Directory: THE VISUAL ARTS
list photographers, illustrators, painters, cartoonists,
graphic designers, printmakers, and typographers.
CREATIVE & DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHERS
:: Robert Leyland - the Chief Photographer for the British Army
and former department head at the Defence School of Photography. Robert now lives in Blurton, Stoke-on-Trent.
:: Roger Brightmore -
a commercial/advertising photographer based in Stoke-on-Trent.
:: Biscoe Photography - based in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent.
:: Robert Egan,
fine-art photographer, specialising in the degraded landscape.
Based in Newcastle-under-Lyme.
:: Ellen Rogers - Ellen is a fashion photographer who moved to North Staffordshire in 2011.
Ellen also has a Facebook page and gallery.
:: Vicky Martin - based in Stoke-on-Trent.
:: Jeremy Crick - based in North Staffordshire.
:: Vividflow Studio - offering photography services and based in Stoke-on-Trent.
:: Custard Photography - professional photography studio in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent.
:: Garrick Middleton - Leek-based photographer and designer.
:: Chris Lees - based in
Stoke-on-Trent. Chis can also undertake family photography .
:: Red Dog Photography
:: Alex Harford
:: Rob Spuffard - a product, model, portraiture, head-shots and stills photographer, with a studio based in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent. Also has a
fully mobile studio set-up.
:: Rachel Marsden - is a North Staffordshire artist and also a curator, photographer and bookbinder.
:: Chris Hepburn - a talented young photographer from Staffordshire. He has a
special talent for making stock images, and his work is for sale at iStockphoto and Getty Images.
:: Martin Shakeshaft
- an experienced Staffordshire photojournalist who also works as a
lecturer in Photography at Stoke F.E. College.
His latest project is to re-visit & re-photograph the people and places he saw during the 1984 miner's strike.
:: Jonathan Ayres Photography
- offering press and events photography (as a member of the N.U.J.).
Jonathan is also a wildife and landscape photographer.
:: Mark Wood: 'Constructed Spaces' -
Mark was featured in an extensive interview on the Spring 2003 front-page of
:: James Nisbeck - a Stoke-on-Trent -based freelance photographer.
:: Paul Deakin
- specialist underground & cave photographer.
:: Alix McMurdo is a young photographer based in Stoke-on-Trent and can provide a variety of photography including
band promotion pictures.
:: Peripheral Anomaly
- specialist rock & pop band photographer. Has a very extensive online portfolio, featuring just about every band in North Staffs.
:: Sarah Thompson
- has a web-site featuring her extensive photography of rock concerts.
:: Mark Heath - digital event photographer from Stoke-on-Trent.
:: Robert Simms - a fine art and social documentary photographer from Biddulph.
:: Milestones Photography - based in North Staffordshire.
:: Polly Shave - based in Stoke-on-Trent.
:: Longnor Landscapes - landscape photographer Michela Griffith based on the Staffordshire/Derbyshire border.
:: Robert Such - a Stoke-on-Trent -based architectural photographer and journalist.
:: Mr Will - Newcastle-under-Lyme photographer specialising in live music,
:: Eternal Iris Film and Photography - event photographers based in Stoke-on-Trent.
:: Carrie Adlington.
:: Indira Verdi - an art photographer based in Stoke-on-Trent.
:: Catherine Buca - based in Cliffe Vale.
:: Paul Haywood.
:: Peter Knight - lecturer
at Keele, landscape photographer & painter, and also the web-site editor for Stoke's Penkhull Festival.
:: Chris Lees Photography - specialist in outdoors sports photography.
:: Martin Kaluza - a Stoke-on-Trent photographer who specialises in golf pictures of courses and players. Martin graduated with a B.A.
(Hons) Media Production degree from Staffordshire University.
:: James Ball photography.
:: Dan Matthews Photography.
:: Jess Leeson-Kemp Photography.
:: Luke Reynolds.
:: David Sidley.
:: Adam Lowndes.
:: Futurilla -
based in Cliffe Vale, Stoke-on-Trent.
:: Local Peak District National Park landscape & wildlife photography training for photographers.
PHOTOGRAPHERS: Photographic Groups
:: Photographers' Collective North Staffordshire.
:: Newcastle-under-Lyme Camera Club
:: Faith in Photography - a Christian photography group in Stoke-on-Trent, based at the Hanley Community Fire Station.
:: Stoke-on-Trent Flickr group.
:: Stoke-on-Trent Camera Club.
:: Willfield Camera Club in Stoke-on-Trent.
:: Blythe Bridge Camera Club.
:: Staffordshire Moorlands Camera Club.
:: Alsager Camera Club.
:: Nantwich Camera Club.
:: Crewe Photographic Society.
:: Leek Photography Club.
:: Stafford Photographic Society.
:: Burton-on-Trent Photographic Society.
:: Cannock Photographic Society.
PHOTOGRAPHY: Supplies & services
:: Dark Arts - an alternative model agency based in Stoke-on-Trent, and is run by photographer
and performance artist Asha Tank.
:: Picture Nation - a major stock photography library based at the Staffordshire University Business Village.
:: www.1stcameras.co.uk are based in Newcastle-under-Lyme.
:: Staffordshire University's Art Supplies Shop. Their photocopiers are available to those
outside the university, and can produce colour transfers.
PAINTERS / DRAWING & FINE PRINTMAKERS
:: Paine Proffitt is a Newcastle-under-Lyme painter, specialising in sports pictures and pictures that
successfully weave between many definitional boundaries; such as magic realism, surrealism, vorticism, and L.S. Lowry.
:: Gordon Dale
- fine-art landscape artist, based in Biddulph.
:: Marcus Wemyss - a Stoke-on-Trent artist.
:: Sid Kirkham - specialist football and football fans artist.
:: Monica Grohmann - a ceramicist and artist, based at Knighton.
:: Richard Dawkes - a
contemporary abstract landscape artist based in Stoke-on-Trent.
:: Brek Seae - a painter who also plays for Stoke City F.C.
:: John Creber of Cheddleton (just south of Leek). Traditional pen drawings in the Wainwright style.
:: Bernard Charnley - one of the key artists with a working studio at the
AirSpace gallery in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent.
:: Nicholas Hudson Paine - a Stoke-on-Trent artist.
:: Famous When Dead - a Stoke-on-Trent artist and illustrator.
:: Mat Edwards - of Newcastle-under-Lyme. Mat has been a freelance artist and illustrator since 1992.
:: Tracey Henham - artist and illustrator.
:: Ray Sheldon - an artist based in Stone, Staffordshire...
:: Georgina Vinsun - a painter based at Biddulph Moor.
:: Nicholas Ferenczy - an artist based at Nantwitch.
:: Chris Godber - an abstract artist based in Congleton.
:: Nick Bebbington - fine artist based in Newcastle-under-Lyme.
:: Jacki Clarke - of Congleton.
:: David Horvath - of Stoke-on-Trent.
:: Bruce Lyons - of Congleton.
:: Susan Laughton - an artist based in Congleton. Susan is inspired by
landscapes of dramatic moorlands and brooding/liminal weather.
:: David Lawrence Barber - a painter from Newcastle-under-Lyme.
:: Micheal Pritchard - a fine-art printmaker based in the Staffordshire Moorlands.
:: Jo Williams - a specialist equestrian artist from Audley.
:: Fine printmaker and glass designer Naomi Greaves.
:: Steve Russell of Alsager is an architect, working at
Stoke-on-Trent architects Hulme Upright Manning;
and he's has www.steve-russell.co.uk
as a personal site for his projects and paintings.
:: Ian Naylor - visual artist working across a diverse
range of media, from life-drawing to community art. Artist
in Residence 2003, RAF Museum. Based in Cheadle, Staffordshire Moorlands.
:: Rob Pointon - a freelance artist based in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent.
:: Krystyna Komar, an artist based in Leek.
:: Eddy Donkin - a Stoke-on-Trent painter in oils, whose website has many local scenes of the Potteries and the region's mining industries.
:: Roger Taylor - a painter based in Meir, Stoke-on-Trent, specialising in local scenes.
:: Paul Horton - a Staffordshire artist and landscape painter.
:: Lindsey Hambleton
- painter based in the Moorlands.
:: David Finney
- professional wildlife artist, based in Alsager. His clients include the RSPB and Spode.
:: Jo Walker Art - a Staffordshire visual artist, specialist painter, muralist and creator of handpainted furniture.
:: Paul Culley -
a digital illustrator based in Stoke-on-Trent.
:: Otherworld Illustrations - Stoke-on-Trent based fantasy-artist Chris Bell.
:: Lampros Kalfuntzos - a digital fantasy artist based in Stoke-on-Trent.
:: Rita Banks
- fine-art landscape painter, based in Stone.
:: Joyce Iwaszko.
:: Tony Beresford
- watercolourist, inspired by the landscapes of the
:: Angela Munslow - figurative painter and sculptor, Stoke-on-Trent.
:: Phil Hardaker - mosaic maker from Stoke.
:: Anthony Forster's Art Classes - art tutor based in the Potteries. Anthony
also specialises in rural scenes and Cow Pictures.
:: John Myatt - an art faker, and proud of it!
:: Neil Taylor-Cashmore -
based in Newcastle-under-Lyme. Specialist in seascapes, shoreline buildings,
:: Barewall - a showcase for the work of visual artists in and around North Staffordshire.
:: James Rushton - portraitist based in Stoke-on-Trent.
:: Pingoart offers a 'photos onto canvas' service.
Arthur Berry Trust. Gives the annual Arthur Berry Fellowship award,
to a graduate of one the three local visual arts courses at
Staffordshire and Keele universities and the Alsager campus of MMU.
The Award provides £1,000 living expenses and material costs
during a month as artist-in-residence at the New Vic Theatre.
PAINTING & DIGITAL CG: Concept Artists
:: Alex Figini on Concept Art World / Alex Figini on DeviantArt.
Alex is based in Stoke-on-Trent.
:: Futurilla. Based in Stoke-on-Trent.
PAINTING: Art Supplies
:: Genesis Artist's Colours - based in Stoke-on-Trent. Specially formulated "dry on demand" artist's paints.
:: Webberley's is the area's best-known large artists' materials shop.
Based in the city-centre at Hanley, it is family-run & independent.
:: Staffordshire University's Art Supplies Shop. Open to those outside the University.
:: I Wis Framed, a gallery and independent picture framers in Stoke town.
Art Studio Framing - based in Newcastle-under-Lyme. Recommended by many local artists and photographers.
:: Ruth Tappin - based at Leek, Ruth is one of the country's top restorers of mirrors, picture frames, and similar gilded items.
:: Agog Marketing & Design.
:: Creative Avenue Ltd - which claims "18 years commercial & corporate design experience".
:: Jackson Hammond Design -
full service graphic design company, based in Trentham, Stoke-on-Trent.
:: Steve Perry - a designer and web developer based in Oakamoor, Staffordshire. Steve specialises
in work for the sports and outdoor adventure markets.
:: elloDave - a Staffordshire based advertising, design and marketing agency.
:: Mandy Wong
- a graphic, Web and identity designer, based in Stoke-on-Trent.
:: High House is the name of Staffordshire University’s wallpaper company,
tapping into the design talents of the degree in Surface Pattern design.
:: DK Design - based in Newcastle-Under-Lyme, providing design services in graphic design, web, print, and signage.
:: Step Beyond.
:: Bomark Studios - based in Stoke-on-Trent.
:: Paul Simpson - a creative designer and illustrator, based in Stone.
:: Concrete Poetry - a graphic design company based in Stoke-on-Trent, established since 2000.
:: Opening Doors - design agency, based in Congleton.
:: Nic Dyde - a Stoke-on-Trent graphic designer with strong experience of producing print publications.
:: Andrew Johnson - a freelance designer and illustrator based in Etruria, Stoke-on-Trent.
:: Keywork Design - a firm based in Cheddleton, offering
digital illustration for various business sectors, bespoke on-line media tools for management, and the design of specialist infographics tools
:: Repeat Pattern - fresh collage design.
:: Tim Hickman - a creative designer and illustrator, based in Stone.
:: Adam Pigford Bay - based in Whitley, Staffordshire. Adam is a specialist in urban design and graphic design practices.
:: Pro Poly - based in Stoke-on-Trent.
:: Les Jones is a Stone-based designer
offering "Unique Graphic Art Based on your Name".
:: Jack Design Limited - based in Stoke-on-Trent.
:: Tim Hickman - a graphic designer and illustrator based in Stone.
:: Revive Creative - freelance graphic-design and creative artwork service in Stoke-on-Trent,
with over 13 years of studio experience in marketing design.
:: Aaron Tolley
:: am:pm graphics
:: Sue Landon Design
:: NK Williams, Film and Graphic Design.
:: Graham Shapiro Design.
:: Hope Creative.
:: Pin Media
:: Verso Communications.
:: Woo@, the online
portfolio of graphic-designer Stephen Woowat.
:: Imagees - creative graphic design for advertising & marketing.
Also offer Bureau production facilities, colour output.
GRAPHIC NOVELISTS, CARTOONISTS, ILLUSTRATORS
:: Shane Oakley - an internationally-known comics artist who specialises in horror and the gothic.
Shane is based on the Wolstanton Marsh area of the Potteries. He has 20 years of experience in stylish comics illustration, including working with the great Alan Moore (Albion).
:: Graphic-novelist and illustrator Andi Watson.
Andi was nominated for an Eisner Award (the world's 'graphic-novel Oscars') for
his acclaimed Breakfast After Noon -
the story of the everyday lives of a young Stoke-on-Trent couple
Rob & Louise as they face redundancy. He also set his later graphic-novels Dumped, and the currently-serialised Little Star
in the city. After a sojourn in the USA, he now lives and works in Audley, North Staffordshire.
:: Luke Brookes Illustration - a graduate of Staffordshire University who is currently living and working in Leek.
:: Duncan Bourne - a cartoonist from Stoke-on-Trent.
:: Paul Clay / alphawham. Paul is a Staffordshire illustrator with a fresh young style.
:: Steve Roberts Caricatures. Buy prints, or commission a caricature picture of your friends, family, workmates, or even your own fave celeb.
Steve is a cartoonist based in Penkhull, Stoke-on-Trent.
:: Pez and pencil is a local freelance designer & illustrator based in Stoke-on-Trent, specialising in fresh hand-lettered goodness.
:: Famous When Dead - a Stoke-on-Trent artist and illustrator.
:: Lunaci Art - a talented fan artist based in North Staffordshire.
:: Sarah Croker - an illustrator based in Stoke-on-Trent.
:: Planet Pencil - based in Stoke-on-Trent. Children's author and illustrator Kate Leake (Planet Pencil) also runs schools workshops.
:: Lee Holland - illustrator and designer based in Stoke-on-Trent.
:: Graphoonist - based in Stoke-on-Trent.
:: Emma Ridgway - a Staffordshire illustrator. Emma also has
an active weblog.
:: Matt Buckingham - an illustrator located in Alsager.
:: Tracey Henham - author and illustrator.
:: Klair Scattergood - Staffordshire-based children's artist and illustrator.
:: Rob Conway.
:: Otherworld Illustrations,
the web-site of Stoke-on-Trent based Chris Bell.
:: Christopher Guest - based in Stoke-on-Trent.
:: Chris Altham - cartoonist and Macromedia Flash animator.
:: Valerie Greeley - is a local author/illustrator.
:: Repeat Pattern - fresh collage design.
:: Christopher Guest.
:: Christopher Leach.
:: Gaz Roberts an
professional illustrator. He has a strong online portfolio, including a complete children's
ARTIST-LED NETWORKS & GROUPS
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