at The Tithe Barn, Bourton House

Bourton-on-the-Hill, Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire GL56 9AE

6 th – 10 th June 2023

• Jenny Hill-Norton • Anthea Stilwell • Jo Ellis • Craig Narramore

Jane Martin • John Mackinlay

By kind invitation of Mr and Mrs Quintus the exhibition is being held at The Tithe Barn,

Bourton House while the beautiful private gardens are open to the public in June.

Just Four Contemporary Artists

Are a collaborative group of three painters: Jenny Hill-Norton, Anthea Stilwell, Jo Ellis and

sculptor and furniture maker Craig Narramore. They are joined by + two fellow artists Jane

Martin and John Mackinlay. This exhibition of recent work shows the vitality and range of

subject matter and media they explore, creating a vibrant exhibition.

“There is a collective energy when we are together and our work is created for the sheer

pleasure of painting” says Jenny who co-founded the group with Anthea. This creative

collaboration has made them brave and free to take risks which is releasing for them and

produces exciting results. Their work is individual and expressive but connected by the

vitality and energy linking the group. Their subject matter ranges from gardens, flowers, still

life, figures, landscapes and seascapes created in a variety of media, including: oils, acrylics,

watercolours and collage with charcoal drawings and studies on show as well.

All work on show is for sale with a percentage of sales donated to the charity Well Child.

The Artists:

Jenny Hill-Norton

Fish, faces, figures, flowers;  sun, sea, weather, land;  colour, energy, and emotion rule.  In

oils, watercolour, acrylics, pastels. Drawing crucial using any medium possible. I come from

a background of glass-engraving and garden design and am revelling in the excitement and

freedom of drawing and painting, and the companionship of working and exhibiting with

close colleagues, but also alone. Exhibitions include:  The Gallery in Cork Street, London;

The Affordable Art Fair, Bristol; Brighton Art Fair; The Mall Galleries, London; Nadia

Waterfield Fine Art, Stockbridge; The St ives Society of Artists, Cornwall; The Table, Hay-on-

Wye; Hampshire Open Studios.

Anthea Stilwell

Anthea studied at the Ruskin School of Drawing, Oxford then taught art at Harrow School for

twenty five years. She now lives and works in Herefordshire. " My subject matter is wide-

ranging, often abstract or semi abstract, always built on drawing and using memory and

imagination. Over the course of a painting I tend to move away from the drawing and my

work becomes a conversation with colour, marks, paint, charcoal, pastel, or whatever

material I am using. I never have an end in mind and stop when I feel satisfied. I love to

experiment and try to to reach beyond my knowing”. Her exhibitions include, Open Studios in

Hereford Art week, and many local exhibitions. She has also exhibited with other artists, at

The Gallery in Cork Street, London and The Parallax Art Fair in Chelsea, the Bristol

Affordable Art Fair, the Brighton Art Fair, Nadia Waterfield Fine Art, Stockbridge; The St ives

Society of Artists, Cornwall and The Table, Hay on Wye.

Jo Ellis

Jo’s work is about experiencing a subject not representing it as something unexpected often

reveals itself in the process of working. Having trained and worked as a graphic designer and

illustrator she has returned to painting, enjoying the freedom to express herself again and

explore ideas. A constant learning process of experimentation starting with drawing in a mix

of materials, then working into paint, mainly acrylics, oils and mixed media. “I love extracting

subject matter from landscapes, seascapes and natural objects, with drawing and expressive

mark making at the core”. Jo exhibits widely with Just Four Contemporary Artists and as an

individual artist. Including: The Gallery in Cork Street; The Affordable Art Fair, Bristol;

Brighton Art Fair; The Mall Galleries, London; The Wykeham Gallery, Stockbridge; The Flint

Gallery, Blakeney; Nadia Waterfield Fine Art, Stockbridge; The St Ives Society of Artists,

Cornwall and The Padstow Gallery, Cornwall.

Craig Narramore is a unique craftsman who has combined using the latest technologies

from his career creating special effects and props for the film industry with his passion for

working with the organic qualities of natural wood. His work involves using unusual metals,

resins and composites with burr, walnut and beech. Adding his own contemporary twist he

creates unique, unusual and tactile sculpture and furniture. He exhibits with Just four and at

London venues including Handmade at Chelsea, at Kew and ‘Tent’ in Shoreditch, London. All

pieces designed by Craig Narramore are original, signed and fabricated in Buckinghamshire,


John Mackinlay

John grew up in India, and is attracted to powerful sunlight, bright colours and tropical

places. He began painting seriously in 2002 and in 2006 joined an informal group of

expressionists led by Anthea Stilwell – the Stilwell Art Group, and with this influence began to

paint in a bolder and more expressive manner. During lockdown he has been painting local

Hampshire landscapes apart from a brief escape to Greece. Outside he tends to sketch

with charcoal and water-based colours working flat on the ground and later in the studio he

makes several more versions in acrylics. His paintings aim to convey a sense of a place, as

well as the drama and exhilaration of colour. John exhibits with Just four + two; Nadia

Waterfield Fine Art, Stockbridge; The Stilwell Group and Hampshire Open Studios.

Jane Martin

Jane studied Graphic Design and went on to work as a freelance illustrator. Whilst studying

for a Masters at The Royal College of Art, she was awarded a travel scholarship to Kenya to

draw animals in the wild. After a break, Jane joined The Stilwell Art Group which has enabled

and encouraged her to work (under the guidance of Anthea Stilwell) in a free and expressive

way, keeping the theme of simple mark making central to her work. “Drawing has always

been my starting point; mainly quick, spontaneous drawings of animals, people, still life and

landscapes. When translating drawings to paintings, I experiment with oils, acrylics, collage

and various drawing mediums. Whatever I produce, I always come back to the love of mark

making”. Jane has started exhibiting more widely, and in 2018 opened her studio for

Hampshire Open Studios, and in 2017 was taken on by Cricket Fine Art London and

Hungerford. Jane has also exhibited at Stockbridge; Winchester City Space; The Oxmarket,

Chichester; Art for Youth at the Mall Galleries, London and Blackheath Gallery in London and

Nadia Waterfield Fine Art, Stockbridge.