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Philip Tonkyn – Photographer
PHILIP TONKYN (HARVEST EXHIBITION)
Philip Tonkyn’s career as an artist, illustrator and art teacher has spanned over forty years. He has an MA in Art and Graphic Design and is a member of the Society of Industrial Artists and Designers (MSIAD). Before returning to Glastonbury he was Director of Art at the Portsmouth Grammar School. His work has been widely published, and five of his works have recently been selected for the Royal West Academy’s Open and Photography Exhibitions.
Brought up in Glastonbury and initially having studied sculpture at Somerset College of Art, Philip Tonkyn later became well known as an airbrush artist and illustrator of numerous books, magazines, and record covers. He now specialises in photography, which he uses to create numinous glimpses of a magical Otherworld, where matter and spirit meld in the marriage of landscape and light. Merging up to twenty-one photographs into large composite landscapes, he recreates the magical moment – of necessity one of great stillness, for only when the world ‘holds its breath’ can the component photographs be taken. At these moments he feels that the world is transfigured with beauty and insight of our deeper being may be found.
Raamy Nadim – Potter
The inspiration for the work comes from my Egyptian heritage. I find both ancient and modern Egyptian pots to be beautiful, having an elegant strength and simplicity of line. I have been working with clay for many years; I find it a challenge and a beautiful medium to work with. I throw two types of clay; the first is white firing smooth professional stoneware clay, which I use for the oven to tableware that I design. The pieces are glazed using professional quality glazes that complement the forms I make. I throw a variety of practical yet beautiful items including bowls, dishes, large plates, casserole dishes, and large jars, with turned foot rings where appropriate. The second type of clay I throw is textured stoneware clay normally used for hand-building. This clay enables the larger pots to achieve a unique physical and visual strength. Each piece has a tension of its own and a satisfying weight and balance.
Anne Carpenter – Artist
Anne Carpenter has worked with fabrics for very many years, starting with small ‘Fashion’ collages which she sold through Liberty and Heals in London. Her technique has developed to encompass architectural themes, animals and still-life subjects, with figurative and abstract interpretation. Anne has sold extensively to the US and in Europe and has exhibited widely, including the European Buildings in Brussels, Strasbourg twice and in Paris. Her results are achieved by ‘ Painting with Fabric’. The pictures are strongly three-dimensional in appearance by judicious use of net and tulle. Although the general impression is of precise realism, the very medium of the fabric ensures that, on closer inspection, the finish is in fact quite abstract. In the work there is no drawing or stitchery, it is not embroidery. All materials are hand-cut using scissors and pinking-shears and fixed by PVA adhesive.
Susie Needham – Artist
The Pencil of Nature is the term coined, and the title of a book, by 19th-century polymath William Henry Fox Talbot to describe his invention, photography. Using just sunlight and photo-sensitised paper he found he could make accurate representations of the world around him, something he felt he singularly failed at as an aspiring artist. The product of this process became known as photograms, photographic images made without a camera, and it is the medium used by Susie Needham in her fine artwork.
Susie Needham finds images using a pin-hole camera to record new and unexpected viewpoints and the development of cameraless photography has become a special interest for her over the last 10 years.
Bernadette Ash – Painter
I have spent almost all of my life making images, but the paintings are a long way from the early cool black, white and grey images on film which I made as a radiographer. Eventually, my need to paint compelled me to change direction so I resigned from my post as Superintendent Radiographer at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London and went to art school, first to the Byam Shaw then to Camberwell School of Art.
27 years ago I moved to Somerset and this landscape, which is so rich, is central to my work. Abstracting from the landscape and still being tied by its immense visual impact is a constant challenge. During the recent abundance of summers, colour and the hotter side of the palette have become of increasing importance in the work, especially in landscape.
Gail Mason – Artist
Having completed a Masters in Multidisciplinary Printmaking at the University of the West of England in 2004, Gail Mason’s work
is primarily concerned with the positive impact of colour on the senses. The body of work on show at Blue Cedar Gallery explores the natural world and takes a playful look at the ideas of Home and Gardens.
She is the recipient of awards from the National Contemporary Printmaking show ‘Originals’ 08 in London and the Royal West of England Autumn Open Exhibition where the work was described as ‘ incredibly joyous, peaceful and arresting’. (Venue) and recently received the Print Prize at the huge selling show of the Bath Society of Artists.