British art, British paintings, and British artists and contemporary art - Artist CV's
Roy Barley was born in London in 1935. From an early age he showed an interest in art and was drawing at the age of three.
After starting his own sucessful design agency with a colleague, Roy decided to leave the advertising world in 1964 to resume his studies in fine art, a subject that was always dear to his heart. Barley had excelled at life drawing but responded to a desire to paint in the Old Masters style. He set up his easel many times in museums and galleries, copying finished as well as unfinished works and therby learning their techniques. Roy also read all the books he could find on old paint medium recipes, methods and techniques, experimenting until he found the one that suited him.
Roy is influenced by artists of the Dutch Golden Age era such as Rembrandt and Hals for portraits together with Willem Kalf, Adriaen Coorte, Pieter Claesz, Willem Claesz,Heda and many more including the great French painter Chardin, for their still life works.
Roy's motivation is to bring objects to life by carefully observing light and shade. The cast shadow or reflected light in a glass facinates him and he tries to capture the essence of everyday objects whether antique or modern. He believes any object even the most mundane, can be grouped to form an attractive composition. Roy uses only natural daylight to achieve his desired effects.
While Roy loves the atmosphere created in the Old Masters style, he realises that one cannot live in the past and tries to combine traditional technique with a modern theme and look. These days Roy limits his painting output to about six a year. He believes observation and rendition to be his primary objective in producing unique and carefully crafted works for discerning patrons. His art work is in many international collections.
In addition to Red Rag British Art Gallery Roy Barley art work has been exhibited at other leading British Art Galleries. Each painting at Red Rag is sourced from the Roy Barley artist studio and like all Red Rag British art and Contemporary art it can be shipped worldwide.
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David Barnes was born in Africa and spent his early childhood there. He qualified as a chartered accountant and spent most of his working life in professional practice. In his forties David took an Open University degree in history and economics. He then worked for several years as a tutor for the Open University, running seminars in the UK, Europe and Africa on financial management on the MBA programme.
Although David Barnes enjoyed art at school and has been an art collector for many years, it was not until he retired from the Educational world in 2006 that he began to paint seriously. Nevertheless, he progressed quickly, earning his rapid success after spending many hours in the studio. His earliest days as a painter was very much shaped by the goal of emulating the Welsh artist Kyffin Williams.David was fascinated by the brooding landscapes and sombre colours so evident in Kyffin Williams paintings. As a result he began to look into the background of the artist and was lucky enough to be invited to a private viewing where to his delight he met the artist Sir Kyffin Willims. However, he soon became fascinated by the art work of other Welsh artists and the work of the French Impressionists.
Talking about influences to his work Barnes says: “When I did a bit of research I discovered that some of the early Impressionists - for example, Van Gogh - started using the palette knife. I went over to the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam and when you see his paintings in the flesh you can actually see the palette knife strokes which he used. The visit proved very useful in the learning curve.”
The result of these broadening influences, coupled with David's continued experimentation with paint, has been the emergence of a distinctive style of his own. Barnes captures the greys and browns of a North Wales landscape with brooding intensity, but he also utilises arresting splashes of colour reminiscent of the Scottish colourists. His paintings are highly textural. He uses a palette knife, painting in oils and using a thick impasto technique to produce bold strokes that add strength and texture to his paintings, giving it a sculptured feel.
The inspiration for much of David Barnes art work are the mountains of Snowdonia and the coastline of north Wales and Anglesey. As well as painting the dark brooding colours of the north Wales landscape, David is increasingly finding his own individual style, using more vibrant colours and painting other landscapes in Scotland, Cornwall and Ireland. He is also an enthusiastic painter of still life subjects.
In addition to Red Rag British Art Gallery David Barnes art work has been exhibited at other leading British Art Galleries. Each painting at Red Rag is sourced from the David Barnes artist studio and like all Red Rag British art and Contemporary art it can be shipped worldwide.
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The contemporary painter Peter Beeson trained as a jeweller and silversmith at the Sir John Cass School in Whitechapel. Having completed his DipAd Peter then spent some time in the music business before becoming a full-time artist in 1999
Peter Beeson's contemporary paintings are recognisable by their light-filled textural surface and quiet approach. A hallmark of Beeson's painting is the use of intuitive framing to find compositional balance. Techniques of the early Italian Primitives, especially the layering of temperas and oil paint, are rediscovered as a key element in the depiction of present-day subjects. These art materials, with their unique ability to refract light while maintaining structural integrity, are used to help realize the depth and form of a particular moment.
Peter Beeson prepares his art canvases by laying linen on board, then lightly priming the fabric across the weave to preserve its character. The process continues with a fine wash of middle tone containing only a small amount of oil, in order to retain a dry, tactile structure. The paintings are then developed in stages through the application of self-ground pigments and other organic substances. Rare earths, for example an English yellow Mine Ochre or a slate colour from the Bernino Pass in Switzerland, carry the resonance of their origins to lend tonal subtlety and inner warmth. At times the resolution of paintings is sudden and unexpected, at others they are completed as planned after careful reflection. Alongside these more formal considerations in Peter Beeson paintings runs a contemplative thread that evokes a deeply felt personal world.
Peter Beeson contemporary paintings have featured in a number of solo and group British art exhibitions. In addition to Red Rag Gallery his paintings have also been accepted for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and are often to be found at Cornwall Art Galleries.
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Jo Bemis was born on the Isle of Wight in 1969. She studied at Portsmouth College of Art and Leeds Metropolitan University in the early 1990's. Following that she traveled extensively whilst being commissioned to produce art work for a number of organisations which included television and radio exposure. A move to the United States in 1996 allowed Jo Bemis to continue her development and she exhibited in art galleries in Michigan.
Jo Bemis returned to the UK in 2000 and has continued to exhibit in the United States. She has successfully undertaken a number of commissions and her paintings hang in many private art collections worldwide. Her return to the UK inspired Jo to start creating seascapes in extreme weather. Acknowledging the influence of James Whistler and John Constable, Bemis paints from nature, based on open air sketching and the photographic results of the camera.
As a landscape and seascape painter Jo Bemis paintings capture the energy of nature. Her love for wild, rugged landscapes and the British coastline are evident in her paintings. She has a wonderful capacity to capture the feel and look of the north Atlantic seas in times of extreme weather. The rolling waves and luminous quality of light here have become a focus for her recent paintings, along with a desire to express the energy and spirit of the ocean.
Although Jo Bemis always kept many sketch books, it was her husband Jim who encouraged her to develop her work into paintings. Following a visit to St-Ives in 2005 , they both fell in love with Cornwall, and the drama of the Atlantic Ocean. After making several small oil studies on board, Jo became totally dedicated to painting. Working in oil Jo paints at a brisk pace with a palette knife, refining the detail with a fine brush.
In addition to Red Rag modern art gallery Jo Bemis art work has been exhibited at other leading British Art Galleries. Each painting at Red Rag is sourced from the Jo Bemis artist studio and like all Red Rag British art and Contemporary art it can be shipped worldwide.
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Vanessa Bowman was born in 1970 and the affinity for art seemingly runs in her veins, as both her father and her sister are artists, and she comes from a family with a long-standing artistic tradition.She studied at Winchester School of Art graduating in 1993 with a First Class Honours degree in Printed Textile Design. Whilst at art school Vanessa won the Eileen Bendall and the Sanderson prizes for drawing, and the Daler Rowney Young Artist award - for pastels exhibited in the Mall Galleries - two years running.
Vanessa Bowman seeks inspiration for painting from the sensual qualities of colour and pattern, found in many of her favourite sources - the magical landscape of Italy and its Classical architecture; the kaleidoscope of forms to be found in still life; the markets stalls and bazaars of Istanbul, Venice and Paris; the rich palette of an English garden. All this was instrumental to her acquiring the painterly style that underlies her present day paintings.
Each of Vanessa Bowman still life paintings observes the simple beauty of everyday objects - a moment captured in time. Whether it be a vase of garden flowers, a bowl of lemons (their acid yellow placed against the deep magenta plum), a striped shell - each is placed deliberately within the framework of the painting combining muted subtle colour with jewel-like accents. Similarly her paintings of landscapes observe the pattern and texture of the countryside around her home. Vanessa paints features left by the working of the land, punctuated by seasonal land marks - such as skeletons of trees in winter or hedgerow flowers in summer. Often detailed foregrounds of vibrantly coloured berries or hips, delicate snowdrops or cow parsley lead the eye into an intimate portrait of the Dorset landscape.
Taking inspiration from the Dorset landscape Vanessa revealed to Dorset Magazine, 'I work on board or card using oils but in a way its closer to watercolour because I thin it down quite a lot, she explains. I begin by mapping out the arrangement I want, then I do an overall wash in a neutral colour. When it comes to the actual painting I can move the paint around easily because of the smoothness of the support.'
Each painting at Red Rag is sourced from the Vanessa Bowman artist studio and like all Red Rag British art and Contemporary art it can be shipped worldwide.
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Harry Brioche was born in the Seychelles in 1965 of Creole and American parentage. He had a wonderful childhood growing up on the island of Mahe. Following the Coup d’etat of 1977, Harry finally resettled in Manchester.
Harry considers himself a self-taught artist despite attending Maidstone College of Art. Following an ultimatum by his college lecturers to conform to the institution’s style and methods of painting or leave, he ultimately decided to go it alone. Harry went on to carve out a highly successful career as an illustrator and graphic designer, working with world renowned brands including Dr Martens, Coca Cola and BAE Systems.
From an early age Harry Brioche was captivated by the drama and beauty of the British sky and landscape. The ever-changing weather patterns and atmospheric conditions, were in sharp contrast to that of the tropical idyll of his youth in the Seychelles. This inspiration at such an early age was, and continues to be, ever-present in his painting.
Talking about his art work Harry states; “The landscape is almost incidental; my main objectives are to try and capture the atmosphere and 'spirit' of a place. Ultimately it is the mood and light within the painting which becomes the central theme. As an artist I paint subjects that inspire me and bring me and, hopefully, others pleasure.”
In addition to Red Rag British Art Gallery, Harry Brioche has also exhibited at other leading British Art Galleries. Each painting at Red Rag is sourced from the Harry Brioche artist studio and, like all Red Rag British art and Contemporary art, it can be shipped worldwide.
Artist Harry Brioche is one of a growing number or artists whose modern art works feature at the Red Rag Gallery in Bath, which also offers an extensive choice of modern art, contemporary sculptures and collectable art prints from other present-day artists. Should you wish to buy or require further information about modern art from Harry Brioche, please email Red Rag Art Gallery or phone us on the number below.
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Susan Brown was born in Yorkshire. She studied at Leeds Polytechnic between 1976 and 1979 gaining a BA Hons in Three Dimensional Design.
Since then Susan has progressed two main areas of interest - interior design and contemporary painting. Brown has completed numerous commissions and several projects as both designer and contemporary artist.
Susan Brown is the recipient of many art prizes and awards for her contemporary paintings these include: The Laing Art Competition; Hunting Art Prize, Regional Winner; Penrose Purchase Prize 2005 and the Singer & Friedlander Sunday Times Watercolour Competition 2001 where she was a finalist.
Susan Brown contemporary paintings are bold and striking . She works predominantly using watercolour and acrylic. Much of Susan's work features European cities. She has focused on man-made structure and city life and man's relationship with his environment. These architectural studies explore the rhythm and movement within buildings and interiors. However Susan Brown is not limited to architectural studies, she also creates beautiful abstract paintings which are inspired by still life subjects and landscapes, focusing on texture and pattern.
Susan's latest works looks to the source of the inspiration that lies behind man-made structures - to the formulas and patterns found in the natural world, the cycle of growth and decay, the very structure of life and the continuum of the life cycle. Talking about her paintings Susan says:'I look at a field, it's content and it's changing form over the seasons. I look at the connection, the structure that links the air and the earth and the power of the everyday'
Susan Brown paintings appear in many notable private and public contemporary art collections. These include:
Halifax Plc, Allied Domecq, Sir George Martin Trust, Universities of Sheffield and York.
In addition to Red Rag British Art Gallery Susan Brown art work has been exhibited at other leading British Art Galleries. Each painting at Red Rag is sourced from the Susan Brown artist studio and like all Red Rag British art and Contemporary art it can be shipped worldwide.
Susan Brown art works are now available at Red Rag Gallery as Limited Edition Prints.
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Stephen BROWN RBA
Stephen Brown was born in Chard Somerset in 1947. As a young artist he studied contemporary art at the Somerset College of Art. Later in the 1970's he trained and worked alongside artist Patrick Larking RP ROI. As a result Stephen came to admire and respect such artists as Sickert, George Clausen and Augustus John, all of whom had taught and befriended Larking while he was studying at the Royal Academy of Art.
Stephen Brown was elected a member of the Royal Society of British Artists (RBA) in 1997. This was after a recommendation from Ken Howard RA, an admirer of Stephen Brown's contemporary paintings. At the beginning of 2003 he was elected membership of The Small Paintings Group.
Stephen Brown has exhibited at the Royal West of England Academy since 1980 and the Royal Academy of Art Summer Exhibitions from 1990. Brown's paintings can also be found at The New English Art Club Art Exhibitions and the Royal Society of British Artists .
Painting almost exclusively in oils Stephen Brown is constantly drawn to painting subjects near his Devon home. Brown is a master at depicting the hazy warm Summer Days in the Devon, Wiltshire and more recently Gloucestershire fields. Stephen is also a tremendous Marine artist producing atmospheric paintings with the distinctive shimmering light of British beaches and coastal scenes.
But Stephen Brown is not limited to the British Isles. He has also traveled extensively producing superb contemporary paintings of Italy. He particularly likes Venice, Lake Garda and Tuscany where his understanding and application of light and colour have succeeded in some stunning paintings.
Stephen Brown has published numerous articles on oil painting for International Artist Magazines. He has also participated in the BBC production Art-The Big Event where Rolf Harris led a team of artists to paint a giant replica of Constable's The Hay Wain.
Stephen Brown contemporary art works are also available at Red Rag as Limited Edition Prints. Click here to view Stephen Brown Limited Edition Prints
In addition to Red Rag British Art Gallery Stephen Brown art work has been exhibited at other leading British Art Galleries including the Royal Academy. Each painting at Red Rag is sourced from the Stephen Brown artist studio and like all Red Rag British art and Contemporary art it can be shipped worldwide.
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Steve Capper was born in 1944. At the age of 11 in 1955 he attended Manchester High School of Art and then in 1962 went onto attend the Manchester college of Art followed by Bretton Hall College in 1965.
Steve Capper is a contemporary British artist who has had a prolific career in the Arts. He was head of a large art faculty in an Oldham comprehensive school. He taught painting for 30 years and then took early retirement to concentrate on producing his own art works.
Steve Capper lives and works in the southern Pennines and these hills have had a major influence on his landscape work. He has developed a colourful and individual way of portraying the local landscape. His paintings of hills and valleys are produced by simple individual shapes, which combine to form more complex images. The shapes and patterns provide an ideal vehicle for Steve's art work with colour; his use of primary colour both enhances and emphasises the fascinating aspects of this landscape environment.
Steve will do an on the spot sketch, which is then taken into the art studio, he reworks it and then produces a composite image. Alongside his landscapes are his still life paintings, showing the influences of the cubists and the fauves. Speaking about his paintings Steve Capper has said
"My work is not a photographic image of a single place, but rather a composite of several places. I am attempting to capture the feeling and atmosphere of Saddleworth and the Pennines, focusing on the shapes and patterns formed by the clouds, fields and trees etc. My use of primary colours is to emphasise the forms created by these special landscapes. I have been painting still life pieces for over forty years since I came across the work of Picasso, Braque and Mattice. The format feels like an old friend and something I am comfortable with."
In addition to Red Rag art gallery, Steve Capper art work has been exhibited at other leading British Art Galleries. Each painting at Red Rag is sourced from the Steve Capper artist studio and like all Red Rag British art and contemporary art it can be shipped worldwide.
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Born in Manchester in 1953 Terence Clarke grew up in the Ribble Valley.
Educated at St. Mary’s College he went on to do a degree in Fine Art and then a Masters degree in Painting at the Royal College of Art in London in 1979. Upon graduation Terence began exhibiting and selling his work firstly at Paton Galleries London and then through a variety of galleries in the U.K. His work is in some important collections including The Contemporary Art Society, Dudley Museum and Art Gallery and the Royal College of Art archive collection. His work is also in many private collections in the UK, Holland, France and America.
Terence Clarke s work is focused on the use of vibrant and intense colour. His themes range from Mediterranean landscapes, to still lifes and the occasional figure and portrait pieces. His paintings are carefully structured using a confident skilful and strong drawing whilst the paint is applied generously in rich bold strokes. He says “In a sense I am a painter of light. I use colour as a way of emphasising the drama of light. Vivid colour is a metaphor for light itself and often this sense of light is the underlying subject of my paintings. I like my paintings to be painterly so that although the image is clear and readable the paint itself has a rich and sensuous life of its’ own letting the viewer enjoy the way the paint works”
His paintings continue to be popular with collectors of contemporary art. Modest in scale but technically complex his work seeks to refresh our vision and make us look again at light and the extra-ordinary quality of the visual world.
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David Cobley was born in Northampton, England in 1954. After dropping out of art school at the age of eighteen, Cobley traveled around Europe and spent almost ten years studying and working in Japan before returning to England in 1985 as an illustrator and contemporary artist.
David Cobley has been drawing and painting people since childhood. This fascination with the human form has been a constant passion to Cobley in his paintings. He says:
"My paintings are almost entirely about the figure - the human form as it is illuminated, as well as concealed, by the light that falls upon it or around it. Using the effects of light, painting can create the illusion of solid form in space; while at the same time blur distinctions between the two. The medium of paint also enables another kind of illusion to come into play - that of the figure emerging from, yet dissolving into, the pigment which gives it life. In the half-light between highlight and shadow, painting offers the tantalising possibility of drama, intrigue and magic."
Cobley is now well established as a superb portrait artist. His serene and reflective paintings of the female nudes demonstrate outstanding mastery of paint, tone and composition. But David is equally talented as a successful artist of Still Life and Landscape paintings.
David Cobley contemporary paintings can be found and have been exhibited in many art collections including: London Art Galleries such as The National Portrait Gallery, The Victoria Gallery which is an Avon Art Galleries together with Gloucestershire Art Galleries and Oxfordshire Art Galleries
David Cobley has undertaken numerous portrait commissions. These include: The Princess Royal Princess Anne, Ken Dodd OBE, Steven Berkoff and many other high profile public figures.
Cobley was elected a member of: Royal Society of Portrait Painters in 1997; New English Art Club in 2000; and Royal West of England Academy in 2001.
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In addition to Red Rag British Art Gallery David Cobley art work has been exhibited at other leading British Art Galleries. Each painting at Red Rag is sourced from the David Cobley artist studio and like all Red Rag British art and Contemporary art it can be shipped worldwide.
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An artist new to Red Rag Gallery, Hannah Cole is based in Brighton, although she grew up in North Devon, a part of the world that has since had a strong influence on her coastal paintings.
She graduated from the University of Brighton in 1994 with a degree in Illustration and worked as an illustrator for several years for numerous clients including the BBC, Penguin, NEXT and many more, before starting to exhibit her work as an artist in her own right. In 2001 she started showing her paintings in the Brighton Festival as part of the Open House trail.
Now mother of two, Hannah paints full time from her loft studio in Brighton. She is inspired by her frequent travels to the West Country as well as the everyday seaside walks around Brighton and beyond. Her paintings - executed in her favoured acrylic - depict the charm and tranquillity of Cornish harbours and bring back happy memories of beachside holidays, and her distinctive style is instantly recognisable, especially with the ever-present, wistful dog gazing out to sea.
Hannah Cole says 'people always ask me if that’s my dog in the paintings - sadly not! But my 10-year-old son is desperate for us to get our own dog so maybe one day soon....'
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Cyril Croucher was born in 1951. He was born and grew up in Shoeburyness,a small village in Essex. He studied and graduated at Southend-on-Sea Art College and then set out to establish himself as a professional artist.
Dissatisfied with the art work he was producing and following the death of his father, Cyril Croucher stopped painting and, as he says, “rejoined the real world and got a proper job”. For the next twenty years Cyril worked in various trades, from boat building to gardening, and finally settled into a successful career as a property surveyor. It was only when he moved to Cornwall that he started to paint again - unable to help himself in the face of so much inspirational material. It was the houses and boats in their quaint harbour settings that interested Croucher most, and his present style was born and began to evolve.
Cyril and his wife bought and extended the Millpool Art Gallery in Mousehole and began to exhibit his new work. The work was much admired and collected. The gallery has now closed but Croucher's art work has continued to grow hugely in popularity and he continues to participate in numerous successful exhibitions in the UK.
Cyril Croucher likes to create a different view of the world. It is his own particular interpretation of what he sees. His preferred medium is acrylics on board, as he believes the quick drying quality suits his style of painting. Croucher builds up colour by continually applying a thin layer of paint which is then rubbed back until the colour is almost translucent. This process produces a muted depth to the colours.
Croucher's approach to paintings developed out of a fascination with the height of harbour walls and the buildings which are often built on the harbours and quays. The sense of height from inside the harbour gave Cyril the feeling of looking upwards inside the immense space of a cathedral. He trys to capture this feeling in his paintings together with other elements and memories from my past. His aim is to create a sense of timelessness, calm and intrigue.
In addition to Red Rag British Art Gallery Cyril Croucher art work has been exhibited at other leading British Art Galleries. This includes the Royal West of England Academy Autumn 2007 exhibition where his painting won the “Viewers’ Choice” Award. He has also had work accepted in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibitions on numerous occasions. Each painting from Red Rag can be shipped worldwide.
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David Day was born in Ebbw Vale, Wales in 1941. He attended Ebbw Vale Grammar School, Newport College of Art and then Leeds College of Art where he gained the National Degree in Design and Interior Design.
David Day's initial career was spent as an interior designer. His early involvement with painting was concentrated on producing art works in watercolours. More recent paintings have been undertaken using acrylics. Typically he uses acrylic paint, indian ink and oil pastels to produce very distinctive paintings and limited edition prints.
David Day's formal training as a designer is reflected in many of his paintings. His fondess for colour, form and design is very evident. He produces paintings acclaimed for their colour, rendition, detail and subtlety.
David Days recent paintings and David Day Limited Edition Prints verge on the abstract, many contrasting man-made structures against a background of local Welsh landscapes. His talent as an artist is now beginning brought to a wider audience and achieving recognition. In 2009 David was shortlisted for the Welsh Artist of the year award.
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Annie Drew was born in Torquay, Devon, in 1990. She decided to pursue a career in art when she was 16, and enrolled in a local college. Frustrated with the college emphasis of not teaching and encouraging conventional art she decided to leave after one year and follow her dream to become a wildlife artist.
Annie set about teaching herself to paint. She spent a huge amount of time and effort learning to correctly and accurately mix colours. This has proved a fundamental and invaluable skill for creating lifelike and striking pieces. Her work has improved vastly over the years, through trial and error, learning new techniques, and using the best quality materials. Today, Annie has established a fine and deserved reputation for painting highly realistic and detailed oil paintings. She is an international wildlife artist par excellence with paintings hanging in galleries as far afield as Missouri, USA
Talking about her paintings Annie Drew says: 'One of my ambitions when I first started painting, was to produce art work that didn’t require paragraphs of written words to explain, describe and sum up a piece of work. I’ve always believed that if it has to be explained, it isn’t working. “Art that speaks for itself” became my goal and I like to think that I’ve managed it.'
Annie is fanatical is her pursuit of creating the best. Using the finest quality boards, paint and brushes she has developed a close-up, detailed style of painting so that each strand of hair, every wrinkle and as much character as the original animal is visible.
In 2016 Annie became a member of the Fine Art Trade Guild. They are an organisation who help to uphold the quality and ethics of the art world. Working as a member of the guild helps give reassurance that certain standard have been satisfied.
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Mark Edwards was born in 1951. In 1967 he went to study at Medway College of Art, and continued with his studies at Walthamstow College of Art in London. Impatient to start the career as an artist Mark did not complete his
degree. Instead, Edwards taught drawing at the local adult education centre, whilst painting and displaying his contemporary art work in local galleries.
In 1974 Mark Edwards took another spontaneous decision in his artistic career. With the active support of his future wife Sally, they bought an old car and then drove to a remote cottage on the shores of Scottish Loch Hope. The
landscape was inspiring being surrounded by the dramatic mountains of the North Coast in the Scottish Highlands. It was a brave move which gave Mark the freedom and space to pursue his artistic ideas. Over the decades
Edwards regularly exhibited at Scottish art galleries, supplementing his income by working as a gillie during the deerstalking season on the Duke of Westminster’s estate.
In 1984 Mark Edwards was signed to the London agency Artist Partners. Following this he illustrated literally hundreds of book covers for authors such as Kingsly Amis, Beryl Bainbridge, Sue Townsend, Philip Pullman,
Michael Morpurgo (including War Horse) and CS Lewis (Narnia Chronology). Mark Edwards's varied illustration technique has, with other international illustrators, been analysed in 'The New guide to Illustration' (Phaidon Press
In 2007 Mark Edwards decided to change direction from his successful deer stalking and fishing paintings. As he says: "So instead of placing a deer in the wood, I came across a 1950's photo in a magazine of a man reflected
in a window on a busy New York street dressed in a bowler hat and coat, so I placed him in the wood. Instantly there was an immediate tension: what was he doing there?". This was the beginning of Mark's highly successful
'White Wood' series of paintings.
Mark Edwards White Wood paintings are very much in the tradition of British surrealism. In a wintery forest mysterious men wearing large overcoats and bowler hats stand in woods. Steam trains and railway architecture appears in the landscape. But why? It's a mystery .... and a compelling one that continues to appeal to collectors throughout the world.
In addition to Red Rag art gallery Mark Edwards art work has been exhibited at other leading British Art Galleries. Each painting at Red Rag is sourced from the Mark Edwards artist studio and like all Red Rag British art and Contemporary art it can be shipped worldwide.
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John Evans was born in Coventry in 1948. He started to paint in 1981 under the tuition of Peter Coate, RWA, and soon became interested and influenced by the St Ives artists, often painting in a similar two dimensional style.
John found that he could not always capture everything that he saw in a traditional format. As a result he began to explore different art styles and became fascinated by medieval painters. They didn’t understand perspective, and wanted to depict an event in history, capturing as much information as possible, in a single painting.
Using this technique meant that figures, buildings, landscape etc., were out of proportion to each other, but the whole event was captured in a single picture. In painting a subject, Evans wanted to show what he felt was important and interesting regardless of traditional perspective. He then chose to work with what could be termed as ‘two horizons’. This allowed him to show a front elevation plan view, and alternative views, in the same painting, He also changes the proportions so that everything considered relevant; fits into the picture, regardless of perspective.
Although a lot of John's paintings are landscapes and seascapes, he also enjoys creating interiors and cityscapes, with objects placed to enable the viewer to see all the information he is trying to convey. He usually works from quick sketches, trying to capture the immediacy of the drawing in the final painting. Evans uses acrylic, as it dries quickly, and also charcoal, which is applied to the wet paint, to indicate a strong line or accent.
In addition to Red Rag Gallery John Evans has exhibited at other leading art galleries including the Royal West of England Academy (RWA). His art work is in many collections, including the Permanent Collection, Palace of Westminster. Each painting at Red Rag is sourced from the John Evans artist studio and like all art work from Red Rag can be shipped worldwide.
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Michael Ewart was born in 1940 in the village of Felton in Northumberland and lived there until he married in 1966.
After progressing various occupations Michael Ewart eventually found his niche in 1972 and started teaching. Ewart worked in this profession for 30 years, but continued a lifelong passion for art by painting whenever the time allowed. Now retired from teaching, he has embarked on a second career as a professional artist.
Michael Ewart has had no formal art training - but Ewart's studies of past masters, especially 20th century English painters, is evident in the way he has developed as a contemporary artist. He has taken inspiration from artists such as Sickert, Coldstream and Pasmore who have influenced the way in which he has developed.
In the last few years Michael Ewart has developed a very distinctive art style and palette. His use of colour creates an almost nostalgic, romantic feeling throughout his work.The appeal of Ewart's paintings is obvious in the numbers sold at Red Rag British Art Gallery where he has regularly shown since 2003. As a result he has an increasing number of British and International art collectors who admire and collect his contemporary paintings
Michael Ewart paints exclusively in oils. Ewart feels the medium allows him to explore the feel of the subject. Typical subjects for Ewart are people set against a backdrop of everyday places such as railway stations, cafes, libraries and British Art Galleries. More recently Ewart has started to paint Marine paintings.
In addition to Red Rag British Art Gallery Michael Ewart has exhibited at other leading British Art Galleries. Each painting at Red Rag is sourced from the Michael Ewart artist studio and like all Red Rag British art and Contemporary art it can be shipped worldwide.
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David Farren was born in 1972 in Wiltshire. He considers himself mainly self-taught although he did complete an art foundation at the University of the West of England in Bristol followed by a short period studying fine art.
David uses expressive brushwork and colour to represent the energy and movement of the urban landscape, providing a snapshot of everyday life. His aim is to capture the ambience and individuality of some of the world's most exciting cities from a street level, concentrating on the people as they go about their daily lives.
"Since visiting New York for the first time in 2000, I have found a real passion for depicting urban day-to-day scenes and trying to capture the energy and drama of city life. I was overwhelmed by its scale and vibrancy and have returned several times since to express the different moods of the city in paint. I also have a great fondness for European cities with their mixture of old and new architecture. I like to concentrate on the people as they go about their everyday business and try to capture moments of everyday life."
Farren produces high-impact paintings in acrylic and oils. David enjoys the immediacy and versatility of both mediums which he finds particularly well-suited to his direct, impressionistic and expressive style of painting. He is fascinated by the changing seasons and how the varied light affects a scene, and his distinctive use of colour is an essential part of reflecting this.
David also enjoys painting landscapes and finds inspiration in the nearby Lake District and Yorkshire Dales, as well as from his travels abroad.
David Farren has exhibited widely across the UK with great success and, as well as exhibiting at Red Rag Gallery his paintings have also been shown at other leading British Art Galleries. His accomplished and atmospheric paintings can be found in collections across Europe and America.
Each painting at Red Rag is sourced from the David Farren artist studio and like all Red Rag British art and Contemporary art it can be shipped worldwide. For further information about David Farren paintings
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Mary Fedden RA 1915-2012
Mary Fedden was born in Bristol in 1915. She studied at the Slade School of Fine Arts, London from 1932 to 1936.
After leaving the college Mary Fedden made a living teaching, painting portraits and producing stage designs for Sadlers Wells and the Arts Theatre. The outbreak of the Second World War saw Fedden serving in the Land Army and the Woman's Voluntary Service and she was commissioned to produce murals to help the war effort. After the war, Fedden returned to painting and started to develop her individual style of still life painting reminiscent of artists such as Matisse and Braque.
Several artists were to influence Mary Fedden's work. In an article in 'The Artist' magazine, she wrote: 'I really float from influence to influence. I found the early Ben Nicholson's fascinating as were the paintings of his wife Winifred. I also admire the Scottish artist Anne Redpath and the French painter Henri Hayden. Another major influence was her artist husband Julian Trevelyan, an English surrealist artist and printmaker, who she married in 1951. Under Trevelyan's tuition, Fedden's work began to show the influences of Braque and Matisse in its organisation of flat picture planes and separate still-life objects; the shapes of fruit and flowers and vases, a pot of mustard and a jar of marmalade set up a Matissean rhythm against a scarlet or orange field that may or may not be a tablecloth or a wall.
Trevelyan and Fedden took a studio by the River Thames at Chiswick, where she lived and worked until she passed away. Together, Trevelyan and Fedden travelled widely and even collaborated on a mural commission for Charing Cross Hospital. Fedden received several other art commissions for murals, most importantly from the Festival of Britain (1951), the P & O Liner, Canberra (1961) as well as from schools and hospitals.
From 1958-1964 Mary Fedden taught at the Royal College of Art and was appointed the first female tutor in the Painting School. Her pupils included artists David Hockney and Allen Jones. Subsequently, Mary taught at the Yehudi Menuhin School. She served as president of the Royal West of England Academy (RWA) during 1984-1988. In 1996 the University of Bath awarded Fedden an honorary doctorate in recognition of her contribution to British art. In 1997 she was given an OBE.
Fedden has been the subject of two biographies. In Mary Fedden (1995), Mel Gooding commented: "Fedden's painting reflects her personality in its capacious love for the objects of its attention". In Mary Fedden: Enigma and Variations (2007), Christopher Andreae remarked: "She paints with unstinting disregard for the tastes and opinions of others and paints fast and often. She paints 'through the bad times' and paints on because continuing to paint is what she chooses and loves to do, and it is what drives her. Stopping is just not part of the plan."
Mary Fedden remained a prolific painter until her death in 2012. During her career she attracted glowing praise and stinging criticism in roughly equal measure. Her paintings considered essentially decorative in the sense that Matisse’s was, and in the context of Modern British art it follows in a direct line from the works of Christopher Wood as well as early Ben and Winifred Nicholson. Fedden's concentration on decorative art led to most criticism, but as is the norm an artist often has to wait until after their death for a more considered appraisal. Today, Fedden is viewed as a highly important figure to British 20th-century art history. She is one of Britain’s best loved and most collectible artists. Her paintings can be found in many private art collections including HM The Queen for Windsor Castle, Prince Hassan of Jordan, the Tate Gallery, Bristol City Art Gallery and The Royal Academy.
Fedden was a British artist whose finely executed paintings often took the form of a hybrid between a still life and a landscape.She would typically position a group of objects such as fruit, bottles and cats depicted in fine detail in front of a striking background scene. She is best known for her bold, vivid still lifes and her colourful views of Italy and North Africa.
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Tim Fudge was born in Scotland but now living in Wales and is very much an artist with the artistic heritage of both nations coursing through his veins. The vivid and vibrant palette of the Colourists combined with the sculpted knifework of the likes of Kyffin Williams create bold dramatic works that announce their presence somewhat unapologetically. In fact, boldness is quite a feature of Tim’s work; he is unafraid of the possibility of ruining a piece, being firm in his belief that an artist, especially an expressive artist, must be prepared to experiment and take risks. And he is strict on quality control - if the finished work does not meet with his approval, it will never leave the studio.
His main source of inspiration is the UK coastline and, in particular, the western shores - from Cornwall through Wales to Scotland and Ireland. He is struck by the sense of history and timelessness of the rocky formations, where the topography has remained unchanged for thousands of years. He prefers to paint on crisp, clear days, especially after rain, when the intensity of light allows him to indulge his love of colour. “I’m fired by that contrast of emeralds and Prussian blues of the sea against the cadmium yellows and oranges of lichen, or the intense reds of rowan berries against the blue of the sky.”
Tim Fudge joins the growing number of Welsh artists at Red Rag Gallery in Stow on the Wold in early 2020.
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Romeo di GIROLAMO
Romeo di Girolamo was born in Civitella Casanova, Italy in 1939. He moved to England with his family in 1949 and for much of his life has lived in Buckinghamshire.
Romeo di Girolamo's artistic qualities were first recognised and encouraged by the Headmaster of his village school in Buckinghamshire where Romeo won an Art Drawing Competition at 13.The young di Girolamo also displayed a talent for sport. He excelled at athletics, football and boxing, winning district and county honours for all three sports.
Between1954-59 Romeo di Girolamo attended High Wycombe School of Art winning several prizes and scholarships including the Buckinghamshire Art Scholarship, a Royal Academy Travelling Art Scholarship and a Granada Theatres National Art Painting Prize.
At seventeen Romeo di Girolamo started exhibiting paintings at the Royal Society of British Artists (RBA). He was elected to full membership of the RBA at the age of twenty three. By the age of nineteen di Girolamo had made his debut at the Royal Academy of Art (RA) where in the early sixties his contemporary paintings of large industrial landscapes brought him international acclaim.
The Federation of British Artists honoured him in 1967 by mounting a one man exhibition. The same year Romeo received La Voce Award for outstanding Anglo Italian Art personality of the year. In 1978 the Italian government conferred on him the title Cavaliere OMRI (Knighthood) for outstanding achievements in Art.
In addition to success as a contemporary painter Romeo di Girolamo has also had a distinguished career in art and design education. From 1989 Romeo served as an external art consultant to a number of educational bodies. He was chairman of Queens Park Arts Centre and is currently on the Governing Bodies of The Federation of British Artists and Sir William Ramsey School.
The Royal Society of British Artists (RBA) elected di Girolamo as their President in 1998. He was instrumental in the introduction of the Fine Art educational policy. Romeo has also assisted in helping Astor School, Dover achieve Specialist Arts College status.
Romeo di Girolamo most recent painting successes include the De Laszlo Medal for Art, the Italia Award and the Coley and Tilley Art Prize.
In addition to Red Rag British Art Gallery Romeo has exhibited at other leading British Art Galleries. Each painting at Red Rag is sourced from the Romeo di Girolamo artist studio and like all Red Rag British art and Contemporary art it can be shipped worldwide.
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David Gleeson was born in Manchester in 1956. Both his parents were artists. He attended Rochdale College of Art and then studied Visual Art at Aberystwyth University and painting at Wolverhampton University.
Over the last thirty years David Gleeson has established a reputation as an outstanding painter of Still Life paintings. His mastery of the genre is quite astounding. His art works are executed with a knowing eye and skilful hand.
David Gleeeson art works have been shown at the National Portrait Gallery and the Mall Galleries and are regularly seen in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. He has won
a number of art prizes including the 'Discerning Eye' and 'Hunting Art'. He has also been shortlisted for The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition.
David Gleeson has been a keen and regular visitor to museums and art galleries. This fascination often forms the basis of many of his paintings. David paints people in museums - they are not posed portraits but mere glances at individuals engrossed in thought and study. But it is his mastery of Still Life that continues to challenge him. He creates beauty out of the ordinary.
In addition to Red Rag Modern Art Gallery David Gleeson's art work has been exhibited at other leading British Art Galleries. Each painting at Red Rag is sourced from the David Gleeson artist studio and like all Red Rag Modern British art it can be shipped worldwide.
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Lisa GRAA JENSEN
Lisa Graa Jensen (RI) was born in Copenhagen. She attended the Sir John Cass School of Art in Whitechape and then trained at Camberwell School of Art from 1975-78 gaining a BA (Hons) in Graphic Design.
After art college Lisa spent time as an Illustrator with B.L. Kearley Limited working for Hamlyn, MacMillan, Marshall Cavendish and the BBC as well as Puffin Books and Camden Graphics. She then took up a roll as an Art Therapist before becoming a freelance Painter and Illustrator of books and cards in 1983.
In 1997 Lisa Graa Jensen was the winner of the RI Kingsmead Award. She also received the Royal Academy of Art, Christmas Design Award (1984, 1985, and 1986) and was runner up Artist of the Year Award 2008.In 1996 she was elected a Member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours.She is also a member of ASGFA (The Society of Graphic Fine Art)
Talking about her art work Lisa says: 'I am a painter and illustrator of vibrant colourful figurative landscapes ie: undulating countryside, markets, pubs, cafes, french farming scenes and coastal/beach scenes usually featuring dogs and cats and often farm animals such as sheep, donkeys, cows, hens etc..'. Her work is typically colourful and lively and demonstartes a strong sense of observation.
Method of Working- Lisa uses light, fast watercolour and acrylic inks which have good reproduction qualities and designer gouache. She paints on very heavy watercolour paper that doesn’t need stretching. She uses brushes, a sharpened end of paintbrush to scratch out detail, fingers, splatter bristle brush, and salt for colour dispersal. Working on one piece at a time, Lisa works from memory, sketches and photos. The initial idea is very loosely mapped out so that the painting can feel spontaneous, and not like painting by numbers.
In addition to Red Rag British Art Gallery Lisa Graa Jensen art work has been exhibited at other leading British Art Galleries. Each painting at Red Rag is sourced from the Lisa Graa Jensen artist studio and like all Red Rag contemporary art it can be shipped worldwide.
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Based in Bristol Tom has been a realist painter for several years now working in oils, charcoal and pencil. His preference is to paint Landscapes and portraits - both of which are shown at Red Rag Gallery in Bath.
Prior to being involved in the art world Tom worked in Finance in London. In 2010 he became a student at LARA and then went on to teach painting. His work has been featured in the RBA Annual Exhibitions in 2014 and 2015.
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Bryan Hanlon was born in Southampton in 1956. From a young age he developed an eye for the natural world. His regular visits to the Itchen Valley between Mansbridge and Bishopstoke were a source of continuous inspiration.
He lives in Wiltshire surrounded by the environment which has inspired his paintings.He is a self-taught painter working in a wide range of mediums.Today Bryan is widely regarded as one of the UK's leading artists. He uses various subject matter and medium, paintings in egg tempera through to oils.
Bryan Hanlon is well-known as a wildlife artist, most specifically birds, but he also paints landscapes, portraits, and sporting subjects. He has exhibited widely, both nationally and internationally with one man and mixed exhibitions, including the prestigious ‘Birds in Art’ exhibition in Winsconsin, America, the International Animal Art Fair, France, The Rainforest Exhibition, Barbican, London and the Whaletail Exhibition, Nairobi, Kenya.
Bryan was commissioned by Jersey Zoo to paint a picture to commemorate their 25th Anniversary, featuring Gerald Durrell along with 25 endangered species.
Artistic journeys have taken him throughout Europe and America and into Africa, which was the inspiration for his magnificent book ‘Birds and Beasts Africa’ published by Swann Hill Press.He has also undertaken many commissions including illustrating books and has written and illustrated African Wildlife.
In addition to Red Rag Art Gallery Bryan Hanlon art work has been exhibited at other leading British Art Galleries. Each painting at Red Rag is sourced from the Bryan Hanlon artist studio and like all Red Rag British art it can be shipped worldwide.
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Charles Hardaker is an artist of International standing. He trained in the West Midlands at Birmingham College of Art and Crafts and the Royal College of Art.
He has been a member of the New English Art Club (NEAC) since 1969 and is also a member of the Royal Society of British Artists (RBA)
Charles Hardaker contemporary paintings are in many important art collections. These include: the permanent collections of The Tate Art Gallery; the Guildhall of London, the GLC; the Institute of Civil Engineers; The National Library of Wales; and numerous private British art collections and overseas including USA, Canada, Japan and Greece.
Charles Hardaker contemporary paintings typically feature landscapes, still life, portraits and philosophical/ scriptural subjects. More recently Hardaker has been fascinated by the effect of light, shade and colour in a series of internal architectural paintings of his beloved art studio.
Major art commissions underatken by Charles Hardaker include paintings of: the BP Oil Terminal Sullom Voe; the Kielder Reservoir for Northumbria Water; murals for the Howard Hotel, London; the building of the Channel Tunnel for Eurotunnel; two cycles of paintings based on Seven Days of Genesis (7 works) and The Gospel of Thomas (11 works) for Townley Hall, Ireland; also numerous portraits. He has also been engaged in painting murals, at a country house Oxfordshire.
Charles Hardaker has had several solo art exhibitions to date in the USA and at British Art galleries and has been the recipient of many art awards. This includes winning the coveted di Laszlo art medal in 2005 at the Royal Society of British Artists. Hardaker has also been a finalist three times in the prestigious Hunting British Art prizes.
In addition to Red Rag British Art Gallery Charles Hardaker has exhibited at other leading British Art Galleries. Each painting at Red Rag is sourced from the Charles Hardaker artist studio and like all Red Rag British art and Contemporary art it can be shipped worldwide.
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Sasha Harding was born in Bath in 1973. She studied at Marlborough College, Shelley Park in Boscombe and Falmouth School of Art where she graduated with a degree in Fine Art.
Although born in Bath, Sasha Harding grew up by the sea on the south coast in Dorset. She was encouraged to paint from an early age and had her first art exhibition at the age of fourteen with an older sister in the sitting room at home. Her interest in art was stimulated, both by her surroundings and a tradition of art and music in the family. Two of Sasha's grandparents were artists and Jeka Kemp, a well-known post impressionist painter, was a great aunt whose sketch books the children were allowed to play with when they were young.
Sasha Harding's contemporary paintings are inspired by her happy childhood spent on the coast of Dorset. She continues to live close to the coast and finds on going inspiration from the sea shore and local life. Sasha's paintings contain limited colours - she uses three colours and white. This allows Sasha to concentrate on her interest in form which is carried through in her depiction of coastal scenes. In these she explores the gentle tones of a beach seen under a cloudy sky, or in the reflective languor of a summer day. Her observations become more sharply drawn in bright sunlight, with clear colours and crisp accents. Harding's sense of the absurd sparkles irrepressibly through her paintings, but the lasting impression is one of great affection for her subject.
Sasha Harding lists many influences on her art works including including the Scottish colourists, Newlyn artists and Stanhope Forbes and Elizabeth Forbes.
Sasha Harding's paintings are available from the Red Rag Gallery in Bath. She has also shown at a number of other leading British art galleries. Her paintings are now in numerous art collections throughout the world.
Modern Art: Sasha Harding at Red Rag Gallery in Bath
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Peter Heard was born in London in 1939. His early career was spent as a Civil Engineer and it was the 1970's before he began painting. He is a self-taught artist with an enviable reputation for his use of graphic compositions, bright colour, minute attention to detail and speckless finish. Peter's early paintings were highly detailed, sophisticated and intricate compositions usually depicting quintessential English villages or portraits of the eccentric English at their sports and pastimes, observed with humour and graphic wit. Today Peter Heard has established international recognition for his highly collectable paintings of the much loved 'naive' genre.
Following a visit to America's east coast where Peter Heard observed the towering lighthouses of North Carolina's Outer Banks, his paintings took a dramatic change of direction. Always fascinated by light and structure, Peter began a stunning collection of fabulously graphic lighthouse paintings 'a magnificent obsession.' He sees these as a culmination of a 35 year career and refers to the first 25 years as 'an apprenticeship' allowing him to perfect his technique. He is now one of the UK's finest and most prolific living painters of lighthouses. He is well-known in the USA as well as Britain - not just for lighthouses, but for for his pictures of boats, women, landscapes, buildings, cars and animals.
The influence of American naive Art is evident in much of Peter Heard's art work. Flat perspective, bold colour and simple graphic forms are reference points to which Peter has added his own contemporary twist. He says of his style that 'my paintings work on two levels, from across the room people are drawn to them to discover on close up how meticulous, detailed and tight they are.'
In 2006 Peter Heard moved from London to rural Somerset, to a quiet picturesque English village on the edge of Exmoor. The influence of the British West Country surroundings features extensively in his later paintings depicting a combination of graphic landscapes and figurative painting. His stunning landscapes have strong forms and colours, yet are intimate and atmospheric as a result of his skillful use of light and shade. Pared down, simple compositions and beautiful rendering of colour are Peter's trademark style.
In 2012 Peter moved from Somerset to a small village in Suffolk
Peter says: "As you get older you divest yourself of everything. My paintings are getting emptier. I used to paint thousands of people. When you get older and more comfortable with where you have been, you're naturally looking more at spaces and colour so details start to drop off."
In addition to Red Rag British Art Gallery Peter Heard paintings have been exhibited at other leading British Art Galleries. Each painting at Red Rag is sourced from the Peter Heard artist studio and like all Red Rag British art and Contemporary art it can be shipped worldwide.
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Ann HEAT RBA
British artist Ann Heat was born born in Esher, Surrey in 1945. She studied Technical Illustration at Kingston School of Art and the London College of Printing. Ann also studied art at the Kathleen Browne School of Painting and her painting has very much been influenced by the late Ronald Benham NEAC.
Ann Heat initially worked for IPC in the Art Department of the 'Farmers Weekly'. Eventually she left to focus on producing her own paintings and helping out on the family farm. She says her first love is still-life with cracked cups and bits of junk being her most prized possessions, but having the cows outside her window, she cannot resist the shapes they form through the day, as the light changes. Ann is also interested in figures within interiors.
Ann Heat works primarily using oil paint, either on a gesso panel or on linen over hardboard. Once a painting is started Ann uses oil paint thinly in built up layers. The under-painting shows through in places which with the top colour and the one underneath is creates harmonies. She uses complementary colours such as a rusty hue under green always in a muted appealing palette.
Ann Heat creates paintings which are quintessentially English both in subject and style. Her wonderful pastoral scenes are highly sought after as are her art works of still life subjects.
In addition to Red Rag Gallery Ann Heat has exhibited at a number of other leading British art galleries including the Royal Academy, Royal Society of Portrait Painters, New English Art Club and the Royal Institute of Oil Painters. In 2011
Ann Heat won the "De Laszlo Medal" at the Royal Society of British Artists.
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Roy Hodrien was born in 1957 on the Wirral, Lancashire. It was while he attended the local Grammar School that Roy discovered he had a serious interest and talent in painting. As a result of the encouragement from School he went on to complete an art foundation course at the local Art School and then on to further art study in Coventry.
For a period of time Roy developed a fascination with animal paintings. He undertook many private commissions. His interest in dogs culminated in the publishing of a book entitled ‘Pedigree Dogs in Colour’ which contained over one hundred illustrations and for which he wrote the whole text.
After working in the advertising world Roy Hodrien began to concentrate on his still-life paintings. He has mainly been influenced by the 17th Century Dutch Masters, particularly Willem Kalf and Jan Davidsz de Heem. Roy's technique is based upon the build up of thin layers of paint to produce translucent effects that are essential in still-life work. The highlights, though, are achieved through use of thick undiluted paint. It is with these techniques that he aims to capture the richness and precision of the Old Masters paintings whilst maintaining his own individual style. His adaption of traditional techniques into a unique contemporary style has created an enthusiastic following amongst art collectors of the genre.
In addition to Red Rag British Art Gallery Roy Hodrien has exhibited at other leading British Art Galleries. Each painting at Red Rag is sourced from the Roy Hodrien artist studio and like all Red Rag British art and Contemporary art it can be (and often is) shipped worldwide.
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Amanda Hoskin was born and grew up in Cornwall. She was educated at Tremough Convent and then she studied at Falmouth and Chelsea Colleges of Art and Cornwall College.
After finishing art school Amanda became a freelance wildlife illustrator working and living in London. She began to miss Cornwall and so in the early 90’s moved back to Cornwall and worked as a sailing instructor in the summer months and travelled in the winter. The move prompted Amanda's interest and passion for painting Landscapes. This passion expanded and grew as she continued to produce paintings, and further developed when Hoskin started using watercolours instead of oil paints. This allowed her to paint using different techniques and in many ways paint in more impressionistic styles.
Amanda Hoskin focuses her interest on painting skies and landscapes paying close attention to detail of light particularly when it falls on open water. Amanda specialises in painting Cornish landscapes, and seaside views due to her great love and understanding for the nature that she surrounds herself with.
Amanda spends many hours walking through the countryside allowing herself to observe and experience vistas on every level. It is because of her engagement with the environment that she is able to render her scenes with such enchantment and beauty. Her knowledge is shown through her effective ways of painting light and foliage, sometimes shown calm and tranquil, and sometimes weathered and rustic. It is clear that Amanda provides the viewer with a painting full of depth, charm and intellect, creating a vision of familiarity to anyone native of Cornwall.
Talking about her paintings Amanda says: 'I am an artist who is very much influenced by the Cornish landscape that surrounds me. Living and working in Cornwall is my greatest inspiration. Whenever I find painting difficult or struggle to find inspiration I grab my sketchbook, go for a long walk and find that my ideas come flowing. My sketchbooks are where my paintings start whether it is a quick watercolour, a line drawing or even a written note to myself to remind me later of my feelings and thoughts. Working outside with an instant style, painting is a constant challenge, ever changing, wonderful and sometimes frustrating - but I love it!'
Today Amanda Hoskin is one of the leading British artists specialising in modern impressionism of the Cornish landscape. She paints outdoors, in the tradition of impressionists, skilfully capturing the momentary and transient effects of light. Her paintings are regularly featured in Red Rag art exhibitions.
In addition to Red Rag Art Gallery Amanda Hoskin has also exhibited at other leading British Art Galleries. Each painting at Red Rag is sourced from the Amanda Hoskin artist studio in Cornwall and like all Red Rag British art and Contemporary modern art it can be shipped worldwide.
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Michael Hyam was born in London in 1958. His formal art training was undertaken at Newcastle Polytechnic.
Portraits and figures tend to dominate Michael's art work but he is equally enthusiastic towards his paintings of landscapes.His figure works embraces a traditional approach of portraiture often with an intriguing element of Mannerism. As such figures can display a graceful appearance with elongated and stylised features.
Hyam's influences are varied. They include: Valentin Serov, Frantisek Kupka, Klimt, Egon Schiele, Kate Kollwitz, Alphonse Mucha, Lautrec and Edouard Vuillard. His technique employs oil, gold leaf, collage and watercolour to develop atmospheric and memorable compositions.
Commenting about the inspiration for his paintings Michael says: 'I am drawn to and inspired by many things. Just talking to people sometimes. Sometimes music can do it. I've played the guitar since I was 14 years old and that can have an effect too.'
Michael Hyam has exhibited widely in the UK and Internationally. These include: Royal Society of Portrait Painters; Royal Watercolour Society; Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy and the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours. In 1992 he won the Daler-Rowney Award for Outstanding Work and in 1993 was elected an associate member of the Royal Society of British Artists. Michael has also undertaken a number of high profile commissions including portraits of Sir Frank Rogers, Peter Ridell (of The Times) and Sir Phillip Naylor-Leyland.His work is held in many private and public art collections.
In addition to Red Rag Gallery Michael Hyam has also exhibited at other leading British Art Galleries. Each painting at Red Rag is sourced from the JMichael Hyam artist studio and like all Red Rag British art and Contemporary art it can be shipped worldwide.
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Judy Joel was brought up in Chichester, UK. She worked for the BBC as a production assistant for many years in the 1960's and 70's and only after this did she pursue a career in art. She is entirely self taught and is best known for her naive style paintings which are fantastically fun colourful pieces. She likes to paint busy beaches, harbours, towns and cities as well as skating rinks and ski slopes.
Judy always puts her Mum and a dog in every painting, as a tribute to her Mum.
In addition to these paintings Judy also enjoys commissions to show a special day such as a wedding, family story or event. For further information on this please contact the gallery.
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Nagib Karsan was born in Tanzania in 1955. He spent his early life in Africa and at boarding school in the UK. An enjoyment and talent for art resulted in Nagib undertaking an art course in Kenya before embarking on a varied career in business.
The 1990's brought a less hectic lifestyle and the time to rediscover his interest in art. Nagib is now painting regularly and uses an unusual technique of applying a collage of printed cut paper to the surface before and during the application of paint. This often creates random and unexpected results which are full of interesting textural qualities and enduring appeal.
Nagib's art style is loose and fluid. His paintings have a strong sense of life and immediacy. Karsan finds particular inspiration in the work of Frank Webb. Webb is known for his use of colour in his vibrant watercolour paintings and his influence on Nagib's approach to contemporary paintings is evident. Karsan's paintings are colourful and uplifting, capturing the feeling of a place.
Karsan travels extensively in search of interesting vistas. Nagib has found inspiration in the harbours and towns of the West Country and in Venice. His paintings are the result of careful study and observation. Within his paintings he successfully combines textural content whilst capturing the ever changing light of the landscape.
Nagib Karsan is a member of several British art societies and his art work can be found at various British art galleries. Each painting at Red Rag is sourced from the Nagib Karsan artist studio and like all Red Rag British art and Contemporary art it can be shipped worldwide.
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Colin Kent was born in London in 1934. From a young age he always wanted to be an artist and studied painting and architecture at Walthamstow College of Art. He was encouraged to be a painter whilst at college by the other students and also teachers, but worked for a number of years as an architect.
Colin Kent produces paintings with a real feel of a time and a place. His art works display great sense of atmosphere and are often stark and haunting. His very distinctive style of British art creates a feeling of isolation without loneliness or melancholy. There is a deceptive simplicity in Colin's paintings and his skill is in getting the viewer to realise how the ordinary can become dramatic and extraordinary.
Colin Kent produces paintings of great quality. He is a master in combining the use of ink and gouache in conjunction with watercolour to achieve the texture and delicate tonal values for which he is known. The sea and coastal locations have been a constant inspiration for Colin Kent. In particular he loves the coastal and inland locations of East Anglia. However historically his art work is much more about capturing the atmosphere of a place and finding locations where solitude predominates and natural forms have softened the evidence of man.
In recent years Colin Kent he has broadened his subject matter. His paintings sometimes feature church interiors and flowers. Whatever the subject his paintings display a fine use of ink, gouache, acrylic and watercolour. And, he successfully uses colour to add a dramatic quality to the paintings with an almost abstract approach to composition.
Colin Kent paintings are regularly exhibited at: the Royal Institute; the Academy; the Guildhall; Royal West of England Academy and at a number of leading British and American art galleries. He was elected a member of the Royal Institute in 1971. Speaking about his paintings Colin Kent says: 'It is definitely a Romantic thing with me. I find people love lonely places and the people who buy my art work are romantics too. I am drawn to desolate places often with crumbled down buildings. I try to keep on experimenting, and the more I use mixed media, the more I experiment. I choose a subject and then treat it in a modern way. I am always looking for different things to paint which present a challenge, hence the variety in my subject matter. '
Each painting at Red Rag is sourced from the Colin Kent artist studio and like all Red Rag British art and Contemporary art it can be shipped worldwide.
British art: Colin Kent RI at Red Rag Gallery
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Michael Kidd was born in London in 1937. He studied at Wimbledon School of Art where he gained a scholarship to the Royal College of Arts. Fellow art students included the film director Ridley Scott and artist David Hockney. After leaving the Royal College of Art Kidd worked as an art director in some of London's leading advertising agencies before moving the USA.
In 1966 Michael Kidd moved to New York to work as a creative director. Following his return to the UK he began directing T.V. and Cinema commercials in Europe, America and the UK and undertaking work for British Airways, Coca Cola, Lloyds and Barclays Bank, Ford Motor Company and many more.
From 1981 Michael Kidd began painting between film shoots. Slowly painting became more important to him and more people started to buy his modern art. As a result Kidd eventually gave up directing to become a full-time artist.
All of Michael Kidd's modern art work shows a strong imaginative streak, quirky at times, surreal at others. Kidd tends to produce paintings on themes - gardens, chateaux, coastal, cities, whatever subject holds his interest.
Michael Kidd says he tends to 'think in terms of numbers'. He is facinated by 'patterns and mathematics, the poetry of the indecipherable'. Kidd's modern art shows his characteristic pleasure with what he calls 'playing with different perspectives - giving the illusion of the reality, and keeping it simple'.
Michael Kidd modern art is available at Red Rag Bath Art Gallery
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Alan Kingsbury was born in London in 1960. He showed an early interest in painting and from the age of nine was producing contemporary works in oils.
At University Alan Kingsbury studied psychology and art history but questioned the relevance of art school to him and so he undertook another year of full time study of art history, specialising in the paintings of old master and modern European works.
In 1983 Alan Kingsbury accepted a student internship at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection which enabled him to paint and study the art and architecture in Venice. Following this Alan worked as a cataloger of modern paintings for Bonhams fine art . During this time Kingsbury viewed hundreds of paintings each week in art galleries and auction houses and was able to gain a real understanding for detail and effect in painting.
In 1986 Alan Kingsbury further progressed his career as an artist by moving to Venice. Here Alan worked outdoors painting oil sketches of the architecture in varying light conditions. Later Kingsbury moved to Scotland where he spent five years developing his contemporary painting style and technique. It was here that he began to compose his characteristic imaginative figure subjects.
In addition to Red Rag British Art Gallery Alan Kingsbury art work has been exhibited at other leading British Art Galleries. Each painting at Red Rag is sourced from the Alan Kingsbury artist studio and like all Red Rag British art and Contemporary art it can be shipped worldwide.
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Selling a Karolina Larusdottir oil or watercolour painting? We are looking to buy Original paintings by Karolina Larusdottir. Simply contact the gallery on 01451 832563
Karolina Larudottir (1944 - 2019). Larusdottir lived and worked in the British Isles from the mid sixties for nearly fifty years before returning to Iceland. Karolina's biography was published in Iceland in 1993.
Karolina Larudottir studied contemporary art at Sir John Cass College, London from 1964 to 1965; the Ruskin School of Art in Oxford between 1965 to 1967; and Barking College of Art from 1977 until 1980. In 1986 she was elected a member of the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers (RE) and the Royal Watercolour Society (RWS) in 1996 and an honorary member of the RE and RWS in 2014.Larusdottir is also an elected member of The New English Art Club.
Karolina Larusdottir's unique vision of both her homeland and England have won her a deservedly high reputation in the fields of contemporary British painting. Many Larusdottir contemporary paintings are rooted in her upbringing in Iceland. Her Grandfather was the owner of the first grand hotel in Reykjavik. Glimpses of this busy environment, scenes of chambermaids, chefs and waitresses in the kitchen are engagingly evident.
She remembers the Iceland of her childhood as a country barely touched by the modern world. 'It was a very austere place, and nobody could do anything without other people knowing. There was no television, so occasions- parties, birthdays, being invited to people’s homes - were very important, and people were very aware of dress, stance and behaviour.' These are themes explored in her art works, but an extra layer of peculiarity is added because the participants are stony-faced. 'It would be awful if they looked too happy' says Larusdottir. 'There’s nothing worse than seeing a picture of a smiling person. I want them to be neither happy nor sad; in that way it doesn’t become sentimental. There's always more going on than you think.'
In some paintings Karolina Larusdottir creates a world of her own, with imaginary people in strange situations, often floating, carrying rainbows or being visited by angels. Often Karolina's contemporary paintings contain a wry humour that enhances the surreal and timeless qualities she creates when dealing with her favourite subject - people.
Karolina Larusdottir paints solid women in colourful dresses. There are also dark-suited men who look like they are acting out frozen dramas with an unearthly calm. Angels appear in the many places and play a large part in the scheme of things. Larusdottir comments: "I love the idea of angels. Someone who sits with you in the kitchen, someone who is around - and an 'angel' - whether you realise it or not. Someone to share your thoughts, something good in your life." Karolina's angels exude an earthy charm. They may have wings and look dependable but they also like chocolate and probably quite capable of a brand of mischief all their own. It is the humans, by contrast in her paintings, who appear other-worldly; lost in private reveries.
Karolina Larusdotir successes include many solo and mixed art shows in the most prestigious exhibitions of modern art in Britain, Europe, Africa and USA. In 1993 and again in 1997 the Royal Academy used her paintings to advertise the Summer exhibition.
Karolina Larusdottir is the recipient of many art prizes. These include a special award at the Premio Biella Internazionale per L'Incisione in Italy in 1990. Larusdottir also achieved further recognition when she was awarded The Graphic artist of the Year 2005, Islensk Grafik.
Karolina Larudottir's' paintings appear in many private and corporate art collections, including The Vatican, Rome and HRH Queen Elizabeth.
In addition to Red Rag British Art Gallery Karolina Larusdottir art work has been exhibited at other leading British Art Galleries. We can ship Karolina's originals and prints worldwide.
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Contemporary Art: Karolina Larusdottir at Red Rag Gallery
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Janet Ledger was born in Northampton in 1934. She studied painting at the Northampton School of Art.
Janet Ledger's art work has been compared with L S Lowry. Like Lowry, who she met, Janet's misty industrial landscapes and paintings of people have a marvelous feeling for atmosphere and colour combined with a strong sense of observation of life. Few subjects escape her gaze, whether it be on holiday or at work, children at play or at school, the washing on the line, a city skyline at night, or the corner shops and back streets populated by buses, dogs, lamp posts, the occasional drunk or shoppers with prams. Humour and pathos in her paintings evokes another dimension, often providing the viewer a momentary smile.
Janet Ledger paintings have great appeal and can be found in many public and private collections, these include those of HRH Princess Margaret, The Coal Board, Marks and Spencer, MacDonalds, Mowlem and National Westminster Bank. Several pop musicians have bought her work and the Tate Gallery own two Janet Ledger prints. One of these prints was reproduced as a greetings card by Camden Graphics.
She was made an honorary citizen of Dallas in 1985 after a successful exhibition "Best of Britain". Janet Ledger's ability to capture the atmosphere and colour of a scene has made her work highly collectable.
As well as appearing at Red Rag Gallery Janet Ledger's work has been exhibited at many British Art Galleries including in 'London '77' at Somerset House which was a celebration for the Queen's Silver Jubilee. She has also exhibited her contemporary paintings widely abroad. Each painting at Red Rag is sourced from the Janet ledger artist studio and like all Red Rag British art and Contemporary art can be shipped worldwide.
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John Lines was born in 1938 in Rugby Warwickshire. He studied art in Warwickshire at Rugby Polytechnic from 1959 and then at York School of Art from 1961 to 1962.
Lines has been exhibiting his contemporary paintings since leaving art school. But initially his time was shared between art activities and working in Industry.
John Lines paintings are distinctive and beautifully painted. His style is very much Modern British and Lines prefers painting in oil and watercolours. As an artist his stated aim is to 'Simply paint through honest eyes'. Ample evidence of this approach can be seen in his paintings of British Urban scenes and English Landscapes subjects.
John Lines paintings are varied. His art captures humour, nostalgia, romance and the beauty of British Countryside and everyday British Urban Life. Lines is equally successful painting landscapes, marine, portrait, transportation or what will in future years be seen as fine, social records of urban life. John travels extensively to find the right British scenes for his paintings. He regularly features Derbyshire, Lancashire, Leicestershire, Northampton, Nottinghamshire, Warwickshire, West Midlands and Yorkshire in his contemporary paintings.
John Lines has contemporary paintings in private and public art collections throughout the world. He has held workshops and lectures in Australia and USA. Lines also regularly holds lectures, workshops and demonstrations throughout the British Isles.
John Lines has many notable art successes including : First Prize - Museum of Modern Art, Wales; First Prize Royal Society of Marine Artists; and Awards at the RSBA. Lines has also featured as Master Class Painter in International Artist magazine. His work is always in demand and increasingly collectable.
John Lines art works are now available at Red Rag Gallery as Limited Edition Prints. To view prints follow this link Limited Edition Prints from artist John Lines
Red Rag Gallery have represented John Lines since 2003. In January 2020 we will be having our next Solo Exhibition with John Lines at our Stow on the Wold gallery in the Cotswolds. In addition to Red Rag British Art Gallery John Lines has also exhibited at other leading British Art Galleries. Each painting at Red Rag is sourced from the John Lines artist studio and like all Red Rag British art and Contemporary art it can be shipped worldwide.
British Art: John Lines at Red Rag Gallery
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Martin Llewellyn was born in Neath in 1963. He is a self taught painter who has been painting for over 15 years. Originally working using watercolours, Llewellyn has developed into an accomplished painter of oils with his trade mark use of palette knife and limited palette of colours.
Martin Llewellyn lives in South Wales and is constantly inspired by the Welsh landscape. He draws his principle inspiration from the rugged mountain range of Snowdonia and the dramatic coastline around Anglesey and North Wales. Like most Welsh painters of his generation the influence of Kyffin Williams is ever present in his art work but his palette knife technique is finer and generally worked on a much smaller scale. Other artists who have influenced Llewellyn include Charles Wyatt Warren and Gwilym Prichard.
Talking about the progression of his art Martin says: “One Christmas my wife Alison bought me some coloured pencils. That was nearly twenty years ago now and I remember starting with some drawings and then went onto to paint using watercolours. For the past ten years I have concentrated on oil painting. I’ve been painting much more seriously for the last five years and I’m completely self-taught from books and DVD's.”
Martin produces richly textured paintings using a subtle, muted palette that beautifully captures the distinctive atmosphere of North Wales. He is equally skilled in depicting the drama of Snowdonia or the Irish Sea breaking against the shores of Anglesey.
In addition to Red Rag Gallery Martin Llewellyn art work has been exhibited at other British Art Galleries. Each painting at Red Rag is sourced from the Martin Llewellyn artist studio and like all Red Rag British art and Contemporary art it can be shipped worldwide.
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Carl Longworth is an exceptionally talented young British sculptor. He creates exquisite bronzes of wildlife. His sculptures are influenced by an early interest in figurative form, showing perceptive attention to muscle tone, posture and expression in his subjects.
Longworth approaches traditional subjects from an innovative angle. His imaginative treatment of natural history subjects is shown through creative lines and distinctive patinations. While modern in his approach Carl has moved away from his early figurative work towards devoting his enthusiasm for wildlife studies. Thus he approaches each natural subject with the same attention to muscle tones, posture, and expression as befits a figurative artist. Not only does Carl capture the unique essence of each individual animal but he also adds long and elegant lines to further enhance the beauty of his bronze sculptures.
Talking about this work Carl says: ' I wish only to capture the simple essence and movement of the beautiful.' After studying the subject Longworth initially makes models in wax or clay building up the perfect detail and character before the complicated bronze casting with patinations process takes place. All his sculptures are limited editions.
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Andrew Macara was born in Derbyshire in 1944. Although he studied contemporary modern British Art for a short period with Leonard Fuller at the St Ives School of Painting, he considers himself a self-taught artist.
Today Andrew Macara has one of the most distinctive styles of present day contemporary British Artists and has enjoyed considerable success. He is a member of the prestigious New English Art Club having been elected in 1984
Talking about Macara's paintings, Professor Ken Howard RA says: 'I have known and admired his work for many years. Although he has painted many different subjects over the years, the subject is always incidental to light. His paintings glow and as with all the best paintings of light they never describe, they are always an equivalent for light - the light comes from the canvas. As well as being full of light, his paintings are also full of life. Whether it be life on the beach, in the playground or in the zoo, Andrew simplifies but always captures the essence of his subject. His work is full of movement, atmosphere and space and his paintings are deservedly popular for he always touches on the everyday joy of life.'
Andrew Macara has undertaken several painting commissions for Public and Private Modern British Art collectors. These include a series of contemporary paintings for Sir Anthony and Lady Bamford, Scott Bader Company, New Parliamentary Building, Westminster and the Hilton Hotel Group for their corporate headquarters.
Andrew Macara has won many art awards including Sir Huw Weldon, Royal Academy of Art Summer Exhibition, Brian Sewell, Gileas Auty and Lord Palumbos choice, Discerning Eye Exhibition. Andrew was awarded the coveted De Lazlo art medal in 1985 and his latest art award was at the RBA in 2005.
Andrew Macara travels extensively gathering images for paintings from around the world, but his native Derbyshire continues to feature in many paintings - particularly the more recent Winter scenes. Other subjects with strong demand are Andrew's British seaside paintings.
Andrew Macara is now established as a very collectible contemporary figurative artist. His contemporary paintings are always in demand and much sought after and, over the years, his paintings have proved to be a good British Art Investment.
Andrew Macara art works are also available at Red Rag as Limited Edition Prints. Select this Red Rag Gallery link to view Andrew Macara Limited Edition Prints
In addition to Red Rag British Art Gallery Andrew Macara art work has been exhibited at other leading British Art Galleries. Each painting at Red Rag is sourced from the Andrew Macara artist studio and like all Red Rag British art and Contemporary art it can be shipped worldwide.
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Este Macleod was born in Pretoria, South Africa in 1968. From a young child all she wanted to do was draw and paint. After completing her schooling Este continued to study art at the Pretoria Technikon and in 1994 she obtained a Higher National Diploma in Textile Design.
Este MacLeod began her career in South Africa as a textile designer and ceramicist. She relocated to the UK in 1999 where she has continued to paint, exhibit and create her ceramics. More recently she completed an MA at University for the Creative Arts in Farnham.
Through her art work Este MacLeod reflects on the sentiments and nostalgia surrounding the on-going process of life. She is primarily a colourist painter focusing on the concept of domesticity. Vintage household objects, simplified plant and natural forms inform Este's still life and landscape paintings. Her aim is not to represent objects, but to interpret everyday items in a distorted way. She simplifies recognisable everyday objects by including working methods such as the use of lines, complimentary colours and layering of paint and by a variety of scraping techniques. She uses complimentary colours, layered paint and a variety of scraping techniques to add texture to her paintings.
Este MacLeod exhibits in the UK and abroad on an ongoing basis throughout the year. Her paintings and sculptures are in public and private collections around the world.
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Peter Morgan was born in Pembrokeshire in 1970. He studied building design at Pembrokeshire College and trained as a civil engineer.
Peter is a self taught artist and has been painting seriously since 1994. He is particularly well known for his colourful palette, working mainly in acrylics using a range of techniques including glazing, impasto and direct painting. Painting buildings has always been at the heart of his drawing and paintings. Peter works directly from the environment, often revisiting places many times and in ever changing weather and seasons.
Talking about his paintings Peter says:'My work has become a direct response to the ever changing light, often changing with the weather. Changing my palette with mood and nature, from the black and brown hues of winter to the yellows and ochre of autumn. More so the bright and fresh greens, yellows and clear blue skies of springtime have special appeal in my working year.The beginning of my paintings is often a quick sketch or snap shot. A few quick lines filled with colour help bring to life the experience of being at that place and finished with a pen line. This is a technique developed from my studies from college days. I often revisit places walking in different directions as the image changes as I see a new view point. There is always something to paint, but finding the image gives me inspiration to find others.'
Peter Morgan paintings are inspired by his immediate surroundings as well as his travels. Visits to North Wales, Cornwall and the Gower have resulted in a series of larger paintings that aim to capture something of the essence of place. His subjects are often incorporate the light, atmosphere and beauty of places he knows well. In all his paintings the aim is to convey some of this emotion to the viewer. He is especially known for his dramatic whitewashed cottages hidden behind stone walls. In each painting he never quite knows what colour the sky or the landscape is going to be. It might take a week or might take a couple of hours depending on how the layers build up.
In addition to Red Rag Art Gallery Peter Morgan has exhibited at a number of other British Art Galleries. Each painting at Red Rag is sourced from the Peter Morgan artist studio and like all Red Rag Contemporary art it can be shipped worldwide.
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Austin Moseley was born in 1930 and died in 2013. He qualified as a Chartered Mechanical Engineer and initially worked in British industry before becoming a senior lecturer at the University of Wolverhampton.
Austin Moseley always lived in the West Midlands and had a special affinity with the Black Country region. His strong, highly textured contemporary paintings are ideally suited to recording the people and scenes which Moseley has so carefully observed over the years.
Talking about his paintings Austin Moseley says 'Most of my art work is in oils, with exclusive use of painting knives. My primary interest is in the context of the Black Country, especially at the early morning and evening times of day, when the sun is low whether visible or not. I like to include figurative images, for the purpose of points of interest and a suggestion of scale.'
The rich and positive use oil paint and the application by painting knives results in wonderfully textured contemporary paintings with an enduring appeal. Recurring subjects in Austin Moseley paintings are canal scenes or hill sides in the Dales and Lakes - all of which are enhanced with figures going about their daily lives. Moseley's paintings are very much about the present but also capture a feeling of the past. They are scenes of people living in small communities - gossiping, or walking the dog past grimy urban landscapes.
Moseleys paintings are now highly collected and sought after, rarely coming for sale on the secondary market.
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Heather Moseley was born in Wombourne, a village in South Staffordshire in 1966. She showed a keen interest in art from an early age and was popular with her school friends doing pastel portraits of popular celebrities.
She obtained a B.A honours degree in Illustration at the University of Wolverhampton in 1990. She then worked for a London Agency specialising in realistic figurative work for book covers and magazines for both the UK and abroad.
Unfortunately, a health setback meant Heather had to re-evaluate her career. This resulted in providing local gift shops with many personalised children’s canvases and detailed wildlife paintings on slate.
Heather is the youngest niece of Austin Moseley who was a successful artist for many years. His work was notable for their depiction of Black Country scenes painted with palette knives. Following his death in 2013 Heather was asked if she would like to complete some of his work. This was also a very moving experience and gave Heather much pleasure as Austin always took a great interest in her career in art.
Having completed this work, Heather decided to emulate this technique and style in developing new work.
Each painting at Red Rag is sourced from the Heather Moseley artist studio and like all Red Rag Contemporary art it can be shipped worldwide.
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Steven Outram RBA was born in Dartford, Kent in 1953. Steven studied contemporary art at Medway College of Art, graduating in 1973.
As a young artist Steven Outram started exhibiting his contemporary paintings in modern art galleries before graduating from Art College. Since leaving Art college Steven Outram has spent his entire career as a professional artist.
Steven Outram was described as a 'mood painter par excellence' by an Art Review critic at his first one man contemporary show in London. Outram's contemporary paintings are representations of states of mind using naturalistic imagery. Typically Outram responds with feeling to the changing natural effects of climate and skies over simple Gloucestershire land forms His contemporary paintings survey the infinite potential of seeing the extraordinary in typical aspects of British landscape.
Steven Outram exhibited at five solo art exhibitions in London between 1979 and 1986. This led Outram to showing his paintings Internationally with shows in New York and Seattle.
Steven Outram has continued to exhibit in modern British art galleries and was elected a member of the Royal Society of British Artists (RBA) in 2003. In the same year Outram's painting won him a place in the 'Not The Turner Prize Exhibition', held at the Mall Galleries which attracted over 10,000 entries. The following year another painting by Outram won him a prize in the 2004 Exhibition. It was a contemporary landscape painting 'The Climb'.
In 2005 Outram was awarded two art awards in RBA annual exhibition (The Artist Magazine Award and the Sir William Ramsey School Award).
In addition to annual exhibitions with the RBA Steven Outram has also exhibited frequently with other British Art Societies including the New English Art Club, the Pastel Society and the Royal Institute of Oil Painters.
In addition to Red Rag British Art Gallery Steven Outram has exhibited at other leading British Art Galleries. Each painting at Red Rag is sourced from the Steven Outram artist studio and like all Red Rag British art and Contemporary art it can be shipped worldwide.
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For as long as she can remember Mani Parkes has always wanted to be an artist. As soon as she could hold a pencil all she ever wanted to do was draw.
Mani undertook an Art Foundation course at Lincoln College of Art. Further study followed at UWE Bristol where she studied Illustration. She then transferred to Edinburgh College of Art - graduating in 1997 with a BA (Hons) in Visual Communication.
Today Mani Parkes is a sucessful professional artist. Her paintings are created using acrylics. The quick drying nature of these paints are ideal for Mani as she can add all the tiny details to her pictures without delay.
Mani Parkes likes to use muted colours building up the layers of paint as her paintings develop. Inspiration for her paintings come from many things. The day to day sights that Mani Parkes sees on the school run often inspire her paintings. Cycling through the higgledy - piggledy streets, Mani loves the charming buildings and quirky characters that she sees. Mani Parkes loves nature, a beautiful pair of spotty wellingtons or a stripy scarf. Mani aims to capture a quiet moment that makes people smile.
Mani Parkes naive style is evident in all the seasons. Be it Winter, Spring, Summer or Autumn she creates charming and memorable paintings.Her strong observational skills are evident in each painting along with the subseqent details which she records.
In addition to Red Rag Art Gallery Mani Parkes has also exhibited at a number of other British Art Galleries. Each painting at Red Rag is sourced from the Mani Parkes artist studio and like all Red Rag British art and Contemporary art it can be shipped worldwide.
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Gemma Pearce was born in Dorset in 1972. She studied Art & Design at Shelly Park, Bournemouth and Poole College of Art, where she obtained a Diploma in Fine Art. Later she studied at Bath College of Higher Education where she obtained a BA (Hons) in Illustration.
Passionate about Cornwall, Gemma eventually moved to Mousehole with her family 18 years ago and, finding herself in the perfect place, surrounded by the sea, harbours, galleries and the ever-changing Cornish beauty, she has been constantly inspired to paint.
Recent art work is mainly of a ‘still life’ nature, but Gemma is also influenced by, and drawn to, the Cornish light and landscape. The soft colours, shapes, textures, patterns and rooftops, wildlife and flowers as well as the more industrial working harbours and old tin mines provide constant inspiration. She loves nothing more than getting lost in a beautiful view through a window. Gemma's paintings feature a limited palette of colour allowing her to capture the subtle moods of her chosen subject matter.
In addition to Red Rag British Art Gallery, Gemma Pearce has also exhibited at other leading British Art Galleries. Each painting at Red Rag us sourced from the Gemma Pearce artist studio and, like all Red Rag British art and Contemporary art, it can be shipped worldwide.
Artist Gemma Pearce is one of a growing number or artists whose art works feature at Red Rag Gallery in Stow on the Wold. The gallery offers an extensive choice of British art, contemporary sculptures and collectable art prints from present-day artists. Should you wish to buy or require further information about art from Gemma Pearce, please email Red Rag Art Gallery or phone us on the number below.
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David Pole was born in Usk (Wales) in 1955 and grew up in the Wye Valley. He knew from an early age that he wanted to be an artist and when he left school attended Newport College of Art and Design. Being most interested in line and drawing, at college he chose to study illustration with the subsidiary subjects of etching, and letter form.
In the early 1980's David moved to the Cotswolds where he continues to live and work. He has exhibited widely in the UK, taking part in many one man and mixed shows including the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and the Royal West of England Academy.
Although having made a career as a painter of exquisitely detailed and colourful paintings of animals and still-lives, David has always produced work exploring lettering. Enjoying the creative process involved in trying to ‘fit’ the drawn letter forms used or the mood evoked. These works often develop from ideas inspired by extracts of poetry.
"My work, whilst representational, does not seek to reproduce reality but rather by assembling various disparate elements, often with symbolic significance, attempts to convey a depth and intensity felt towards the natural world and the way it imbues the creative imagination."
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Mark Preston was born in Derby in 1976. He is the younger member of a well-known artistic family. Mark studied illustration at Anglia University in Cambridge, but it was sketching and painting trips with his father, Rex Preston, to the Peak District, Cornwall and Scotland that really inspired him to become a landscape painter.
Mark Preston has been painting full time as a professional artist since leaving university at the age of 21. He paints in acrylics and works mainly in situ, with relatively little time spent in the studio. He is in his element when working out on location. Frank Ruhrmund, Art Critic, The Cornishman says: ' Mark Preston's paintings possesses an air of authenticity and are steeped in reality. It is clear to see he is a plein-air artist'
There is a real freshness and emotion to Mark Preston's paintings much of which is attributable to his plein-air approach to land and seascapes. He says: 'For me experiencing the landscape and weather directly is essential to attempt to capture them in paint; I just need to be there to respond to the situation and the spirit of the landscape'
Derbyshire and the Penwith area of Cornwall are the main areas which feature in Mark's paintings. The way that the changing seasons and weather affect these places fascinates him. Although interested in discovering new places, Mark often prefers to get to know somewhere intimately, finding the more familiar he gets with an area, the more he sees in it.
In addition to Red Rag British Art Gallery Mark Preston art work has been exhibited at other leading British Art Galleries. Each painting at Red Rag is sourced from the Mark Preston artist studio and like all Red Rag British art and Contemporary art it can be shipped worldwide.
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Rex Preston was born in Birmingham in 1948. At school he always enjoyed art lessons and spent much of his time painting and drawing. In his teens, Rex Preston was accepted at Newcastle-under-Lyme School of Art on the strength of his sketchbooks and then went on to study at Derby College of Art.
After college, Rex Preston was employed as a designer at a Printers in Derby. In his own time he always continued to paint and soon began to sell many of his paintings. At the age of 21, Rex decided to take-up painting full-time. His early paintings featured a variety of subjects, but his interest in the countryside naturally led him towards landscape painting. Today he is one of the country's leading landscape artists with a national and international reputation.
Rex Preston is inspired by the true colour of nature but also draws inspiration from the great masters, notably Monet’s later work, Constable’s oil sketches and Turner's atmospheric effects of light and colour. These influences together with his continuous observation of nature have culminated in Preston's loose semi-abstract style.
The style of Rex Preston's paintings was not a result of a conscious decision. His natural style just evolved over the years. However, one constant influence of Rex's paintings has been living by a river in a beautiful part of Derbyshire and as a result experiencing nature's changing moods at first hand. Rex Preston get his inspiration from the landscape and loves to paint everything from the moody, mountainous landscapes of Scotland to the beautiful spring flowers on the cliffs in Cornwall. Each year Rex goes on many painting trips around the country, either finding new areas to paint or revisiting favourite areas like Cornwall. In recent years Rex has added Norfolk and Pembrokeshire to his list of favourite locations.
Rex Preston never accepts commissions, which leaves him free to paint whatever he wants with enthusiasm. He has always had a fascination with wild, unspoilt areas and spends as much time as possible out in the British countryside searching for subjects. When the weather allows, Rex paints out on location. He is drawn colourful scenes with interesting light and reflections. Many of Rex's paintings are started as sketches which he finds helpful to quickly record fleeting light effects and atmospheres, often in showery weather when it would be impossible to paint. Back in his studio, his sketch will remind him of what really inspired him and, together with his memory and imagination, will give him all Rex needs to complete the painting. Most of Rex's larger paintings are done from sketches, as they are too big to paint on location, but Rex surrounded himself in his studio with his plain-air paintings to help with the colour.
Speaking about his paintings Rex Preston says: 'I spend as much time as possible out in the countryside whatever the weather searching for subjects. When the weather allows it, I paint out on location and just walk until something takes my eye. Quite often I don’t know what I am looking for, but it usually involves colour, light and reflections. Sketching is also very useful to quickly record fleeting light effects and atmospheres of the countryside. Often in showery weather when it is impossible to paint, a sketch can record the changing skies and light effects. The most incredible effect might only last for a few minutes, but with a pencil and sketchbook, I can capture enough to be able to paint it later. Back in the studio, my sketch will remind me of what really inspired me and, together with my memory and imagination, will give me all I need to complete the painting.'
Although Rex Preston has painted in watercolour and acrylic, he always return to oils as his preferred medium. In addition to Red Rag Modern British Art Gallery Rex Preston art work has been exhibited at other leading British Art Galleries. Each painting at Red Rag is sourced from the Rex Preston artist studio and like all Red Rag Modern art and Contemporary art it can be promptly shipped worldwide.
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Louise Rawlings was born in 1969. She studied at De Montfort University, in Leicester, graduating with a first degree in Surface Decoration, having specialised in illustration.
Whilst at University Louise was recommended by one of her tutors to a publisher and rapidly became involved in long term projects, one of them being with Greenpeace. This was the start of a long and varied career for Rawlings as an illustrator. She has worked in areas which includes giftware, ceramics and book illustration. Although these days, Louise still works for a selected group of publishers both in England and in the USA her primary focus is on producing fine art.
The inspiration for Louise Rawlings popular park life paintings comes from observations on her daily morning walk with Alfie, her English Setter. She enjoys observing and capturing the characters she watches and meets every day in walks across the park.
Louise produces paintings in watercolour, but her real love is working in a much more 'naive' mixed media style, acrylic being her favourite medium. Speaking about her art work she says: 'I can be inspired by anything from a small magazine cutting to a walk in the park with my beautiful English setter. One of my favourite subjects to paint is our lovely British coastline, Wales being a particular favourite.'
In addition to Red Rag Modern Art Gallery Louise Rawlings art work has been exhibited at other leading British Art Galleries. Each painting at Red Rag is sourced from the Louise Rawlings artist studio and like all Red Rag Modern British art it can be shipped worldwide.
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Liz Ridgway was born in 1964 in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham. Her early art training in drawing and painting came from her father, who was an established artist. Later Ridgway studied at Sutton Coldfield College of Art and in 1986 Liz graduated from Cambridgeshire College of Arts in Art History and Fine Art.
Liz Ridgway takes her inspiration from a range of sources, from 1930s Picasso, the pre-Raphaelites and the paintings she grew up with in Birmingham, especially the work of British artist Joseph Southall whose art work fills the walls of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.
Ridgeway aims for a simplicity of composition in her figurative contemporary paintings highlighting the play between the human presence and the flat patterning of the elements around them. She is particularly interested in showing the vulnerability and dignity that coexist in the human face. At times her paintings have a contemplative quality.
Art prizes won by Liz Ridgway include the Tabernacle Art Prize, awarded by the Museum of Modern Art Wales in 1997. She was elected a full member of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists in 2001.
In addition to Red Rag British Art Gallery Liz Ridgway art work has been exhibited at other leading British Art Galleries including the Mall Galleries in London. Each painting at Red Rag is sourced from the Liz Ridgway artist studio and like all Red Rag British art and Contemporary art it can be shipped worldwide.
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Endre Roder was born in Budapest in 1933. Spending much of his childhood in Malta he moved to the UK in 1949.
After completing his secondary education at St John’s College in Portsmouth Endre completed his National Service in the army, serving in Egypt and Cyprus. In 1954 he trained as a cartographical draughtsman with the Ordnance Survey. Then in 1955 he studied architecture, before abandoning this to become an art student and qualifying in 1960.
Endre taught art in secondary schools, polytechnics and colleges of further education before being appointed Education Services Curator with Sheffield City Art Galleries. He left this position in 1974 to lecture in art history at Bretton Hall (South Yorkshire) where he taught up to post-graduate level. Since 1988 he has worked as a highly successful full-time painter.
Roder's paintings are highly distinctive and readily recognisable. Various influences are evident in his work including his Hungarian origins and early life in Malta. Endre draws upon his wide knowledge and fundamental understanding of art, to create careful compositions with his trademark use of colour and sense of decoration.
His paintings are always figurative. They are the result of skillful observation coupled with imagination of mostly of female figures set against wondrous interiors or landscape settings. Recurring themes in Endre's paintings include a white horse or white doves.
In addition to Red Rag art gallery Endre Roder paintings have been exhibited at many other British Art Galleries. Each painting at Red Rag is sourced from the Endre Roder art studio and like all Red Rag British art and Contemporary art it can be shipped worldwide.
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William Balthazar ROSE
William Balthazar Rose was born in Cambridge in 1961. He lived in Italy as a child and grew up in California. He studied at Berkeley and Princeton universities, and received a Masters of Architecture from Princeton. Upon graduation Rose worked as an architect in New York and California. In recent years he has spent much time perfecting his painting in Umbria and Tuscany. Italian art and culture fascinated him so much that he decided to settle in Il Nostro Paese, in Sansepolcro.
William Balthazar Rose love for art originated in childhood. He was born to a family of artists and since a very early age has been immersed in the Arts. As a child Rose studied everything from jewellery, costume and architecture to bronze casting, stained glass and poetry, but above all else painting. Influenced by the air of interest for divergent artistic expression he breathed in his family, he began to draw and paint.
William Balthazar Rose has thought profoundly about art, society and existence. He has also developed an interest in sustainability and green architecture. His service with not-for-profit organisations seeks to contribute to discussions on the environment, architecture, sustainability and imaginative problem solving of world issues. However he remains in principal an artist, seeking answers to life’s mysteries upon the canvas. His painterly preoccupations have to do with the poetic and he aims to truly suspend time through the medium of painting.
Painting has been William's principle preoccupation in recent years. His work, which frequently explores culinary themes is highly distinctive and much sought after. Talking about his work he says: 'I have searched to elaborate a personal sensibility and to inaugurate a type of painting perfect in execution and one capable of the suspension of time. One of my greatest interests has been the creation of a personal narrative. This has lead to the development of a series of paintings known broadly as cooks. These paintings are humorous and at times terrifying. They represent a delving into the subconscious and mysterious portions of the collective and personal psyche.'
In addition to Red Rag British Art Gallery William Balthazar Rose art work has been exhibited at other leading British Art Galleries.His art works have also featured in numerous shows in Italy and the United States. Each painting at Red Rag is sourced from the William Balthazar Rose artist studio and like all Red Rag British art and Contemporary art it can be shipped worldwide.
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Ann Shrager was born in London in 1948. She studied art at the Byam Shaw School of Painting and then at the Royal Academy Schools.
Ann Shrager was elected a member of The New English Art Club in 1975. And, since then has participated in numerous modern art shows.
Ann Shrager's art work is inspired by her various travels. Venice has always been a favourite location. More recently images of India feature predominantly in her contemporary paintings. She successfully captures the beauty and elegance of the country and its people.
There is a quietness about Ann Shrager's art work. Although colour plays a key part in her paintings there is a subdued softness to her modern art. This coupled with simplicity and space are recurring themes in Ann Shrager paintings, making them enduring modern art pieces.
In addition to Red Rag British Art Gallery Ann Shrager has exhibited at many other leading British Modern Art Galleries. Each painting at Red Rag is sourced from the Ann Shrager artist studio and like all Red Rag Modern art and Contemporary art it can be shipped worldwide.
Modern Art: Ann Shrager at Red Rag Gallery in Bath
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Richard Thorn was born in the South West of England in 1952. He was brought up living close to the sea and among the beautiful Devon countryside. As a result the sea, coastal and rural landscape have been an ongoing inspiration of subject matter for Richard. Although he formally studied art at the Newton Abbot School of Art, Thorn is a naturally gifted artist and prefers to create paintings from 'feeling' rather than an academic standpoint.
Richard Thorn started painting professionally in the 1980's. Since then he has produced many fine paintings and limited edition prints of the commanding Devon and Cornish landscapes and coastline. The South West has a 'quality of light' that attracts many British artists and Richard Thorn is no exception. He is drawn to the intensely bright and suffuse light, together with the many variations in the coastal and inland landscape of the area. In his paintings Richard Thorn successfully captures the expansive and beautiful South West landscape and the sea which continue to have an ongoing effect on him.
Historically Richard Thorn's paintings have been watercolours. The reasons for watercolour are unclear but he was never-the-less attracted to the medium because it retained the drawing and sketching elements that were so intrinsic in his very British art. More recently Richard has been producing art works in acrylic with equal success. Early influences on Richard Thorn art works were artists Winslow Homer, Andrew Wyeth, Edward Hopper and Philip Jameson. His strong distinctive style and his penchant for light are increasingly appreciated by UK art collectors and by those further afield.
Richard Thorn creates art works using dramatic splashes of tone and colour. His paintings are very atmospheric capturing the warmth of the summer's sun; the autumnal feel of the changing season; the crispness and magic of winter set against the majesty of the ocean and landscape. Talking about his art works Thorn says: "I love the poetry of the land and the sea. The associations are strong and deep and I try to convey this in my work".
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Louise Young was born in Galloway, Scotland in 1956 and enjoyed the outstanding natural beauty of its countryside and its coast till her early teens. She was well-known for collecting wild flowers, shells and pebbles. At eighteen, she moved to Wales and studied Fine Art at Cardiff College of Art. Later, her love of gardening and natural history led Louise to study a Diploma in Botanical Painting at the Chelsea Physic Garden in London in 2004.
She says, “The subjects of my paintings usually come from a lucky find whilst walking, or the juxtaposition of objects that triggers a memory of a place, or simply a shell, a feather or a flower with an intriguing surface pattern or subtle colour. There are strong associations with time I spent as a child, making and arranging collections of found objects.”
Louise uses highly traditional techniques including watercolour on vellum to produce paintings of natural and botanical subjects in a contemporary style.
Louise Young has work in private collections in the UK and the USA and in the permanent collection of Welsh contemporary art at MOMA Wales, Machynlleth. Louise is a founder member of the group Amicus Botanicus.
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