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When a painter looks at their blank canvas, they are not simply looking upon a white space, but rather the possibility of what could be, and what they could create.

This ability to look past the face value of an object to its possible manipulated state is true for all artistic disciplines; starting with raw materials or even just a concept this foresight is truly an artist's gift. Even when creating abstract artworks with no defined outcome, there is always an element of instinct that allows the finished piece to emerge.

Throughout her artistic career Rosie Leventon has seen the potential in unconventional materials, using them in her installations which see the likes of disused books, mobile telephones and industrial materials re-used and re-formed into sculptural forms. Through her practice of salvaging and repurposing, her works encourage the viewer to look to the past, and consider ways we can learn to shape the future.

Collage artist Stephen Tierney also takes inspiration from what has been used before, re-appropriating images from vintage advertising in his cut-out compositions. A single found image can become the catalyst of a whole series of work, as he sees the possibilities stretch out before him.

Once an artwork is finished, this way of looking is then passed from the artist to the viewer. It is then our responsibility often to look past the immediate aesthetics of the piece and focus our gaze on what came before, why it has come to exist in this form and the place it now holds in the world around us.


2 – 6 November | The Old Truman Brewery, London

The highly anticipated third edition of FLUX will bring a collection of the most dynamic painters, sculptors, performance artists and musicians to London’s Old Truman Brewery this November, presenting an alternative way to encounter today’s best new art.

The ground-breaking event blurs the lines between art fair and exhibition, and FLUX has established itself as an important annual platform for contemporary artists to be discovered and to be part of an exceptional, unconventional art event.


  Landmark Autumn Art Fair
15 – 16 October | Landmark Art Centre, Teddington

Visitors to the Landmark Autumn Art Fair will find a huge variety of fine art from artists across the country, encompassing a range of media including painting, sculpture, graphics, print, illustration and mixed media plus high quality ceramics, jewellery and textiles. As the Landmark Art Fairs focus on showcasing the individuals behind the work, including established artists, recent graduates and emerging talent, visitors are given the chance to meet and buy direct from the artist. This opportunity is a highly personal way of buying art away from a gallery space, and has proved popular with both visitors and artists alike at previous fairs.


10 September – 22 October | Candida Stevens Fine Art, Chichester

ICON is the latest exhibition from Chichester based gallery Candida Stevens Fine Art, opening this autumn. Casting a gaze over our social, cultural, religious and political icons through the work of 21 contemporary British figurative artists, the powerful show picks out the symbols, people and ideas that represent our thoughts, dominate our attention or are held up as worthy of our adulation. While celebrity features highly, politics are also widely covered in the guises of class, diversity and activism together with some potent social, religious and gender observations. With depictions ranging from The Queen, Kate Moss, Barack Obama, Anna Wintour, Marx and Engels to Aung San Suu Kyi and the Moon, it is interesting to see the figures that have been considered worthy of the title of icon in our modern world...


  Society of Equestrian Artists

The Society of Equestrian Artists (SEA) was founded in 1979 to promote the practice of equestrian painting and sculpture and to advance public education and appreciation of this art. Throughout the year they arrange public exhibitions and workshops and encourage, through mutual criticism, discussion and example, the highest levels of artistic competence, showcasing members' works through their website. This September the Munnings Art Museum in Essex is host to the 'Painting Horses from Life' workshop, with SEA member Jennifer Bell, which will see attendees improving their equestrian painting, while working with live heavy horse models in the grounds of the museum. In October SEA member Martin Yeoman leads the Wiltshire Art Masterclass, with a focus on the art, subjects and painting style of Lionel Edwards, famed for his paintings of horses and country life. This workshop will take place at Cools Farm in Wiltshire, home to Edwards' grandson.


  Buy Art Fair & The Manchester Contemporary
23 – 25 September | Old Granada Studios St Johns, Manchester

Recognised as one of the UK's most important festivals of visual arts, Buy Art Fair brings galleries, artists, talks and classes, exhibitions, music and award-winning food and drink to Manchester's Old Granada Studios St Johns. Art from 100 prestigious galleries and artists from across the country will be exhibited at this year's event, and with over 3,000 pieces for sale, there will be a piece of work for everybody to fall in love with. With prices from £50 to £5000+, first time buyers and serious collectors alike are welcomed. Taking place alongside Buy Art Fair, The Manchester Contemporary is an unrivalled incubator of artistic talent. Using bold curatorial judgement, it offers works for sale from the most exciting, critically engaged, contemporary artists and galleries, many of whom then embark on the international art fair network. This year sees the largest ever list of exhibiting galleries, with a record number of new participants, hailing from London, Manchester, Newcastle, Leeds, Salford, Preston, Liverpool, Cardiff and Nottingham.


  Borde Hill Garden Sculpture Exhibition 2016
Until 30 September | Borde Hill Garden, Haywards Heath

Figurative and abstract artworks in bronze, resin, stone, metalwork, stained glass and ceramics have transformed Borde Hill's historic gardens into a stunning outdoor gallery, giving viewers a new perspective of the magnificent surroundings of the Elizabethan house.

This year marks the 17th year of the annual Sculpture Exhibition, with works by both established and up-and-coming artists on display, as well as a specially commissioned water installation by international sculptor Angela Connor. The garden provides a breath-taking backdrop to the sculptures, which are strategically placed to encourage exploration of both the extraordinary mix of artworks and the renowned plant collection...


  New Artist Fair Summer Exhibition 2016
9 – 11 September | The Old Truman Brewery, London

Over 100 emerging and recently established artists will be showing their work this September as part of the New Artist Fair, which returns to exhibition spaces in the iconic Old Truman Brewery.

Founded in 2011, the New Artist Fair provides a platform for bringing the best emerging and recently established contemporary artists to market, selling their work directly to art lovers, buyers, investors and collectors in Central London gallery locations. Most of the artists will also be available to meet throughout the weekend, adding a truly personal element to the buying experience.



  Carol Brown

Photographer Carol Brown's time working in independent film helped to develop her style as an artist; whether working with wardrobe, or as a still photographer, she used the experience to learn as much as possible. As an artist, Brown's images hold an autobiographic quality, as we are offered snatched glimpses into her everyday movements albeit from an abstract perspective. We are the fly on the wall to her explorations and heightened awareness of her environments.


  Nicholas Herbert

Since 2012 mixed-media artist Nicholas Herbert has been working on an ongoing series entitled 'Silent Spaces', inspired by the chalk uplands of the Chiltern Hills. His experience and familiarity of this landscape has given him an instinctual ability to capture the enduring mass of the area, through a process of intuitive mark-making and textural layering. Mirroring the transient atmospherics of the hills, there is a temporal quality to these pieces, which are informed by ideas of permanence and impermanence, formation and decay.


  János Kujbus

János Kujbus' paintings are small stories depicting possible conditions of humans in society. While some figures appear in everyday settings: in a gallery, a garden or a seemingly mundane domestic environment, others are placed in stark and hypnagogic abstract dimensions. It is the meeting of the real and surreal which sees Kujbus' paintings of the ordinary becoming extra-ordinary.


  Rosie Leventon interview

Rosie Leventon creates sculptural installations which fill both rooms and landscapes, intervening and interacting with their environments. An interest in archaeology and ancient cultures has seen her work embracing the use of unconventional mediums; experimenting with everyday objects and mass-produced industrial materials and using them in innovative ways. Matter which has been used before - such as recycled mobile phones flattened into thick sheets, copper central heating pipes compacted into briquettes and paperback books, stacked and sculpted into new formations - hold a particular resonance for the artist, as the object's reincarnation connects to the past, adding new meaning to the work.


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  Sinclair Ashman

Sinclair Ashman has trained and worked as a graphic designer since the 80s, and currently lectures on the subject at the University of Lincoln. As a practicing artist, however, his highly textured abstract print work is a noticeable contrast to that of his professional client-focused assignments. His move to Lincolnshire from South London in 2009 saw Ashman taking up printmaking for the first time, immersing himself in the Collograph printing process. His printing naturally began to draw inspiration from the countryside and coastlines that now surround him, having also created abstract landscape and seascape work through the medium of photography.


  Philippe Debongnie

Philippe Debongnie is a Belgian illustrator based in Brussels. His work is produced through a mix of drawing, painting and printing, and digital additions and retouches in Photoshop. He currently has two ongoing projects which make up the main body of his digital work. His 'Family Album' series was inspired by the discovery of an antique photograph album in his parents' attic. The images spoke to him of times long passed, conveying the essence of their era as the protagonists gaze directly as us through time. Through the manipulation of these images, Debongnie challenges the lines of fact and fiction. He adds colour and pattern, and replaces all of the figure's heads with those of animals. He is creating a new fictitious family, member by member; a tribe undefined by species or time, but which you almost believe could have existed together at some point in history. It is a celebration of differences, both in humans and nature.


  Paola Gracey

A background in chemistry is a key influence in the work of Paola Gracey, both aesthetically and through her scientific approach to creating new pieces. Her process sees her manipulating paint through dripping, tipping and mixing, recording her findings as if part of a scientific study and using these details to replicate the physical and chemical conditions that are necessary to accomplish her artistic goals. While in the laboratory Gracey is a precise chemist, being in the studio allows her the freedom of experimentation as she explores the effects of acrylics, oils, resins and other additives in bright and contrasting colours as they combine, separate and spread across the canvas. The effect is a visual feast of glossy, abstract forms that stimulate both the eyes and imagination of the viewer.


  Nicolas Vionnet

Nicolas Vionnet opens up a field of tension with his playful irritations. His public installations have an almost oxymoronic quality as they interfere yet also seamlessly integrate within their environment. Themes of change and artificiality are approached in his work, as he highlights ironies within modern aesthetics; such as in his creation of a man-made grass island, placed within an already pre-fabricated park. Through a fundamental confrontation with the history of the space, Vionnet leads to a subtler and more precise intervention.