Art & Contemporary Art

Jason Hicklin

Jason Hicklin captures the feel of the weather and light and its effect on the landscape. All of Jason’s work is begun outdoors. Carrying the minimum of equipment, he will walk and climb the desired area for days and sometimes nights, often in extreme weather. He describes working outdoors in these tense and exciting conditions as a tremendously connecting experience – feeling a part of the land itself.

The result is a striking record of the elemental collisions between earth, sea and weather. He conveys the bleak essence of driving rain, when the mist closes down, and masters the polarities of bright skies and shadowed rocks. His work is charged with an atmosphere born of an intimate knowledge of the landscape and a direct physical experience of its changing moods.

Jason Hicklin was born in Wolverhampton in 1966 and studied at St. Martins College of Art, where he was a student of renowned printmaker Norman Ackroyd. After completing a postgraduate course at the Central School of Art in 1991, Jason combined working as Ackroyd’s studio assistant and editioner with producing his own work and teaching printmaking at City and Guilds of London Art School.

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Jason is currently Head of Printmaking at City and Guilds. He was elected a member of the Royal Society of Painting and Printmakers in 1993 and has had numerous solo and joint exhibitions in the UK and abroad.

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Jason Hicklin Printmaker

Art & Contemporary Art

Louise Davies

Painterly images using intense layers of translucent colour and overlapping shifting shapes are pulled together by calligraphic lines that define the subject matter. This is the hallmark of artist Louise Davies RE. Her work covers a range of techniques including painting, etching and monoprints. All of which employ the artist’s individual approach to colour.

Much of this work stems from her formative years in the West of England where the countryside was her place of reference.  Later moving to London the artist reminisced on the landscape by adding her own romantic notion of colour to emphasise the beauty of nature, induced by nostalgia for the past. Suns rising and setting; turbulent storms; calm and troubled waters,  are all represented by the artist using her unique style of layering bold transparencies of colour that are all enveloping

Davies also uses drama and  vibrant colour to depict London and cityscapes. Buildings are back lit by luminescent skies that add magic and excitement to the already vibrant city. The River Thames is set alight with neon colours that reflect the mood of the image. And yet, the addition of line adds structure to the scene giving it stability.

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It is apparent in all of Davies work that her love of the environment is paramount and that her intuitive use of the media is testament to her mastery of these techniques.

Louise Davies R.E. is a fellow of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers  and currently resides in London with her husband and family. She has devoted the last thirty five years to her art work having trained as a painter and printmaker.

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Louise Davies RE printmaker in her studio

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