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'A point of View'

The Artisan Group

 8 - 26 October 2014

Since its launch in 2009, artisan continues to attract attention in North West London.  The role of the gallery is to create a space which offers an opportunity for artists of many disciplines to showcase their work. Artisan welcomes a new group of artists to its walls this autumn.

 The Artisan group is a new group of professional artists based in West London. The group formed in 2014 to seek new outlets for exhibiting and selling work in venues that are not the usual run-of-the-mill white cube of a typical art gallery. The Artisan Gallery exhibition 'A point of View' is the first of such exhibitions that this new group has put together. The work is modern and bright, involving a variety of subjects including figurative and urban landscapes in a variety of mediums including watercolour, oils, acrylics and colourful lino-cuts.


2-D works

Chloe Freemantle-Bleguad    

Some of Chloe’s recent work has been triggered by observations made from the Natural World and how similar patterns and shapes recur throughout, from basic cellular forms to plant shapes to far vaster landscapes.

These works also explore and reflect the fleetingness of our memories, and the wealth of individual experience which inform our responses to any given moment. These ideas are relevant to how we respond to all of Nature, and to life's transience, and referring to the continual ebb and flow between the conscious and unconscious in our everyday lives.



Brian Dennis

Brian specializes in painting the human form and people surrounded by their particular worlds: the lighting designer with his collection of Victorian lighting instruments, the art collector with his favourite pieces, the novelist with her pen and the desk her carpenter friend gave her… 

 Brian's 'Portrait of Charlotte Weston' at the Marylebone studio of fashion label Weardowney was included in the Royal Society of Oil Painters 123rd Annual Exhibition at the Mall Galleries, and The Saatchi Gallery's Burning Bright Exhibition.

Largely self-taught, Brian is obsessed with the study of classical portraiture techniques and presenting them with a modern twist. He began his art career as a scenic artist intern for the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival after studying as a scenic artist at DeSales University, then came to London to study life drawing, illustration, and creativity in mediums at Central St Martin's in 1996.  

Highlights of his career have been working with interior designer/television presenter Daniel Hopwood, Graham Wynne (Changing Rooms) and having a portrait purchased by Kelly Hoppen for a London interior.'

Images to follow


Jim Hanlon

London based artist Jim Hanlon is consistently sought after for his singular figurative work. His paintings are represented in private collections throughout the UK and as far afield as Italy, France, Belgium, the Unites States and South Africa. Jim Graduated from Kingston University's School of fine art in the mid eighties. From which time he has pursued his personal vision in painting. Showing at venues such as the Barbican, Mall Galleries, Chelsea Town Hall, Selfridges and the William Blake Bicentenary. He is also known for his art reviews for Runwild Media publications. Jim has also worked as sculptor, illustrator and art director but always returned to his passion for painting. His fascination with observing and recording the quality of light together with a poetic approach to rhythm is at the core of all his work. Inspired by artists such as John Singer Sargent and the Scottish Colourists, Jim seeks to capture the essence of a theme, just as an aroma can evoke a memory or an emotion. Contact Jim Hanlon Tel - 07989233606 E mail - website 



Martin Ireland  

Martins painting techniques are unconventional. Examining the style, it’s not difficult to understand how these paintings are so bright and vibrant. By painting in layers, using broad sweeps of colour washes of various densities on a pre-stretched surface, the luminosity of the picture surface comes through and the paper is dampened allowing the paint that can provide some very liquid representations and surprises. Martin prefers using watercolour and gouache as it is a fast medium to use particularly when layering.



Anne Hickmott

Anne studied at the Royal College of Art and then freelanced as a designer/photographer later teaching full time at PCL /University of Westminster whilst bringing up her family. She was an exchange professor in Toronto for a year and returned to the UK to print, paint and draw full-time.

Her most recent prints are lino-cuts many of which were printed on William Morris’s Albion press at Kelmscott House whilst being artist in residence. Her prints and photographs have been exhibited world wide and are in many private and corporate collections.

Anne has had a great interest in flowers since being a small child, exploring the woods of the Kentish Weald and in the landscape of wild places. She recently rode horseback across the Rockies in Montana to see more remote country and found many plants growing wild in abundance and which are quite rare in Europe, such as the vivid purple blue gentian. Deer, gophers and black bears were also to be found!



Valerie Taylor

Life and Landscapes make up the main body of Valerie’s work.  Often blending the two since they really are not that different in terms of organic shape.   Recently she has been experimenting with texture, but come summer she reverted to sitting on many a rural hillside, hopefully in the sun, drawing what she saw in the hope of expressing the spirit of it.  Abstraction follows during the winter months while working in the studio.  Valerie is also a printmaker, when she feels an idea needs that kind of treatment:  drypoint or collograph, sometimes monoprints.   The more she does, the more she realises how little she know about it all and that is the joy lies.



3-D works

David Light                                             

details plus images to follow shortly



Mary Pritchard
puts her mother's life under the microscope.

Mary Pritchard's exhibition is based on archival material about her mother, Olive Elizabeth Ackroyd and is a homage to what she gave and taught her. Mary puts her mother's early life 'Under the Microscope'.

Olive was born in Dublin, Ireland over a 100 years ago and was exceptional in many ways. She went to Trinity College Dublin in the 1930's and obtained a PhD in Zoology at a time when it was unusual for women to pursue a scientific career. Her research contributed to the expansion of the subject at that time. However, after she married and had a family she did not return to her research. 

Mary grew up knowing little about her mother's life prior to her birth (as is often the case with children). Olive passed away over twenty years ago so Mary no longer has the opportunity to ask questions. She inherited her mother's old brass microscope and laboratory slides and has always found them intriguing.  Mary has been researching Olive's early life and has gathered together all her original published scientific papers, photo albums, letters and drawings. It has been a revelation, a journey of discovery and at times an emotional experience to put her mother's life under the microscope. 

All the work in the exhibition will be derived from or inspired by the archival material and will include photographs, ceramics, artist's books and greeting cards.





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