Explore the incredible exhibitors lined up for the first Devon Art Festival, with an array of talented local artists.
Discover Claerwen Gillespie’s incredible ceramics inspired by tales, stories, plays and poetry.
A passionate artist driven by traditional ideas of how beauty should be represented, William formed the intellectual basis to his work under the tutelage of Professor Regius Peter Davidson of Oxford University.
At the age of 15 I got the taste for silversmithing when I accompanied my Grandpa to an evening class which I continued going to until I left home to study 3D crafts at Brighton University. My work has developed over the years with a strong illustrative theme running through it. I am inspired by the simple day to day objects in our homes & like to bring life back to things that have little purpose in the way we live our lives today. My coin jewellery & artwork can be found in homes all over the world.
Devonshire watercolour artist capturing country animals wild and farmed.
Kate Andrew is an emerging artist in the south west. She paints with both gouche and acrylic on a variety of surfaces, including reclaimed Cornish slate. She has a love for bright colours but also will paint with simple white lines. Kate is inspired by nature and much of her art reflects this.
Large abstract acrylic paintings on canvas and board painted through a long process of development through a series of drawings, based on memories of a childhood in Africa, travels around the world, sailing and scuba diving.
11 year established, glass worker and jewellery designer. I make highly detailed glass beads and use them together with my silver smithing skills to create a range of jewellery that is different yet wearable and for all pockets. I also teach the art of glass bead making and silver smithing in my studio.
Chloe lives near Honiton, Devon on the edge of the Blackdown Hills. Her background combines a degree in art history and many years working in the graphic design, embroidery and print industry. Chloe’s work combines the intricacy and detail of machine embroidery with layers of fabric and paper collage. Inspiration comes from nature and her surroundings and a love of illustration, pattern, traditional folk art and art history.
A young artist whose aim is to inspire people through thought provoking art. and to make them explore different emotions with the help of beautiful colours. She studied art in Hungary and she travelled around the world, which was a massive influence on her style. She won several competition and she receives orders regularly for various painting requests. She also has her art exhibited in Boston Tea Party, Exeter.
Angela McMahon works in drawing, sculpture and installation, making use of discarded and recycled materials such as plastic, metal and oil. Her practice is driven by a fascination with consumption and how it is distanced from the natural resources used, the processes and materials of making and any thought for the impacts of disposal. Drawing on her background in geology and environmental protection she creates work that explores the materials of human consumption and the traces and imprints they leave in the natural world, often contemplating a geological time scale. McMahon’s oil drawings are an ongoing core of her work.
Exeter based artist Janet Hockley draws inspiration for her paintings from the Devon landscape and her passion for plants and gardens. She works in acrylic and mixed media using a painterly approach to capture the feeling of a place at a moment in time. The use of vibrant colour is a characteristic of her work and paintings often start as layers of bright underpainting. Janet has a BA(Hons) in Fine Art and an MSc In Plant Diversity from the University of Reading. She sells work through local galleries as well as art events and group exhibitions.
I have been a working artist since 2011 but in 2013 decided to devote my time to art on a full time basis. In 2016 I graduated with a First Class Degree in Fine Art from the University of Chichester. During my studies my work appeared in various art trails and group shows, and one painting, “March 2015”, was selected by Jonathan Jones, The Guardian Newspaper’s Art Critic and Turner Prize Jury Member (2009), and Gilly Fox, British Art Show 8 Curator for inclusion in a show at their London headquarters. I returned to Chichester later in 2016 to begin studying an MA in Fine Art. Alongside these studies, I am proud to have taken part in Arthur Rackham’s 150th birthday celebration by producing a series of responses to his work which was exhibited along with my own at Bateman’s, the home of Rudyard Kipling, during September and October, 2017. One the the works from they show, “Drifter”, was subsequently pre-selected for the Columbia Threadneedle Prize, 2018, and another, “Lady Grenfell” is being auctioned on 25/02/2018 at the Royal Bank of Scotland HQ in London by Bonhams, with all proceeds going to those made homeless by the Grenfell Tower disaster.
Josephine Birch and Louisa Currier
Creative responses to the natural world.
Hand turned contemporary lighting using sustainably sourced wood from Devon.
Little Grey Mouse
I am a textile artist crafting botanical sculptures, decorations and wearable art using free motion embroidery, fiber and crochet techniques.
Ann Skinner, aka The Heartworker is a doodle artist and creative life coach. Ann’s art, writing and teachings are inspired by nature and the nature of things. Ann’s art is simply heartfelt and hopes to bring joy and give back. The “Annie and Eva love Devon” series tells stories of Ann’s adventures with her dog Eva as they explore this glorious county.
Portrait artist and illustrator based on Exeter.
I create ceramics inspired by the sea. Whimsical characters that will make you smile. Member and tutor at Exmouth Ceramic Group. Ceramic tutor in schools.
Johanna’s work explores ideas of potential, creative expression and colour. Painting becomes a cathartic and complimentary opposite to the exacting demands of perfectionism, a time to be childlike and adventurous. She builds on technique as a means of expression not an abstract framework. Favourite artists include Rose Hilton and David Hockney.
I am a lino printer living in Devon. Until recently I was a primary school teacher and printed in my limited free time. Now I spend every minute I can printing small prints, greeting cards and printed jewellery. I am inspired by vintage tattoos, children’s stories (of which I collect many), my decade in Bali and nature. I love organised spaces and small details and you will see these in my prints. I am currently developing a line of broaches, pins, earrings and necklace charms. These are made from hand carved lino stamps printed onto shrinking plastic. I am also influenced by Scandinavian printing traditions and love to add quirky detail to my designs.
I am a painter from Devon inspired by landscape and place. Recently I have been particularly influenced by the beaches and coastline of Teignmouth, Devon. Through my work I try to capture the feeling of being by the sea while also experimenting with mark, colour and texture. I like to play around with surfaces and different qualities of paint so the paintings themselves look as if they could have been washed up on the shore.
I dry needle felt pictures inspired by Devon. I use ethically sourced wool, the majority of it is organic, naturally dyed wool derived from plants & flowers. I also use small amounts of non-mulesed merino wool. I then have them printed into giclee art prints on sustainably sourced Hahnemuhle 310gsm photo rag. I display these in frames & bio degradable & compostable sleeves. A small amount from each print sold is donated to the Bumblebee Conservation Trust. I absolutely love the beauty of wool, with all its warmth, texture, light & the soft, nurturing feel it gives.
Currently a fine art degree student. I enjoy experimental art, both painting and sculptural. I use a wide range of mediums including, collage, inks, acrylics and recycled objects.
Rosemary Jacks Artist’s statement Working from her studio in the old village bakery, in Musbury, in East Devon, Rosemary makes a selection of wheel thrown, earthenware pottery. Influenced by traditional slipware and the harvest jugs from North Devon and taking reference from the natural world around her home, her pieces are both fun and functional. Quirky decoration of bird, animal and plant motifs using a variety of techniques, such as sgraffito, paper resist and brush work, cover her boldly thrown pieces. The application of oxides and underglaze colours, under a soft clear glaze give a subtle earthy quality which would fit both country and contemporary homes, and make for an interesting and cheerful additional to any kitchen. Rosemary sells her work at a number of galleries throughout the UK, and attends fayres in the South West including The Contemporary Craft Festival 2016, River Cottage Spring Food Festival, Nourish, Sidmouth Folk Festival.
La Vie En Rose Makery
I am a self taught textile artist specialising in appliqué and free motion machine embroidery. Based in Mid Devon I am inspired by the natural world around me to produce impressionistic botanical pieces of art, as well as landscape and seascape pieces. Colour and texture play a big part in my work, and I use a wide variety of materials including upholstery fabrics, cottons, silks, organzas, chiffons, lace and even cork. Approximately 75% of the materials I use are up-cycled. I love the idea of giving materials a new purpose and at the same time allowing them to be appreciated in a different way. I often finish off my pieces with beads and buttons where appropriate. I have made a conscious decision to use materials just as I find them, so I don’t dye fabrics or paint onto my work. I enjoy the challenges that this sometimes brings.