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Steve & Sue Owen

'Chaos and Creation'

Tuesday 14th May to Saturday 25th May 2019
Open 11am to 5pm Tuesday to Saturday
Private View and Refreshments on Tuesday 14th May, 5.30pm to 8.30pm



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Sue Owen -

I taught Art Textiles in F.E for many years before retiring and having the time to focus on my own work which focuses on my love of colour, pattern and texture in textiles.

Starting points are usually experimental mark making using collage, drawing or mixed media techniques. Several of my pieces are constructed of layers of dyed and printed fabrics which are pieced together to create depth of colour and spontaneous imagery. It is the materials themselves which indicate the direction the work will take, and often ideas change as I introduce new fabrics or recycle pieces. I particularly like working with sheer fabrics printed using heat transfer techniques, these overlay well with the more robust shapes and colours of screen printed fabrics and surface interest is achieved through hand and machine embroidery. Recent work has included painted elements which are enhanced with the addition of fabrics and stitch.

Much of my work embraces natural forms however I also enjoy experimenting with abstract designs inspired by my printed fabrics


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Steve Owen -

Starting points for the paintings are quite often the faded graphics in 50’s and 60’s magazines and often there is a fair amount of ‘pop’ ephemera buried in the resulting imagery. Paintings start fairly chaotic but are gradually ‘tamed’ however the temptation to reach a finished outcome too quickly is often difficult to resist. Initial shapes and collage material lie half concealed under washes of colour-half eroded and scratched away, and what may appear spontaneous in the work often requires destruction, obliteration, reworking and refining.

The limited edition prints in the exhibition are a new development, and incorporate layers of mono printing and paint combined with photo screen prints. Starting points are anything from London’s city and industrial buildings such as the Shard and Greenwich’s endangered and historical gasometer.

Steve Owen studied Fine Art Painting at Wimbledon School of Art before embarking on a career teaching Art in secondary schools and FE colleges.

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  Exhibition by Graveney School

  Year 10 Art Students

  Wednesday 10th to Thursday 18th July 2019
  Open Tuesday - Saturday 11am to 5pm

 Collections Poster

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Janine Stovell and Jude Caisley

Tuesday 3rd to Saturday 14th September 2019

Open: Daily 11am to 5pm

Private View: Tuesday 3rd September 6 - 8pm

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This year Janine Stovell and Jude Caisley have joined forces to bring you their first exhibition of ceramics and painting at Sprout Arts.

Janine Stovell’s work with clay has always been inspired by times spent near the coast. The textures, colours and forms of her pots reflect her love of found objects or the landscapes on a beach walk. The pieces in porcelain are delicate and shell like, while larger forms in crank clay reflect the terrain surrounding beaches.

Jude Caisley’s latest collections of abstract paintings are dynamic, atmospheric and captivating, incorporating softer edges, rich textures and analogous colour palettes. Jude paints spontaneously and intuitively responding to music, a process that involves stepping out and embracing the unknown, but as she progresses beauty and meaning are revealed. Be inspired and uplifted as you encounter these new works.

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Painted Love reunited at Sprout Arts

Tuesday 28th May to Saturday 8th June 2019

Open: Daily 10am to 5pm

Private View: Wednesday 29th May 5-7pm

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‘Painted Love' is returning to Sprout Arts with a new and exciting collection of pre-loved furniture and soft furnishings.  Committed to saving furniture which is down on its luck and heading to the landfill site, we lovingly restore it, giving the pieces a new lease of life.  Add to the mix a contemporary twist these original pieces of furniture have been reinvented with love and are complimented by our handmade soft furnishings.

Tracey Morant is an art teacher who in her spare time began renovating furniture, along with her other creative outlet of pottery. She loves to find new ways of reusing old things. She met Rachel 18 years ago whilst working in the travel industry and they have remained firm friends and painting partners ever since.

Rachel Young is a busy mum who spends a lot of time sanding down old furniture whilst the children are at school. She also works as a production manager for the Secret Pillow Project, empowering women in India through training and work opportunities.

Clay, Paint & Paper - 3 Artists

A group show which brings together the work of

Ian Byers, Phoebe Leigh & Pippa Marsh


Tuesday 23rd July to Saturday 3rd August 2019
Open 11am to 5pm Tuesday to Saturday
Private View and Refreshments on Tuesday 23rd July, 6.30pm to 8.30pm

 Ian Byers

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ORDER AND DISORDER - Every thing we order and make will become disordered over time. This group of forms, drawings and prints explores the theme.

Born in Birmingham a city well known for making guns, jewellery and motorbikes. I trained at The Central School of Art London in the late 1960s in three- dimensional design specialising in Ceramics. Since then I have taught in Art Schools and exhibited my work internationally. I have always been interested in the sculptural and expressive possibilities of clay as a medium but now other materials extend that single means of expression. I have worked with ceramics and sculptural ideas for many years, but some work is now mixed media, things that I have found then altered. Drawing is part of my art, I love its directness.


 Phoebe Leigh

Phoebe Wilcock 

Contemporary abstract art - full of life, texture and colour. A range of scale and materials on canvas to create unique dense texture you can’t resist but reach out to touch.

I grew up in the East Midlands, moving to London as a graduate for the next chapter of my life. After studying Art at A-level, I chose to read Maths at the University of Nottingham and am now a Chartered Accountant with a fulltime career in Corporate Tax. As one observer at my first exhibition said, this is my alter ego.

As a teenager, I always admired Anselm Kiefer’s work – his huge canvases with deep crevices where the layers of paint had started to crack and peel away, exposing something else beneath the surface. I have taken inspiration from his work and aspire to have a studio in the future where I can explore more with scale as well as medium and colour.

Mars was my first series, painted 9 years ago, where I experimented with stones and a glue gun before painting acrylic over the top to see how the materials complimented each other.

The colour of the triptych is dark, much like Kiefer’s early work, but as with all of my textured canvases, can look very different in different light, different places and at different times of the day.

More recently, I have explored with brighter colours and some of my latest pieces have taken inspiration from cosmic elements – perhaps my maths and physics background trying to break through in abstract form. I am certain this is also influenced by Emma Lindstrohm whose bright fluid paintings caught my eye on Instagram. Social media, more generally, is a big source of inspiration for me as it’s so prominent for my generation.

The marble effect pieces were painted with my own home in mind, inspired by my original Victorian marble fireplace surround. I enjoy the contrast between the bright, powerful work and the calm, subtle effect of muted colours merging into a unique piece outside of my control. All of my paintings look different when I come back to them and they have dried – which I love.

I paint my contemporary pieces in my modest flat in South West London in my spare time as a release and escape from my hectic corporate world.

Having started selling my work and taking commissions in 2017, I am excited to try even more new techniques and use colours I might not have picked myself to expand my collection and see my work evolve. Watch this space.


 Pippa Marsh

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My ceramics incorporate imprints and drawings from mementos I gather on walks as a way of recording my enduring fascination with landscape and nature. 

I collect when out walking unimportant or discarded objects from the ground: leaves, twigs, bits of metal and plastic that I later incorporate into my ceramic pieces. I choose items for the shape, texture and the mark making possibilities they offer. The bowls contain the imprint of plant matter on the porcelain interior, then that becomes framed and contained by the contrasting dark rim as if looking in at a specimen. The cylinder forms were mostly made on return from a visit to India. There was little opportunity to purchase souvenirs so I collected beans and seedpods mostly from walks in the Kumbhalgarh Nature Reserve. Some of the more exotic seedpods resemble elements of Indian architecture. In these pieces have used these natural forms as design motifs and to create patterns. The colours I selected reflect the warm, rich palette of the landscape and sari cloth worn by women in rural Rajasthan. Carving and inlay make for slightly unpredictable outlines around shapes. The tiles, whilst finished objects in themselves, also serve as a ceramic sketchbook, mini compositions of ideas and effects that help me plan and develop larger pieces. The work in this exhibition represents pieces made in the last eighteen months, they reflect my enduring fascination with landscape and nature.

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