His approach to often controversial subjects and viewpoints, is brash, peurile and unarguably honest. Using humour to mock and question the errors of humanity makes the artist's work extremely accessible to anyone and everyone. The "Blasphemy & Treason" show at See Spray Gallery will be his first to include his digital work. Many of his satirical photoshop manipulations have become viral images shared millions of times on social media.
Susan Diamond, Fashion designer with prolific cult label Charles of London has hung up her glad rags and entered the Art scene with the same manner of enthusiasm, commitment and flair.
Her large canvas paintings of nude alien like women set amist futuristic backdrops have been exhibited internationally including shows in Berlin and London this year.
Her unabrashed use of bright flourescent colour and bold contrast embodies a punk pop ethos thats impossible to ignore.
Born in Edinburgh and brought up in Scotland, Salty studied graphics and illustration at art college in Cumbria followed by a multi-disciplinary design degree and finally post grad at Central St Martins in computer graphics.
Salty loves to trawl flea markets and car boot sales for unwanted family photographs, royal scrapbooks, ephemera, paintings and vintage prints; Creating flamboyant, kitsch-pop humorous pieces, she turns the unloved into the cherished.
John Hurford was born on a farm where he still lives in North Devon in 1948.
At the end of the sixties he was a leading artist in the counter-culture. This early work is in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. He has had work in many galleries including Tate Liverpool, the Whitney in New York and has featured in two recent sell out exhibitions at the V&A.
He has many books, record/CDcovers and posters worldwide as well as putting on solo and group exhibitions in the South West.
This year 2018, he has several group exhibitions in Devon, London, St Ives, and has solo exhibitions in South Devon and Hastings.
His inspiration is still the surrounding countryside and gardens around his studio. His work continues evolving.
Michelle Mildenhall creates unique, striking portraits in latex. Through her stylized imagery, Michelle seduces the viewer into a world of disconcerting beauty and mystique. By using popular but taboo themes of sexuality, fetishism and subversion, she creates work in which a fascination with the subject evolves.
Each piece becomes defined and fetishized via its latex conceptualization.
The current series of portraits is a culmination of her exploration of the medium. Her work has developed around the limitations and nature of the material and every piece is made by hand and meticulously constructed by Michelle.
Michelle is continually adding to her series of portraits, not only in latex but also creating larger one off painted pieces, in her colourful pop art style. She has exhibited in the UK, America and Germany.
Born in Northern Ireland and living in London, Joni Belaruski can either be found making art or making music.
Using figurative form of both humans and animals to devilishly blend the disjunction between her own reality and fantasy to devastating effect, the artist fuses darkness with light to create signature striking original artworks like no other.
Joni's work varies from personal projects on paper, canvas, drumskins and board to commissioned walls, festival installations and illustrations for books and the music industry.
‘I believe in beauty, faces as a window of expression and I draw with both dream and nightmare, splattered with the rawness and imperfection of what I see’.
Peter Quinnell studied at Chelsea School of Art and the Royal College of Art and has been an illustrator and artist for 30 years, initially as half of legendary collage duo Archer/Quinnell, and solo since 1998. He has lived and worked in Hastings for nearly 20 years. Quinnell is represented for illustration by the Debut Art agency.
Peter works from a studio at Rock-a-Nore and likes beachcombing. He is a member of Radiator Arts in Hastings, enjoys working on community art projects and making costumes for parades. He teaches part time on the Illustration BA at University Centre, Sussex Coast College, Hastings.
Barrie is an artist from Milford Haven, Wales. He graduated from the Southampton Institute with a Fine Art degree in 2000 and completed a Master's Degree at the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff in 2004. He now lives and works in sunny Brighton. The street art inspired pop art artwork is a fun colourful psychedelic and humorous approach to expose the human condition: notions of success, money, glamour, love, death, sex, gender & religion are picked at with dry comedic use of tragedy meshed with absurdity. Davies' work is in many public and private collections worldwide and is also owned by Noel fielding and Norman cook aka Fatboy slim. His mission with his artwork is create fun colourful work for everyone to enjoy.
Raffaella Bertolini is an Italian Artist, working and Living in London, UK.
A graduate of the Savona "A. Martini" Art college, she explores a variety of media and forms, such as acrylics, graphite, oils, charcoal, spray paint and collage.
Raffaella draws influence from popular and Urban culture, fashion, art, music and literature. She blends in Psychedelic Art and a touch colourful humour to create her own brand of "Psychedelic Pop Art". This is particularly well demonstrated in her portraitures. With this medium, she chooses to primarily focus on the female figure. This large number of "Icons" portraits use alcohol ink. She not only celebrates the famous but also the hidden heroes such as those of the London Underground, which her recent artwork unearths.
Raffaella finds inspiration in various artistic expressions, fed by a lifelong passion and ambition in creative expression.
With her Urban and mixed media paintings and beautifully detailed drawings, she explores themes as varied as sensuality, humour and religion.
Inevitably her talent has been recognised. Her works are in many private collections in Europe, Australia, USA and Japan.
Sue had been the muse and subject of two of the most important artists to have lived, namely Lucian Freud and Leigh Bowery. These days she is spending her time behind the easel producing striking, yet simple and honest images of the everyday items that act as wallpaper to our lives. Her subject matter is too often overlooked by the still life brigade. She gives it the attention it deserves in a unique pop illustration way.
Poppy Faun is a collage artist and graphic designer from her home town of Brighton, UK.
She uses unique 1960’s and 1970’s images, spending her days searching through flee markets collecting idiosyncratic magazines and postcards then transfigures them into aesthetic perfection.
Much of her work seems to harbour a message of escapism. Her cutouts bare an image of floating through the cosmos, make something quite classic feel futuristic and otherworldly. Acknowledging these decades as a revolution for fashion and rock and roll, Poppy pines for the past.
Weeds & the Pigeons are a creative duo from Hastings with a fine art and graphic design background. Their work explores upcycling; transforming the surface of discarded yet functional items using free hand spray-paint and geometric stencilling. The work raises questions about the fickle nature of throw away consumer culture and how it can be subverted through the simple act of glamorising the externalfacade.
Shuby uses print, collage, paint and photography to create original reinterpretations that revel in absurdity, kitsch and irony. Her cheeky visions are almost dream-like in their Technicolor intensity. She works in a wide variety of mediums including paintings, print making, ceramics and reworking found objects. Her influences include Josephine Baker, Busby Berkeley, Andy Warhol, Eduardo Paolozzi, Richard Hamilton, John Stezaker, retro advertising, car boot sales, Seaside charity shops and the Carnivalesque. Shuby has made a large amount of street art that includes paste ups and spray painted shutters. Her street art began with work inspired by singer and dancer Josephine Baker and the Busby Berkeley film "The Gang's all Here".
Eden was born in 1988 and grew up in London, developing a keen interest in drawing an painting from an early age. She has shown work in Belgium, Switzerland, France and Germany as well as in London, Brighton, St Leonards-on-Sea and at HOME in Manchester.
Eden has collaborated on various art projects with her father Andrew, including the feature films; Gallivant, This Our Still Life and By Our Selves. They have also presented work as installations at The Towner in Eastbourne and as performances; In The Wake of a Deadad, This Illuminated World is Full of Stupid Men, By Our Selves and Hiding from the Big Guns at The Barbican in London.
Richard Berner is a Brighton based artist, whose work draws inspiration from a colourful array of cultural iconography: from Star Wars to Disney, British landmarks to cult celebrities, Berner creates pieces bursting with imagination and eccentricity. With a flare for fine art technique, his paintings are brought to life with colour and texture, often applying paint drips and splatters, both before and after the print-making process.
USA Born. UK resident since 1990. Hastings since 2014. Founding member of the Stuckists 1999. Exhibitions include the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool. Has work in private collections in Germany, the Czech Republic, Japan, Australia, USA, UK, and France. Influenced by old masters such as Caravaggio and Velasquez, Ella portrays cabaret performers, outsiders, city nightlife (London, Amsterdam, Berlin), street/circus performers, symbolism, Tarot, costume, and identity. She’s always been into drag, gender-confusion and disguise. She married Sexton Ming on a clifftop in Dorset in a gender-fucked ceremony where men wore dresses and women suits. Ella’s subject matter ranges from bar scenes to Greek myths to slightly strange family and pet portraits – and sometimes animal-human hybrids. Ella has also played in bands and been inspired by music. Recent Awards/achievements: Sue Kreitzman’s London Selfridges window display 2015; Album Cover of 2015 for the Urban Voodoo Machine’s Love, Drink and Death; British Women Artists’ Judges Choice 2017.
As a former member of the band Elastica and having achieved more than I could have anticipated in music, in 2010 I made the decision to begin a long overdue degree in fine art (I graduated from Brighton University with a first class honour’s degree).
Evoking memory, I ask the viewer to engage in the bold colours and imagery of play and having fun, suggesting that these colours, shapes and patterns can mean so much more than they are.
By experimenting with shape and scale, I aim to create objects reminiscent of children’s toys in their construction but also drawing on the idea of investigation into structure.
I find inspiration in the stark urban geometry of Brutalist architecture, concrete bunkers and the brightly coloured building blocks of childhood along with the ‘cut outs’ of Matisse and a new found passion in exotic plants.
I moved to St Leonards last year with my husband and our dog and together we share a space at Compendium Studios in St. Leonards on Sea.
Drew is a local street artist who supplies us with hand sprayed tote bags...as modelled here by the lovely Michelle Collins.
An alumnus of Central Saint Martins, Moral Slang's work transports the viewer into dreamlike worlds where alienation and confusion are mixed with trickery and humour. It is the interplay where fantasy meets reality. Humans and objects are hybridised and juxtaposed to create imaginary forms that inhabit strange dystopian landscapes allowing the viewer to get lost in the surreal by giving into the imagination.
Sadie Hennessy is an artist and ‘shenanigator’ . She creates 2D and 3D collages, installations and live events and has exhibited widely in the UK and beyond. She recently caused headlines with her children’s tattoo parlour (‘My First Tattoo’) in Whitstable High Street and before that, a national hoo-haa with her ‘Gary Glitter Rock’. She likes to scratch at the veneer of civilised society, to find the darkness underneath, but always uses humour to do so, even if it does come from the blacker end of the comic spectrum.
Julia Andrews-Clifford is a feminist photomontage artist. She specialises in traditional cut-and-paste techniques to create surrealist works that disrupt and subvert their original intent. Her large scale collages explore the tensions between private/public life and the personal/political. Her work sometimes appears on billboards and bus shelters and crosses over into street/guerilla art.
Julia worked at The British Film Institute before studying Fine Art at Chelsea College
of Art and Design. Working as an artist and graphic designer since 2012 she exhibits
in Sussex, London and Frankfurt and has artwork in private collections in Hastings,
Brighton, London, Frankfurt, Milan and New York.
Maslen & Mehra in collaboration with local street artists Shuby and Delete. This exhibition brings together an extensive body of work for the first time. Maslen & Mehra have created the framework Cash, Clash and Climate in order to ponder questions about the complexities of living today and they invite viewers to follow their train of thought. These collections of sculptures individually pose questions about political, social and economic structures but together they ask how they, in turn, relate to social unrest and environmental issues.
Billy Chainsaw was born and raised in Birmingham. Inspired by the onset of punk, in the late 1970s he escaped factory life and moved to London to work for Siouxsie and The Banshees. He has exhibited in numerous group shows in such far-flung locations as Brighton and Los Angeles, and staged a month-long solo show at London’s prestigious Horse Hospital gallery. His other achievements include a range of merchandise for legendary experimental filmmaker/artist Jeff Keen’s retrospective at the Brighton Museum & Art Gallery; art for indie superstars The Fall’s 13 Killers album; and contributions to the book Cut Up! An Anthology Inspired By The Cut Up Method Of William S. Burroughs And Brion Gysin.
SLM (aka Sarah Lynn Mayhew is a British multidisciplinary artist. Her work evolves from a skill set derived from a varied art career including theatrical scenic artist, animator, illustrator & street artist. She studied at Manchester Metropolitan University and won a Royal Society of Arts award for multimedia and design. SLM's focus is rooted in environmental conservation and spiritual enlightenment of the human psyche. She is an accomplished portrait artist with a bit more up her sleeve than the rest.