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Hannah Aria

Originally born in Rochdale, Hannah relocated to Ipswich as a child. She was a Health Promotion Specialist prior to entering the professional arts arena and is an experienced Youth and Community Worker. Hannah debuted at Art Fair East last year and has exhibited at London’s Brick Lane Gallery, The Minories Galleries and various esteemed locations across Suffolk. The recently featured BBC Radio Suffolk Artist  is also undertaking a Residency at Quay Place; facilitating weekly workshops. Hannah is a Conceptual Mixed Media Artist with a heart for social justice. Her work contains philosophical undertones to inspire the soul and awaken the senses.


Make Up’  Fragile Heart Series 2018
Mixed Media & Resin  30 x 30cms


‘Break Up’  Fragile Heart Series 2018
Mixed Media & Resin  30 x 30cms


‘Wake Up’  Fragile Heart Series 2018
Mixed Media & Resin  30 x 30cms

Helen Bartholomew

Most of Helen’s work is produced in her garden studio in Suffolk, where she is often found with her partner Bub and their two dogs Jack and Ollie. Her work is constantly changing and developing and therefore quite diverse. She will often repeat or revisit subjects, particularly those that carry a personal significance. Helen works primarily in oil, but also uses graphite and occasionally collage. Her paintings can be seen in galleries throughout Suffolk and London and occasionally in group exhibitions within the local area.




Gracie Oil on canvas 30 x 24cms


Ollie Oil on canvas 30 x 24cms

 Female Figure  Charcoal on paper  40 x 30cms

Female Figure Charcoal on paper 40 x 30cms

Mark Beesley

Mark worked as a solicitor but gave up law to study art after moving to Suffolk in 1979. From 1985 he worked in a design studio, since 1993 as a freelance illustrator also teaching painting and art history classes, while continuing to paint. He has work in various private and corporate collections in Britain and the USA. A recent commission was for a painting to hang in a new medical centre in Ipswich. At the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2018 he was the Winner of the Hugh Casson Drawing Prize. His main interest is landscape, in particular the balance between the natural and artificial, the effect that the imposition of man-made structures has on our natural surroundings.

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Mock Tudor Ink and crayon on tracing paper 60 x 60cms 


 Cley Hill, Warminster  Oil on plywood  37 x 32cms 


Bale field  Oil on board  30 x 52cms

Rita Browne

Rita moved to Suffolk in 1971 with her husband and their three children. Having attended various art classes, including evening classes at Middlesbrough Art School, she eventually became a student of Michael Norman in 1989, which continued for many years. His teaching was invaluable. Favourite subjects are old, interesting buildings, the countryside and riverscapes. Her work is generally traditional, though sometimes verging on abstract. She also enjoys portrait painting. Rita has exhibited widely in East Anglia, and had solo and shared exhibitions. Was an award winner in 2014 with the Society of East Anglian Watercolourists. Has had many commissions.


Riverside and Distant Cottage Watercolour 25 x 39cms


Wymondham Abbey  Pen, Ink and Watercolour 41 x 33cms


River Wye seen from Symonds Yat Watercolour 26 x40 cms

Andrew Casey

Andrew has been active on the local art scene for many years and has taught art and design in school and college. He established the Young Blood group in the 1980s. He joined the Ipswich Art Society in 1985, later becoming an honorary member. His most recent work is inspired by shop windows, old buildings and in particular old houses decaying in the urban landscape. He uses pen and wash working quickly to catch the spirit of the building or shop window, applying watercolours loosely. 



Antique shop, Woodbridge 2018  Mixed media 40 x 40cms


Ivy Mount, Leeds 2018  Mixed media 40 x 40cms


Washing Line, Leeds 2018  Mixed media 40 x 40cms

Derek Chambers

Derek Chambers was born in Ilford in 1937. After a successful career as a London-based graphic designer, he moved to Suffolk in 1994 to concentrate on drawing, painting and etching. His work has been exhibited in several Royal Academy Summer Exhibitions, the Royal Watercolour Society (prize-winner 2008), New English Art Club, Discerning Eye, Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours, National Print and Originals, Royal Society of Marine Artists, Royal Society of Portrait Painters, twice Eastern Open prize-winner, twice winner of the Art Society’s Mayor’s Award and many shows in Suffolk. The latest being his travels with trees.




King Street, Aldeburgh  Acrylic on board  35 x 25cms


Iris Watercolour 60 x 50cms


Ely’s London Plane Monoprint 45 x 35cms

Michael Coulter

Michael Coulter's work has a distinctive style, influenced by his training in illustration, and printmaking, also his admiration for the artists from between the wars, Ravilious and Spencer. He was head of the Art department at Woolverstone Hall School, Suffolk from 1966-1987. He now paints full time and lives in Woodbridge. His work is held in many private and public collections world wide. Over the years he has had over 30 one man exhibitions and two books published about his work, 'Coulter's Countryside' and 'Coulter's Coast' by Alan Marshall.




Eastern Belle  Watercolour 34 x 46cms


Sails on the Beach  Watercolour 34 x 46cms


Sparrows in a Hedge  Watercolour 34 x 46cms

Julie Driscoll

Julie’s work is very textural, created using her hands and a palette knife, layering the oil paints thickly over several weeks. Her subjects are the Suffolk landscape, flowers and abstracts. Julie has worked for over 20 years as an Occupational Therapist, specialising in psychiatry, and recognises the importance of art as a therapeutic tool. At her home studio near Woodbridge she runs classes and individual therapy sessions in a relaxed, creative environment. Julie’s work can be seen at Snape Maltings, Vani l, in Woodbridge, Suffolk Living in Felixstowe and at Open Studios.




Coastguard Cottages, Dunwich Oil on canvas 40 x 50cms 


Pansy Oil on canvas 25 x 15cms


Deben Riverbank, Martlesham Creek Oil on canvas 50 x 40 cms

Chris Edmondson

Chris has had a life-long interest in drawing and painting and, in retirement, took a Degree in Fine Art at Suffolk School of Arts, UEA.  He works mainly in oil, using a restricted palette in a loosely representational style, also in pen and charcoal. Subject matter includes interiors, still lifes and figure studies, and ideas about isolation and introspection. He has shown regularly at the Annual Open Exhibition and in other group exhibitions over the years, had a solo exhibition at the Rag Street Gallery in London in 2013, and has contributed cartoons to a number of publications.



Untitled Oil on canvas 61 x 61cms


Untitled Oil on canvas 77 x 63cms


Red Landscape Oil on canvas 61 x 46cms

Pris Forrest

Pris Forrest was born in Malta but settled in Scotland, eventually attending Edinburgh College of Art, where she developed an interest in Printmaking. Moving with a young family to East Anglia, she worked as technician and tutor at the Art School in Suffolk College. She joined exhibiting groups which enabled her to exhibit abroad, locally and in London.  She became preoccupied with Suffolk’s flat and watery landscape, also pursuing her interest in horses and music, all of which figure prominently in her work. She has a lifelong love of drawing, which she still teaches privately, and has her own printmaking studio in the Suffolk countryside.  

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Ian Shoeing Bubble Etching 21 x 18cms


Deben Swans Etching 20.5 x 25cms


Kingfisher 1 Etching 15 x 13cms

George W Gill

Born in Sheffield, October 1949. Studied 'Painting and Drawing' in Sheffield, Oxford, St Albans, ‘Illustration' at Watford College of Art & Design. Acquired a Degree in Graphic Arts. Changing media kept his work fresh and honest. Favourite medium was Oil. ‘Art and Music define my life’ was entirely true for him. George was interested in a wide range of well-known, obscure, diverse artists from all over the world from Constable, Tom Coates, Diebenkorn. Awards included 'Outstanding Work' ‘Best Painting’ and others, at the Mall Galleries, London and in the Counties.  George had Shortlistings and was Accepted by the Royal Academy, London; Shortlisted by the Royal West of England Academy, Bristol. 




City Crossing Oil on canvas 70.5 x 101cms


November, Blythburgh Oil on canvas 61 x 72cms


Summer Days Oil on canvas 79 x 99cms

Caroline Greene

Caroline had work selected for the Chelsea Art Society 2019 exhibition, and was shortlisted for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, the Royal Society of Oil Painters and the New English Art Club open exhibitions. She won the NEAC's national Barbara Hepworth Drawing Competition, and most of all loves to paint outdoors. Caroline attends weekly Life Drawing classes and values traditional drawing skills. She paints in oils, gouache and watercolour, and draws in charcoal and ink, mainly landscapes, still life and urban/village scenes. Caroline tries to capture shape, feeling, atmosphere and light in a straightforward way, and her aim is to keep growing and learning as an artist.




City of London from Hampstead Heath (painted outdoors)  

Oil on muslin laid on board  25 x 36cms


Ancient oak at Rendham Charcoal on paper  20 x 20cms


Daffodil in a jar Oil on board  15 x 15cms

Jennifer Hall

Jennifer Hall is a practising artist with a studio at Butley Mills Studios where she is able to cast her own work in bronze. She is the Secretary of Clock House Arts Association, the charity that runs the studios. She is also a member of the Sudbourne Printmakers where she practises the art of printmaking. She has an MA in the Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas from The Sainsbury Research Unit, University of East Anglia; a BA (Hons) Fine Art, University of East Anglia/Suffolk College; and a BA (Hons) in Graphic Design, Norwich School of Art.

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Head: Oak (Summer)  Bronze 47 x c.31cms (at widest point)


Duncan  Etching and Aquatint 20 x 25cms 


Staverton Thicks  Charcoal drawing 30 x 42cms 

Maggi Hayward

Maggi studied at Ipswich School of Art from 1966 - 68, then at Croydon College of Art until 1971, becoming a Member of the Chartered Society of Designers. She has worked as a designer of textiles, graphics and museum exhibitions and after many years designing with the aid of computers she is now enjoying the manual process of printmaking and, in the words of printmaker Peter Green, ‘the workmanship of uncertainty’. She looks for the textures and patterns in Natural History collections, plants and landscapes and is inspired by the simplicity and economy of mid 20th century artists and designers.



Groyne B113, Felixstowe  Relief print  20 x 14cms


Drystone Wall, Penrith  Relief print 20 x 17cms


Exploding Carapace  Relief print 28 x 20cms

Ali Hollingsworth

Ali Hollingsworth would describe herself as a self-taught country-loving artist, who loves to create “stories” using paint, found objects, print and ephemera, textiles, and text, often within a box. She loves to paint, sew, print, and model so this medium suits her skills well. She is inspired by the work of Joseph Cornell and John Piper and is a devotee of Mr Finch who sews fantastical creatures in a modern way. Ali was born in Cornwall and lives in Suffolk. She exhibits her work on-line on Etsy, or works to commission.



The Wedding Guests  Assemblage 22 x 17cms


Tiny Tot No.9  Assemblage 21 x 27cms


I truly was a Princess  Assemblage 14 x 18cms 

Nicki Holt

Nicki Holt was born in London. She studied Illustration at Harrow School of Art and worked as a freelance illustrator for 17 years. She moved to Suffolk in 1989. Her main focus now is printmaking; sources of inspiration are plants, poetry, twilight, shadows, reflections, odd buildings and the Suffolk landscape, layering her work with many textures. She makes etchings, collagraphs, relief prints, monoprints and collages which reflect an intense love of nature. She uses imagination to represent

something she feels is the darker, mysterious side of the natural world. She has shown work in London and nowadays exhibits regularly in Suffolk.




Big Sun   Collagraph and Mixed Media  34 x 25 cms


Ash Tree and Sheep  Etching  25 x 29cms 


Lost Balloon  Etching  24.8 x 7 cms

Ken Kempley

Born in the Peak District and now living in East Anglia, Ken is a prolific self-taught artist known for his paintings of landscapes, seascapes, moor and wetlands. Working predominantly in acrylic and watercolour Ken strips away geographical references to create drama and atmosphere, allowing the viewer a sense of connection with the subject and that barren beauty found in remote locations. Turner, Hambling and Castanet never fail to inspire and rank high in Ken’s favourite artists. Several prestigious galleries in London and the South East exhibit Ken’s paintings as do private collections in the USA, South Africa, Norway and the UK. 



Storm Force  Acrylic on canvas board 62 x 62cms


Homeland  Acrylic on canvas board 62 x 62cms


Rhapsody  Acrylic on heavy paper 70 x 70cms 

Bridget Lapsley

Bridget grew up in Suffolk, spending most of her childhood and schooldays in Ipswich and the surrounding countryside.  She studied at the Ipswich School of Art in the 1960s, when well-known local practising artists such as Colin Moss and Bernard Reynolds were tutors, later completing a 3-D design course at Loughborough College of Art & Design. Inspired by her surroundings, the Suffolk landscape and shores, the natural world and a love of drawing, she works in a variety of genres and media to capture a moment, a detailed study, a composition or a pattern in a visual and meaningful way.

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Feeding  Pastel  22 x 34cms


Isle of Harris Mixed media 27 x 38cms 


River Trees 4 Collage 10 x 28cms