Art & Contemporary Art

Rob Moore

Rob Moore is a full time professional artist and was formerly Dean at Hull School of Art and Design. Educated at Sheffield College of Art and Design, Rob has been committed to his practice as a painter and printmaker since being awarded the prestigious Granada Fellowship in Fine Art at The Institute of Advanced Studies at Manchester Polytechnic. Rob Moore has an impressive track record of exhibitions across the UK with many works in public and private collections. His work is highly sought after and collected.

Rob’s work does not fit neatly into a category and he continually modifies and explores his ideas and processes free of fashionable consideration. His work demonstrates a sensibility and craft that results in images that are sensitive and memorable. In recent years after a long interest in the abstract his work started to show the influences of his rural location and many visits to high places in Europe and further afield with a sense of landscape shimmering through obsessive exploration of marks and surfaces.

Rob Moore in his studio

Art & Contemporary Art

Jane Walker

Jane Walker is a printmaker who uses the reduction linocut technique to produce handmade limited edition prints.

Each print is created from a single block. Through each stage of cutting, inking and printing the image is revealed as the actual block is destroyed. A reduction lino print can therefore never be reprinted and the editions are small. There is no opportunity to go back and modify previous layers.

Jane studied at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art before following a career in design at the BBC in London. She has now come full circle and returned to her first love, printmaking and particularly linocuts.

Read More

Fascinated by the bold, graphic and sculptural qualities of the medium her inspiration comes from the spaces in between objects and the patterns they create. Ordinary things; flea market finds, souvenirs, red cherries, jugs, coffee pots, pans, fresh flowers are all brought together to evoke a feeling, a memory or a sense of place.

Jane Walker is a member of the Oxford Printmakers, the Gloucester Printmaking Cooperative and an elected Associate member of the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers (RE).

Jane took part in our January Small Painting Show 2022.

Find out more about Jane here.

Jane Walker Printmaker

Art, Contemporary Art & Illustration

Lisa Stubbs

Lisa Stubbs is a Yorkshire-born illustrator of children’s books, an author and a printmaker with a background in graphic design.

After graduating from Batley School of Art, Lisa initially trained as a greeting card illustrator and her love of children’s illustration stemmed from creating cards, as well as designing toys and games for children.

More recently, Lisa has worked in book publishing; creating and illustrating picture books for young children. In 2014 ‘Lily and Bear’ was published to great reviews. A paperback edition is due to be published in April 2016 and the story is currently being developed into a stage production, with a follow up adventure expected in September 2016.

Read More

Lisa’s work is inspired by her love of family life, children’s artwork, the hands on screen printing process and vintage children’s book illustration. She has been involved with the ‘Mr Benn to Miffy ‘ exhibition on Children’s book illustration at The Cooper Gallery in Barnsley and is regularly asked to run creative children’s workshops in schools and libraries.

Lisa Stubbs

Art & Contemporary Art

David A Parfitt

David A Parfitt RI was born in Cornwall but lives near Bath. He is a landscape painter, working with watercolours and water-based media. Although David knew that he wanted to draw and paint from an early age, it was many years before he could devote himself full time to painting (working as a civil servant for 27 years).

‘I had no art training and am totally self taught, but managed to paint while working and I eventually started selling my work in local galleries. This encouraged me to make the change to part time working so I could develop my painting further full time as an artist in 2007, helped by the fact that our children had left home’.

David was elected a member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours in 2011.

Read More

David A Parfitt RI won The Neil Meacher Sketching Prize in the RI 200 Exhibition (2012), the Frank Herring award in 2014 and the Winsor & Newton award in 2016 for ‘the group of paintings judged to be the most outstanding contribution to the exhibition’.

I am passionate about watercolour, with its fluidity and uncontrollable nature; to find how the medium can be used to express and convey a feeling for the moods and atmosphere of the landscape. Although my work is placed within the traditional or representational sphere, my aim is to create something which has a sense of place without looking too contrived or deliberate. The whole approach is about experimenting and developing as I attempt to push the water-based medium as far as I can without the use of opaque or white pigment.

In the past few years, I have found that I spend the majority of my time working in the studio whereas previously I completed around 60% of my work en plen-air. I still believe that it is essential to work on paintings outdoors, with the challenge to get things done quickly and simply, but more often than not these days, I take long walks with my sketchbook, a small box of watercolours and a camera (my phone). I use the sketches and photographs back in the studio to make paintings and monoprints giving thought to experimentation or to work purely from memory.

David A Parfitt RI

Modern British

Monica Poole

Monica Poole, Wood Engraver (1921-2003) was born in Canterbury, Kent and was introduced to wood-engraving by Geoffrey Wales at Thanet School of Art, Margate in 1938. From 1945-1948 she studied at the Central School of Art, London and encountered wood engravers Noel Rooke and John Farleigh.

She exhibited regularly with the Royal Society of Painter-Etchers and Engravers and was also a member of the Society of Wood Engravers and Art Workers Guild. Her work was shown in a retrospective exhibition at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford in 1993.

Modern British

John Piper

John Piper (1903-1992), born in Epsom, Surrey, was an English painter, printmaker and designer of stained glass windows.

He trained at Richmond School of Art and the Royal College of Art. Amongst his well-known commissions were the collaboration with John Betjamin on the ‘Shell Guides’ to Britain and his work as an official war artist in the Second World War.

He designed the stained glass for the Baptistry window in Coventry Cathedral. John Piper lived for many years at Fawley Bottom near Henley-on-Thames where he died in 1992.

John Piper

Art & Contemporary Art

Tessa Pearson

Tessa Pearson ARWS studied Printed Textile design at UCA Farnham and the Royal College of Art, where she won the Courtaulds Prize and was commissioned by Liberty of London to produce a collection of printed silks.

As Tessa Lambert she opened her own print studio and gallery in London and successfully sold her distinctive hand painted silks around the world. In recent years Tessa has worked almost exclusively on paper creating bold abstract paintings and monoprints using her original woodblock techniques.

Renowned for her exceptional use of colour, Tessa’s current work has evolved from sketches of patterns and colour experienced in inspirational gardens and interpreted in her very recognisable style.

Read More

Tessa exhibits regularly in galleries and art fairs in the UK and internationally, and has work in private and corporate collections worldwide. Tessa continues to live and work in Surrey with her family and puppy, Rosie.

Tessa Pearson will be exhibiting her latest work in a solo show called The Artist’s Garden at Watermark Gallery from 3rd to 30th September 2021. Further details here.

Read more about Tessa Pearson here.

Tessa Pearson

Modern British

Edwin La Dell

Edwin La Dell ARA (1914-1970) was born in Rotherham and attended Sheffield School of Art. From 1935, he studied at the Royal College of Art under the guidance of John Nash.

He later became head of lithography at the College until his death in 1970. His place in post-war printmaking was enormously influential and his works are in the Victoria & Albert Museum, Tate and Government Art Collection.

Edwin La Dell

Art & Contemporary Art

Shona Branigan

Shona Branigan discovered the possibility of relief printing wood itself by seeing the work of Brian Nash Gill and she followed his technique of burning the wood.

It is known as Shou Sugi Ban and is used in Japan as a method of preserving wood. Charring burns away the softer wood and leaves a raised surface which makes it relief printable. She clears out all the ash with wire brushes, seals it with shellac and is then able to ink it and print it. The prints are all hand burnished as the pieces are too large and uneven to go through her printing press.

She uses Fine Art Heritage Rag paper which is 100% cotton and archival, and if you look closely you will be able to see the ‘embossing’ which the hand printing produces. Each millimetre of the wood needs to be pressed into the paper to achieve a good print. It takes time and energy! Prints are made to order and as the wood itself dries subtle changes and cracks will appear which will allow the limited edition to reflect the continuing story of the wood.

Read More

Shona Branigan knows the provenance of the wood she prints so that you will be able to know its area of origin, and in many cases visit the site where the tree fell.

Shona demonstrates wood engraving and traditional printing at Cherryburn, the National Trust Birthplace Museum to Thomas Bewick, at Mickey Square, Northumberland. She has been featured in Flog It when they visited Cherryburn and Further Tales from Northumberland where she gave Robson Green the opportunity to engrave for the first time.

Shona Branigan Artist

Sign up for our newsletter

Be the first to hear about latest news, exhibitions and events.

We only use our mailing list to let people know about our news and events. We never share data with third parties. You can unsubscribe at any time. More about privacy here.