This month welcomes three new artists to our exhibition space at the Malvern Theatres.

Marilene Salles

Marilene was born in Brazil and has painted since the age of nine, encouraged by her mother’s own painting and interest in art. She went on to study Fine Art at UEMA (The University of Maranhão in North Eastern Brazil).

She was based for several years close to the beach at Porto Seuro on the South Atlantic coast, where she had her own gallery, taking her inspiration from the varied and beautiful wildlife of the area.

Her interest in a wide range of art and artists led her first to Spain in 2006, then to France. She exhibited and sold her work in both countries. The decision to visit Europe was linked to her desire to experience different cultures as well as continuing her study of art; the inspiration gained leading to experiments in the style and content of her own work. She currently lives and works in London.

She produces work whose subject matter varies, to include fish, cats and loving couples. All Marilene’s work have in common, a freshness of colour, a lightness of touch and a quirky jokiness. To own a “Salles” is to wake up every morning with a smile.


Nick Andrew


Nick Andrew studied Art and Graphic Design in Oxford, London and Cheltenham. He moved to Wiltshire after graduating in 1979. Since then he has been working as a painter and has exhibited widely, throughout the UK, mainland Europe, and the USA.

Nick's home and studio are part of a watermill on the upper reaches of the River Wylye in South Wiltshire, where he lives with his wife, Kate (also an artist) and their daughter. Most of these paintings are based on the landscape within walking distance.

The titles of Nick’s beautifully atmospheric and glowing landscapes are deliberately ambiguous; chosen to encourage curiosity, to heighten the sense of mystery adding to the enjoyment of the painting. They are the result of research into particular features or events in and around the locality. The origin of the words might be Old English, Latin, Other Old Languages or combinations of such words. Sometimes he uses Latin plant names and animal classifications.

Nick’s work hangs in many public and private collections, including the Houses of Parliament, Royal London Hospital, P+O, Weetabix, Prudential Assurance, St Bartholemew's Hospital, Scottish Equitable.



Stephen Conroy

It was some time after leaving Wimbledon Art School, where Stephen studied Sculpture, that he discovered his true forte; not sculpture but painting. This process, nevertheless, took over twenty years.

The outward complexity of his work disguises the fact that it is created from the most basic of elements; rectangles, circles, triangles and lines. Into this apparent simple mix Stephen adds his love of pure, bright colour and the finished painting becomes much more than the sum of its parts.

The richness of his work, both in the colours chosen and the complex elements of balanced forms within the painting, are the result of an intuitive process in which Stephen’s emotions and instincts guide the decisions to add and remove shapes and colours.

He feels that much of his formal art education, rather than unlocking his talent served rather to inhibit his artistic development. He has returned, with joy, to that time in childhood when we all got so much pleasure from ‘playing’ with shapes and colours.