Successful Grant applicant Fionn Wilson won us over with her inspiring project, bringing art to the heart of mental health care. Fionn commissioned 10 artists to create works for an NHS building that aids those with mental health problems and people experiencing psychosis. The artworks breathe hope into the building, offering a glimpse of joy, safety, distraction and colour for the patients using their services.

“I was very aware that there is very little on the walls and lots of long, bare corridors. I have first-hand experience of knowing how vital art is in mental health spaces and it’s scientifically shown to help with recovery.” – Fionn Wilson

Please find the full list of artists and artworks displayed below. We hope these paintings will bring a feeling of optimism to both patients and staff working at Lucas House.

Lucy Cox, Abstract 23-1

Lucy Cox – Abstract 23-1

Acrylic on canvas

This artwork is guided by a grid, which has allowed me to create an abstract composition that combines opposites: order and intuition, light and dark, figure and ground, the unfamiliar and the familiar. I find individual perception in painting liberating; it’s fascinating how one mind may form a landscape, figures or architecture, while another might see, quite simply, patterns and geometry.

Biography

Lucy Cox is an artist and certified librarian based in London. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, including X curated by Narbi Price at Newcastle Contemporary Art (2023); Made in Britain: 82 Painters of the 21st Century, Muzeum Narodowe w Gdansk, Poland (2019), and Dear Christine: A Tribute to Christine Keeler, curated by Fionn Wilson, held at multiple venues across the UK (2019–2020). She is a member of Contemporary British Painting and serves on the advisory board of the Priseman Seabrook Collections.

Uzma Sultan, Fruit Seller

Uzma Sultan – Fruit Seller

Oil on canvas

Usually my paintings are based on photos which I have taken myself on my camera phone. The paintings are as much to do with exploiting the application of paint as with the surfaces they are painted on, whether this be aluminium, vinyl, fabric or just traditional canvas. My paintings are made on impulse using my intuition. I am passionate about the process of painting in oils on unconventional or abrasive surfaces.

My painting practice changed during and through the recent two-year global pandemic and evolved as the world shut down, and I became more aware and in tune with nature and animals.

This time was also a chance to paint and draw plein air in surrounding gardens and green spaces as being outside became a novelty.

Biography

Uzma Sultan lives and works in Berlin and London. She is one of the commended artists for the Moth Art Prize 2021, a winner of the Newsprint Open 2021 and was longlisted for Jackson’s Painting Prize, 2022. Her work was selected for the Beep Painting Prize Biennial 2020/2022, at elysium Gallery, Swansea. Exhibitions include Stills of Peace, Museo Archeologico di Atri, Abruzzo, Italy.

Andrew Crane, Various Ways

Andrew Crane – Various Ways

Acrylic, crayon and pencil on canvas

The stories in the head are many and various. They run and run.

‘Shall I do this, shall I do that?’ ‘Should I have done this, or that?’

Past or future features big.

‘Am I bad or am I good?’ The mind will judge itself, it loves this.

When the judging stops…the story stops.

What felt so real is seen for what it is: a story.

All is valid, and all is well.

Biography

Andrew Crane was born in 1949 in Croydon, England and studied graphics and typography at the Central School of Art, London. It was here that he developed the love for words/letters and numbers that appear in his paintings.

Following his degree he pursued a career as a graphic designer, doing the occasional painting. Various mixed and solo shows have included, in 2012, a solo show at The Kihle Gallery in Norway (which houses an extensive collection by Edvard Munch). He also began to paint with non-art materials, cement, plaster etc. He says: “Lately, when I show up at a canvas, my head is pretty empty. This ‘not knowing’ holds fear and excitement in equal measure, but with trust comes progress, and the fear recedes. Colour and the touch of the brush on canvas is more prevalent now, like a sharing of intimate vulnerability.”

Alison Edmonds, Lucida

Alison Edmonds – Lucida 2023

Oil on canvas

My painting Lucida is a contemplation of movement from one place to another. I am interested in the area that lies between the beginning and the end wherein anything can happen but where an underlying rhythm and repetition pulls us forwards. I explore unexpected phenomena, elemental interventions, destruction and renewal, often inspired by fragmentary memories and soundbites from everyday life.

Biography

Alison Edmonds is a fine artist originally from Manchester but who has been working for many years from a studio near the centre of Huddersfield, West Yorkshire. She studied Fine Art at Psalter Lane, Sheffield, and her work encompasses drawing, sculpture and installation work although she now works

mainly in oil paint on large scale canvases. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group shows and is held in private collections both in the U.K. and abroad.

Tamara Dubnyckyj, Accidental Sculpture

Tamara Dubnyckyj – Accidental Sculpture

Oil on canvas

This painting was inspired by a visit to a calm, well-manicured garden, and an encounter with wooden croquet pieces set up ready for a game. I have never played croquet, but the colourful pieces were painted beautifully, and laid out so carefully, they looked to me like little art sculptures.

I wanted the composition of the painting to reflect the careful positioning of the wooden posts within the garden setting, equal proportions of hedging, grass and sky, and it was also important to keep the colours and paint marks as fresh as possible.

Despite being a relatively small painting, I hope the viewer can sense the scale of the gardens and wonder what might lie beyond the colourful posts, beyond the hedges and through the trees – imagine the fresh air, perhaps hear the birds singing, and the faint knocking sounds of the accidental sculpture coming to life.

Biography

Tamara Dubnyckyj, MA Painting, Royal College of Art (2007), BA (Hons) Fine Art, Middlesex University, lives and works in London.

In 2023, she was selected for the RA Summer Exhibition and Wells Art Contemporary and exhibited at Huddersfield Art Gallery, Dungeness 5th Continent, Folkestone Art Gallery, and has previously exhibited in many group and solo shows across UK, Europe and Colombia.

Bo Gorzelak Pedersen,
What I Like About Autumn

Bo Gorzelak Pedersen – What I Like About Autumn

Acrylic on canvas

I have always considered myself an autumn person. I like tweed and wool, not satin or silk. I don’t enjoy hanging out on warm summer beaches. I like waking up and seeing how the early morning mist makes the hawthorn berries in the garden glisten with moist, and to smell the saturated wood of an old fallen tree. I still remember as a teenager reading Sigurd Hoel’s Before the Frost. The original Norwegian title of the novel is Fjorten dager før frostnettene, i.e. Fourteen Days Before the Nights of Frost, which is much better, and this is exactly my preferred time of the year: when everything darkens, only our breath is about to turn white.

Biography

Bo Gorzelak Pedersen is a Danish painter, writer and art critic. He has exhibited in Denmark and in Serbia, in the US and in the UK, and has participated in numerous international art projects. He has reviewed art exhibitions and monographs on art and artists for both Danish and international papers and has written extensively on art online. He has also published more than ten books, including How to Begin and Other Essays on Art (2018).

John Wyatt Clarke, Tidal Painting

John Wyatt Clarke – Tidal Painting

Oil on canvas

My paintings usually start from a diagram in a scientific journal or text book. They’re a way for me to think about how we try to understand the world in order to fit better in it. This one is made up from several diagrams of how the moon affects the tides in different parts of the world, depending on the width and depth of the oceans. The tides are one way that we can see invisible forces. The world is full of invisible forces that we can do nothing about which pull us this way and that.

Biography

John Wyatt Clarke studied vertebrate palaeontology in Bristol, photography in Sheffield, art history and theory in Oxford, and painting on the Turps Studio Programme. He has been an editor at Oxford University Press, Creative Director of Magnum Photos, a lecturer in photography at the Royal College of Art and the University of South Wales, and a director of the environmental charity Project Pressure. He has been exhibiting his paintings and photography across Europe and the USA since the 1980s.

Rhys Aneurin, Glas 95 (Blue 95)

Rhys Aneurin – Glas 95 (English: Blue 95)

Oil and emulsion on canvas

Glas 95 (English: Blue 95) takes an element of a treasured childhood summer memory — not necessarily to recreate or portray that memory — but rather to search for an essence of the feelings that come with it.

When young I often held colour-tinted bottles to the sky, fascinated by the varying tones of colour that came through them from the sunlight. An early memory, from the summer of 1995, is of looking out of the window of the family car by the sea, holding a large blue bottle of water to the sky and looking through it.

The act of exploring these various tones of colour work as a vehicle for me to emotionally return to a place that I can never physically go back to; to feel a happiness and comfort of a partial memory that I will never be able to fully recall or visualise.

Biography

Rhys Aneurin is an artist and musician from Ynys Môn, living in Cardiff. After studying on the art foundation course in Coleg Menai, Bangor, he graduated in Illustration at the Cardiff School of Art and Design.

By documenting, deconstructing and reconstructing the aesthetics of day-to-day urban landscapes to their core within geometry, texture and colour, his work questions the ideals of identity and isolation that traditionally define a place — and the feelings of belonging and alienation that define the citizens’ relationship with the place where they live.

Robert Priseman, Angel

Robert Priseman – Angel

Oil on canvas

Angel is a vision of a guardian angel.

Biography

Robert Priseman is an English artist, curator and collector. Works of art by Robert are held in museums around the world including the MdM Salzburg, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Musée de Louvain la Neuve, Yale Centre for British Art, Guggenheim, New York, UMMA, Michigan, Honolulu Museum of Art, The Royal Collection, Windsor Castle, The New Art Gallery, Walsall, V&A and The National Galleries of Scotland.

He also collects paintings by British artists he admires and owns the Priseman Seabrook Collections, which is an official Art UK Partner Collection. This first went on museum display at Huddersfield Art Gallery in 2014 and has subsequently toured to The National Museum of Poland, Yantai Art Museum, Jiangsu Art Museum, Nanjing, China Academy of Art and the Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts Museum in China.

As well as curating exhibitions across the USA, New Zealand, Poland, UK and China, he has given talks on British art at institutions including the University of Oxford, The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts and The University of Cambridge.

Fionn Wilson, Kingfisher, Venus and the Moon

Fionn Wilson – Kingfisher, Venus and the moon

Heavy body acrylic on canvas

I’ve painted the moon many times, often with Venus. Any sky featuring the moon and Venus will always be particularly beautiful — Venus is the second-brightest natural object in the night sky after the moon and together they are particularly spectacular. To me they seem to be old friends, revelling in each other’s beauty and whispering tales of the universe to each other.

The moon is comforting to me. It is a constant. Whether feeling sorrowful or joyful, I look at the moon. It gives me perspective and a relative position and reminds me how beautiful the world is, regardless of anything else that’s going on. The moon looks down on us and witnesses everything, our dreams and nightmares, forever silently reflecting light. There is a secret language that unites fellow moon lovers: “Have you seen the moon tonight?”

Adding a kingfisher (my favourite bird) to the equation produces a painting celebrating what I see as three of the most beautiful things in the world.

Biography

Fionn Wilson is a London-based figurative painter and curator, originally from the north east of England.

Her works form part of public collections including the Priseman Seabrook collection of 21st Century British Painting, the Museum of London, the National Coalmining Museum, England and the Marx Memorial Library.