Just Four Contemporary Artists

Just Four Contemporary Artists are a group of female artists who thrive on painting together. Jenny Hill-Norton, Anthea Stilwell and Jo Ellis started working creatively together after previous art-related careers: Anthea as an art teacher at Harrow School, Jenny as a glass engraver and landscape gardener and Jo as a Graphic Designer and Illustrator.

“We find that we produce our most inspirational pieces while working together,” says Jenny who co-founded the group. “It’s all experimental work covering a huge range of subjects – created for the sheer pleasure of painting!” Media includes oils, acrylics, mixed media, watercolours, collage and a range of drawing materials including graphite, ink and charcoal.

The three painters are joined by Craig Narramore a contemporary sculptor and furniture maker based in Buckinghamshire, who combines the latest technologies from working as a prop maker in the film industry together with skills from his early grounding in the art of cabinet making. He brings a unique twist with his creations and adds a 3 dimensional depth when the four artists exhibit together as ‘Just Four’. Their work is exhibited throughout the UK and sold at affordable prices.

Exhibitions

Just Four was launched in 2013 with an exhibition at The Cork Street Gallery, Mayfair, London. It’s enormous (and overwhelming) success led the Four to continue exhibiting together as a collective group, taking stands in 2015 at the Affordable Art Fair, Bristol, and the Brighton Art Fair. Hugely valuable contacts were made leading to an invitation to be Artists in Residence with a Just Four Exhibition at The Late November Gallery, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire in 2016.

The City Space Gallery, Discovery Centre, Winchester, Hampshire was the next venue where they were invited to exhibit in the spring of 2016 followed later that year by a buzzing exhibition at Jardinique, Alton, Hampshire and then in London at the newly-refurbished Gallery at The Tabernacle, Notting Hill..

A change of scene in 2018 brought them to the Rock Institute, Rock, Cornwall for an exhibition hosted by Valency Fine Art for a hot summer week competing with record temperatures and World Cup Football.

In 2019 Just Four were hosted by the Quintus family at Bourton House Tythe Barn Gallery, Bourton-on-the-Hill, Gloucestershire to complement their famous garden. It poured with rain all week, so the visitors spent more time than they might have done looking at the diverse and spectacular exhibition in the historic barn.

2019 also saw them back in Cornwall at The Crypt Gallery, St Ives Society of Artists in St Ives as invited artists exhibiting with Edwina Broadbent. Again pouring rain brought the visitors in to view the show to their advantage.

In 2020 Nadia Waterfield invited them to exhibit in her annual Autumn Art Fair at the newly renovated Nadia Waterfield Fine Art Gallery at Goodworth Clatford, near Stockbridge, Hampshire.

Just Four have also exhibited together with the full family of the Stilwell Art Group at – Josie Eastwood’s Gallery, Sparsholt, Hampshire in 2011; Riccos, Liss, Hampshire in 2013; The Oxmarket Gallery, Chichester, West Sussex in 2015 and at the gallery space at The Stockbridge Town Hall, Hampshire in 2017 and 2019 with plans for an exhibition there again in 2021.

2021 brings new opportunities with invitations for Just four + two to exhibit at Nadia Waterfield Fine Art Gallery near Stockbridge, Hampshire from June 12th – 26th www.nadiawaterfieldfineart.com, and with Edwina Broadbent at The Crypt Gallery St Ives Society of Artists, Cornwall in the Autumn (Covid 19 restrictions permitting).

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