Monday, 24 December 2012

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Studland Dunes Triptych

My last offering of the year is this - 'Studland Dunes Triptych' - which is an initial ideas painting to support a commission - though these three are postcard size - mounted behind glass the commission will see them at 4' x 3' each and will hang in the home of a customer who has a lovely property overlooking Studland Bay.

I have made this for sale at an attractive Xmas offer so please click here for more details

Monday, 10 December 2012

A Merry Xmas and a great New Year

I thought I would make one last blog post for 2012 and wish all my followers and customers a merry Xmas and a great New Year.

Once again your positive support of my artwork has been exceptional and despite having to reduce the time I spend on it I have been keeping my hand in with a few smaller pieces which have been well received and who knows one of the few remaining might just make a great Xmas present!

I look forward to a great 2013 and hope to blog in the New Year.

Monday, 3 December 2012

Thursday, 29 November 2012

Coastal Rocks

Here is my offering for this week -  I continue to experiment with a looser use of the materials leaning towards the liberal and enjoyable abstract expressionist style and maintaining the smaller size of painting, please enjoy.

Coastal Rocks

Autumn Forest

Landscape Storm

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Friday, 23 November 2012

Bob Crossley

Bob Crossley
Abstract painter whose work was inspired by his love of the Cornish landscape

When the abstract painter Bob Crossley moved from Rochdale to St Ives in 1959 he brought with him a solid reputation gained in the lively Manchester arts scene of the 1950s. He was essentially self-taught, his Manchester pictures based on figure or industrial landscape motifs. A degree of realism was subsumed by brisk, expressionistic paint-handling that gave his pictures avant-garde currency.    

The irresistible Cornish landscape did not prevent the inevitable slide – or ascent – towards abstraction, the mode that dominated post-war St Ives art. In response to the work of Peter Lanyon, Roger Hilton, Terry Frost and many others which he encountered in St Ives, Crossley's painting increasingly expunged references to the external world and preoccupied itself with purely technical and painterly issues. During the 1960s and beyond, therefore, Crossley's vividly coloured and assertive pictures contributed to the power and energy of the St Ives "school".

Despite its long history as an artist's colony, however, St Ives and Crossley maintained a professional distance. Patrick Heron, in spite of also using a Porthmeor studio, had little contact with Crossley and did not use his influence as a critic to promote the northerner's work. Crossley did, however, follow Lanyon, Bryan Wynter and others in exploring nature fully, in his case skiing on Alpine slopes every winter.

Informed by such exhilarating experiences, Crossley's work contributes to the raw experience based energy of modern St Ives painting. His reputation will therefore be tied enduringly to the only genuinely popular abstract movement British art has produced.

Please click here to view a short documentary on the artist

Visit Belgrave Gallery St Ives site for more work by the artist

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Nicolas de Stael

Nicholas de Stael was a French painter known for his highly abstract landscape painting created using thick layers of paint. A dedicated artist who lived for painting, de Stael achieved both wealth and fame in his life time.

Nicolas de Stael was born on Jan. 5, 1914, in St. Petersburg, the son of a wealthy baron. Nicolas's mother encouraged him to draw and paint at a very early age. In 1919 the Russian Revolution forced the family into exile in Poland. Within 2 years his parents were dead, and Nicolas was sent to Brussels to study humanities. In 1932 he entered the Royal Academy of Art there.

In the 1930s, he travelled throughout Europe, including Spain, Italy, Morocco, and Algeria eventually settling in Paris in 1938.

In 1941, he moved to Nice where he met Jean Arp, Sonia Delaunay and Robert Delaunay, and these artists would inspire his first abstract paintings

During the late 1940’s and 50’s de Stael had considerable commercial successes both in Europe and the USA. At the same time he was suffering from exhaustion, insomnia and depression and on March 16, 1955, he committed suicide in Antibes.

As I have limited time to dedicate to my art I am producing some smaller lower cost pieces which to date have been received exceptionally well and I thank my customers who continue to support my work.

Below is a new piece which I have kept close to the style of Nicholas de Stael and feel free to click on the link to view more images and details.

Sunday, 11 November 2012

Alex Lowery

Alex Lowery was born in London in 1957. He studied at Bath Academy of Art for his foundation year and subsequently at the Sir John Cass School of Art (1978-9) and the Central School of Art (1979-82). His first London exhibition was held at the Rocket Gallery in 1995 and had his first solo exhibition with Art First in Dec 2000. He now lives and works in Dorset.

He started painting West Bay some twenty years ago and has made his name nationally and in Europe arguably through painting this one unassuming seaside resort.

His work has often been compared to that of the American painter Edward Hopper and English painter Paul Nash for a stillness, strongly contrasting light and shadow, and a way of finding in the banal and ordinary a surprising beauty.

To view more of his work at The Campden Gallery please click here

Friday, 26 October 2012

Alexander Mackenzie

The painter Alexander Mackenzie, who died aged 79 in 2002, was a powerful and distinctive member of the post-war generation of modernists at St Ives when the art colony was a hotbed of new talent. He arrived in his 20s and began exhibiting in the Penwith Society in company with important and progressive artists, including Ben Nicholson, Barbara Hepworth, Bryan Wynter, Patrick Heron and John Wells.

Through the 1950s and early 60s the likes of William Scott, Alan Davie and Roger Hilton were regularly present, and even Americans paid homage, notably Mark Rothko and Clement Greenberg. For a brief moment in British artistic development, the periphery became the centre within which Mackenzie played an important role.

 From 1964 to 1984 Mackenzie was head of fine art at Plymouth Art College, where he was valued by students as a quietly committed teacher. On retiring, he moved back to west Cornwall to continue painting. His later works were uncompromising: the drawing linear and tough, the limited palettes dominated by bone whites, cool greens and browns, and the textures scarred and distressed.

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To view my own work

Friday, 19 October 2012

Ben Nicholson revisited

It was the work of Ben Nicholson which prompted me to start creating artwork over three years ago and I have enjoyed emulating his style immensely.

I found a wonderful old frame a few weeks ago and I renovated it and repainted it and I felt it begged me to create a Nicholson painting to go in it.

So here it is - I have enjoyed working on the piece and by layering plaster and sand mixed with paint and sanding and scratching the work getting to a great surface texture.

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Thursday, 18 October 2012

Art for Hospiscare

I have produced a number of small 20 x 20 [cms] pieces to be included in a charity art auction to be staged by gloss Gallery in Exeter.The auction will feature over 100 pieces all the same size format  and I am happy to present one of the series which is available to purchase.

Once sold 10% of the proceeds will be passed to gloss to add to the money raised by the auction which is for Hospicare. Likewise I shall be donating 10% of the sale proceeds I derive from the artwork currently for sale in my eBay shop.

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Thursday, 11 October 2012

Jeremy Annear - A Kind of Music

Sometime ago I wrote a feature on one of the most exciting artists working today 
 Jeremy Annear.

On October 13th The Campden Gallery present an exhibition of his work. I have provided a link to the galleries website where you can read more about the artist and download a copy of the exhibition catalogue.

So if you happen to be in the stunning county of Gloucestershire you visit the beautiful village of Chipping Campden and view some of the most exciting art being produced today - there is no doubt that it will be a great place and way to enjoy a day out.