Art: Brighton’s arty 22 September

Is This It Fetch Eve Poland

It’s reigning cats and… cats

Our house is dominated by Gilbert and George. No, not the famous ‘art for all’ artistic duo, but our two over-indulged, permanently in-your-face cats.

So – unsurprisingly – we have a particular affection for the work of Brighton artist and fellow feline-lover Eve Poland, with ‘Is this it?’ currently glaring down at us from our living room wall as a constant reminder to stock up on Sheba.

Louisa Crispin - Little Owl

With only a year’s formal art training, Eve’s is a natural and apparently precocious talent – she had her first exhibition at the age of four in Brighton Library. Her passion for prints led to Eve taking a screenprinting course and now she produces her own editions. They start with a doodle that may have been inspired by a photo or the sight of her own posturing pets. That’s worked up into an ink drawing, which Eve then transfers to the computer. But she is no digital perfectionist, preferring the differences that can occur from the screenprinting process.

We love Eve’s bold, graphic style, wickedly acute observation and elegant wit. She’s also cornered the ‘kinky lady’ market.

See more of her work at

Leila Godden - Elemental

Don’t miss: It’s Brighton Art Fair this week, so head to The Corn Exchange from Friday 26 to Sunday 28 September to come face to face with the most amazing gathering of artists – many local. If you make your way to stand 92, congratulate Leila Godden on being recently accepted as an associate member of the United Society of Artists. Her dramatic seascapes and abstracts are set to make a stunning contrast to the work of her stand buddy – and fellow Chalk Gallery (Lewes) artist – Louisa Crispin, whose beautifully intricate drawings are inspired by the natural world.

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