Born in London in 1950, Adrian spent his early childhood in South Africa where his parents’ fight against apartheid resulted in a rapid exit and a move to Uganda. His step-father Cecil Todd, a noted surrealist artist, was Professor of Art at Makere University, Kampala, so child care for an 8 year old Adrian meant quietly absorbing undergraduate art classes.
His art education continued at Hornsey College of Art with post graduate studies at The Slade School of Art, UCL, London.
Adrian was then drawn to music and spent 12 winters studying Classical Indian percussion, [tabla] in Calcutta with Pandit Mahaparush Misra and in Varanasi with Pandit Chhote Lal Misra.
It was at this time that he also started to work with wood, developing a passion for the creative possibilities of the material.
In the late 1980’s Adrian moved out of London, where he had predominantly worked on bespoke interiors and set up his workshop in Wendover Woods in the Chiltern Hills of Buckinghamshire. Living in a beech forest he became fascinated with finding and exploring the fine tracery found in spalted beech.
The body of work Adrian created was exhibited to critical acclaim at the Werner Krakora gallery in Vienna in 1995.
A year later Adrian had moved his workshop to Maulden Woods in Bedfordshire where his interest in the genealogy and history of trees continued to grow. In 1999 the 10th century Abbey in Cluny, Burgundy, France hosted a further exhibition. Increasingly this fascination with the history of trees has focused on Bog Oak and the even rarer Bog Yew.
Recent work has been exhibited in London and New York.
Adrian’s driving force is to explore the textures and natural forms of wood; creating pieces that are highly distinctive while respecting the natural beauty of its form. He mixes ancient timber with modern materials such as glass; he uses engineering techniques to create deceptively simple pieces, work that displays the beauty of natural forms.
His work is a homage to the tree.
Bog Oaks Are Prehistoric Trees
They date from a time when the world was emerging from the last Ice Age.
It was a time of rapidly rising temperature, retreating Ice Cap and rising sea levels. The vegetation across southern Britain contained many areas of oak forest. As the sea levels rose coastal and low lying areas became too wet to sustain oak trees. Storms felled whole forests and in the more temperate climate a vegetation of sphagnum mosses and ferns became predominant. This growth entombed the fallen oaks, eventually compacting to form peat and preserving the trees in an acidic and anaerobic environment. These trees have survived millennia due to extraordinary circumstances.
These ancient oaks are a direct link with a time when the people of Britain were just starting to develop agriculture and expressing their connections to the universe through the erection of standing stones.
Over time the colour of the trees has deepened, sometimes achieving a dense black.
In 2014, while living in the mountain town of Chatel in France, Mike’s wife had a snowboarding accident which left her with an
‘incomplete’ T12/L1 Spinal Cord injury. They moved back to the UK where she spent the next 5 months going through extensive
rehabilitation and physiotherapy.
When released from hospital, they needed to think about what to do next; where to live, what to do for work. Mike and Lucy settled in Milton Keynes on the basis that it was accessible for wheelchair users.
5 years later and they are still in MK (which they love). Married, with their first child and a dog. Mike began working with Luke McDonnell in 2016 as a graphic designer and illustrator. Together they now proudly run Chiba Creative, an award winning creative design company.
“A few years ago I had asked Lucy to take some reference pictures of me for a project which required a particularly tricky “worms eye view” perspective. I found several images where she had stuck her little legs in the air and taken a picture of them without me noticing, and I don’t know why, but it just made me laugh.
So when Luke asked me to make a simple print for the Gallery, this image was all I could think of.
I started thinking about the long chain of events that had led to this moment, and how none of it would have been possible had Lucy not had her accident. This image, for me, is not just about my wife’s lovely legs - and they are lovely. It is about the little moments of joy that pepper your life and about accepting that even the very worst things to happen to you, can also lead to the very best things.”
Fascinated with photography from a young age, Lawrence had his first photo published in a local newspaper at the age of five.
Nose diving into the music industry during his early 20’s he soon progressed to shooting main stages at some of the biggest
festivals in the country. Lawrence has photographed artists such as Bon Jovi, The Beach Boys, Biffy Clyro, and Greenday. He has also worked for world recognised brands such as Elizabeth Arden and Unilever whilst gaining publications in The Guardian Newspaper, and numerous front covers for magazines such as
His main focus has always been passion and honesty. A respect resinated with Lawrence for the musicians he captured. The
unrelenting belief in their art and values shone through and has always made his job a pleasure.
“Emotion and honesty over glossiness. Capturing an honest moment is often far more important than something to aspire to.”
Having recently worked alongside Luke and Lisa Mcdonnell on 'It’s No Joke', his work now crosses several mediums and a wide range of styles with great integrity.
Hayrettin is the new voice on the Ebru scene. His unconventional,
visionary approach to the ancient art of paper marbling has helped bring this art form into the 21st century and stirred up a storm within the Ebru world. By continuously setting new standards through his
innovative work methods he has established himself as one of the most eagerly watched figures within this community. Hayrettin's love for art started early on whilst looking through his father's vast collection of antique books.
Born 1979 in Batman, Turkey he decided to move to Istanbul aged just 17. There he started working in interior design whilst taking drawing classes. In 1998 he met Ahmet Güneştekin, a well known Kurdish visual artist who took him under his wing. This afforded Hayrettin a unique insight into the ins and outs of the art world. It soon became apparent that Hayrettin was extremely gifted and had a very unique take on the ancient art of paper marbling. Wanting to share his passion for this special art form, in 2011 Hayrettin decided to set up his own studio in Camden, where he made it his primary concern to connect people through sharing the tradition, heritage and culture of Ebru. He has now set up in Newington Green where he has been teaching ever since.
In addition to lecturing (at the Yunus Emre Institute, amongst others) and producing his own work Hayrettin also regularly participates in collaborations with fashion and interior designers such as Dries van Noten who used his patterns in his Men A/W 2018-2019 collection
“Born in 1975 in Poland. Graduated from Wroclaw academy of fine arts 2002 in glass and ceramics. In 2002 i received my diploma in glass design as well as my diploma in painting. at the moment i am living and creating in the united kingdom. my works are collected in poland, sweden, switzerland,canada, germany, italy,the united arab emirates and the united kingdom. i use acrylic, oil and gilding on multipanels.
may 2004 / galerie zoo / strasbourg-france june 2004 / gallery the other way /cracow-poland march 2005 / polska institutet / stockholm – sweden may 2008 / aaf / new york – usa october 2008 / aaf / london - uk february 2009 / 20/21 / london – uk october 2009 /aaf /london – uk september 2010 /8th small painting triennial / torun - poland may 2016/indyvidual exhibition/DiA Gallery/wroclaw-poland”
“My artistic practice stems from my need for perfection,
symmetry and order. I take raw clay and explore the materiality, pushing it to it's limits on the potter's wheel, creating flowing delicate forms. My inspiration comes from naturally occurring patterns such as the inside of a flower, coral and sea life.
The visual impact of my work is of great significance, I create sculptures that evoke a reaction in the viewer through the
precision and symmetry.
I explore highly decorated surfaces using slip trailing to build up spherical patterns on sculptural forms. The slip dots add a textured element to the surface, which extends the art form from just a visual experience. Each pattern is applied freehand, with individually piped dots. I consider my work small-scale and miniature, working with a scale between around one
centimetre and twenty centimetres high. Even on the smallest forms, I exploit the tiny surface as much as I can with
“This embroidered replica of the beautiful Queen Eleanor mural in Stony Stratford has been the most exciting challenge in my career as a textile artist. It has been my most complex piece to date, totalling around 250 hours of work. 2000 yards of Egyptian cotton thread have been used in the floral pattern, the monument and the coins, making it the largest free motion embroidery I've ever created. Queen Eleanor herself has been appliquéd in a
variety of fabrics including William Morris designs.
I started my foray into textiles art during university whilst
studying interior design. In particular, I was drawn to free motion embroidery as it allowed me the freedom to create beautiful
JJ Adams is an English artist originally from South West England born in 1985, he currently lives and works in London. He studied graphic design at the Cape College in Cape Town, South Africa, while working as a part-time apprentice at a tatoo salon in the center of the city.
'The Pequod Meets The Delight' (Acrylic on canvas)
Jamie is an English musician and illustrator. The lead singer, guitarist for British alternative rock trio Reuben. In 2013, Lenman began
performing as a solo artist and has gone on to release two albums, Muscle Memory and Devolver. As an illustrator, Lenman worked full-time for The Guardian and frequently contributed to the Doctor Who Magazine.
“When I was asked to contribute to this show I was in the middle of making an album, and one track in particular had more or less taken over my mind. ‘The Pequod Meets The Delight’ is a verbal reading of one of my favourite chapters in Melville’s Moby Dick, and whilst
recording it I had visualised this scene of Ahab’s ship, rolling in the waves, with the storm clouds gathered overhead and the whale
waiting in the darkness beneath.
I decided that this was what I wanted to paint, seen through the
silhouette of the book itself - an expansion of the logogram that
represents the track on the album cover.
Really I’m a graphic designer or at best an illustrator, rather than a painter, so more than anything this is large-scale graphic design
rendered in test-pots and ceiling paint on a square meter of chipboard
(to give it some texture). Although I was thrilled to be asked, I was hesitant about the project at first, but I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge and I hope you enjoy the results. If you wish, you can listen to the finished track from the album below.”
Highly skilled sculptor, specialising in the art of blacksmithing, including modern welding and bronze/steel casting techniques.
“Throughout my 25 years as a successful freelance artist, the ‘found object’ has been aconstant source of inspiration. Parts discarded by our industries, fashioned into new and exciting identities, taken from the scrap yard to the gallery. Seeing a heightened awareness of ‘sustainability’ within the education system inspired me to create a small series of Master Classes, each designed to demonstrate the potential of ‘up cycling’
to create something of value.
I currently undertake both private and commercial
commissions, providing a wide range of sculptural ironwork solutions. Contemporary steel and bronze sculpture, Heritage restoration work, architectural ironwork, structural ironwork,
interior furnishings and lighting. I design and manufacture each project personally, working closely with the client throughout.”
Born in Stony Stratford and still resides in the town. Derek has been a professional painter for 25 years and travels extensively both in the UK and abroad in search of subjects that excite his eye. He prefers direct observation, mainly working on site at any time of day or night.
Working in oils, acrylics, mixed media and pastel, on a wide range of subjects, Derek exhibits in Central London, galleries
throughout the UK and abroad. His paintings are included in many private collections worldwide including several high profile clients.
Derek is an elected member of the famous Wapping Group of Artists, who have been recording the Thames and it’s environs for over seventy years. This small exclusive Group includes many leading painters of this genre.
He regularly exhibits at The Mall Galleries, London, in the open exhibitions of the Royal Society of British Artists (winning the Daler Rowney Painting Award 2009), The Royal Institute of Oil Painters, The Wapping Group of Artists Annual Exhibition
Derek is included in Who’s Who in Art and has also contributed to many books and publications on painting.
Some of his influences include Degas, Vuillard, Turner, Sickert and Sisley.
Simon Claridge (born 1980 in Edinburgh, United Kingdom) is a British contemporary artist known primarily for his use of diamond dust in his paintings of iconic women of the 20th and 21st century, such as Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn and Debbie Harry. In 2002 Claridge graduated from the University of Reading with a degree in Fine Art before working at an art gallery in Windsor, United Kingdom whilst he developed his artistic practice. In 2005 Birmingham-based art publishers Washington Green Fine Art offered Claridge a contract, in which his limited edition artwork would be sold in galleries across the United Kingdom. Collectors of Claridge's work include musician Rod Stewart, celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe and Formula One racing driver David Coulthard.
Simon Claridge lives in Reading, United Kingdom, with his business partner and wife, Ruth.
Anna is a surreal portraiture artist. Her portraits are full of hedonistic mood and bohemian melancholy . She paints women of almost alien appearance which makes her portraits extremely recognizable and
attractive for the art collectors all over the world.
Long curved necks, chaotically combined parts of the face and body (since summer 2018) are the main distinctive features of Anna’s
remarkable style. Since the beginning of 2019 Anna's artworks start to look more abstract : women's shapes are woven into the visible and invisible lines.
Anna works with acrylics and mixed media on canvas, her favorite
mediums are ink and watercolors on paper. Paintings and drawings by Anna Tsvell are in private collections of musicians, film directors,
photographers, art collectors and art lovers all over the world.
Anna’s art was exhibited in different art galleries in US
(Los Angeles where Anna lived and worked for 6 months ) and Europe.
Her art was officially supported by Depeche Mode. The artworks were also marked by publication at the Beautiful Bizarre Magazine.
“I have been fortunate to be able to follow my passion for creativity throughout my life studying Art to degree level. My early career provided me with the opportunity to work within the fields of medical illustration producing training materials for medical students along with forensic reconstruction and anatomical illustration followed by a period working within the scientific sector creating an information bridge between science boffins and the financial arm of Unilever.
Having gained experience in Commercial design I created Tall Order where we worked within the retail sector and private market producing bespoke concepts ranging from shop designs to product design of toys. It was during this time that I started working with local sculptor Lee Vernon and we were able to combine our skills to create a unique range of products.
More recently I worked within the education sector where one of my most rewarding experiences was enabling SEN pupils to create sculptures using recycled materials once again working with Lee. I have immense empathy for encouraging creativity and thoroughly enjoy the challenge of working with students to develop their confidence to have faith in original thinking.
My lifelong passion has been wildlife and I have flown falcons for the last 40 years. The combination of the challenge of the birds and exploring the countryside provides me with great
“I love the richness and buttery texture of oil paints. I strive for a painterly approach which provides a combination of translucent and opaque marks, making my paintings partly impressionist in style: the subject simplified and the colours harmonious. I use a window viewfinder to identify my composition, and will sketch the subject, making colour, tonal and line studies. In this way I am able to move away from realistic interpretations, each step is a move away from the obvious.
My palette consists of: Cadmium Yellow Light, Yellow Ochre,
Ultramarine, Alizarin Crimson, Burnt Umber and Titanium white, on occasions I may include Phthalo Blue and Burnt Sienna. I’ve enjoyed a number of painting holidays in Newlyn, St Ives, Lewes and Dedham as they have proved invaluable in teaching me different approaches; it is a positive and rewarding
experience painting in company. I’ll always take my art
materials on holiday, when it is an ideal time to paint the coast.
I grew up in Stony Stratford and moved to Wimbledon in my early twenties. I worked for a London council, but later decided to study for a degree in textiles, graduating from Surrey Institute in 1996. We were encouraged to paint in order to influence our colours in the design process. I now paint full time and have a studio in Stony Stratford.”
”Stony Stratford Gallery is the new venture of artist Luke McDonnell who runs the successful Chiba Creative graphic design agency in
Luke has been putting his mark on projects all over Milton Keynes, and his skills are also in demand internationally; Commissions have taken him to New York, Portugal and the Channel Islands, and he recently
returned from a trip to Spain, working on illustrations for a new
documentary, which will air on Netflix later this year.
But for Luke, home is where the art is: Stony Stratford's impressive mural of Queen Eleanor of Castille is one of his creations. He was also the creative force behind the 2018 charity book It's No Joke, which raised funds for Bus Shelter MK, and the rock 'n' roll branding at Wolverton music venue The Craufurd Arms is by his hand.
The gallery is a chance for me to showcase the work of others, and I'm just as keen to support local artists as I am to bring internationally known names to the town,” Luke said. “Art plays a very important role in a community, and opening a gallery of my own has always been a dream.”
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“Internationally renown artist Luke McDonnell brings to life the glistening age and nostalgia of historic racing with this present-day depiction of the legendary Bruce McLaren.
Capturing the speed, colours and spirit of the golden ages of motorsport, Luke McDonnell has combined his traditional techniques with a contemporary flair, producing a modern day masterpiece for the avid motorsport and automotive enthusiast.
Luke McDonnell brings to life his art, adding a dynamic element and capturing a moment.
From custom commissions to live painting events, Luke McDonnell has become one of the most sought after modern day artists by building passionate connections and dedicated partnerships throughout the world."
“My inspirations meander across many subjects but the common thread and desire for me isto articulate a level of connection and emotion between the work and viewer. Whether it be a landscape, wildlife, portrait or figurative piece, it is only complete once I can feel that level of authenticity and presence within the subject.
My preferred medium is pastel as I love the freedom of blended layers and hues but also enjoy the different textures of watercolours, charcoal and acrylics.”
Sarah grew up locally and has had a global, creative career as an author and illustrator but lately can be found more often than not in her studio, covered in chalky smudges.