Wimbledon Art Studios

VIDEO: Interview with Anna-Louise Felstead

Video: Artist Interview with Anna-Louise Felstead

With less than two months to go until Wimbledon Art Fair, we’ve been catching up with painter Anna-Louise Felstead.

Visit Anna-Louise in studio 211 at Wimbledon Art Fair from the 14-17 November 2019.

VIDEO: Interview with Brad Kenny

Video: Artist Interview with Brad Kenny

With just one month to go until Wimbledon Art Fair, we’ve been up with portrait painter Brad Kenny on his influences, how he came to be at Wimbledon Art Studios and the fantastic community we have here.

Visit Brad in studio 267 at Wimbledon Art Fair from the 9-12 May 2019.

Artist Interview with James Bannister

Artist Interview with James Bannister

Wimbledon Art Studios’ is thrilled to welcome photographer James Bannister to the community. We’ve been catching up with him as he settles in and starts to prepare for the upcoming Wimbledon Art Fair.

Hi James, welcome to Wimbledon Art Studios, how are you settling in?

James Bannister

James Bannister

There’s so many friendly faces here! I love having a space to be immersed in my work, without any distractions - definitely a luxury that we don’t get all of the time. It’s a great headspace to be in when making work.

Very glad to hear you’re enjoying it. What were you doing prior to joining the studios?

I have been balancing personal and commercial work. I have split my time between London, Los Angeles and Cornwall.

Lake Mead,  James Bannister

Lake Mead, James Bannister

That sounds exciting. So, tell us about your work; what are you currently working on?

I primarily work with a large format camera, creating long form works, based around a loose narrative. At the moment, I am working on a project about grass, Capitalism and success, in Las Vegas, USA. It will be published as a photobook and will b exhibited once it is finished in 2020.

Well we look forward to seeing that. What have your career highlights been so far? Anywhere we might have seen your work?

I have been shortlisted for a number of prizes, including Magnum Photo Graduate Prize, British Journal of Photography Send Anywhere Award and the D&AD x Dazed and Confused Youth Award. I was also awarded Editor’s Pick in the British Journal of Photography Les Rencontres d’Arles Open Walls. My project has also been featured on It’s Nice That.

What are you most looking forward to about participating in your first Wimbledon Art Fair?

I’m looking forward to chatting with artists and the public, meeting new faces and seeing what they think of the work.

More information can be found about James and his work at jamesbannister.co.uk and be sure to visit him in studio 265 at Wimbledon Art Fair from the 9-12 May 2019.


Artist Interview with Carolyn Tripp

Carolyn Tripp recently joined the studios and will be taking part in Wimbledon Art Fair this November for the first time. We caught up with her in the run up to the show to find out what she’s up to…

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Hi Carolyn, where did it all begin for you, what’s your inspiration?

My inspiration originates from a tiny porcelain green bottle I was given by my grandmother when I was a child. That and broken pieces of pottery I have found over the years on the foreshore of the Thames.

How would you describe your work?

I work with porcelain, decorated with brightly coloured, mismatched patterns.

What should we expect to see at Wimbledon Art Fair?

I am hoping to introduction a new colour… we’ll see!

We hear you’ve got a busy few months, what are you up to?

I am at Made Marylebone in October and Handmade in Chelsea in November. Plus the Wimbledon Art Fair and I’ll be at the Leeds Design and Craft Centre until Christmas.

What do you love about being an artist at Wimbledon Art Studios?

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I’m new here and am absolutely loving it. The light I have in my studio is such a revelation - coming from an arch! Also everyone is so friendly and helpful. It’s also great to have a named address to send deliveries too!

Find out more about Carolyn and her work here or come and see her in studio 507 at Wimbledon Art Fair from the 15 - 18 November 2018.


Vaughn Horsman, the man behind the machine

How would you describe yourself and your work?

I consider myself an upcoming old guy. My art has been a very slow expression of crazy ideas which I dreamed about 20 years ago. Over time they have become more structured, more refined and more real. Most of them feel like being trapped inside an old science fiction movie… Which is a lot like normal life these days. I try to find humour and beauty in the experience.

I studied architecture rather than fine art. My paintings use architecture to make art these days.

Tell us about your practice...

I make art using computer code, machines and paint brushes. The mixture of media lets me say something about the present. Some people feel the beauty in the pieces. Most don’t. A good deal of visitors have to walk past my door a good few times before crossing the threshold. I guess you could accuse my work of being an acquired taste. Difficult to digest.

What can we look forward to at the show? Anything new for 2017?

In previous shows I have displayed a lot of small scale prototypes and models. Now that I’ve figured out how to actually make them, I’m going to be showing bold, large scale reliefs. I find that bigger is always better with art. Simple ideas don’t have presence until you have to stand back and look up at them.

Where can we see your work at the moment?

I have two pieces in the national museum of Wales digital collection. I currently have work on show at Tower 42 in the city. Gallery Nummer 40 in the Netherlands will be showing a range of “Masterplan” paintings at various UK and European art fairs through the year.

Have you received any awards?

None. I’m not happy about this. People tell me I should enter competitions.

What do you enjoy about being at WAS?

WAS is a relaxed creative space filled with hundreds of very interesting artists. It’s my happy place. Unlike other studios, WAS lets me run a studio with industrial CNC machinery and power tools. They open 24 hours, so I can work till 3am.

For more information on Vaughn and his work visit thoughtform.co.uk

 

Artist Interview with Tim Goffe

We hear you've been shortlisted for the Royal Academy Summer Show, congratulations! Tell us a bit about your work...

Drawing on my past as a photographer, my work is observational but indulges in a painterly approach. I'm known for urban and industrial scenes, empty shops, service stations, airports, interiors, light and its power to transform is always the key initial inspiration.

Are you working on anything new for the 2017 Open Studios? Anything exciting we should look out for?

All of the above, as well as the continuing the investigation into the interiors of stately homes. New print editions and a secret surprise!

That does sound exciting. Where can we find your work at the moment?

Currently showing in Dynamite Gallery Brighton. Often to be seen in the Federation of British Artists shows at the Mall Galleries and Zimmer Stuart Arundel.

Any awards?

In 2014 I received The Gordon Hulson Memorial Prize for Draughtsmanship, Variety & Exploration at the RBA show at the Mall Galleries

Any celebrity or well-known gallery buyers? (you can mention)

Yes, some well known but secretive collectors, you’ll have to trust me on this one :)

Thanks Tim, we look forward to see your work at the Open Studios.

For more information about Tim's work visit timgoffestudio.com