Phyllis Wolff studied art at Goldsmiths’ College and St Martins School of Art, and taught at Kingston School of Art before moving to Dorset. Since then she has built a reputation as an important Dorset artist, represented in private and public collections, as well exhibiting widely in galleries in England and abroad.
Sometimes working in watercolour, charcoal, or making prints, Phyllis’ preferred medium is oil on canvas. Most of her work is figurative: portraits, still lifes and of course landscapes.
Phyllis is a vibrant colourist, with a fluent handling of her material somewhat reminiscent of Kokoschka, though she would probably say that she owes more to Matisse.
Sara trained under Ken Hughes, a pupil of Henry Moore, at Bath Academy of Art graduating with a First Class Honours degree in sculpture and printmaking. Between 1980 and 1982 she was awarded the Henry Moore Foundation Scholarship, the Gane Travelling Scholarship and won the Irish Distillers Merit Award.
Working in a variety of scales, commissions have included public sculptures for The Royal Hampshire Regiment at the National Memorial Arboretum Staffordshire and Khandahar Developments for Droitwich Spa. Other commissions include pieces for Volkswagen, the Nordic Swimming Federation and the iconic “Spirit of Flight” sculpture for the O A G ‘Airline of the Year Awards’.
Björk Haraldsdóttir is an Icelandic Artist and Architect living and working in West Dorset. She graduated with Masters in Architecture from The Mackintosh School of Architecture (Glasgow School of Art) in 1991.Björk has worked for various high profile Architects including Richard Rogers.
In the last few years Bjork has combined Architecture with Ceramics but lately has focused exclusively on her art. Architectonic forms as well as organic, feature strongly in her work. In her pattern making, Björk takes inspiration from ancient Celtic and Viking crafts such as stitching patterns and wood-carvings.
Miranda started her artistic life with a BA in fashion at St Martin’s School of Art, London in the 1980’s. She worked in Dorset for 10 years before recently moving to Wiltshire.
Miranda’s ceramics originate by being hand coiled in white earthenware and worked until remarkably fine, a considerable amount of her work is now taken hand made for moulds at an artisan factory where it is fired and then hand painted. Self-taught she learns by her mistakes and draws influences from her many travels. Subtle yet vibrant, her works are intended to be used yet their delicacy makes them as beautiful to look at as they are to use.
It was in the mid 1980’s that Sally first had the opportunity to pursue her interest in sculpture. She joined an inspiring group in Oxford led by the late Polish Sculptor, Kostek Wojnarowski. Over the next few years she mainly modelled the human form from life including portraiture. She also studied the techniques of creating and casting sculptures. In 1995 she moved to the South West. This wonderfully varied area has rekindled her interest in other species, in particular she is interested in observing animal behaviour and depicting this in her work. The alertness of animals to predators, the creation of new life in spring and the life and death struggles played out everywhere we care to look, are subjects which now excite her interest. She tries to create a variety of habitat in her wildlife garden
She has sold extensively through private commission, galleries and major exhibitions in London, Oxford and the South of England, including the Royal West of England Academy. She produces small editions (usually 9) of works in Bronze and Bronze Resin and also one-off works in Fired Clay.
Robbie commitments throughout Scotland, France and England mean he is taking a break from Art at Home this year – if you wish to see more of his works do contact Sarah and she can tell you where you can do so.
Robert graduated from the Glasgow School of Art and still has strong ties to his Scottish roots as well as homes in France and Somerset.
Robert has exhibited in Edinburgh, France and London and has awards from both sides of the channel! Robbie has had a busy year exhibiting in Scotland, London and Somerset Art Weeks.
His work reflects his love of nature and light, broad, bold brush strokes bring the spectator into the painting so that they can feel his enthusiasm as if they are standing next to him. Robert’s work will excite and provoke you, as you go on his travels with him – enjoy the moment as much as he does.
Colin has exhibited frequently at the Mall Galleries in London with the Royal Society of Marine Artists, The Laing Landscape Exhibition and the New English Art Club, as well being included in the Art Class book by Harper Collins. His works are shown in galleries all over the south and London.
Colin’s work is about light and its effects. Fascinated by the ever-changing qualities of moving light, Colin endeavours to capture those fleeting moments in paint – his works are thus lively and atmospheric. Based in West Dorset his landscapes take in the glorious countryside and coastline, as well as further afield.
Due to Sarah’s many and varied commitments she will not be exhibiting at Art at Home this year – these include some exciting public art commitments as well as some moves away from her now familiar drawing style. Do contact Sarah Sclater if you should wish to know more or to contact Sarah.
Sarah was born in Exeter in 1970. She moved to the Piddle Valley, West Dorset in 1999 having gained a BA Honours degree in Visual Studies and Publishing at Oxford Polytechnic in 1991. Her inspiration is drawn from the natural world, in particular insects, which have held a life long fascination and provide constant inspiration. She has long been an admirer of the work of unsung hero Alfred Russell Wallace and spend many hours studying his entomology collections. “the beauty and importance of insects in our world soften overlooked, my creation of a ‘painted specimens’ collection aims to address this”.
Her landscapes are taken from frequent forays, some to St Davids, Pembrokshire and beyond to the North Cornish Coast, while others are closer to home, the beautiful footpaths and woodlands of Dorset, to the halcyon chalk stream valley of the river PIddle. No matter what the weather, time of day or season, they are all a constant source of material. her movement from one medium to another reflects her personal response and expression of her subject.
Laura has exhibited with art at Home since the beginning and continues to delight. She has learnt her craft in the ever popular studio’s of local sculptress Clare Trenchard but Laura has her own unique way of capturing her animals attributes.
Her love of animals gives her work a unique place in the home and as a busy mother of four she has no doubt looked after more than her fair share and she has certainly got to know them. This year Laura’s work has been shown in galleries and at Dorset Art Week’s.
Helen studied at Harrow College of Art, then in Shanghai with a master painter of Chinoiserie, murals and silk wallpapers and later at the Heatherley School of Fine Art, where she undertook a diploma in portraiture. More recently she has been studying painting with Atul Vohora. In 2012 she showed at The Mall Galleries at the Royal Society of Portrait painter’s Annual Exhibition and in 2013 she exhibited at the King’s Place Gallery in the Ruth Borchard Self-Portrait Competition. This year her work was included in the Royal Institute of Oil Painters exhibition at the Mall Galleries.
Between 1988 and 1998 she lived in the Far East, travelling extensively throughout the area, sketching and painting in Laos, Burma, Mongolia, Vietnam and china, where she developed her passion for colour, light, shape and nature. Her clients included the Mandarin Oriental hotels in Hong Kong and Shanghai and Bangkok.
She currently lives in Somerset with her family and paints landscapes ‘en plain air’, as well as portraits.