Lungs 2016 list
Adam Wilson Holmes
The early stages of Adam Wilson Holmes’ practice reflected his own journey from boyhood to manhood, and the experiences of becoming a sexual being in a society bombarded by sexuality. Focusing on the boundaries between self and society, he became highly interested in the importance of self-belief and self-confidence as individuals transition from one phase of life to the next.
Al Palmer is a photographer and book designer. His work mostly focuses on various facets of the man-made landscape, most in the form of long-term in-depth photographic cycles.
Aphra O’Connor is motivated by the local industries within the North East. Her work explores elements of function with the use of ceramics as a medium influencing the sculptures to take on the forms of vessels and containers.
Daniel Dale is a street/documentary photographer. The pictures are observations of this life under artificial light, emphasised by the stark architecture or lack of, towering over small figures without identity. The project marries together an isolation and lack of identity, inviting the viewer a sense of observation of anyone and no one at the same time.
Ella Ray Barnes
Ella Ray Barnes primarily works with graphic narratives using a range of media and techniques. Recently influenced by the work of Oliver Jeffers, Saul Bass and Friedrich Hundertwasser with a view to developing personal practice and the artistic dialogue relating to both storytelling and local historical and socio-political themes.
Elliot Lloyd chose to stay up north and try to make it in the ‘desolate’ lands. His favourite areas are architectural photography and urban exploration photography, often a combination of the two. Although not limited to these as he is always on the lookout for an interesting photograph and keeps his camera on him at all times.
Erin Dickson’s practice combines architecture and digital technology to create sculptures and installations that consider the emotional qualities of urban and domestic spaces. Drawing on the phenomenological theories of Merleau-Ponty and Bachelard, she explores the relation of the sensory experience of the body to architectural space and material.
For Eve Laws the transformation of the body via preservation, decomposition or reconstruction is the primary inspiration. Anatomical drawings of medical specimens and fresh tissue during live surgery are created to inspire the paint flow.
Fang Qi is an international illustrator, artist and PhD researcher in fine art at Newcastle University. Her works focus on exploring the relationship between illustration, text and installation. Fang Qi attempts to re-define the concept of visual narrative in the context of contemporary art.
Graeme Hopper uses collage, drawings, paint and photography to set aside the familiar, his work tries to investigate the developing bridge between the surreal and the literal embedded within our own curious fascination.
Hannah Scully is a freelance artist and illustrator based in the North East. Much or her work is inspired by her rural upbringing in Wensleydale.
Hazel Dixon experiments with rust as a method of addressing problems in the local community. She aimed to explore the issue by creating art that represents what the industry meant to people and also what it is today.
Jill Campbell graduated from the University of Sunderland in 2014 with a first class degree in fine art. Her paintings are a response to the wild and beautiful North Pennines where she lives, simultaneous celebrations of the natural world and possibilities of a painterly world.
Jo Stanness uses the brutalist and modernist architecture of the north as a central element in her work. Her cutouts use images of the often decaying concrete geometry of new towns or the imposing supporting structures of motorway flyovers.
Julie Louise Bemment is an artist known for working across photography, sculpture, and painting. Her practice explores our relationship to the world around us, inspired by an interest in astronomy, therefore considering human perception, experience and the presence/non-presence of 3 dimensional objects.
Leanne has specialised in portraiture since the early 2000’s over which time she has developed a fresh and dynamic approach to capturing the likeness and character of the sitter.
Louise Scott is concerned with the delay, the state that occurs intuitively between thought and action in the process of art making. Playful decisions, gestures are toyed with and become forms. The presentation is stripped of extraneous detail to maintain the ‘truth’ to the moment when the ‘right’ image is captured.
Louise Winter is an artist, writer and curator based in Newcastle and a studio holder at The Newbridge Project. In 2011 she graduated with an MA in Fine Art from Northumbria University and, since then, has exhibited regularly across the UK and internationally.
Maria Ferrie creates depictions from northeast England, where she now works, to Southern Spain, where she spent her adolescence. She uses cameras intuitively, with a reflective intention and a cathartic purpose. Her photography is driven by a sense of intrigue and the interconnectedness of being in daily reality.
Mary Lou Springstead
Mary Lou Springstead was born in Brooksville, Florida. She creates visceral narrative paintings which juxtapose characters, signs and settings. She is influenced by Surrealism, Expressionism, Visionary and Outsider Art.
Mary Trodden is an artist who grew up in the north of England with a strong love of mythic and local stories. She studied at Newcastle College and Edinburgh College of Art with a great interest in the tradition of painting and classically constructed image.
Michael Daglish is a visual artist working with the constructed image as a form of investigation into ideas around existence and existential phenomenology. His work takes great influence from both philosophical teaching as well as the encountered world around him.
Namita Vijayakumar is an artist from Stockton-on-Tees, who graduated from Newcastle University in 2015 with a BA Honours degree in Fine Art. Her practice primarily consists of abstract, intricate drawings made with pencil or ink, and also includes other mediums such as sculpture and installation.
Paul Burgess is a graphic designer and illustrator from (and based in) South Shields. Burgess is inspired by folklore, cult film, symmetry and duality.
Rosario Rivas Leal
Rosario Rivas Leal, A.K.A. Purple Kyloe is an Animator and Designer based in Newcastle, via Argentina. A recent graduate from the University of Sunderland, she has a special interest in post-production and compositing.
Rebecca Gavigan and Victoria McDermott
Rebecca Gavigan and Victoria McDermott are visual artists based in Newcastle Upon Tyne. Gavigan graduated from Northumbria University in 2016 and is currently one of the directors of CSN: Colour Studio Northumbria. Victoria McDermott is a current Northumbria University student. Their most recent collaboration, BRACKET SPACE BRACKET was held at Woon Space, Baltic 39.
Sheyda Porter’s practice involves collecting discarded everyday objects and unifying them under one colour through a painterly process. She has created a series of works entitled "Idea Generating Machines" to be able to investigate the lineage of contemporary sculpture through surface, form, texture and composition, while at the same time, to ignite a thinking process in producing ideas for both the audience and herself.
Simone Truong’s pieces juxtapose the beautiful with the morbid, offering euphoric moments emerging from stark backgrounds graced with fragile flowers to instances of despondency, often dark in appearance, yet remaining equitably as elegant.