Dreams Afar Exhibition

Dreams Afar

Exhibition: July 3rd - Aug 4th

Travel inspired artworks

The Dreams Afar exhibition features art inspired by travel and culture.  The artworks include drawings of African safari animals, screen prints of everyday life in rural India and portraits of Sri Lankan workers, oil paintings of Japanese kimono, and a watercolour of Spanish flamenco. The featured artists include: Rebecca Hawkins; Natasha Kumar; Chitra Merchant; Jamel Akib; Veronica MacKinnon; Rennie Pilgrem; Marisa Cyd; Bryony Cox and mosaics by Antonella Scarpa-Isles. 

Chitra Merchant and Natasha Kumar both draw on their own Indian heritage to inform their artworks of rural life in India or historical temple sites. Rebecca Hawkins uses charcoal to delicately show the swirl of sari’s surrounded by gold leaf and block-print emblems 

Into the Night by Rebecca Hawkins

Into the Night by Rebecca Hawkins

Vestige by Chitra Merchant

Vestige by Chitra Merchant

Devakad by Chitra Merchant

Devakad by Chitra Merchant

Veronica MacKinnon’s detailed drawings of African Safari animals include lions resting, wildebeest in motion, and the fixed gaze of a caracal cat.

Wilderbeests by Veronica MacKinnon

Wilderbeests by Veronica MacKinnon

The exhibition can be viewed throughout July

New Artist: Jamel Akib

We’re delighted to be working with super talented artist Jamel Akib.  He has worked successfully as an artist for many years, showing at numerous exhibitions and art fairs around the country, as well as teaching art at his own workshops. We have his gorgeous, vibrant Puffins and Hummingbirds as part of our mixed show this May and June

Hummingbird by Jamel Akib

Hummingbird by Jamel Akib

Hummingbird by Jamel Akib

Hummingbird by Jamel Akib

If you need a pop of colour for your room then look no further! Akib doesn’t hold back with brushes of thick, glorious paint and creates wonderful movement in his oil paintings. 

Puffin by Jamel Akib

Puffin by Jamel Akib

Puffin by Jamel Akib

Puffin by Jamel Akib

Jamel Akib was born in Leigh-on-sea, Essex, England, on the 4th November 1965 to mixed English and Malaysian parentage.  He moved to Sabah, North Borneo at the age of five and returned to England to pursue further education at the age of thirteen.  He gained a BA honours Degree in Illustration in 1989.  He began working for the London Observer newspaper while still a student at art college, and has since become an award winning artist involved in many exhibitions and commissions.

He has so far illustrated the covers for three booker prize finalists and has a long list of credits for illustration stretching far and wide. He lives in Salisbury, England with his wife and two boys.

Kimono by Jamel Akib

Kimono by Jamel Akib

Ballerina by Jamel Akib

Ballerina by Jamel Akib