Louise Bourgeois

Louise Bourgeois – fugue  (

Her drawings are simple line drawings but within the lines there is an angst.  There are images of a large spider with a human face, images of a sexual nature, childbirth and conception.  Her work is dramatic even though it consists of lines and shapes and shows that drawings don’t have to be detailed to have impact and show feelings.  and

Alison Carlier

Alison uses sound to create an images. She uses speech recordings which allows the listener to interpret her words into their own image.   She uses something that we would not normally consider as a tool to create an image. and

Katie Sollohub

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Katie Sollohub

Katie’s drawings look like they are worked in charcoal or pastel as they are soft and smudged.  There is a lot of variation in tone, really dark black areas to just a hint of shading.  She uses lines and shading with lovely effect, there is no detail but still there is perspective and

I love her paintings. They are colourful, modern and varied.  It is smudgy, simple, no detail just lots of colour and impact.

Katie Sollohub – Everything and The Kitchen Sink – oil on canvas

I also love the fact that she wears overalls while she works!  Very inspiring work.

http://www.katiesollohub and I follow her on facebook and instagram

Roanna Wells

Roanna uses brush marks to create her images. They are regular marks with tonal changes, sometimes lighter or darker than the next one, complete brush marks or parts. They look like painted fingernails to me, maybe not what she had intended!

Her stitching is monochrome and is straight stitching build up to create an image. Some of her images remind me of dust blown across paper or a childhood toy where you used a magnet to move iron filings to put hair on faces! Only someone who grew up in the ’60’s would remember that!

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Roanna Wells – stitches
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Roanna Wells – Variations on Payne’s Grey

I like her stitching, this type of stitching has become popular recently.

Michael Griffiths

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Michael Griffiths – Forgotten not gone

Outline shapes, bold colours. This is not art that I understand or can relate to.  It does illustrate that although I don’t particularly like or understand it, to other people it is great art and they resonate with it.  Not everyone will like or understand my creative output but that doesn’t matter.

Debbie Smyth

Debbie’s work is a modern version of something else I did as a child.  Creating patterns around pins stuck into a piece of polystyrene or plywood.  Her images have a ghostly, wispy quality and range from familiar objects to landscapes.  They are effective and clever. They remind me of when my sewing machine bobbin loses its tension and produces a tangle of threads underneath my fabric.


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Debbie Smyth and

Hilary Ellis

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Hilary Ellis – Pale Remembered II detail

Hilary is a mixed media artist, her work is mostly small marks repeated lots of times to build up an image.  She describes her work as “an obsessive preoccupation with repetition” and “an attempt to impose order on chaos”.

I really like her work and it illustrates how mark making in whatever medium you choose can have a powerful result.

http:/// and I follow her on instagram

Alex Chalmers

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Alex Chalmers – Untitled (for Ian Welsh)

He produces grid drawings, a series of lines meeting a dots producing a mesh like image. The grid is not regular but has areas of varying intensity of marks which appears to make the paper undulate.  Other pieces of his work are asymmetrical so the design looks like a mirror image.


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