Much of the artwork found at Backwell House is supplied by Hidden and is available to purchase.
Hidden is a unique art gallery selling work by the best contemporary local artists alongside major artists work of the 20th and 21st Centuries such as Picasso, Dali, Banksy, Miro, Hockney. They're tucked away inside a beautiful Victorian shopping arcade at the heart of Clifton, Bristol, close to the world famous Clifton Suspension Bridge and in an area full of independent shops and eateries. Whether you are looking for a quirky print by an upcoming local artist, an investment grade work by a 20th Century master or a show stopping work by Banksy they'll have it for you. You'll find a fabulously eclectic range at Backwell House, on their website and in their gallery. Please take time to browse.
For Huw Richards Evans, the legacy of an idyllic childhood roaming the landscape of the Pembrokeshire coast is an overwhelming need to release the warmth of his memories onto canvas. The lone spectator of a fleeting moment, Huw captures the power of the sea against a simmering cauldron of sky, the distant headland almost an anonymous bystander to this eternal battle.
Born in Pembrokeshire, Huw moved to Bristol in 1980 where he studied fine art before embarking on a career in landscape painting and fashion. Known as a couture fashion designer, his reputation as a painter is now developing in the art world with collectors in the UK and as far afield as the USA and Japan. Recent commissions include ITV's Broadchurch, RNLI and a CD cover for a New York based musician.
Su Williams graduated from Herefordshire College of Art in 2001 with BA (Hons) in Design Crafts and now lives in Bristol. Landscapes are her inspiration, looking at the effect of light and colour that evoke their unique atmosphere. As she used to live in Herefordshire, her inspiration came from the surrounding countryside, the Welsh mountains and the Malvern Hills.
Feona Ness originally came from a background in design, which developed into a passion for painting. She works directly from the environment, inspired by light, weather patterns, moods and colours. Her oil paintings are semi abstract but firmly rooted in the tradition of landscape painting.
Her new body of work seeks to explore the phenomenon of visual indeterminacy, where images are sensorially vivid yet with sometimes only vaguely recognisable content, through the use of colour, texture and form. She has exhibited throughout the South West, London, Northumberland, Wales and Denmark.
Julia's fascination with life drawing started as an A level student and she has now worked in this area consistently and seriously for the past fifteen years. She finds that working from the human form presents endless exciting possibilities for exploration of the visual elements of line, tone and colour.
Julia studied fine art at Dartington Hall in Devon and at the Bristol School of Art. She is an experienced art teacher with over 20 years experience in Art Education. In 2007 she started to live a creative life away from the classroom. Combining her love of art and travel, for 5 years, Julia became part of Adventure cruising, teaching watercolour painting, and in 2013 she became an active member of the RWA Artist Network.
Anna Harley is a Fine Art Printmaker and works out of Spike Print Studio in Bristol. Her handmade prints are produced in limited editions, so each print is an original artwork, not a reproduction of an artwork made in a different medium.
Anna's work is rooted within the Landscape tradition, while the fabric textures in her prints are an echo of her Scandinavian Arts and Crafts background and nomadic childhood. To produce her screenprints, Anna uses a combination of drawn marks, digital photography and objects directly exposed on the screen, to create the individual print layers that make up the finished work.
Lisa Malyon is a Bristol-based artist who draws buildings and structures in a contemporary style using fine pen on collage paper. Lisa focuses detail in a small section on the subject matter, leaving the remainder as a suggestion thus inviting the viewer to fill in the gaps. Lisa is happy to do educational talks (from junior schools through to University level) as well as facilitating architectural drawing workshops.
Anna’s map illustrations are inspired by the Bristol A to Z and local Ordnance Survey maps. Natural contours, rivers and roads are highlighted, exploring natural and man-made forms. All the maps are limited edition fine art giclee prints.
Julian Quaye's paintings illustrate his love of ironic juxtaposition with a touch of steam punk sensibility and a huge dose of kitsch. He is currently working on brief character biographies which will bind them into a larger narrative. He has described it as Steampunk meets Beatrix Potter.
Within three months of exhibiting for the first time he was picked to be included in a contemporary urban auction alongside Damian Hirst and Banksy by Dreweatts in summer 2012.