Here it is then, our second instalment of “New to Sable & Ox”; and your chance to get better acquainted with some of the newest talents we've been welcoming aboard as of late. With everything from original children's book illustrations to moving photographic works, we hope you enjoy discovering this work as much as we did.
As a former engineer, and having spent years practicing his craft as nothing more than a hobby, painter Karl Hamilton-Cox recently turned his ambitions towards the art world. Very much inspired by the notion of realism, Karl seems to have found his feet through the unique approach of working on leather as oppose to your more traditional canvas or specialist papers. The various qualities of different leathers add to the art in different ways, and so finding the most suitable surface for certain subject matter becomes its own unique challenge; fine kid leather is most ideal for portraiture, textured hide is perfect for wildlife (think elephants and rhinos), whilst a smooth grained leather works well for highly detailed still-life work.
Karl’s unusual approach to painting has certainly not gone unnoticed, during 2013 his work was accepted into a large number of group exhibitions held across the UK, and there are many more planned for the rest of 2014. Places he’ll be exhibiting at this year include the Untitled Artist Fair in London, and the Herefordshire Art Week.
Karl’s paintings are not framed behind glass, and nor does the leather need any special treatment; they should be handled and displayed as if oil paintings.
Living and working in Edinburgh Jim Scott graduated with an Honours Degree from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, and has since enjoyed an eclectic career working as an illustrator, designer, and photographer. It was however his photography that caught our eye, with examples of work ranging from emotive and impactful landscapes, all the way to cleverly considered, contemplative portraits. Despite focusing on a diverse range of subject matter, Jim’s use of composition and colour is consistently sublime; which when coupled with what seems to be his instinctive understanding for what is going to make a good shot, produces the sort of captivating imagery that is hard to get bored of.
Charles has been a childrens book writer and illustrator since 1988. His very first picture book, "Bush Vark's First Day Out", won The Macmillan Prize and was published during his second year at Camberwell School of Art. Only a year later it went on to win The Mother Goose Award for best newcomer to children's picture books. Since this time Charles has gone on to illustrate over 40 picture books, including the much loved and praised "Sometimes I Like To Curl Up in a Ball". A keen conservationist and animal welfare advocate, many of Charles’s stories centre around the journeys and adventures of animals. Charles was brought up and educated in Bath, lived in Camberwell for almost twenty years, and now lives in Dorset with his partner, Sarah, and their son Ollie.