Scott Garrett

Scott Garrett; a St Leonards based illustrator/artist/ceramicist.

He says: "I graduated from Kingston University in 1994 and have worked as a freelance illustrator ever since... (30 years!!!) Over those years I’ve worked for a large variety of clients globally in Advertising/Design and Publishing. Recent years have seen me working mainly in Childrens Publishing, including illustrating Henry Winkler’s (yes, the Fonz!!) “Here’s Hank” series of 12 books, as well as winning the Blue Peter Book Award for best non-fiction book “The Silly Book of Side Splitting Stuff” written by Andy Seed. ... I even got a Blue Peter badge!

However, this exhibition is none of that!

This is what I work on as a break from it. This is my personal art where I get to explore the themes that interest me. Which seems to mainly consist of primitive stuff, basic buildings/shelters and iconic, primitive, figures/heads.

I started painting at the end of lockdown, to scratch a creative itch I’d had for a while ... and to save my sanity! In doing so, a whole new creative world opened up to me and i’m still slowly exploring it. A continuing evolution of painting, drawing, prints and ceramics.

You can follow all of this on my Instagram account @garrettworld."

Jillian Burton

Jillian has always gained her energy and inspiration from light. From a young age she was surrounded by it especially over in The Netherlands, where she has family, where the big skies reinforced her love of open spaces, simplicity and the ever changing light.

Her photographs have a simplicity and calmness to them where she likes to focus on the subject. The paper silhouettes use her love of light to bring constant movement from the changing shadows as the day progresses. Even on misty days and dark winter evenings she sees exciting opportunities to capture an atmosphere in a different way.

All of Jillian’s images are limited in their editing as she tries to capture the right and most natural shot from the outset by reacting quickly to capture a moment in time. Her paper art sometimes has a plan, but those plans can change and on many occasions they can develop organically as she works.

The Crown Exhibition – all images are limited edition (individually numbered) Giclee prints and the paper silhouettes are unique hand-cut pieces.

Contact: or Instagram at @72jsb

Quentin Carpenter

I am an Artist, and Digital Creator, living and working in East Sussex, England.

I studied Art at Chelsea (Foundation) Cheltenham (BA Hons) and Brighton (MA) plus my PGCE Art Teaching at the Institute of Education, London. I taught Art for twenty years in Secondary Schools Including Being Head of Department from 2009 till I retired in 2022.

I make art about the harmony between Nature and Geometry, looking closely at the patterns formed in the natural world as my inspiration.

I have been exploring the organic symmetry of flowers, through an ongoing series of photographs. recently combining these with my digital studies of geometry, looking for that special interconnectedness. I have also been fascinated by Sound waves and Cymatics and how to visually represent sounds and frequencies through images. Some of my discoveries have lead me back to flowers and their core makeup.

I have been building this collection since 2018 after I changed my lifestyle and focused on looking for more meaning and purpose. I am constantly searching for new ways to express my fascination with the natural world and sacred geometry, in particular how numbers and patterns underpin all creations.

Yellow and Green: Why wasn't I born a tree?

Yellow and Green is a neurodivergent artist, writer and spoken word poet.

This collection feels like standing in the rain, finding there’s still beauty within the darkness.

After leaving their role in education due to mental health, Yellow and Green returned to their long-lost creative practice, exploring the process of their emotions and behaviours.

Always with an element of light and healing, their work explores the complexities of trauma, motherhood and the world around them. (whilst growing sunflowers)

This collection includes pieces created during a significantly emotional period in the artist’s life as they navigated the disparity of the justice system.

Mistakes have been purposely left on typewritten poetry to show their process and push against a world where we are forced to strive for perfection and what is ‘proper’. It allows the human to seep through, “Hi I’m here, I make mistakes and I’m still worthy.”

Prints of all works are available to order, please contact the artist.

Yellow and Green will give a percentage of proceeds to Survivors’ Network and One in Four.

Newman, Cover, Wilson: Futz
  • Ben Newman
  • Jay Cover
  • James D Wilson

Futz verb - to tinker, busy oneself.

These artists know a thing or two about working to a professional creative brief from their day jobs. But what happens when they divert that attention to experimenting without expectation and have the space to play freely, to futzing? Their approaches overlap through a fondness for repetition, self-editing and exploration within simple bounds, to the point of abstraction. They invite ‘happy accidents’ by placing importance on the ‘doing’ of their process rather than the destination.

On display at The Crown, Hastings for the month of April are an array of paintings and drawings that celebrate being in this method.

Mervyn Long: Merv's Eye View

“Merv’s Eye View” is a collection of original recent pen and ink posters, cartoons and drawings inspired by old seaside postcards, living by the sea, local events and sea bathers in Pevensey bay.

All drawings have been completed recently at my studio on the beach in Pevensey bay. I never quite know how the drawings will turn out when pen hits paper - I only hope they make you smile as much as they do me…………Merv.


Scott Garrett: Parallel Universe

After a recent deep rummage in his St Leonards studio, artist/illustrator Scott Garrett unearthed a box of over 200 of his Parallel Universe cartoons. Originally created for The Independent, Sunday Review section, they ran from 2001-2004. 20 years in a box seemed like too long, so now he is sharing a selection of them in our Snug for February.

All originals are available to buy and prints are also available to order.


Jon Lander - Sea | Humans

Jon Lander exhibits a series of ink, crayon and watercolour drawings on paper, depicting the sea and the humans who are drawn to it.

Jon Lander is an artist and children’s book author-illustrator who lives in Hastings. His work has been acclaimed by the Guardian and the Book Trust.

Philippa Bogle: Waves

Philippa Bogle’s exhibition includes paintings and monoprints inspired by sea swimming, the energy of nature and the changing moods of the sea.

Philippa lives in Hastings and is studying for a Masters at the Royal College of Art.

Sophie Malpas: Reimagining

“Reimagining” is a collection of paintings by Sophie Malpas inspired by moments of bliss. In her work Sophie is often drawn to observations of joy and seeks to create playful pieces to spark elation for the viewer. With a profound interest in the psychological power of colour Sophie’s paintings explore colour relationships through shape and form that cultivate feelings of happiness, pleasure and a free mind.

All paintings were completed in her studio at The Old Ambulance Station in Bexhill.