Since graduating from the Royal College of Art in 2006, Adam Bridgland has used a diverse range of materials and working methods to pursue an incisive and often witty exploration of distinctively British sentiments, externalising the underlying sense of loss and nostalgia that permeates our memories.
Royal College of Art graduates Danny Augustine and Adam Bridgland collaborated for the first time for their sell out exhibition, ‘Flowers For Your Darlings’, at Jealous Gallery, London in May 2014. Since then they have gone on to complete projects for Heals, London, Comme Des Garcons and Junya Watanabe, as well as private commissions in the United Kingdom and the USA. Their most recent exhibition entitled Sordidum Somnium was held here at CIRCLE in May 2019.
Ben Cook’s multi-media art practice is inspired by the social, political and environmental landscape of Cornwall UK. Taking influence from the tradition of landscape art in the South West, this work attempts to offer a fresh perspective through the eyes of a surfer, by referencing beach culture and the material aesthetics associated with a contemporary surfing lifestyle.
Danielle Creenaune’s work occupies a liminal zone between abstraction and representation, where the experience of a place, rather than a literal rendition of landscape feeds her creative practice. Wind-swept and gestural, the artist distills the essence of her subject through reductive marks made confidently on lithographic plates, which through the alchemy of printmaking are released onto paper.
Felix Packer is a print artist who works from his studio in Falmouth, Cornwall. Felix specialises in wood prints and lino cuts, with works ranging from 10 x 10 cm to 1.6 x 2 metres. Inspired by Cornwall’s natural beauty, Felix is out sketching along the coast line and cliffs tops, the creeks and woods where he then prepares the block back in his studio, each print pressed by turning the large, geared, cast iron wheel by hand.
Emily Crookshank is a painter and printmaker based in London. Since graduating from The Glasgow School of Art in 2011 her work has been exhibited widely across the UK, including in the Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Art 2016, the largest open submission exhibition in the world.
The etching process is a disciplined art with many restrictions. Once mastered, the artist can conjure very subtle shades of expression. Working in a series is the printmakers norm – each print is born from the one preceding it and like a line of footprints in the sand, every print is slightly different.
David Shillinglaw is London-based artist born to British parents in Saudi Arabia. Thirty-six-year-old David has worked as an artist since graduating from Central St Martin’s in 2002. Though has reflected in a recent interview about first creating art at four years old, then influenced by ancient Egypt.
David’s work ranges from studio to street art: from small handmade book drawings and paintings on canvas to large scale wall murals. He is also a skilled sculptor and ceramicist. David referenced among his influences aspects of international travel, culture, and food. He cites artists, authors, philosophers and musicians among his mentors.