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Mavina is a book artist and printmaker, her practice centering on the intersection of art, design and craft, which she achieves through a marriage of old and new technologies. In her work she explores the crossover between modern digital techniques and traditional print methods, specialising in hand printing processes working predominantly in relief print and letterpress. As a printmaker and book artist her practice is inspired by plants and natural forms - from their colour and the detail of their structure to the visual impact they have on their surroundings. The garden, therefore, is one of her key subjects, but colour, structure and pattern in landscape influence her too. Drawing underpins her work, her sketchbooks are where the prints and books begin, and the processes she chooses allow her to incorporate drawing in some form or other. “I work a lot in my sketchbooks, making regular drawing of wherever I am, and I find sketching with a few portable materials feeds into more considered and process driven work”. Recent workshops have focused on printmaking without a press, and contemporary artists' book production, and currently Mavina manages the Teacup Press at the Print Shed. She creates prints, artists' books and posters, undertaking commissions and producing print-based work for exhibition and sale. Her work is held in a number of collections including the artists’ books collection of: Manchester Metropolitan University, the University of the Creative Arts and the Centre for Fine Print Research at UWE. She has exhibited both locally and internationally, participating in exhibitions in the UK, the United States, Denmark and Taiwan. In 2011 she was awarded an MA in Multi-Disciplinary Printmaking from UWE, Bristol.
email email@example.com | website www.mavinabaker.com
Gareth Robert Bartlett
Gareth Robert Bartlett took his first photograph at the age of 7 and has been hooked ever since. Having studied traditional photographic and film processing techniques, he has switched to digital photography in order to enhance rather than change the pictures he takes, sometimes with startling results. In 2010, he joined with a fellow photographer to form the Strange Hippo Picture Company, which is aimed at experimentation with colour, form and shape to create works of art from photographs. In his spare time, he works as a paramedic.
My recent work is representational and mostly produced “on location.” I work out of doors in all weathers both in UK and in USA. Most of my paintings are in oil but I also have made extensive use of new digital media including iPad and Photoshop. My latest series includes “The Pace of Nature” a large body of work in various media.
Fine Art B.A. hons Exeter.
London, Farnham, Henley on Thames, Exeter University. Exhibited and sold work through an Agency Denny Art and Art of Business, Arts and Crafts Director, Walden U.S.A. 1986-2002
London, Windsor, Henley on Thames, Harbor Springs, Michigan
Henley on Thames, West Ox Arts Gallery, Wellington College
Artist in Residence Walden, Michigan U.S.A. and Moreton Gallery
Also extensive collection on Flickr.com and Facebook
Graham Bishop is a freelance photographer and author. He learned his trade as a photographer in the days of monochrome, light sensitive paper, darkrooms and dishes filled with chemicals. He concentrated on black and white photography and placed photographs in the local and national press and magazines such as Country Life. Graham taught photography and exhibited in the Bedford area. He now concentrates on his photographic greeting cards which are on sale in the gallery. The subjects range from spring flowers to birds of prey, Canadian First Nations to land and seascapes. Many of the cards are humorous, but none are photo-shopped! Examples can be seen on the website below. Details of his detective novels are also on the site. The theme of the novels is the prevention of illegal smuggling of ancient artefacts to order out of Greece for private collectors. The Interpol team of Art Fraud Squad detectives features Commissaire Pierre Rousseau from Bordeaux and his Greek colleague Chief Inspector Antonia Antoniarchis. He is a former language lecturer and the settings of the books are international. www.vidocqpress.com
David Blakemore is a Cotswolds based artist who has been living and breathing his beautiful surroundings since moving from London 3 years ago. He finds the seasonal changes provide a limitless and exciting source of vibrant colour to his work.
David’s medium is oil and his paintings are a composite of what he sees and what he imagines. His interpretation of light is a fundamental key to his style and he loves to create drama, atmosphere and narrative in his landscape and still life work.
David studied and was taught classical methodology for three years at the renowned Lavender Hill Studios in south London under the tutelage of Scott Polschmidt and Ann Witheridge (Charles H. Cecil – Florence) fulfilling a lifelong ambition of learning to paint. He received commission work during this period which encouraged him to follow his growing passion into a new career.