Artists taking part
Geoff Aldred Frejya Dean Irene Marot
Marion Brandis Andrew Fitchett Peter Messer
Haydn Cottam Antony Hall Harold Mockford
Marco Crivello Mick Hawksworth Anne Marie o'Sullivan
Roger Dean Stephanie Kirk Rachel Plummer
Geoff Aldred is a cathedral-trained stonemason who now makes work to commission, mainly carved lettering, stone reliefs and three-dimensional carvings for houses and gardens as well as churches and public buildings, using a variety of stones, slates, and sometimes wood. Geoff made the beautiful sun dial that can be seen in the Mildmay Garden at Glyndebourne. He works with letter-carver Chris Elsey and their apprentice Tom Sargeant at The Carving Studio, Wivelsfield Green.
In this exhibition he will be showing examples of his contemporary stone sculptures.
“My work is inspired by nature and the life in my garden on the Downs. I work from photographs and drawings, composing images that contain little stories in the detail. I am fascinated by the micro-detail of plants, their structure and individual beauty. I want my pieces to speak to the heart – to delight with colour and line, and to convey a sense of humour too. I want the individual pieces to have ‘presence’ – to become well-loved friends in your home and on your table!”
Hayden’s early work featured portraits of people in domestic interiors. The subject matter then opened up to include the wilderness of Scotland or cityscapes of Northern cities. More recently his attention has been taken by the local landscape.
My paintings are landscapes with the human figure included. Usually they attempt to describe a moment of contact with the natural world through an elemental, physical and often exhilarating experience
1990 commended BP Portrait Award,
1991 and BP Travel Award.
1995 winner of The Carole Foundation at the Mall Galleries in London.
Roger Dean is an internationally recognised artist and designer, whose evocative and visionary images with associated graphics, logos, and lettering, created a new genre of work.
In this exhibition Roger is showing a new version of the Virgin Records logo produced to celebrate the 40thanniversary of the brand. He will also be exhibiting larger work featuring some of his trademark themes . www.rogerdean.com
Freyja studied Scientific and Natural History and has just completed an MA in Art and Science at Central St Martins. Her work incorporates patterns and structures derived directly from nature.
In 2008 Freyja was commissioned to design costumes for Puccini’s opera ‘Edgar’, for the Puccini Festival in Torre Del Lago . As well as painting and printamking she designs magazine and album covers, and is currently working on a virtual reality costume and character design project .
In this exhibition she will be showing drawings, paintings and prints.
‘ Painting is to me, a deeply personal journey where I am the one I am trying to surprise most. Inspiration often comes from the atmosphere of a place. I am particularly drawn to moments of stillness and isolation.
This exhibition offers me the opportunity to show new work that I have mostly produced over the last year.. The physical size and complexity of my work has also increased, so the chance to exhibit in such a generous space as the Foundry Gallery is greatly welcomed.
My work is in private collections in UK, Holland, Germany, Norway, America and Canada and I have had recent exhibitions in the Foss Gallery in London and the Leith Gallery in Edinburgh.
He creates intricate, surreal papercuts that are so well loved that many are destined to become family heirlooms. His three dimensional work is often created from found objects and discarded materials. Everyday items are transformed through thoughtful craftsmanship and witty cross- references.
His work has been shown at The Foundry Gallery and Adamczewski Lewes, Woolff Gallery, London, Glasgow Art Fair, London Art Fair, Affordable Art Fair London and New York, Toronto International Art Fair, Art London.
He will be showing paper-cuts, furniture and sculpture.
Mick Hawksworth is a film maker and designer.
This work in collaboration with Rachel Plummer explores the idea of speed and form to create animated sequences and print images that reflect our obsession with flight
Rachael Plummer is an abstract painter whose dynamic mark-making is always at the forefront of her imagery. Using reclaimed wood, natural earth pigments, shellac, graphite, chalks even on occasions, river mud, she aims to make her work have as little impact on the environment as she can whilst the execution of Rachael’s painting composition is often determined by the speed with which she moves through the landscape. The intensity of her mark-making conveys what she describes as a “visual velocity”, an active contemplation of her environment
Colour has always been important and is a constant challenge and interest. I paint in layers because this seems most appropriate to my subject and because it brings in the element of time and memory. The figures become part of each other, or bleed through from one layer to the next.
Irene Marot is a professional actress turned artist. Her work focuses on the extraordinary held in the ordinary, giving attention to the apparent mundane whilst seeking transmutation.
Living in a small farming village on the South Downs necessarily impacts her practice; recognising the strong connection to the animals whilst tracking feelings and responses to the energetic source of the natural shapes around her.
“I have never wanted my paintings to be seen solely through complicated notions of art. lt is possible for representational paintings to be resonant, intense and poetically ambiguous without sacrificing a certain straightforwardness. The truth is that I like the craft of painting, the materials, the processes and the problems, as much as I like to daydream. I enjoy being surprised by everyday splendour, layers of light, emotion and memory. The luck to be astonished in the right place.”
Peter will be showing tempera paintings based on his detailed scrutiny of Lewes Life..
Harold Mockford is one of the best known and most loved Sussex artist. His inspiration comes from the South Downs landscape - in particular around
He will be showing a selection of paintings from various stages of his working life.
Anne Marie O’Sullivan
“My passion is in all things woven, knotted and netted. I make baskets and love to transfer the traditional skills of basket making into larger woven forms.”
Sarah Walton is a highly regarded maker with work in many museum collections. She lives and works near Alciston, seven miles from Lewes, where she has run her workshop for the last 38 years.