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Concept of journeys explored by Valentines Mansion artists

PUBLISHED: 15:00 26 July 2015

Valentines Mansion is hosting an art exhibition this month. Artist Lisa Atkin with her work

Valentines Mansion is hosting an art exhibition this month. Artist Lisa Atkin with her work

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With another Tube strike planned next month, commuters will be dreading their journey to work as London’s transport network shuts down causing misery for millions.

Valentines Mansion is hosting an art exhibition this month. Artist Jason Rose with his workValentines Mansion is hosting an art exhibition this month. Artist Jason Rose with his work

But artists at Valentines Mansion have used the concept of journeys - albeit more abstract ones - as the theme for their latest exhibition.

Interpreting what the theme means to them personally, the nine creatives who reside in the Mansion studios, have explored the voyage of wind across sand, childhood development and a homage to the river Thames.

Artist Louise Moore of South Woodford used a combination of ceramics maps and rust to create her piece, which depicts the same stretch of the Thames at different periods in time.

Describing her love of art and history she said: “I was first inspired when I saw a rusty can on the side of the road.

Valentines Mansion is hosting an art exhibition this monthValentines Mansion is hosting an art exhibition this month

“Beauty can come from things that we once considered rubbish. Art is ascetic recycling which shows the passing of time.”

A journey may start with a single step, but for Jason Rose of Buckhurst Hill, his expedition has led him to create “moments in time” from his son’s childhood.

Jason said: “Like flowing water that turns into ice, I wanted to catch a transient, fleeting moment. I wanted to catch it forever.”

Using impressionist brush strokes, Jason captures the freedom of youth, in three painted snap shots.

Valentines Mansion is hosting an art exhibition this monthValentines Mansion is hosting an art exhibition this month

Jason added: “I like natural light in my work, and the outside setting adds to the sense of freedom.

“My son is the most important thing in my life and I would like to have a whole exhibition based on him.”

Artist Amanda Seljubac, from Seven Kings, has been working at the Valentines Studio for six years.

She has produced stained glass commissions for churches and The Palmer Catholic Academy.

Valentines Mansion is hosting an art exhibition this month. Artist Sarah Partidge with her workValentines Mansion is hosting an art exhibition this month. Artist Sarah Partidge with her work

Amanda travelled on a scientific exploration, looking at the patterns that a leaf, human liver and river make.

Talking about her piece she said: “I mostly work with glass and ceramic but my interest in satellite pictures of the earth made me think about patterns in nature and patterns in life.

“I worked with silver leaf and it struck me how similar all three patterns were.”

Artist Lisa Atkins undertook a literal and spiritual journey and translated this experience onto felt for her exhibition piece.

Valentines Mansion is hosting an art exhibition this monthValentines Mansion is hosting an art exhibition this month

She travelled to a Neolithic burial chamber in Ireland and explored the relationships between her ancestors and nature by meditating and banging a drum.

“My journey through life straddles two worlds, the inner and the outer.

“As I strive to move forward through time and space, I also turn inwards to reflect, awaken and learn.”

Lisa’s artwork can be enjoyed in different mediums and when the exhibition finishes she will take it off the wall and insert cushion in it.

Sarah Partridge of South Woodford, veered down a slightly different road, to create her piece.

Used to creating patterned and textured 3D compositions, Sarah mounted ceramic tiles in a frame.

She said: “I tried to capture the journey of wind and water across sand.

“I have enjoyed working with these materials as they are so adaptive and varied in colour.’

For more information about the Valentines Mansion artists and their free exhibition, visit valentinesmansion.com/whatson or telephone 020 8708 8100.


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