionary imagination and multiple stories are interwoven throughout the work. But this world does not need to be understood to be enjoyed, because the imagined narrative is always secondary to feeling, atmosphere and color, where jewel like qualities merge with fine detail. This is a land of light and shadow, subtle and mysterious, not just fantasy or dark fairy tale, but more the experience of the human condition. One is reminded of old stained glass windows, as light seems to shine out of the paintings often in the form of sunsets, full moons, or some magical source.
Mark’s work has appeared on television six times. He was awarded ‘First Prize’ by Bill Oddie on the program ‘ Moving Art’ hosted by George Melly and interviewed by Wendy Sister Beckett.
In London, he has won the Lucy Morrison Memorial Prize at the Royal Overseas League and has had work exhibited in The House of Commons and the Royal Academy. Internationally Mark has shown in New York USA at The Interart Gallery, The Jarvis Centre, and Williamsburg Historical Center, and also in France, Norway and Holland.
Closer to home Marks work has been shown in London at The Mall Galleries (Discerning Eye), The Tripp Gallery, The Splinter Gallery, Le Chat Noir Gallery, Logos Gallery, as well as The Fruit Market Gallery Scotland; The Minories Colchester, Chappel Galleries Essex, Assembly House Norwich, and Norwich Castle, and resident artist at The Ferini Gallery Suffolk.
Mark also paints realist portraits and commissions are considered.
My products include:-
– stained glass panels or sculptures with legs that can be “planted” in the garden
– 2D wallart designed to hang on walls inside or outside
– horseshoes with stained glass centres
– stained glass hanging ornaments that can be placed in the garden all year or used as suncatchers or decorations inside.
I offer the unique service of putting stained glass centres into horseshoes with special memories attached to them that people send me.
I sell my work via my online SaatchiArt, Etsy and Ebay showrooms. The links to which are on my website www.stainedglassgardenart.com
In recent years my sculptures have been used in show gardens at Gardeners World Live, the Sandringham Flower Show and the Harrogate Spring Flower Show.
I graduated from Liverpool College of Art in 1967, with a Hons Degree in Fine Art, Painting ,
Weaving and Art History. I have exhibited nationally in numerous one-person and group
shows since 1979 and taught art until 2001. I am a member of the Norwich 20 Group.
I graduated with a BA(Hons) in fine art as a mature student in 1986 and have been mostly painting ever since showing my work in many exhibitions in, Norwich, Ipswich, Sudbury taking part in the Gainsborough touring exhibition of drawings, in Bury St Edmunds, Stoke-on Trent, Halesworth, and Aldeburgh for the last 4 years. I have also tutored art classes for over 14 years and continue this in Beccles. For the last ten years I have added collages and sculptural assemblages to my repertoire. I am very interested in the found object and mostly work on driftwood and found and gifted wood. I use the wood to give me ideas for the piece if the wood speaks to me that way. I also use myths, legends, history and other artists as inspiration. I often make and write small books to go with bigger works which contain research information and maybe my own poems. I open my studio every year for Suffolk Open Studios event and will be open for the middle two weekends in June.
I use images of the many places I have visited and lived, Suffolk being recent and current.
The fascination of this landscape of marshes, muddy estuaries and beaches of pebble,
grasses and shingle, provides an endless source of inspiration.
With the right atmospherics, anything and everything can reflect a powerful beauty – from a sunset or a mountain, coastlines, fields and islands, to a moody thunderstorm at sea.
My recent paintings are very much about a sense of place and weather, and painterly
concerns such as texture, colour, shape and surface. I have not attempted accurately to
record or recreate, but to evoke the landscape of the real, remembered and imagined.
While the experiences are autobiographical, the images I make are carefully mediated
memories of the many and varied landscapes through which my life has passed.
These paintings of unpopulated places have an emotional charge. As an artist I choose and
edit the scenes, setting the stage for viewers to bring their imagination and private meaning
to these places, and wanting the painting to evolve its own life and meaning. Different
places in the landscape trigger memories of a shared past: the paintings are also enquiries
into unfamiliar spaces and attempt to create something unpredictable, beyond the subject.
Kasia is a freelance artist and creative workshop practitioner. Kasia’s primary interests are in experiential art, ranging from the practice of observational drawing through to costume and immersive theatre arts. Kasia runs various creative workshops, her main interest being the process of observational drawing. Kasia’s approach to drawing is conceptual, sensory and experimental. Kasia enjoys delivering creative sessions that enable participants to become completely absorbed by their creative processes. Kasia runs regular weekly drawing workshops at The Cut in Halesworth.
I founded Nutmeg Puppet Co in 1979 and with a group of actors, theatre directors and writers, composers, musicians and visual artists have produced shows for schools, small theatres and festivals since then. I have also trained young makers and performers on the job. We worked for the Broads Authority for over 20 years, making and touring puppet shows based on considerable research and inspired by the ecology, plants, animals, social history, and folk tales of the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads. We also specialise in shadow puppetry, running workshops and making shows for adults and children. I make short films (Spooky Folk) and have taught animation (The Sound of Wangford). With Jenny Nutbeam I have made textile hangings for environmental organisations. I work with natural materials, leading family workshops to make puppet characters – animals, people, mysterious beings – and more recently creating installations (Waveney River Sculpture Trail, Craftco window, Southwold). A strong focus of my work has always been to try to re-engage people with the natural world, and to encourage children and adults to make things well using proper hand-tools. I teach the same methods as I use in my own installations.