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Toilet Seat Art Fundraiser: Meet the Artists

As our novel toilet seat art fundraising project draws closer to its unveiling in October, we take the opportunity to get to know the artists who are helping us raise money for Headway Sussex.

Mark Glassman

My recent paintings are an on-going dialogue between my vision and the Sussex landscape that surrounds me, where I continue to experiment with the fluid and textural qualities of paint, abstracted forms and graphic simplicity based on feeling and observation.  

A particular obsession has been the shingle beach which has inspired a series of works of increasing abstraction and also the 'lost village' of Tide Mills  which stands as a fragmented ruin close to where I live; this has been the inspiration for another on-going series of paintings.

Maria Caulfield MP​

I have chosen to turn the toilet seat into the Parliamentary Seat of Lewes. I have done this in a collage, using images from the constituency, Westminster and of my fellow politicians.

This mix represents the varying aspects of the life of a Member of Parliament, and the balancing act that each of us has between our work in Parliament and our work in the constituency, and how they mix together.

Headway East Sussex

Drawing and art are an important part in cognitive maintenance and rehabilitation following brain injury.  We opened up this project to clients who do not always engage in art and it really inspired them.  They enjoyed the process and rediscovered old skills.

We have around 20 clients a day attending our centre in Newick where we offer a range of practical, cognitive and social activities including art, pottery, woodwork, and gardening as well as more focussed courses on areas like fatigue management.

If you know someone who has suffered a stroke or experienced concussion then you know someone with a brain injury.

For more information go to www.headwayeastsussex.org.uk or e-mail info@headwayeastsussex.org.uk

Lauren Bartlett

My name is Lauren A.K.A Lozzatronics and I enjoy a working in a variety of mediums. I use my sewing skills to create jewellery creatures from faux leather and felt.  

In my spare time I love to paint and sketch animals, discovering new species and interesting facts as I go.

My Instagram handle is @Lozzatronics and my facebook is www.facebook.com/lozzatronics.

 

Sophie Larsen

I've always enjoyed being creative in my spare time. Decoupage-ing old furniture, re-vamping mirrors, collecting driftwood, and more recently I've developed an obsession with seaglass and turning it into wearable pieces. 

I've been involved in local craft markets, however due to a very slow turnover I decided to turn to retail outlets to sell my things. I currently supply driftwood and seaglass items to Daniel Laurence in the Artists Quarter on Brighton seafront. 

Please check my Instagram: seaside_rocks, or Facebook page: seaside rocks.

Chris Swayne

Crocodile Swayne (Chris) spent some years in Australia, and made various trips into the Outback. There he befriended a group of aborigines who attempted to teach him dot art, a style now familiar to us here in Europe and indeed worldwide. 

After returning to the UK, he spent many years in the landscape gardening business, and currently works on a private estate in the depths of Sussex. Dot painting has now become a hobby, and a great way to relax and unwind.

Some pieces have sold, some just to brighten up the home, and others given as gifts.

Nadia Chalk

I am inspired by the strength and beauty of seascapes and landscapes. Using foraged pieces of wood and rusty metal to make 3D dwellings.
Each piece dictates its own identity with natural forms and patterns that are enhanced with inks and paint.

Most of the sculptures are designed to be viewed from all angles like a real land/seascape, playing with scale and colours to create a narrative.
As an illustrator and maker I enjoy the challenge of exploring new materials and techniques. Commissions welcome for portraiture, book illustration & sculptures.

Sue Collins

Sue is an artist, printmaker, designer and workshop tutor.  Using a combination of photography and sketching, as well as drawing on her own person experiences and memories, she creates images.  Her work is hand printed and produced at her studio in the beautiful Sussex countryside.

Find out more about Sue on her website:  
www.suecollinsart.com

Rachael Banham

I first discovered my love of drawing and painting, particularly from life and nature in my teens, growing up in the Norfolk countryside. To pursue a career in art, I gained a BA(Hons) in Art & Design in Suffolk and a couple of years later started my own business as a self employed Graphic Designer.

My business, Lazy Daisy has continued over the years around family life, photography and my faith. I am happily married with two gorgeous girls and we moved to Uckfield in 2016, soon settling in to the beautiful surroundings of East Sussex. 

I am excited to be a part of this exhibition and love the opportunity to use my art to be part of something to help others and have a bit of fun along the way... bottoms up!

Sarah Gauntlett

Sarah Gauntlett is a Sussex based artist working mainly in the acrylic medium. Her work is loosely landscape based, a contemporary form of impressionism.

Her work seeks to express with a sense of wonder and simplicity through the focus of the colourful landscape around us in a mindful way.

As a calming and grounding experience, it aims to encourage the view to celebrate and rejoice in this, offering a space to dream. Her vibrant abstract landscapes attempt to capture both her passion for colour and the essence and emotion of a place, but painted in a playful explorative way as a visual expression. Paintings to make you smile, with a generous dollop of imagination thrown in. 

A particular obsession has been the shingle beach which has inspired a series of works of increasing abstraction and also the 'lost village' of Tide Mills  which stands as a fragmented ruin close to where I live; this has been the inspiration for another on-going series of paintings.

Liza Morton

Nestled in the South Downs is 'The Old Dairy' in Glynde Village. Here you will find Liza's studio with all of her pottery animals and vintage paper art work.

Her inspiration for her creation is the wonderful town of Lewes and its historic buildings. Photography and Adobe Photoshop are key to her practice of merging History and the Modern World.

Bella Chalk

Studying Art & Design at Northbrook Metropolitan College, I enjoy exploring all forms of art and design with a particular passion for illustration and printmaking.

I also have an interest in 3D paper-cut interiors and product design combined with illustrative techniques. Commissions welcome for large scale murals as well as personalised 3D paper-cuts.

Naomi Frances

Naomi Frances is a Stained Glass maker and Illustrator based in Worthing, West Sussex.
She makes images on found paper or metal or wood, anything that has had a history,  using a wet sgraffito technique to allow the image to emerge as if it was waiting to be found.

She is inspired by the natural world and likes to combine the two disciplines of glass and painting to make something unique.

Christye McKinney

After turning down offers to study fine art at University, Christye pursues her artistic work on a part time basis taking commisions as and when they arise.

Her passion is pen & ink illustration but she also works with acrylics and other paint medium favouring both portraiture and still life. She is inspired by the world around her, drawing as she sees and bringing her unique style to the things around her.

Barry Deeprose

My name is Barry Deeprose and I work at Chandlers in Lewes, I paint for pleasure in my spare time and my favourite subjects are nature, including water, trees, seascapes, landscapes, etc.

I've always had an interest in maritime history and enjoy painting ships. I thought a water theme would be good for a toilet seat & I think 19th Century Schooner's are particularly elegant.

Marie Vickers 

I am a Worthing based artist and I primarily paint the female form. I share a  beach hut/gallery space with 3 other artists called Four at the Shore at East Beach Studios in Worthing. 

Jasmin Stringer

Jasmin Stringer is studying for a Degree in Illustration whilst running a welding business with her husband in East Sussex.

Inspired by the South Downs and walks in the countryside with her family and dogs, she has sold artworks both nationally and internationally.

Kayleigh Sinclair

Kayleigh illustrates in her spare time as a hobby, focusing on typography and incorporating pop culture references into her work.

After spending most of her career working in and around the outskirts of London, she's currently enjoying her new job based amongst the rolling fields of Ringmer in Chandlers Head Office.

Although normally basing her work around pen and ink mediums, she's straying into unfamiliar territory and will be using 300 pieces of cutlery for her finished project to create a multi-sensory experience.
Let's hope it doesn't go down the pan!

Instagram: copperfoxillustrations

Philomena Harmsworth

A painter of twenty years all of a sudden I have discovered pottery! Last year the paintings were literally starting to leave the surface of the canvas and that after a short pottery course I realised, with utter delight, that so many of the paintings were actually supposed to have been pots all along!

This is an interesting concept as makes pots that I now feel are supposed to be paintings! Now ensconced in a project coined the Many Vesseled Women, literally female figurines made up of domestic vessels – traditionally hand-thrown bowls, vases. They have a dichotomy of traditionally produced domestic ware with a sassy decorative element.

Find out more about me and my work:
www.philomenaharmsworthart.co.uk
FB: Philomena Harmsworth Artist
Instagram: Philomena Harmsworth Artist

Dave Steward

Another member of the Chandlers team, Dave works as an HGV Driver for our Lewes branch. First getting into painting and drawing at around the age of 12, Dave has been particularly inspired by the Spanish artist and Surrealist Salvador Dalí. 

Amongst Dave's favourite subjects to paint are people, animals and landscapes. The photo to the left is of a painting completed by Dave recently which will soon be on display in our Bathroom Showroom.

Leonie Mathiot​

I am a 20 year old student studying medical neuroscience at the University of Sussex. I have loved art since I was a toddler and I have been painting in this style since I was 13 when I saw a beautiful vibrant market print in a cafe in Brighton.

It inspired me so much that the second I got home I started painting. In the years since, I have refined my style and am now proud to say my works are completely unique and my own. 

Tamsin Williams

In October 2012 my partner suffered a severe stroke at the age of 38. He and his family benefitted from Headway's services in the immediate aftermath so it is my pleasure to help fundraise here for such an amazing charity.

I was educated in Steiner Schools and later studied Fine Art at Camberwell and Falmouth Colleges of Art. In 2010 I graduated from Kent University with a first class degree in Social Anthropology. 

I have worked creatively with children in Steiner schools, privately as a nanny/mother's help and also with my step children. 

I recently began painting again for pleasure and was inspired to open an Etsy shop following requests for prints and commissions from people who saw my projects on Facebook. My Etsy shop name is 'LewesSkyGallery'. Check it out! I do commissions and sell giclee prints and gift cards of my paintings. You can also 'follow' my creative projects and get in touch via Facebook and Instagram: 

Facebook: Lewes Sky Gallery
Instagram: @LewesSkyGallery

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