Saturday 14th June - 31st July





Kathryn Stevens, a graduate of Bath School of a Art and Design, lives and works in Cornwall. Shecreates work that is dramatic inscale and colour; explorations of texture and mark-makingand the very act of application of paint to the canvas. ‘The way the paint sits on the canvas has an undistinguishable, unique and subtle quality, and questions the process and history to how the marks and colours were created. The physical and ‘performance' nature of the act of painting is critical to my practice,' she explains.
‘The paintings I make are constructions based on impulsive and improvised processes of colour and form, working with the language of abstraction.' Large sweeps of intense inky colours contrast with sharper, glossier pools of paint, playing with the viewer's perception of the painting surface.

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Veronica Wells draws much of her influences from popular culture, examining images thatportray an idealised way of life. Material possessions, image, style or relationships - the work is designed to entice the viewer into its world.

Mixing rough and broad brushstrokes with finer, more intricate details,Veronica's work questions ideas of perfection.She enjoys allowing the paint a reign of its own, with drips flowing down many paintings. 'The effect of the paintlends an unrefined touch to the glamour portrayed and gives a feel of the momentary, like a Polaroid hung up to view a passing snapshot in time, ' she explains. Veronica Wells is a graduate of the Winchester College of Art (2009)andcontinues to exhibit her work nationally.

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Friday 12th September - Saturday 4th October 2014

Coming this Autumn, Sarah Wiseman Gallery is delighted to announce three artists that will be taking part in the very first international festival of photography taking place in Oxford PHOTOGRAPHY OXFORD 2014.


Rory Carnegie:

Rory will be showing a selection of large-scale photographs from his‘Port Meadow Dogs' series at Sarah Wiseman Gallery. At the end of last year, Rory Carnegie won gold for Best Portrait Series category at the Association of Photographers Awards. (AOP) The photographs will be available to buy as part of a limited edition print series, either framed or unframed from Sarah Wiseman Gallery.

Working with local owners and walkers, he has completed a series documenting dogs that walk on the Meadow each day. He has photographed thelandscape throughout the seasons, composing the images in layers, creating an ethereal, haunting portrait likeness -as a result they are almost painterly in quality,reminiscentof thestyle of Landseer or Stubbs.

Rory Carnegie is an award-winning photographer based in Oxford. His work has been published in The Observer, LA Times, The Telegraph Magazine, The Sunday Times, GQ, The Independent Magazine, Creative Review and the British Journal of Photography.

Rachael Edgar is best known for her printmaking, creating surreal images based on song-lyrics, poetry and folklore. Fresh from her post-graduate degree, she has created a new series of contemporary work using a very early photographic process, first used by the nineteenth century pioneers in photography.

Gum Bichromate photography works by the artist coating a surface (such as paper) or in Rachael's case, glass, in a light-sensitive emulsion. The print is made by applying a transparency (a photo-negative, for example) to the coated surface and exposing it to a UV light-source. The resulting print is manipulated by hand to achieve varied results, combining technical know-how with sensitive artistry.

The Victorian aesthetic of early photographs made this way has informed Rachael's new series. The prints themselves, which contrast images of playful innocence with darker, more unsettling tones, are an exploration of the psychoanalytical state of 'ambivalence' a state of having simultaneous, conflicting feelings that should exist in equilibrium.

The prints aim to discomfit by disrupting that equilibrium into its component, conflicting parts, asking the viewer to move from one state to another and back again.

David Rhys Jones takes photographs while out on pre-planned walks, typically around an urban area. He is drawn to the eccentricities found in UK towns; old shop signage, gargoyles or even graffiti; the layers and layers of history laid down by generations of inhabitants, moving through the streets and buildings. He has recently completed a project exploring the history of Gray's Inn in London [pictured above] using spoons to explore the history of its medieval dining hall. He is planning a similar series of work on spoons in response to the famous 'Sheldonian Heads' in central Oxford.

The resulting work, photographs transferred onto ceramic or metal are shown as wall-mounted pieces, alone or arranged in groups, which David describes as 'constellation viewing'.

David Rhys Jones originally trained at the Slade, specialising in printmaking, before completing his masters in Ceramics at Central St Martins. His interest in transposing images onto different surfaces; silk, metal, plastic for instance – led to his method of using porcelain combined with photography and print.


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