8 at the Edge

14th May - 25th May

We are pleased to welcome 8 prominent local artists to Yellow Edge Gallery for our opening show. Pete Codling, Karl Rudziak, Mike Bartlett, Sadie Tierney, Chris Wood, Colin Merrin, Kevin Dean and Agata Wojcieszkiewicz will be showing their work for two weeks at the gallery from 14th May. 


Pete Codling

Award-winning artist working on numerous Public Art and sculpture commissions: city centre landscape designs.  He is a regular Artist in Residence, Visiting Lecturer and Associate Lecturer at the local Universities as well as running his own studio and gallery space. 

His haunting exhibition “Soup of the Souls” at Portsmouth Cathedral has been extended until the summer of 2019 due to it’s popularity. 

Karl Rudziak

Karl Rudziak paints portraits of people to inform his growing need to understand the environment of Portsmouth, a city he has lives in all his life. To challenge his own – and other peoples – assumptions about culture within his home city.
His work is essentially about people. Rudziak is interested in confirmation bias – the mechanisms we use to project values on to or judge people using common cultural visual markers – clothes, haircuts, jewellery, tattoos based on pre-existing beliefs.   

Mike Bartlett

Mike Bartlett’s paintings are alluring, richly coloured concoctions, that bring to mind the wild colour experiments of the Fauvists.  His paintings amplify his subjects not only with their extravagant colorization but also in their heavily worked surfaces. Paint appears to have been layered and scraped, with imagery deftly mined from the excavated surface. This takes the work beyond mere figuration and imbues it with an oneiric quality.

Sadie Tierney

Royal College of Art graduate Sadie Tierney works in a tradition of painter/ printmakers who explore objects and places where form is linked to emotion, metaphor and movement. Tierney uses drawings made in situ to inform the vibrant and expressive prints and paintings. Previous solo exhibitions include Rabley Gallery, Flowers East Gallery, and Eton College. Born in London, she now lives in Southsea and works from Hotwalls Studios at the mouth of Portsmouth Harbour, with beach access for drawing. The paintings she will be showing in 8 at the Edge were made as part of a residency in Jersey, Channel Islands.

Public Collections include Gdańsk Museum (Poland), The Bronx Museum of the Arts (New York), Eton College, Royal College of Art, The Royal Navy, Baker & MacKenzie and Clifford Chance as well as private collections in Europe, Hong Kong, South America and USA, Russia and China.

Previous teaching/ lecturing posts include Eton College, Glasgow School of Art, Lincoln University and Swindon College.

Chris Wood

Chris Wood is a story teller, inspired by creation, the physical environment, the sea: how it moves, its power, shapes and ever-changing forms, the weather, the light, the colours, shapes and textures of the clouds, history, ships, yachting, the people he meets, the books he reads, personal memories, objects, tools and ephemera.

Colin Merrin

Colin has exhibited regularly in solo and group shows all over the United Kingdom and Europe since 1981. Essentially an oil painter, he is also an established watercolourist, elected to the Royal Watercolour Society in 2009 and has work in numerous collections including that of HM the Queen.

Agata Wojcieszkiewicz

Agata Wojcieszkiewicz is a contemporary artist, living and working on the south coast of England.

She grew up in Poland in the coastal city of Gdansk, where she also studied and obtained an MA in Fine Art Painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in 2011.    She has exhibited widely, in the UK and in her native Poland. 

Kevin Dean

Graduating from the Royal College of Art, London, in 1982, Kevin Dean is a versatile artist and designer who has illustrated numerous books, designed textiles, wallpapers and ceramics. Kevin also designed much of the floral marble decoration at the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi and regularly travels in the region and to other countries. He is very committed to education, often working in schools and is an Associate Lecturer in drawing at Southampton Solent University, in the UK.

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