Take 13 is a group of professional artists who combine their practice with other commitments. The group is diverse in the work they create, ranging from painting, both abstract and representational, to printmaking, drawing, textiles, mosaics and sculpture.
Beth Alexandra Taylor
Beth Alexandra is a contemporary artist who is inspired by the exploration of her identity – predominantly through the beauty of nature, the body, and imageries of the Earth. After obtaining a degree in Fine Art, Beth specialises in representational artworks and achieves a sense of realism; yet she fragments these realities through composition, hidden symbolisms, and mixed media processes. She favours working with pencil crayons, acrylic paints and collage.
Christina’s large abstract works are sometimes painted instinctively without any definite aim or conscious decision. Her works have a strong element of the casual but at the same time are deeply considered. Her inspiration can come from a dream, a conversation, poetry or a juxtaposition of colour. A freedom of handling of the paint and brushstrokes lend to an exuberance of style and a feeling of buoyancy leading the viewer to see the world as a good place.
Elsa’s ideas for an image are always explored through drawing and those ideas are mostly a combination of the “real” and the imagination. Composition is very important to Elsa, as it plays a big part in the way a work engages the viewer.
Georgia is a sculptor working in clay, glass and mixed media. Her subject is the internal and external landscape of the body. Questions of existence and the phenomenon of faith underpin her work. In a world torn apart by violence, hatred and greed, Georgia wants to celebrate the value and beauty of life and human existence in all its diversity.
Helen’s work is influenced by nature, pattern or personal experiences. It is her intention to involve the viewer, by creating a visual impact through the use of colour, pattern or optical illusion.
Ilona uses mosaic as a means of introducing colour and sparkle to sculpture. Fascinated by its potential, she also experiments with a wide range of “found” or recycled materials to complement glass and ceramic tessarae, particularly on indoor panels, often employing mosaic as an alternative to paint.
Janet’s paintings have been influenced by Howard Hodgkin’s description of himself as a representational painter of emotional situations. In her works, colour and pattern are used to evoke complex feelings of a particular place and time.
Memory is a fascinating concept; many things can evoke a response. Judy’s images hint rather than being obvious. She hopes to encourage the viewer to be absorbed and make their own discoveries.
Linda uses natural fabrics and applique to create her pictures. Her inspiration come from the changing seasons and the natural world here in the UK.
Lynne’s work stems from a strongly felt connection to the earth, which is a constant source of inspiration. She works in a range of media, both abstract and representational, using many layers and textures.
Maggie is a contemporary abstract painter who lives in Stratford upon Avon where she works in her garden studio. In 2011 she obtained a Fine Arts degree at Wolverhampton University. She works with acrylics and mixed media and her work is often influenced by nature and the use of colour.
In Margaret’s work, close-up photographs are the starting point for paintings. Photographs and recycled materials are combined to create images which are transformed by the medium of the painting through colour, surface and touch to give each image an individuality and identity of its own.
Having studied sculpture, and lecturing in the subject, Marie has recently returned to painting. Mixed media images that are inspired by nature and the real world become visual stories, influenced by myth and folklore.
Sarah’s work is bright, fun and sometimes dreamy. Painting with vibrant acrylics to create cheerful imaginative landscapes, using clay to create small brightly coloured insect like forms and fused glass to produce glossy trinkets and additions to artworks.