Category Archives: Featured Artist

Featured Artist: Sterling Hundley

After a short absence, our regular artistic feature returns to the website. Today Kureen is honoured to share the work of illustrator, writer, painter and entrepreneur Sterling Hundley.

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Sterling Hundley’s images pay homage to fellow American N.C. Wyeth’s famous illustrations for the 1911 edition of Treasure Island published by Scribner and Sons.

Hundley’s illustrations focus on moments of dramatic tension in the text. His subjects are captured in mid-motion and rendered in a palette of sombre colours and textures that capture the violent undertones of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic text.

The judges of the 2015 V&A Illustration Awards were mesmerised by this book and described it as: “Richly coloured, atmospheric and stylistically consistent”

Hundley is currently Associate Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond Virginia.

His mixed media approach combines traditional oil painting with  digital image editing in Photoshop; a technique that, he hopes, updates and repackages Treasure Island for a 21st century audience.

Text courtesy of the Victoria and Albert Museum of art and design.

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To see more of Sterling Hundley’s work visit his website —> HERE <—

Written by Dom Kureen

As a young rapscallion stranded on an Island, my time is split between writing, performing spoken word, wrestling alligators and delivering uplifting pep talks to hairdressers before they prune me. I meditate and wash daily when possible.

Featured Artist – Katie Rivers

During my life I have stepped across the paths of many people with the surname ‘Rivers;’

Dan Rivers a fine chap with straight edge inclinations.
Lewis Riversthe brother of a fine chap with Straight Edge inclinations.
Joan Riversthe love of my life.

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Yet none have been so artistically delectable as one Katie Yelda Zeretski Rivers, a performance artist,  painter, carpenter and Michelin star chef, who insists that she wasn’t the one who stole the balsa wood from the Blue Peter garden in 1998.

At 24 she has the world at her fingertips, with the callouses on the underside of her hands testament to a relentless work ethic that has only temporarily been curbed due to her relatively new surroundings.

Now residing in Queenstown, New Zealand, Katie is granted easy access to some of the most aesthetically stunning landscapes in the world on a daily basis; only the emotionless could fail to find splendour in the cacophony of conspicuous mountains, lakes and clear skies that make the town one of the crown jewels of Oceania.

With the incredible spectrum of content within Ms Rivers’ portfolio, it’s obvious that she’s one to watch in the art world over the next few years, with a captivating personality backing up some serious and varied creative talent.

To take a peek at Katie Rivers’ website simply click anywhere on this paragraph!

Written by Dom Kureen

As a young rapscallion stranded on an Island, my time is split between writing, performing spoken word, wrestling alligators and delivering uplifting pep talks to hairdressers before they prune me. I meditate and wash daily when possible.

Featured Artist – Vincent Van Gogh

Vincent van Gogh was born Vincent Willem van Gogh on March 30, 1853, in Groot-Zundert, Netherlands.

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His father, Theodorus van Gogh, was an austere country minister, and his mother, Anna Cornelia Carbentus, was a moody artist whose love of nature, drawing and watercolours was transferred to her son.

Van Gogh was born exactly one year after his parents’ first son, also named Vincent, was stillborn. At a young age—his name and birth date already etched on his dead brother’s headstone—the artist was melancholy.

In the fall of 1880, van Gogh decided to move to Brussels and become an artist. Though he had no formal art training, his younger brother Theo, who worked as an art dealer, offered to support him financially.

He began taking lessons on his own, studying books like Travaux des champs by Jean-François Millet and Cours de dessin by Charles Bargue.

Van Gogh had a catastrophic love life. He was attracted to women in trouble, thinking he could help them. His cousin, Kate, was recently widowed, and when van Gogh fell in love with her, she was repulsed and fled to her home in Amsterdam.

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He then moved to The Hague and fell in love with Clasina Maria Hoornik, an alcoholic prostitute. She became his companion, mistress and model.

When Hoornik went back to prostitution, van Gogh became utterly depressed. In 1882, his family threatened to cut off his money unless he left Hoornik and The Hague.

Van Gogh left in mid-September of that year to travel to Drenthe, a somewhat desolate district in the Netherlands. For the next six weeks, he lived a nomadic life, moving throughout the region while drawing and painting the landscape and its people.

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After more than 100 years since van Gogh’s death, more of his artwork was released. A painting of a landscape entitled “Sunset at Montmajour” was discovered and unveiled by the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam in September 2013.

Before coming under the possession of the Van Gogh Museum, a Norwegian industrialist owned the painting, storing it away in his attic, doubting that it was authentic.

The painting is believed to have been created by van Gogh in 1888—around the same time that his artwork “Sunflowers” was made—just two years before his death.

Written by Dom Kureen

As a young rapscallion stranded on an Island, my time is split between writing, performing spoken word, wrestling alligators and delivering uplifting pep talks to hairdressers before they prune me. I meditate and wash daily when possible.

Featured Artist – Imogen Rogers

 

A combination of terrible hostel Wi-Fi and lack of laptop time over Easter conspired to delay the gallery for April’s artist of the month.

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This month’s featured creative talent is Imogen Rogers, somebody whose paintings I randomly stumbled across during a soiree to Magnetic Island in Australia recently. I was instantly taken aback by the way the artist captured so many emotions with ostensibly simple concepts.

In her own words;

My artwork is all about inner expression. That you can take your thoughts that trigger feelings and give them a voice.

The process is a lived experience; also allowing the stillness which speaks once you have put a space around constant thoughts.

If I can produce a painting when I am feeling down it gives me solace; if I can produce a piece when I am feeling good then I want to share that with other people.

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To get in touch with Imogen simply click here for her Facebook page and website.

Written by Dom Kureen

As a young rapscallion stranded on an Island, my time is split between writing, performing spoken word, wrestling alligators and delivering uplifting pep talks to hairdressers before they prune me. I meditate and wash daily when possible.

Featured Artist: Zoe Sadler

Once there was a girl and one day she picked up a pen and a pot of ink…

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Zoe Sadler is an illustrator whose love of reading fairytales and penchant for her old-fashioned dip pen and pot of ink inspires her to create quirky hand drawn illustrations.

She was brought up on a small Scottish Croft in rural Aberdeenshire. In 2004 she graduated from Duncan and Jordanstone College of Art and Design in Dundee with a degree in Illustration.

Following this, she completed a postgraduate diploma in publishing at Plymouth University.

Zoe then worked as an illustrator and book designer, at a London book publisher, for two years. She now works from her studio on the picturesque and inspiring Isle of Wight as a freelance artist and illustrator.

When Zoe is not covered in black ink and hasn’t got her pen and ink to hand she can most often be seen drinking earl grey tea, obsessively knitting mittens or spotted out and about in her red wellies walking her black lab ‘Wilson’.

Interested in finding out more about Zoe? Simply click on the links below the gallery.

 

Take a look at Zoe’s website —-> here <— If you’re quick there might be a few copies of ‘The Lighthouse Keeper’ available to purchase!

Written by Dom Kureen

As a young rapscallion stranded on an Island, my time is split between writing, performing spoken word, wrestling alligators and delivering uplifting pep talks to hairdressers before they prune me. I meditate and wash daily when possible.

Featured Artist: Nightways

A kind and creative soul brought up in an alternative home, February’s featured artist has always looked to innovate rather then follow the mainstream.

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Nightways was formed in 2012 as an artistic persona, which has an on-going production based on bears and people as its protagonists. Under this persona, Night has performed at a number of events doing live graffiti painting and has sold his artwork with the dream of self development and one love under his hat

The Bear primarily represents strength and confidence, standing against adversity, taking action and leadership. The Bear emphasises the importance of solitude, quiet time and rest. The spirit of the bear provides strong grounding force.

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The human side allows us to bring emotions and body language into the pictures, enabling us to relate to and be inspired by these beautiful creatures.

Night’s pieces often depict characters found in meditation or astral travelling in space, in tune with universal energy, experiencing the unseen that connects us all. Fractals, yoga, positivity, higher and lower states of consciousness, urban aesthetics, hip-hop, equality & graffiti culture are other themes of his work.

Nightways had an illegal graffiti background in his early years before forming this new artist persona. He was in a team of anti social kids who got kicks out of painting their names in the city.

This graffiti upbringing is responsible for the artist he is today. Through this youthful creativeness and reformed outlook on life he has progressed his graffiti on paper to walls with an eagle eye for detail and dream like lucid patterns.

If you want to stay in tune with Nightways artworks progression you can like his page on Facebook, or sneak a peak at his Instagram!

Written by Dom Kureen

As a young rapscallion stranded on an Island, my time is split between writing, performing spoken word, wrestling alligators and delivering uplifting pep talks to hairdressers before they prune me. I meditate and wash daily when possible.

Featured Artist – Steve Miles

Originally from Warley in the West Midlands, Steve Miles moved to the Isle of Wight in 1994 and has worked as a Graphic Designer for various Island companies, including current employers Stainless Games Ltd. as a Graphic Designer and Artist on video games.

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He began painting graffiti in the early 1980s under the tag Toxic363. and at an early age was introduced to what was, at the time, a little known cultural phenomenon from the States called ‘Hip Hop’.

Steve recalls: “My next door neighbour had an American cousin who came to visit one summer.

“He was a great break-dancer, and brought with him a magazine about Hip Hop that featured the now legendary Rock Steady Crew. I was not much good at the ‘breaking’, but was intrigued by the graffiti section of the article that featured the Bronx ‘writer’ Brim Fuentes.

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“I was really into drawing so I started to get in to the graff’, practising my own letters every day at school and often into the early hours of the morning at home, I was hooked like some kind of alphabet junkie!”

Spending his teenage years painting Graffiti, Steve found himself involved with various crews, most notably TIC (The Imperial Creations), an affiliation that endures today.

After leaving school in 1989, he worked for various companies in the print industry and learned the traditional processes at the time – pasting up artwork, making colour separations, working out type scales, etc – all of which now sound like processes from ancient history, following the advent of the digital print revolution that took place not very many years later.

Steve recalls:”It was a largely technical industry, which only marginally tallied with my real love – painting graffiti and making art.”

To contact Steve Miles or take a more detailed look at what he does please click on the links here for his website and Facebook

Written by Dom Kureen

As a young rapscallion stranded on an Island, my time is split between writing, performing spoken word, wrestling alligators and delivering uplifting pep talks to hairdressers before they prune me. I meditate and wash daily when possible.

Featured Artist: Andrea della Robbia

We’ve decided to break with tradition and go a bit left-field with this month’s artist, by featuring an Italian whose finest works were created in the mid-late 15th Century.

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Andrea della Robbia was the nephew and disciple of Luca della Robbia, who developed the blue and white glazes used on terracotta sculpture with which the name della Robbia is associated.

By the time he made the Lehman Madonna, circa 1470–75, Andrea had for some years been chiefly responsible for the output of the family shop in the via Guelfa, Florence.

Although he was a faithful follower of his uncle’s style, his own personality emerged in works such as his best known piece ‘Virgin and child’, with its exceptionally high relief, in which he achieved monumental forms without sacrificing any of that sweetness and harmony of expression for which Luca is so admired.

Click on any images in the gallery beneath to view a larger version, with the option to scroll through them via the arrows at either side.

 

For further information on the artist please take a look at this web gallery devoted to his works.

Written by Dom Kureen

As a young rapscallion stranded on an Island, my time is split between writing, performing spoken word, wrestling alligators and delivering uplifting pep talks to hairdressers before they prune me. I meditate and wash daily when possible.

Featured Artist – Mark Dickson

There are some people who transcend one aspect of art, they are ‘burdened’ with a multitude of specific talents that could conceivably justify them being labelled as a modern day renaissance or overwhelmed prodigy.

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Mark Dickson is a talented musician, creative tour de force, charitable son of a gun and gifted chef among other things, but it is perhaps for his sketches and craft creations that he is currently best known.

His work ranges from simple caricatures to a series of intricate and evocative  ‘grickonel’ characters (an animal created by the artist that is perhaps most accurately described as a hybrid of a kangaroo and rabbit.) These are predominantly composed of felt and are instantly captivating.

Word of Dickson’s thought provoking concepts is already commonplace throughout the south coast art scene, with regular commissions coming his way.

To that end, winter is a good season to get in touch if you’re interested in utilising Mark’s talents for any relevant projects you may have on the horizon.

Details on how to contact the artist or look at/listen to more of his impressive offerings are listed below the gallery.

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If you like what you see please like Mark’s Facebook page, follow him on Twitter and listen to his album.

Written by Dom Kureen

As a young rapscallion stranded on an Island, my time is split between writing, performing spoken word, wrestling alligators and delivering uplifting pep talks to hairdressers before they prune me. I meditate and wash daily when possible.

Featured artist: Donna Jones MBE

I first stumbled upon Donna Jones MBE when I was sent to review a spoken word event on which she was participating, with her gritty, cavalier and colourful vernacular instantly making an impression on all of those in attendance.

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It was some time later that I discovered the full extent of Donna’s contributions – here is an extraordinary woman who has enhanced the lives of hundreds of abused and poverty stricken individuals, devoted extensive kindness, time and finance to charitable causes and revealed herself to be a paradigm shifting artist to boot.

Having recently been accepted to join the Ryde Art Collective, Donna enjoys a peaceful existence on the Isle of Wight, whilst remaining keen to continue supporting young people. Donna’s artwork is vibrant and innovative and she has donated pieces to Quarr Abbey, Dimbola Lodge, the MS Society and local charity Friends of the Animals.

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During 2013 Donna dedicated a huge chunk of her time to a specific charity, commenting that: “I wanted to collaborate with one charity and the Ellen MacArthur Trust, based in East Cowes, was the obvious option”. The charity supports youngsters with life limiting illnesses, allowing them to try sailing, often for the first time. The teamwork and close proximity with other young people gives them the chance to talk freely and acts as a form of therapy in a fun and exciting environment.

Having pledged to support 50 charities throughout 2014, Donna’s paintings and her fundraising events have become a regular feature of the local art scene. Many of the artist’s paintings are already on sale in ‘Three Buoys’ restaurant in Appley and grace the walls of all seven Pittis Estate Agents across the Isle of Wight.

Further details of how to contact the artist are listed below the gallery.

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To find out more about Donna take a peek at her Facebook or Twitter. To contact her directly email: jones291@btinternet.com .

Written by Dom Kureen

As a young rapscallion stranded on an Island, my time is split between writing, performing spoken word, wrestling alligators and delivering uplifting pep talks to hairdressers before they prune me. I meditate and wash daily when possible.