"What a really lovely evening. Generous and welcoming atmosphere. As a fairly new arrival to Portland, it was great to see such vision. I really believe this little island will become a part of Dorset that will cease to be overlooked. A great introduction to your gallery." Janette :)
Kitt has been a contemporary collage seascape and abstract artist for over 20 years. He studied at Bath College and University of South Wales. His work has been exhibited both in the UK and overseas, in particular: London, New York and The Hamptons, San Francisco, Hong Kong, Singapore.
His love of the sea has drawn him to the Isle of Portland and is now a welcome resident artist.
He attaches collage materials such as sheet music, vintage maps, botanical diagrams and newspaper cuttings to large canvases and uses these as a background to his paintings. The viewer initially sees a coastal scene, often West Country fishing ports, and then on closer inspection finds a whole world of text and illustration lying beneath the paint layers.
Only Kitt is signed to DeMontfort and Quantum Contemporary Art galleries but you can enjoy a fabulous experience in Athay Gallery of incredibly talented local artists' work here on Portland in Dorset.
Steve Neville creates Asian-inspired ceramic pieces using a variety of techniques and firing processes to produce these unique and original vessels. Working with a limited colour palette, he brings out the raw qualities of the mediums he works with. Great as gifts for family and friends but even better to keep for yourself!
Debra has created an enviable unique style of her own using very simplistic marks, collage and a limited colour palette. Combined graphic and organic energy invites us into her paintings with sweeping lines giving a contemporary conclusion. Working in large format, her work makes a real statement to the viewer.
Holly has a unique affinity with textiles and this clearly shows in her work. She is able to cleverly inter-twine thread and fabrics by manipulating them to achieve incredible results. Using an inspired colour palette from the environment around her, she gathers inspiration from the many facets of Portland island in Dorset.
Stephen has the incredible ability to adapt to most art mediums. Known for his ceramics and paintings, he has accomplished variable styles that encapsulate different processes, materials and techniques with utmost finery and finish. Stephen is an established artist on Portland in Dorset, and also passes on his creative knowledge to enthusiastic audiences!
Angela is an Artist and Photographer who has the unique ability to create imagery that draws the viewer into her photographs and take them on a journey.
'Finalist' in the International Garden Photographer of the Year 2017. The luminosity and depth to her imagery really gives you a sense of atmosphere - you almost feel as if you are at the location.
Claire's needlework is fun, technically-skilled and colourful. Pop art with a twist! Her playful use of imagery and thought-provoking verses have been admired in the gallery for there confident bold statements delivering a clear message.
She was a finalist in a recent 'National Needlework Awards' and was also asked to be a columnist in 'Be Creative with Workbox' magazine. You can find more information about Claire on her artists profile.
Mandy has been creating her sensational abstract paintings over a number of years. Her work has been sold both in the UK and Italy. She has a distinctive style, enveloping an ethereal quality to her artwork. Spiritually and environmentally led by her creativity she creates swathes of colour wash embracing bold brushstroke application to her chosen bases of canvas or board.
Podi is an established artist on the Royal Manor and Isle of Portland. Her painting career has taken her world-wide and she often returns to Greece to share her passion of art with people through workshops and courses. Light & shadow and colour are fundamental to her design disciplines, often she will paint simplistic scenes of garden walls with shadows from trees and shrubs dancing across brilliant white backgrounds leaving the viewer with a calming sense of peace.
Alexandra has ventured into painting and ceramic art having fulfilled her degree some years ago in Graphic Design. She is also an avid photographer and resources materials, textural imagery and ideas from all manner of sources.
A much more loose and fluid style has helped her to break away from the graphical constraints, and we feel her work is popular with many visitors to the gallery.
Jane embodies the characteristic personality and behaviour of each animal in her bronze and bronze resin creations. The viewer is presented with every impression of the artists indentation in the clay or wax medium which is then transferred to the bronze cast upon finish. Beauty from nature into bronze.
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Mon - Weds: Closed
(Open Bank Holiday Mondays 10am - 3pm)
Thurs - Fri: 10am - 3pm
Sun: 10am - 4pm
*We are often in the studio Mon-Weds so please knock on the door as we're happy to open the gallery for you!
**See our Facebook page and 'Events Calendar' for occasional evening openings and events