Cynthia Corbett Selects

Cynthia Valianti Corbett is founder of Cynthia Corbett Gallery and the Young Masters Art Prize. An American former economist, art historian and curator, Cynthia is committed to supporting emerging international artists. So needless to say she is a regular visitor to Cockpit Open Studios, where she likes to discover new talent and speak to makers about their inspiring work.
Here she shares her top picks from Cockpit Open Studios Summer ’23:

Kim Sutherland
“Like a Renaissance artist who can draw like a true master – Kim Sutherland makes layered collages, drawings and metalworking with 22ct Gold leaf which are beautifully presented and framed.  I wish I had a Georgian home with a huge library of antique books and a wall full of Sutherland’s artwork treasures – magical & surreal & wonderful!!”


Onome Otite
“I loved the way Onome Otite’s mixes delicate pencil & charcoal drawings combined with her multi-cultured textile and hand embroidered creations, that are really unique.  Her artworks are like Fashion for your walls and are influenced by Onome’s native Nigerian roots mixed with the cultural influences from her residency experience in Brazil. ”

Sarah Dodd Ceramics
“Ceramics is such a beautiful medium and Sara Dodd combines beauty with outstanding technical skill in her jewel like white pieces and brilliant colour mixes that are like painterly sculpted flowers.”

Natasha Mann
“The geometric artwork designs with historic pigments, egg tempura and wood illustrate an historical approach to Mann’s gorgeous creations and I really love how her patterns are reminiscent of William Morris & Victorian tiles – unique stunning pieces – she is a true Young Master artist for sure!!”

Esna Su
“The basket weaving, coiling, knitting and use of materials in such a bold and yet delicate way require tremendous patience and incredible skill.  It was so special to meet Esna and discuss her Turkish/Syrian background and the generational influences through craft that play such a profound influence for her practice.  Her projects with women refugees are very inspiring as well.”

The making of A Happening of Things by Richard McVetis

Richard McVetis
“I was so impressed with the craftsmanship and creative use of materials by Richard McVetis and especially loved the glass encased mark made hand embroidered cubes. The display reminded me of a Cabinet of Curiosity but all in Black and White and really hope I can get to the Museum show Threads: ’breathing stories into materials’ at the wonderful Arnolfini this summer.”