Artists work on display in Thatcham

PUBLISHED: 14:14 25 April 2012 | UPDATED: 21:18 20 February 2013

Quirky typography, bold colours, rich textures, collaged ephemera and vintage elements have been the main inspiration for Vikki Aust's work this year.

Quirky typography, bold colours, rich textures, collaged ephemera and vintage elements have been the main inspiration for Vikki Aust's work this year.

See the work of some very talented local artists in May.

See the work of some very talented local artists in May.

Lower Way Farm, Lower Way, Thatcham, RG19 3TL, is the place to head to view work by Diana Pattenden, Jo Burton, Nuala Whales, Sophie Waite and Vikki Aust in an exhibition staged as part of West Berkshire Open Studios: www.open-studios.org.uk

Its set to be a lively exhibition with a real sense of fun, including sculpture, ceramics, painting and illustration from five established local artists. Sophie Waites rustic ceramic objects sit beautifully alongside Nuala Whales emotive oil paintings. Diana Pattendens beautiful bronze sculptures feature animals with real personality and an energy that brings them to life. Jo Burtons paintings personify the ornate with layers of collage, paint and gold leaf, in stark contrast to the quirky illustrations of Vikki Aust with her vividly imagined characters and their equally abnormal worlds.


Opening Times are:

Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th 11am-5pm

Private View - Friday 11th 6pm-8pm

Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th 11am-5pm

Thursday 17th 11am-5pm

Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th 11am-5pm

Thursday 24th 11am-5pm

Tel: 01635 863804

Diana Pattenden

Honeybees, goats, chickens and baby turtles make up the expanding repertoire of Dianas work. This year the human figure leaps into the range with beautiful, accurate yoga positions sculpted. Examples of work cast in bronze, bronze resin and now fired clay are on display. As well as following her own lines of investigation, Diana welcomes commissions. Perhaps youd like something made for you be it an abstract garden sculpture, figure or animal portrait.

www.dianapattenden.co.uk

Jo Burton

French Baroque, Neo-Classicism, Bohemian style and elements from French history have been celebrated in Jos most recent work.

Mixed Media paintings on canvas are created through thickly applied paints, Gold leaf, varnishes and even some collaged elements becoming multi layered textured surfaces. These layers being metaphors for the passage of lives, history and of time.

Visitors are always welcome to Jos lovely riverside studio at other times, please phone.

www.joanna-burton.com

Nuala Whales

When it comes to applying paint to a surface Nuala is constantly challenging herself. Without sticking to one specific formula, more often the use of textures and sgraffito in oils now feature. Nualas work is varied, whether it be a landscape, still life, or imaginary piece, each painting for her, is a fresh and exciting journey.

I have moved to Unit 12, Lower Way Farm and welcome you to a light and airy framing/ gallery/studio.

Tel: 07806 563322

Sophie Waite

Throughout the last year Sophie has experimented with different purposes and finishes for her ceramic pieces, now including decoupage as well as glazing and smoke-firing. She has continued to explore the framing of her work to create a wider range of her 3D ceramic wall art.

www.sophiewaite.com

Vikki Aust

Vikki has found her niche in birds and trees. Quirky typography, bold colours, rich textures, collaged ephemera and vintage elements have been the main inspiration for her work this year. She has still been creating crazy characters and fantastical stories, as well as more commercial illustration for greeting cards and childrens books.

www.koodles.co.uk

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