fine art and estate agency in central tunbridge wells
Anna Brice Cockland
Acrylic on Canvas
“Purely enjoying the act of creating".”
I have discovered over the years that I have little to no patience when creating. This is probably why I fell in love with photography. Because it is instant! This, combined with digital editing, allows me to work spontaneously with no consequences at all. An instinctive attitude is important to maintain, as the process I have developed is fuelled by experimentation. Being an interdisciplinary artist and combining these two techniques, has allowed me to develop a process that is hugely expandable.
Personally, I find that one of the most refreshing creative activities is to draw with my four-year-old niece and my nephews who are six and two. Spending our time scribbling with harsh colour schemes and scratching at the paper with blunt crayons, being expressive. Purely enjoying the active creating. working void of accuracy or perspective, with no expectations, reminds me that art is something to be enjoyed, and not to be taken too seriously, a mentality I try to maintain throughout my digital process. This is something I hope that is communicated throughout my work, the enjoyment I get from being an artist.
I first saw Sally's work at the Rye Society of Artists' Summer Exhibition two years ago - a smallish painting in an ante-room, I was still struck by its power and immediacy, a muscular expression of landscape in mixed media.
Last summer, we had occasion to visit her beautiful studio in the rolling Firehills between Hastings and Fairlight. With wine in hand, and green with envy for her working environment, shared with three other artists, we wondered at her sketchbook drawings - definite, positive things, quietly forceful but with a strong sense of enquiry.
Landscape is at the heart of Sally's recent work, showing at ThompsonSpare Art, 52 High Street, Tunbridge Wells from Thursday 7th June (Preview 6-8pm - all welcome). The exhibition includes paintings, drawings and monotypes, made both locally, and from as far afield as Pembrokeshire and New Zealand. Each piece has a real sense of place, drawn from her intimate knowledge of the surrounding topography. Using a subtle palette lit with highlights of bright colour, she builds a dramatic version of the scene in front of her.
She says - "Working in the landscape in all weathers has always been crucial to my understanding and refining of the experience of being an artist.
For me to respond to and record the landscape truthfully requires time and total immersion, observing and listening, whilst being quiet within the land.
My painting thoughts develop through this lengthy contemplation, with numerous return visits to the same locations.
I do not wish to portray a swift representation, but to express the deep feeling I receive from the land."
This lengthy contemplation, and the depth of her feeling, both ring out loudly and clearly in her art, and we are proud to be showing it in Tunbridge Wells for the first time.
Jillian’s paintings are a new departure after several years of creating the grid.
“My love affair with grids has started to develop into an interest in more organic forms. My natural inclination is towards the line and a fascination with gaps. These spaces may appear to be just a gap but to me appear to be pregnant with expectation and tension.
The most recent paintings fly free from the stricture of the straight line and delve with relish into a renewed love of organic shape and colour. They come from drawings made in the moment in cafes, noting interesting visual information, or late in the evening, anywhere where there is time for quiet thought, experimenting with watercolour. I am also drawn to repetitive pattern of varying forms. Some of which originate from the reflective glass patterns found on pillars in temples and monasteries on a visit to Myanmar some years ago. Six years later they hold the same fascination and appear in the latest work along with zigzag shapes and other pattern forms.
I was born in East Sussex and live on the Kent, Sussex border in Newenden. I graduated from Wimbledon School of Art with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art in 1997 and the University of Brighton with an MA in Fine Art Practice and Theory in 2006.
I have a studio at Rye Creative Centre, New Road, Rye, East Sussex, TN31 7LS. This is home to The New Road Artists, a group of artists working in individual studios in an old disused school. This is a vibrant community who regularly meet to talk about work and to organise talks and high quality shows in the beautiful gallery space within the building.“
A Lincoln Taber
Born in 1976 I grew up in Hastings and took my Foundation Diploma in Art and Design at Hastings College of Arts and Technology.
I continued drawing and painting whilst working for eight years at the stained glass studio of A. Wright as his assistant.
I began to concentrate on landscape painting in oils, and have worked exclusively en plein air since 2002.
I live in Hastings, and paint mostly in Sussex. I also paint in London, focussing on the Thames, and Scotland, particularly the Outer Hebrides.
I love immersing myself in the subject. It is at turns exhilarating and frustrating working with the changing light, tides and weather. Time is short as shadows turn and lengthen, tides advance or recede, or a setting sun rapidly diminishes.
Each painting expresses a unique time and place, a result of my direct experience of the natural or manmade landscape.
I have been showing and selling my work in numerous galleries since 1998 and have had two solo shows.
Ma is a Japanese expression for a pause in time, an interval or emptiness in space. It is the in-between space: a time and a place that life needs to grow.The kanji symbol is that of a door and a sun (originally a moon), depicting a delicate moment where the sun streams through a gap in the entrance-way. This simultaneously expresses that which can be seen and felt.
Ma is filled with nothing but energy and feeling. It is the silence between notes that makes music: it is about taking time and noticing. Ma is an experimental place with emphasis on the interval. There is no direct translation in the English language.