Abigail Fallis (MRBS) is a celebrated British artist. She works in mixed media, experimenting widely with what comes to hand from her surroundings, anything from bones to bronze.
She first came to public attention during the noughties Britart phenomenon by hand-stitching men’s Y-front underwear garments, The sardonic pants would go on to inspire future works including URINAL, a stainless steel and neon sculpture (an ode to Duchamp the father of modern art).
Fallis’ iconic sculptures include DNA DL90 a nine meter high “Double Helix” of shopping trolleys, her Bronze Fish Series; bronze-coated fish skeletons the bronze acting as a sarcophagus for the sacred bones held within these sculptures. The Fast Supper (below) a papier mache interpretation of Leonardo Da Vinci’s famous painting the Last Supper (her distortion of everyday food, such as hamburgers and hotdogs, is here translated to comment on the mass consumption of mass-produced product, combining the insatiable appetite for fast food with an increasing awareness of the economic and environmental effects of how and what we consume).
Tom Hodgkinson of the Idler writes of Fallis: ‘Funny, beautiful and deadly serious: it’s a rare combination but a great one.’
Colin Glen’s delicate sketches involve the painstaking application of pencil and graphite onto paper and canvas. They are labours of love and exquisite examples of craftsmanship and care.
Many of Colin’s drawings and photographic reproductions depict found objects from real-life; a bed spring, whisk or chip pan fryer. Colin also draws finely detailed portraits. The translation process in Colin’s work – in which past works are reproduced, enlarged or copied – lends a shadowy and haunting quality to his work.
Born in Edinburgh in 1968, Colin studied Art and Art History at Goldsmiths and, later, Birkbeck. He writes for Art Monthly and Freize online amongst many other commissioned catalogue essays. He has taught at Stroud College and was studio assistant to Damien Hirst from 1998-2004, 2010-2011. He also recently gained an MLitt in Art History from the University of Bristol.
Colin’s pieces have been exhibited at Bankley Studios, JGM Gallery in Paris, and the SVA in Stroud. He is also represented by TJ Boulting in London and his work has gained a significant following, recently commissioned by the Groucho club and has sold to buyers including Cath Kidston and Alexander McQueen.
James Kriszyk is a photographer living in Stroud, who works mostly in black and white and has been exhibiting for a number of years. James endeavours to reflect the inner truth of everything and everyone he spots on the streets: the beauty in a cracked pavement, a broken glimpse of a woman’s face or a fragile hand hidden in the shadows.
One of Kriszyk’s key influences is the seminal photographer Trent Parke, whose dedication to street photography has hugely boosted the genre’s popularity and helped to create ‘another way of seeing’.
James discovered photography at art college, when he was given a camera by one of his tutors. He uses the smallest and simplest kit possible, to allow himself flexibility and anonymity. In 2015, James self-published a handmade book, ‘When spider kisses fly.’
James Green works quickly. He is a predominantly a portrait artist and begins his process by rapidly sketching passers-by. James works from these initial sketches to create multiple, loose representations of the original. He paints with haste, relishes accidents, uses ripped up T-shirts as brushes, and listens to hip hop whilst he works. Behind every one of James’s paintings lies the shadow and marks from numerous previous attempts. James’s favourite material is soft pastels. He loves the way the pastels stick to the paint below and create something new.
James was born in Britain, worked for many years in Sydney and now lives in Bath. He studied Fine Art at Cardiff School of Art and, following graduation, founded online studio and clothing brand ‘Greenthorne’. Here, James exhibits his sketches (including Smokey Joe and 10 Second Geezer) and paintings (Floating Head 1 and Puzzled Paul). James’s work can be found in Bristol, London and Barcelona and – recently – the Castle Gallery in Mayfair.