Joined by Andy Lomas and Jill Fairbairns at Ealing BEAT

Ealing Art Trail - September 2018

Jill, Andy and I had a great couple of weekends welcoming the public to view our work at this year’s open studio as part of Ealing BEAT.

Andy Lomas’s computational 3d sculptural forms, moving images and prints blew not only me, but the whole of Ealing away. They look as if they’ve emerged from the ocean - but an ocean from a parallel world.

jill’s beautiful landscape paintings and prints were much appreciated and I had a chance to display some new large canvases along with smaller works and silk screen monotypes.

We met a large number of very interesting and interested people and would like to thank all that came.

 Iona Stern’s large abstract oil paintings and screen printed monotypes. Andy Lomas’s 3D sculptures.

Iona Stern’s large abstract oil paintings and screen printed monotypes. Andy Lomas’s 3D sculptures.

 Thank you Gina Pierce design for the photograph showing screen print monotypes.

Thank you Gina Pierce design for the photograph showing screen print monotypes.

Iona Stern
Fresh Art Fair

Fresh Art Fair 27 – 29 April Cheltenham Racecourse.
Showing with The Fine Art Consultancy.

I am delighted to be showing for the first time with Kathryn Bell at the Fine Art Consultancy. It’s also my first time at Fresh Art Fair, which is located at the Cheltenham racecourse. Kathryn is showing 11 of my new works, some of which are below. They are all hand painted monotypes – painted directly onto the screen. I am a painter who uses print techniques to create colourful and expressive landscapes and abstracts.

This weekend, if you’re in or close to Cheltenham here is the link for Fresh Art Fair tickets.

 
 
 
Habitat Print Competition

The Other Art Fair are partnering with Habitat on a creative venture involving the work of emerging artists.

Habitat are hosting an online competition to select the summer collection of figurative art works for their galleries section in-store and they have selected one of my works for entry.

Out of past and present exhibitors at The Other Art Fair, they have selected me as 1 of 10 artists to be hosted on the Habitat website where Habitat customers will the vote for their favorite 5. These 5 pieces of art will then be printed and framed by the Habitat team and 20 prints will be sold in the three flagship London stores. Artists will also have a biography and link next to their art in store.

Which is all very exciting! If you have a moment and would like to vote for me, please select No 4. On the diagonal.

Cast your vote here: https://www.habitat.co.uk/art

 
 Finding abstraction through figuration. Oil and charcoal on paper. Painting size 13in X 17in

Finding abstraction through figuration. Oil and charcoal on paper. Painting size 13in X 17in

 
The Other Art Fair

The Other Art Fair, Victoria House, WC1, March 2018

I am delighted to be exhibiting again at The Other Art Fair, West End in March.

All my work on show is new, bright and bold. I am exhibiting a number of monotype and collage combines.

If you’d like the code to register for a ticket, just let me know: enquiries@ionastern.com

 
 
Expressive print making. Painting directly on the back of a silkscreen

My love of screen printing started young. My earliest screen print was done when I was studying for my A levels at DLA (Drama and Liberal Arts) Stratford-upon-Avon college. Having recently left my very strict girls’ school in Warwick, the new freedom the course offered was a like a breath of fresh air. DLA was a hotspot of theatrical talent and many well known actors, writers and directors started their careers under the tutelage of the head, Gordon Vallins. It was an amazing time but I never lost sight of wanting a career in art.

For much of my life I worked as a creative art director/designer, and came back to painting just six years ago. What is exciting is that I have recently rediscovered my love of silkscreen but this time around have found a way to combine painting and printing by painting directly on the back of the screen and then pulling through.

It has opened up a whole new world and I feel as if I’m back as a child making pools of fabulous colour which I combine in a free and expressive way.

A couple of examples of my hand painted silkscreen monotypes.

 
 NEW DAY. Hand painted monotype. Coastal scene.

NEW DAY. Hand painted monotype. Coastal scene.

 Another coastal scene. ‘Across the pebbles’. Hand painted monotype.

Another coastal scene. ‘Across the pebbles’. Hand painted monotype.

 
Nicky Campbell
Take 4

Iona Stern, Jo Vollers, Caroline Atkins and Helen Adie.
54 The Gallery, 22nd-27th May 2017

TAKE 4 painters and printmakers – an exhibition of colour, theatre, intrigue and expression.
54 The Gallery, Shepherd Market, London W1J 7QX

Exhibition dates

Monday 22-27 May 2017.
Open daily 10am-6pm

 
 Monotype inspired by the view north from Saltburn beach. 33′ x 25′ framed in white wood.

Monotype inspired by the view north from Saltburn beach. 33′ x 25′ framed in white wood.

 
The Other Art Fair

The Other Art Fair – 30 March-2nd April, Victoria House, Southampton Row, London WC1A 2GP

I’m delighted to have been selected to exhibit at The Other Art Fair.

 

Nicky Campbell
The Other Art Fair

The Other Art Fair 6-9 October Old Truman Brewery

IONA STERN at The Other Art Fair, Truman Brewery, Hanbury Street, London E1 6QR

PREVIEW NIGHT Thursday 6th Oct 5 – 9.30pm
Fri 7th 12-9.30pm Saturday 8th 11am-7pm Sunday 9th 11am-6pm
Visit The Other Art Fair

 Hand pulled screen print. 50 x 60 cm Framed

Hand pulled screen print. 50 x 60 cm Framed

 
Nicky Campbell
Beat Video – A Star Is Born!

I’m incredibly honoured to have been asked to take part in the Ealing Art Trail promo video which has been shown at open air cinemas across West London over the summer. That’s me studying my prints, and painting in the studio and sorting cells for my next screenprint. Why not come and see me in reality at BEAT, Ealing Art Trail? There are 54 open artist studios across the borough across 2 weekends. 9-11 & 16-18 Sep. Find me on MAP 3 VENUE 52.
My address: 2 Castlebar Road, W5 2DP. Check out the website for more details.

 
Nicky Campbell
Ealing Open Studio – Latest Exhibition

9-11 & 16-18 September

2 Castlebar Road, Ealing W5 2DP (2 minutes walk from Ealing Broadway tube) Map link

This September Ealing artists (BEAT) are opening their studios to the general public as part of the London art trail. Please come and visit me in my hayloft studio. (Just two minutes walk from Ealing Broadway station) I will have my latest St Ives inspired landscape prints and paintings as well as work from the last 5 years, all for sale at reasonable prices.

 The beach, rock and inlets around St Ives. Monotype.in my hayloft studio and see both new and older works on display.

The beach, rock and inlets around St Ives. Monotype.in my hayloft studio and see both new and older works on display.

 
Nicky Campbell
Still Life
Nicky Campbell
Fashion And Art Come Together

The Swann Gallery host a Fashion and Art Summer Party at Bluedog and Sought.

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Fashion and Art Summer Party at Bluedog and Sought 5 Park Street Woodstock OXON Saturday 7 June 12 noon onwards. Art work by Iona Stern and Catwalk show by Lisa Redman well known fashion designer.

 
Nicky Campbell
New Works At The Swann Gallery, Rye

I’m delighted to be showing my work, from the middle of this month, at The Swann Gallery, Rye.

The works include my largest still life to date, 30 x 40 inches, framed in lime-washed oak – perfect for a contemporary setting. Other works include street scenes, figures, landscape and abstract still life.

The Swann Gallery – From May 2014
Mermaid Street, Rye, East Sussex. TN31 7ES

 Washed out still life of pots on table. Oil on canvas

Washed out still life of pots on table. Oil on canvas

 
Nicky Campbell
Paintings Of Street Scenes
Nicky Campbell
London Art Exhibition

Iona Stern, London Art Exhibition 21-26 January 2014 At 54 The Gallery, Shepherd Market, Mayfair, London W1J 7QX

My next art exhibition is in the heart of London.
I am showing recent paintings which follow my a journey from abstracted realism into abstraction.
Colour and expression are the most important elements in my work.

I paint in oil on a variety of surfaces; canvas, board, wood and paper

The paintings are framed and affordable.

54 The Gallery, Shepherd Market, Mayfair, London W1J 7QX
21-26th January 2014 inclusive

 Autumn gold. 19 in X 25 in. Oil on paper..

Autumn gold. 19 in X 25 in. Oil on paper..

 
Nicky Campbell
Summer House Fine Art, USA Show

May 24th – September 30th
Summer House Fine Arts
693 Boston Post Road (downtown) Madison, CT 06443

About six weeks ago I was contacted by Laura Prete of Summer House Fine Arts. Whilst researching St. Ives artists, Laura came across my work. Laura asked me whether I would you be interested in exhibiting a few pieces in her gallery located on the Connecticut shoreline.

The works submitted are ‘Hot Lemons’, ‘Spring’ and ‘Waiting for the approaching tide.’
Visit my listing at summerhousefineart.com/iona-stern

The gallery opens for the summer season on May 24th, close at the end of September. So if you’re in the area...

 
Nicky Campbell
Painting In Southern Spain

Away from the coast, Southern Spain is a land of mountains and white towns. The light is dramatic and harsh.

Nearly every year we go to Ronda, in the mountains of Andalucía, to see my good friend Jane. We have been friends since we were eight years old at a prep school called Arden Hurst in Henley-in-Arden, Warwickshire. Jane and her husband Pete moved to Ronda over twenty years ago to set up and their holiday villa business.  With their clear vision and work ethic, their company Real Ronda is now the foremost holiday villa company in southern Spain. I was so delighted that  they chose to use one of my Ronda paintings on their website.

This year we could only make a flying visit, but despite this I managed a full day painting. Their house is in an amazing position with views down the valley looking towards Seville. The whitewashed walls of the villa framed by dramatic umbrella pines, which hover like menacing clouds overhead.

When I paint outside from life, I work incredibly fast. Sometimes it works out and sometimes not. I find that when painting in the field, probably not unsurprisingly, my brushstrokes have more energy. One of my biggest failings is to fiddle with the paintings once I get home and the result can end up looking overworked. This time I have decided to use the two paintings as starting points for future works. This follows a discussion I had when painting with a fellow artist Lucy Powell. Lucy has trained with the highly respected teacher, Robin Child and kindly shared some of his wisdom with me. Where I want to get to is to paint a feeling rather than just a place. So in this blog I am showing my starting point with my two recent paintings painted at the home of my friend Jane in Ronda.

 

Maybe you’ll be interested in seeing my ‘feeling paintings’? Watch this space to see the development from my works while painting in Southern Spain.

 
Nicky Campbell
The Wold Galleries Exhibition

The Wold Galleries Exhibition – Private View 4th Nov

PRIVATE VIEW 4th NOV. 11AM-4PM. Do come if you can.

I’m very excited to be exhibiting at The Wold Galleries, Moreton-in-Marsh. They are showing 6 interiors and  2 still life. The works will be available from the 4th November. You can see some of the work that will be on show and for sale on my site and on their Wold Galleries  Facebook page.

Nicky Campbell
Paintings Accepted At The Swann Gallery

Four of my paintings have been accepted by The Swann Gallery in Woodstock, Oxfordshire. I’m really excited as the gallery shows many established artists like, Moira Huntly, Jeffrey Pratt and Rory McLauchlan.

 Me at The swann Gallery, woodstock

Me at The swann Gallery, woodstock

The gallery owner, Susannah de Sherburne, offered me some very helpful direction for my paintings. The first piece of advice was to stop using too many technique and tackling every subject. She feels one of my strength lies in street and cafe paintings. She said that it’s obvious I enjoy capturing movement, light and life. Painting in the street is demanding but also very rewarding. It makes me feel part of that world, wherever it is. My goal is to capture the changing life around me – deliveries, people chatting, rushing to work, browsing, relaxing and light shifting.

 Street life in The Old Town, Olhao, Portugal

Street life in The Old Town, Olhao, Portugal

Two of the paintings are from my trip to Portugal. The town of Olhao has managed to escape from mass tourism and the old town retains a totally unspoilt charm. The cobbled streets and pastel stucco buildings glissen in the light. For the flower shop, where the light struck the building, i used large brushed and thin paint. The shadows of the cafe are in thicker, dense paint.

 Flower Shop, Olhao, Portugal. Oil on board

Flower Shop, Olhao, Portugal. Oil on board

The gallery has also taken two other paintings: a Still-life with lemons and an interior of the studio in Chelsea.

 Exploring the curves of lemons, leaves, fish and jug

Exploring the curves of lemons, leaves, fish and jug

What inspired me with this painting was the shapes of the lemons. I wanted to echo the curves with those of the succulent, jug and fish pattern of the material. The strong outlines around the lemons help push them out of the painting into the foreground.

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It was the week before Christmas and I was struck by the view through the old warehouse studio window. From our window one can look directly into the window of the adjacent building. This facing window has many beautiful lights on show. They cast a warm glow, which mixed with the winter light hitting the London brick, created this effect. I wanted to capture this light asthe backdrop to the studio interior.

The paintings can be seen at:
The Swann Gallery
1 Market Street, Woodstock, Oxon OX20 1SU

 
Nicky Campbell