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Mary Quinton-Edwards - Big brother is watching you.

Mixed Media £225.00

Big brother is watching you. In this fantastic world with every new day dawning something is developed to help humanity. But with this technology comes easy access to your personal information, that can be broadcast to the world, as communication is faster than the speed of light. Mary Quinton-Edwards



J.E.Manser - The Torn Page
Watercolour and ink on handmade paper £95.00

A sheet of hand made paper, its raggedy edges and uneven surface, led me to contemplate the nature of perfection and imperfection. Perfection implies completion--the work is flawless, aspiration at an end. We are never perfect, but the very flaws give rise to character and creativity. A sheet of joyous colour is torn apart, behind it is another sheet. Through the tear we can read a fragment of a meditation by John Donne on the nature of humanity. As works-in-progress, we cannot stand alone, we are born to die--but in death the torn page is "translated into a better language; and every chapter must be so translated." Perfection is not of this world.

 


Sarah Orchard - The Noble Stag
Acrylic £225.00

The Noble Stag From “Ethereal Mist”

A stag appears
Noble, majestic
Ruler of years
Standing regal
Imperfections though there be
In glory
A true majesty

 

 

 

 

 


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Phillip Hutchings - They tried to make me go to rehab but I said No, No, No

Pastel on paper £160.00

Amy Winehouse was born in London in 1983 and was encouraged by her parents to become a singer and jazz musician. At an early age she acquired the constant habit of singing at any time including in school class- rooms during lessons. This head-strong behavioural attitude of doing what she wanted when she wanted regardless of the consequences, developed into a major flaw in her character. I admired her singing style but like all her fans I became concerned about her ongoing ability to harm herself with drugs and alcohol and the damage it was doing to her life as a jazz singer. The tabloid newspapers followed her every move and published photos of all her bad experiences caused by her addictions including being placed into custody by the Police. Her hairstyle, clothes and tattoos became instantly recognisable and added to the visual impact of seeing her newspaper photos whilst under the influence of drugs or drink. Because of this very public and disturbing story of the clash between her successful singing career and her ability to harm herself I collected a number of Newspaper cuttings. I made some portrait sketches from these cuttings and used one particular photo of Amy leaving a police station on a day when one of her stage performances had been cancelled and used it as the subject of this portrait. Her flawed headstrong habit of doing what she wanted when she wanted resulted in the death of this talented young woman on 23rd July 2011.

 

 


Moira Ross - Foundations
Mixed Media NFS

From this scarred skeleton of an old nursing chair I was surprised to discover something so beautiful, not only the foundation of a chair but also of love. A love that encompassed joy, patience, hope and occasionally despair as it bore witness to various mothers and children. This flawed pearl was the site for nursing of children, the warmth of cuddles, the telling of stories, the joy at the sight of peacefully sleeping children and of tears for poorly children. A treasure indeed.


 

Becca Allen - Spark
Print on Canvas £65.00

Inspiration: is Fawley Oil Refinery which is very close to where I live. I would refer to it as the good, the bad and the ugly. Good as it brings employment into the area; bad and ugly as it is a dramatic eyesore next to the beautiful New Forest.

 

 

 

Kate Skillings - 25 Snowflakes
Lino prints sewn onto cloth NFS

 

Does a flaw detract from the beauty of an object or person, or does it enhance their humanity and frailty? Snowflakes are each little masterpieces of design. The ice crystals form intricate patterns that are geometrically perfect for only a very short while. Any contact or warmth destroys that perfection. The series of lino prints highlights the way each snowflake is the same, but the imperfections due to the nature of the hand printing process, renders it unique. Each snowflake with its flaws fits with the others to create a harmonious whole - with humanity as with snowflakes.

 

 

 

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Kate Buttimer - Street Pastors (2010)

Fluorescent Spray Paint, Christmas Gold Foil Tape, Canvas, Photographic Paper, Black Enamel Paint, Metallic Paint & Twin wall £100.00

Christian response to the fallen world in which we live is shown through the Street Pastors out on the streets of Salisbury. They are moved to being Christ like by the people in distress which are seen in the evenings. “These good deeds are your service. Whenever you serve others in any way, you are actually serving God (Eph. 6:7)”. The mixed media piece I have produced uses, Christ as the symbol light of the world who came to save to this imperfect torn world. Utilizing modern methods by removing the canvas to show the change we have seen in the way we communicate information through screens. Stuck upside down on the reverse so it cannot be seen is John Constable’s image of Salisbury Cathedral this is to insinuate the binge drinking and fighting in opposition to the romanticized daylight ideal.

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"What lies beneath? "
Oil on Canvas 40 x 50 cm
£250.00


‘ Her patches are of every cut
For pimples or for scars
Here’s all the wandering planet’s signs
And some of the fixed stars
Already gummed to make them stick
They need no other sky ‘


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Jane Shepherd - What would Jesus do?
Mixed media £150.00

What would Jesus do? “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other; or else he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You can not serve both God and Mammon.” Matthew 6:19-21,24 St Paul's featured in the news recently as the focus for the 'Occupy London' Protest. Having originally supported the protesters, the church then backed off and wanted them to leave. The 'pearl' of the English church revealed itself to be flawed. For a house of God , the cathedral could be seen to be full of 'treasures on earth'. The iconic dome appears to be emitting the 'light of the world' across the sky. But the tents in the foreground seem to be engulfing the lower part of the cathedral in darkness. Is this the protest against the bankers and big business, or is it the mammon of the modern world?