Since 2011 Wild Beasts (previously The Underdog gallery) has been an exciting, versatile gallery space in London Bridge, with the vibrant creative hub of Bermondsey Street just around the corner. We deal in artworks by Banksy, Damien Hirst and Anthony Micallef alongside a range of established talents working within urban art and outsider painting.
Norwich based award winning artist and curator. Working mainly as a painter but also producing 3D site specific pieces. Brian paints with the aim of capturing the moment. Working both plein air and in the studio his work is varied in style and approach but their is an exploratory thread that unites his work into a cohesive body. Never resting he is constantly evolving and striving to push his paintings into new areas.
“Very clever and beautiful.” BBC News “Blurring the boundaries of painting and sculpture.” The Guardian “Teather’s works frequently wrenches us back and forth through time and style; As we are shifted between romanticism and classicism we are left entranced, entertained and certainly captivated by the uncertainties.” Neil Powell, Academic/ Curator
Based in East Suffolk, Shelley’s growing reputation for her still life photographs comes from her interpretation of the traditional genre but incorporating modern day technology. Using window light, each of her photographs can take many hours (or even days) to create. Shelley says “I only use the computer to do what I would have done in the darkroom when I used large format film photography. So what the viewer sees is a carefully constructed photograph with the available light being harnessed to enhance the subject”.
John Sparks is a self-taught figurative artist. John’s intimate and introspective works deal with themes of transformation and introspection. Primarily using oil on canvas board, he creates images with a sense of yearning that is almost darkly nostalgic. With the innate instinct of a great cinematographer, his muted and restrained colour palettes allow space for an inclination toward existential contemplation.
I am a contemporary artist and work from my studio in Suffolk. I have always had a passion for the landscape, which has evolved from the love of the outdoors, particularly the fells of the Lake District. Having always drawn and painted I am now exploring where this will take me. My inspiration has been drawn from various artists, originally enjoying collage and abstract, where early influences were the Cumbrian artist Russell Mills, who in turn was influenced by the German artist Kurt Schwithers.
Susanne Mason graduated in 1985 in Marburg and Kassel, Germany, as a teacher for Art, German and French. She went on to teach Art and Modern Foreign Languages in Germany and, from 2001, in Norfolk, while at the same time pursuing her drive to paint and engage in creative experiments, such as encaustics. She has pieces in collections of the European Patent Office, Munich, and in private collections in Germany and the UK. Her work has been exhibited in Germany (Marburg and Munich), Norfolk and Southwold.
Kay Barker’s artwork allows her to express her response to nature and the environment but also lets her work develop and take over from her initial direct response. In all of Kay’s work a very strong mood is created. This communicates a sense of atmosphere. On a practical level, her work is finely skilled, with a detailed knowledge of the processes that she is using. Kay has been practising as an artist for over 20 years exhibiting widely throughout Britain and abroad. Her work has been purchased by private and public collections and she is a prize winner in printmaking.
Turning professional in 1990 John spent his formative years in pursuit of classical accuracy. At the turn of the 21st C. however, John began to focus on a more contemporary style, and after studying at The Norwich University of Art for four years, he succeeded in developing a style of abstract painting symbolic of his life’s personal experiences. John’s current work shows a blend of the two styles, a contemporary take on the classical goal, traditional materials and technique punctuated with an exciting modern flair. Influenced by rural surroundings his recent paintings reflect an emotional state rather than pictorial accuracy.
I am a self taught artist working mainly with acrylics on canvas. I paint comical animals in funny siuations using bright colours. I have exhibited at Art Fair East several times.
Chrissie Richards is a Brightlingsea based artist known for her innocent narrative figure paintings. She invites the viewer to take a peek into her world, to notice a moment captured in time and use their imagination to connect with the image and the narrative. Whilst her paintings may appear naive and childlike they provide an opportunity to slow down and take stock of the simple things in life. Her work has twice appeared at the SWA exhibition at the Mall Galleries, London, she was shortlisted for the Sir John Hurt Art Prize 2020 and won Best in Show award for the Gibberd Gallery Open Exhibition 2020.
I have painted all of my adult life but only had the opportunity to become a full-time artist in 2016. I am increasingly preoccupied with environmental impacts, large and small, on our flora and fauna and am using my art to highlight these issues. I’m currently working towards an autumn exhibition.
‘My first involvement is as a viewer sensing the creation of atmosphere by the patterns of light and dark. A recording of this atmosphere is taken via the use of camera and sketches. The framing and stilling of the scene at a particular moment is an important part of the creative process. I work with oils as a painting medium because of the feel it brings to the painting surface with its variety if thickness and colour.’
Finding inspiration during lockdown, Rebecca Side uses her love of sparkle and decadence to encrust each of her artworks with thousands upon thousands of iridescent gems. Every piece entices and captivates as they use the light and space around them as an added medium. Rebecca’s current collection is called “The Menagerie” – inspired by the Zoo Nights campaign by London Zoo. The collection focuses on tropical wildlife – making each animal come alive with the use of coloured rhinestones.
Born in London, Dawny studied ceramics at art college in Cornwall in the 90s, and now lives in Norfolk. Inspired and informed by her extensive knowledge of anatomy and anthropology, her sculptures are monolithic odes to the internal reaction of the physical experience. Depicting the body as an amorphous, caricatured embodiment of the traditional Greco-Roman ‘vessel’, she creates arresting and highly individualised pieces which cause audiences to linger in contemplation. She has exhibited across the UK and her work has travelled internationally as far as LA and Sydney.
Wilson has been painting for 15 years she exhibits all round East Anglia in group and solo shows, her inspiration comes from the landscape and seascapes of the area. Wilson uses colour, strong marks and movement in her abstracts. Wilson is returning to Art Fair East after an absence of two years.
: I’m a self taught artist who predominantly paints in watercolour. My style is loose contemporary and I love to paint portraits/ still life / landscapes/ cityscapes. I aspire to pursue exiting directions, developing and progressing my art . I love the way watercolour allows me to interpret light and mood in the subjects I paint . I work pleinair as much as I can and also produce work in my studio . I’m always striving to create a visual story for the viewer to enjoy !
: I have a loyal group of followers who have collected a number of my works. I continue to grow in popularity and to develop my style. Working in various mediums and covering a variety of subjects including portraiture, landscapes, seascapes and murals. On occasion my work deals with conservation in the hope that it shines a light on current issues, raising awareness and funds for special causes. My art has hung in the Mall Galleries, Trafalgar House and been presented in a number of solo shows plus successfully contributing to the Art 4 Africa shows in 2016 & 2018. I have sold commissioned art to clients all over the world, I have pieces as far flung as Melbourne, Atlanta, Huston, Algarve and Malaga.
: I moved to Norfolk in 2002, after completing a Diploma in Art (computer Graphics) and working as an animator for a number of years. I retrained as a community artist/musician. In 2002 I completed an MA in fine art at NU in 2014 and since then I have been creating art, exhibiting my own work, and working with members of the public to make art. I work to a within a fairly simple set of rules that evolve with time. The rules can be broken at will.
Contemporary painter of wildlife, woodland and waterways. Predominately painting on aluminium, brass or copper in my original evolving style. Completely self taught which makes my work both unique and uninfluenced by other artists work. Painting full time from my purpose built studio in the Stour valley on commissions and towards exhibitions and open studio events. My work has been selected by The Society of Women Artists & The Pastel Society exhibition at The Mall Galleries. I exhibit annually at the National Trust property Melford Hall. Other Galleries include Snape Galleries.
A Yorkshireman, I studied Business Management in Cardiff and Fine Art in Sheffield.I have been a full-time painter since 2000 and I am told that my work, is vibrant and energetic. It involves a search for the rhythms of land and figure, a theme which I developed in my M.A. Fine Art course at Glyndwr University, N.Wales in 2011. Recent work also reflects the influence of the current virus pandemic. I have exhibited in galleries, at over 80 Art Fairs throughout the UK. and in 2016 I was accepted as member of Royal Cambrian Academy in Wales.
On retirement Val went back to Uni and completed a BA and MA in Fine Art. A most enjoyable and enlightening experience. Now at last, able to pursue and push her own art practice forward. Val is currently moving towards abstraction with water and landscape being the principle theme with plans to make an artistic study of Lidos throughout the UK this summer.
Alex Boardman studied art at Southend-on-Sea College of Technology and Norwich School of Art. Until the pandemic, had studied mainly the human figure. At present, instead, goes out each day to paint en plein air, the Cromer sea and shoreline. Paintings are executed swiftly, as the rapid change and movement of sky, sea and shore dictates. Alongside the painting, Alex picks up things from the street; items broken, forgotten, mislaid, discarded and abandoned. These items are collected and treasured.
Helen’s work is primarily engaged with drawing and the development of process. With an architectural background, an MA Drawing from Norwich and a draftsman skill, she references humans and human anatomy in her practice. Her interpretations do not always attempt to represent external reality, but, as in her anatomical expressive sculptures and prints, glimpses under the skin can bring an uncomfortable feelingof questioning existence.
As an artist for fifty years, mostly as an artist/weaver of very large public wall hangings, I have downsized to paintings of small objects painted very large. I have work in collections around the world.
Linda Roast studied at St Martin’s School of Art in the mid 70’s and later for an MA at Norwich University of the Arts. Since 2001 the main subject for her contemporary paintings, has been her dog Edie. Linda is interested in our emotional attachments with dogs. “I aim to retain a freedom of mark whilst attempting to evoke emotion. The dog looks down on us from the wall, as we usually look down on them at our feet.” Linda works to commission as well as producing personal work. Her paintings hang in many houses around the world from Australia to the USA.
45yesrs director/producer UK/Europe/USA, 17 years senior tutor/director/professional career advisor LAMDA. Self taught painter since 2004, full time professional since 2010. Studio based in Norwich for past 4 years, previously Brighton based.
British artist Yuki Aruga, draws inspiration from nature as well as Japanese and European still life paintings and religious iconography of the 16th-18th century. Her works combine the traditional and the contemporary by adopting the techniques of the Old Masters to create paintings from digitally rendered collages. Fuelled by her passion for nature and traditional artistic techniques, Yuki has studied and assisted taxidermists, florists and painters whose practices and methods are rooted in tradition. Yuki has studied painting at Wimbledon School of Art, Camberwell College of Arts and completed her MA in Fine Art at City & Guilds of London Art School in 2021
South Asian Artist Mueen Saheed is an award winning Abstract Narrative Expressionist and Jewellery designer, known for his bold use of colour and evocative forms. He is well known both in his native Sri Lanka and internationally, and his work has found ardent collectors of art globally among high profile individuals, including the Sultan of Brunei, the Malaysian Prime Minister and other prominent International and Sri Lankan Art collectors. Mueen’s art is influenced by a number of factors, including his Sri Lankan heritage, a past life in crafting jewellery, History, Mysticism, Rhythm and personal philosophies of his portrait subjects.