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Tom Scheerer

Tom Scheerer
Tom Scheerer began his decorating career in the mid-1980s, after graduating from The Cooper Union with a degree in architecture. He formed his own firm in 1995. His first book, Tom Scheerer Decorates (Vendome, 2013) has been reprinted three times, and his work is regularly featured in AD, Town & Country, House Beautiful, and Elle Decor. He is named annually to the AD100 list of top interior designers. He divides his time between New York, Paris, and the Bahamas.

 

Stephen Lavis

Born in 1957, Stephen Lavis studied Illustration at Southampton College of Art and went on to enjoy a successful career as a book illustrator, working primarily in watercolours. His cover for TH White’s The Once and Future King was selected for The Best of British Illustration Annual and, most notably, he created the artwork for the covers of the Chronicles of Narnia novels by CS Lewis. Later he began both writing and illustrating children’s picture books including the Martha’s Farm series and the best selling Cock-a-doodle-doo! which has been translated into over 15 different languages.

In the mid-2000s Lavis changed direction to become a fine artist, choosing mainly to work in oils.  Now living in South West Cornwall, Lavis became interested by the work of the British mid-century Modernists and the influence of artists such as William Scott can be seen in his work. Inspired by his studio overlooking Mount’s Bay, Cornwall, his paintings are developing with a conscious and knowledgeable understanding of where his own working ideas are based. He is particularly interested in the relationship between abstraction and figuration and is an Associate Member of the Penwith Society of Arts in Cornwall. His work has been exhibited in London, Norfolk, Cornwall and Bath and is held in private collections in the UK, Ireland, France and the USA.

 

Willie Cole

For American multi-medium artist, Willie Cole, exposure to the creative world was part and parcel of his childhood. Raised in Pomfret, Connecticut, Willie learned first-hand from his father, a studio painting and art history professor. Between the Abstract Expressionist movement that was popular in his youth to his familial influences—his grandmother designed the window displays for Bonwit Teller in NYC, where she collaborated with artists such as Salvador Dalí—Willie’s artistic influences are deeply rooted and wide-ranging.

Before turning his attention to art full-time, Willie worked as a production designer on television commercials for over 30 years, and in 1993 directed a full length feature film in Marrakesh, Morocco. Throughout these years, Willie would spend his free time on photography and painting. Now that he’s in his late fifties, art has become his full-time occupation and passion.

Willie’s personal motto is very simple: ‘just start’.  He works with what he has, which is sometimes very limited—house paints, old canvases, shipping tubes or whatever can be find: and he just starts.

Willie lives and works in Pomfret, CT and is happy to accept commission projects.

 

Jane Parkes

Jane was born in NYC, raised in a family attuned to nature, music and the arts. Though her father was in the world of finance, both her parents nurtured a freedom of expression and supported an artists sensibility and pursuit.

While raising her own family in NYC, Jane continued her study of printmaking, painting and collage. Her work as an architectural model builder informed both the scale, and craft in her work.

In Janes painting and printmaking her work reflects a modernist simplicity, and a playful ability to capture a mood and a moment, sometime autobiographical, sometimes abstract.

Janes sculptural work combines her reverence for the natural world, and her background in graphic design, creating carefully arranged pieces, that bring found objects into balance, and belonging.

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