British art, British paintings, and British artists and contemporary art - Artist CV's
Sylvia Antonsen was born in Dorset in 1937. She studied painting at Bournemouth College of Art, obtaining a National Diploma in Design.
Sylvia then worked as a designer at the Royal School of Needlework. Antonsen also spent time as a visiting lecturer in Drawing and Printed Textiles at Northampton and High Wycombe Schools of Art for two years. Later Sylvia Antonsen subsequently taught drawing, painting and printmaking until able to resume full-time painting in 1991.
As an artist Sylvia Antonsen has had a recurring interest in British landscape and marine scenes. The subjects for Sylvia Antonsen contemporary paintings are often buildings or structures that are associated with shelter or safety on or near the British coast. Antonsen particularly likes to find isolated places where she can convey a sense that people have just left. For example: Beach Huts that have been shut up for the winter or boats moored on the shingle.
From an art design viewpoint Sylvia Antonsen is also interested in the linear qualities of a subject. The boarding on beach huts and wooden boats provide a constant source of inspiration for her paintings as do weather boarded houses and lighthouses.
Another motivation factor for Sylvia Antonsen's art is colour and particularly white hues. Antonsen enjoys the focus and balance that the use of white and the many variations of white brings to a painting.
Antonsen's paintings are not overtly textural and painterly. But Sylvia creates interest by careful build up of thin glazes, sometimes over an initial thick layer of paint with the resulting rich effects.
Sylvia Antonsen's Danish heritage is still an influence in her beautiful Acrylic contemporary paintings. Sylvia produces paintings of calm, atmospheric scenes with remote flat landscapes featuring lone boats in uninhabited marshy areas. Other influences on Sylvia Antonsen have been the paintings of artists Edward Hopper and Paul Nash.
Whatever the subject, Sylvia Antonsen creates paintings that are crisp and stark with immediate appeal but they also display enduring qualities. The finesse of Antonsen paintings starts with the basics. Sylvia uses only the best quality stretched linen canvas and after further careful preparation the finest of brushes to create the precise detailing so evident in her paintings.
Sylvia Antonsen paintings are held in many art collections throughout Europe. And in 2004 Antonsen was an invited artist at the prestigious Singer Friedlander art exhibition.
In addition to Red Rag British Art Gallery Sylvia Antonsen has exhibited at other leading British Art Galleries. Each painting at Red Rag is sourced from the Sylvia Antonsen artist studio and like all Red Rag British art and contemporary art it can be shipped worldwide.
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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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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 '90'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.
Red Rag Gallery also promotes art prints by Vanessa Bowman.
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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 facinating aspects of this landscape envirnonment.
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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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.
David Cobley art works are also available at Red Rag as Limited Edition Prints. Click here to view David Cobley Limited Edition Prints
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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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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Fred Cuming is a painter of International standing. Born in 1930 he studied Art at Sidcup School of Art from 1945 to 1949. After completing his National Service he studied at the Royal College of Art from 1951 to 1955 where he gained a Rome Scholarship and an Abbey Minor Scholarship.
Fred was elected a Royal Academician in 1974. He has also been a member of the New English Art Club since 1960 and is the recipient of many art awards including: the Grand Prix Fine Art (1977); the Royal Academy’s House & Garden Award and the Sir Brinsley Ford Prize (New English Art Club, 1986).
Fred Cuming has exhibited his contemporary paintings world wide. His paintings feature in many private and public modern art collections. These include: Montecarlo Museum; Royal Academy of Arts; and the Guinness Collection.
Fred Cuming paintings offer a moment for reflection. Cuming creates a relationship with nature and light - inducing observers to appreciate the calming atmosphere and realisation of the beauty around us. Many of his paintings feature the counties of Kent and Sussex where the Fred Cuming artist studio is located.
Talking about his paintings Cuming says: 'I am not interested in pure representation. My work is about responses to the moods and atmospheres generated by landscape, still life or interior. My philosophy is that the more I work the more I discover. Drawing is essential as a tool of discovery; skill and mastery of technique are also essential, but only as a vocabulary and a means towards an idea. I struggle to keep an open mind.'
In addition to Red Rag British Art Gallery Fred Cuming has exhibited at other leading British Art Galleries. In 2001 Cuming was the featured artist at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition with an entire gallery dedicated to his art work.In 2004 he was awarded an honourary doctorate from the University of Kent.Like all Red Rag British art and Contemporary art Fred Cuming purchases can be shipped worldwide.
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British contemporary artist Richard Dack studied modern British art painting and printmaking at Camberwell School of Art.
For many years Richard combined painting with a successful career teaching art in
Cambridgeshire and later in Devon.
Richard Dack was born on the East Coast, and Dack's familiarity with the maritime environment has
provided a recurrent theme in his contemporary paintings.Dack's paintings are mostly oils on canvas although his move to Devon and
subsequent discovery of Dartmoor led to a large body of work on paper.
Richard Dack left teaching art in 1997. Dack's paintings have won many British art awards including: the Mariners Award for Modern Art and The Worshipful Company of Shipwrights
Art Award at the Royal Society of Marine Artists exhibition in 1998 and again in 2005. Richard Dack also won the 1999 Ariel Open Modern Art painting competition in Totnes.
Pursuing maritime subjects takes Richard Dack to many British coastal locations, but it is
invariably the quality of light that provides the major focus in his contemporary paintings.
Dack is a member of the Royal West of England Art Academy in Bristol, Avon and Royal Society of Marine Artists
In addition to Red Rag British Art Gallery Richard Dack has exhibited at other leading British Art Galleries. Each painting at Red Rag is sourced from the Richard Dack artist studio and like all Red Rag British art and Contemporary art it can be shipped worldwide.
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Simon Davis was born in Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire in 1968.
Simon Davis studied illustration and graphic design at Swindon college of Art. Following that he worked in graphic design studios between 1989 and 1994.
Simon Davis has worked as a professional artist for the last ten years illustrating for contemporary comic books in the UK and the USA. Much of this modern fully painted comic strip work has been syndicated worldwide and collected by Hamlyn in the UK, Egmont in Germany and DC Comics of the USA.
Simon Davis has also produced Storyboards for many music videos and TV advertisements including, Levi's, Barclaycard and BBC1 Extra, and illustrations for the BBC 'Cult' website.
Simon Davis has recently started exhibiting at modern British art galleries where his contemporary figurative paintings using bold, broad brush techniques are increasingly attracting collectors who appreciate his individual style and subject matter.
In 2004 Simon Davis was appointed an Associate of The Royal Birmingham Society of Artists ARBSA. In 2005 he was elected a full member of the RBSA and again won a prize in the RBSA Open Exhibition for a portrait painting of the BBC Midlands presenter Shefali Oza. Davis also achieved success at The Royal Society of Portraits Exhibition - see British Art News . In 2006 won another art prize at the RBSA. This time it is the Coley Tilley Prize for a portrait painting 'The RSC Wig Mistress'. In 2007 he was appointed to the Royal Society of Portrait Painters(RP) and in 2008 was runner-up in the prestigious National Portrait Gallery BP prize. In 2009 Simon won the Charles Pears Art Award the Royal Society of Marine Artist Annual Show. In 2014 Simon was elected as Vice-President of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters.
Simon Davis currently exhibits at Red Rag Modern British Art Gallery and RBSA where he won the Tanner Charitable Trust Prize in August 2004 with his contemporary painting, Sarah and Rosie. He lives in London
In addition to Red Rag British Art Gallery Simon Davis has exhibited at other leading British Art Galleries. Each painting at Red Rag is sourced from the Simon Davis artist studio and like all Red Rag British art and Contemporary art it 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 persuit 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 reassurence 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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Born in Birmingham in 1950, David Eustace was encouraged by his school art teacher to follow an artistic career but financial constraints forced him to take up a carpentry apprenticeship. It was only some years later, when he was twenty-one, that he was able to return to education. He completed a Foundation course at Sutton Coldfield Art College, followed by a degree course in Fine Art at Exeter College of Art. David later went on to Leicester Polytechnic in 1976 and trained as a teacher.
After graduating, David spent six years in the USA working as a muralist. Since returning to the UK in 1986 David has earned his living as a painter and musician - for 25 years he was the drummer in the blues band 'Junkyard Angels'. He now plays in a jazz quartet called 'Shufflebones'.
David plays with the viewers of his figurative painting, using images that hover between conscious and subconscious states. Eustace produces a mixture of wit and mysticism. In his view, painting is like music. Often the artist or composer intends to form a beginning, middle and an end but finds himself drawn off in a slightly different direction to make his creation look or sound right. It is, he says, a philosophical experience, which is easier felt than telt
David Eustace says - It was only when I stopped working from life that my paintings became my own.For me imagination is the touch stone to explore an inner world of feelings and dreams¯
Over the years David has developed a number of themes which he gravitates towards in a fairly random fashion. Eustace finds if he stays with one theme too long his interest wanes.
David Eustace observes the everyday world around him but presents it with an individual style and viewpoint. Subjects are sometimes dislocated from their surroundings or hover lending an air of mystery. There is a three-dimensional dream-like quality to his contemporary art. Painting with acrylic on board David overlays this with a light oil glaze to enhance depth and colours.
David Eustace was awarded membership of the Royal Society of British Artists in 2003 and in the same year was the winner of the RBA David Wolfers Memorial Prize.
In addition to Red Rag British Art Gallery David Eustace art work has been exhibited at other leading British Art Galleries. Each painting at Red Rag is sourced from the David Eustace artist studio and like all Red Rag British art and Contemporary art it 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 studied art at Bristol.
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.
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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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Neville Fleetwood was born in 1932. He started painting aged 12 after an enjoyable but otherwise unremarkable holiday to Blackpool. He says: 'We were staying in a B&B and a girl who was also staying there was painting and it just fascinated me. I decided it was something I'd like to try.' His parents encouraged Neville to enroll at Huddersfield Art School at the tender age of 16 where he was encouraged to fulfill his creative potential.
Neville Fleetwood loved his time at art school and says he tried everything from sculpture, life drawing, painting and design. He even went to the night school five times a week. After graduating from art school Fleetwood then worked in a graphic art studio before being called up for National Service. He later returned to graphic design successfully running his own business for thirty years. However, over the years, it was his love of painting which remained undiminished and eventually he retired from business interests in 1983 to concentrate on painting full time.
Since his decision to focus on painting full time numerous prestigious art awards and successful exhibitions have followed and Neville Fleetwood is now recognised as one of Yorkshire’s best loved artists. He is a natural colourist who finds inspiration for his paintings from a number of sources including from other British abstract landscape artists such as Barbara Rae and William Selby. Their influence in Fleetwood's paintings- the use of colour and abstraction - are clear, as is the draughtsmanship of Ken Howard. The art studio in which Neville paints is tucked away at the back of his house. The studio contains not only the colourful painterly landscapes and still-lives for which he is best known, but also a small number of nude studies. These clearly demonstrate Fleetwood's skill as a draughtsman.
Neville Fleetwood landscapes and coastal scenes are predominantly of the Yorkshire countryside with hills and cottages flattened and not in perspective but he is also drawn to the South of France and Cuba. His still life art works are exaggerated not only in colour but in the shapes and sizes of the objects being painted. For Neville the pleasure of painting is in applying paint in bright colours thickly with brush and palette knife. The result are contemporary paintings with a strong, bold use of colour and vibrancy, which have been developed by applying layer upon layer. His landscapes which are full of atmosphere, with patchwork fields arranged into vivid abstract designs whilst his still life paintings contain everyday objects carefully positioned and crafted in suspended space. For Fleetwood what is important is the juxtaposing and playing with how colours work together in a composition that make work visually exciting and vibrant.
Neville Fleetwood likes to work with acrylics, rather than oils. He feels this gives the paintings a fresh vibrant feel and acrylics allow him to work quickly, to revise and repaint as the composition develops. Using broad brush strokes allows Neville to give an initial wash of colour to provide the background upon which thicker paint is often applied using a palette knife. This gives the painterly quality and texture that is so evident and appealing in his art works. Keeping a loose style of working means re-working of paintings possible and paintings are rarely completed in one session but rather are re-visited and re-worked over time. Neville says: 'It is very difficult to stop, but generally I know that when I start to add small touches of bright colour, the painting is nearly finished. I just seem to know when they look right.
In addition to Red Rag Gallery Neville Fleetwood has exhibited widely at art galleries within the UK. He is the recipient of a number of art awards. In 2000 he was also made a full member of the Royal Institute of Painters.
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CHRIS FORSEY RI, SGFA
Chris Forsey is a professional artist, figurative painter working in acrylics, watercolour and mixed-media, mostly concerned with landscape and architectural subjects. His main focus is in capturing atmosphere and fleeting moments of changing light. Using dynamic composition and expressive mark-making while leaving some areas as vague abstraction, he encourages the viewer use their imagination.
Chris Forsey paintings have been widely exhibited in modern art galleries throughout the UK. He has won prizes for his work, including The Matt Bruce award for colour and light and The Donald Blake award for contemporary watercolour at the Mall Galleries, London and was elected as a member of both the RI (Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours) and the SGFA (Society of Graphic Fine Artists) in 2010.
Chris believes in getting to know the painting subject through sketching (winning the Neil Maltby Sketchbook prize with the RI) and keen observation of the subject, carefully exploring composition and colour. Chris then works quickly and expressively back in the studio on the finished work. He uses a variety of broad flat brushes, sticks, card, roller and finger, on canvas, board and paper, enjoying the serendipitous and accidental mark making process encouraged by his choice of tools.This approach hopefully promotes a look to his work that is spontaneous, expressive, lively and exciting.
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Simon Garden was born in 1960. He studied at Art Exeter School of Art and Design, graduating with a BA (Hons) 1st Class, Fine Art in 1982. In 2002 Simon Garden was elected as an Academician by The Royal West of England Academy of Art.
The talent of artist Simon Garden was acknowledged early in his art career when as a young artist the first showcase exhibition of his contemporary paintings was snapped up within hours of being displayed. Since then Simon Garden has gone from strength to strength building a strong reputation for imaginative and creative British art. Simon Garden has also had a number of successful one man solo art painting shows and participated in various open contemporary art exhibitions.
Simon Garden uses seductive rich colour and texture in his modern contemporary paintings. He is an artist who creates a sense of composition that is classically beautiful whilst at the same time daring. Simon Garden strips his landscapes and nudes down to their most elemental forms. This rare simplicity and purity of vision in his painting arouses the subconscious and fires the imagination, drawing us irresistibly into a world both dreamlike and timelessness.
Simon Garden paintings are regularly shown at the Royal West of England Academy for Art. Garden paintings have also featured at other major British Art Exhibitions such as The Hunting Art Prize. Today Simon Garden has obtained a strong presence in many British Art collections. His contemporary paintings also appear is many private art collections in the USA, Holland, Australia, Japan and Germany.
In addition to Red Rag British Art Gallery Simon Garden has exhibited at other leading British Art Galleries. Each painting at Red Rag is sourced from the Simon Garden artist studio and like all Red Rag British art and Contemporary art it can be shipped worldwide.
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Andrew Scott GEORGE
Andrew George was born in 1951. He studied at Edinburgh College of Art from 1970 until 1974.
Since then Andrew has deservedly achieved a reputation for producing fine landscape paintings. His paintings are undertaken using the traditional medium of egg tempera. The medium allows Andrew to progressively apply small amounts of pigment thereby building layers of fine brush strokes over the traditional gesso ground. Since the time of the renaissance artists who used egg tempera the results of his work produce paintings of rare luminosity.
Andrew George typically paints the British landscapes around his home in Somerset; the Dorset's Coastline and the majestic hills of Scotland.
Talking about his work Andrew says: Andrew says: "Quite often I use a number of different viewpoints in a painting. I like to lift the viewer so that they are hovering above the ground ready to float into the landscape. Paintings start with broad washes that are gradually refined with smaller and smaller marks."
A number of Scottish painters have had a strong influence on his paintings. In addition he has also been particularly influenced by two American painters - Andrew Wyeth and Edward Hopper, but the style of his paintings is very his own. He successfully captures the landscape creating both atmosphere and the sense of time and place.
In addition to Red Rag Gallery Andrew George paintings have been exhibited at a number of other leading British art galleries and feature in many art collections worldwide
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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.
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. 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.
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Modern Art: Sasha Harding at Red Rag Gallery in Bath
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Pam Hawkes was born in Birmingham. She studied fine art at Coventry University/Solihull College gaining a bachelor’s degree.This was followed by a period of time at the University of Central England where she graduated in 1998 with a MA in Fine Art. She went on to teach art as a visiting lecturer at Wolverhampton University and Solihull College before becoming a full time painter.
Pam Hawkes art works have their roots within the traditions of Renaissance portraiture. At a technical level, her paintings are remarkable. Typically she produces highly skilled depictions of sitters within exotic, lush and decadent settings. Despite the use of sitters, her paintings are not traditional portraiture as we know it. The work involves storytelling, myths and religious iconography which richly translate on to the canvas. Richly worked and exquisitely realistic images offer up fragments, broken or mirrored reflections, or self-absorbed likeness of exquisite young women and men.
Talking about her art work Pam says: "The characters in my paintings don't readily give away their stories; their histories of desire and love. But it is a seductive world that they seem to hint at, a place of myth-making and mystery. They invite us in at some level to speculate on the idealised memories of their lives and to give a second thought to the half forgotten fables we each collect and carry through our own world."
Pam Hawkes paintings are a wonderful combination of today and the medieval. This strong appeal of old and new has resulted in a world wide appreciation of her work. She has won several prestigious awards and exhibited in many group and solo shows throughout Europe and America since 1996.
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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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Paul Hedley was born in 1947 spending his childhood in Chatham, Kent. He studied art at Medway College of Art from 1966-68, and then later at Maidstone College of Art where he was awarded the Diploma in Art and Design.
Paul Hedley has been painting ever since he can remember. An education based on traditional art techniques of drawing and painting plus the influence the French artists Edgar Degas and Edouard Vuillard have influenced the development of his art works. Paul paints with compulsion, subtly influenced by his environment and daily experiences.
Hedley is technically gifted as a painter and draughtsman. His paintings and drawings show a fine skill particularly in producing figurative studies of enduring compositions. He successfully captures a fleeting moment of time and the associated feeling. Paul prefers to create his art work in natural light, using sketches and photographs. The process begins with numerous preliminary sketches which eventually leads to the application of tone and colour. His drawings are produced in a 'classical' manner on a toned ground in chalks often combined with watercolour and gouache.
Paul Hedley paintings and drawings are in the art collections of the London Borough of Camden and Queen Mary College. In addition to Red Rag Modern British Art Gallery Paul Hedley art work has been exhibited at other leading British Art Galleries and exhibitions including the Royal Society of British Artists, Royal Institute of Oil Painters and Bath Contemporary Arts Fair. Each painting at Red Rag is sourced from the Paul Hedley artist studio and like all Red Rag British art and Modern art it can be shipped worldwide.
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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 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. A move to the West Country in the early 1990's prompted an 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.
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.
In addition to Red Rag Art Gallery Amanda Hoskin has 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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Ken HOWARD RA
Ken Howard was born in 1932. He studied art at Hornsey School of Art from 1949 to 1953. Ken then did his National Service with the Royal Marines before returning to study at the Royal College of Art from 1955 to 1958. Howard then went on to win a British Council Art Scholarship to Florence from 1958 to 1959.
The first Ken Howard one-man show was held at the Plymouth Art Centre in 1955. Subsequent art exhibitions were held in 1966 and 1968 at the John Whibley Gallery. From then on Ken Howard exhibited extensively, both nationally and internationally, particularly with the New Grafton Art Gallery from the early 1970s. Ken Howard was given a retrospective exhibition in 1972 at the Plymouth City Art Gallery
In 1979 Ken Howard was appointed by the Imperial War Museum as official British artist in Northern Ireland. He also worked with the British Army in Germany, Cyprus, Oman, Hong Kong, Nepal, Norway, Canada, Belize and Brunei from 1973 to 1982.
Ken Howard is a master at capturing light in both oil and watercolour paintings. Today Howard is known as one of the leading British Artists for his ability to fuse light and atmosphere in his contemporary paintings. The subjects for Ken Howard contemporary paintings range from studio nudes to Venetian scenes and Cornish beaches.
Ken Howard was elected a member of: the New English Art Club in 1962; the Royal Institute of Oil Painters in 1966; the Royal Society of Painters in Watercolours in 1979; the Royal West of England Academy 1981; Honorary Member of the Royal Society of British Artists in 1988; Royal Academician in 1991; and President of the New English Art Club in 1998. His numerous art awards include: First Prize in the Lord Mayor's Art Award in 1966; a Prize Winner in the John Moores Art Exhibition, Liverpool in 1978; first prize in the Hunting Group Art Awards; and the Critics Prize at Sparkasse Karlsruhe in 1985. He now lives and works in London or at the Ken Howard artist studio in Venice.
Ken Howard contemporary paintings are found in many British and International private and public art collections. These include the Imperial war Museum and Plymouth City Art gallery.
In addition to Red Rag British Art Gallery Ken Howard has exhibited at other leading British Art Galleries. They are also regularly exhibited at the Royal Academy in London. Like all British art from Red Rag Ken Howard paintings can be shipped worldwide.
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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? Simply contact the gallery on 01451 832563
Karolina Larudottir was born in Reykjavik, Iceland in 1944. Larusdottir lived and worked in the British Isles from the mid sixties for nearly fifty years. Today Karolina now lives back in her homeland of 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.
Selling Karolina Larusdottir art works: If you wish to sell art works by Karolina Larusdottir please contact Red Rag on the number below. We are interested in buying both Oil and Watercolour paintings.
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 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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Vivienne Luxton was born in India in 1942. She studied at St Martin's School of Art in London and did her post-grad at the RCA School of film & TV gaining an MA in 1966. She then spent some years in the film industry before moving to Gloucestershire where she taught art for 17 years.
In 1992 Vivienne Luxton moved to live on a farm in Wales.The farming community often features in her art work. She likes to produce paintings of people in all walks of life, at work or at leisure, and there is often humour in her subjects. Inspiration for her paintings are both from the imagination and from first hand experience. As a the wife of a Farmer, Vivienne has had many opportunities to observe and sketch farmers and animals on the farm. She is also a keen observer of market scenes many of which feature in her country-focused paintings.
Vivienne's ink and watercolour paintings reflect her observations of country interactions, while her work paintings in acrylics demonstrates her love of colour.Her art work is in both private and public art collections in the UK and abroad.
In addition to Red Rag art gallery Vivienne Luxton art work has been exhibited at other leading British Art Galleries including the Royal Academy and at the Royal West of England Academy. Each painting at Red Rag is sourced from the Vivienne Luxton artist studio and like all Red Rag British art and Contemporary art it can be shipped worldwide.
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Andrew Macara was born in Derbyshire in 1944. Although Andrew Macara 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 prestigous 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. His paintings are deservedly popular for he touches 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 Hilton Hotel Group for their corporate headquarters.
Andrew Macara has won many art awards. These include: 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, Macara's 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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John Martin was born in 1957. He studied contemporary painting at Hornsey College of Art followed by three years at Exeter College of Art where he obtained a 1st Class Honours degree. Martin then spent more time studying at the Royal Academy Art Schools gaining a Post-Graduate Diploma.
John Martin has been the recipient of many art awards these include: Stowells of Chelsea, Prize-winner, David Murray Landscape Scholarship, WH Patterson Prize and the Fabrica Painting Prize, awarded at the RBA Open Exhibition. He was elected a member of the Royal Society of British Artists in 1991 and in 2006 won the coveted di Laszlo art medal in 2006 at the Royal Society of British Artists
John Martin contemporary paintings have been published in several modern art textbooks. His paintings have also featured in the Tatler Magazine, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Times.
Brian Sewell, Art Critic of The Evening Standard said of John Martin ' If you dropped him down a drain he'd paint an affectionate picture of drippage and the moss, and work wonders with the grid and its shadows'¯
In addition to Red Rag British Art Gallery John Martin art work has been exhibited at other leading British Art Galleries. Each painting at Red Rag is sourced from the John Martin artist studio and like all Red Rag British art and Contemporary art it can be shipped worldwide.
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Ian Mastin was born in Leicestershire in 1949. Shortly afterwards he and his family moved to Queensland, Australia.
During Ian's schooldays he had no involvement with art. It was only in the mid 1980s that he began to sketch for recreation. His natural gift for art and a strong observational sense for detail, soon resulted in an invitation to exhibit his work in a Brisbane gallery where he first experienced success.
In 1991 Ian Mastin returned with his Scottish-born wife and their children to the British Isles where they settled in East Lothian. It was here that Ian picked up a paintbrush for the first time and after a year of experimentation in fundamental techniques, he committed himself to painting full-time. As a novice painter, Ian's early paintings were mainly watercolour and the subject matter varied. However, a discovery of still life in the traditional style gave him a strong direction and the passion to pursue his artistic goal of excellence in this genre.
Ian studied the techniques and compositions of the old masters paintings and honing his skills through disciplined study and practice.Today he is recognised as an exceptional artist, working in the tradition of the Dutch and Flemish Masters of the 17th century. Mastin gains inspiration from many sources without being beholden to any particular style but the influence of the Dutch and Flemish Masters is inevitably present in his art works creating a timeless quality.
Talking about his work Ian says: “I recognise the influence of the Dutch and Flemish Masters of the 17th Century in my work. However, I wholeheartedly embrace the fascination and challenge of the still life whilst in no way feeling bound by tradition or convention. My passion is to bring to life the beauty in the simplicity of everyday objects, especially the utilitarian hand-crafted skills of anonymous artisans of the past”.
Ian has now returned to Australia and his work has also been exhibited in New York, Amsterdam, Hong Kong and Singapore and can be found in private collections around the world. In addition to Red Rag British Art Gallery Ian Mastin has exhibited at other leading British Art Galleries. Each painting at Red Rag is sourced from the Ian Mastin artist studio and like all Red Rag British art and contemporary art it can be shipped worldwide.
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Tina Morgan was born in Lynton, Devon in 1952. She studied art and design in Cornwall. After gaining an S.I.A.D. in industrial design, Tina worked as an Art Director in London for a number of top creative advertising agencies. During this time she won many awards including two at the Cannes Film Festival.
In 1985 Tina Morgan decided to change career direction and began painting as a full time professional artist. Since then Tina has exhibited her art work widely and is known know for her impressionistic paintings of the coasts, markets and streets of the UK, Europe and America.
Tina Morgan has been inspired by a number of artists including Royal Academicians, Fred Cuming and Ken Howard. Today Tina is a member of the Royal Society of Women Artists and has established herself as an artist with a reputation for capturing the light and the lazy day holiday buzz of people relaxing on the south Devon beaches or in cafe scenes. Her softness of palette and great skill in observing and depicting people creates art work with a timeless quality. Tina Morgan art works display a free style and subtle use of colour. She creates a unique luminosity in her paintings which reflects her continuing love of the British coastline and landscape.
Tina Morgan art works are primarily oil on canvas. Talking about her paintings Tina says: ' I use oil paint because the colour and textures are so rich. I develop the background and paint onto that with a knife for texture. Long springy brushes are used for the detail. The memory of a scene has always been far more interesting than the impression viewed on the day. So I capture the moment with a pastel or pencil sketch and photographs, then spend a long time just observing the view - how the light plays with the shapes, and how the atmosphere effects me. Later I work with my memory and references to produce a painting which I think is far more exciting and creative than one which I would have produced on the spot.'
In addition to Red Rag Gallery in Bath, Tina Morgan paintings have been exhibited at a number of other leading British art galleries and is now featured in many art collections worldwide.
Modern Art: Tina Morgan at Red Rag Gallery in Bath
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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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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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British artist Annie Ovenden was born in Amersham, Buckinghamshire in 1945. She studied at High Wycombe School of Art before taking up a position as a graphic designer
In 1975 Annie Ovenden became one of the founding artist members of the Brotherhood of Ruralists - a group who left the city for the country. Each artist had their own style, yet shared many sentiments and sources of inspiration. A desire to understand and paint the elements of nature was combined with literary and musical influences.
Other founder artists of the Brotherhood of Ruralists were: Ann and Graham Arnold , Sir Peter Blake, David Inshaw, Jann Haworth and Graham Ovenden. Red Rag Limited Edition Print artist David Inshaw was also a founding member.
The Brotherhood of Ruralists were founded in 1975 to paint nature. Their art work is figurative with a strong adherence to 'traditional' skills. Painting in oil and watercolour predominate, with mixed media assemblage, printmaking, ink and pencil drawing also being common.
According to one of the founder members, Peter Blake, it was formed "in opposition to the scholarly nature of contemporary art which believed that paintings were only really valid if they addressed social questions. Our aims are the continuation of a certain kind of English painting. We admire Samuel Palmer, Stanley Spencer, Thomas Hardy, Elgar, cricket, the English landscape and the Pre-Raphaelites". Annie Ovenden certainly produces paintings which capture the majesty of the British countryside. The same is true of Annie Ovenden Limited Edition prints
In addition to Red Rag British Art Gallery Annie Ovenden art work has been exhibited at other leading British Modern Art Galleries. Each painting at Red Rag is sourced from the Annie Ovenden artist studio and like all Red Rag British art and Modern art it can be shipped worldwide.
Red Rag Gallery also promotes art prints by Annie Ovenden. Follow this link to view Limited Edition Prints from British artist Annie Ovenden.
Modern Art: Annie Ovenden at Red Rag Modern Art Gallery
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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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Paul Robinson was born in Penrith, Cumbria in 1959. He grew up in the Cumbrian village of Lazonby, in the heart of the Eden Valley and later studied Fine Art at Carlisle College of Art.
After graduating Paul Robinson moved to London he began a successful career as a freelance illustrator, working for many leading publications such as the Sunday Times, Radio Times and Time Out magazine. He also continued painting in oils and acrylics, developing his strong style, inspired by the streets of London.
After a number of years spent on illustrations Paul Robinson decided to concentrate on full time painting. Working from his eighth floor flat in a tower block in Tottenham, literally overlooking White Hart Lane football ground, Paul pursued the themes of the 'City and its people' , from the anonymous workers and architecture of the Square Mile, to the tourists in Trafalgar Square, working towards his first London art exhibition in the early nineties.
Returning full time to painting, Paul Robinson developed his distinct style. Working in oil, he started producing a heavily textured ''impasto'' approach to his art work. He continued to be inspired by an endless fascination for London subjects and architecture.
In 1999 Paul Robinson left London to live in East Anglia. Paul now regularly commutes¯ to London to get new reference material. His art work continues to look at the hustle and bustle of the City and the lost figures amongst the City crowds capturing a passing moment in time. The subjects unaware they have just inspired a piece of art. He is also producing new art works inspired by the East Anglian landscape with great expanse of sea and sky. But with not a city worker in sight, Paul has now turned his attention to the character subjects on his door-step to fuel his imagination.
Paul Robinson''s modern art work is included in private, corporate and public collections both in the UK and abroad. In addition to Red Rag British Art Gallery Paul Robinson has exhibited at other British Art Galleries. Each painting at Red Rag is sourced from the Paul Robinson artist studio and like all Red Rag Modern British art and Contemporary art it can be shipped worldwide.
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Stephen works in a variety of print media as well as painting. He studied at Goldsmiths College from 1975 to 1978 and went on to work as a professional photographer for many years before returning to drawing, painting and printmaking about ten years ago.
Colour has become increasingly vibrant in the recent still life paintings. Some interior spaces, like the John Soane Museum in London, have also been subjects of recent paintings. Glimpses of objects in a room or in the garden give rise to ideas of combining reds and oranges, greens and yellow ochre, and the shapes of foliage and household objects become silhouettes or abstract outlines. The variety of the observed world always provides a starting point, although the approach to the drawing is becoming looser and more fluid.
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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 worked as a 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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William Selby was born in Yorkshire in 1933. He is the eldest Son of William Selby a Yorkshire coal miner.
Selby followed in his father's foot steps and for a period worked in Coal Mining. He also worked in the Engineering and Insurance industries, but a love of contemporary painting has been a recurring theme to his career.
A self taught artist William Selby has been painting professionally for nearly 50 years and is now recognised as one of the leading British 'colourists'. His personal style has undergone significant change over the years. During the 1970s and 1980s, Selby worked mainly with figures as the subject matter.Since then he has become known for his still life and landscape paintings.
For his still life art works William Selby positions everyday objects in carefully crafted suspended space producing balance and sustainable interest. Selby's landscape paintings are full of atmosphere with patchwork fields arranged into a vivid abstract design. The landscapes are typically inspired by his native Yorkshire for which he retains a passionate interest.
William Selby paints using oil, acrylic and mixed media. His art works display a confident and direct approach with a strong, bold use of colour and vibrancy, which are developed by applying layer upon layer with painterly brushstrokes heightening the sense of depth and texture.
In recent years Selby has emerged as an important name in British Art. His contemporary paintings have created an impressive following and Selby has exhibited at the principal Academies, Institutes and Societies of Arts, where he has won many major art awards and fellowships.
William Selby is an elected member of The Royal Institute of Oil Painters, the Royal Water Colour Society, the Royal Society of British Artists, New English Art Club and the Royal Society of Painters in Watercolour. Today William Selby contemporary paintings are in collections worldwide.
In addition to Red Rag British Art Gallery William Selby has exhibited at other leading British Art Galleries. Each painting at Red Rag is sourced from the William Selby artist studio and like all Red Rag British art and Contemporary art it can be shipped worldwide.
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Rosa Sepple, born in London of Italian/British parents, living between Venice and London for many of her early years in the company of her Italian grandfather, artist, Salvatore Casagrande. Rosa is self taught, starting her career as an artist in the late nineties, producing, exciting, vibrant and highly original paintings in watercolour and collage.
Rosa Sepple paintings succeed in bringing joy to the viewer in a unique way, depicting the moods and pleasures of a fantastical, somewhat dreamlike world that is magical, whimsical and heart warming. People float and fly, tease, party, dance and flirt, buildings lean and topple, flowers sparkle and animals smile. Despite Rosa's success she is very focussed on experimenting, pushing the boundaries of her work.
Elected a member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours (RI) in 2004 and Vice President in 2016. Rosa has private collectors worldwide, has exhibited in most of the major art exhibitions, Including the Royal Academy in London, The Ruth Borchard Exhibiton and The Sunday Times Watercolour Exhibiton.. The artist also has several solo shows in fine art galleries throughout the U.K during the year.
Recent awards include, The Herring Award for best figurative. The Elizabeth Scott-Moore Award. The Debra Manifold Award. The Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Award. The Andrew Hillier Award for creativity and two Daler-Rowney Awards.
In addition to Red Rag British Art Gallery Rosa Sepple art work has been exhibited at other leading British Art Galleries. Each painting at Red Rag is sourced from the Rosa Sepple artist studio and like all Red Rag British art and Contemporary art it can be shipped worldwide.
Modern Art: Rosa Sepple at Red Rag Gallery in Bath
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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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Adrian Skyes was born on Merseyside in 1970. He studied at Bath College of Fine Art.
Inspiration for many of Adrian paintings are the result direct observation from his extensive travels across Europe. Specifically Skyes is inspired by landscape and architecture which are captured in his paintings as somewhat surreal, quirky and often humorous settings.
Talking about his paintings Adrian says: "My extensive portfolio of art work covers a wide range of form and images; from my explorations of light and dark in the intricately detailed black and white drawings, to the fascinating land of the imagination where I transport the viewer into a world of darkly humorous and quirky characters as they play out their wit on the paper. I stamp my idiosyncratic style on my favoured subjects: buildings, and shine on them a new and interesting light. My paintings often pay homage to the beauty and diversity of the varied areas in which I have lived and travelled, including paintings of France, Italy and London. In my cityscape paintings, I hope to capture the essence of places, the extraordinary and ordinary aspects of great cities without labouring on the mundane, hence the playful moving of buildings and eliminations to suit the final condensed composition, very much in the 'Capriccio' style. I seek to achieve the sense of standing on an ordinary rooftop overlooking backyards and everyday life, being able to observe a place’s highlights whilst being removed from them."
Adrian Skyes has won a number of awards including: First Prize - The Bristol Art Prize 2013; Finalist - Young Masters Art Prize 2012; First Prize - The Bath Art Prize 2010. He was also selected in 2011 from over 1000 artists to appear in the 2012 BBC2 series ‘Show Me The Monet’.
In addition to Red Rag British Art Gallery Adrian Skye art work has been exhibited at other leading British Art Galleries. Each painting at Red Rag is sourced from the Adrian Skye artist studio and like all Red Rag British art and Contemporary art it can be shipped worldwide.
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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".
In addition to Red Rag modern art gallery Richard Thorn art work has been exhibited at other leading British Art Galleries. Each painting at Red Rag is sourced from the Richard Thorn artist studio and like all Red Rag British art and Contemporary art it can be shipped worldwide. In addition to original Richard Thorn paintings his art work is also part of the Red Rag range of Limited Edition Prints.
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British Art: Richard Thorn at Red Rag Gallery
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Alan Tyers was born in Coventry in 1944. He won a full time place in the School of Art at the age 13. Tyers trained in fine art, with particular emphasis on impressionism. He then left after five years to pursue a very different artistic direction in advertising.
Although Alan Tyers career in advertising and design was extremely
successful, as a Creative Director and partner in his own company and
as a creative consultant, he has always continued to paint.
Alan Tyers has had
a number of one man art shows and exhibits regularly at various art venues, including the Laing
Open in Birmingham, the Pall Mall Art Galleries in London and of course Red Rag Gallery. Now a full
time artist, Alan's interest in steam railways combined with his passion
for painting has influenced his distinctive art style based on '1930's
British railway poster art'. Tyers paintings have a simplified realism and
romantic decorative quality, depicting his favourite subjects of the
English countryside, particularly Warwickshire and the Cotswolds and
the Cornish coast.
Alan Tyers paintings are in a number of private and business
art collections. Each painting at Red Rag Gallery is sourced from the Alan Tyers artist studio and like all Red Rag British Modern art it can be shipped worldwide.
Modern Art: Alan Tyers at Red Rag Gallery
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Robert E WELLS
Robert E Wells is a Yorkshire born artist who now lives and works in London. Robert moved to London in 1988 so study for a Masters Degree at London Universiry. Prior to that he had studied at Batley Art College and worked for several years as an Architectural Illustrator.
Robert E Wells specialises in city and landscape paintings around London and the North Yorkshire Moors.
He is a member of the Royal Federation of British Artists (RBA) and a Fellow of the Chartered Society of Designers (FCSD).
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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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