Antony Williams trained at Farnham College of Art and Portsmouth University in the UK. He works almost exclusively in egg tempera which can be a painstaking and exacting medium, but which allows him to express a deep feeling about the look of the world. All of his work is based on direct and intense observation, can produce as a result a very heightened sense of realism, where every surface detail is given almost equal and constant consideration.
Sophie Woodrow was drawn to working with clay from an early age. Born in Bristol in 1979, she graduated in 2001 from Falmouth College of Art with a BA in Studio Ceramics. Since then she has refined an intricate labour-intensive technique and a highly distinctive visual language. Each piece is hand-built, involving coiling, incising and impressing to create a delicately textured surface. Her work has been informed by an interest in the Victorians as the first generation who chose to define nature in opposition to what is human. In a spirit of wild curiosity, tinged with fear, the Victorians idolised nature, ‘packaging’ it into highly romanticised, palatable works of art. Our modern-day understanding is very different, so that we now interpret much Victorian art as ‘unnatural’ or kitsch.
Tran Nguyen is a Georgia-based artist. Born in Vietnam and raised in the States, she received a BFA in Illustration from Savannah College of Art and Design. She is fascinated with creating visuals that can be used as a psycho-therapeutic support vehicle, exploring the mind’s dreamscape. Her paintings are created with a soft, delicate quality using colored pencil and thin glazes of diluted acrylic on paper. She is currently represented by Richard Solomon and Thinkspace Gallery.
Carolein Smit– In her ceramic sculptures Carolein Smit satirically plays with that unknown turning point when beauty turns over in exuberance, hate in love, alienation in elucidation, and unresolved emotions in over-active sentiment. Smit borrows themes from classic mythology and biblical tales, such as greed, power and impotence, vanity, perishableness and death. Often her sculptures enclose elements like those we find in vanitas, such as skulls, skeletons, small bones of animals; all these elements symbolize our temporary presence, but, as always with Smit, she shows them with a touch of irony. (via Flatland Gallery)
Jennifer Madden is a talented artist and illustrator currently living and working in Manchester, United Kingdom. Jennifer is a mixed media artist with experience in various fields of illustration and design. Using a combination of pen, ink, watercolor and digital techniques, Jennifer Madden creates illustrations injected with playfulness, fashion, and femininity with a distinct talent for illustration.
‘ From the familiar to the unexpected, moto undone ignores what makes motorcycles interesting. At jruiter I.D. we want to re-set the definition of a motorbike by stripping away historical attributes that make them so great. It’s hard to image a motorcycle without fancy paint, overpowered motors, exposed mechanical genius, and sweet exhaust tones. Moto Undone is pure generic transportation and by motorbike category definition it isn’t very cool. Moto Undone is pure generic transportation and by motorbike category definition it isn’t very cool. There motorbike references are small and when someone is riding they are all you see. The bike almost disappears. The rider just floats along the streets silently. Powered by a 1000w 48v electric hub motor, moto undone has a range of 90 miles or about 3 hours. All gauges and riding information, like speed and gps, is displayed through smart phones by downloadable apps.’
Damian May is a self taught pencil artist, he attended Art and Design College and acquired skills in C.A.D, Textiles, History of Art, ceramics and many more Art related subjects. Pencil is his main drawing medium but he would also do pieces in pen & ink and pastel. Damian focuses on portraiture of people and animals and tries to capture the true likeness and fine details of his subjects.
Rachel Niffenegger <-- (B. 1985, Evanston, IL) Lives and works in Chicago, IL and Amsterdam, NL; Education: 2012-2013 de ateliers, Amsterdam, NL; 2012 MFA, Art Theory and Practice, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL; 2008 BFA, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL.