The RWA are delighted to introduce the stunning work of Jamaica Street Artists to the shop. 11 of Jamaica Street’s Artists have contributed prints for sale in the shop during the 162nd Annual Open. The work ranges from the colourful watercolour vistas of Bristol from Abigail McDougall, to the macarbe childlike imagery depicted in the works of Romina Berenice Canet.
Emma Dibben specialises in food illustration, she has worked for a wide range of clients including Waitrose, The Guardian, Hodder&Stoughton, Penguin and Time Out. Her work has appeared in newspapers and magazines and on juice cartons, book covers, greetings cards, ceramics, jam jars, and a bottle of gin. Her work is enhanced by her love of all things natural, and her inspiration comes from time spent on her allotment growing fruit, vegetables, flowers and frogs
Emma also works on larger scale mixed media pieces incorporating oil paint, graphite, and screen print. Her inspiration and subject matter is again the natural world, she combines detailed drawings of cell structures of plants and insects with intuitive mark making and layers of paint.
Romina Berenice Canet is a freelance illustrator and fine artist born in Argentina who is now based in Bristol.
She graduated in Fine Arts after specialising in Painting and Printmaking and also studied Music, Drama and Trapeze.
In Argentina she published a book with her poems and lithographs called “Resabio de las Fiestas” and for many years she worked as an Art and English teacher, illustrated for poetry magazines, coordinated artistic events, painted murals and regularly exhibited her work. In 2008 she worked at Santa Cruz Palace in Madrid restoring furniture and paintings and in 2010 she moved to England where she joined Drawn in Bristol.
Using a wide range of techniques she works in both colour and black and white, sometimes using her own photographic practice and poetry as inspiration, as well as research into theoretical areas such as carnival, the unconscious, the uncanny and the abject.
Romina’s themes and characters usually whisper with unusual, disorienting and disturbing connotations and reflect her interest in humour, sensuality, playfulness, irony, literature and the circus.
Diana Beltran Herrera is a designer and artist, working over the past few years with paper as the primary medium in the production of her work. After graduating from her BA degree in industrial Design at the Jorge Tadeo Lozano University in 2010, Herrera realised that she wasn’t interested in pursuing a design practice as a life career, as she was more interested in the theories of understanding of nature and material as an element that exist around us and is present in an everyday routine. For Herrera, there is a considerable distance in the relationship between human and nature, and throughout her work, she aims to repair this relation by producing elements that are constantly removed, altered and forgotten. Her work is presented as a resistance where those sculptures remain in an ideal state and act like a model of representation of a reality that doesn’t suffer any change.
Trough her practice in sculpture, Herrera has is been representing corporality in movement trough her extensive work with birds. Herrera has exhibited in her country as well as participating in solo and group shows in Europe, Asia and USA. She has been cooperating with artists as well as organisations and private clients as 215mmcann, Olivari Olive Oil, Volevatch, Longwood gardens US, ENI, Marina Rinaldi, Lebeau- Courally, and many others.
Bristol based artist Dan Parry Jones initially trained in Illustration and Graphic Design, before turning to paint in 2008. Working from Bristol’s Jamaica Street Studios, Dan produces expressive mixed media paintings of landscapes, taking inspiration from the gritty urban surroundings of the city, as well as the beauty of the south-west coastline. His paintings are constructed with a heavily impasto background in acrylic, with added typography, collage and silkscreen elements. His work has been widely exhibited at major art fairs in London, Bristol, New York, Brussels, Singapore and Hong Kong
Adrian Sykes is an award-winning artist and also the flautist & founding member of Bristol’s Gypsy-Jazz band Sheelanagig.
Recent accolades include winning “The Bath Art Prize” twice, “The Bristol Art Prize”, finalist in the “Young Masters Art Prize” and overall winner of the “Sustainable Art Prize”. Adrian regularly exhibits across the UK and internationally. He has just finished an Artist’s Residency in Bern, Switzerland.
His extensive portfolio of work covers a wide range of form and images, from explorations of light and dark in the intricately detailed black and white cityscapes, to the fascinating land of the imagination where he transports the viewer in his figurative landscapes. His paintings often pay homage to the beauty and diversity of the varied areas in which he has lived and traveled, including the great landscapes of France, Italy, Switzerland and the cityscapes of Bristol, Bath & London.
Serena Curmi was brought up on a sailboat, travelling extensively with her family to many corners of the world.
Her education was varied, consisting of both home and conventional schooling in the Isle of Man, Spain, the US and Malta.
The environment in which Serena was brought up has had a profound affect on her. She has always felt humbled by vast, wide open spaces, and this is reflected in her uncluttered, minimalist paintings.
Through her use of composition and muted colours, Serena’s work evokes a sense of stillness and quiet melancholy. Solitary human figures are often coupled with animals, suggesting an affection and affinity towards each other, or at times provoking a feeling of unease or apprehension.
Serena practiced as an illustrator for many years and has worked for renowned clients including the BBC, Houghton Mifflin, Boden Clothing, Simon & Schuster and Pearson Education.
She now works as a full time painter from her studio at Jamaica Street Studios in Bristol, and has recently participated in shows at the Royal West of England Academy, Bristol Museum and St George’s Bristol.
Using delicate line drawings and watercolour washes set against large areas of negative space, Kate Evans produces images that reflect the richness of their subject matter.
In her most recent ‘Wilderness Series’ she paints desolate farms in remote areas of America, Scandinavia and Europe. Her work creates a feeling of isolation and space, ultimately depicting the sheer wilderness of these locations.
The process of mark-making and experimentation with colour are important elements within Kate’s practice. She works in mixed media; using a combination of watercolour, pencil and sometimes oil. This allows her the freedom to produce different effects, playing with the transparency of the medium creating deep and layered imagery.
Rose trained in applied arts at the university of Derby and on finishing my degree worked mainly in three dimensions using primarily wood and stone for large scale public and private commissions. After making several series of work using light boxes ,paper cutting seemed to just emerge as the appropriate technique to carry the pieces forward, and I still feel inspired by the transformative effect that light has on what is essentially a flat object. I very much like that a paper cut is something which involves not only the elements of drawing but also those of making, requiring a certain kind of discipline, skill and process in its’ creation.
Most of Jessa’s work is about how what she sees goes on to inform my own behaviour. She is very interested in performance, and the translation of this into the physical activity of making in photography.
Familiar memories that haunt and repeat themselves form the basis of her practice. Her work always starts from the personal, even if it ends up being photographs of someone she doesn’t know.
This sense of performing her own identity is central to her practice, and she often presents isolated physical gestures in order to define and give form to it.
She sometimes uses long-exposure enactments for film cameras, or embellishment / destruction of prints after they have been made.
Jessa studied English Literature at Durham University and was a journalist while developing her photographic career, contributing to a range of publications including The Guardian and Blown Magazine. IJessa completed an MA in Photographic Studies at the University of Westminster in 2010.
Jessa also lectures in both higher and further education.
Abigail McDougall was born in Oxford and grew up in Canada, Italy and Dorset. She graduated from Falmouth College of Art in 2005 and has since been based in Bristol, working from the renowned Jamaica Street Studios. Abigail’s art career took off with her “Bristol in a Different Light” series. The series won her many commissions, including large paintings for Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel and for the new Ernst and Young offices. Her work has been selected for the Royal West of England Academy Autumn Show several times and has been sold at the Bristol and London Affordable Art Fairs. In 2010 her work was short listed for the Urbis Prize. In 2012 she was selected as an Artist Member of the RWA and as a Rise Art Selected Artist. Her last solo show “Art for Sustainable Transport” in March 2011 was held at the Royal West of England Academy in support of the Sustainable Transport Charity Sustrans. She recently set up her online gallery “Bristol Contemporary Art.com”, making her work and the work of fellow artists more widely available across the country and abroad.
Helen Williams lives and works in Bristol. Colour and pattern are very important factors in her work and Helen loves putting combinations together to create characterful and unique creatures. Each one is different and she uses a variety of fabrics in her work ranging from vintage and recycled to new. Some of the animals are purely for decoration, to brighten a shelf or workspace and some can be used for specific functions e.g doorstops and draught excluders.
Jamaica Street Artists is a large long-established studio group in the centre of Bristol. The studio is housed in a grade II listed former carriageworks, an iconic landmark in Stokes Croft.
The Studio is home to a diverse collective of cutting-edge practitioners. Each year they hold an Open Studios event which, over the past 21 years, has become increasingly popular, attracting over 1500 visitors.
Recent high-profile exhibitions, including at the RWA and Bristol City Museum, have confirmed the group’s position as one of the country’s most exiting and ambitious artist-led communities.
The Studio’s ethos is to recruit new graduates alongside professional artists ensuring that JSA supports emerging creative talent from the region. The success of this environment can be demonstrated through our artists’ diverse achievements, with individuals regularly exhibiting across the UK and abroad, achieving success in national competitions and prizes, and winning exciting new commissions and clients.
We encourage studio holders to become involved in the Studio as an organisation, and become part of the Studio culture. There is a vibrant energy at JSA ensuring that support and success is infectious, a quality which JSA are eager to maintain.
“The positive effect of artists on our cities is too often underestimated… Led by their artists, Stokes Croft and Jamaica Street undoubtedly have the potential to become the liveliest community in Bristol. Jamaica Street Artists are housed in one of Bristol’s most elegant industrial buildings, are at the heart of a vibrant community and should become exemplar self-run artists’ studios that relates strongly to its inner city community.”
George Fergusson CBE, Mayor Bristol