Local art we’re lusting after
It's Oxfordshire ArtWeeks and all around the county the familiar yellow and blue bunting is popping up. Here's our pick of ceramics, glass, sculpture, painting and more
Every year the most extraordinary artists pop up in the most unexpected places and our county is brimming with creativity around the buzz that is Oxfordshire Artweeks. Don’t miss the boat this year, especially given it’s the 40th anniversary, so it’s a big one! Catch the artists over the next two weeks before they disappear into their studios/shedios/workshops to work their magic once more.
Looking for something more interactive? Check out the workshops and demonstrations going on over Artweeks for a chance to get involved – from lino cut printing to pottery and mosaic and life drawing, there’s something for every frustrated creative.
Are you watching me?
Emma Souter is one of a collective of artists who display and sell their work at Ayres Studio in Wallingford. Her paintings reflect her childhood growing up on the Isle of Wight and are both bold and varied. We love this eye catcher.
Where to see Emma
Fleur Enser’s eye catching monochrome stoneware and earthenware pieces are just the latest in her creative endeavours – she’s been a costumer designer, wedding dress maker and worked at The English National Opera before settling in North Oxon to make these beauties.
Jacque Pavlosky works magic with glass from her rural Bucks studio, creating objects as diverse as figurines to towering bottles in rainbow shades to pieces inspired by nature like this entrancing ammonite.
Charlotte Storr produces elegant domestic ware in white glaze which is both use and ornament, and even better – most of the pots and dishes are dishwasher and oven-proof! Hurrah.
Talk to the hand
Minimal brushstrokes, vivid colour and a sense of movement are at the heart of Jill Colchester’s striking nudes and figures. Check out her work and meet the artist at the Chadlington studio.
Sharon Highway makes hand bound leather and cork journals and sketchbooks, combining two great loves – art and stationery. She is an upholsterer, but turned her hand to this when she fancied making a gift for her husband from a scrap piece of leather. Portuguese cork, Italian leather and paper from Japan and India – only the best!
Using vintage maps as a base, Nic Vickery’s drawings and paintings capture local wildlife in a unique way. She’s exhibiting at Burford’s Old Forge alongside Chris Townsend and Guen Palmer and will be onsite in Gertie, her vintage caravan, if you want to see the artist at work.
String to your bow
Sculpture is just one of the mediums that Isabel Knowland works in, as well as printmaking, painting and installations, much of it taking inspiration from her former career as a professional musician. See her at Sandys House, accompanied by other artists as well as a plant sale!
A lot of bottle
Watlington is a real hub for Artweeks, hosting some 53 artists, second only to Oxford. There’s art popping up in every church, hall and shop in the village, including Eddie Sercombe’s radiant still life and portraits. Catch her in this creative hub.
Go and see Sally-Anne Stewart’s linocut prints from her pretty garden studio in east Oxford and you can also pick up greetings cards, bookmarks and have a mooch around the fabulous Cowley Road area to boot.
All sewn up
Unbelievably, Debbie Farrell’s work is all created on a sewing machine or hand embroidered, like this views of the Chiltern Hills. From bluebell woods to Cornish coastlines and commissions of pet dogs, you can see her work at her south Oxon studio.
A landscape and natural world painter of great experience, Ronny Loxton works mainly in watercolour or acrylic, and creates works inspired by the scenery from her north Oxfordshire home, as well as taking commissions.