Information about artists on this site

Helen Absalom:

Helen was born in Long Eaton, Derbyshire. Her favourite subjects at school were Art and Creative Textiles. After leaving she did a BTEC National Diploma in design (display) in Gloucester with aspirations of becoming a visual merchandiser. After this she gained a BA (Hons) in Graphic Design at Derby University. She had varied jobs after this including Art Technician in a secondary school, mural painter, workshop manager/tutor for Hobbycraft, demonstrator for Pebeo and visual merchandiser.  She was involved in silk painting and batik for many years, teaching classes and giving talks to art societies.  Helen creates her work in whatever medium feels right for the particular project or painting. She now has more creative energy than ever and is exhibiting her paintings regularly (see exhibitions and events) or for even more up to date work and information on current painting, you can see Helen's facebook page.

 

 Stuart Absalom:

Stuart grew up in Blaenavon, South Wales and has been interested in art since childhood, drawing portraits of family, friends and musical icons. He was inspired by fantasy artists such as Rodney Matthews and Roger Dean who designed album covers. He was also hugely influenced by his Uncle who gained a Masters Degree in Art and Photography at Alexandra Palacein London. He gave Stuart practical advice and a good understanding of art at a young age.At 16 Stuart did an apprenticeship in the art department of a printers learning about typesetting, graphics and the print trade. He later went on to complete a degree in Graphic Design. Throughout the years Stuart continued creating pencil portraits, pen and ink designs, then later branched out into airbrushing where he began using colour in his work. He now uses a variety of materials and styles in his work including oils, acrylics and airbrushing. His compositions are often graphically structured with type, symbols or graphics in the design. Stuart's work is infused with a sense of personal nostalgia. "Growing up I loved the artwork on album covers and was particularly inspired by the artists Roger Dean and Rodney Matthews. They designed the artwork for bands such as Magnum, Yes and Asia."