Observations is a focus on still life subjects, floral arrangements, studies of inanimate, everyday objects such as cups and bowls, a table of painting mediums, fruits and vegetables. All subjects that for thousands of years have been of interest to and provided a wealth of opportunity to explore the language of painting; differences in tone, the relationship between colour and shape, the exploration of texture and its portrayal through the chosen medium. The ambition of each artist to explore such aa well known subject area with a fresh approach.
The traditional elements of drawing and technique are on show for all to see with each artist having taken a slightly different route, developing their own styles and creating work that sits beautifully with- in a contemporary context. It is observation that links each of the artists despite their varied styles.
Jon Doran is an award winning artist based in Cornwall, UK. His work explores classical themes through a digitally influenced and fragmented approach to oil painting. Doran was the recipient of the Young Artist Award in the Cork Street Open Exhibition in 2013. Since then he has gone on to exhibit in group and solo shows all over the UK and internationally.
Benjamin Hope is a painter based in London. He works from life. His work has been selected for a number of exhibitions, including the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in 2013. In 2018 he was elect- ed to The Pastel Society and the New English Art Club. Since graduating in 1998, he has been represented by galleries in London, Australia and Germany. He has had several solo shows worldwide, and been featured in various international art journals.
Philip Richardson is a painter based in Kent and Southern France. At first Richardson concentrated on developing his representational skills as he felt they were vital. ‘More recently I find that to achieve my aim the world around me is the richest source of material. The physical presence of paint, and the relationships between colours and marks, are the essential elements’. All ideas are obtained by observation. Selection and the use of them are subjective decisions, though he strives for accuracy all the time. Only landscape and still-life are Richardson’s themes and sources. Since Richardson was a student he has been trying to paint abstract paintings; however, he has always worked from observation.
Sarah Spackman is a contemporary figurative artist well known for her still-life paintings. She lives and works in Oxford where she has a studio in the Edith Road Workshops. Spackman graduated from Camberwell School of Art in 1981 and since 1986 has worked full time as an artist and exhibited regularly, mainly in England and Ireland. Her work is in many private collections and a number of paintings have also be selected for the contemporary art collection of the AIB Bank.
Kate Verrion is a London based oil painter. Kate Verrion studied fine art Wimbledon Art College and later Hornsey College. Over the years Kate honed her oil painting techniques until she felt she had attained the consistency of quality, she was ready to make her work available.
Between them, the artists have been featured in many artist publications online and in print. Namely, The Independent, The Artist, Jacksons Art Blog, Artists and Illustrators Magazine. They have shown their work globally at art fairs and with other contemporary galleries.