About the Artist
Liz Toole now lives and works in Brighton after spending the majority of her time between Shropshire and Cornwall. After graduating from an H.N.D. in ceramics at Cumbria College of Art and Design she then went into the second year of a ceramic degree at Cardiff Institute of Art and Design. Following on from her degree Liz spent seventeen months travelling and working in Africa. With little or no access to clay and being surrounded by constant sources of inspiration it made her realise the importance of her drawing and painting.
In the past two years, through rigorous research and investigation Liz has been exploring birds, fish, dogs, mammals and insects. Liz has discovered in her own creative process that she draws inspiration from a combination of visual and written sources to fuel her inspiration.
From the source material Liz creates her own characters. The imaginary names they are given play an important role in developing their personalities. Combining paint with text the characters are then placed into human scenarios which creates a feeling of humour and the bizarre.
The majority of Liz’s work is painted onto pieces of recycled wood and wooden objects using a mixture of acrylic, coloured pencils and pen. Using worn pieces of wood as a canvas gives the work an unusual sense of history. Painting onto an object and working with a three-dimensional material also relates back to Liz’s ceramic roots.
Liz’s influences have been brought back from Africa, in vibrant use of colour, subject matter, recycling and inspiration taken from Naive artists. One particular group called the Weya Women paint onto pieces of hardboard and wooden trays, telling a story of everyday African life.
Liz’s latest project is based on landscapes, creating scenes that have a magical timeless quality, inspired from the incredible plants she saw in Africa, from the land and under the water. Art of the Kalahari, paintings and prints by the Botswana Bushmen have also been a huge inspiration.
Art Exhibitions and Galleries
Liz regularly exhibits her work in galleries throughout the UK and is presently receiving interest from publishers of children’s books and card companies, which is an area she is very keen to become part of. Liz often receives commission work in which she portrays peoples pets in an amusing way!
I was born in Japan but instantly felt that Cornwall is my spiritual home. The landscape, the sky, the weather and the people all combine to make Cornwall a place I want to be. Back home in Japan I work with natural stone and grind it down into powered to use as a paint material. I see the amazing granite of Cornwall as a perfect material to use in my art.
Sally Jones is an artist who works primarily in oils, charcoal or pastel, undertaking a wide variety of subject matter which reflects her own broadly-based interests and appreciation of the natural world.
Charlotte was born in the 1970s in Cornwall, to a truly Cornish family, with her roots in the County traceable back to the mid 1600’s. Always creative from a young age, she spent her childhood learning about nature, watching and exploring local freshwater rivers, woodland, moorland and coastal environments.
Christine Brunnock was raised in St Ives, Cornwall. She is based in St Ives today where she is constantly inspired by the Cornish landscape. Largely self-taught, her work is expressive and atmospheric, communicating a range of emotions that are reflected by the elements and environment. Christine’s work has been collected internationally and she exhibits regularly. She was shortlisted for The Evening Standard Art Prize in London and is a member of The National Acrylic Painters’ Association.
Vincent Basham is a self-taught artist who specialises in seascapes, he was born in Maldon, Essex in 1956 and educated at Thurstable School, Tiptree where his love for painting first developed. He has exhibited his work in prestigious galleries in London, Essex, Norfolk, Devon and Cornwall.
Influenced by magic realism among numerous other things, I began to teach myself to paint before attending college in London. I create a kind of holistic patchwork of stories often through docufiction; the aim being to eventually develop a unique interpretation of life and the world.
My painting is an expression of my love of the land here in West Penwith, a connection with the beauty and power of the landscape. The paintings are in oil paint on board or canvas, and are realistic & representational landscapes of West Cornwall, but not in an entirely photographic way; they are hyper-real, or more than real.
My work is compiled, I build layer after layer, sometimes taking areas back to where I started, reworking or allowing the beginnings to be exposed. Layers are often thin and my tools are basic. Some papers and canvas may go through the press, some are hand pressed, all are painted and repainted.
Simon paints in an ‘Impressionistic’ painting technique in oils on canvas. Influences include several Impressionists and Post Impressionists, and subsequent artists such as Sargent and Brangwyn.
I studied graphic design for 4 years in the 1970’s and gained Associate Membership of the Society of Industrial Artists & Designers and of the Society of Typographical Designers. I went on to work in London for companies including IPC Magazines and Royle Print Ltd.