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 / 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.'
Some of Chloe's recent work has been triggered by observations made from the Natural World and of 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 transcience, and referring to the continual ebb and flow between the conscious and unconscious in our every day lives.
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.
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 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!
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 print-maker, when she feels an idea needs that kind of treatment: dry-point 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.
Diane's current work has graduated from the human figure to landscapes, in particular landscapes that feature water, the sea, or rivers etc. whether in Australia, North West Scotland or rivers such as The Thames or Wandle.
She tries to capture the heart of the scene in front of her, sometimes 'en plein air' and finishing them in the studio, or by using sketches in water colour and pen and ink as memory aides. Diane usually paints in acrylic and then oil on canvas, as she likes the feel of the paint building texture onto the canvas.
Since graduating from The Surrey Institute of Art and Design at Farnham in 2000 having studied Fine Art (BA Hons), Diane has been exhibiting in various mixed exhibitions, her work is featured in collections in USA, Australia, New Zealand and the UK.
3-D works / David Light
Salamiel. You don't have to have a belief in a religion to find the thought of the existence of angels highly evocative. The word comes from The Greek 'ánghelos', meaning 'messenger', or 'envoy'. According to the 'Dictionary of Angles; including the fallen angels' there are exactly 301,655,722 angels abroad in the world. This panel depicts 'Salamiel', "a great angel prince, prince of the grigori. Though the grigori dwell in Heaven, a certain number of them are malign. A legend has it that Salamiel rejected the Lord and is now a fallen angel". The stained glass panel was fabricated utilising traditional and contemporary techniques.