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Artists exhibiting at the Kingcombe Centre

We are very lucky to be displaying art from some of the most talented artists based in Dorset and surrounding areas.  There will be a broad range of media on display, to suit many tastes and interests,  including paintings, fabric art, sculpture, pottery and printmaking, to name but a few!   Here's a round-up of everyone who will be attending.


Sally Derrick

Website: www.sallyderrick.co.uk

Sally sculpts animals, birds, portrait heads and figures.  She draws inspiration from wildlife visiting her west Dorset garden, cliff top and country walks, and also travels further afield for inspiration.

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  Bronze fox by Sally Derrick

Rachel Bright

Website: www.lookonthebrightside.co.uk

A master in etching and other ancient printmaking techniques, she creates beautiful letter-pressed and etched art work in an eclectic array of forms.  You may also recognise her work from the multi-million selling cards and gifts, ‘The Bright Side’.

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  Lots of rabbits by Rachel Bright

Jane Burden

Using textured clays and fabrics, Jane draws her inspiration from the area around Eggerdon Hill in west Dorset.  History, landscape and nature are all explored in her intriguing pieces.

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  Ceramic Bowl by Jane Burden

Bruno Charron

Website: www.purbeckwoodstudio.co.uk

Bruno creates wooden sculptures using recycled wood found in Dorset.  His work includes carvings, boxes and bowls, and he find that the simple shapes, when highly polished, bring the wood back to life.

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  Egret by Bruno Charron

Mary Fontein (Nee Sutton)

Mary’s unique work is through collaging papers, plastics and fabrics, and drawing over them with coloured machine stitch.  Laying sheer fabrics such as organza, Mary creates a sense of depth and atmosphere as with painting.

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  Spring Wildflowers by Mary Fontein

Max Oliver

Website: www.maxoliver.co.uk

Max’s work focuses on the wild spaces throughout south west England to create powerful oil paintings.  He is intrigued by the carried coastlines and ever-changing moors of this landscape.

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  Swanage Bay by Max Oliver

Dennis Chinaworks

Website: www.dennischinaworks.com

Sally and Richard Dennis create stunning ceramics and antique glass.  The pottery’s output includes vases, bowls, boxes and dishes are of interest to enthusiasts of decorative pottery.  The designs reflect the 19th and 20th century Arts and Crafts movement.

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  Dennis Chinaworks

David Metcalf

Based in Weymouth, Dorset, David’s ceramics are complementated by woven wire sculptures.  He is inspired by garden design, and works with galvanised woven wire to produce animal sculptures.  He creates owls mounted on wooden blocks, which are suitable for display in the garden, and all year round.

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  Owl by David Metcalfe

Antonia Phillips

Website: www.antoniaphillips.co.uk

A freelance painter based in Bridport, Antonia’s work is about being near the sea, painting on location or from sketches made on site, including under the sea!  Changing light and mood of water, bird flight and movement along coastlines are usual starting points.

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  Steep sheep and crow Dancing Ledge by Antonia Phillips

Madeline Preston

Vibrant and evocative abstract paintings, and sculpture using mixed media including textiles, paper and ceramics inspired by geology and organic forms.

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  Madeleine Preston

Jan Comer

Jan paints mostly watercolour and pastel gaining inspiration from west Dorset countryside.  She works from home from photos taken on daily walks around Toller Porcorum, including other DWT reserves in west Dorset.  She uses a variety of media, incorporating her affection for farming and farm animals into her work.

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  Jan Cromer

Sam Dodd

Website: www.samdoddart.co.uk

Sam lives with her young family near Sherborne in Dorset and her love of wildlife and the countryside inspires her to produce her lively acrylic paintings.  Sam also has a passion for gardening, this has led to a series of paintings inspired by allotments.   Her more recent wildlife paintings have more energy and a free-ness about them. These include hares, owls, garden birds and the puffins seen on a recent trip to Skomer Island.  Sam has undertaken many commissions including; pets, houses and landscapes. Her work has also been exhibited at local galleries and shows.

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  Owl by Sam Dodd