William Black was born in Lambeth, London in 1968. He studied Landscape Architecture and Human Ecology, before studying Fine Art and Central St Martins in 2000. He has exhibited work in Norwich, Izmir, Istanbul, and Los Angeles. “I think my first interest is to extend the tradition of landscape painting, but in a way that reflects the contemporary world, the electron microscope, advertising typeface, graffiti, the new architectural traditions, the industrial landscape photography of Edward Burtynsky, [and] the contemporary existence of ecological issues. […] Above all I am trying to create an atmosphere of displacement, familiar objects placed in unfamiliar circumstances. A snooker table, a park, bridges, industrial artefacts, but distorted and displaced as if by powerful natural processes, or the unintended effect of human actions such as climate change[.]” William currently lives and works in Norwich. William supplied the art work for issue 17.
Aliyah Hussain is a visual artist and maker, her practice encompasses performance, photography, painting, printmaking, collage, sound and costume. She experiments with the performative and technical aspects of different media to create works that reference futurist narratives, utopian visions and ritualistic practices embedded in the everyday. Based at Islington Mill in Salford since completing a degree at MMU in Interactive Arts in 2009; Aliyah has shown work both nationally and internationally including, New York, Barcelona and London. Aliyah supplied the art work for issue 16.
Andy Broadey is a Manchester-based artist who produces photo-series addressing the post-communist condition and examines conventions of gallery display. He has previously exhibited in Amsterdam, Sofia, London, Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham and Sheffield. He is a member of the art collectives Levenshulme Contemporary Art Centre and @.ac. His writing has been published by the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, and he also writes for Corridor 8. Andy supplied the art work for issue 15.
David Summers is the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Art Theory and Italian Renaissance Art at the University of Virginia. He holds a B.A. from Brown University (1963) and a Ph.D. from Yale University (1969). He taught at Bryn Mawr College and the University of Pittsburgh before accepting an appointment to the Center for Advanced Studies at the University of Virginia in 1981. In 1984, he was appointed William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of the History of Art. His books include Michelangelo and the Language of Art (1981), The Judgment of Sense: Renaissance Naturalism and the Rise of Aesthetics (1987), Real
Debbie Goldsmith (b. 1969) graduated in Fine Art from Coventry polytechnic in 1991, she is an artist based in Cheshire and is also a Curator for Early Years and Families at Tate Liverpool. Her paintings are a vibrant mix of drawing, mark making and painterly abstraction, using her surroundings to inform her paintings. She exhibits regularly, works to commission and has work in both public and private collections. Debbie supplied the art work for issue 13.
Sumuyya Khader (b.1988) Liverpool artist graduated from Liverpool Hope University in 2013. Current artist in residence at Metal Liverpool. “The aim of my current practice is based upon the examination of the landscape beginning to investigate the idea of meeting points and interactions within a space. Delving further into the idea of place and the creation of an environment. How can these points of interaction be deconstructed and re assembled to create a new environment that we have not encountered before?” Sumuyya supplied the art work for issue 12.
Mary Griffiths (b. 1965) lives in Manchester and graduated from the MA Fine Art at Manchester School of Art in 2009. Griffiths is also Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, where she has been in post since 2000. Recent exhibitions include: Some Recent Examples, Manchester (2013); Cabedal, Plataforma Revolver, Lisbon (2012); Fathom (2012), Bureau, Manchester (one-person show); Memory of a Hope, Ceri Hand Gallery, Liverpool; Workhouse, The Hive, Manchester (2011); MA Show, Holden Gallery, Manchester School of Art; This and That, Triple Base Gallery, San Francisco, USA; Four Artists from the Manchester School of Art, FAFA Gallery, Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki, Finland (2009); Jerwood Drawing Prize 2008, Jerwood Space, London and touring UK (2008-09). Her book, Pictures of War, was published by Carcanet in 2009. Mary Griffiths is represented by Bureau, Manchester. Mary supplied the art work for issue 11.