Hugo Guinness is a British writer, artist and illustrator based in New York. “My work falls into two categories,” he says: “black and white and colour. The black and white includes doing just about anything I've looked at – from rubbish bins to cheese graters; famous French writers to road signs. I try to be decorative, strong and sometimes humorous. In the colour painting, I like to let my imagination go a bit more and tell stories of crocodiles eating nude girls in the jungle or a man climbing the Alps in pyjamas.” Hugo is also known for his artistic collaborations with director Wes Anderson, but insists, “I suppose I end up doing dogs and flowers most of the time. Everyone likes dogs and flowers, right?”
Olivia Bullock is an artist based in Lewes, East Sussex, whose work is characterised by a vivid, colourful menagerie of whimsical, dreamlike narratives, with an equal measure of mythology, tradition and pop culture. By assembling hand-painted collages using a combination of gouache and watercolour on paper, she encourages the unpredictable nature of the paint to create something distinctive and very personal. The results produce “disparate historical narratives, dysfunctional, flawed and slightly ridiculous characters” – with a healthy dose of humour. “My brain is always two steps ahead of what I can achieve physically,” she says, “and that is a continual source of frustration.”
Emma Larsson has been painting almost her whole life. Based in Stockholm, she considers herself an autodidact artist and sculptor whose imagery touches the boundary between colouristic dreamscapes and melancholy figures. Having previously worked with mostly oil and acrylic, Emma has recently devolved into her own expressive abstract watercolours. She also sculpts ceramics, where the characteristic figures are lifted from the paper to adopt new living forms. For the past ten years she has also run her own design/illustration business Her main interest outside art is collecting and selling vintage dresses, mostly from the 1960s-1970s.
She describes her work as ‘an ongoing exploration without rules and conventions. Starting with a blank sheet, I never know the outcome. In that sense, every piece is an abstract fragment of who I am.’
Jonathan Schofield creates art that draws from “a large variety of cross-referential imagery archived in my mind.” Trained as a fine artist, he went to the Royal College of Art in London before becoming Worldwide Image Director at Stella McCartney. He now works as a freelance Creative Director as well as an artist. “I am fascinated by the idea of trying to create a painted Arcadia in my work,” he says; “a state of mind not tied to a specific time or place.” He is most proud of “the very, very occasional feeling that a painting has worked and that I have managed to pin something down that is by its nature very elusive.”
When he’s not working, he likes to ride his bicycle and look at art.
Beth Partridge is an artist who explores the ambiguity of landscape – both macro and micro – via expansive landscapes and cellular worlds. Working mainly in inks, with hints of acrylic and glaze mediums, spontaneity and presence are deeply integral to her creative process. “Sometimes I can catch the magic within the shapes and forms that emerge,” she says, “like remembering a dream.” She is intrigued by how our environment and our emotions can alter how we see and interpret images. “Nothing gives me greater pleasure than when two people see radically different things in one of my pictures,” she says. Having performed and taught as a classically trained dancer, Beth draws on this experience – as well as her present life as a therapist in the heart of West Sussex, UK, where she is “eternally bathed in green iridescent tonal landscapes”.
Martin Gayford is an artist who brings an abstract quality to his work, despite the subject matter being of figures and places. “Sometimes the abstract element is quite apparent, sometimes not at all, but it’s always there,” he says of the collage-based approach to his paintings. “I allow myself very few indulgences, so that what remains in my work is as unique as I can make it.”
Much of his work addresses the processes of communication and of painting itself. “When I’ve had time to absorb a finished work, I feel like I’ve invented somebody or something new – an uncle, street or event from another time or place.”
Casey Moore is a New Zealand-born, UK–based large format photographer and print maker, working in handmade darkroom prints at large scales of up to 60x40 inch. Casey is largely self-taught, using traditional, analogue methods in his darkroom in East Sussex – a unique setup (“Possibly only one or two like it exist in the UK,” he says.) Creating handmade prints on this scale can take days to produce, resulting in a strong physical connection to the materials. Inspired by a sense of wonder for the natural world, Casey’s work shares a universal aesthetic: an intrinsic, immediate beauty present from the beginning of time.
Collision series created in collaboration with Casey's wife, artist Claire Alexander Moore
Alice Mazzilli (aka AmpersandAlice) is a calligrapher/lettering artist based in London. With a background in typography, print and graffiti, Alice boasts a deep understanding of lettering, having experienced it in fields as varied as street art, illustration, graphic design, sign writing and calligraphy. She loves writing on anything – walls, skin, paper, glass – and she does so for clients including The Royal Academy of Arts, Smythson, and Mappin & Webb.
She apprenticed as a scribe with the celebrated writer Paul Antonio and has lived on a strict diet of palaeography and traditional calligraphy practice for the past three years.
Exploring historical letterforms mixed with contemporary interests, her biggest challenge is ‘to produce the perfect Roman caps alphabet with a flat brush.’
Flora studied printed textiles at Glasgow School of Art and went on to do an MA in mixed media textiles at London's Royal College of Art. Her studio is in West London.
Flora began her career working on textile designs for the fashion industry. Then a mural for the fashion house Paul & Joe in London led to further commissions in private houses and other commercial projects. Flora has designed fabric & wallpaper for Lewis & Wood, Sandersons, Zoffany, Mulberry Home & GP & J Baker.
In 2010, Flora was elected as a member of the prestigious Art Workers' Guild of London, among whose founding members was William Morris.
Frida Wannerberger is an illustrator with a fascination for beautiful things, the world and the un-everydaily. There is a subtle narrative to her work, expressing an intense love for clothes. An analytical relationship with what we wear along with an attraction to details, ultimately led her onto the path of illustration for fashion. Trained at Central Saint Martins, Frida graduated 2013 with a BA in Graphic Design and Illustration.
She has worked with 2x4/Prada, A Magazine Curated By, Because Magazine, Fanpages, Gucci, Harper’s Bazaar, Hunger Magazine, London Fashion Week The Daily, Lula Magazine, Pringle of Scotland, SHOWstudio, Nordstrom.
Frida lives in London, where she is an Associate Lecturer on the BA Fashion Illustration Course at London College of Fashion.