An example of inspiring forthcoming artists in the MADhurst Art Trail
Chloe Dowsett As a working graduate my practise runs parallel to a new career in education. Having the freedom to work and learn in a busy proactive space really helps promote new ideas and mediums throughout my practise.
My work holds strength in drawing. Be that mark making, print, paint or sculpture. Drawing expressively, instinctively and often through chance. Size and scale are important and directly relate to my medium. How I acquire each tool and technique always directly corresponds to my environment and found or local materials I can acquire by chance.
I think it is important to experiment, layer, cut and manipulate to leave the outcome of each piece partly out of my hands. This 'Fluxus' way of working lends itself to the type of artist willing to hand over control of the work. This process it something I will continue to explore.
I have a rolling sketchbook and all of my work on my website:
Local to Midhurst I have a studio just outside Chichester in Hanaker. Feel free to contact me on: firstname.lastname@example.org
Corrina Holyoake is an illustrator / artist and writer, based in Bognor Regis. She has been in the illustrating / publishing profession the past nine years and within that time has had many books published with various authors around the world. Prior to this she was a graphic designer in the printing industry. She specialises in children's book illustration and has published her own book Animania, an animal alphabet book with a twist. She has also recently returned to fine art with her new Splatterink art style and has undertaken many commissions the past year of different subjects in this style, the most popular being pet portraits and portraits.
She is a huge colourist at heart, so you will notice that her artwork is very bright and cheerful; decorative, and whimsical. She will explore any facet that presents itself, and enjoys experimenting with different styles and mediums to see where it will lead her. Experimentation, she believes, is what keeps her passion alive and keeps her growing as an artist. You would be forgiven in thinking her work is done by different artists’ as her artworks vary from the cute illustrations, to impressionistic landscapes, tattoo designs and then darker artwork to name a few.
When she has not got a paintbrush in her hand she enjoys spending time with her husband and two children and loves all things weird, wacky and a little taboo.
Frances Vigars is an artist and teacher, having studied at Bath Academy of Art and at Cooper Union in New York. She also practices life drawing, which she describes as the artist’s equivalent of scales for a musician.
Frances views her work as a journey. Working with colour and texture in paint and other materials, she “plays” with the conflicting planes these create. Each piece is rich in layers of colour, texture and structure so that the more you look into it, the more it reveals. This technique is clearly evident in her landscapes, which balance a distinct tension between abstraction and realism.
Also to let you know that I will be part of Surrey Artists’ Open Studios again this year. However I’m not exhibiting at home but at a friend’s studio in Milland.
Milland Farmhouse Studio.
Hants GU30 7JP
11am - 5pm
June 8th, Sat 9th, Sun 10th, Sat 16th and Sun 17th.
Gail Styles studied at Portsmouth university and has a BA in Fine Art.
I have worked in a variety of mediums over the years but painting is my passion. This body of work is executed in mixed media on handmade paper ranging in various sizes. I build up layers of colour and texture that are fluid and vibrant to depict landscapes, seascapes, rivers and mountains inspired by the places I love to visited.
I will be exhibiting in the Garton’s cafe You can contact me at email@example.com
Sculptures by Jane Fremantle
Jane Fremantle has an MFA in Sculpture from West Dean College.
Her work explores the material qualities of stone, the different ways in which it can be worked, and celebrates the natural stone surface. Jane tries to find a balance between her inspirations and the stone’s own character.
Prices for sculptures range from £300 - £1000
For more information, or if you would like to visit the studio in Chilgrove, please contact Jane Fremantle
Or visit janefremantle.net
Please visit Jane's solo exhibition Atlantic Edge
2 – 7 October, Oxmarket Gallery, Chichester.
Maggie Cochran is a Hampshire based coastal landscape painter who draws her inspiration from the wild Cornish coast, which she visits as often as she can, and from the Solent shores near where she lives. She is always drawn to that threshold between land and sea and by the ever-changing light over it. The weather plays an important part in her work and she is never happier than when sitting on a beach battling the elements while trying to capture the essence of how it feels to be there.
Her preferred medium is water-based oils and she loves the accidental that can happen when working with them. When possible she prefers to paint en plein air, which gives an energy to her work. Her paintings capture a phenomenological sense of being in that landscape with the prevailing weather and light.
Maggie won the Cornwall Life Landscape Painter of the Year 2016.
She graduated from Chichester University with a degree in Fine Art in 2017 and has recently formed the Peninsular Artists Collective to support artists living on the Gosport peninsula.
Maggie will be opening her home studio as part of Hampshire Open Studios from 10.00 till 4.00 on the following days in August: Saturday 18th, Sunday 19th, Monday 20th, Wednesday 22nd, Thursday 23rd, Sunday 26th and Monday 27th.
Visit her at 68 Crescent Rd, Gosport, PO12 2DN
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Jeanette Sutton is a Midhurst artist who likes to experiment and change both in styles and techniques in painting. Previous Art Trail work has featured underwater scenes, coral and beetles. This year, because of the venue she decided to focus on a floral theme.
‘Last year many of my paintings were based on hedgerows. I liked the chaos and crowded jumble of plants in a particular hedgerow in a layby near Singleton This year I wanted to use happy, cheerful colours, so chose magenta and turquoise as my starting point and used more garden based imagery’.
Jeanette has helped to organise the Art Trail for MADhurst for the last few years.