Gallery News

New Work by Marion Stuart

September 2017

A collection of beautiful, new, smaller pieces of work, by Marion Stuart, have just been delivered to the gallery.

Marion has recently been playing around with small pot designs. Her ’scroll notepots' are in her trademark cobalt blue and her ‘inky bottles,’ reminiscent of ink wells, have been cast in porcelain from her own moulds and finished off with gold lustre.

Marion studied a BA in Fine Art Ceramics at Bretton Hall, West Yorkshire, adjacent to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, from 1995 to 1999. The effect of being so close to sculpture was that her own work was motivated by clay, as a medium for artwork. She has always been interested in the use and power of words and from her degree, she has used books as a starting point for her text based artworks. 

Opening her own studio in Norwich in 2011, she has been experimental in her work and has now moved back to her fine art roots and is re-examining printed word in clay.

 

‘Inky Bottle’ Porcelain Clay £22

 

‘Scroll Note Pot’ Porcelain Clay £18

 

New miniature canvases by Simon Kirk

September 2017

Simon’s works are a synergy of poetry and painting, text and image, abstraction and figuration, combining influences from both the literary and art work alike. Influenced by haiku, humanist concerns and the philosophical ides of ‘the absurd’, Simon’s mixed media pieces have become increasingly sought after by art collectors, since the beginning of his career in 2007.

He exhibited and sold at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in 2010, 2013 and 2015 and his work is regularly exhibited in Hong Kong, Singapore and London Affordable Art Fairs. He has had solo exhibitions in France, Denmark and the USA.

‘The Sweet Cool Bee’ Collage and Acrylic on Canvas 9 cm x 6.5 cm £40

 

Latest work by Tracey Ross

September 2017

Two new, large, original mixed media paintings by local, contemporary artist, Tracey Ross, have recently arrived at the gallery.

Tracey is a local artist, whose work is already gaining a lot of interest. Her paintings are bursting with energy and light and have layers of texture that draw you in. These two latest paintings would look beautiful in any contemporary home … pop in the gallery to have a look … before they are gone ...

 

'Surf of the Sea' Mixed Media on Canvas

 

'Towards the Dunes' Mixed Media on Canvas

 

New Textile Artist Helen Round

August 2017

I am very excited to announce the arrival of my first textile artist to the gallery. As we approach Autumn, you will be seeing several new artists being introduced to the gallery. The first of these is Cornish Artist, Helen Round.

With a background in fine art textiles and printmaking, Helen works from her studios, perched at the top of her Cornish garden, amidst plants and flowers, bursting with colour. From here, she has fabulous views across fields and down to the water. This view provides endless inspiration and inspires sketches and drawing for her collections.


Her Cornish inspired designs, combine traditional screen printing and hand making techniques, to create a fresh, contemporary collection of carefully made products, which sit well in both a modern and country setting. Sourcing the highest quality linen, Helen makes a beautiful and practical range of homeware and lifestyle accessories.

This is just one of her pieces from her new ‘Honey Bee collection’: Linen padded iPad Case

 

 

New work by Tracey Ross

August 2017

A new delivery of original work by local, contemporary artist, Tracey Ross, has just arrived at the gallery.

Tracey is one of the latest artists to be introduced to the gallery and is based in North Norfolk, where she paints to capture the beauty of Creation along the North Norfolk coast.

She enjoys spending lots of time walking along the coastline with her sketchbook, painting the creeks, skies and expansive beaches. It has become, for her, an exciting spiritual journey on canvas. Rapidly drawing her feelings of a place through mark making, is key to her recalling the energy she senses, when sketching the fleeting and ethereal light.

 

'Reconciliation' Mixed Media on Canvas 93.5 cm x 93.5 cm

 

Tess Ainley Gallery introduces new artist

Press Release 2nd August, 2017

Maria Pavledis is one of the latest artists to be introduced to Tess Ainley Gallery in Holt, Norfolk. Maria is an artist and printmaker, who works with the dreamlike world of fairy tale and narrative; including its darker and uncanny elements. Starting from a very strong commitment to drawing, she develops images using a mixture of traditional and non traditional methods, including etching, drypoint, monoprint and smoke drawing; which she uses to explore new ways of mark making and expression. Maria is interested in the qualities of fragility and destruction, both in nature and in the printmaking process itself. Recent work has also included moving light installation, using old analogue equipment, creating the sense of being inside a story space.


Maria originally studied painting at Norwich School of Art and then continued to an MA in printmaking at Camberwell College of Art. She has exhibited widely and is a member of the London Organisation of Original Printmakers and Print to The People in Norwich. She lives in North Norfolk.

Tess Ainley Gallery opened in November 2016. It is an independent, contemporary gallery, where Tess also makes her own work. The gallery is currently showing the work of several artists who work in mixed media, paint, ceramics, jewellery, photography and furniture. Tess has had a very busy first season, including working on several private commissions and is also currently participating in Cley 17: 6  July - 6 August.

 

‘Little Barn Owl’ Maria Pavledis 27.5 cm x 27.5 cm Limited Edition Etching

 

New work by Mel Sheridan

August 2017

A new delivery of original work and giclee prints by London born artist, Mel Sheridan, have just arrived at the gallery. Mel is also currently producing an exciting new body of work, especially for the gallery, that will be arriving in the early Autumn.

Mel is an artist and teacher who lives and works in Cornwall. She is a member of St Ives Society of Artists and has shown and sold her work across the UK and abroad. She paints stories and emotional memories of her life. Mel works intuitively, the paintings tending to reveal themselves to her. Narrative, humour and atmosphere play a large part of explaining the situation.

 

‘Sab’ Giclee Prints 21 cm x 27 cm and 30 cm x 40 cm

 

New work by Karen Stamper

August, 2017

A new delivery of work by Cambridge artist and tutor, Karen Stamper, has just arrived at the gallery this month.

Karen's work has the overall sense of a painting but as you look closely, you will see that it is skilfully built up, using layers of found papers, tissue and acrylic paint. She sees the beauty in simple scraps, ripped edges, accidental marks and worn surfaces.

Karen says ‘collage is the idea; it is liberating and leads me in new directions. Increasingly there is a strong abstract element but there are recognisable parts that draw the viewer in; snippets of lettering, worn surfaces, architecture, tiled walls, decorative motifs, textures and colours, that allow the viewer to use their imagination too.'

Evening Catch is from a visit to Whitby Harbour, watching the fishing boats return.

Susan and Nancy are based on Karen's sketching trips to Harwich; to the boatyard there. Karen says 'I feel very peaceful among the old fishing boats when they are 'on the hard' ready for winter refit.'

Days Like This 2 brings back memories of family holidays for Karen, on the East coast of Yorkshire. She says ‘sunburnt and sandy at the end of the day, we would have fish and chips on the harbour wall - that seemed so tall when we were small.'

 

'Evening Catch' Karen Stamper  91 cm x 61 cm Mixed Media on Board

 

Tess Ainley Gallery introduces new artist

Press Release, 3rd July 2017

Tracey Ross is the latest artist to be introduced to Tess Ainley Gallery in Holt, Norfolk. Tracey is a contemporary artist based in North Norfolk, where she spends lots of time walking along the coastline with her sketchbook, drawing the seasonal changes. It is a place where she feels a connection; a sense of presence. She paints to capture the beauty of Creation along the North Norfolk coast, with its creeks, skies and expansive beaches; it has become, for her, an exciting spiritual journey on canvas. She finds that painting in an abstract style, using mixed media, acrylics and oils, enables her paintings to reveal a deeper mystery. Rapidly drawing her feelings of a place through mark making, is key to her recalling the energy she senses, when sketching the fleeting and ethereal light. Tracey delights in capturing the seasonal elements along the coast; whether it be the fiery hues of a blazing sunset or how the misty sea frets together, with the clarity of light, on a bright, breezy day.

Tracey studied textile design and went on to complete a Visual Studies degree at Norwich University of the Arts. She is a member of the Norwich 20 Group and regularly participates in the annual Norfolk and Norwich Open Studios. She was shortlisted for the National Open Art Competition 2015, was finalist for the Royal Society of Marine Artists (RSMA) 2016 and the Institute of Painters in Water Colours (RI) at the Mall Galleries 2016-2017. Her work is held in private collections both in the UK and abroad.

Tess Ainley Gallery opened in November 2016. It is an independent, contemporary gallery, where Tess also makes her own and private commissioned work. ‘I have had an overwhelmingly good response since opening’ she says, ’people are intrigued by the combination of mixed media work, finding it original and refreshingly different’. Tess is currently showing the work of several artists who work in mixed media, ceramics, jewellery, photography and furniture. She is currently participating in Cley 17 www.cleycontemporaryart.org 6  July - 6 August and is also taking part in the Holt Fringe Festival, www.holtfestival.org 22 - 30 July.

 

'Flood of Light' Tracey Ross 53 x 53cm Mixed Media on Canvas

 

Tess Ainley exhibits at Cley 17 Exhibition, Cley next the Sea

July 2017

Tess has been selected as one of the artists to exhibit at 'Cley 17' this year, inside the beautiful St. Margaret’s Church, in Cley next the Sea. This year’s theme is ‘Connectivity’ and in response, Tess has produced 100 small, unframed, mixed media works on paper, entitled '100 Prayers’.

Tess says 'Through prayer we connect with each other, whether through intercession for people we do not know or praying directly with a person. This connectedness dissolves barriers and binds us together. In the segregated and divided world in which we live, prayer provides an acceptable means of interaction and provides opportunity for acceptance, relationship building and peace'.

'100 Prayers' is about finding time out of our busy lives to take a moment to pause and reflect ... to connect, mend, heal and repair.

Cley 17 starts on 6th July and continues until 6th August. St Margaret’s Church is open every day from 10am-5.30pm. The Private View is on Wednesday 5th July from 6-8pm. The exhibition is spread over several venues in Cley and is one not to miss.