Isle of Wight Art

Perhaps it’s the beautiful landscapes or the refreshing coastline, we’re not sure, but something on the Isle of Wight certainly inspires creativity in those who live here.

We have some wonderful artists living and working on the Island, exhibiting in galleries, from their studios or online. Find out more about them in this section.

Outstanding collection of drawings, prints and paintings head to Quay Arts

Drawing Process

The collection comes from Southampton City Art Gallery and includes work by Frank Auerbach, David Hockney, Elisa­beth Frink, Henry Moore, Graham Sutherland, Basil Beattie and Gillian Ayres. Opening event on 10th October.

Wednesday, 30th September, 2015 4:03pm

By Georgia Newman

Beyond the Rope: Don’t miss this fascinating exhibition by Quay Crafts

Chris Lines memory dresses

This exhibition by Quay Crafts is not hidden away in a room of its own. The 15 different pieces of work, by ten artists, mingle, dance, stand boldly or sit comfortably amongst the treasures of Queen Victoria.

Saturday, 19th September, 2015 11:50am

By Sally Perry with one comment

Howard Hardiman’s Mythology exhibition promises to be ‘fascinating and compelling’

Howard Hardiman

Isle of Wight artist, Howard Hardiman says his latest exhibition questions how "mythological archetypes continue to resonate with us in an age saturated by the immaterial". Runs from 1st October until the end of the year.

Tuesday, 15th September, 2015 2:53pm

By Georgia Newman

The Art of Democracy: Don’t miss final week of exhibition

The Art of Democracy

If you haven't been to the Art of Democracy exhibition at Quay Arts in Newport yet, you have another week to see the very fine works exhibited. Don't forget the Election Poetry Slam on Thursday night.

Friday, 11th September, 2015 9:45am

By Georgia Newman

Island artists take part in International Biennial of Painting Islands

iw artists in Sardinia

Six Island artists represented the Island in Sardinia recently, with one taking second place in a three-day painting competition.

Thursday, 10th September, 2015 11:50am

By Sally Perry

Isle of Wight artist’s ‘exceptional skill’ recognised by internationally acclaimed painter

Lucky No. 7 Buoy II

Congratulations to Charlotte Hodge-Thomas for receiving this prestigious award from the National Acrylic Painters’ Association. It's well deserved.

Tuesday, 8th September, 2015 8:17am

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

Guido Oakley’s crystal horse heads raise £45,000 for children’s charity

Guido Oakley's crystal horses

These incredible pieces of artwork, created by an Isle of Wight artist with some of the most sensitive and powerful crystals on Earth raised £45,000 for a children's charity. Guido explains the background.

Friday, 28th August, 2015 6:26pm

By Sally Perry with one comment

Undecided Art Collective: Stunning winning entries in kid’s comp

Congratulations to all the young people who took part in the dream art competition last week and special praise to the winners.

Thursday, 20th August, 2015 11:00am

By Sally Perry

Free Art giveaway during Ventnor Fringe by urban artist Not Dead Yet

Not dead yet - ventnor fringe

Go on an art hunt in Ventnor this week and you might be lucky to end up with one of ten original pieces of art by urban artist, Not Dead Yet.

Tuesday, 11th August, 2015 9:19am

By Fiona Trowbridge

Art Competition for young Islanders: Sweet dreams are made of this


You have a week to create a piece of dream-related artwork ~ be that a drawing, painting, sculpture or piece of writing ~ so you can enter in this great competition being run by the Undecided Art Collective.

Tuesday, 4th August, 2015 2:51pm

By Rachael Berry

Take a peek inside the Foal Arts Salon

Chris Jenkins - painted colours

Head along to The Depozitory in Ryde tonight for the opening drinks reception for the latest Foal Arts Salon and launch of the Depozitory Open Studios.

Thursday, 23rd July, 2015 7:57am

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

Swans by the river: Open Studios at the Jubilee Stores

Martin Swan @ Jubilee Stores

Catch Martin Swan working on oil paintings that will be shown in the Annual exhibition of the Royal Society of Marine Artists during Open Studios this coming weekend and next.

Wednesday, 15th July, 2015 9:27am

By Melanie Swan