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Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks. Simonides

Faiza Maghni

Faiza Maghni also here



«La peinture a été pendant longtemps une envie plus ou moins inconsciente et totalement occultée qui s’est imposé tout naturellement par la suite » …

Fascinée par les miniatures perses, la calligraphie arabe, mais aussi par l’art tribal et la peinture contemporaine, elle s’en inspire dans son travail et crée ainsi son propre univers.

Faiza tente de traduire à travers ses portraits la beauté et a complexité de la femme symbolisés dans ses toiles par la richesse du costume et l’expression énigmatique du regard.

Sa démarche dans l’expression abstraite rejoint l’univers de ses portraits.

C’est un clin d’œil à l’univers féminin.

Artiste peintre autodidacte originaire d’Oran, Faiza Maghni vit et travaille à Paris depuis une dizaine d’années.


Merci Faiza

Bev Howe


2004-2007: Member Federation of Canadian Artists
2000-2001: Master's Degree in Fine Art, Painting, University of Wales Instute Cardiff
1997-2000: Bachelor of Arts Degree, Painting, University of Wales Institute Cardiff


2002: Daler Rowney 1st Prize Oil Painting
2001: Winsor and Newton Best Newcomer Painting Prize
2000: Graduate 2000 Award. Arts Council of Wales/Axis
2000: Short-listed (runner up) for The Harry Holland Figurative Painting Award
1999: Short-listed for the Dulcie Maine Painting Travel Award

Annie Giles Hobbs

''Annie Giles Hobbs uses layers of handmade papers. They function not merely as surfaces, but are constituted and shaped for her predetermined images. The density of these large pieces is impressed by multi-plate etching, colograph and monoprint, whose qualities build up a richly worked top surface, whilst partially revealing texture and imagery at the edges of receding layers. Close inspection discloses a structural linearity ranging from the fine delicacy of a Lippi to some expressionistically agitated networks intonal areas. On more distant viewing the forma of figures and symbolic references coalesce from the overall schema in palely luminous flesh tones. The dreamlike quality of fading and re-emerging configurations conveying sensual and soulful experience,implies to the viewer distances of history and age-old myth in these tentatively expressed relations, giving contemporary insight into the archaic and mystical bond between humans and the animal world.''

Extract from the catalogue, Six: an exhibition of contemporary printmakers, by Karin Hiscock

Born in Cardiff
Studied at University of Wales Institute, Cardiff - BA Fine Art
Runs the Cardiff Print Workshop
Teaches part-time School of Art and Design

Andy Short

''I was Born in Caerphilly, just outside the Capital of Wales in 1965.

I began studying art quite late in life, my first attempt at a painting was in 2003. I loved the old masters, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Titian etc. My art life began with developing the traditional elements of painting that have almost been lost to modern art.

I believe that there is a place in Contemporary art (painting) for the use of traditional methods, traditional methods does not mean old fashioned paintings, traditional methods give a solid foundation for any style of painting and, I feel, provides a better understanding of the painting practice producing a natural progression in development in any practicing painter. Matisse and Picasso both had a traditional foundation in painting practice which allowed them to progress and develop new ideas that, I believe without it they would not have been able to produce such exciting works later in their career.

My works, at this stage in my own career, are very traditional in style and method, but with a modern world depicted within its subjects and concepts. I can see myself developing my work into something more on the lines of matisse and Picasso becoming freer to explore the realms of none representational realities and more the emotions of the paint and colour!

We shall see! watch this space!

I have a BA(Hons) in Fine Art 2007.
While at university I exhibited works through Galleries up until June 2008 when I had a solo exhibition in the centre of Cardiff.''


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