After a career as a Chartered Surveyor and now my children have left home, I find myself in the privileged position of being able to indulge my lifelong passion for art. I have always painted, starting when very young alongside my artist grandfather, but now have got to the point that I am frustrated if too much time passes during which I am unable to pick up a paintbrush and paint.
I am largely self taught but have painted for many years with a wonderful group of artist friends in Stone Street, Kent (the Stone Street Art Group) from whom I have learned so much and been hugely inspired by, but we have also had the benefit of a wonderful group of renowned visiting tutors including Tim Benson, Andrew James, Adele Wagstaff and Alastair Adams to name but a few.
My paintings, which are mainly in oils, are colourful and expressive, and cover an eclectic mix of subjects including portraits, landscapes, and a lot of flowers and gardens - things that I find beautiful, in the hope I can share that beauty with the viewer of the painting. Most of all I want my work to be uplifting and joyful.
2017 Le Wine Shop, Pezenas, France
2019 Stone Street Art Group, Stone Street, Kent
2020 Wirksworth Art Festival (online due to Covid)
2021/2022/2023 Art in June, Kent
2021/2022/2023 South East Open Studios
2023 Spring Group Show, Folkestone Art Gallery
2023 Under The Rainbow Event, Bluewater
2023 Midsummer Art Exhibition, Etchingham by invitation of Greenfinch Gallery
Winner Portrait Artist of the Past run by Brave Fine Art Gallery, Great Malvern
Longlisted for Holly Bush Emerging Woman Painters Prize 2022
Longlisted for Visual Arts Open Prize, 2022 and 2023.
A Kent based contemporary artist, Sue draws creative inspiration from objects and places that she loves, particularly the coast, its harbours, and the beaches along the east and south coast where she walks and cycles. She works in oils, repainting to build layers and create markings, sometimes incorporating mixed media for added texture. The natural rhythms of the seasons and the sea are timeless and she has immersed herself in studies of light and water, reflections and vast skies. Dawn light, golden sunsets, changing tides and vast stormy skies provide her inspiration. The joy for her is seeing a client drawn to a painting because it resonates for them too. She hopes that her work reflects her enthusiasm and passion for her art, and her delight in colour and experimentation.She has sold over 100 works in the past three years through private commissions and exhibitions in galleries. Her work is framed in unique hand made wooden frames made in her studio.
The Royal Albion Hotel and the Kent Talents Arts Centre today announced the launch of a new project. The Royal Albion Hotel provides its interiors for art exhibitions, private view receptions and art sessions. The new collaboration will attract more visitors to Broadstairs and will allow local people to enjoy art and food at the heart of Broadstairs.
“I am really excited to expand my exhibition area,” says artist Lana Arkhi, the owner of the Kent Talents Arts Centre. “The larger premises and beautiful interiors of the Albion hotel give me the fabulous opportunity to showcase my larger artworks. My art classes are getting more and more popular. The new venue will allow me to offer workshops and art sessions for local people and visitors of Broadstairs”.
“This partnership not only benefits the artists by providing them with a platform to display their work but also adds cultural value to the hotel and enhances the overall experience for hotel guests,” says general hotel manager Marc Duvauchelle. By promoting creativity and supporting local artists, The Royal Albion Hotel and the Kent Talents Arts Centre are working hand in hand to foster a thriving arts community in Broadstairs. This exciting venture will undoubtedly contribute to making Broadstairs a destination of choice for art enthusiasts and visitors alike.
The first upcoming exhibition “The Eyes That Speak Volumes” will showcase the incredible portraits of famous rock and pop stars, masterfully created by the award-winning artist, Lana Arkhi. Each portrait captures the essence and charisma of these iconic musicians in a truly captivating way. Adding to the enchanting atmosphere, attendees of the private view on the 1st of October at 4pm will be treated to an exclusive piano performance by the talented Svetlana Higgins. Her beautiful melodies will perfectly complement the art on display, creating a sensory experience that is sure to leave a lasting impression.
Mike Squires (Illustration and Design)
3 - 17 September
Attended Hornsey College of Art, where I studied still life and figure drawing, went on to further studies at St.Martins College of Art in London.
Started my career with some of Londons Top Advertising Agencies as a junior designer progressing to become an Art Director.
Left the UK to go to New Zealand and Australia where I spent several years in the Advertising business as an Art Director.
Upon returning to the U.K. I decided to go into the Publishing Industry, and worked for a variety of Newspaper Groups winning Promotional awards for the companies in the UK and USA.
Took early retirement, to concentrate on computer graphics and Freelance design, using the computer as a tool to enhance my painting techniques. Have done commissions, and have exhibited with local Art Galleries.
KENT TALENTS ARTS CENTRE & GALLERY OPENS IN BROADSTAIRS
The Kent Talents Arts Centre, the first Arts Centre & Gallery located in Broadstairs, had its Grand Opening on Sunday, 21st of May.
The Grand Opening of the Kent Talents Arts Centre in Broadstairs was a success. On a sunny day, more than 60 people including the new mayor of Broadstairs, Kristian Bright with his family visited the gallery. Guests were mesmerized by the beautiful piano performance by Svetlana Higgins and her students and delighted by the stunning paintings and ceramics on display. The atmosphere was filled with joy and excitement as everyone celebrated this special occasion. It was truly an amazing event that will be remembered for years to come. We were delighted to see a lot of red dots on the walls, which meant that many artworks have been sold.
This success has only inspired us to look forward to more music events and exhibitions in the near future.
KENT TALENTS ARTS CENTRE & GALLERY OPENS IN BROADSTAIRS
The Kent Talents Arts Centre, the first Arts Centre & Gallery located in Broadstairs, has its Grand Opening on Sunday, 21st of May at 12pm.
Kent Talents Art Gallery today announced the opening of a new Arts Centre on the 21st of May 2023. The move to larger premises in Albion Street, Broadstairs marks a significant expansion of local artist Lana Arkhi’s presence in Kent, and builds upon her burgeoning international reputation, including exhibitions in London, Moscow and Chicago and appearances in the pages of House & Garden, Tatler and Vogue magazines. In 2017, she was elected as a Member of the Royal Society of Miniature Painters, Sculptors & Gravers and received an award for the Most Outstanding work at the RMS Exhibition.
“I am really excited at this fabulous opportunity to further develop and showcase my artworks,” says Lana. “Since opening Kent Talents and educating local artists in my teaching studio, my appreciation of the local area has grown to the point where I have now outgrown my earlier premises in the High Street. The new gallery will allow me to offer a far wider range of cultural events to local audiences, including visiting artists, poetry and music events, workshops and art classes, and prominent guest speakers”.
The opening exhibit will highlight the works of 4 contemporary artists: a Member of the Royal Society of Marine Artists Steven Johanneson, landscape pastel painter Bob Connell, Gaven Alexander whose bold coloured canvases depict music art, and Lana Arkhi with her magnificent ceramics and paintings. Accompanying the artwork will be an exclusive piano performance by Svetlana Higgins.
The new Kent Talents Arts Centre & Gallery is located at 5 Albion Street, a stone’s throw from Broadstairs’ historic seafront.
Gaven Alexander is a self taught artist. With a love for art and having sketched as a child he studied from books and paintings from the Masters while over the past 30 years developing his own style. Using light and the natural power of nature for inspiration, Gaven paints dramatic seascapes and scenes affected by light creating a soft defused touch to his work. Gaven’s work can be found in private collections around the world
Hello my name is Linda. I’d like to tell you a little about myself. I’m an Artist based on the coast in Kent.
Painting is my passion and I love colour and experimenting with different media.
I’ve been very lucky to have had inspirational teachers who gave me the confidence to share my work with others. I gave up full time work a few years ago, so have been able to devote more time to painting.
Each year I sell some on my work in aid of charity, I vary these the charities and hold different events to support various causes.
I also do commissions, mostly of pets.
To help keep prices affordable and to vary the look of my work whilst being mindful of the environment, as well as bespoke handmade and manufactured frames, I like to reuse and upcycle frames.
All paintings are sold as signed originals and prints are signed and numbered. Prints are reproduced on archivable art paper..
became interested in photography 5 years ago capturing Thanet’s amazing sunrises and
sunsets. She is one of the founding members of the Women In Photography (Thanet) group.
Her interest is now in portraits and street photography. She has exhibited in several local photographic exhibitions. In 2017 she exhibited alongside other photographers at the Beany in Canterbury as part of the Taylor Wessing Portrait prize event.
Influenced by the simplistic Black and White portraits of 1960s London and will photograph anyone that captures her eye. Sue has her first solo exhibition in the York Street Gallery, Ramsgate in July 2022.
Sinead Le Blond
Sinead is a local photographer who has been learning her craft for the past 4 years. She is a
founding member of the Women In Photography (Thanet) Group.
Sinead is passionate about telling stories through her work and enjoys seeing out unique interpretations of familiar scenes and objects.
Natasha Hill is a Ramsgate based photographer. She predominately photographs in London where she focuses on both street photography and street portraits. Her work is very humanist in style with a cinematic aesthetic. Her ethos is to photograph with consideration and sensitivity.
I grew up in Herne Bay and started taking photos with the 1960s version of a Box Brownie. The
results weren’t great but I loved using it anyway.
On my foundation year at Canterbury College of Art we studied photography and I had to invest in a proper SLR (Single Lens Reflex) Pentax camera. It was second hand but in mint condition! With this camera you get exactly what you see in the lens and my photos improved. I enjoyed being able to print my images in the college darkroom and became a little more experimental in my approach.
I carried on taking photos for years with that trusty Pentax film camera but eventually I went digital and am now using a Cannon DSLR.
I have always enjoyed taking photos but have become more keen since I went to a few courses run by Ageless Thanet.
These images are of ‘Squiffy’ a friendly squirrel who frequently comes into my garden and often looks through the glass door for a snack.
Cheryl Castle is an American photographer that lives in and is inspired by the Thanet coastline.
She studied photo journalism at Syracuse University in New York but has since developed a love of photographing colourful landscapes.
Her work is predominately sold through her Etsy shop under the name Sea Sea Studio.
I sometimes feel as if I have always had a camera on my hand, it’s like an extension to my being. I
am self taught from advice from other photographers.
I prefer to keep an open genre where photography is concerned, letting my eye guide me be it nature, wildlife, street, portraits, landscapes or events. If the moment is there grab it.
I am a photographer based in Herne Bay. I take photos of everything and anything, but especially like portraits, Cosplay, fashion shoots and weddings, where I can get my creative juices flowing and really challenge myself.
I am a retired Care Worker and have lived in Margate for 20 years.
I have created art in some form for most of my life, including painting, sculpture, ceramics and last but not least……photography!
I attended Gravesend School of Art in the early 60’s when I was 15, but did not pursue a career in Art. I always maintained my interest in Art and later when my interest in Art and later when my family were grown up I started attending Art classes at an Adult Education Centre.
This led to me completing an Access to Art Course then being accepted onto a Fine Art Degree Course at Guildhall University in Whitechapel when I was 52 years old. I have many interests which often influence my art but the subject matter in my photography is mostly influenced by something I just chance upon. It may be an interesting object, a view, a composition of shapes that are pleasing to my eye. This is demonstrated in my work in this exhibition. On a day out in Southwold I chanced upon some fishing huts. I was instantly attracted to the composition of the structural shapes and the texture and curves of the hanging nets and how they compliment each other. The hard lines softened by the soft curves.
I started taking photos about 6 years ago and found it took, me away from my busy life I lead and helped my mindset. I enjoy landscape photography including sunsets and sunrises as the skies of Thanet are beautiful.
I can’t help but snap wherever I am out and about and enjoy sharing my photos with others.
I come from Whitstable and have been interested in photography since a teenager (quite a few years
ago!). I also love to sail and renovate buildings.
About 5 years ago I invested in a Sony mirrorless camera and my enthusiasm has grown and grown as has my ability to make the images that are in this exhibition.
I am always on the lookout for interesting places to create a photo and when I find one, I add it to my list, and when the light and conditions are right, I go and get the picture. This could be a field of colourful rape or some big puddle that I can use for a reflective photograph.
There are so many photography opportunities out there waiting for me to discover them.
Laura Drury (LRPS)
Having achieved a Licentiate with the Royal Photographic Society in 2019, Laura is now studying for a BSc (Hons) in Photography. Her passion is portraiture and abstract photography where she is interested in the crossover between photography and art.
For me art is a never-ending journey of excitement, exploration and discovery and I am always learning – which is all part of the journey.
I have developed a love of collage/mixed media but I also work in watercolour, acrylics and pastels and whichever one I am working in is the
one I enjoy – no favourites! My subjects vary and are reflected in my work of Kent, Guernsey, Cornwall, London, France and Italy – the world!
My by-line is affordable, original art. My style is certainly not photographic, and someone described it as ‘quirky’ and I am more than happy with
‘A work of art which did not begin in
emotion is not art.’
'Monty is my Dachshund and my constant companion. Wherever he goes, I go, and we see some interesting sights around Kent. I try to capture them in a piece of art. Monty gets some exercise and maybe a treat if he’s lucky…
3rd of March - 2nd of June 2021
at Kent Talents Art Gallery
After a career in the Fire Service I started to focus more on my art. I like to try out all medium and styles but seemed to have fallen in love with soft pastels. I like the way the colours blend and the misty effects that can be created with them. One of my other passions is cycling and I love to get away from the noise and traffic in Thanet to find some solace out in the wonderful countryside that surrounds us in this part of South East Kent. Cycling along our truly wonderful coastline is so inspirational too. The view across the Channel and North sea changes each day and the light, the sea and the cloud formations are an inspiration to me. I also have a bike that can carry my art equipment and easel to those quiet places where I can spend a few hours sketching or painting en plein air. We live in a beautiful country and although I have travelled abroad to many wonderful countries I still yearn for our changing seasons and beautiful views and I hope that we look after our countryside for many generations to come.
I use my art as therapy and I am at my most contented when cycling or painting and to mix the two together makes me smile.
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