TREVOR J BROWN
Artist Trevor J. Brown has been a staple in the Irish art scene for over twenty five years. Trevor is best known for his highly individual depictions of Irish farming life and rural practices as well as the surrealist portraiture of his most recent exhibitions. Trevor's paintings are held within public and private collections worldwide as well as being featured in the BBC's “Your Paintings” web initiative. 'Magnetic Sea' is Trevor's first limited Edition print and is available exclusively online through Art Loves Editions.
Neil Shawcross was born in Kearseley, Lancashire in 1940. He attended Bolton College of Art between 1958-60. After a brief period of part-time teaching in Lancaster and at Morcambe Grammar School, he came to Belfast in 1962 as a part-time lecturer at the College of Art. He has remained in Ulster ever since, and teaches foundation studies at the Art and Design College. Shawcross`s gentle childlike approach has won him many admirers, and his work has been influential on many of his past students. He became an associate of the Royal Ulster Academy in 1975 and an Academician in 1977 and has been awarded several Gold Medals. Shawcross was commissioned by the Ulster Museum for a portrait of the novelist Francis Stuart in 1978. In 1979 he was commissioned to paint the portrait of Alderman David Cook for the series of Lord Mayors in Belfast City Hall. He has designed stained glass for the Ulster Museum and for St Colman`s Church, Lambeg. His work is represented in a number of private and corporate collections and his new works are eagerly sought after by collectors both in Ireland and abroad.
Born in Belfast, Brian Ballard trained firstly at the College of Art, Belfast and then at the College of Art, Liverpool. He still lives in Belfast but spends long periods of time living and working in his house on the remote and rugged island of Inishfree, off the coast of Donegal. Brian Ballard handles a paintbrush with confidence and a sense of purpose, suppressing details in order to capture an object in bold, decisive strokes. Ballard is concerned with the essence he sees in things. His subjects are always comfortable recognisable, but his treatment of them is invariably painterly and not an alternative to a photograph. He admires artists like Bonnard, Matisse, Picasso, who painted in hard strokes with courage and audacity; for this is his way.
Cara McCaughey is a textile artist and illustrator based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. She specialises in hand embroidery which she uses to bring life to her illustrative drawings. She is inspired by narrative, wildlife and traditional textile technique and works to bring the three together harmoniously in a contemporary way. Her work is exclusively done by hand, and she strives to bring the rich heritage of textile work to a wider audience. She has worked to incorporate hand embroidery with paper, knit, screenprint and more over the course of her practice to explore the versatility of the technique and push the boundaries separating art and craft.
Raised on a healthy diet of sugary cereals and 90’s cartoons Chris Cunningham’s work reflects his playful observations of life and contemporary issues in society. Heavily influenced by pop culture his work takes familiar symbolism and characters and subversively reworks them to raise underlying issues such as capitalism and government rule.Heavily influenced by outsider art forms such as comics, skateboard graphics, street art and graffiti his approach to painting fuses traditional and contemporary elements. Working exclusively with spray paint and self taught stencil cutting techniques his fresh approach stands out in the current wave of street art and its transcendence from city walls to gallery. Exhibited globally his work is in high demand with his most recent edition selling out in Australia within minutes.
Colin Davis was born in the town of Lurgan, Co Armagh, Northern Ireland. After completing a BA (Hons) Degree in Fine Art at the Belfast College of Art, he went on to complete a Fine Art Masters Degree in Manchester, England. His work has been exhibited widely throughout Britain and Ireland, as well as Scandanavia and the United States. During his career he has also been the recipient of several prestigious awards and commissions such as the Award for Best Print at the Royal Ulster Academy Exhibition in 2007 and is represented in many private, public and corporate collections, including the Arts Council for Northern Ireland collection. He is currently a member of the Belfast Print Workshop and the East Belfast artist studio collective Creative Exchange. During the Summer 2002, Belfast and 2005, Louisville Kentucky he was one of five local artists involved in the “Links That Connect Us” project. A collaboration which involved artists from the USA and Ireland.
HEATHER J FERGUSON
Heather J Ferguson is an artist who specializes in Equestrian themed art and Forest scenery. She lives in N.Ireland and graduated in Design from the University of Ulster Belfast 1996. Heather has developed her style through observation of impressionist art, and is appreciated by horse enthusiasts and keen interior decorators. The artwork lends itself both to modern and traditional interiors.
JAMES ROBERT MOORE
James Robert Moore is an artist working with painting and printmaking. He lives in Newtownards, County Down, Northern Ireland. James studied in London and Southampton graduating with a BA Hons Fine Art in 2000. After a long hiatus he returned to making art in 2010 on becoming a member of Seacourt Print Workshop.Since then has regularly exhibited locally in Northern Ireland and also internationally in England, Europe, USA and New Zealand.In his current practice James explores process and the application and layering of materials, combining painting with drawing and a range of printmaking techniques. Although abstract in nature, the work originates from inspiration found in textures and fragments of the rural and urban landscape. His work is held in the permanent collection of the Arts Council Of Northern Ireland and a number of private collections.
Sara grew up on the north coast of Ireland, and studied fashion design at the University of Ulster. She has spent the past eight years working as an award-winning freelance fashion stylist, and has since turned her attention to her first love- illustration. Being surrounded by models, photographers and gorgeous clothes has a huge influence on her artwork- intricately detailed pencil drawings of beautiful women and interesting characters, with inspiration drawn from music, people and literature. Sara loves the rawness of pencil- capturing the effect of light and shadow, the simplicity of the medium allowing the likeness of the subject to shine through. Her debut exhibition in 2011 sold out and she has since held two exhibitions, one at the Ulster Hall. She is represented by a London/NYC illustration agency and her work can be seen in magazines, ad campaigns, book covers and in her own range of printed silks ‘Éadach’.
Best known for his "Manimal" drawings Lee Boyd has a unique sense of portraiture, when sits alongside his painting and sculpture. Boyd's works have been highlighted a record number of times on the Saatchi art website and was one of the chosen few top UK artists to appear on BBC2 series "Show Me The Monet" which led to an exclusive exhibition at the RCA and was purchased by Peter Gordon celebrity chef. Lee Boyd uses a traditional application and process mixed with a contemporary concept. At the heart of his work is the integrity of blending method, idea, skill and concept. He lives in Northern Ireland and has an international fan base.
Leo Boyd was born in Hastings and studied for a BA in Fine Art in Context in Bristol before moving to Ireland in the year 2000. In Bristol Leo worked a lot with sequential and comic art, which was informed by the then underground graffiti movement of which Banksy was at the forefront.Having studied and lived in the South of Ireland for 12 years Leo moved to Belfast where he took up screen printing full time. City architecture, comic art, graffiti, B-movie posters and vintage propaganda inspire his work. Mashing up these visual forms he creates satirical works that blend images of the past with contemporary urban living.
Rachel Lister is an artist based in Belfast, Northern Ireland who is driven by a curiosity to explore the endless possibilities of paint and resin. She completed a BA (Hons) Degree in Fine Art and after graduating from the University of Ulster in 2014, her work is now held within the university collections. Rachel is currently artist in residence for The Directory NI where she leads art workshops in various underprivileged communities and continues to further her own painting practice. Rachel’s work is inspired by her current surroundings, as she finds an element of beauty can be discovered in everyday life. By enlarging and enhancing ordinary objects, her work aims to challenge the viewer to look beyond the chaos and stop for a moment and appreciate the everyday beauty in the present.
Craig Donald, born in Belfast 1987, lives and works in Belfast at QSS Bedford Street. Donald completed BA (Hons) Fine and Applied Art at the University of Ulster in 2010, graduating with First Class Honours. Donald's work focuses on history and memory, blending fact and fiction to create alternative narratives through painting, drawing and installation. Recent shows include ‘Line: An Ambiguous Journey II’, Gerard Dillon Gallery, Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich, Belfast 2015, 'Taking Back Bearings...', Platform Arts, Belfast 2014, 'Presently', Millennium Court Arts Centre, Portadown 2014, 'Line: An Ambiguous Journey', The Drawing Project, Dun Laoghaire & Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast 2013, 'Craig Donald & Bartosz Kolata', Queen Street Studios Gallery, Belfast 2012, 'Cursed', Catalyst Arts, Belfast 2012 and Royal Ulster Academy Annual Exhibition, Ulster Museum Belfast, 2010, 2011 & 2013 . Donald’s upcoming exhibition is ‘Diagrams’ at Dublin Pallas Projects Gallery, September 2015 and QSS Belfast, October 2015.