Contemporary Collective 2014

November 3, 2014

Aidan O’Carroll – Mel Langton – Richard Thomas

Flag II by Richard V. Thomas.  Acrylic on Canvas.

A contemporary response to varying themes in a wide range of two-dimensional media – paint, collage, digital media and print.

 Somersby_450Aidan O’Carroll

Originally from Co. Donegal in Ireland, artist and designer Aidan O’Carroll has been living and working in Lincolnshire for 16 years. Primarily through the use of digital media and print, Aidan produces work in a unique and graphic style that encourages the viewer to look at often-familiar scenes from an entirely fresh perspective.

Through his character illustrations, Aidan attempts to explore the theory that the viewer’s reaction to a piece is equally valid to the artist’s original idea. The invocation of a mood, without entirely clear motivation for the characters portrayed, is an invitation to the viewer to, perhaps, come up with his or her own backstory for the character.

Interested in the possibility of making what may be perceived as ugly appear beautiful, such as scenes of industry and dereliction, and the playful and experimental use of subversive tools like colour, perspective and panorama to provide a different outlook on land and townscapes, Aidan strives to challenge the viewer to find novelty and strangeness in the recognisable and mundane.

Bainton_450 Mel Langton

Mel Langton is a Lincoln-based designer and illustrator whose work ranges from hand-painted canvases to digitally created prints.

Having moved to Lincoln from Leicester in 1998 to study Graphic Design and Illustration at De Montfort University, Mel graduated in 2001 with BA (Hons) Illustration in which she chose to specialise.

Mel produces a variety of work, including privately commissioned portraits, custom hand-painted skateboard decks, company logos, band artwork, posters, flyers, canvases, printed t-shirts and limited edition prints of her digital artwork, all in her own graphic, edgy and illustrative style. She has also created a vast array of artwork for the Lincolnshire Bombers Roller Girls, with whom she has been skating for six years.

Candlesby_450Richard Thomas

A practising artist originally from South Wales who has lived in Lincolnshire for the last thirteen years. Richard’s work explores storytelling and iconic imagery through the media of paint and collage.

The exhibition is open 10 am – 4 pm from 03 Nov until 15 Nov (closed on Sundays).

Come and meet the artists on Saturday 08 November.

Top image shows from left to right – Flag II by Richard Thomas (acrylic on canvas), Church and Crows by Aidan O’Carroll (photography and drawing digitally manipulated and printed), Arm Wrestlers by Mel Langton (digital canvas).  Click on any image to see an enlarged version.  Photography by Martin Cameron

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