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We're Going to Yorkshire!

Land of stunning countryside, excellent tea and one of Artfinder’s largest communities of UK artists outside of London, we’re delighted to announce a partnership with HIVE, a new art fair in the beautiful spa town of Harrogate.

Taking place at Harrogate International Centre from 20th– 22nd November 2015, a total of 25 Artfinder artists will be exhibiting, both within the main exhibition and at our Artfinder pop-up.

As well as comfy sofas and the chance to catch up with us and our artists, the pop-up will also feature our interactive touch screens, which allow you to create and save your own exhibitions from across all 150,000+ works on the site.

Meet the HIVE artists:

Paul West

'Barley Tracks' by Paul West

Paul draws inspiration from rugged landscapes influenced by his Dorset roots and frequent travels around Northumberland. Low horizons, huge skies and the secrets of woodlands and solitary trees are key features in his work. 

Paul creates stark, emotive works, creating spaces with brooding volume, scarred with his signature 'frenetic' mark making.

Ben McLeod

'Deep Shadows with Roadside Stonewall' by Ben McLeod

Born in Preston, Lancashire, Ben moved from London to the Lake District in 2002. Much of his work has been influenced by this move and the effect of being surrounded by the Cumbrian landscape.

He composes his paintings with thick, textured paint, loosely applied. After sketches and photographs used as reference he paints and draws quickly and instinctively.

Ian Scott Massie

'Hard Winter in Masham' by Ian Scott Massie

Ian grew up close to the childhood home of Paul Nash – an abiding influence in his work. He began painting professionally while a student in Durham. Working first in oils and screen print, his work progressed through acrylic ink and paint before he settled comfortably into the medium of watercolour, which he frequently combines with unlikely materials such as Indian ink, sepia and wax. 

He specialises in single themed exhibitions which draw inspiration from stories and his work is shown in galleries across the UK. His aim is to capture the personality of places.

Sarah Cemmick

'The White Hart' by Sarah Cemmick

Living in the beautiful British countryside, Sarah is surrounded by inspiration, fluffy, furry and feathered, but hares particularly fascinate her. She loves lino, it allows her to be brave. There is nowhere to hide once a mark is there.

She uses a mix of papers but has a preference for Japanese tissues with gold and silver foil flecks which add sparkle and texture, almost like fine fabrics.

Andrew Alan Johnson

'Estate Lyme Park, Stockport' by Andrew Alan Johnson

A painter of abstract impressionist landscapes, a fan of florals and bold colours, Andrew works from his converted loft space in the North West.

He is inspired by dreamy childhood holidays staying on farms and trundling off on family coastal walks.

Olena Kosenko

'Golden Swamp' by Olena Kosenko

Born in the East of Ukraine, Olena studied at the University of Arts and Design in Kharkov.

She came to the UK via Sydney, and is inspired primarily by real life, exploring the juxtaposition between reality and perception through her paintings.

David Cooper

'Hole of Horcum' by David Cooper

David is an artist, designer and illustrator from the North West of England now living in York. He studied illustration and his career has included working as an illustrator in The Netherlands and a designer in France.

He is heavily influenced by his father who was a successful transport artist. He works mainly in watercolour and gouache, but has recently begun exploring new techniques using oils.

Diana Marshall

'Autumn Collection' by Diana Marshall

Diana grew up in London, and originally studied Dress Design. After leaving college she became a designer–pattern cutter for a children’s wear company.

Her love of painting began in Southern Spain, but she has since moved home to live in County Galway, Ireland. She loves everything about the process of creating a painting, from the original idea, to the set up or scene captured, to the actual drawing and painting of the piece.

Vera Blagev

'Seascape, Turbulent Seas' by Vera Blagev

Having travelled to more than 50 countries, and lived in three of them, Vera now calls London her home.

She has worked with various mediums - from coloured pencils and watercolours to pastels, oil and acrylic and ceramics, and now loves to work with water-based mediums such as inks and acrylics. She has exhibited in the UK and the USA and is a grant recipient from the Washington DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

Alan Reed

'Jebel Akhdar, Oman' by Alan Reed

Alan was born in Corbridge in the North of England into a family with a history of painting. He trained as an illustrator and graphic designer, and went self employed as a full time artist in 1984.

Alan specialises in landscapes, cityscapes and portraits both in watercolours and oils. His unique, fluid style captures the atmosphere of different settings from the drama of city life to the serenity and beauty of a rural landscape.

Helen Peyton

'C'est ne pas une pipe grips' by Helen Peyton

Helen Peyton is an artist printmaker who works with lino to create unique and detailed artworks, using colour, line and form as her inspiration. Artist in residence at Craven Museum & Gallery, her reduction linocuts are based on the artefacts from its collection. Recent projects have included the Turner Prize nominated Smart Gallery, a new concept in exhibitions where Helen invited the public to loan items they deemed important and she made beautiful artworks in response.

Based in the North Yorkshire Dales, her works have been exhibited at the Royal Academy, Scottish Academy, Leeds City Art Gallery and collected all over the world.

Mark Haywood

'Sankt Johann' by Mark Haywood

Primarily a figurative painter, Mark focuses on characterising the mood and atmosphere of his subjects, endeavoring to render the mystique and personality into the finished canvas.

He has exhibited at local and national art fairs and exhibitions throughout the UK.

The artists exhibiting in Artfinder’s pop-up are:

Lesley Birch, Michelle Carolan, Stephen Conroy, Paul Edmondson, Ben Robson Hull, Emma Lawrenson, Lucy Moore, Rory O’Neill, Peter Park, Julia Poulton, Dylan Riley and Matthew Stutely.

Click here to view the full HIVE collection.

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