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March 2017

Open Exhibition attracts well known Island artists

A number of well-known Island artists will be displaying work during an Open Exhibition being held at Earl Mountbatten Hospice’s Art Gallery during March. Artists taking part in the event are each entering one of their pieces, which will be hung on the walls at the centre of the Newport hospice building. The work is offered for sale, with a percentage being given to the hospice to support its work caring for Island patients and their families. A broad range of subjects and mediums is being displayed in the exhibition, which officially opens on Friday 24 February 2017. The art gallery is open every day during office hours, and can be found by going to the main hospice reception, from where visitors will be directed to the exhibition.  Visitors are also encouraged to visit the Chelsea Garden and Sunflower Café, where a range of refreshments are on offer until 8pm.
Martin Swan
Title: High and Dry, the Causeway, Freshwater
Size: 48insx36ins
Medium: Acrylic

Martin was born and brought up on the Isle of Wight. Educated at Carisbrooke Grammar School, he later studied science at university in Ireland and philosophy at university in Wales.

But his love of drawing and painting meant that, on leaving university, Martin decided on a career as an
 artist. He developed a distinctive style with watercolour, first in landscape, then with marine subjects. His gifts were recognised when, in 2003, he was elected  a member of the Royal Society of Marine Artists. 

Martin has now moved into oil painting, and with it, a wider variety of subject matter. He is still painting boats, but in addition has looked at abstraction, portraiture, the nude and visualising lines of poetry. Most recently, he has returned to his origins, creating a body of stylised, semi-abstract landscapes.

Married to fellow artist Melanie Swan, Martin has four children. He is now Vice President of the RSMA.
Barbara Long
Barbara is a contemporary painter and printmaker and uses strong vibrant colour in mixed media works of the sea, the countryside and cities. Inspiration comes from life in the twenty-first century in both the natural and manmade worlds.

Her seascapes are both calm and powerful depicting the sea in its many guises and her work on cities is fast and colourful reflecting life in the urban conurbation. Finally, her paintings of the countryside interpret the marked seasonal changes that occur throughout the year. This year, Barbara has been creating pictures with felt and photomontage. 

With a focus on the exploration of colour, shape and texture, Barbara's aim is to create a visual language which communicates her emotions and expressions to the viewer.

Barbara was born and grew up in Ryde and then left the Island after getting married. She obtained a BA Hons Degree in Fine Art from The University for Creative Arts, returning to the Island with her husband in 2012.

Barbara is a member of The Ryde Art Collective (TRAC)
Kelly Murdoch - Ztam Photography

Kelly, 36, is self taught in Photography, Post Processing & Design, with a passion for aviation photography. Kelly says that for her, there's nothing like capturing the speed of the Red Arrows and the gracefulness of a Spitfire - she just loves capturing that moment in time.

Kelly learnt her skills from her father's love and passion for photography and developing her own skills along the way through working in various areas of the industry. Like her father, she shares a love and specialization for Aviation Photography, which is now where the main focus of her work is. It all started off 16 years ago when her Nan bought her first camera, a little Fuji Digital camera. She now uses a Canon 7d MK11 and wouldn't be without it. She also loves capturing people, animals and the weather. Currently ranking 6th in the world via Pixoto, Kelly has had her work shown worldwide and has been published in newspapers and magazines. She came second in the Isle of Wight Photographer of the Year and won first place in a world wide competition featuring over 10,000 photos.

Kelly was born with Spina bifida but has never let that stop her, even when her childhood was spent having endless operations. Recently it has been discovered that she now has Syringomyelia, Chiari, and Diastematomyelia. Kelly said: "Every day I wake up each day not knowing how that day will be. Some days I can't even get out of bed, some days are harder than others but while each day comes and goes, I am grateful for everything I have in life including my Photography, Art & Design. While I can carry on I will but sadly there will be a day when I won't. Until that day I will search for ways to carry on and I will still capture those precious moments in time."

Becky Samuelson
Becky has been painting professionally for 27 years, based from her studio in St Helens with a particular interest in seascape and landscape painting. Throughout these years, she has become a member of ‘The Society of Women Artists’ and ‘The Hilliard Society of Miniaturists’.

Much of Becky's inspiration comes from our amazing Island countryside with its huge diversity and great natural light plus painting trips abroad, providing her with constant inspiration. She particularly loves the use of colour and the effect of light and seeks out new and innovative ways of interpreting her subject. Becky enjoys all mediums and explores new ways in which they can be used, laying much emphasis on painting on location where the subject can be freely interpreted and freshness gained from direct contact with the subject. 

Over the years Becky's work has been exhibited through private exhibitions and in galleries both on and off the Isle of Wight including Seaview Arts, Bembridge Gallery, Green Buoy Arts, Cowes and Kendalls Gallery Isle of Wight; Mall Galleries, London; Royal College of Arts, London; UK Fine Art Ledbury; Alexander Gallery Bristol and galleries in Datchet and Petersfield. She exhibits annually with ‘The Art for Youth ‘Exhibition and with ‘The Society of Women Artists’ exhibition both held at The Mall Galleries. Becky is represented by DDFA Licensing and has also had prints and greeting cards published through Medici Galleries, Noel Tatt and Artmarketing.               
Carly Groves
Title: Racing Light
Size: 73cm x 58cm
Medium: Oil

Carly is a self-taught artist and paints any subject that grabs her attention.  She paints mainly beachscapes and seascapes with particular focus to light on water and reflections.  This scene was painted during Cowes Week, after Carly had been out in a spectator boat and took lots of photos in amongst the action.  Carly says she liked this view of Cowes in the distance with the light appearing to dance on the water.
Chris Gillies
Chris specializes in oil paintings onto canvas or panel of local marine subjects.
Chris is an active member of art groups in Cowes and Newport. A keen supporter of the Isle of Wight.
Landscapes Exhibition and has frequently been amongst the prize winners, collecting first prize in 2008 and is a featured artist in Robin McInnes’s book Landscape Paintings of the Isle of Wight”
Chris’s work is widely collected with paintings in New Zealand, Australia and The United States.
Ivan Lapper
After eight years full time art training, Ivan graduated from the Royal College of Art in 1962. He has worked for over fifty years as a freelance artist, working in many fields including press and publishing work, book jackets and book illustration including David Attenborough “The Trials of Life” 

Ivan has done a wide range of historical reconstruction paintings for English Heritage, CADW, The National Trust and Historic Royal Palaces. Fourteen of his paintings formed part of the 2000 Millennium Exhibition at the Tower of London and are included in the book, “The Tower of London - A 2000 Year History.” His work went on permanent display at the Tower of London Environs Exhibition in 2004 when he was presented to the Queen. His paintings of the Tower of London are now part of the Royal Collection.

A member of the Federation of British Artists he has exhibited his paintings at the Royal Institute of Water Colour Painters, The Royal Institute of Oil Painters The Discerning Eye and The New English Art Club exhibitions all held at the Mall Galleries. Ivan has won the Charles Pears award in 2006 and 2007, and the Arts Club Prize and the Windsor and Newton Oil Painting Prize in 2009. As a member of the Royal Society of Marine Artists since 2010 he exhibits at the RSMA annual exhibition held every October at the Mall Galleries.

Ivan was a part time lecturer in Illustration and Life Drawing at various colleges including Hornsey College of Art, St Martin’s School of Art, The Ruskin School (Oxford University) , Camberwell School of Art and Kingston University.
Sienna Anderson
Title: Round the Island 2016
Size: Print - A3, Canvas - approx 2ft x 3ft
Medium: Limited edition print (50 prints)

Sophia Flowers
Sophia has always been creative and nothing made her happier than spending hours and hours as a child drawing, painting and creating pictures, cards and surprise gifts.  This love of creation continued throughout her education where she achieved top grades.  It was the intention to go into art college.  However, she ended up training to be a Personal Assistant.

Sophia's job involved interaction with people all over the world and this gave her the impetus to travel.  She loves the diversity of different cultures, the colour and flamboyancy.  This, together with her love of nature, certainly influences all of her artwork.

Sophia came to the Isle of Wight in October 2013 and really enjoys Island life.  She now teaches and encourages everyone to be creative - she says she loves it when a person who feels they “can’t paint” or are “not good enough” leaves the session with a completed canvas and a smile on their face.  

Sophia says true art is about letting go and allowing the painting to paint itself and this is what she wishes to impart to others.
Stepping into the world of art is a world of colour, imagination and creativity where anything is possible.  Sophia says she is having an amazing life and it is taking her to places and experiences that she could not have imagined.

In addition, she runs Residential Painting Holidays in Southern France, gives demonstrations and completes commissions.

Anne Axford

Anne is a watercolour artist and Trustee of Earl Mountbatten Hospice. 

She particularly enjoys painting animals, taking a quirky and surprising approach that aims to make people smile. Her work involves the use of gold leaf, watercolour, acrylic and mixed media.


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