Quentin Carpenter
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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?
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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
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  • 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
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“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.

@mervsdailydiary

Scott Garrett: Parallel Universe
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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.

@garrettworld

Jon Lander - Sea | Humans
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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
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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
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“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.

Whatley / Bleckmann / Burton / Waller-Hill / Mammone
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A joint collective exhibition of Hastings and St Leonards photographers; featuring Alexandra Whatley, Andreas Bleckmann, Jillian Burton, Tim Waller-Hill, Chris Mammone.

In the snug we have a special show from Ukrainian photographers.

Linda Williams: Secrets From The Greenhouse
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Linda Williams latest exhibition brings an exciting array of mixed media, abstract, bold and fine line work presented on paper and board. 'Secrets from the Greenhouse' is an ongoing art project which began in 2022 during a six month stay in Lisbon. Linda took inspiration from the many botanical gardens and parks around the city and carefully noted the seasonal differences.

The title for the exhibition arrived from a beautiful Victorian greenhouse she came across at the entrance of the Botanical Garden of Lisbon which never opened. As she couldn’t go inside, she sketched and painted what she imagined might be hiding in there.