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Abstract Artwork by James Millichamp at Ironbridge Fine Arts Exhibition, 2023

Reverie in Shropshire: James Millichamp’s Abstract Vision

James Millicamp’s Exhibition at Ironbridge Fine Arts

We take great pleasure in showcasing the talented artist James Millichamp as a prominent figure in our Winter Exhibition for 2023. Millichamp, a dedicated artist and educator, is deeply rooted in Shropshire and the West Midlands. He pursued his artistic journey at The School of Art, University of Wolverhampton, and The Birmingham Institute of Art and Design, City of Birmingham University. Presently, he serves as the Head of Creative Technologies at Shrewsbury High School.

James draws his creative inspiration from his immediate environment, and this influence resonates strongly in his exhibition pieces, which offer a unique perspective on the Shropshire landscape.

In his artistic expression, he approaches color and form from an abstract angle, drawing inspiration from luminaries like Per Adolfsen, Edward Kemshell, and Sigmar Polke. Linear elements are presented with a minimal yet illustrative quality, inviting viewers to engage with and interpret the scenes. His work delves into the profoundly personal and spiritual connection between an individual and their environment, especially in our ever-evolving contemporary culture, where one often finds themselves as a silent observer amidst the bustling crowds, detached from the chaotic clamor of the human condition. It prompts us to consider: “Are we not all alone amidst the baying crowds?”

Ironbridge Fine Arts Winter Exhibition Featuring James Millichamp - Abstract Art Showcase 2023
Ironbridge Fine Arts Winter Exhibition Featuring James Millichamp - Abstract Art Showcase 2023
Ironbridge Fine Arts Winter Exhibition Featuring James Millichamp - Abstract Art Showcase 2023
Ironbridge Fine Arts Winter Exhibition Featuring James Millichamp - Abstract Art Showcase 2023

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Ironbridge Fine Arts Featuring Rosie Lavis

Unveiling the Ocean’s Magic: Rosie Lavis’ Printmaking Exhibition at Ironbridge Fine Arts

Rosie Lavis’ Printmaking Exhibition at Ironbridge Fine Arts

Art has an incredible power to transport us to different worlds, stirring our emotions and sparking our imagination. Rosie Lavis, a talented lino print artist hailing from Bristol, UK, possesses a unique gift for weaving the enchanting beauty of the ocean and the natural world into her artwork. Now, her mesmerizing creations are set to grace the walls of Ironbridge Fine Arts, inviting us all to embark on a journey into her artistic wonderland.

Dave Gunning at Ironbridge Fine Arts

Dave Gunning Winter 2023 Exhibition

Ironbridge Fine Arts Featuring Sam Davies

Winter 2023 Exhibition Featuring Sam Davis

Discover the World Through Sam’s Lens

Meet Sam, a photographer whose journey began at the intersection of passion and adventure. For him, photography is more than just a craft; it’s a gateway to the extraordinary. Join us in an extraordinary exhibition that showcases Sam’s deep connection with the outdoors, capturing the essence of his adventures, and revealing the world as you’ve never seen it before.

Sam’s lens has woven stories that transcend time and place. Immerse yourself in a visual narrative that goes beyond the click of a camera – it’s about capturing nature and the environment.

Don’t miss this chance to experience the world through Sam’s eyes.

Sam talks about his work and the exhibition…

“I grew up in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park near Horton-in-Ribblesdale. Surrounded by natural outdoor beauty I have always been a very outdoors person. I love traveling and seeing different landscapes and cultures around the work. While most of my career has been purely scientific, I use photography as a creative outlet.”

“After university in Leeds, I embarked on a round the world trip which included south east Asia, Australia, New Zealand, USA and a year in Canada. Since then I have had a long stint in Bath, UK, followed by another trip with my wife around south east asia and settling in New Zealand for nearly 3 years. We now live in Four Crosses, Powys, near the border with Shropshire.” 

“My photographic style varies hugely, from black and white studio portraits to outdoor extreme sports. My real passion is being outdoors and spotting rare wildlife when there is no one else around. At the same time, I love interacting with people and learning about their ideas, projects, and transform these into a finished piece using visual storytelling. When photographing landscapes, I use a variety of techniques to try and represent not only the view, but the feeling of standing in that space. “

“The Wonderful Wales Collection is a culmination of several years of landscape photography across Wales. The collection aims to show the beauty of the Welsh landscape in its various forms, while giving the viewer the sense and feeling of being in the landscape as the photographer was. The collection is occasionally updated with new images which suit the ensemble. ” 

Stay tuned for an exhibition that transcends photography; it’s a journey into the heart of adventure. See the world anew through Sam’s photography.

Fine Art Exhibition at Ironbridge Fine Arts Featuring Mark Lord

Winter 2023 Exhibition Featuring Mark Lord

Customer Spotlight - Elena Cassidy Smith

Artist Spotlight- Elena Cassidy Smith

Elena is one of wonderful customers whose artwork we have enjoyed framing and seeing her artwork come to life. It’s been a delight working with her and seeing the beautiful pieces that she has created for her PhD. We sat down with Elena to discuss her work and how our framing and mounting services helped bring her visions to life.

What brought you to Ironbridge fine arts?Elena Cassidy Smith Blog with Ironbridge Fine Arts

“I needed to get some work framed for my practice-based PhD and I wanted to use a local framer. I have used Ironbridge fine arts in the last year for some work and was really impressed with the care and attention they give to helping choose frames, mounts, and glass.”

How did your journey into being an artist begin?

“I have been a freelance artist for many years. I completed my BA Fine Art degree in 1993. I then went on to complete an MA Fine Art qualification in 2019 and I am now currently undertaking a Phd. I have exhibited all over the UK and worked on many projects in the public realm. I have been a mentor for emerging artists, acted on advisory boards and I am now pursuing a teaching career alongside my own practice.”

How would you describe your artwork?

Elena Cassidy Smith Blog with Ironbridge Fine Arts“I am a live and visual artist whose work is concerned with site contextual or site-responsive situations that are sensitive to time, place, and people. My work often examines the overlooked and obscure, tapping into oral histories, collective understandings, and forgotten truths. I create narrative interventions that invite audiences to participate, comment and create. My work often sets up humorous or subtle paradoxes in the everyday and mundane and seeks to be a playful intervention in unexpected places.”

“I use a variety of materials in my work, with paper, textiles and old objects being consistently used to explore ideas. My work is often sculptural, but I also incorporate film, photography, poetry and performance into creating pieces.”

How do you plan to take your artwork forward?

Elena Cassidy Smith Blog with Ironbridge Fine Arts“My practice-based Phd is exploring the ontology of time. I am investigating temporal experience and temporal phenomenology through the lens of the philosophy of physics, theoretical physics and the social sciences. This enquiry has strengthened my research skills, stretched my artistic practice and broadened my understanding of transdisciplinary approaches to identifying new knowledge.” 

What would you say about the Framing, Giclee Printing and scanning services at Ironbridge fine arts?

“The services at Ironbridge fine arts are wonderful. Sarah and her team have been so helpful and have really understood my framing needs. I strongly believe in using local services where possible and I am fortunate to live so near this wonderful framers.”   

What would you say to someone who is thinking of using the services at Ironbridge Fine Arts?

“The framing is to a very high standard and the advice given when consulting about the choice of frame is excellent. The choice of frames, mounts and glass is so impressive. I would highly recommend the services.”

Elena Cassidy Smith Blog with Ironbridge Fine ArtsvHas the Ironbridge Fine Art’s team helped to elevate your artwork using the creative ways of bespoke framing and mounting a piece?

“Absolutely! Sarah has been so very helpful and knowledgeable about framing my unconventional pieces. Her expertise has been greatly appreciated.”

How can our readers find you?

instagram.com/elenacassidysmith

www.linkedin.com/in/elena-cassidy-smith