“One of a series of paintings made in response to walking through the landscape using a combination of memory and imagination.”
“The movement in the cities is constant, graffiti, publicity signs, neon lights, people transportation below and beneath the pavement, patterns, their repetition, accumulation, superposition, generates visual saturation in different scales. The velocity in which we move everyday generates a memory of several images that we decodify according to our own experience of urban life. In my paintings I am interested on expressing my own chaotic sensation of the metropolis.”
“I became fascinated with the construction of the new higher education college round the corner from where I live. I made hundreds of drawings, filling sketchbooks with images of the cranes and people moving across the site. Working from these drawings back in my studio I think this painting tells the story of the construction. Acrylic was the perfect medium to use and by applying the paint in unconventional ways I think this painting captures the colours and textures of the place.”
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Artist & Curatorhttp://www.sarahsparkes.com
Sarah Sparkes is a London-based artist and curator. Her work explores magical or mythical narratives, the visualisation of anomalous phenomena and liminality through the metaphor of the portal.
Hugo Grenville’s career as a painter began in the late 1980’s after time spent as an Officer in the Coldstream Guards as well as in advertising at leading firm J. Walter Thompson. But it was not until he witnessed first hand the work of the Fauvists in a major exhibition at the Grand Palais in Paris in 1999 that his work became more colourful than the life he leads! Today he is best known for work that is bathed in colour and light – from pattern filled interiors accented with the purity of a graceful nude, to huge exotic Mediterranean landscapes, to the explosion of colour you see in his many flower paintings.
Paul Bell is a Scottish artist living in Buckinghamshire. His use of bold colour and simple composition are the cornerstone of his work. Paul works in a variety of mediums but predominantly oil and acrylic and takes inspiration from people, landscape, cityscape and still life. His most notable achievements to date were making the last round of 250 in the 2014 BP Portrait Award, winning the BBC1 series ‘The Big Painting Challenge’ in 2015 and as a consequence two paintings produced during the programme hung in Tate Britain.
CARLOS DE LINS
Gallery Founder & Directorhttps://www.espaciogallery.com/
Carlos de Lins is the founder and current director of Espacio Gallery, in East London. He is also a practising artist.
Hilary Daltry is a London based printmaker who’s specialism is woodcut prints. She is head of Printmaking at the independent Art School Heatherley’s in Chelsea. She grew up in Cumbria and studied at Cumbria School of Art before attending the Slade School of Art and Chelsea School of Art as well as a year at the British School at Rome. She is an elected member of the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers.
Artist & Writerhttps://www.james-hobbs.co.uk/
James Hobbs is a freelance editor, author and artist who has written several books about drawing, including Sketch Your World and Pen and Ink. He has freelanced for such publications as the Guardian, the Art Newspaper and New Statesman, and is a former editor of Artists & Illustrators magazine. He is on the advisory board of Urban Sketchers, and part of its editorial team. He lives in Stoke Newington, London, with his wife and two daughters.