Alexander Johnson writes ‘My work even when abstracted has always been about storytelling, setting down my own experiences and memories and combining them with contemporary themes. I don’t wait for inspiration, I’m in the studio every day so new ideas surface during the working process and I develop them. I have kept daily sketchbooks for the last 35 years and this ongoing sketching and processing of ideas informs the larger work. Certain enduring interests influence me such as the contours from aerial reconnaissance photos that my father took in the war, which still thread their way through the work. The influence of British post-modernists like David Bomberg, Peter Lanyon and Barbara Hepworth are also clear to see.

John Brockliss is a Brighton-based photographer, specialising in maritime, documentary and reportage photography. He studied photography, fine art and graphic design at Goldsmiths and Ravensbourne, graduating as a graphic designer in 1972.
He is a former Managing Director of the UK design consultancy Aukett Brockliss Guy. John now dedicates his creative energies to his photography projects.

Pip Adams is a Vancouver-based artist inspired by the natural beauty of flowers, in particular form and colour painted in the abstract to create richness and vibrancy, working in oil, watercolour, charcoal and pencil. In addition to her fine art practice Pip works as a freelance illustrator and textile designer and has taught on undergraduate degree courses at several art colleges in the UK. Pip studied Textile Design at Nottingham Trent University and after spending most of her life in the UK and Europe, she now lives in Vancouver with her husband and four children.

Mark Nelson – photographer speaking about the exhibition at 35 North said “The images for this show were chosen from a large portfolio of Americana, shot over the last twenty five years including my most recent work taken during time spent in New York and Cape Cod. My love of New York – it’s art, the constantly evolving drama of its street life and the light-forms onthe ‘concrete canyons’ – forms an historical narrative which is reflected in ‘American Stories.

The show at 35 North started on the anniversary of 9/11 and included an image of the World Trade Centre taken only weeks before its own shocking drama. The images also documented journeys across America along Route 66, New York to Atlantic City, NY to Cape Cod, and also to the dramatic vista of the Grand Canyon in superb light.”

A pioneer of acrylics from the early 1960’s when they first became available in the UK, Colin paints his original paintings on board or canvas. Always an early adopter of new technologies, Colin became involved in developing the publishing benefits of print on demand using inkjet printers and pigmented inks on fine art paper or canvas (giclée). His latest interest focuses on acrylographs, a new hybrid art form combining giclée and original painting. The process involves digital image creation on fine art canvas, hand enhanced with acrylic over-painting giving every image unique new elements, textures and highlights.
Colin Ruffell was born in 1939 and in 1965, aged 26, after studying at both Hornsey Art College and Portsmouth Art College he became a full-time professional artist. Since then he is proud and happy to have survived!

Philippa Stanton grew up in Warwickshire and studied History of Design at Manchester Polytechnic before training at RADA. She has lived in Brighton for over 10 years and enjoys writing lists, multi-tasking and running to Spaghetti Western soundtracks. She is 5ft and wishes her legs were longer, especially when painting large canvases.
Philippa has been Artist in Residence for Shakespeare’s Globe in London, and exhibited her PerSona Voice Portraits exhibition at the Theatre Royal, Brighton, with photographs by Cambridge Jones. She has been part of the Brighton Open Houses, exhibiting in her own house since 2004 and she has also exhibited at UCL, London, The Orange Tree, Richmond, Taylor St Baristas, Mayfair and Bank, Ten Green Bottles, The iO Gallery, Symposium, ArtatFive Gallery, The Hop Gallery and The Jolly Poacher.

Now based in Dieppe, Johanna Häiväoja and François Blosseville met at the Beaux Arts in Paris where they were both studying fine art (ENSBA). Finnish born Johanna works in paper, bronze, fibreglass and glass. She exhibits regularly in both France and her native Finland and has previously been a guest artist here in Brighton during the Festival. François Blosseville was born in Normandy and his love for that rugged coastline is very evident in his work. Francois sculpts in alabaster, wood, resin and bronze and exhibits in a selection of galleries in France. He too has been a guest artist here in Brighton and it is with great pleasure that we welcome both Francois and Johanna to 35 North.

Pam Taylor (1929 – 2014) ARBS. Pam trained at the Sir John Cass College (now part of London Guildhall University) and emerged as one of the most talented portrait sculptors of her time. One of her early portraits, Twenties Girl, demonstrated the exquisite nature of her work and a series of portrait commissions followed. These include John Thaw, Shelia Hancock and in 1987 her bronze portrait of William Shakespeare (both Shakespeare Platz, Berlin and The Globe Theatre, London). Her 2001 sculpture depicting the historic meeting of Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie was commissioned by publisher Felix Dennis and now forms part of the ‘Garden of Heroes and Villains’ at Dorsington in Warwickshire. Other public works include Pam’s delightful group of eight life-size children, Dockside Urchins, at London’s Tobacco Dock as well as life-size child figures for the Central Library, Redbridge.

Fran Doherty Fran’s stunning ceramics are inspired by the flowers and plants she sees all around her. She plays with texture, colour and scale to create stunning sculptural works. Frances has created a new series of works for Seeds of Change bringing her very particular insects eye view to this stunning collection. Like Julia, Frances takes her inspiration from the natural world, this time looking at cactus plants at their flowering stage. “I’m not a huge fan of cactuses per se but they are transformed when they flower resulting in huge, brightly coloured and delicate flowers on top of a spiky base. Colours and spikes, a great combination!”

Sarah Ketelaars is a photographer, writer and artist based in Brighton. She has a degree in English Literature from Jesus College, Cambridge and an MSc in Social Science from the Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen. She began her career as a journalist and has had photographs published in trade, local and national newspapers and publications. Her images have also appeared on book, cd and magazine covers. Sarah’s fine art photography is held in private collections in the UK and Europe. Her work is represented by Trevillion Images and Getty Images. Sarah’s work is inspired by landscape, lifestyle and relationships. She works as a fine art photographer both to commission and in pursuit of her own personal artistic enjoyment.