New Maynard Gallery Open Winners, 18 July-13 Sept 2014

The New Maynard Gallery is proud to present the work of the three winners from the 11th Open Exhibition held in 2013.

2D by Brenda Mathieson, 3D by Pratima Kramer, Photography by Rachel Dunsdon.

WINNER BEST 2D WORK - Brenda Mathieson

by Brenda Mathieson

Brenda has a deep emotional relationship with colour, influenced by a lifetime of studying nature in all its forms and moods. She studied Art and Constructed Textiles at Hornsey College of Art, and went on to have a varied career designing for a furnishing textiles company as well as social work and teaching, In 2009 Brenda attended workshops with German abstract artist Rita Wobbe at her studio on the west coast of Ireland, which gave her a new artistic direction.

Brenda’s work explores the light and darkness of her inner world, travelling intuitively, always searching and never sure where she is going. Before she starts painting, she prepares the surface with a variety of materials and textures. The image then slowly evolves through the application of layer upon layer of acrylic washes. The resulting paintings are full of energy, light, colour and mysterious depths.


WINNER BEST 3D WORK - Pratima Kramer

by Pratima Kramer

Pratima’s art is deeply rooted in her Indian background, a personal characteristic she treasures and strives to express through her work. She aims to visually transcribe her inspirations, incorporating references from her travels and experiences of India’s rich, vibrant culture. She has recently explored working in ceramic, and discovered exciting new ways to combine innovative style with her art and cultural heritage.


by Rachel Dunsdon

Rachel hopes to share her passion for travel through her inspiring photographs. She particularly enjoys exotic and remote places where she can capture different cultures, landscapes, people, street photography, architecture and wildlife.

Rachel has been a photographer all her life and remembers her first Kodak Brownie with affection. She joined Welwyn Garden City Photography Club in 2008 when she retired from a career in the pharmaceutical industry, and obtained her Licentiateship of the Royal Photographic Society (LRPS) in 2013. She is a member of the Royal Photographic Society (RPS) and the RPS Travel Society and also a keen golfer.