Mary McMillan Sloan, Crescent House introduces herself as a Brighton based artist and writer, attributing her 35 year attachment to papier-mache to an encounter with Tim Hunkin during a workshop at Brighton art college back in the eighties.
My first subject for this 3D work was Alfred Jarry’s anarchic outsider Ubu and output has ranged in scale from tiny figures to full size papier-mache costumes and sets. My humour is evident throughout this work and my grave goods, my paper people, all have genuine desires to be made and to be seen, some darker than others. Travelling in South America and visiting pre-Columbian museums had a direct effect on the development of these figures; sculptural representations of internal human craziness.
More recently I have been producing Lino prints, initially in response to reading medieval history and appreciating the simplicity of wood block prints; architecture is currently inspiring an open ended series of lino prints, a selection from my French series is on display in Le Lot Valley, France. I am planning a Chateaux series of prints in 2021.
My Wrestler series of Lino prints, The Lewes Brothers etc., is a continuing celebration of the glamorous asymmetry of real life in all its hairy lipidity which evolved from a pair of papier-mache figures.
I have an enthusiastic following among other artists and private collectors and I curate Crescent House with prizewinning artist Christopher Prewett (www.chrisprewett.com).
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About Christopher Prewett
Christopher Prewett has worked as a full-time artist since graduating in Fine Art – painting in 1975.
His work has been exhibited in the UK, France, Austria, Denmark, Italy, and Cyprus. It is in Public collections in the UK and France and in private collections in Europe, the Americas, Canada, and Australia. He uses traditional media in both a realistic and expressionistic style.
A well established artist in both France and UK, he exhibited regularly at the Royal Academy throughout the 70’s and 80’s, won 1st prize in a National Art competition, exhibited alongside David Hockney and Roderick Barret at Ellingham Mill Suffolk. He lived and worked in Spain in 1983 and Southern Italy in 1985. A film about his work was broadcast on Anglia tv’s programme Folio in 1986.
As an accomplished portrait artist his work was selected several times for the National Portrait/BP Portrait Awards and he was awarded 2nd prize in 1993.
In France mid 90’s he gained notoriety by painting 17 life-size portraits of the traders and professionals in the village of Catus and exhibited their portraits in shop windows and places of work. A later watercolour version of one of the participants – a renowned chef won 2nd prize in the Sunday Times watercolour exhibition. He has made appearances on French television.
In 2004 he was selected to show in the Norwich Castle ‘Surprise’ exhibition with 18 internationally known artists including: Michael Andrews, De Kooning. De Stael, Frink, Sam Francis, Hilton, Hodgkin, Hockney, Miro, Paula Rego,
He was invited to exhibit in Brighton by Mary McMillan Sloan, curator of Crescent House, during AOH 2014, and has been participating regularly since that time. He has been inspired by the nearby allotments in Hollingbury and the Sussex coast and has also concentrated on ink drawings depicting musicians, dancers and party scenes.
His work is represented by The John Davies Gallery, Moreton in Marsh and by Le Domain Perdu in Meyrals, France.