Rachel Ross first solo exhibition is an opportunity to look back and celebrate her recent success. In the last three years she has enjoyed recognition from peers and public in national competitions and her work has regularly sold out in group shows and art fairs. In March 2012 she was awarded runner up in the Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize with her painting Silver Spoons.
Rachel studied at St Martin's College of Art in the 1980s. Since then she has worked continually as an illustrator. In 2007 she began her personal painting career and now works from a studio at home in her native Edinburgh. Central to Rachel's work is a core of skilled draughtsmanship, her ability to observe and translate her vision in paint elevates simple day-to-day items to objects of beauty. Her considered placement of spoons, twists of coloured thread and powdered moths create stillness and engage us. Close examination of each painting reveals a small image of the artist and as we gaze at them there is time for our reflection too.
Dean Patman tracked down creatures in the garden as a child, his passion for natural history only equalled by his love of art. It was a natural progression to study sceintific illustration but he sought a creative challenge. In recycled materials Dean evolved a sculptural method which melded his interests together. From silverware to shoe trees Dean sources materials which are strangely appropriate in their form and origin to the animal they sculpt. Using them to describe both their physical appearance and character he forms bizarrely life-like creatures.