The artists successfully combine traditional skills with more avant-garde practice such as sound, light and mummification to stimulate the visual, intellectual and emotional experience. Their work was described by Luke Blackall from London Live, as “challenging the ‘easy do’ young British artist scene of other people doing their work for them.”
The show will be a “sensual feast” says Aidan Gray. “Art is about life and should be exciting. If exhibitions are to be successful, they should leave you with an emotional echo that carries on resonating in your personal life.”
Throughout their artistic careers, both artists have shown nationally and internationally and are founder members of the Article 10 artist group.
Aidan Gray trained in art at Cardiff School of Art and East Carolina University where he was lucky enough to encounter lecturers who inspired him and taught him how to think. In the 1980’s the freedom found with this teaching led him to become one of the UK’s first sound artists and consequently one of the first sound artists not to be recognised by the Arts Council. He has exhibited nationally and internationally and notably took part in the Culture Ship Diamond Jubilee Performance directed by Zatorski and Zatorski along with Richard Wilson, Hugh Locke and Doug Fishbone.
Currently he is working with a range of mediums such as found objects, light, sound, video and mummification to explore and comment upon society’s imperfections and ignorance.
Susan Fletcher started her studies in Theatre Design, moving on to Fashion and Textiles, which she studied at Birmingham University. She worked with designers Yorke and Cole in Paris and Joe Casely-Hayford in London and went on to run her own fashion design business, Fletcher Joyce, with clients such as The Rolling Stones, George Michael and The Pet Shop Boys. Fletcher also holds a Distinction in MA in Fine Art from UCA Canterbury. On graduating, she was selected as a national finalist for sculpture at the 2013 Signature Art Prize London. She had her first solo exhibition at the Brewery Tap, Folkestone, and was commissioned by the Griffin Gallery to make an installation for the Crypt Gallery with Aidan Gray in London in 2015. Fletcher has recently completed an eight month residency at UCA, Canterbury that culminated with a joint exhibition with Alain Urrutia at the Herbert Read Gallery.