Thought provoking art – four artists from Windsor Artists Collective
A selection of thought provoking and innovative art from four artists in attendance - Paul Barfoot and Val Leung (Saturday) and Ayla Paul and Mark Burden (Sunday)
Windsor Artists is a very active collective of experienced and creative local artists. Their aims are to hothouse and develop new interesting work as you can see at this exhibition. For more information www.windsor-artists.org
Having studied Technical Illustration at Portsmouth College of Art & Design in the 1970s, my career took me on a fascinating journey through various areas of the UK Europe. I developed a keen interest in languages and cultures.
Scuba diving and photography (both above and below water) added another dimension to my travels and interests and the focus on marine and animal welfare blossomed.
“My art is mostly realistic and detailed, but not simply illustrative. My aim is to capture the soul of the creature, or the mood of the situation. My work can be viewed at http://butisitart.uk/our-artists/paul-barfoot “
“I adopt experiential ways to further my work. Starting with a concept I explore and experiment. I develop and evolve ideas, reflections and images that I perceive.
The media that I use varies from soft pastels, inks, collage, acrylics, oils or a combination of these according to the impact that I want to achieve.
I have used my travel experiences as inspiration for new works such as the texture of the woods, the vibrancy of a city or the power of the ocean.
As an artist I want to be challenged to paint diverse expressive pieces relating to a thought or an idea. Currently I am exploring a combination of reality and abstraction”
“I am an award-winning Dutch artist, who has lived in England for five years. I am currently involved in a full-time PhD in Environmental Sciences at University of Reading, researching UK honey. I studied Graphic Design and Art before becoming a qualified Ecologist and now the natural world plays a big part in my work and I like to capture all aspects of our world in my art. My favourite mediums are lino printing, black pen drawings and acrylics.”
“I received a ‘Highly Commended’ award at the 2018 Windsor and Eton En Plein Air competition for my lino print of Windsor Castle which was made within the Jubilee Gardens of the Castle grounds from start (sketching) to finish (carving and printing).”
Ayla’s portfolio is showcased on www.aylapaul.nl and work is for sale on www.etsy.com/shop/AylaPaulArt
“I create fine art prints, paintings, drawings and books that often combine word and image. I like to work in multiples and singles and in recent years have used grids to combine different elements into compositions; signs, symbols, drawings, photographs, prints and paintings.
I like to produce completely original pieces utilising digital software which can lead to an extended series of work as will be displayed at this exhibition
I also work with traditional art media and may then combine this with digital media to create my unique work.”