Monday, 30 December 2013

Serge Poliakoff



About five years ago in another lifetime we were wandering the streets of Paris when a painting in a private gallery caught my eye - we ventured in and stood before a large abstract painting which set in motion my desire to paint. This was Serge Poliakoff unknown to us at that point. The gallery owner had two more pieces in the store room of the gallery and was delighted to show them two us - and he phoned a friend of his at another gallery and arranged for us to go and view two more pieces the next day............I think he recognized the look in our eyes - he knew we did not have the money to buy any of them – the one that caught our eye was a mere £650K but he could tell that we were captured by the work and that seemed to delight him......



Born in Moscow in 1900 (although some sources claim 1906), Serge Poliakoff is a highly important member of the “Ecole de Paris” (School of Paris). In 1917 he left his native country, fleeing from the Russian Revolution. At first he reached Constantinople, where he made his living by playing music in cafés. At the same time, he studied painting. From 1929 on, he matriculated at the Forchot and Grande Chaumière academies. After that, he spent two years in London, at the Slade School of Art. In 1962, he had a solo presentation at the Venice Biennale. Poliakoff died in Paris in 1969.


Poliakoff’s “typical” work consists of irregular, puzzle-like interlocking shapes. The image is supported by the effect of his colour’s pure materiality and their interplay between luminosity, transparency and opaqueness. His Russian background – he was very much impressed by iconographic painting –as well as his intense preoccupation with music and especially rhythm, provided an important influence on his art. Poliakoff\'s success is mostly based on the harmony of his compositions, both in form, in colour and their accord. These compositions of colour values find their equivalent in musical tonality and are filled with an almost sacred harmony.

There isn’t a true period pattern in Poliakoff’s use of hues. At all times we find darkish or lighter earthy tones parallel to strong and luminous colours. Having been taught the emotional value of colours by Robert Delaunay, this is not very surprising. His colour schemes vary with his moods.

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Friday, 27 December 2013

Geometric Red

Welcome to a small piece Geometric Red
I would like to wish all my customers a great New Year and thank you all for the positive support you have shown me over 2013 and I look forward to communicating with you in 2014



Friday, 13 December 2013

Geometric Abstraction No 2




This is Geometric Abstraction No 2
Various paints on textured wood board with collage/relief detail
Set in a real wood box frame behind glass
29" x 21" x 2"

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Wednesday, 11 December 2013

GeoMarine I - work in progress







Welcome to Geomarine I - created on a piece of marine plywood salvaged from a beach hut renovation at Studland Bay - this will not be framed and will simply hang as is as a panel

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Friday, 6 December 2013

New piece in progress







I thought I would show the slow but sure construction of a new piece 'Relief No 2' as it comes to completion - if you would like to see the finished and framed piece simply email me at richard@withamart.co.uk and I will send you the images

This starts with a wood board undercoated with paint and grout powder and hardboard cut details for the relief elements - various paints are then used followed by dry brushing and sanding to texture the surfaces

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Personal Collection - Paul Feiler




I am offering for sale one of my works from my personal 'keep' collection and it is in contrast to the more 'hard edge' work I have been producing recently.

This was inspired by the work of Paul Feiler,for more details regarding the artist and his work please click


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Friday, 22 November 2013

Coastal Walk I




Welcome to the first in a new series 'Coastal Walk I'
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Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Martindown Horizons


A larger version of a style I have used in a recent series called Dorset Fields
this is Martindown Horizons


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Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Dorset Views - relief abstractions




Two reliefs presented as a pair - Dorset Views - as part of the series of work I have produced over the past few weeks. I would have liked to photograph them side by side which is the way they have been created to hang but unfotunately I do not have a blank wall wide enough to do so!


Limbering up well on my return to the artwork and I am starting a new relief and two larger paintings tomorrow and I thank my customers for their purchases over the past few weeks which has spurred me on!



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Thursday, 7 November 2013

Dorset Fields II




This is the second of two pieces - Dorset Fields II - I would like to thank all my customers for their positive reaction to the first piece as well as the encouraging comments regarding my return to producing artwork

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Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Starting again - 'Dorset Fields' -SOLD


Over the last six months I have been focused on the commercial world and business plans for a large corporation which has left me little to no time to produce much artwork. I am happy to present a new one completed at the weekend as a way of starting and is the first in a series within which I hope to capture the dorset countryside in its autumn colours

Monday, 14 October 2013

Harbour Walls







Harbour Walls 31.5" x 19" x 2" Various Paints on distressed marine plywood panels
 Set in a large real wood box frame behind glass
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Sunday, 1 September 2013

Peter Joyce

Peter Joyce is a contemporary English painter whose works focus on the depiction of natural landscapes. Born in Poole, Dorset, Welcome to artist Peter Joyce a contemporary English painter whose works focus on the depiction of natural landscapes.

 For those of you who may be able The Art Stable - Kelly Ross Fine Art is hosting an exhibition of his work - www.theartstable.co.uk

 For further work and details regarding this artist visit www.peterjoyce.org.uk



Saturday, 17 August 2013

Sir Terry Frost 'Construction 1951-2'

This is my version of one of my favourite Sir Terry Frost pieces 'construction 1951-2' which having started last year I have finally finished
To make it I have used various pieces of wood and marine plywood I found at Studland Bay which were painted then scratched and sanded down to get the surface texture you can see.

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Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Harbour Forms


'Harbour Forms'
The last in a series created on painted and sanded marine plywood
Set in a real wood box frame behind glass
31" x 19" x 2.5"