Gallery News

Exciting NEW artist, Johno Cornish, joins the gallery

A NEW and EXCITING mixed media artist, joins the gallery this week; Johno Cornish.

Johno is a local artist, born and raised near the Norfolk Broads. His work is different, exciting and already very popular. It wasn’t until a life changing experience in 2005, that Johno started painting. He has no formal training and is very much inspired by nature and his local environment. He loves the different shapes and colours of the trees and gets lots of his inspiration when he is driving.

Some of Johno’s paintings are from his imagination and others from the photographs that he takes of his surroundings.

He tried to paint now and again using a paintbrush but didn’t enjoy it because he said ’the paintings looked flat and lacked movement. I felt I needed to try something different, so I tried using a screwdriver and it worked. It felt spontaneous and free and my paintings now look full of life and movement.’

Johno has an unusual and eye-catching style. His choice of instrument and unique way of making marks, mainly with gloss and acrylic paint, make his work fresh and exciting. His pieces are unique, sensitive and also beautiful in their simplicity.

‘Still Hare’ Gloss Paint on Paper

New Textile Artist Michelle Holmes

Another new and very talented textile artist joins the gallery this week, Michelle Holmes.

Michelle trained in Embroidered Textiles at Loughborough University and now works from a studio at The Ferrers Centre for Arts and Crafts, in Staunton Harold on the Leicestershire/Derbyshire border.

Her work is a mixture of free machine embroidery and hand stitching. She likes to work onto natural fabrics such as silk, linen and cotton because of the way their surfaces reflect light. The tactile quality of the cloth is an important element in her work. She often uses cyanotype/blueprint for her backgrounds. Beautiful, deep, cyan blues, created by the strength of UV light, make starting points for night skies and coastal pieces. The works are usually presented as wall hangings or mounted and framed.

Michelle's creative process is rooted in her love of nature. She works in sketchbooks, drawing directly from what she sees around her; trees, hedges, birds, deer, sheep, the changing seasons, buildings and people. Using these sketches as a resource, together with memory and imagination, she creates her embroidered stories.

Her influences include Boro Textiles, Folk Art, Seventeenth Century English Embroidery, Samplers, the paintings of Mary Newcombe and Samuel Palmer, Folk Tales, Maps and Medieval Carvings.

 

'Betty embroiders the truth' 14.5 cm x 8 cm print

 

'Betty and birds peruse the seed catalogues with interest' 24 cm x 24 cm print

 

Artist and maker, Debbie Lyddon, joins the gallery

Debbie Lyddon is an artist and maker based in Surrey and Norfolk. Debbie explores landscape and place and her practice includes mixed-media cloths, sculpture, installation and drawing. Her inspiration comes from experiencing and paying attention to her surroundings.

Debbie’s practice investigates coastal locations and how we perceive natural phenomena in those environments – air, wind, water, light and sound.

As an artist and a musician, her work is not only inspired by things that can be seen but also by things that can be heard and touched. Debbie aims to evoke a multi-sensory interpretation of her surroundings; to promote an awareness of the relationship between the visual, aural and tactile landscape.

 

Marshscape Collage 2017 series

'These collages have been created intuitively. They are images of the Norfolk coastline that come from my memory: the shape of a bend in the creek, the rocking of moored boats or the outline of the saltmarsh. They are about shape, colour, light and space. I make them from bits pulled out of my big bag of odds and ends (mainly unfinished and discarded work and left-overs) and specially painted paper and cloth. It is rather like doing a puzzle. I move shapes and colours around until they suddenly jump into the right place – what Sandra Blow calls that ‘startling rightness’.

 

‘Marshscape Collage #1/2017’ Mixed media on linen

 

‘Marshscape Collage #2/2017’ Mixed media on linen

NEW Artist and Printmaker, Lindsey Tyson ...

I am excited to announce the arrival of another new textile artist to join the gallery. Lindsey Tyson works from her studio in Scarborough and is inspired and driven by nature and the love of her surroundings.

Originally a weave designer in the automotive industry, Lindsey is an artist and printmaker with an innovative and experimental approach. She is stimulated by the challenge of combining different media and techniques, with an aim to to create a quality and tactile product, that defies its description.

Working with very fine wools and using her own fabric designs, Lindsey’s aim is to break down the common perceptions of felt making by producing a range of sophisticated products, utilising various art and textile processes, to create her own unique style of art.

 

Pebble Brooches £15

 

Elemental Bowls Small £49 Medium £69

 

Latest 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

 

Helen Round is the first textile artist to join the gallery

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