TEXTILE STUDIO: Summer Exhibition 15th August to 23rd September 2016

TEXTILE STUDIO: Summer Exhibition
15th August to 23rd September 2016
Open Evening Tuesday 16th August 7-9pm

The Textile Studio is a group of artists whose passion is experimenting with a wide variety of textile-related media. Their work includes hand and machine stitching, felt making, fabric printing, dyeing and other techniques, reflecting their individual approach to textile art.

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Gabriella Wickes: Nature Reimagined 31st August to 23rd September 2016

Gabriella Wickes: Nature Reimagined
31st August to 23rd September 2016
Open evening 1st September 7-9pm

Nature Reimagined
I believe that by applying simplicity, an artist can evoke the full spectrum of emotion through art. My working style is an amalgamation of pop art and minimalism, and the main theme of my work focuses on creating eccentric shapes and forcing them into a conventional arrangement so that when you look closely, you will find a collection of various contours all working together to form a coherent whole.

I have decided to apply an unconventional style to a conventional art theme— Nature. I have applied this approach to various aspects of nature and the countryside and visually reduced them to the essentials using pen and permanent markers. By incorporating bold, simple, and vibrant block colours I allow the viewer to observe a classic theme in a modern day context.

“Art is too serious to be taken seriously” – Ad Reinhardt

Gabriella Wickes is a self-taught ink artist specialising in human and animal portraits. She has been drawing since the age of six, after being introduced to the world of art by her Grandad, Peter. Gabriella is a history graduate having studied at Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Leeds. Gabriella now lives in Chislehurst and works in business development within the legal sector in London.
For prints or commission enquiries please contact the Ripley Arts Centre or email Gabriella directly at

gabriella.wickes@outlook.com.
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Mike Fryer – Continuum 24th May to 2nd July 2016

Mike Fryer – Continuum 
24th May to 2nd July 2016
Open eve 31st May 7-9pm

Mike has been exploring the fusion of landscape with abstraction to challenge how we view the world and question the idea that what we see is all there is, seeking to examine the juxtaposition of the physical with the spiritual.

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Jan Gaska – 25th May to 1st July 2016

Jan Gaska – Please ring to view 020 8464 5816
25th May to 1st July 2016
Open evening 3rd June 7-9pm

I am a figurative painter and printmaker and a member of the Bucks Art Society. My studio is based in South Bucks. These new plein air paintings explore the Chiltern landscape of hills, woods and the river Thames.

I finished my Fine Art degree in 1997 at Surrey Institute of Art & Design, specializing in printmaking. I went on to do a Masters in Printmaking & Illustration in at Bucks Chilterns University in 2000, finishing in 2003. In 2004 I started a 2 year printmaking residency at South Hill Park Arts Centre in Bracknell. I taught adult printmaking classes & kids’ workshops, the rest of time I used the print room facilities to produce new work. The end of residency exhibition provided me with my first major solo show at the Bracknell gallery. After my residency I worked as a gallery technician for South Hill Park, giving me the opportunity to work with various different artists and gaining an insight in to their diverse practices. I am currently a gallery technician for the New Ashgate Gallery

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Marjorie Bulos – 25th May to 1st July 2016

Marjorie Bulos – Poster Art (1970-1990) Please ring to view 020 8464 5816
25th May to 1st July 2016
Open eve 26th May 7-9pm

This exhibition celebrates the work of the artists who formed the ‘Polish School’ of poster art. These artists were famous for the allegoric and enigmatic nature of their work. For us however their appeal lies in the vibrant colours and evocative images. A sensual feast, a mental challenge

The end of World War 2 marked the beginning of a new period in the development of Polish poster art. Building sites throughout Poland were enclosed with wooden fences which were quickly covered with posters. These fences became the substitute for the absent museums and galleries and posters became the art of the street. During this time at the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts poster design flourished. A new branch of art emerged -the Polish School of Poster Art.

From the 1950s through the1980s the Polish School of Posters successfully married the experiences and ambitions of painting with the succinctness and easily grasped metaphor of the poster. The distinction of designer and artist disappeared. The Polish poster became a national tradition and became recognised as the best in contemporary poster art comparable to France’s la Belle Epoque of the 1890’s.

Polish posters are more than aloof graphic images – they also reveal the emotional involvement with the subject as well as his or her commentary on society. ‘

This extract above forms an introduction to a full account of the history, artists and their work. A full version can be found at: www.contemporaryposters.com/story/story-psp.php

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George Harding – 12th April to 21st May 2016

George Harding – MIRROR viewing weekdays and Saturday morning
12th April to 21st May 2016
Open eve 13th April 7-9pm

The central theme in my work focuses on perception; what we define as real or unreal. From detailed portraits of others to abstracted self-portraits, my work explores what it is to be human, how we relate to others, and how we understand ourselves.

This collection of mirror paintings forms a large series of self-portraits using a mirror to distort the image. When we look into a mirror it reflects our physical appearance; however the paintings delve deeper than that; they attempt to reflect back more than the physical reality that presents itself to an individual, manifesting a universal feeling that we can all relate to.

Mirrors as a symbol have been used in art to mean many different things. They suggest the inner world of self-knowledge, discovery and consciousness. They have been seen as a reflection of god, true knowledge or a way of seeing into one’s own soul.

Rendered in reflections of misted or rippled glass, the self-portraits distort and fragment the figure behind. The mirror is a metaphor for there being more to reality than what appears, aspiring to show our temporal nature and the thoughts we have about our origins, our human limits and our future beyond the reality that presents itself to us. The use of water is also significant as a symbol of purification, rebirth and cleansing. The use of gold with in some of the images has connotations of the sun, illumination, light and transcendence. In my paintings the glass acts to abstract the figure and break down to something that is between the physical and abstract, reality and beyond reality. It probes at what we are and questions who we are, as in Einstein’s quote: “Reality is an illusion, albeit a very persistent one”. I want to speculate at what is beyond this illusion and reveal who we truly are.

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Bromley Artists On Show – 13th April to 23rd May 2016

Bromley Artists On Show – Please ring to view 020 8464 5816
13th April to 23rd May 2016
Open evening 12th April 7-9pm

An exhibition of work in many different styles and media by the artists of Bromley Art Society.

Bromley Art Society was formed in 1947 to bring together local painters, craftspeople and students, and all who share an appreciation of the fine arts. Most of its members are amateur artists working in a wide variety of media. Members can paint together during the day at the Ripley studio on Wednesdays and we meet, also at Ripley, on the first Friday evening of each month for a demonstration or talk. We also hold around four exhibitions each year. All artists, from beginners to professionals, are welcome to join the Society. Membership details and other information may be found at www.bromleyartsociety.org.uk.

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Henry Jones: A Reflection 2nd March to 11th April

Henry Jones: A Reflection
2nd March to 11th April
Open eve 10th March 7-9pm

‘A Reflection’ poses a compelling challenge for watercolour, how to depict the many types of mirror image of lake, puddle, window or the reaction to an event, a reflection in a different way, in a medium which very much likes to behave in its own way.

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John Burgess: From the land to the sea 2nd Feb to 8th April

John Burgess: From the land to the sea
2nd Feb to 8th April
Open eve 3rd Feb 7-9pm

I am a landscape artist based in Surrey and take my inspiration from the countryside of the North and South Downs. The seascapes around the British Isles also capture my imagination. I work with oils on canvas and had successful exhibitions in Kent, Surrey, Sussex and Norfolk.

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Pebble Art Group 2nd March to 11th April

Pebble Art Group
2nd March to 11th April
Open eve 4th March 7-9pm

Pebble Art Group consists of nine local artists producing a mixed exhibition using  a wide and interesting variety of techniques and styles.

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Alex McIntyre: Land, Space, Sky 27th Jan to 29th Feb

Alex McIntyre: Land, Space, Sky
27th Jan to 29th Feb
Open eve 2nd Feb 7-9pm

Alex McIntyre’s work is inspired by a process of walking and running to observe changes of light, land and sky connected with breath and movement. Her art re-captures an impression of a journey and the memory of movement and places.

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Dianne Gilmour: Watercolours 26th Jan to 29th Feb

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Dianne Gilmour: Watercolours
26th Jan to 29th Feb
Open eve 26th Jan 7-9pm

Dianne paints mainly in watercolour, she is a member of Croydon and Bromley Art Societies, the Post Office and BT Art Club, and exhibits with the Grange Lane group of artists based in Dulwich. Dianne has also been a finalist in both the SAA Artist of the Year competition and in the Artist/Leisure Painter Patchings competition.

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Zsuzsanna Pataki 29th September to 20th November 2015

Zsuzsanna Pataki – London Waterways & French Collection
29th September to 20th November 2015
Please ring to view T. 208 464 5816
Open eve. 2nd October 7-9pm: London Waterways
Open eve. 3rd November 7-9pm: French Collection

Zsuzsanna Pataki: London Waterways is a selection of contemporary acrylic paintings capturing city life in London in relation to the Thames and its waterways. Executed with a dynamic hand wielding a palette knife, it depicts trademark brick arches, bridges and canals in bold colours, often from unusual angles.

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Vera Jefferson 27th October to 20th November 2015

Viewing weekdays 9am to 4pm
Other times available
Vera Jefferson
27th October to 20th November 2015
Open eve 27th October 7-9pm

I live in Farningham, Kent in the Darenth Valley, the ‘Golden Valley’ of Samuel Palmer which provides me with much inspiration. My work is about the land, the hills, the sky, the light and all that gives a landscape a strong ‘sense of place’.

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Jonathan Brown – PLACES AND PEOPLE 27th October to 20th November 2015

Jonathan Brown – PLACES AND PEOPLE
27th October to 20th November 2015

The watercolour landscapes are inspired by memories of visits to towns and villages in the South of France. I wanted to portray the complex structures, the climate, and the light of the Mediterranean in an abstract use of colour. The sensitivity of the female back is portrayed in a variety of mixed mediums.

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Claire Murthy: ‘Nature’s Tales’ 24th November to 25th January

Claire Murthy: ‘Nature’s Tales’
24th November to 25th January 2016
Open evening 23rd November 7-9pm

Through a passion for and understanding of animals, the artist’s detailed artwork captures not only a realistic interpretation of the animals that she paints, but also, it seems, their souls.

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Kathryn Gardner: Metallics 24th November to 30th January 2016

Kathryn Gardner: Metallics
24th November to 30th January 2016

New Gallery Space – 9am to 4pm – Other times by appointment T. 020 8464 5816

An exhibition of paintings exploring the use of gold and silver finishes.

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Lee Nightingale: kingdom of Animals 24th November to 25th January 2016

Lee Nightingale: kingdom of Animals
24th November to 25th January 2016
Open evening 3rd December 7-9pm

Lee Nightingale’s exhibition features pictures of wild and domestic animals in various mediums including pastel, colour pencil, graphite and acrylic. Cards and Prints will also be available.

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Parvin Hani Tabaei: Crows and Trees- Woodcuts 1st October to 23rd October 2015

Parvin Hani Tabaei: Crows and Trees- Woodcuts
1st October to 23rd October 2015
Open evening 5th October 7-9pm

New Gallery Space – 9am to 4pm – Other times by appointment T. 020 8464 5816

Pari Hani is a woodcut print specialist . Sea, sky, trees, birds, and in general , nature is  the main theme of her work . For more information please her website: www.parihani.com. Any of her profit of this exhibition will go to the Breast Cancer Support Charity.

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Neil Collins: Watercolour exhibition: Fast Cars and Fishing Boats 2nd September to 25th September 2015

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Neil Collins: Watercolour exhibition: Fast Cars and Fishing Boats
2nd September to 25th September 2015
Open evening 15th September 7-9pm

A lifetime obsession for motorsport, particularly pre-war racing, and a fascination for the beautiful scenery of Cornish holidays with the children gave me my inspiration for the exhibition which I hope will be of interest to all visitors.

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Annamarie Dzendrowsky 29th September to 23rd October 2015

Annamarie Dzendrowsky – Twilight
29th September to 23rd October 2015
Please ring to view T. 208 464 5816
Open eve 30th September 7-9pm

I seek to explore the ambiguous, the ‘grey area’ between presence and absence in atmospheric works which investigate the indeterminate nature of ‘ways of seeing’ and ‘ways of being’. The images evoke a kind of netherworld that conflates time, place, vision, and memory.

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WILD AMONG US – prints and sculptures by Laura Weston and Marjan Wouda 29th August to 26th September 2015

WILD AMONG US – prints and sculptures by Laura Weston and Marjan Wouda
29th August to 26th September 2015

Open eve: Friday 25 September – 5.30 – 8.30 pm
Open Day: Saturday 26 September – 11 am – 4 pm.
Garden Party Saturday 29 August: 12.30 – 5 pm.

Open Evening:

On these three days Marjan will show extra bronze sculptures in the garden, and Laura will be on hand to explain all about the printmaking process and sign her book.

Lino cuts and sculptures cast in bronze and resin, inspired by glimpses of the wild witnessed in our urban landscape.

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WILD ( sculptures in the garden) – by Marjan Wouda 30 June – 26 September 2015

WILD ( sculptures in the garden) – by Marjan Wouda
30 June – 26 September 2015

Open Evening: Friday 25 September – 5.30 – 8.30 pm
Open Day: Saturday 26 September – 11 am – 4 pm.
Garden Party Saturday 29 August : 12.30 – 5 pm.

On these three days Marjan will show extra bronze sculptures in the garden.

Sculptures cast in bronze and resin, inspired by animals wild, and wildly imagined. For more information about the artist visit: www.marjanwouda.com

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Tony Campbell: Observations 26th May to 13th July 2015

New Gallery Space:
Tony Campbell: Observations
26th May to 13th July 2015
Open eve 28th May 7-9pm

Tony Campbell is a London based graphic designer and artist. The work exhibited, a mix of photography, digital painting and illustration, represents his vision of 21st century London and its diverse communities and inhabitants.

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Teresa Barrow – ‘Paws for Thought’ 23rd June to 17th July 2015

Teresa Barrow – ‘Paws for Thought’
23rd June to 17th July 2015
Open eve: 25th June 7-9pm
Please ring to view 020 8464 5816

I am a local frustrated amateur artist. Frustrated because the careers advice at school was to concentrate on more ‘academic’ subjects. Now after 20 years working in the public sector I have once again picked up my paint brush and now can’t put it down. T. Barrow

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Dee Newton: Waxing Lyrical 21st July to 14th August 2015

Dee Newton: Waxing Lyrical
21st July to 14th August 2015
Open eve 21st July 2015 7-9pm
Please ring to view 020 8464 5816

I find inspiration through nature and sound and like to explore the relationship between sound and vision, be it nature, the spoken word or music as shown in my sound wave paintings. Dee Newton

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Sharad Bawdeker 28th May to 19th June 2015

Sharad Bawdeker
28th May to 19th June 2015
Open eve 1st June 7-9pm
Please ring to view 020 8464 5816
In this exhibition, I am showing paintings of flowers and semi-abstract gardens. In my semi-abstract work I juxtapose colours and shapes, leaving it to the viewer to engage with my work. In my paintings I create tension between various elements – colour, shapes, and symbols – fusing painting styles from differing periods.

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Marion Smith: Land, Sea and Air – 28th May – 14th August 2015

Marion Smith: Land, Sea and Air
Please ring T 020 8464 5816 to view
28th May – 14th August 2015
Open eve 2nd June 7-9pm

“I love the tiny details and vibrant colour in nature and find endless inspiration there. Abstract images appear in my mind, where I manipulate the size and colour I wish to see in the finished picture. Completing the work simply involves matching on paper what is already in my imagination.” M Smith

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Bromley Artists on Show – 28th April – 26th May 2015

Bromley Artists on Show
Please ring T 020 8464 5816 to view
28th April – 26th May 2015

This exhibition features works from a local group of Bromley artists, who regularly meet at Ripley Arts Centre to paint and share their enthusiasm for fine art. Most of the group is comprised of amateur artists working in a wide variety of media: oils, watercolours, acrylics, pastels, gouaches, pen and ink, prints and batik.

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Seeing Things: collagraph prints by Cath Bristow – 30th March – 24th April 2015

Seeing Things: collagraph prints by Cath Bristow

30th March – 24th April 2015

Please ring T 020 8464 5816 to view
Open eve 30th March 7-9pm

The loose theme of my work explores the close existence between people and nature in an urban context. Even in our built up city environment birds, plants and animals live alongside us, a constant reminder that we are part of the natural world. C Bristow

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