From early February 2020 The Art Shop, Abergavenny will now be curating regular exhibitions at the Michelin starred restaurant, the Walnut Tree Inn, showing works by some of our most dynamic and creative artists. Come and enjoy innovative and delicious dishes by one of Britain’s finest chefs, Shaun Hill, and sit amongst art by young, emerging artists and more established stars. An atmosphere brimming over with creative energy.

Please ask at either the Walnut Tree or The Art Shop to see a complete catalogue of artwork including full artists statements and prices. For all enquiries contact The Art Shop.

01873 852690   admin@artshopandchapel.co.uk

Arts Council of Wales Collectorplan scheme available. More information via the link below.

 

JANE BENNETT  –   Jane’s work is inspired by the mountains and skies of the Brecon Beacons and walks along the Gower coast. She uses oil, watercolour, acrylic and ink – experimenting with materials and mark making. The aim is produce a work that has the atmosphere, the sense of place rather than a faithfully reproduced view.

DYLAN BOWEN  –   Dylan makes wheel thrown, handbuilt slip decorated functional earthenware. Influences include traditional slipware, music, outsider art, contemporary American ceramics and abstract expressionism.‘I think my work is an attempt to catch some glimpses of life’s euphoria and communicate them in the best way I can.’
Dylan studied at Camberwell School of Art (1989-91) and was assistant to various potters in the USA, before setting up his studio in Oxfordshire in 1998. He is widely exhibited and regularly shows at Ceramic Art London.

SARAH BRIDGLAND ma rca  –   Sarah is an artist living and working in Wales. She makes 3D paper constructions, which are reminiscent of foldout design elements from children’s books or models for theatre stages. They combine cut-outs from old magazines and books with drawn and painted imagery. The found objects and materials Sarah incorporates are characterized by a nostalgic touch and play with visual memory, recomposing its tracks and traces in a kaleidoscopic manner.
Sarah graduated with a BA Hons in Fine Art Printmaking (First Class) (University of Brighton) followed by an MA in Printmaking, (Royal College of Art, London).

HELEN BOOTH  –   ‘I was drawn to visit Iceland to witness the harsh winter monochrome landscapes. It was effectively a rebirth. I sketched at the times the blizzards cleared, the miraculous imagery gave me a renewed vigour and the way to develop my painting.’
Helen studied at Wimbledon School of Art, graduating in Fine Art Painting in 1989.In 2019 Helen received a Pollock Krasner Award from New York for her painting and also 1 of the 12 International Abstract Painting Awards from the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation in USA.
Helen Booth is exhibited at various galleries throughout the UK and her work is held in several private collections around the world.

KENNETH CRADDOCK 1911- 1989  –   Painter, illustrator, and wood engraver Kenneth worked as an illustrator for the Manchester Guardian before moving to Herefordshire in the 1950’s to become Principal of Hereford College of Art until 1971.
During the late 1940’s and 50’s he produced many exquisite wood engravings of Herefordshire scenes when he visited the area and fell in love with this rural landscape – a contrast to his industrialised Northern hometown.

ELEANOR GLOVER  –   ‘I am an artist/maker based in Bristol. My passion is to create new ways of expressing personal narrative; casting my own stories through mixed media sculpture, shadow theatre, and book art.’
Eleanor’s varied works are widely exhibited with work held in public collections in the UK. She studied BA (Hons) in Graphic Design at Manchester College of Art and Design, followed by a Crafts Council Apprenticeship to the wooden toymaker Ron Fuller.

LILY IRWIN  –   Lily is an Irish artist based in London. Her work is rooted in observational drawing, finding the seeds of inspiration in the world around her – the past also plays a dominant role, exploring characters and their worlds through sources like architecture, photographs, letters and film. She uses varied materials in her paintings, such as lime wash, gouache and crayon.
Lily recently graduated from the Cambridge School of Art in MA Illustration (considered one of the best colleges in the country for illustration) and soon will be beginning The Drawing Year at The Royal Drawing School.

EKATERINA KHLEBNIKOVA  –   Katya was born in Moscow and graduated from Moscow University of Printing Arts with a specialism in ‘Graphic Arts’. She is a member of the Moscow Union of artists. and participates in many Russian and international exhibitions. Katya likes to experiment and mix materials and techniques creating multiple layers and textures.

CORNELIA O’DONOVAN ma rca  –   Cornelia O’Donovan plays with old folklore and poetry, but in a loose and dreamlike way. She draws particularly on tales native to the British Isles, and especially Celtic poetry and myth. Her paintings are flat, stripped of all perspective or realism, their surfaces hazy and meandering like an old tale retold a thousand times. Roughly rendered yet delicately arranged, she creates patterned compositions reminiscent of old tapestries into which she plants naïve pre-Modern motifs.
Cornelia O’Donovan trained at Royal College of Art graduating in 2006. Her work is held in private collections in the U.K. and overseas. She lives and works in London.

AMY SHUCKBURGH  –   Amy’s work combines broad strokes, bold colour and delicate lines, seeking out the emotional core of her subjects. Her landscapes of Cornwall, Wales, the Isle of Man, France as well as London, capture a personal search for space, with instinctive mark-making and use of colour.
Amy trained at L’Ecole des Beaux Arts, the Royal Drawing School and the Slade School of Art. Her portrait of the late Nobel Prize-winning playwright Harold Pinter, completed from sittings in 2006, is permanently displayed at the Harold Pinter Theatre, London. She lives and works in London

KEVIN SINNOT ma rca  –   Born 1947 in Sarn, South Wales, Kevin trained at Cardiff College of Art & Design, and at the Royal College of Art, London. Kevin remained in London throughout the 1970s and 80s, building a successful career, exhibiting at leading London galleries, major galleries in the USA and mainland Europe gaining an international reputation.
Kevin returned to live in Wales in 1995. While his work is primarily concerned with human relationships, the influence of the south Wales landscape is strongly felt in his paintings. He was elected to the Royal Cambrian Academy in 2007.

CLEMENTINA VAN DER WALT  –   Clementina has been a significant force in South African ceramics for the last three decades. Here is an artist working with a unique purity and vibrancy, from outside the British ceramic tradition.
‘Visually the African urban and rural landscapes provide a source of pattern, texture and colour which I apply in my ceramic work.’
‘Clementina’s platters, bowls and cups serve as objects both for use and for contemplation…’

JAMES & TILLA WATERS  –   ‘Our pots are in the tradition of functional domestic ware. We were taught by Rupert Spira, who was taught by Michael Cardew and he in turn by Bernard Leach. There is therefore a legacy of ideas and techniques influencing our work. Yet our collaborative working practice is an extension of our relationship and circumstances, and particular to us. An awareness of the heritage may be important in understanding our work but we don’t feel constrained by it. Functionality provides the immediate rationale for our pots – bowl, vase, beaker – these archetypal forms are our starting points. But aesthetic concerns are important enough that more time is spent on each pot than would be the case in producing purely functional pots.’

SHELAGH WILSON  –   ‘My paintings and drawings are primarily an emotional response to a subject rather than what I see. I feel enveloped in another world when I work, just as I do when I read poetry and novels. Favourite writers include Seamus Heaney, Michael Longley, Mary Oliver, Thomas Hardy, George Eliot, Gaston Bachelard and Niall Williams. More recently books that evoke the poetry of landscape – Robert Macfarlane.’
Shelagh completed an MA in Renaissance Literature and Culture in 2006.  She taught English up until 2013 and now concentrates on her art.