Artweeks 2019 brings together a talented group of emerging Bicester artists, some whose work to date has not be exhibited before.
Here's a list of those exhibiting and a short biography for each.
Celine - Arty Kiddy Exhibitions
08-09-10 March: Pop-up Art Weekend at the Chilterns MS Centre, Wendover, HP22 5LX
22-23-24 March: Art on the Hill, Brill, HP18 9RY
Barry Miller www.barrymiller.co.uk
I left school at 16 and went to art college where I completed a BTech Diploma in Visual Communication that covered illustration, graphic design, photography and exhibition design. I soon found that my particular love was illustration so I concentrated on that in my second year. However, it wasn’t easy finding work out in the real world and I took on a succession of jobs, ending up in the working for the past 24 years in the EPOS/IT industry. However, the art bug never went away and, about eight years ago, I started to draw again as a form of relaxation. I played around with a variety of styles and media before discovering pastels. I adore the pastel medium and love seeing how far I can push the chalks by experimenting with techniques, unusual papers and boards and different grades of hard/softness. I don’t particularly focus on any one subject but portraits and form do seem to bring out the best in me.
Celine Beaugrand - Arty Kiddy www.artykiddy.com - Bicester, M: 07866 022680
I launched Arty Kiddy in autumn 2018; I am French and moved to Oxfordshire in the early '90s. My love for art comes from an early age through the creativity of my talented mum. I am self-taught and get my inspiration from my two adventurous daughters. My aim is to make people, and particularly children, feel part of my artwork so they can create their own stories. I work in a variety of mediums (acrylic, oil, collage) and love to develop themes where children find themselves in magical situations. My style: bold colours and touches of surrealism, a sense of humour and discovery.
I have lived in Bicester since 1987. I took art at CSE level at school back in the mid 70’s but did not continue once I started work as an accountant. Now that I am retired with time on my hands I have tried different hobbies, but found my passion in art to be the most rewarding. I have not as yet taken commissions or sold my work but have gifted some to my special people. I have worked in oils, Acrylic, pastels and latterly watercolour. My favourite artist is JMW Turner, I love particularly his paintings of Venice, his impressionistic style was ground breaking in his time.
I have farmed all my life in the Oxfordshire area and am fortunate to have traditional water meadows, which are my main inspiration and love. Also seascapes from Cornish holidays make up part of my portfolio. Wild skies and love of nature are at the heart of all my pictures.