Beyond Landscapes: Artist’s Statements

Alison Waters

My work is based upon the environment that surrounds me and until recently focused on the ephemerality of nature. However, a recent move of studios to Canal Street, Stockport has inspired and influenced me to create a new body of industrial style work. Stockport’s architecture reflects both the Victorian industrial age and mid 20th century Modernism; brick chimneys and brutalist shapes stand side by side in this northern town. Currently Stockport is undergoing a massive regeneration I am looking to capture and document this juxtaposition of styles as its urban landscape changes once again.

Andrew Bradburn

I am a 70-year-old artist who thinks he is still 21. I have Parkinson’s, which I have had for the last twenty years. This terrible disease is uncurable. I was diagnosed with the condition over 20 years ago when I was only in my early 50s. During that time, although there have been improvements, the basic treatment is still the same. I am generally positive, but I cannot walk very far, have terrible balance, and struggle to control just about everything. I paint in an expressive style, which is fast and loose. In an attempt to capture the decisive moment l saw each landscape. All the profits from the sale of my watercolor landscapes go to the charity Parkinsons UK, so please give generously.

Bernadette Bone

I am an aspiring artist who works as a conservation architect. I am fascinated by our historic built environment, it’s urban landscapes and how they evolve. The work is a study of the view from my studio at Wellington House on Pollard St East, using soft pastels and mixed media onto overlays of historic maps. The diptych captures the layers of industrial history in this part of Manchester with the Grade II listed Brunswick Mill juxtaposed against the sea of shipping containers and the dramatic gas holder stations in the background.

Brenda Hird

Brenda Florence Hird, is a fine artist specialising in abstract landscapes and Life Drawing. Brenda attended Manchester Metropolitan University during the 1980s and obtained a degree in Fine Art and Art History. Brenda’s work is mainly concerned with the world around her and her response to the landscapes, seascapes and beautiful countryside of England. Brenda helps to run a life drawing class and during lockdown attended many zoom drawing classes. Recently Brenda exhibited at Inch Arts in Altrincham and has been Part of the Larger than Life on line exhibition attached to Life drawing Plus in Manchester. Brenda is now involved in a project which will culminate in a one woman exhibition entitled 8 Women. This project is about the enduring friendship of 8 women including Brenda who have been friends since age 4. These women are now aged 60 plus and deserve to be honoured . Brenda’s aim is to portray each of the friends as the women of her generation, not just wives mothers and grandmothers but the paintings will be about each woman, portray their interests and who they are as a woman. Brenda participated in the Channel 4 programme DRAWERS OFF which was aired in June. Brenda recently exhibited at Chorlton Arts Festival during May 2022. In June 2022 Brenda exhibited at Cotton on Manchester’s One Night In Moda. Brenda is currently exhibiting at the Open Exhibition at Salford Art Gallery which runs until September 2022. Brenda is also part of a travelling international exhibition entitled TWINS .. This started in Genoa Italy and ends in Mexico later this year.

Chris Bardsley

Self taught artist. After working in Architecture for forty years, I now work as a delivery driver for Sainsbury’s. Mainly working in watercolours and pen and wash. The artwork is fantasy study of a mixture of building types with a little environmentally wind power thrown in.

Darren Bennison

I’m an amateur watercolour artist based in South Manchester, with a passion for cityscapes. The artworks submitted are original paintings, the images were captured on a leisurely wander around Manchester this spring.

David Cavanagh

Born and bred in the North West, I have a passion for beautiful skies and nature. I love nothing more than getting out into the wilderness surrounding Manchester to find inspiration for my artwork. The works I’ve submitted have taken inspiration from walks where I live in Didsbury and the Peak District.

David McCorry

Dave McCorry is a Scottish Artist living and working in Manchester. Dave’s work explores the various ways in which we memorialise space and place and is interested in how accessing memories of significant spaces changes the memory itself. Dave’s work tends towards the abstract and is centred around drawing and mark making, with some painting and small sculptural work. Dave likes pens.

Elaine Fox

My work relates a sense of beauty and essence of what landscape evokes in my subconscious by revealing a spirituality to the landscape and the otherness that we take for granted. The effects of light, colour and intuitive response play a major role in my paintings and drawings. I am based in the North West of England and my work evokes the wild landscapes of our coastlines and interiors and at the heart of my practice is an innate love of landscape and the responses to the beauty that exists all around us. By using my experiences and observations to capture an essence of feeling, energy and colour that is not based on a particular view or image but exists as a collection of visual prompts that have been observed from nature, I find being in the outdoors is an important part of my thought process, it helps me think more clearly, form ideas and discover new subject matter, sometimes the simplest everyday view can provide an exciting new beginning for a painting, drawing on location helps me to record these initial thoughts and observations. Working plein air has helped me to inject more energy and spontaneity into my arts practice. I particularly enjoy views from an elevated vantage point or in the valleys among the hills and mountains. I have also been a participant of Landscape Artist of the Year and been included in exhibitions around the North West of England.

Emily Bagshaw

Emily Bagshaw is a multi-disiplinary artist/designer, specialised in material and surface innovation. Throughout her practice, Emily explores how materiality and tactility can be used to elicit elements of the rural landscape in urban environments. The project ‘Haptic Landscapes’ is a result of how digital software reads and translates captured elements of the landscape. These micro, tactile tiles question what we view as an authentic experience in nature and effective biophilic design as we transcend further into digitalised and urbanised living. Furthermore, ‘Inhabit’ is an extruded 3D printed tile that houses insects in order to restore biodiversity in city centres. ‘Inhabit’ re-thinks the form and purpose of elements of architectural builds to serve other species.

Emily Gates

My artwork predominantly explores landscapes, capturing places I have a connection with both locally and further afield. I work in collage and mixed media; I draw and paint with the paper, tearing, layering, building textures and developing the colours as I go. I search out old books in charity shops, along with dressmaker’s patterns, maps, and anything with interesting and unique text and illustrations to add greater depth and meaning to my collages.

Emma Jackson

The ethereal experience of an audience when viewing performance arts inspires my practice research, with a focus on dramatisation of the mundane. Absence, loss and memory are core themes. Working with archives and found objects, I investigate the transmogrification of the everyday to the theatrical. Imagined landscapes emerge, serving not only as manifestations of a moment in time, but also an extension of the self now departed.

Erica Pham

A contemporary creative with a passion for exploring the corners of the world, escaping to the depths of the soul and contemplating the beauty of the mundane parts of life. Inspired by all of life’s experiences internally and externally and transforming them into powerful poetry and vibrant mixed media paintings. Expressed through the lens of romance, nostalgia, beauty and joy. About the artwork: Inspired by my nomadic travels, this piece captures the mysteries in Mostar. A beautiful historic city in Bosnia & Herzegovina. It was the first time during my European road trip, where I really started to feel like I was heading east. I wanted to capture the feeling of being within that place. Like a time portal. Yet the true enigma is the black cat, which often leaves me wondering how it’s doing.

Georgia Noble

Through the predominant use of oil paint, my artistic practice transcends the conventions of traditional landscape painting to invite the viewer into a constructed fictional space that encourages them to interact with the composition in a way that is unique to them. I refer to my artworks regularly as ‘abstract landscapes’ – a phrase that seems highly contradictory – yet fully defines my painting process as, once resolved, each is most likely to be interpreted as a form of landscape but has been constructed through explorations and methods of abstraction. The sense of ‘somewhere other’ is represented through a bold and colourful palette, as well as varying techniques of careful blending, expressive mark making and deliberate scraping back into layers of paint underneath to create a narrative that allows for fluidity between the foreground and background. Furthermore, there is often an omission of clear structure or a definite horizon line in my work, given the abstract origins of each piece. However, as I progress further into a painting I use suggestive and expressive marks in a more thoughtful and conscious way to allude to aspects of the natural environment. These familiarities found within the paintings provide the viewer with a sense of stability and recognition with the world they are accustomed to, while the more abstract formations deliver a sense of escapism, resulting in my work being caught somewhere playfully between the two.

Gerry Halpin

My paintings in oil, acrylic and pastel are expressive responses, in an interpretive and abstract way of recording the landscape particularly the coast and moors. Drawing from the subject quite loosely in my sketchbook, I then return to the studio to work on the paintings. I prefer to paint the sensations stirred by my being in the landscape rather than recording the figurative aspect of what I see. I wish to engage both eye and mind, using the subject as a starting point of my painterly explorations. The physical act of applying paint is most important to me, allowing the mark making to be a significant part of experience. This present group of paintings are all based on my rambles across various coastal areas, looking at the effects of tide, erosion, weather and shoreline debris. Pebbles, shells, wrecks, jetties and weathered groynes have a wonderful visual presence along the shore and are the focus of my initial drawings.

Hayley Jeffers

Hayley is a self taught Manchester artist. Her inspiration comes from an emotional and physical response to landscapes. A place where she spends time with family and feels a deep connection. She enjoys working in acrylic and mixed media creating layers in her work showing a rich history. She has to date exhibited in Warrington and Altrincham.

Helen Kerr

Since I retired, I have been painting and experimenting with different mediums. I like using acrylics especially for large canvasses. I enjoy creating images with lots of texture and sometimes using collage.

Ian Vines

Much of my work seeks to engage the spectator in the process of looking. In both of these works, there is an interplay between landscape images and actual objects, pictorial space and real space. Rotating the images, dramatic shifts in scale and various trompe l’oeil effects also create visual disjunctions that seek to go beyond traditional notions of landscape. I have exhibited my work across Greater Manchester, including Castlefield Gallery, PS Mirabel and AIR Gallery Altrincham. Recently, I was part of bOlder, a GMCA/Castlefield Gallery visual art talent programme.

Janet Howkins

Janet Howkins is a mixed media artist from Leigh, Greater Manchester. Janet’s work explores the intricacies found in nature, particularly the physical and metaphorical layers of decay/deterioration over time. Much of her work is in response to the idea behind residual memories, capturing a specific moment in time. Using materials collected from location such as botanicals and other found objects from villages, reservoirs, urban landscapes and coastal paths, Janet combines the finest details in nature and the textures from urban landscapes to create wild inspired pieces.

Jasmine Su Juanyan Gardner

For thousands of years, landscape painting sat, and continues to sit, atop of the painting style hierarchy in China due to its refined associations with scholarly studies and religion. However, traditional Chinese customs limited women’s opportunity to delve into this fine art and were therefore left out of the inner art circles. This work aims to pair the feminist dystopian with the title of this piece; a Chinese phrase that expresses the act of visualising idealised landscapes. By deploying its monochromatic shades of pinks, this hand-painted scroll acts as a soothing testimony of the deeply embedded injustices that lie within gender binaries that has (and still is) affected Chinese and East/South-East women in the art world.

Jen Orpin

Jen Orpin graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University in 1996 with a degree in Fine Art. She lives in Manchester and joined Rogue Artists’ Studios in 2000. Her work is held in public and private collections both nationally and internationally and has been accepted into several Open Art exhibitions. Amongst these are the long list for the Jackson’s Open Painting Prize, The Warrington Contemporary Arts Festival, New Light Art Prize, The ING discerning Eye Exhibition, The Wells Art Contemporary, Bankley Open, Contemporary Six Gallery Open call and the first and second HOME Exhibitions where she was shortlisted on both occasions. She’s also exhibited in galleries in Bolton, Norfolk, Doncaster, Sheffield, Walsall, Liverpool and London. In 2018 she appeared on Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year where the judges chose her in their top three for the heat. She regularly shows with Saul Hay Fine Art and her paintings have appeared in two publications in conjunction with the Modernist Society, a project called Landscapes of Post War Infrastructure with a ten-week solo show at the Manchester Modernist Society and their 10 year anniversary publication. In May 2021 her motorway paintings were featured in the Guardian online and the Grid section of the Observer’s New Review arts and culture magazine. Jen has recently become an associate member of the Manchester Academy of Fine Arts. (MAFA) Statement I am a contemporary landscape painter and over the past 4 years my work has been a response to the themes around the journeys we make, the open road, liminal spaces, landmarks, memories, and nostalgia. The themes are portrayed in my paintings as empty motorways, roads, landmarks and bridges. As well as the daytime, I have also captured the romanticism of the fading light at dusk, driving at night and how car headlights impact the landscape it illuminates. The familiar topographies of well travelled routes can form a major role in sparking these memories and nostalgia. This, combined with the confinements of the car that often offers an intimate confessional space can remind us of the things that matter, have made an impact on us and never fail to show us where we’re up too and and how much further we have to go.

Jessica Cora Benson

I’m a traditional artist from Manchester UK specialising mainly in acrylics but I also love to work with a large variety of mediums besides acrylics, including inks, graphite and watercolour. Lover of all subject matters, you will see that the urban landscape, the natural world, botanicals wildlife and much more appear in my working’s Having never being able to confine myself to only one subject matter I like to push all limits when it comes to creativity. There is just too much beauty in the world for only one subject matter to take up all of the spotlight. In my creative encounters I find beauty in everything, everywhere I go and even in the darkness or every day ‘norm’ the world doesn’t have to be so mundane when expressed freely onto the canvas. Even living in the city can sometimes feel surreal to me given weather and atmosphere I like to see the unusual in the usual. My studio is where I embrace my witchy side and reflect on my inner workings in my at home studio and that’s just how I like to keep things ‘magical’ creating with the passion for all that is strange, unusual or even slightly eccentric. The mediums I use extend my love for life, the unknown, the wild and wonderful. Inspiration is everywhere we just need to know how to look for it. Magic can be as little as finding a white feather on the ground or having a ladybird or beetle land on you. Just the fact that we are able to wake up and breathe ever day is a miracle in itself. Having being born in Greater Manchester UK and having lived most of my life here you will see that the city plays a major part in my paintings.

John Trowsdale

A flexographic printer for over 40 years and a hobby landscape artist for many of those years. But my circumstances changed in 2020 with the covid pandemic arriving. This changed my whole outlook on life and the opportunity to realise a dream of mine to create art on a regular basis was born. Working from my studio, I try to produce landscape painting mainly in oil you could walk into, feel a connection with and see my passion is in every brush stroke.

Judith Miriam Turner

My inspiration comes from the landscape I see on my local walks and wider travels and also the natural forms of plants, particularly fruit and vegetables. When painting landscape I try to evoke the feel of the place, the season or time of day. Although my pictures are usually representational, I try to keep my work painterly and suggest as much as depict. Late afternoon and sunset are favourite times particularly since colour and the relationships between colours excite me. Often a painting will be based around complementary colours, and I try to use a limited range of colours within a painting to achieve harmony. Although I also work in acrylic, increasingly I have been using soft pastels, I enjoy their immediacy and tactile nature, the way I can layer the colours, and their mark-making abilities. ‘Cow Parsley at Clifton’ depicts an unmown field seen at the beginning of summer near Clifton Country Park. A warm colour underpins the painting making the greens lively and giving a summery feel to the picture.

‘Winter Reed Bed’ shows a view over the lower lake at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Cool colours, a limited palette and strong values depict the short winter day and dormant vegetation.

Katie Patel

Art is a journey into unknown territory. My work is more than a representation, a copy. I paint instinctively, seeking images with emotional resonance. As such, the subject matter of my work varies greatly. Painting predominantly in acrylics, using brushes, palette knives and pens, I often use vivid colours which can have an almost visceral impact. I like to make strong, bold marks and lines along with subtle, intricate detail to create an energetic contrast. Allowing work to develop intuitively, the results range from abstract to representational. My starting point for ‘Burning Rain’ was a sunset view of the Pennines heading towards Manchester from Leeds on the M62 motorway. Play with colour and mark-making on a small scale along with digital exploration with drawing tools, lead me to this larger celebration of colour and form on canvas. I tried to convey the joy and warmth I felt as I painted it. With ‘Dream of Tomorrow’, there was a strong desire to capture the emotions of the moment looking over this beautiful, wild landscape. From the rough texture and varied flora within arm’s reach, across the rugged Anglesey terrain lit by a searing sunset sky, I wanted to feel it all.

Kay Shah

Kay Shah is a British-Pakistani artist who graduated from Manchester School of Art with a BA (Hons) Fine Art. Through digital painting, he creates surreal semi-abstract spaces forming a suggestive narrative. Focusing on themes of distance, isolation, and other-worldliness, these environments serve as a space of exploration and for the viewer to be immersed; inhabiting them as if it were their own world. Shah has been in various exhibitions around Manchester and London, including being commissioned by Selfridges & Co., shortlisted for the Granada Foundation Prize and appeared on the BBC.

KJ Pocock

My work explores the inner world of the built and natural environment, their relationship to each other and to my own thoughts, dreams, memories and experiences. I am interested in the effect these different environments have on us and how we construct, feel and respond to them – physically, psychologically, knowingly and unknowingly. I construct and express this private interior of thoughts usually as a semi-abstracted space. It encompasses themes such as power, control, hierarchy, repetition, aggression, the passage of time, transformation and contemplation. I am interested in how the personal can represent the universal. Sometimes the subject and theme is about the wider built and natural environment, sometimes more personal about a special place and sometimes both together. I develop my ideas through a design process that involves sketches, investigative studies, technical drawings and computer aided design. I live and work in Manchester now but grew up in Dorset, where I lived on the edge of a small market town – with fields and river on one side, and dense buildings on the other side, of our home. This immediate contrast and movement between the built and natural environment, together with my later architecture studies at Cambridge University, has informed my work to this day. How and where do we want to live.

Lita Narayan

I did an art foundation course at Bolton Art College in the 1970’s and have since taught myself to paint in a more abstract style. My work is inspired by a love of the northern English countryside, and the architecture and atmosphere of towns and cities. I live and work in Greater Manchester, and much of my latest work has been inspired by the Manchester city centre itself – it’s vibrance, light, atmosphere, people – and rain. I work with acrylic and oil paint, ink, pencil, crayon and use a palette knife, brush, or scraper, or anything to hand to get the paint down to build the picture which is in my mind’s eye.

Malcolm Duffin

Salford artist Malcolm Duffin escapes the confines of the traditional studio to produce landscapes that explore our psychological relationship with nature and truth in this emerging age of uncertainty. His highly expressive and fluid artworks, combine traditional printmaking techniques with time and motion-based field recordings. Often using an adapted cinema usherette tray – he creates his works outdoors with both formal tools, free-moving steel ball bearings and found materials to make real-time ‘kinetic landscapes’ of journeys across Manchester and beyond. Marks on the plates are made fast and in the moment, responding to the movement of walking, climbing, sitting. All excursions are very different – a walk in the park, climbing stairs, a train journey, shopping, a trip to the beach. Works are then assembled, deconstructed, cut up or added to with additional processes back in the studio. The result is a fluid, real-time encounter with the landscape and its emotional and psychological imprint upon the senses and the self. Malcolm Duffin exhibits both nationally and internationally. In 2020 he won First Prize in the ‘Hommage à Trois’ international exhibition and most recently was part of the 2022 group show ‘Printers Pie’ at Hot Bed Press- a collateral exhibition to British Art Show 9. His works are held in the permanent collection of the National Library of Catalonia, Barcelona Spain.

Maria Chaloner

This work is inspired by Calgary Bay on The Isle of Mull, a place I love and have visited many times in my life. Each element represents one aspect of the landscape, the sculpture walk through the forest, the meadows rich in wild flowers and grasses, the golden beach strewn with driftwood and the ever-changing sky reflected in the turquoise sea. I chose to use this abstract approach because my fondest memories of this place are not linked with specific visual details in the landscape. The essence of this landscape for me is being immersed in the tones and textures of each separate element. Each one stands alone and evokes a sensory trigger and the combination of all of these completes my memories of this special place. The frame is an integral part of this landscape piece and has been made using the Yakasugi technique of charring wood to accentuate the beauty of the natural grains. Each of the four copper pieces have been created using different patina techniques. The different colours and textures are the result of chemical reactions with the copper and a variety of formulas and processes. The copper has then been sealed to preserve it. By understanding the reactive nature of copper as an element I am able to use the copper as my canvas and the chemicals as my paint. Whilst I can guide the metal to respond in certain ways each piece will also be affected by other environmental factors such as temperature and humidity. The result is an exciting culmination of my interaction and nurture and the copper’s own nature.

Marian Jazmik

I create abstract textile art inspired by the shapes and textures of the natural environment. Led by experimentation, my work evolves into highly textured 3D sculptures, wall pieces and vessels. The manipulation, construction and deconstruction of fabrics principally by heat, along with the inclusion of mixed materials usually destined for landfill are a key feature of my work.

Mark West

I am an abstract painter based in Ancoats. Having picked the brush and palette knife up during the lockdown, I am new to the abstract painting scene. Still in the development stage and always learning I have began to turn my hobby into a small business, selling paintings and being commissioned by a wide range of clients. I enjoy creating unique pieces of art for both residential and commercial interiors. Large or small I put as much time in to each piece of art to make sure it is exactly what I want to express. I have worked with a variety of themes and colours that inspire me. I am currently working on my fourth collection. The pieces of work I have submitted best represent the feeling of peace during the movement of time.

Matt Doyle

I’m a Manchester-based painter. My main interest is to represent distortions of memory using edited photos from my own personal collection as reference. I constantly experiment using a range of paint types, application techniques & supports. This painting is made from a montage of three different photos. The main photo is my partner about to take a photo on a glacial landscape in Iceland. I’ve then added myself and our dog and into the composition from different photos before making the painting from the combined image. The painting itself combines water-based and oil-based paint which is dripped, brushed and squeegeed onto the surface.

Matt Worden

As an artist I’m interested in the streets and pathways of this fine city using quickly composed photos as a starting point for my painting. I look to go beyond a slavish representation heightening colours and simplifying form to the point of abstraction. In my street scenes I’m interested in how people interact and inhabit the built environment and the element of storytelling I can convey in the painting. But people are often absent from my paintings of the urban green spaces in the city as these more solitary experiences for me. I Work predominately in oil paint but also use acrylic and mixed media such as collage. As well as painting I work freelance utilising my artistic skills across a verity of spaces running adult art sessions and in businesses using creative processes to facilitate new thinking and as sketch noter capturing conversations.

Michelle Olivier

My artwork sits somewhere between figuration and abstraction and is often made up of overlapping layers of marks made with paint, charcoal, and graphite, that reveal the making process. I find inspiration in the colours, shapes, and compositions found in the natural world and in the buildings and cityscapes of Manchester.

Michelle Taube

I completed a degree in Illustration at MMU and specialised in watercolour painting. I then did a PGCE and decided to go into teaching, which I have done alongside being an artist throughout my career. I have always produced and sold my own work. Over the years my work has changed but I have always been inspired by my local environment, that being Manchester. I work with a variety of materials and techniques which include oil paints, collage and photography and have become quite well known locally for my very recognisable style of working. I am interested in local people and often add them to my work, which has changed over the years from capturing people unknowingly, to them asking to be added to a painting. I enjoy observing my local surrounding and finding the beauty in the mundane. Using a variety of materials and processes on one piece of work allows me to experiment with techniques and explore various outcomes. I am interested in the title ‘Landscape’, particularly from an urban viewpoint. I am inspired by architecture and cityscapes, being drawn to the colour and often lack of colour that exists in such places. My work is the way I would like to see the world portrayed, instead of how it exists. The colours are heightened and objects are abstracted to create a new, happier reality.

Morag Quilliam

I enjoy the use of paint and the intensity of colour Exploring the dynamic of playing with that colour on the painted surface. I work intuitively and enjoy experimentation which develops into abstract shapes. With potential! Surface pattern is also a part of my work which I am sure comes from many years working in textile art. This piece of work invokes thoughts of summer sun and sunsets over a lazy sea

Nerissa Cargill Thompson

Nerissa Cargill Thompson originally trained in Theatre Design but through her community arts practice, interest in fibre art grew and a desire to develop personal artwork leading to an MA in Textile Practice at Manchester School of Art 2016-18. Her work investigates change over time, not just eroding or decaying but new layers of growth, giving juxtapositions of structure and colour. She explores climate crisis and the permanence of disposables through mixed media sculptures combining her unique recycled textiles that mimic moss and lichen with concrete cast in discarded plastic packaging and litter. Her sculptures invite us to consider the plastic that we use and discard on a daily basis; objects that are so lightweight and seem so insignificant that we barely notice them. Naturally inspired textures emphasise the way our waste becomes subsumed into the natural world around us.

Nicky Duirs

My work is both a response to land, colour texture and the marks made by humans and animals on land. I use materials that reflect that and never use only one medium. I think of each piece as a tactile thing as I respond to the environment around me and keep a few different mediums in my bag.. this work was made in Cornwall referencing old tin mines along the coast.

Olga Gerke

I am a Manchester based artist. I was working with watercolours for more than 10 years and recently started to paint in oils. I took part in exhibitions in Italy, Nepal, Malaysia, Indonesia and France.

Ollie Manco

I’m a self-taught, Manchester based artist. I’ve always loved art but have only been creating myself for the last few years. My subject matter is the everyday, the understated – I try to capture natural moments of modern life. My compositions aren’t heavily planned in advance, and I prefer to work from photographs taken spontaneously. I’m very detail focused and some of painting can take several months to complete. The majority of paintings upto this point, are of my home city of Manchester. Its a beautiful, varied place that holds a great deal of meaning to me. The streets I chose to paint have a hundred personal stories, and I hope they do for other people too.

Pete Marsh

My work is representational comprising largely of landscape and figurative work where the use of atmospheric light is a regular theme. I feel that my work is perceptual rather than conceptual, emotional rather than intellectual and I prefer expression over realism, subtlety over sensationalism, substance over novelty and intuition over reason. Just Another Day On Bondi. Inspired by a visit to Bondi Beach, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. This work is as much about the people in the landscape as it is about the landscape. Adoration Download. Inspired by a visit to the Download Festival, the painting depicts a “Biblical” sky just as Black Sabbath take the stage. Beneath the sky can be seen the stage canopy and crowds of people in the festival landscape where different forms and levels of adoration are evident in the crowd.

Peter James Houghton

I have lived in Salford for over 15 years, and having seen the almost overwhelming regeneration of the area, I try to capture those neglected at risk buildings on the periphery that sit slightly out of place and time but retain ghosts of communities within their bricks. This acrylic painting of a multi-storey car park wall represents a vivid memory I have as a child, of an overcast Saturday afternoon in a small town shopping precinct; the smell of ammonia and disinfectant in the stairwells and subways, the sickly lemon lighting, the hypnotic drone of overlapping conversations and in-store musak, and falling asleep in the back of the car on the way home as my Dad listens to the classified football results.

Ramon Omolaja Adeyemi

Mr. Adeyemi Ramon Omolaja is a professional painting artist with years of experience in different painting works that exhibits natural and environmental activities and occurrences around him. He was born in Lagos, Nigeria on the 15th of January , 1978. He graduated from Ore-ofe primary school, Egbe ,Lagos . He proceeded to Muslim College, Egbe, Lagos for his Secondary School Certificate. He attended The Polytechnic Ibadan and bagged National Diploma (ND)in Art and Design and Higher National Diploma (HND) in Fine and Applied Art. At the completion of his academic pursuit, he joined the National Gallery of Art , Nigeria and rose to the Principal Technical Officer and spearheaded the designing of various projects for beautification of the state. He now resides in Manchester, United Kingdom after over a decade of meritorious service in the National Gallery of Art, Nigeria. As a practising artist, Adeyemi Ramon Omolaja has participated in both local and international art exhibitions and competitions from which he has won accolades and received several awards.

Sandra M Robinson

“Visual Maps, visual memory, walking, travel, mapping, landscapes of the mind” When I walk I think about life experiences, places I have been whilst absorbing the landscape I am walking through. My paintings are not traditional landscapes, they are about being in the land and what I am thinking and feeling as I walk, I like to call them headscapes. The paintings begin with a linear drawn element using paint , pencil and charcoal. Followed by layering of paint trying not to think too much, losing myself in the process of painting a conversation develops between artist and canvas. As the painting progresses more control and precise decisions are made while still trying to maintain an element of expressive mark making and intuition. My submission pieces are inspired by walking in the landscape, while there I sketch and take photographs, however the finished paintings become abstracted as the visual memory and experience of that particular place take over when I am back in the studio.

Sarah de la Hoyde

I am Manchester born and bred and have lived in the M41 postcode on and off for most of my life. I was a primary school teacher for many years and am passionate about the importance of quality education and opportunities for all children. I am married with two grown-up daughters, and my husband and I are foster carers. When I was a student I saved up and bought myself an SLR camera and have pursued an interest in photography ever since, for many years as a hobby and then semi-professionally, whilst still teaching. I have shot weddings and family portraits as well as selling landscape and art prints. I have worked for a school photography company and, more recently, for a charity that supports opportunities for school children to take part in creative and digital design projects with people in the business. I am an enthusiastic cyclist, who enjoys hiking, music, travel and reading and I especially love to spend time with my family and friends. Photography I love outdoor photography, both urban and rural; I like to photograph anything that I find interesting and am often drawn to capturing the unusual or less noticed. The prominent themes in my landscape photographs include nature, water, sky and the built environment and I often choose simple compositions of shape, line and colour, in the countryside, or focus on the detail and textures of the features of a building such as an old gate or a weathered barn door. I like to keep processing to a minimum, with minor adjustments to exposure, contrast etc, some cropping and occasionally converting images to mono. I believe that there are always things to photograph around where I live, or on any walk or trip out, however near or far away. For me it’s all about looking around, up, down and sometimes finding a different angle or perspective. There’s something wonderfully satisfying about taking an eye-catching photograph which shows a familiar subject in a less obvious way.

Sharon Howarth

I am a ceramicist who is inspired by the layers and textures of the natural landscape. I love hill walking in the Lake District and my pieces are a response to the forms and textural qualities of this landscape. Initially I create collagraphs with a wide range of materials, which I impress into white earthenware to create 3-dimensional slab-built forms. The textural detail passes through each form, intrinsically linking each piece, hinting at the layers found in landscape and how the elements of the natural environment are all connected. The angular slab-built forms contrast with the irregular surface, inspired by the monumental forms in the environment that have a strong and long-standing presence. The three forms give an opportunity to arrange the piece in different formats; from the forms working against each other, deconstructed, to the forms connected, hinting at the importance of balance of the elements within the environment.

Sheila Haldane

I am a new artist and just learning what it is I want to do. This piece is my sixth and marks the point I’ve reached so far. I use scraps left over from sewing projects and bits and bobs that I’ve stashed away just because they look interesting and sometimes lichen collected on walks. I fray, stretch, twist and rip fabrics to get new or different textures and finally hand stitch them in place as well as using stitch to meld fabrics and tie them together, or to create an effect. This piece is based on a photograph taken from a moving car which gave me a blurred image of the passing view. It’s called Blurred Landscape #6.

Stefanie Trow

Stefanie Trow is a British artist who studied Visual Arts at Salford University, graduating in 2004. She now lives and works in Manchester, UK.  Stefanie is a painter driven by her fascination of the natural world, human experience, and materiality of paint. She creates multi-layered paintings which begin with her own experiences of the world and landscape around her. Taking inspiration from the poem The Moment by Margaret Atwood, all pieces submitted explores the relationship humans have with the world, the landscape around us and how we navigate through it. Imagination, memory and observation all come together in the work to offer us a fresh look on the world we live in. Through the act of painting and use of colour, a new truth, collective emotion and memory transcends. Fluidity and smears in the paint relate to an unease with the passing of time and the fast-paced world we live in but also connect us to memory, thoughts and feelings.

Steve Williams

I’m a self-employed sculptor living in Stockport who discovered stone carving in 2017 and left my job in the commercial world in October 2020 to dedicate myself to my new passion. I’m at the start of my new career experimenting to find what I love doing the most and developing my ideas and imagination. I’m primarily self-taught and totally hooked on the rhythms of stone carving and the feeling of unity between my mind, my hands and the material, a world away from my previous life. The stone is at the heart of what I make; its hardness, colour, texture and imperfections dictate a lot of the creative process either as a block I impart my ideas upon or as a unique stone that guides my ideas. “Standing Form” is a response to the incredible beauty and history of the Purbeck Blue marble from the Jurassic coast. A time capsule that has locked away tiny seashells for nearly 200 million years with some now emerging whole from the surface of the stone. Standing stones are the earliest form of sculpture against which we measure our time on this planet, a mere fraction in comparison. Standing Form seeks to contrast these timescales in an upright form that richly portrays the colours and textures of this beautiful stone with gentle curves echoing those of the shells within.

Steven Brown

I am part of an artist collective with Studios in Waterfoot, just to the north of Greater Manchester, and use that studio space to work on large, experimental work, whilst maintaining my interest in more manageable, representational artwork that I can do at home.
I like to make small, limited editions of collagraph prints that I then hand-paint to make unique versions of each piece. The focus is on the small, sometimes forgotten parts of the landscape that we pass on a daily walk or trip to a beauty spot. Flora from my own walks are collected to become part of the printmaking process. This piece includes Cow Parsley collected near home, and used to make a printing plate for a limited print run. The image was then painted with watercolour to give a unique version of the original print.

Sue Scott

I specialise in urban and rural landscape paintings. My inspiration comes from the places I have lived and where I enjoy spending my time. I aim to capture the essence of a place using colour. As if each location has its own palette, which is unique to a specific place and time. I work mainly in acrylics, often using several layers of paint to create depth and intensity of colour. Manchester Canal was painted after a recent walk around town, rediscovered places I used to go. Familiar but also new, with taller skylines, more glass and more towers throwing light reflections across the towpath and terracotta Manchester brick.

Tracey Hollis Rowe

I am a contemporary artist based in the North West UK. Whose main subjects are landscape and wild places. My Compositions are created from memory, using expressive gestural marks to build layers, texture, negative space and form. Intuitive mark making with palette knives and tools, using paints and mediums that are then manipulated until an image emerges. Echoes of places roamed, mountains hiked and nature explored, translated into a painting the viewer can connect with. A view with a sense of familiarity about it, a place they have been to or somewhere that reminds them of home The outdoors provides me with a constant source of inspiration and in particular my love of the North UK where I am from. When I am not in my studio painting I can be found out hiking across the many wonderful ‘Wild Places’ of the North.

Trevor Neil Jones

Manchester based Artist Studied fine art at Kingston upon Hull School of Art Works from AWOL studios, Hope Mill, Manchester. The paintings submitted to this event are from a series of landscape paintings of East Manchester. When embarking on this series I was revisiting an area I last explored as a young teenager when I used to ride by bike through the urban industrial area of Bradford, Manchester. I was fascinated at the time by the buildings, the railway tracks, gantries, gasometer towers, ‘the steep walls of factories’ of brick and stone of which so little now remains. I have therefore relied upon the transformative nature of memory. I have not painted Bradford as it once was nor have I tried to portray what little remains of this town, but to re-imagine a Bradford as I feel it might be evoked among the infinite possibilities that continually shape our visual world.