Floozie in the Jacuzzi May 24 2017
Mark Hickman was born in the West Midlands. He completed a BA Honours Degree in Fine Art at Leeds Metropolitan in 2001 and moved to Goldsmith's College in London to complete a Postgraduate Diploma in 2005.
Having studied and lived in London, the beauty of the capital city became obvious to Mark and he frequently visited, sketched and photographed the city through its landmarks. After spending a decade producing concept based paintings, Mark decided upon a radical change. He gradually became interested in atmosphere, natural and artificial light and embarked upon producing a series of paintings exploring a different set of values.
Mark still continues to be inspired by the city and landscape surrounding him. Now residing in the West Midlands, his latest paintings focus on iconic images of the second city - Birmingham.
Birmingham Watercolours November 07 2016
Jonathan Taylor is an Associate Member of the RBSA and has recently produced two lovely watercolour paintings depicting Birmingham scenes. Jonathan was born in Stourbridge, West Midlands. He studied in Worcester and Leeds between 1982 and 1987 before turning professional in 1988. It was whilst at Leeds that he discovered his love of painting his surroundings. His inspiration always starts by being there in the landscape and experiencing it's moods. He paints using watercolours and pastels.
Artist Statement: "I am primarily concerned with the depiction of light in the environment - be it cityscape, landscape or seascape. I am fascinated how the changing light conditions can transform a scene. Atmosphere is always the starting point whenever I approach a painting and I always try and create a sense of place and of mood. I hope the viewer can feel something of what it is like to be there - wherever it may be".