Elle Kaye has been practising taxidermy for seven years, and now successfully runs her own company providing luxury and bespoke taxidermy for galleries, interior designers and collectors.
Her practise seeks to evoke a sense of magic through the delicate aesthetic of taxidermy. The respect she returns to the animals ensures they are carefully and modestly posed, as they’re introduced to the art sphere. For a stigmatically macabre profession, Elle is able to retranslate the concept of death with a soft femininity.
With her fine art and sculpture background, her application of these skills helps to inform her modern and clean style. With minimalism taking precedent in her work, Elle feels that because the animal has so much external beauty, it’s crucial not to distract from it. Rather she compliments her taxidermy with simple bases, and delicate attention to detail.
Elle has exhibited alongside Polly Morgan and Damien Hirst and is fast becoming a name to remember in the art world.
Over the course of Marks 20 years as an artist, Marks’ work has been devoted to the untamed and wild landscapes that can be found in the Moors, Fens, Fells and Estuaries of Britain. He has carried the impressions of the sublime in the landscapes that were left on him as a child growing up in the Fens of East Anglia.
Recently it has been the vast immersive spaces of moorland, fen and river estuary that have consumed his imagination – evoked through the medium of charcoal, pencil and oil. Mark’s influences include the calligraphic paintings of Cy Twombly, the tonal ink paintings of Hosagawa Tohaku and the landscapes of Constable, Claude, Cottman and Turner.
He has exhibited work all over the country, most notably on a number of occasions at the RWA, Bristol as well as Cornwall (where he is represented by Badcocks Gallery) and London.
Mark is also a successful published poet. He was shortlisted for the Brit Writers’ Award 2012 and won Fleeting Magazines International Best Short Writing 2010.
Seans practice aims to question the norms, conventions, values and morals of life in the world we live in.
He generates work that mirrors behavior he sees in popular culture to comment on the stripped away reality of our ways of life.
His influences come from mass consumerism, identity, sub cultures and the body – explored through humour.
Marcus Walters is a renowned artist and designer. He is known for his reductive graphic style, colourful and optimistic imagery and adoption of handcraft elements, including collage and drawing. Since graduating from Central St Martin’s School of Art, Marcus has art directed leading arts magazines (including the Tate magazine), and art directed projects for Eley Kishimoto, Anya Hindmarsh and Clarks.
In 2015, Marcus and his wife Hayley – an accomplished textile designer and screen printer – joined forces to create M/H Walters. This collaborative creative venture includes exclusive homewares brand In House, based in their Stroud print studio. Marcus and Hayley’s designs embrace a traditional analogue aesthetic and combine hand-cut graphics and mark making with the screen print process. M/H have worked together on a number of high-profile projects and have produced artwork editions for the V&A Museum and prints for John Lewis.
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.