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Summer Show:
Mary Jane Alexander

Fruit Tree Below the House
Oil on Canvas

Mary-Jane was born in Zimbawe and graduated from the University of Cape Town with a BA in Fine Arts.
There she was taught by Maurice Van Esche who had been a pupil of Matisse.
Before arriving in England in 1977 she exhibited widely in Zimbabwe, lectured in anatomy and life drawing at the Bulawayo Art College, and presented programmes on Rhodesian TV.

For the last five years she has also been painting and exhibiting in Italy where she has a studio in the southern province of Campania

Amanda Bowes

Bottoms Up
Oil on Canvas

Amanda started to concentrate on her art seriously in her thirties and took a Fine Art degree at Farnham Art School, graduating in 2000. First exhibiting with Karen Taylor Contemporary Art, and in Portugal, shortly after.Now painting from her home in Dorset Amanda takes her inspiration from her surroundings and her love of colour. Most of her work is oil on canvas, but she also enjoys using other media such as acrylic inks and oil pastels to create different depths and textures.
Ewa Czarniecka

Oil on Canvas


Her drawings are a visual representation of her deeper feelings - pleasure, fear, sorrow happiness, humour. And, to people attuned to her compositions, they may well be mirrors of their own experiences. It is because of this that she has let the explanation of the drawings completely to the viewer, so that they are not bound by her interpretation of what each picture should be. For her it is not a matter of creating illustrations to fit nursery rhyme themes.

Mark Demsteader

Limited Edition Print 31/50
140x125cm framed



Mark Demsteader was born in Manchester in 1963; he studied at Rochdale College, Oldham College and the Slade. His awards include The Lyceum Prize and The Sidney Andrews Scholarship.

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Fiona Denning

Distant Horizon
Oil on Canvas
In each painting I seek to find the perfect balance, intuitively responding to the landscape as a starting point, and more particularly the horizontal line where land meets sky or land meets water. The finished painting is therefore not of a particular landscape but rather an emotional response.
I employ strong colours as a part of my visual language, the paint is often layered up and scraped back leaving traces of something earlier, some history or archaeology, hinting through.
I am particularly inspired by the bleak and empty landscape, places like Patagonia and Scotland.

Deborah Donnelly

Oil on Canvas

Karen Taylor Contemporary Art has exhibited Deborah's, increasingly sought after, animal portraits for several years.


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Victoria Hunt

Papermache and Acrylic


Victoria makes life size sculptures of small dogs from chicken wire and paper maché. Each one is unique and constructed with no pre-fabrication involved. They are covered in text to hold the viewer’s attention, and the longer you look at them, the more you see. She puts thought into this process, ensuring that there is a connection to the breed’s history and that each dog evolves their own personality, depicted with a touch of humour.

She welcomes commissions and enjoys the challenge of capturing the individual character and appearance of every dog. Victoria’s commissions include Athenaeum Hotel, Piccadilly.

Gareth Kemp

The Fight IV
Oil on Canvas


Gareth Kemp is a painter based in the North West of England. He is a self-taught artist, although he trained as an Art Historian. Gareth is creative director of Cube noir, a nomadic exhibition space he recently set up, through which to curate exhibitions in various unusual locations and dis-used spaces.
For the past few years Gareth has been working on a series of paintings called Fifteen feet of pure white snow. These canvases are inspired by a set of old family photographs of a remote part of Wales where he grew up and were recently nominated for the inaugural Liverpool Art Prize. Gareth Kemp has exhibited widely, both in the UK and further afield.

Ken Laidlaw

Spanish Garden
Acrylic on Canvas


Originally from Scotland, where he studied at the Edinburgh College of Art, Ken Laidlaw spent parts of his childhood in Malaya.

After graduating he moved to London, where he now lives. He worked as an art director for a major publishing house for four years and from then on as a freelance artist.

His work has been exhibited at Hamiltons Gallery and The Design Council among others, and catalogued and sold by Sothebys at two sales in 1988 and 1997.


Jo Last

Alhambra Series

Born in Surrey in 1962, Joanne originally trained as a classical pianist at the Royal College of Music and had her first solo exhibition in 1995. Since then her career as an artist has gradually overtaken that of a musician although she still teaches, and performs regularly.

Joanne has exhibited widely, both in England and abroad, at art fairs and with galleries. Her work hangs in private and corporate collections throughout the world. Some notable commissions include Sandy Lane Hotel, Barbados; Carlton Tower Hotel, Knightsbridge and Churchill Hotel, London. Recent exhibitions include The Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Art; Pastel Society and Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours, both at the Mall Galleries. Three of her images have been published by The Art Group including a Tuscan landscape sold worldwide by Ikea.

Kerrie McGibbon

Rough Sea and Nets
Oil on Canvas

Kerrie studied drawing and painting at Edinburgh College of Art and then went on to teach in Edinburgh for a further three years. She is inspired predominately by the city of Edinburgh, the Scottish landscape and surrounding coastline, working mainly with oils and try to capture the ever-changing facets of the weather and its effect on the landscape. Using broad-brush strokes, she captures the transcendence of rain clouds wisping over scoured fields, sea mists meeting shoreline and fleeting moments of sunshine dancing off dew on Munroe’s.
“My work is a meeting of sky and earth and I try on a daily basis to do justice to its rawness and beauty.”

Suzanne Partridge

Suzanne's work is abstract and expressionistic, each painting is a response to the way she feels, both physically and emotionally.

"Colour is the major inspiration for my work. Colour stops me in the street, invites me to breathe it in and take it with me."

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Tamsin Pearson

Sunset Beach
Print and Oil on Gesso

Tamsin Pearson was born in Hampshire in 1979. She did her Art Foundation at Winchester School of Art and completed her BA Hons degree in Fine Art Painting at Wimbledon School of Art in 2001. Since graduating Tamsin has exhibited and sold her paintings with galleries in London and Hawaii. Tamsin has also carried out a number of commissions privately and through galleries.
Clare St. Aubyn

Snow Leopard
Oil on Canvas


Born in 1962, Clare gained a diploma in portraiture from the Royal Portrait Society, and also studied extensively with Ken Paine PS. SPF. in his studio on an island in the Thames at Hampton Court. She has had three one man exhibitions, and exhibited in many group shows including charity sales at Sothebys and Bonhams. She was invited by Davina McCall to exhibit six paintings in the Discerning Eye Exhibition at the Mall Galleries, London.

Beth Wintgens

Mossy Falls
Oil on Canvas

1995-1996 Foundation Art and Design, Bucks Chilterns University College
1996-1999 BA (Hons) Fine Art, Nottingham Trent University
Beth has exhibited widely across London and the South East.

'My experience of the landscape is the source of my work. I aim to describe a space, what it is to move through, round, over a landscape, touching and being touched by the elements. My painting is to try and understand this vast thing of which we are a part, where spectator becomes an active participant in my reaction to place.'


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