Johnathan studied Fine Art at the University of Wales before completing his MA at Birmingham Institute of Art and Design in 2005. He now lives and works in Birmingham's historic Jewellery Quarter. ‘Birds' is a new series of work exploring new ideas depicting seven birds native to Britain: Kingfisher, Blackbird, Puffin, Magpie, Bullfinch, Blue Tit and Goldfinch. Johnathan, though an accomplished draughtsman, is colour-blind and has overcome this challenge by using specialised design software to help inform the use of colour and construct compositions. The images of birds are constructed by painstakingly building up multiple layers of coloured shapes over several hours.The finished designs are printed on heavy-weight paper using the giclée process.Prints are produced on 308gsm Hahnemuhle photographic paper and limited to an edition of 25. Johnathan's Emperor penguin has been produced exclusively for Twycross Gallery.
Melanie trained in illustration at Birmingham Institute of Art and Design. She works from her studio at home in Birmingham and also as an artist in the community. She has won several awards for her work, notably the George Little Management International Marketing Award (awarded at the Chelsea Crafts Fair in London) to visit the New York Gift Fair. Melanie has several of her pieces of automata in collections in this country and abroad and a recent large-scale piece is on permanent display in Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. Melanie has deep passion for nature and its protection, which inspires all her work. She believes that narrative, particularly folklore and mythology can help us better understand all living things and how we need each other to survive. Melanie illustrates her work using very fine brushes and gouache and hand print these images onto metal sheets.
Birmingham-based artist and illustrator Matthew Bellamy (known as Cactus Matt) was formerly trained in Technical Illustration. As a self-taught artist his style has developed into highly detailed and vibrant paintings. Bellamy works predominately with gouache on paper to achieve intense depth and colour. The natural world has always held his fascination and inspired him since childhood. Bellamy devotes much of his time painting animals. Originals are available in addition to giclée prints on fine art paper.
Katherine M Waters
Katherine has been a practising sculptor since 1985 after completing her training with Stuart Osbourne. While studying, Katherine also undertook a comprehensive study every weekend of a western lowland gorilla at Twycross Zoo. Her practice is project-based and as such frequently involves to two obsessions in her life, wildlife and archaeology. She has worked and exhibited in UK, Poland, Italy, Trinidad, South Africa and Zimbabwe. 'Dust' was shortlisted in the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation Artist of the Year Competition and highly commended by the foundation itself on 6th June 2011.
In unison with the Zoo's own values, Russell Hatton's work possesses an integrity and professionalism based upon commitment and quality, combined with spontaneity and a desire for exploration. His work derives from an intensity of colours exploding onto aluminium surfaces. With state-of-the-art materials, including water-based paints, Hatton uses commercial spray guns within a 30ft x 15ft low bake oven to create his work. Throughout the process the work is lacquered and polished for a sumptuous finish. Russell exhibits regularly at Chelsea Flower Show and Affordable Art Fair.
Bold & Noble
Bold & Noble is a design collective founded by Jane Tobitt and David Wardle. After twelve years of designing bespoke items for clients, Jane & David put their skills to work creating affordable designs for peoples' homes. Artworks that are kind to the environment too, they're all printed on recycled card and sent out in eco-friendly cardboard tubes. Jane has over a decade of commercial experience under her belt. She has created bespoke design solutions for clients in both public and private sectors -- London College of Fashion, The Man Booker Prize, Transport for London, Royal Mail, British Film Institute (BFI), and the British Red Cross. Collectively, their work has been featured internationally in the design and interiors press (Creative Review, Living etc, Elle Decoration, The Observer, and Times Style). Prices for unframed prints start at £45 and are available in two colours.
Helen's work explores the relationship between animals and humans in a light-hearted manner. Bright background colours place her animals out of context from their usual surroundings, which emphasises their personality and character. Gary Hume's practice of using gloss paint has influenced Helen to create a smooth, reflective surface. Other great artists have inspired Helen greatly such as the 'poster' style qualities of the work of Andy Warhol and David Hockney, together with the distorted and uncanny nature of Nicky Hoberman's figures. Helen sells prolifically in London and New York and will work to commission.
Gail Troth graduated in 2003 from the University of Central England with a first class honours degree in Fine Art. Since then she has continued to be in demand and her most recent exhibitions have included 'Art & Islam' at the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery and 'Sense & Sensuality' at the Bankside Gallery in London. Gail's work ranges from abstract biological forms to detailed and refined figurative pieces, from monochrome canvases to vivid colour. With great interest and participation in the medical community, Gail's work is an exploration of life. The randomness verses the order in which everything is created is the approach Gail has to her work. Gail was celebrated with the Golley Slater Fine Art Award in 2003 for pioneering her unique painting technique.
Based in Wigston, Leicestershire, Kerry explores her passion for wildlife and art working in a photo-realistic style. Using a variety of mediums, predominately pastel, Kerry is completely self-taught. Her work is applied to velour, which helps her bring these exceptional works to life. By personal invitation from Chris Packham, Kerry has been invited to spend time at the Big Cat Sanctuary on the Isle of Wight and has also secured a book deal with the foreword written by Simon King which is due to be published later this year.
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The Tingatinga painting style is named after Edward Saidi Tingatinga. He was born in the district of Tunduru in southern Tanzania. He developed his own very personal style based on Swahili and Arabic traditions, illustrating animals that fill up most of the frame. Edward Saidi Tingatinga died in 1972, shot as he entered a restricted harbour area of Dar es Salaam and chose to run when ordered to stop. He had a son, Daudi, who was taught in his father's tradition by Mzee Lumumba, a friend and supporter of the family, and also by his uncle Simon Mpata. The increasing interest in these paintings from western tourists has stimulated many artists all over East Africa to continue this tradition. In 1990, Daudi Tingatinga and other followers founded the Tingatinga Arts Co-operative Society. Today Daudi and more than 20 other artists work here.