John Newland was born in Norwich and attended Norwich Art School where he obtained a National Diploma in Illustration. He then joined the Design Department at Jarrold Printing before taking early retirement in 1999 to devote all his time to painting. His work conveys immediacy or spontaneity of technique but far from it, for most of his marks and workings are pondered and considered. He delights in carefully controlled subtleties of colour and tone. The paintings have a contemplative quality, conveying the tranquility and natural beauty of Norfolk's particular light, open skies and gentle landscapes.

'I like to work emotionally, responding to the seascapes and landscapes of North Norfolk, aiming to convey the atmosphere and essence of the scene. Sometimes a painting develops out of nowhere from constant experimenting with colour and texture - control and chance - I may exaggerate, simplify, and at times, deviate from realism'.

John's landscape paintings are a personal expression of his love of the rural and coastal areas of North Norfolk. John has exhibited regularly with Bircham Gallery.

Sarah Purvey's primary discipline is in ceramic sculpture, supported by a strong dynamic drawing and printmaking practice. Her coiled forms are drawn and painted with a limited coloured palette of slips when still raw and at their most responsive, then fired in an electric kiln. Sarah received an MA in ceramics at Bath Spa University in 2009 having completed her BA twenty years previously.

"Sarah Purvey creates powerful, sculptural ceramics which combine monumentality and subtlety to unique effect. Her explorations of form, tonality and the possibilities of clay resolve themselves in large, engaging and instinctive vessels". -Sophie Cummings, Swindon Museum and Art Gallery Curator 2016

Sarah has had solo exhibitions in St Ives, Amsterdam and Bath and has shown widely in group exhibitions including New York and London. Purvey's work featured in the Threadneedle Prize Exhibition, The Society of Women Artists at the Mall Galleries, London and The RWA open exhibition Bristol in 2016. Sarah's work is represented by galleries both nationally and internationally.


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