Generations of colourful genius at Tadley Art Studio
by Rosemary Lawrey
J.H. Mole was a famous Victorian watercolourist. His paintings are still highly sought after. Adeliza Mole and her daughter Elinor Cooper have both inherited their ancestor’s artistic genius, though the works of all three could not be more diverse. Adeliza and Elinor are both thoroughly modern artists.
Like her great-great grandfather, Adeliza loves to work in watercolour, as well as in oils and to explore 3D inspirations in clay. She creates intricate mind-worlds featuring landscapes familiar to her. It would take a lifetime to discover all the secrets concealed in just one of her paintings. Her art reflects her passions, horses, Padworth and Burnt Common, lovely landscapes around Ufton Nervet. She also draws from life, and much of her work features the human form. A graduate in fine art from Reading University, Adeliza spent time in Paris where she sold many paintings, and drew artistic inspiration from living in Japan, but is now settled in Tadley with her family.
Elinor (25), a graduate of Southampton Solent University has her own unique take on the world. Her work is exciting, graphic and full of impact, appealing to youthful spirits. Her subjects include myths and modern architecture. Elinor loves deconstructing technology to draw its inner workings. She produces bold posters and prints, some on aluminium. Elinor is also a talented photographer.
During Open Studios you can visit Tadley Art Studio by appointment to visit and view some unique work, the like of which you will not see elsewhere. Or just knock any time you are passing for a warm welcome and a very rewarding experience.
Both Adeliza and Elinor are members of Artikinesis, a collective of five artists who take on projects together locally and whose mission statement is to connect art with places “where art is a stranger”. Their Basingstoke Project is expected to be shown at the Willis Museum, Basingstoke next year, and they have produced an adult colouring book obtainable from the Tadley Art Studio. Adeliza’s pages in particular will absorb many fascinating hours with their wealth of detail.
ARTISTS at Work Series
In 2016, Open Studios invited Isabel Carmona to start a series of Graphic Interviews of artists to make a personal connection with the variety of visual art forms that are represented in Open Studios. We are lucky to have such a great number of artists that open their doors throughout May in West Berkshire and North Hampshire. It can be daunting to choose where to go. With this series, we hope to bring you a flavour of what to expect, what to talk about with each artist and to present them in a human light, finding out how they got where they are now.
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All work copyright by the artists Adeliza Mole and Elinor Cooper.
Contact: Open Studios: John Brazendale, firstname.lastname@example.org or 01635 551981