Sunday, 11 August 2013

Featured Artist - Moody Artist

This month The Laboratory is delighted to be hosting a range of ink illustrations and photography from the fabulous Rob Masters, a.k.a Moody Artist.
Installation view of Moody Artists exhibition

Moody Artists studied art, business and graphic design in the mid 80's at Southend College Of Technology gaining an O and A level B/TEC and London University diploma for art and graphic design BCTE certificate. During college he worked for 'Samson Souvenirs'. After graduating The MoodyArtist worked for a couple of local graphic studios who's clients list included 'Southend United' and 'British Airways'. After working for 'British Airways The MoodyArtist took a flight of his own and moved to Spain in the early/mid 90's,where he worked as a TEFL teacher and freelance illustrator. Working on a regular basis for Editorial Spes (Barcelona).Clients worked for were: Larousse, Vox and Harraps dictionaries. In time this opened other doors and he illustrated for : Cosmopolitan Magazine, Bayer Hermanos Calendars, El Razon ( Spanish Newspaper), Barcelona Connect and a dream job to illustrate for Playboy Magazine (BCN). He also exhibited his work at galleries and comic shops such as: Kactus (Manresa Spain), Juegos Sin Fronteras (Barcelona), Cosmic Alien (Barcelona)The Mask (Barcelona),Norma Comics (Barcelona). Being a member of La Asociacio Catalan D'llustradors (Catalan Association Of Illustrators) he contributed 5 of his illustrations for their book 'llustrado Mas Grande Del Mundo'(The Biggest Illustrated Book Of The World). On returning to the UK, finding work as a freelance illustrator proofed a very hard mission indeed. Resulting in The MoodyArtist working for a local printing company until last year when he left to start up his own t-shirt business designing and printing on tees and mugs. Sadly this venture proofed to be a disaster.

The MoodyArtist is now the proud owner of Work Of Art Gallery WOA!

A sneaky peek of some of MoodyArtists stunning pen and ink Illustrations

 A selection of MoodyArtists monochromatic photography

To find out more about The Laboratory Art Studio or to discover how you can exhibit your artwork at out studio please email

Friday, 2 August 2013

Fun With Plaster

This week has seen the launch of the Summer activities programme hosted by The Laboratory Art Studio based at Wat Tyler Country Park. We have a fun filled programme including painting 3D Canvases, making minions, painting birdhouse, printing t-shirts and so much more.
 Today we had an amazing plaster casting workshop where adults and children alike cast their hands in plaster by printing their palm or cupping plaster in their hands.
The studio was buzzing with budding young sculptors and artists creating amazing pieces of work. The children had to sit still (a difficult task for most of us!), to let the plaster set and then got onto the fun job of decorating the finished piece using paint and gem stones.
Here is how we got on....
Waiting patiently for the plaster to set

Cast set onto the busy job of painting!

Smiles all around, busy painting and casting

Concentrating on creating an amazing design

Waiting for the plaster to set

Proudly showing off the finished piece

We loved that these piece were colour co-ordinated, amazing work created today
 Here are some of the finished pieces
Our mums didn't want to miss out on the fun and some spent time casting and painting their own hand-print
The metallic paint really picks out the detail of this piece - it almost looks 3D

We loved the precision and colour choice of this hand cast

Just beautiful!

There is always time for  bit of splatter art!

A matching pair, beautiful painting and colour choice

If you would like any further information about our Summer programme or would like to book onto workshops or classes please email Lisa on