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Catto Summer Exhibition 2015

Ian Hargreaves.

Born in 1957, Ian Hargreaves studied at Bournemouth College of Art. At the age of 21 he set off across Europe for ten months recording his travels in watercolour. This instilled a love of Mediterranean subjects, which was to influence his work many years later.

From the ages of 24 to 28 he lived in London and Sicily, earning his keep painting portraits. In 1985 he moved to Germany where he remained for the next 24 years. Here he exhibited with galleries in Hamburg, Munich and Salzburg. His work was also purchased for numerous public collections.

This series is entitled ‘Water Reflections’. He says of the paintings: “Water is always fascinating, and due to its ephemeral nature, has an abstract quality. I draw my inspiration from woodland settings where the surface is covered in leaves and twigs. This adds another dimension to the picture plane in that everything floats horizontally in contrast to the vertical reflections of the surrounding landscape.”

Ian moved back to England in 2008. He now works from his studio in Poole, Dorset and exhibits regularly around the country. His paintings hang in many private and corporate collections worldwide.

Tom Hiscocks.

Tom Hiscocks was born in 1963 and graduated from the Cambridge Art School with a first class honours degree. In 2013 he won the Dr Supanee Gazeley Fine Art Prize. His winning sculpture was purchased by the University, and is on display at the Post Graduate Medical Institute in Chelmsford. He lives and works in Cambridgeshire.

This new series entitled ‘Family’ is a contemporary take on the family portrait. These acrylic sculptures use digital technology to create a unique sculpture of your family.

Tom is perhaps best known for his series ‘The Queens Beasts’. These animals (with names like The White Lion of Mortimer, The White Horse of Hanover and The Griffin of Edward III) are made from an astonishing mix of recycled materials such as water boilers, fridge backing, fire extinguishers, car bumpers, chainmail and drinks cans! They have been displayed at Blenheim Palace, Kings College, Cambridge, the Royal Welsh Show, The Assembly House in Norwich, Chiswick House Gardens and Valentines Mansion in Redbridge where Tom was presented to HRH The Queen who visited as part of her Diamond Jubilee tour.


Robert Raschke.

Robert Raschke was born in Upper Bavaria in 1949, and studied at universities and academies in Munich, Mainz, and Essen. He spent time abroad as a student in Italy, France, Scotland, Sicily & Crete. His abstract paintings are full of orchestrated colourfulness which Robert creates with the use of both brush and palette knife.

His many solo exhibitions in Germany include:

1985 Horten Gallery, Essen
1990 Gallery 29, Essen
1991 Stussel Gallery, Duisburg
1992 Wasserstrasse Gallery, Dusseldorf

International one-man shows in:

1994 Gallery de L’Avancon, Bex, Switzerland
1995 Gallery ART 54, SoHo, New York
1995 Gallery 13, Vienna
1995 National Cancer Institute, Cairo
1995 Residencia Blume, Barcelona
1996 Gallery Son Vida, Mallorca
1998 Gallery Szent-Gyorgyi, Maine
1999 Performance ifm, Basel

“Even those who are unfamiliar with the artist feel the enormous vitality and power in Robert’s paintings, a love of life that is transmitted to the viewer. They give the impression that the canvas can barely contain their forceful expressiveness.”

Dr Carola Nattermann, Art Historian Bochum, Germany