Chris Garratt studied Fine Art at Bath Academy of Art, Corsham. For many years he lectured in Art History at Exeter College of Art & Design and Falmouth School of Art. He served on numerous Arts committees, including the Arts Council of Great Britain, South West Arts and Television South West.
He is the artist and co-writer of the BIFF cartoon strip which ran for twenty years in The Guardian and has also illustrated many titles in the "Introducing" series from Icon Books.
Since moving to the Isles of Scilly in 2001, Chris has returned to painting, drawn to the working methods of a range of artists from Chardin to Matisse.
In complete contrast to his still life pictures, Chris has begun making editions of original prints, using the simplest of materials and methods to liberate the primacy of mark-making and the essential qualities of ink on paper.
"Dont let the craft obscure the art".
Sophie Hooper settled on Scilly after graduating from UEA in 2001 with a degree in History of Art & Anthropology to establish herself as an artist and silversmith on the Islands.
The accurate nature of Sophie's paintings and pencil drawings offer a unique perspective of Scilly, capturing the sharpness of light and focussing on detail and realism. Her paintings of the local original pilot gigs on salvaged gig planks combine the rich history of the Scillonian heritage with a painting. depicting the gig from which they came.
Sophie has been creating her new range of handcrafted silver jewellery this year, developing a contemporary yet organic style, inspired by her Scillonian surroundings. For a more extensive range and closer look at her jewellery please visit her own website
Growing up on the Scilly Isles, Sarah Garratt always concentrated on art, and in particular paintng and printing.
From graduating at Manchester College of Art, lecturing at Falmouth Art School to the present day where she the art teacher at the Five Island School.
Her recent work using watercolour focusses on still lives of beach finds from the shores of Scilly, assembling driftwood, shells, beads, washed up pottery and sea glass. Sarah also enjoys producing lino prints and her very popular 'Driftwood Fish'.