Stella Mays writes: I was born in London in 1973 and for as long as I can remember I have always loved nature. I have painted a wide range of subjects although big cats have become a favourite . As an artist I am self taught and work in pastel. I am fascinated by the way light falls on a subject, while an ambition to create original compositions increasingly influences my work. I have been fortunate to sell work all over the world often in support of conservation. Art for me is a way to express my passion for wildlife and to communicate the need to protect the natural world. StellaMays.co.uk
Born in Suffolk in 1976, Kate has been living in Yorkshire for 20 years, and in Hebden Bridge for 10. She studied fine art at York St John, specialising in textile design. She worked for many years as a commercial textile designer and illustrator, before ditching the sensible job and becoming a painter full time. She is well known for her rich and colourful depictions of the Yorkshire landscape. Her work is instantly recognisable with it’s use of pattern, threads and gold leaf
Kate has exhibited widely across the north of England, with many solo shows to her credit; she is currently working on a project on local Lost Houses, in partnership with Bankfield Museum in Halifax. KateLycett.co.uk
Francis has been an Artist for over forty years, from spraying simple stencil outlines of vaporised people on walls of buildings in the West End of London, in the late 70s, to the fly-poster bombing of ‘Warhol is Over’on the day Andy Warhol died, in February 87, on walls in London’s Soho. Referencing John Lennon’s iconic ‘War is Over’ poster campaign of 1971, which he revisited during the Gulf War(s) as ‘Jihad is Over,’creating a postcard drop with ‘Don’t Panic’ magazine.
A former art teacher he has exhibited in numerous London venues including London Post with 60’s Retro Nostalgia; Freud gallery with his Dead Blonds series; Vexed Generation with the Bar-code Nudes set and in many other solo and group shows both nationally and internationally. His work has a political and satirical edge to it, often commentating on current issues. See his ‘Bones for Drones’ and ‘Walt’s World’ series
Francis is currently working on a follow-up to his book: ‘Exploits of a London Boulevardier. Excerpts from an Artists’ (so-called) Life.’
A diary, set in London, of a contemporary artist and his adventures in the art world as he avoids putting his new show together. (‘Indiscretions of a London Boulevardier,’ will be published Fall 2015)
His previous novels featuring graffiti artist Wanksta and Dave, the London Boulevardier are available from Amazon Books. FrancisCharlton.co.uk