Alex Carr b.1981

Carr's work focuses on the dimensions, proportions, curves and forms which have compelled and inspired man universally for millennia. Whilst drawing inspiration from the cyclic aspect of the natural world, platonic solids, sacred geometry and arabesques, she further explores how the golden ratio, geometry and mathematics play a role in the human perception of beauty in an attempt to understand its' ubiquity and appeal. Balance, proportions and the human touch are important to the aesthetics of her work. From the hexagonal cell construct of honeybees to the effortless fractal emergence of African villages, the cosmic significance of geometric forms seems unequivocal; the golden ratio may be regarded as a universal law. Her work investigates this through the repetition of forms leading to emerging patterns of a larger scale. This repetition of form and proportions of the 'golden ratio' can be found all around us if we care to look. The thing which sets us apart from this magical phenomena is our awareness of it; our human fallibility shows not only our inability to comprehend these 'divine' laws but also our humility as mere cogs in the wheel.

Alex completed a foundation at Central Saint Martins and a ceramics degree at Camberwell, graduating in 2003. She has worked on an exhibition with Jean Paul Gaultier, making dresses from bread, which was exhibited at the Foundation Cartier in Paris. After working at various galleries including the Tate Britain she worked as a modelmaker for Norman Foster and more recently, in the 3D side of the events industry. After gaining experience in various media she has made the return to ceramics and continues to draw and paint in conjunction with her current practice.

alexcarr2000@googlemail.com

www.alexandrcarr.co.uk

Alex Carr on Final Crit

Alexis Soul-Gray b.1980

Alexis makes work in a variety of media that sits precariously between the autobiographical document and the nonchalant, vacuous and omniscient forces of collective, universal experience. She has for years been concerned with ideas of the monument and the role of the home. Often using imagery that deliberately attempts to provoke nostalgic longing, she is questioning the worth of remembrance and memorial through the exploration of personal and public mourning. She is hoping to examine the memorial as a potentially pious or indeed a purely nebulous and unnecessary act in this post commemorative culture.

Alexis graduated in 2003 from Camberwell College of Art-Drawing and has studied at post graduate level at The Princes Drawing School and the University of London. She has exhibited regularly since graduation and has received various prizes and bursary awards, particularly for draughtsmanship. Alexis is a qualified teacher and has worked in a wide range of educational settings both formal and informal. She is the current artist in residence at a visual arts college in Oxfordshire and will have her second solo show in July this year.

alexissiansoulgray@hotmail.com

Andrew Pellen b.1973

Andrew Pellen is a self taught painter whose work is inspired by physics and theories of pre-destiny in relation to the cyclical qualities inherent in the natural world. He makes colourful and bold paintings, most recently in response to Epping Forest

apellen@hotmail.com

Ben Barbour b.1976

Ben graduated with a BA hons degree in fine art, first class, from the Slade School of fine art in 1998, specialising in drawing and painting, and was awarded the Mary Ritchgitz prize in 1998 by the Slade committee for the best oil painting. He has a secondary PGCE in art and design from the Institute of Education, 2006, and a postgraduate diploma in drawing from the Prince's Drawing School, 2007.

Ben was given the Richard Ford award to travel to Spain to draw from works in the Prado, Madrid, in 2007. Residencies include ‘Taking part', a community portrait project funded by the Arts Council, England, at Orleans House Gallery, 2007, and a residency at the Viewtube with Leaside Regeneration to produce drawings from the Olympic Park construction site, 2009. He is currently developing a community arts project with The Guardian and Amref involving students from fifteen primary schools in Katine, Uganda.

ben_barbour4@yahoo.co.uk

Ben Barbour

Caroline Shrew Gower b.1984

Caroline graduated from Liverpool School of Art and Design in 2008 and went on to study at post graduate level at The Princes Drawing School. She is particularly interested in outsider art and wildlife. She makes colourful and energetic pieces that aim to create Carolines crazy world, touching people like a poem, showing a true sentiment without being sentimental. Her artwork manifests through different mediums from drawing and painting to sculpture, all of varying scales. Her practice is expressive, colourful and vibrant. She has undertaken residencies in Florence, Ireland and Ghana. Caroline works as an artist in the community both in the UK and abroad.

cgower3@hotmail.com

www.caroline-drawer-maker-painter-gower.com

Caroline Underwood b.1981

Caroline creates art works inspired by the meditative potential of landscape. She combines a wide range of fine art processes to create artworks based on natural forms and elements. Often creating large-scale monochrome installations, she invites the viewer to recall their own experiences and memories of, and reflect on, our natural environment.

Caroline graduated from Chelsea in 2003 and completed an MA in Fine Art at City & Guilds in 2007. This year she has been an artist-in-residence at University for the Creative Arts. She teaches Art & Graphics part-time at an Arts College, and has led a variety of community arts projects. Her studio is at Creekside Artists in Deptford, Southeast London.

cazunderwood@gmail.com

www.carolineunderwood.co.uk/

Eppie Short b.1981

Eppie graduated from Camberwell College of Art - Drawing in 2003. Her work, which may elicit humour and in turn unease, aims to engage through honesty. She takes herself and her immediate situation as her starting point. She then introduces memories, aspirations, guilt and wit. The images and words that result, are a search for truth and an expression of a psychological state; her understanding of the human condition.

eppieisabelshort@googlemail.com

Gaby Gatacre b.1981

Gaby's work is influenced by her Dutch visual heritage. She draws and paints from observation to make paintings that are bold and dramatic, some verge on the surreal. Her still lives depict a nostalgic, insular world. "I like to juxtapose opposites in a painting: death/beauty, pathos/humour, good taste/bad taste."

gabygatacre@hotmail.com

Grant Foster b.1982

Grant Foster's work attempts to subvert power systems by hijacking iconography that is commonly associated with either religious or masculine practices. The paintings themselves are diluted events, simplifed from their source material which has included forensic pathology journals and pulp ephemera. This marriage of the grotesque with the common place allows him to position the work between common moralities like good and evil. Earlier paintings saw themselves as objects rather than illusions and the sculptures are a logical progression of this idea.

Grant graduated from Fine art Painting at the University of Brighton in 2004, he went on to become a prizewinner in John Moores 25 with a jury that included Jake and Dinos Chapman. In 2009 he had his first solo exhibition at the Post Box Gallery, London titled “Mute and Impotent Before the Boot” and has been accepted onto the 2010/11 MA Painting course at the Royal College of Art.

bigwow@inbox.com

www.grantfoster.org/

Hannah Turner-Duffin b.1984

Hannah studied BA Fine Art at University College Falmouth 2004-2007, completed the Drawing Year 2009 and is currently an artist in residence at The Princes Drawing School. Hannah's current works are landscape confabulations. Imagined plains are collated with childhood memories and found images in an attempt to get a hold on a place or situation somewhere between nature, our own reality or dreamland. Working in paint, print and drawing, facts are inked in and emerge as a mental space, a pixelated flashback or static daydream. 
Inspectors make a common appearance in her work. These characters conduct explorations of natural phenomena and beauty, failed inventions (hearing apparatus in particular), current affairs, industrial landmarks, and particular memories amongst others.

hannahtd@hotmail.co.uk

Lise Hovesen b.1985

Lise Hovesen is an artist whose practice addresses notions of restoration and destruction, as ongoing forces at play within in the cyclicality of history. Her work defies any sense of confinement, spanning the mediums of drawing, film, installation and actions concerned with the absolute reconcilement of art with life. There is a continual re-visiting of the past: importantly not a reversion to the past or nostalgia, but a reconsideration of it in relation to the present, resolutely engaging in a contemporary critical dialogue.

Lise Hovesen was born in Denmark and graduated from University College Falmouth with a first class honours in fine art in 2008. During her time there she was awarded an Erasmus scholarship to Katowitz, Poland in the winter of 2007 and recieved the Fenton Arts Trust Bursary. She is currently studying on the postgraduate programme at The Prince's Drawing School, London.

lisehovesen@live.com

www.lisehovesen.co.uk

Louise Thomas b.1984

The paintings of Louise Thomas draw inspiration from the dissonance between architectural structures and the surrounding world. She seeks to explore the architecture of abandoned buildings, including 1930s Italian architecture, North American resort complexes, Victorian hospitals, and Lidos. Moreover, her research extends to drawing upon her own travels, photographic resources and holiday brochures. It is through this understanding of the political and historical context of these great structures that that she can begin to construct her abstracted images of nostalgia, and fleeting moments of existence.

louisethomas22@hotmail.com

Lucy Coggle b.1981

Layering up potentially contradictory quotations from our visual vernacular, Lucy Coggle's work havers between indulging and decrying the pleasures of inherited traditions. Boldly stating hierarchies only to dare the viewer to capitulate, the work has an unsettling yet distorted familiarity that refuses to settle into any straightforward declaration of intent.

Lucy Coggle studied english at Oxford university, sculpture at Chelsea School of Art & Design, drawing at The Prince's Drawing School, and is currently completing a post-graduate course at the Royal Academy of Art. She lives and works in London.

lucyrhiaincoggle@hotmail.com

Timothy Betjeman b.1982

Timothy graduated from the University of Chicago in 2005 and has studied at post graduate level at The Princes Drawing School in London. He has shown regularly since making London his home and has received high acclaim for his draughtsmanship. Recent work has included painting and mixed media processes on glass. Timothy recently had a solo show in London.

tbetjeman@aol.com

William Roper-Curzon b.1980

Roper-Curzons work comprises of dynamic figurative, landscape drawings, displaying a strong rhythm of line and mark making, both traditional and utterly of the moment; the choice of Richard Wright as the Turner Prize winner in 2009 heralds a renaissance in skill-based use of expressive forms. Influenced by such artists as Jacob Epstein, Frank Auerbach and Maggie Hambling, William's portraits are emotive, expressive, and tactile. Working in pen, ink, pencil, charcoal and coloured pencil, he uses conflicting palettes to create vibrant and striking images.

William has exhibited at the Rose Theatre, The Royal Overseas League in London and in his hometown of Lymington. He has executed numerous private commissions and acted as 'Artist in Residence' for a private client. In December 2009 his work was included in Art Barter London, alongside Tracey Emin and Gavin Turk.He has recently had a solo show at Aretha Campbell Fine Art in London titled 'The Gathering'

wropercurzon@googlemail.com