Rachel has worked at the University Hospital of Wales as a consultant anaesthetist since 1997. She was brought up in Wolverhampton and trained in London to be a doctor, qualifying in 1986. She then undertook training in the speciality of anaesthesia in a number of the large teaching hospitals in London, until she moved to Cardiff to take up her consultant post. She specialises in looking after and anaesthetising pregnant women, which can be challenging but very rewarding. Rachel is a keen amateur artist, belonging to an art club and regularly taking other art lessons as time allows. She enjoys showing some of her work at a yearly art show event and sometimes even sells a piece. She tackles most subjects and uses most mediums, but generally likes to create the feeling of movement in her work. Rachel tries to visit art galleries when she is away and she looks forward every year to her day trip to London to visit The Summer Exhibition at The Royal Academy. She is very excited to have been invited to be part of the judging panel for Art for Research Cardiff.
James was born in Cardiff in 1979. He studied BA Fine Art at Manchester School of Art and MA Fine Art at Chelsea School of Art on an Arts and Humanities Research Council scholarship. James has worked as an artist and curator since graduating in 2002 and has exhibited frequently around the UK and internationally in group exhibitions and solo projects. Recent events include his solo exhibition ‘The Penultimate Truth’ at Elysium Swansea, and group projects ‘Rumblestrip’ at g39 Cardiff & ‘Abtract : Reality’ at the Saatchi Gallery London. James’ paintings are highly detailed and visually powerful meditations on our snowballing detachment from the real world within a visual culture of ever increasing simulacra. The paintings are of subjects that are usually either fake, don’t really exist, or are impossible to see in the flesh, but that still have a collective reality amongst groups of people.
Peter is a self taught artist living in South Wales, who turned professional in 2003 after a twenty year career in structural engineering. He has always had an awe and fascination with the natural environment and working on site in front of the subject has played a large part in the evolution of his style. The inspiration for his work varies from season to season but the weather and mood of the day are always the main aim of a painting. Most of his work is carried out in pure watercolour, giving the luminosity of the medium full prominence and he also paints in oils. Peter is a full member of the Royal Society of Marine Artists, the Royal Watercolour Society of Wales and the pure Watercolour Society. He was awarded the R.K. Burt & co. award for the best work on paper at the 2018 R.S.M.A show at the Mall Galleries London.
Tess is an artist from South Wales with a studio practice currently based in Cardiff. As far back as she can remember she has created images, and has continued to paint since childhood to become the artist she is today. Her work still focuses on painting and drawing and she makes works from life, photographs and imagination, following a range of subjects, but often with strong links to the landscape.
After completing a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design from the University of South Wales, she studied BA Fine Art – Painting at Winchester School of Art. She graduated in 2012, and worked as Curator and Exhibitions Officer at Arcade/Campfa Gallery in Cardiff until 2014. She shows work regularly in the UK and in autumn 2018 did a 3-month residency with Aamir Art House in Goa; her painting ‘Bacterium Stroll’, made during the residency, was selected as one of 45 finalists in this years Jackson’s Painting Prize.
Jo Berry is a painter based in Cardiff. Born in Essex in 1970 she completed her BA in Manchester in 1989 and after spending a few years in London has been living in Cardiff since 2003.
Using found images often from the internet as source material, she uses an airbrush to create paintings with a blurry, ambiguous quality. She seeks to create new meanings from often mundane and overlooked images usually found on the internet or from popular or unpopular culture.
Regularly exhibiting her work in Wales and across the UK, she is represented by First Contemporary Bristol. In 2021 she was shortlisted for the Jackson’s Painting Prize, one of 42 from over 4,000 entries. Her work has been selected for the John Moores Painting Prize in 2014, the Beep Painting Biennial and the National Eisteddfod for Wales on several occasions. In 2018 she exhibited in the group show ‘In a Light’ curated by Lle Gallery at the Saatchi Gallery London.