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
Bicester Village - Workshop/sale "The Voices of East London" concept shop 26-27/04/2019
Emmanuel Church Cafe, Bicester - Exhibition/sale 8,9,10 & 15,16,17 May 2019
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.
After suffering from strokes at the age of 34, in hospital rehab I learnt art therapy which helped with ways to cope and adjust through a difficult transitional period in my life. Not only did it help in dealing with pain I was experiencing via a distraction and taking my mind away from what felt utter chaos, but it also helped regain some use of my affected arm. I began painting very basic pictures just for types of movement and it very quickly became apparent I had gained something quite wonderful. My eyesight was affected from stroke but the way I see colour which at first seemed a curse with overload of senses is actually a huge blessing. I set up a blog called Stroke of a Brush and the name came from my aphasia. I was trying to say brush stroke and it came out wrong but then I had a name for my blog. My blog is about raising positive awareness of my recovery and strokes in general all via my artwork. I sell my artwork for great causes allowing me to donate to various stroke charities including Different Strokes Charity who have played a huge role in my recovery, as well as where I received rehabilitation treatment.
You can call me Massi, I am an Italian photographer based in the UK working between the Oxfordshire and London.
My work focuses on portraiture from studio to environmental with a cinematic and dramatic look.
With a huge interest and fascination for creative people and art, I find myself quite often, working with artists from different industries as well as creative agencies.
This ongoing project was born out of curiosity. Who are the artists behind the pieces? Why are they making art? Where?
By reaching out to local artists in the area and asking if I could portray them in their natural habitat, I've enter the most incredible and colourful studios. I have been given the chance to capture a more intimate side of their creativity. I had no rules but one necessity: trying to show the relationship between the art and their makers as well as the connection to their places.
Fantasy and folklore jeweller and mixed media artist. Trained at The London Jewellery School, Hatton Garden, London
Based at OYAP, St Edburg's Old School Bicester. Inspiration. British Countryside and Folklore