Introducing Stela Brix

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Stela Brix’s illustrations have lifted many of our beautiful written pieces. Stela is a Slovak artist who has studied fine art at the universities in Britain and Australia. She is about to finish her fine art degree at the Newcastle University. In her art work, she is often inspired by nature and the elements of wonder. She likes working in various media. Her experience involve illustrating stories and books for children. We hope that you like her sensitive and delicate work as much as we do. Feel free to get inspired by her beautiful images. Today’s word is FLOW.

Introducing Kasia Grzelak

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Our regular readers are familiar with Kasia’s work. You can learn about her inspirations and background in her personal statement. We love Kasia’s work, the playfulness, that reflects our world sometimes almost in a satirical way. If you like, you can get inspired by her work. Today’s word: dystopian.

 

 

 

 

 

Artist’s Personal Statement:

Work by Kasia Grzelak consists of paintings on canvas and paper. She explores the concept of Polish Identity in England after immigrating to North West  of England in 2006.

As a Polish immigrant Kasia Grzelak has been using painting as a translatory form of expression throughout her experience of two cultures. Her large scale work on paper , attempts to convey emotions through form making, often placing Polish women against a symbol to represent individual experiences they had during immigration. She creates these large drawings to convey a certain vulnerability and alienation that Polish working-class women feel in the North of England. She is particularly fascinated in how psychological states can convey and correspond to physical and social spaces. Through conversations with her subjects, she uses pets, reflections and objects to tie to an individual and become representative of their experience.

Her work on canvas attempts to capture a sense of moment in the painting. Her paintings depict everyday life whilst capturing aspects of her culture through details. Through her position of figures you will get an idea about the relationship dynamics between the people portrayed and what they represent.

 

Introducing Victoria Holt

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Northumberland artist Victoria Holt studied Fine Art at Camberwell College of Arts, London, where she experimented with multiple approaches and media: from stop-motion animation to conceptualism. Since graduating she want back to basics, rediscovering her love of drawing and figurative painting. In the last four years, she has collaborated with poets and writers, which culminated with her illustrations appearing in three books in two different countries and two art exhibitions in The Forge, Allendale, and Queens Hall, Hexham, United Kingdom.

We hope that the illustrations, many of which you have seen in our online publication already, will, in return, inspire poets and writers to create something new. Today’s prompt: Search.

Left to right, top to bottom: A Lost Shoe;  A Child’s Hand; Friends;  The Shoe of Childhood; In the Cage; The Rutting Stag; A Moth to a Flame; Queen of Hearts; A Swallow

Introducing Roger Bloor

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There are quite a few people in the British writing community who are familiar with Roger’s successful poetic output. His print-making may come as a surprise but we love this blend of verses with an image, both presented as a piece of art. Today’s prompt: CONNECT.

 

About the Author:

Roger Bloor is a poet and print maker from North Staffordshire. He has been published in a number of anthologies and magazines including Magma. His poetry pamphlets , ‘A Less Clear Dream’ and ‘Aldgedeslegh’ were shortlisted for the Arnold Bennett Book Prize 2018 and 2019 respectively. He has had poems commended in the Hippocrates Poetry Competition in 2017 and 2019.  He was poet in residence at Trentham Gardens 2018/19. He won the 2019 Poetry London Clore Competition.  His poems also appeared in the Bridges anthology, published earlier this year. http://www.rogerbloor.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Introducing Ida Saudková

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Ida Saudková‘s portrait photos are a rare breed today: taken on a classic film, they reference photographers and styles of the past. The Czech photographer discovered pinups long before the rest of the world remembered they had ever existed. She deliberately plays with kitsch and pop art to create a new image, often with a dash of irony and self-deprecation. In her most recent projects she creates collages from her photos, going even farther back in history of art, recreating images of saints. Her highly-regarded work has been exhibited nationally and internationally.  Her photos also decorate the walls of one of the famous Prague cafés, Café Louvre on Národní třída. More information may be found here.

Today’s prompt: A View Point

Introducing Amy McCartney

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Our regular readers will be familiar with this week’s artist, Amy McCartney. Her beautiful and imaginative works have accompanied many works of our talented authors.

Amy is a BA (Hons) Fine Art student at Newcastle University, in her last year. She works predominantly in painting. Last year she completed a semester at the Kunstakademie in Münster, Germany. She exhibited work in the academy’s ‘Rundgang’ in January 2019 whilst there. She has also exhibited in ‘MASH’, a group exhibition at Hoochie Coochie in May 2018, as well as in her course’s first year exhibition ‘Saga’ at the Tyneside Cinema film school, in May 2017, and multiple in-departmental course exhibitions.  Last year she collaborated on illustrations for the Bridges 2019 anthology, published by Bandit Fiction  earlier this year. She enjoys drawing and illustrating, an interest which was stimulated during the Visual Communication strand of her Art and Design Foundation Diploma, and has since produced some Illustrative commissions, as well as a book cover design.

 

As always, you can use this stunning visual work as a launch pad for your own writing or other creative work. Today’s prompt: Reflection.

 

Left to right/to to bottom: Above Us; Church Window; Blue Lagoon; Reflection; Shoulder Carry; Bridging Hands;  Empty Home; Engigma with a Blackbird; Helderberg Mountain;A Loving Cup; Puddle

Introducing India Hibbs

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If you read our pages regularly, you are familiar with India’s artwork. India Hibbs is a talented young artist. In her final year of a Fine Art degree at Newcastle University, United Kingdom, she focuses on art practice based on narratives created in paintings. She has exhibited her work at shows such as Saga at Tyneside Cinema School (2017), MASH at Hoochie Coochie (2018) and Bloc at Systems Galley (2018). She likes getting involved in publications that combine image and written word.  Most recently, she was one of the illustrators of the Bridges Anthology, published by Bandit Fiction in February this year.

Our today’s prompt, your launchpad for creative work is HIDING.

 

 

 

 

From left to right, top to bottom: Cockshell; A Collage;Garden Witch; Inner Spaces; Speak Easy; Dishwasher; The Gardener; 

Introducing Fabrice B. Poussin

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Our readers already know Fabrice as a poet. Today we introduce him as an outstanding photographer. If you want to draw inspiration for your own creative work, think of SOLITUDE.

From left to right, top to bottom: To Her; To the Apse; To Jackson; To the Soul; Trouble Ahead; Twins; Trying to Come Alive;Welcome

About the Artist:

Fabrice Poussin teaches French and English at Shorter University. Author of novels and poetry, his work has appeared in Kestrel, Symposium, The Chimes, and many other magazines. His photography has been published in The Front Porch Review, the San Pedro River Review as well as other publications. 

Introducing Shannon Elizabeth Gardner

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Today, we present an artist from the USA. You cannot stop looking at her images although the subject matter is quite grim. Her work has inspired us to think of a prompt: transformation. We hope it also inspires you.

 

Images left to right/top to bottom: Coffin Birth; Decay; Deprivation; driBdeR; Good night; Graveview; Incoming Message; Master of Decay; Sick Doctor; Smoker’s Breath

 

About the Artist:

Shannon Elizabeth Gardner is a graduate from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point with a Bachelor’s in Studio Art and a Minor in Art History. Her interest in horror and the macabre came about while exploring nature and the paranormal. The work explores the natural and organic process of death, evoking empathy for decay. She believes that life is beautiful when left to fate, leaving art to chance assists the viewer to witness beauty hidden within imperfections. Her process imitates nature and discovers the earth’s imperfect beauty. The ethereal mood of her work reaches the extreme and addresses the taboo.