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Artist of the month

Each month VAT selects one artist who has produced an outstanding body of work which we feel needs to be made more visible to our members. 

Artist of the month April 2014
Our artist of the month for April is Greg Bryce. Greg was first featured as an artist of the month back in December 2012. Since then Gregs work has been evolving and changing. To find out how and why we asked Greg to explain the artistic journey he has been on for the past year and a bit. We hope you enjoy this fascinating insight into the path Gregs has been exploring and that it encourages you to learn more about the artist, their working methods and inspirations, that lie behind each of the fantastic artworks you see here on Visual Art Trader. Read Greg's article here: http://www.visualarttrader.co.uk/news.cfm?nid=1223
Greg Bryce
Currently published artworks: 42

My work’s main focus is the senses. How we react to our surroundings and order them. The connnections between the way we sense and the way we project this information to the self. I find the be ...
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Artist of the month March 2014
Claire Anscomb is a Fine Art student currently in her third and final year at the Winchester School of Art. Her work revolves around drawing - meticulously recreating with graphite the world around her often through utilising old photographs and other archival ephemera. Through the medium of drawing Claire explores the nature of memory and the recollection of experience through subjective means - in particular the discourse between drawing and photography.
Claire Anscomb
Currently published artworks: 33

My practice is devoted to drawing. I aim to explore through this medium the nature of memory and the recollection of experience through subjective means - in particular I am interested in investigatin ...
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Artist of the month February 2014
Maxine Shivling is a saucy artist. That could be a bit of an understatement. Some of her works on her personal site&well we couldn't put them on VAT! However to focus on this is unfair. There is a lot more to the Shivlings than meets the initial superficial glance of the eye. Maxine uses a variety of additional media to bring texture and layers to her figures. Accessorised as theses artworks are with patterned fabrics, jewels and cut outs, you cant help but get transported into the world of fashion. They really have to be seen to be believed. So you will be pleased to know that Maxine is currently displaying some of her Shivlings in the friendly surroundings of the Moot Bar in Chiswick, London this month. You can find the link for more information on the art exhibition map.
Maxine Shivling
Currently published artworks: 18

How The Shivlings came about? As a child I would imagine a Shivling as a character and draw one, then make it into a paper doll and play with them endlessly. They were my imaginery friends that came ...
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Artist of the month January 2014
Celia Cullum is one of our most prolific artists and works in a variety of different mediums and styles. What sets Celia apart from other artists is that she specialises in psychic art. Andre Breton in his first Surrealist Manifesto of 1924 defined Surrealism methodologically. It was pure psychic automatism by which one intends to express verbally, in writing or by other method, the real functioning of the mind. Breton saw the unconscious from an epistemological perspective: it was like a cognitive organ which disclosed a world with which we have lost contact  a marvellous world which appears to us in dreams and to which automatic writing and drawings give us access. During the creation of an artwork Celia acts as a medium to spirit guides that influence the artworks she creates. In so doing Celia is not a surrealist looking objectively into a dream world, but a Psychic artist allowing that world to speak out through her artwork.
Celia Cullum
Currently published artworks: 87

I paint mostly in oil paints from photos of places, people and animals. I like to capture the essence of a person or animal and their character. I have been painting since 1974 in oils. For the last t ...
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Artist of the month December 2013
To commission a portrait for a loved one has to be one of the ultimate Christmas presents. There are many talented portrait painters on Visual Art Trader and Christabel Blackburn is one of the best. Examples of her work can be seen at two exhibitions this December, at the Summerleaze Gallery in Wiltshire and at the Guggleton Gallery in Dorset. If you cant make it to the exhibitions you can always make an appointment with Christabel to view the work in her London studio. For more details on Christabel's and many other exhibitions and studios near you please check out our Art Exhibition pages.
Christabel Blackburn
Currently published artworks: 19

Contemporary artist inspired by life, form and energy based between London and Dorset. Painting a range of subjects inlcuding cityscapes, landscapes and animals, I also take commisions for portraits i ...
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Artist of the month November 2013
Daniella Turbin is one of the latest rising stars to have emerged from this years crop of art Graduates. Having graduated from the University of Kent this summer Daniellas talent has already been recognised by the Platform programme. Platform aims to showcase the work of emerging artists in the UK and support graduate professional development. Daniellas work will therefore be on show at the Turner Contemporary in Margate from the 9th October 2013 to the 10th November 2013.
Daniella Turbin
Currently published artworks: 7

Dreams. This psychological space one encounters is of fundamental significance to human development. In an attempt to understand, derive order from chaos, elevate the overlooked and grasp the paradox ...
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Artist of the month October 2013
Congratulations to our October Artist of the Month Alice Gorton who won the Hereford Young Open 2013, Visual Art Trader, 2D Prize. We are very pleased to have her on VAT; Alice is a rising star of the future. What we particularly like about Alices work is its ability to create uncanny abstract landscapes that hint at some memory of a place we once were. As Alice says everybody sees something different in the works, just as everyone feels something different about a place, a time or an event."
Alice Gorton
Currently published artworks: 6

Alice is based in Gloucestershire and recently graduated in fine art painting from Bath Spa University. Whilst studying she organised, curated and displayed work at various galleries and exhibitions, ...
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Artist of the month September 2013
A photogram is made by placing objects directly onto the surface of a light-sensitive paper and then exposing it to light. The first photographic images made were photograms, but it wasnt until Man Ray started to explore photograms (rayographs) in the early 20th century that their full aesthetic potential started to be realised. Iryna is continuing this voyage of aesthetic discovering working with natural forms such as flowers, fruit and insects to produce beautifully captivating images.
Iryna Ilnytska
Currently published artworks: 21

Iryna is a Ukrainian born, London-based artist whose work varies in themes and subjects. For the past two years she has been very eager to work with “photograms” and to produce unique and ...
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Artist of the month August 2013
Fiona is an abstract painter with a love for colour, mark-making and exploring the possibilities of the spontaneous. The works are created outside helping her capture the energy of nature and translate it into paint. The contrasts between the thick, opaque layers of pigment and the thin, translucent washes of colour bring great depth and texture to the works. The gestural mark making and intuitive colour combine to create analogies with nature.
Fiona Williams
Currently published artworks: 31

My artwork is inspired by nature and landscape and expressed through abstraction. It is unplanned and improvisational. The process of painting, the application of paint, mark making and colour usage a ...
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Artist of the month July 2013
El Wenche Winlove's work inspired this month's theme. For a description of her work it is therefore best to turn to her own words: "The humour in my work is dry and dark, but warm, and delivered with love. Through its absurdity, laughter and sense of freedom and joy, I hope for the audience to recognise the situations presented as relevant to their own lives. Underneath the humour, lays a seriousness which talks about our behaviour in the big Society.
El Winlove
Currently published artworks: 9

  The humour in my work is dry and dark, but warm, and delivered with love. Through its absurdity, laughter and sense of freedom and joy, I hope for the audience to recognise the situations pres ...
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Artist of the month June 2013
Congratulations to Sophie who will be graduating this June from Wolverhampton University with a BA Fine Art degree. Sophies work is emblematic of the diverse and challenging work being generated by the UKs art schools. Sophie works with the unusual medium of light and reflections which she has recorded in a number of photographs as well as in sculptures that are designed to capture and reflect light. The Wolverhampton Fine Art Degree show runs until 7th June.
sophie doolan
Currently published artworks: 41

“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated” Confucius. Through a combination of simple materials and processes, minimal objects become complicated and contorted upon ...
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Artist of the month May 2013
Mark is our artist of the month for a second time in recognition of his two new bodies of work, the desolate world in Return from Planet Zog - The Search for the Sea Empress and the intriguing Left Right Here. Due to a lack of recognisable reference points the blurring of the main figure in Left Right Here has the curious effect of flattening the image through abstraction and in so doing helping to celebrate this months theme The Printed Surface.
Mark King
Currently published artworks: 72

The Shoreline, Down End, Croyde, Devon Feb 23rd 2012   I’m finding my actions meditative. The collecting offers me a connection with my surroundings. I feel a sense of oneness; the ...
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Artist of the month April 2013
Reka Ferenczis work explores the relationship between a paintings surface and its texture. The series Knifework begins our journey by exploring the narrative paint creates through the application of layers over time. Reka pushes our perception of texture further, incorporating more openly sculptural elements in the series Escaping the Frame. This progression asks us to question the necessity of surface and its frames when defining paintings from sculptures.
Reka Ferenczi
Currently published artworks: 21

Through the practice of Fine Art, I wish to explore the metamorphosis of the real to the artwork. Everything which inspires me to make an artwork is grounded in the realm of experience. Everything tha ...
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Artist of the month March 2013
Charles Carey began his career as an artist in 1947 and has been drawing, painting, making prints and teaching ever since. Working primarily in still lifes and landscapes, they evoke internal spaces and experience through juxtapositions of simple forms, figures and objects, suggestive of human relationships. 
Charles de Vic Carey
Currently published artworks: 34

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Artist of the month February 2013
Emmie Talboys work brilliantly exemplifies the differing ways we view the human form. Visually it is easy to marvel at the expressive use of materials, the subtle colour tones and arrangement of forms in her fleshy nudes. But it is how she has combined her handling of the materials with the human body that creates the startling psychological impact. The questioning of human psychology through the human form runs throughout her works. Exhibiting at the Hereford College of Arts until 25th February
Emmie Talboys
Currently published artworks: 9

My interest is Humanity, how personal histories, gender roles, childhood attachments and our own personal values serve as a foundation to construct our identity.  When considering identity there ...
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Artist of the month January 2013
In the cold bleak mid-winter of January, Aishas brilliantly disturbing psychological work touches an easily exposed and raw nerve. Gothic, Pre Raphaelite and Art Novae influences are clearly visible in Aishas work as are her musical interests in Death, Thrash and Black metal. Aishas Berries Series not only capture the lonely cold world that winter inhabits, but also fits in neatly with this months theme, by offering a great opportunity to own an original work of art for under ᆪ100.
Aisha Al-Sadie
Currently published artworks: 9

Spirituality is a powerful aspect of every person’s existence; over the centuries its role in an individual’s life however small, affects billions all over the world. My short existence ha ...
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Artist of the month December 2012
Gregs abstractions are a true celebration of visual arts creative force. From the angular structures of his Composition Series to the timeless dripping of the Reality space/mind space series, Greg beautifully deconstructs the process of artistic creation to its purest and most original, leaving visually captivating images. Greg explains: The conscious mind is largely an obstacle to the creative process during active making. Think about the work and change it afterwards, not before."
Greg Bryce
Currently published artworks: 42

My work’s main focus is the senses. How we react to our surroundings and order them. The connnections between the way we sense and the way we project this information to the self. I find the be ...
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Artist of the month November 2012
This months theme is Following the Line: the art of mark making. By blurring the boundaries between one, two and three-dimensions Roses work challenges the very idea of what a line or mark can be, what it can do, what its limits are. As a result her work has a sense of animation, of balance between a static object and something that is in flux. If you follow Roses lines, who knows where you might end up!
Rose Jennings
Currently published artworks: 13

My practice stems from the process of mark making and aims to engage with postmodern ideas of the ’non-fixed’ to blur the boundaries between one, two and three-dimensional mediums. Many of ...
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Artist of the month October 2012
Bee is the first of our artists to list their studio as an open exhibition. Now you can use the Visual Art Trader venue search to find Bees and all our artists studios to view their artworks. This months theme autumnal them just so happens to fit neatly with many of Bees artworks, two perfect reason to be artist of the month.
Bee Grant Peterkin
Currently published artworks: 89

I studied at The Byam Shaw School of Drawing and Painting where I was very fortunate in having Diana Armfield as my tutor. Since then I have travelled widely but I continually return to the West Coast ...
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Artist of the month September 2012
Christabel has just finished working on a new body of work which will be exhibited at the Hare Cottage Gallery, Donhead St Mary, Wiltshire from 29th September until the 6th October 2012. More details coming soon on Visual Art Traders new exhibition listings. If you would like to attend the Private View on either Saturday 29th or Sunday 30th please contact Christabel. There will be a pop-up caf← so it should be a good day out.
www.christabelblackburn.co.uk
Christabel Blackburn
Currently published artworks: 19

Contemporary artist inspired by life, form and energy based between London and Dorset. Painting a range of subjects inlcuding cityscapes, landscapes and animals, I also take commisions for portraits i ...
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Artist of the month August 2012
Stephen embraces architecture as his main influence, seeking out locations within the built environment that hold fractured histories and memories, examining the history and events that surround the area and held within the structures. Exploring the ways in which absence, presence, destruction and preservation can affect the built environment. Stephens work encourages the viewer to meditate on the past and future legacy of all buildings, including the magnificent Olympic Park in Stratford.
Stephen Kavanagh
Currently published artworks: 21

Stephens work explores the ways in which absence, presence, destruction and preservation can affect the built environment environment. His practice consists of a mixture of 3-dimensional and 2-Dimens ...
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Artist of the month July 2012
A Zen priest was asked: If one can discern the Buddha-nature everywhere  in un-raked stones as well as raked ones  why do you so meticulously fashion your rock garden? In reply the priest said: Yes, the Buddha-nature can be discovered everywhere, but we try to make it a little easier to see. Thanks to Mark for the quote and the inspiration behind this months theme.
http://mark-king.blogspot.co.uk/
Mark King
Currently published artworks: 72

The Shoreline, Down End, Croyde, Devon Feb 23rd 2012   I’m finding my actions meditative. The collecting offers me a connection with my surroundings. I feel a sense of oneness; the ...
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Artist of the month June 2012
My concerns lie in coincidence and the unconscious. I create a maze or a narrative in the abstract field, with some recognizable elements that provokes/invites the viewer the make their own interpretation of a narrative/storyline. Like a labyrinth without any start or ending. The viewers eyes gets directed on the picture plane by the interaction of shapes, colours, materials and figurative elements - and creates a storyline - a storyline that changes again with the path of the eyes.
Asger Harbou Gjerdevik
Currently published artworks: 33

My work is based upon abstract arts history and fundaments - where shapes and colors interaction are significant. Abstract art allows the viewer to come to an individual conclusion regarding the them ...
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Artist of the month May 2012
Bee is a member of the Yetminster Art Group and will be exhibiting with them along with hundreds of other artists as part of this years Dorset Art Weeks. It was very hard to choose between the members of the Yetminster Art Group to be artist of the month, but we felt Bees prodigious body of work, not to mention her recent Waterfall works, merited the accolade. www.beesart.co.uk
Bee Grant Peterkin
Currently published artworks: 89

I studied at The Byam Shaw School of Drawing and Painting where I was very fortunate in having Diana Armfield as my tutor. Since then I have travelled widely but I continually return to the West Coast ...
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Artist of the month April 2012
The direct manner in which Merlin's paintings are executed reveals the process, exposes the workings and celebrates the very action of painting. The construction of space (exterior or interior) becomes a playful experience that could be considered architecture. Merlin's latest works can be viewed at 3x3, Cultivate Gallery, Vyner Street, London, E2 9HE. Friday 27th April to Wednesday 2nd May 2012, 11.30am-6pm. To attend the private view on the evening of Thursday 26th April please contact Merlin.
Merlin Ramos
Currently published artworks: 5

Merlin Ramos is interested in the observed space as the primary point of contact with the world. Once he has chosen the image, the place is open to spatial possibilities/explorations. What are the que ...
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Artist of the month March 2012
The senses of emotional uncertainty, of time evaporating and of forgotten memories in Kirstys drawings are made all the more powerful by the beautiful and precise execution of the images. Kirsty explains: I explore the spaces we exist in, both physical and psychological. I use the real landscape which surrounds me as a metaphor for my inner life of imagination and emotion; these are not drawings from life, but drawings of life; drawing the relation between the visible and the invisible.
Kirsty O'Leary-Leeson
Currently published artworks: 25

The spaces we exist in are both physical and psychological. Our existence is interconnected with an inner psychic life of imagination and emotion; the material and immaterial are not separate but are ...
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Artist of the month February 2012
While studying Classics at Newcastle University Christabel started to draw from Greek and Roman sculptures. Following her degree, Christabel went to Florence to train in the atelier tradition of classical drawing, painting and sculpting. After two further years at The London Atelier of Representational Art, she moved to tranquil Dorset to hone her technique. One year later Christabel is now back in London, juggling her new successful career as a portrait artist with her own personal works.
Christabel Blackburn
Currently published artworks: 19

Contemporary artist inspired by life, form and energy based between London and Dorset. Painting a range of subjects inlcuding cityscapes, landscapes and animals, I also take commisions for portraits i ...
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Artist of the month January 2012
As a graduate in Fine Art from Birmingham City University, Emma Freeman has been chosen to represent the class of 2011 for her stand out collages of idealised cityscapes. She cleverly uses the medium of collages with its torn away layers and abrupt endings to reflect the transient nature of cities with their constantly changing and shifting landscape. The reflecting highlights of gold paint and leaf add additional layers of symbolism and difficult questions for an idealised city. The sound of cutting and pasting is continuous throughout Emmas work, much as it is in urban lifes symphony of sounds.
Emma Freeman
Currently published artworks: 7

The sound of cutting and pasting is continuous and accordable throughout my practice, particularly from the utilize of manipulation of collage, gold pigment paint and acrylic emulsion, there is said t ...
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Artist of the month December 2011
As a wildlife artist Francescas ability to capture each animals true character in a fluid and spontaneous manner stands her work apart. Her work is the result of a dedicated process, involving camping out in the African bush for weeks at a time. Francesca uses a personally developed form of oil primed paper which allows her to work freely from life, and avoid the warping and drying effects of the African climate. Francescas 2011 Exhibition is being held at the Air Gallery, 32 Dover St, London, W1S 4NE, from Monday 5th- Saturday 10th December, 10am-6pm. If you are interested in attending the private view on Monday 5th or Tuesday 6th December, please contact Francesca.
Francesca Sanders
Currently published artworks: 16

Francesca was born in Cambridge, England, and grew up as a lover of the outdoor world, and its inhabitants. Professionally trained as a fine artist in the UK and Italy, she now works between the UK an ...
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Artist of the month November 2011
Boyarde is an international exhibiting artist and we are greatly honoured that she should join our democratic art community. Boyarde divides her work between BODY + SPACE. BODY explores our desire and admiration for the human form, SPACE combines aesthetic appreciation with the search for narrative. We hope you like them as much as we do!
Boyarde Messenger
Currently published artworks: 12

Boyarde’s pictures have received widespread reviews from The Evening Standard, to The Independent describing her work as showing ‘the hallmark of [a] gifted photographer’.( Boyarde, ...
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Artist of the month October 2011
Di works out in the open, exposed to the elements around her and we feel her dedication to capturing those changing atmospheric conditions really captures the essence of autumn. In our opinion her work places you right in the middle of the landscape, as if you were sitting next to the easel holding her palette.
Di Grattan-Cooper
Currently published artworks: 15

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Artist of the month September 2011
The 2011 Rugby World Cup has just started and we though this month's theme should be in honour of the host country New Zealand. Simon has travelled extensively through New Zealand capturing its beauty and majesty for us to enjoy.
Simon Bradfield
Currently published artworks: 24

Over the years I’ve worked in many fields, some quite mundane, others a bit more interesting. I was a scriptwriter & storyboard artist for quite a while, working on projects as diverse as li ...
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Artist of the month August 2011
Bee has one of the largest portfolios of work and as a thank you we thought it fitting that Bee should be artist of the month for this summer period.
Bee Grant Peterkin
Currently published artworks: 89

I studied at The Byam Shaw School of Drawing and Painting where I was very fortunate in having Diana Armfield as my tutor. Since then I have travelled widely but I continually return to the West Coast ...
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Artist of the month June 2011
Di works out in the open, exposed to the elements around her and we feel her dedication to capturing those changing atmospheric conditions has paid off. In our opinion her work places you right in the middle of the landscape, as if you were sitting next to the easel holding her palette.
Di Grattan-Cooper
Currently published artworks: 15

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Artist of the month February 2011
We thought you could all use some cheering up during these cold winter months. Lucinda's bright positive colours are just the tonic!
Lucinda Thomson
Currently published artworks: 2

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Artist of the month January 2011
Simon's photographs are excellently executed and breathtakingly beautiful. For a travel photographer these are the most important attribute to get right but are also the hardest.
Simon Bradfield
Currently published artworks: 24

Over the years I’ve worked in many fields, some quite mundane, others a bit more interesting. I was a scriptwriter & storyboard artist for quite a while, working on projects as diverse as li ...
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Artist of the month December 2010
Bee has one of the largest portfolios of work and as a thank you we thought it fitting that Bee should be artist of the month for this festive period.
Bee Grant Peterkin
Currently published artworks: 89

I studied at The Byam Shaw School of Drawing and Painting where I was very fortunate in having Diana Armfield as my tutor. Since then I have travelled widely but I continually return to the West Coast ...
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Artist of the month November 2010
Frances has been an invaluable help since VAT's launch. This award is not only to showcase her excellent work, but as a big thank you for all the positive feedback and help she has given over this first month.
Melita Frances Moule
Currently published artworks: 61

Music and music-making were my first loves! Careers in cryptography and computers have taught me to analyse. I work quickly in the field, normally working in watercolour. I make several conventional ...
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Artist of the month October 2010
During the build up to the VAT website going public Simon has been an invaluable help with challenging and constructive feedback. As a sign of our gratitude VAT has decided that Simon should be the recipient of our first Artist of the Month award.

Simon's photographs desrve this award on merit alone. They are excellently executed and breathtakingly beautiful. As a travel photographer the most important, but also the hardest attributes to get right.
Simon Bradfield
Currently published artworks: 24

Over the years I’ve worked in many fields, some quite mundane, others a bit more interesting. I was a scriptwriter & storyboard artist for quite a while, working on projects as diverse as li ...
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