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Leaves and trees

Posted on December 05, 2017 by Amy Christie | 0 comments

With titles like ‘Jack Frost’ and ‘Starry Night’, the graphic work of Bill Zima may seem a cliché choice for a Winter Exhibition. It was however the originiality of Bill’s artwork that captivated me to look closer. Both at the striking detail, and the creator behind ‘Brunnera Macrophylla’ and ‘Heuchera’ – for the botanists out there who recognize these leaves by their correct names!

 

Jack Frost I , 20 x 20" Framed £600

Like many good finds, I happened upon the work of Bill Zima while ‘coffee browsing’ online one morning. Attracted by the graphic quality and the relationship between the strength of his work and the fragility of his subject, I floated off, just like a leaf.

Plectranthus edulis, 36 x 30", Framed £1250

 

Born in 1961 in a small town in Indiana, Bill studied fine art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He spent a year abroad, in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, cultivating his practical skills whilst studying under the “stone-carving master of Europe”.

 

After graduating in 1990 Bill spend the next year perfecting encaustic painting, having been introduced to the material of beeswax in his final year of study. He was immediately drawn to the tactility and translucence of the medium and the romanticism of the surfaces. Early pieces saw him collect the remains of the stone carvings, the stone dust, and mix it with wax to create ethereal figurative pieces. The encaustic imagery evolved to abstraction and eventually took the form of minimalist color field paintings. His technique was unique and took seven years to develop the laborious encaustic process.

In 2003 Bill moved to Spain with his family and took a hiatus from the ‘exhibition circuit’, choosing to explore and develop new creative directions to reflect the extraordinary experience of living abroad.  Visual vocabulary was refined and expression was explored using patterns to build up an image.

 

Bill then moved to Edinburgh in 2007 where he currently lives with his family.  The landscape took Bill back to the very earliest drawings he had done as a three year old…this re-connection inspired the current bodies of work - Leaves and trees.

 

There’s always much more to an artist than their formal Bio though which is why I enjoy nothing more than a studio visit…

 


It was walking in to Bill’s studio, that the powerful scale of his work struck me. Visually impressive from afar his pieces pull the viewer in where the subtleties and complexities of the incredible detail are revealed. The work is deeply fascinating and truly engaging. The keen macro photographer in me, moving around the work as if to define my own optimum focal length!

 

So with a collection of original work and prints, what better focus for our woodland themed seasonal show. Here is a small selection of Bills work and our Winter show runs until the end of January 2018.

 

Wind Jammer Way, 20 x 20" Framed £600

 

Selection of 12 x 10" Prints -  Framed £95, unframed £75

 

Available as 12 x 10" Print Framed £95 & unframed £75

 

Starry Night, 30 x 30" Framed £1000

 

For further details please contact amy@thefoundgallery.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Zero Waste Hub is Open!

Posted on October 23, 2017 by Amy Christie | 0 comments

Five thousand square feet, eighteen months in the planning, scores of volunteers and one very tired van. All to create a Zero Waste Hub!

 

Today is blast off – the new Zero Waste Dunbar Hub opened this morning Monday 23rd October, and it looks fabulous!

 

The brainchild of Found partner Simon Glover (my honey!) and Sue Guy, the pair have created a re-use Hub that encapsulates their progressive and ambitious vision. Continuing the Zero Waste Dunbar Pilot, their company Miixer CIC, was born with the aim to divert tonnes of waste from landfill for community benefit. They sell quality items cheaply to our local communities, donate to local groups and charities, and support those in need with free goods. They have already opened a pop up Shop in Musselburgh, and their innovative clothing initiative "Big Pick", aims to eradicate clothing poverty in our County.

 

As many Found fans will know Simon loves a great salvage find. It was many years ago while sourcing materials for gallery displays and helping makers find the “right bit of wood” that a seed was sown. With the concept of connecting people with ‘stuff’ the company aims to facilitate local access to local waste; to develop and support opportunities for makers, entrepreneurs, teachers, and anyone else that wants to take advantage of quality stuff that would otherwise have been buried or burnt.

 

 

Walking through the industrial themed space it’s quite an eye opener that everything here is someone’s ‘waste’. It’s a eclectic mix of furniture, clothing, toys, home wares, nuts, bolts, tools and scrap materials presented in a funky style that’s more akin to a hip London warehouse than the local recycling centre. Second hand shop this aint!

 

Miixer is an acronym for make, innovate, incubate, extend, educate, reuse. With two shops now open the stage is set for the project to grow and these are the divisions they would like to develop. Creatives, c’mon down! Whether you’re looking for materials, project ideas, or looking to collaborate there is inspiration a plenty.

 

A simple idea, this is a gem of a concept that is a stepping-stone towards promoting a local circular economy and challenges us all to consider what we do with our unwanted items. Expect to be amazed, expect to spend way longer treasure hunting than you’d anticipated and expect to feel great; because whether you’re donating, buying, or volunteering, you will be supporting a wonderful socially responsible project in the heart of Dunbar.

For more info please visit www.miixer.org

Zero Waste Hub is open Mon - Sat 9 - 5pm and Sun 12 - 4pm 

 

 

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Birdspotting!

Posted on June 27, 2017 by Amy Christie | 0 comments

From greedy seagulls stealing chips down at the harbour, to cheerful songbirds along the john Muir Way, Dunbar is home to a diverse array of birds.

 

Our feathered friends are a recurring theme here at Found with artists from all over the UK inspired by a huge variety of species and their environment.   Only a few miles from the Scottish Seabird Centre, Dunbar attracts large number of twitchers and photographers.  No surprise then that birds whether sculpted, painted or crafted birds are always a popular find at Found.  Here’s a little peep at what you can spot in the gallery this summer.

 

Puffin

Fratercula arctica (Atlantic puffin)

Often called the ‘clown of the sea’ the puffin is an unmistakable seabird with a black back and white underparts, distinctive black head with large pale cheeks and brightly-coloured bill. The Isle of May in the Firth of Forth is home to the biggest colony on the East Coast of Britain.

Print by Rachel Marshall £60

Ceramics by Guy Holder £56

Card & Print by Joanna Martin £3/140

 

Gannet

Morus bassanus

Gannets are Britain’s largest seabird and Scotland is home to around 60% of Europe’s gannets. From February gannets return to the Bass Rock: numbers peak at over 150,000 making it the world's largest colony of Northern gannets. At sea they flap and then glide low over the water, often travelling in small groups. They feed by flying high and circling before plunging into the sea, at speeds of up to 60mph/ 96kmph.

A Company of Gannets Card by Lisa Hooper £2.50

 

 

 

Kittiwake

Rissa tridactyla

One of the best places to spot them is Dunbar Harbour! A gentle looking, medium-sized gull, kittiwakes have a small yellow bill, dark eye, grey back and white underneath: their little legs are short and black. In flight, the black wing-tips show no white, unlike other gulls, and look as if they have been 'dipped in ink'.

Acrylic on reclaimed board £70

 

 

 

 

Guillemot

Uria aalge

The UK’s coasts have many stretches of sheer cliffs where seabirds breed and the guillemot is one of the most prevalent birds in the great ‘seabird cities’. They land only to nest, spending the rest of the time life at sea. The egg is cone-shaped helping to prevent it rolling off the cliff!

Unframed Print by Joanna Martin £140

Ceramic by Guy Holder £70

 

 

Herrring Gull

Larus argentatus

Love them or loath them, herring gulls are widespread and can be seen in most seaside towns. They are large noisy gulls, and we have the pleasure of two chicks on our roof at the moment!

 

Card by Rachel Marshall £3

Ceramic Seagull by Joe Lawrence £40

Felted in England Birds £41 each

Oystercatcher

Haematopus ostralegus

Breeding on almost all Uk coasts the oystercatcher is a large, stocky, black and white wading bird. It has a long, orange-red bill and reddish-pink legs.

 

Framed Ltd edition print by Joanna Martin £180

 Acrylic on reclaimed board by Steven Ferguson £85

 

And others…

Necklace by Helen Shere £89

Silver studs by Kate Wimbush £28

Print by Mary Claire Smith £95

Coal Tit Unframed Print by Benjamin Partridge £30

Mosaic by Helen Clues £16

 

 

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Seth by the Sea

Posted on May 10, 2017 by Amy Christie | 0 comments

Suffolk born artist Seth Draper’s natural habitat is the beach. He’s a creator inspired by the coast, and a truly inventive sculptor of flotsam & jetsam.

Seth will be exhibiting his coastal inspired artwork for the first time in Scotland this summer. Echoing the golden days of British fishing Seth’s quirky fishing boats will be following the fleet up to the Found Gallery here in the harbour town of Dunbar.

Seth’s artwork is created using a selection of recycled objects such as old baked bean tins, driftwood and various other found objects, his largest piece for this exhibition even incorporates an old garden rake. The inspiration comes from anything with a coastal flavour, but focusses on fishing boats, harbour scenes and beach huts. The recycled tins are beaten flat and then cut and soldered before being painted and given an aged patina. They are then completed with driftwood and the finer details for which his work is becoming so revered.

 

In Seth, Found has found another kindred spirit and his fishing fleet are here for the summer season.  Come see them @thefoundgallery before they sail away!

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Golden Sands

Posted on March 27, 2017 by Amy Christie | 0 comments

Here in East Lothian we're used to golden sands, but perhaps not quite like this!  Vivid, and elemental. That’s what best describes my favourite piece from Louise Davies new collection recently arrived at Found.

Golden Sands   31/75   Framed 16 x 16cm  £180

Louise Davies is a professional artist and a member of the RE – the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers. She graduated with a Fine Art Degree from St Martins and then completed an M.A. in Printmaking from Camberwell College of Art in London.

 

I’m not normally drawn to yellow but there is something captivating about her ‘Golden Sands’ print. It’s abstract in feel but her delicate use of line and vibrant colour, conveys a fluid and atmospheric landscape. It’s minimal, but with sketch like detail that I love.

 

detail from Golden Sands

Being a nosey sort of creature I’m always fascinated where and how, such wonderful work is created. Louise indulged me with some pictures and answered my random questions. Here’s what I found…

 

  • What’s playing in your studio?

I  share my studio with  my friend Gail and we have radio 2 playing!

 

  • Most memorable sale?

That has got to be my Degree Show at college where I made my first few sales.  At that stage, I was just a young art student and never believed I could sell my work.

 

  • Best bit of your working day?

Apart from sitting down and chatting over a cup of tea..................it has seriously got to be when you pull the proof off your etching  press and realise ‘  Yes this print is working now! ‘

 

  • Next purchase - art/craft/design/equipment?

Intending to buy some new canvasses as I need to get more Painting done.

 

  • Exhibition you’re most looking forward to this year?

I am most looking forward to my Solo Show at Zillah Bell in Yorkshire.  I will be showing Paintings and Prints.  I just spent a weekend in Yorkshire and did some sketching in preparation to making some new work of the Yorkshire Moors.

 

Here’s a selection of Louise’s work currently showing in the gallery. Please email me at amy@thefoundgallery.co.uk with any queries.

Country Hedgerows   7/75 Framed   20 x 25cm   £230

 

 

Distant Hills   4/75 Unframed Print 30 x 30cm  £250

Red Meadows   10/75  Framed 20 x 25cm    £230

 

 

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