Artists

Adam Milford

Adam Milford's work reflects the experience of his surroundings, a reinterpretation of sensations in space. He was born in Portsmouth, Hampshire, but his family moved to Plymouth at an early age. He studied at Plymouth College of Art before the Liverpool School of Art and Design, from where he graduated with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art in 2001.

 

Since then, Milford has been working from his Plymouth studio on a body of work strongly inspired by his encounters with the environment of Devon and Cornwall. His work is in the collection of Truro School, Cornwall as well as in those of numerous private collectors across the UK.

Artist Collection

Adam Milford
Corrasion

POA

Alan Lowndes

Alan Lowndes is known mainly as painter in oils of the industrial north of England in a bright palette. He was born in Stockport, Cheshire, left school at 14 and became apprenticed to a decorator.

After several years in the army in World War II Lowndes studied painting in the evenings at Stockport College, he then started painting full-time in the late-1940's. He was early on taken up by The Crane Kalman Gallery in Manchester, where he had a number of one man shows, later showing at Crane Kalman, London. He also showed solo at the Osborn Gallery in New York, Curlew Gallery, Southport and had retrospectives at The Stockport Art Gallery and tour in 1972 and at Crane Kalman in 1995.

From the early-1950's Lowndes began to work in St Ives, Cornwall, settling in the area for just over a decade in 1959. He later settled in Dursley, Gloucestershire, but periodically returned to Stockport to work.

Artist Collection

Alan Lowndes
Study: The Harbour

£1,950

Andrew Bird

‘Based in Derbyshire, and a frequent visitor to Cornwall, I find a huge amount of inspiration for my paintings from both of these places. I love the hustle and bustle of harbours and coastal life, as well as the rugged nature of the landscapes of Derbyshire and Cornwall.

'With my work, I try to capture an essence of a place or situation as well as trying to simplify the form and colour of what I see. The images are invariably made using sketched ideas and references from memory or the work is developed instinctively. I am interested in the relationships made using colour and contrasts as well as the interplay of forms and gestural mark-making. Elements within a painting are based on fleeting images, imagination and experiences, which perhaps aren't visually representative. If compared to a snapshot, but for me, encapsulate a particular slice of time.


'My paintings undergo many additions, with building up of layers, scraping, scratching and re-working the surface to reveal textures and colour below before I would consider them 'complete' and finished.’

Andrew Bird studied Graphic Design at Sheffield and later Fine Art at Bradford. He found that using these different areas of discipline in his work useful to explore and simplify the visual content of his paintings.


Artist Collection

Andrew Bird
Creek

POA

Andrew Bird
Big Moor

POA

Andrew Bird
Aground

POA

Andrew Macara RBA NEAC

Born in Ashbourne, Derbyshire, in 1944. The artist considers himself mainly self-taught, apart from a brief spell studying with Leonard Fuller at the St Ives School of Painting.

He has exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, and also the Royal Society of British Artists and the New English Art Club. Recent exhibitions include 2003 Solo Exhibition,

The New Academy Gallery, London 2002

The New Academy Gallery, London ’91,’94,’96,’98

The New Academy Gallery, London ’91,’96,’99

Fosse Gallery, The Square, Stow-on-the-Wold ’92,’95,’97

Contemporary Fine Art, 31 High Street, Eton 1999

Thomson’s Gallery, 18 Dover Street, London 1992

Derby Museum and Art Gallery 1994

Lucy Simmonds Fine Paintings, ‘Leading British Artist’

City Hall, Hong Kong

W H Pattersons, 19 Albemarle Street,

London – New English Art Club mixed exhibitions International Art Fair, Olympia, 20th Century Art Fair, Bath Contemporary Art Fair, Unicorn Pictures Limited Selected Commissions Derby Chamber of Commerce – Royal Opening, Derby Assembly Rooms St John’s Ambulance Commissioning Service at Derby Cathedral Scott Bader Company, paintings of Laboratories, Northampton Sir Anthony & Lady Bamford, paintings of Heron Bay, Barbados New Parliamentary Building, Westminster – six paintings of the Party Conference towns Emscote Lawn, Warwick – painting of the School Hilton Hotel Group – painting for Headquarters Awards selected by Anish Kapoor, Nottingham Open Bernard Dunstan RA, Royal Academy Summer Exhibition Sir Huw Weldon, Royal Academy Summer Exhibition Brian Sewell, Art Critic Giles Auty, Art Critic Lord Palumbo’s choice at Discerning Eye Exhibition

Artist Collection

Andrew Macara RBA NEAC
Paddling Pool, Marketon Park

£4,500

Andrew Macara RBA NEAC
Sunlit Courtyard

£8,000

Andy Warhol

Born Andrew Warhola on August 6, 1928, in the neighborhood of Oakland in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Andy Warhol's parents were Slovakian immigrants. His father, Ondrej Warhola, was a construction worker, while his mother, Julia Warhola, was an embroiderer. They were devout Byzantine Catholics who attended mass regularly, and maintained much of their Slovakian culture and heritage while living in one of Pittsburgh's Eastern European ethnic enclaves.

At the age of 8, Warhol contracted Chorea—also known as St. Vitus's Dance—a rare and sometimes fatal disease of the nervous system that left him bedridden for several months. It was during these months, while Warhol was sick in bed, that his mother, herself a skillful artist, gave him his first drawing lessons. Drawing soon became Warhol's favorite childhood pastime. He was also an avid fan of the movies, and when his mother bought him a camera at the age of 9 he took up photography as well, developing film in a makeshift darkroom he set up in their basement.

Warhol attended Holmes Elementary school and took the free art classes offered at the Carnegie Institute (now the Carnegie Museum of Art) in Pittsburgh. In 1942, at the age of 14, Warhol again suffered a tragedy when his father passed away from a jaundiced liver. Warhol was so upset that he could not attend his father's funeral, and he hid under his bed throughout the wake. Warhol's father had recognized his son's artistic talents, and in his will he dictated that his life savings go toward Warhol's college education. That same year, Warhol began at Schenley High School, and upon graduating, in 1945, he enrolled at the Carnegie Institute for Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University) to study pictorial design.

Artist Collection

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Banksy

Banksy, a street artist whose identity remains unknown, is believed to have been born in Bristol, England, around 1974. He rose to prominence for his provocative stenciled pieces in the late 1990s. Banksy is the subject of a 2010 documentary, Exit Through the Gift Shop, which examines the relationship between commercial and street art.


Artistic Career


Banksy began his career as a graffiti artist in the early 1990s, in Bristol's graffiti gang DryBreadZ Crew. Although his early work was largely freehand, Banksy used stencils on occasion. In the late '90s, he began using stencils predominantly. His work became more widely recognized around Bristol and in London, as his signature style developed.

Banksy's artwork is characterized by striking images, often combined with slogans. His work often engages political themes, satirically critiquing war, capitalism, hypocrisy and greed. Common subjects include rats, apes, policemen, members of the royal family, and children. In addition to his two-dimensional work, Banksy is known for his installation artwork. One of the most celebrated of these pieces, which featured a live elephant painted with a Victorian wallpaper pattern, sparked controversy among animal rights activists.

Other pieces have drawn attention for their edgy themes or the boldness of their execution. Banksy's work on the West Bank barrier, between Israel and Palestine, received significant media attention in 2005. He is also known for his use of copyrighted material and subversion of classic images. An example of this is Banksy's version of Monet's famous series of water lilies paintings, adapted by Banksy to include drifting trash and debris.



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Blek Le Rat

One of the godfathers of the European street art movement, Blek le Rat inspired hundreds of artists around the world with his stenciled style. He is frequently cited as a major influence of artists like Banksy and Space Invader, and through his work in Paris he established a style of urban art that quickly spread through Europe and eventually the United States.



Despite the enormous role he played in 1980s and 1990s street art, Blek le Rat kept a low profile through most of his career to avoid prison time, fines and public harassment. He struggled years before urban art was a somewhat acceptable genre, documenting his own works and trying to find ways to make a living as a professional artist. He set the stage for an artistic revolution through years of absolute obscurity.

Artist Collection

Blek Le Rat
Diana with Angel

£2,950

Blek Le Rat
His Master’s Voice – Green

£1,950

Blek Le Rat
His Master’s Voice – Yellow

£1,950

Brian Bradshaw (b.1923)

Brian Bradshaw (b.1923) is  a  Lancashire born artist who on assuming the chair of Fine Art at Rhodes University as Professor of the department in 1960 made South Africa his adoptive home.

Prof Bradshaw is credited with the establishment of the Grahamstown Group comprising students and ex students who developed a genre of painting rooted in the Eastern Cape and predominantly pre occupied with the particular landscape of the region.   Brian Bradshaw has had a significant influence on many South African artists who passed through his department and his own work reflects a vision of the South African landscape which is unique in style and content.

The progression from his early work produced in the United Kingdom before coming to live and work in South Africa developed from drawings, etchings and paintings of the Northern industrial towns of England reflecting the working men and women and their surroundings in monochromatic tones, to the vibrant colourful paintings influenced by the African sun and the natural environments of the continent.  His personal vision and execution of the medium of oil paint – rendered in a bravura style and are highly individualistic and represent a strongly identifiable signature.

His studio in Heidelberg in the Western Cape contained his life’s work from diaries and sketchbooks from his childhood, to drawings, etchings and over 150 paintings spanning his very productive artistic career. The studio contents comprise the archive now formalised as the Brian Bradshaw Foundation housed at the Martin Melck House in Cape Town where his legacy, art and influence can be preserved, studied and exhibited.

In 2013 at the age of 90, Bradshaw returned to the United Kingdom.

Artist Collection

Brian Bradshaw (b.1923)
Celestial City

£9,200

Brian Bradshaw (b.1923)
Hesperides

POA

Carl Payne

CARL PAYNE


Carl is a Staffordshire based sculptor for whom art has played a large part in his academic work taking him through the Burslem School of Art, the Henry Doulton School of Sculpture and then to Stafford College.

After studying in Figurative Sculpture he launched his career with commission after commission which has now secured his reputation for fine quality workmanship both in life-size format and smaller gallery pieces.

The list of his completed commissioned work is extensive, including many household names from the sporting world, commerce and the past.


ARTIST'S STATEMENT


My sculpture is figurative art at its highest level. Each created piece becomes a doorway through which we can pass into that illusive dimension beyond the physical. Demand for my work allows me to give full reign to my creative impulses. I turn and turn again to the human figure for its drama, its narrative content and endless capacity for expressing the spiritual in line and form.

Ideas for my sculptures arrive from many avenues, including Mythology, history, religion, music, which all evolve around the sacred feminine. This subject found me many years ago, and I have been fascinated with ever since.

Whilst I work directly from my model, and aim to produce a faithful study of human form, I always interpret the study according to the appearance of the final piece. The idea is constantly evolving, until the casting in bronze. With the message and medium in mind, I have a great deal of involvement in the casting process, from the initial sculpting in wax to the final patination of a piece, I am able to use the process to convey a powerful sense of meaning in my work. The medium of cast bronze allows me to produce striking contrasts between smoothly sculpted forms and rough textured surfaces, areas of patination and polished bronze.

Artist Collection

Carl Payne
Kiss me and Crucify

£5,200

Carl Payne
Reverie

£1,700

Carl Payne
Last Embrace

£5,200

Carl Payne
Persephone

£4,900

Carl Payne
Power

£6,000

Carol Peace

Founder of the Bristol Drawing School, Carol Peace is a figurative sculptor who could not work without drawing. The process of drawing, that intuitive response, is what she aims for in her work.

“It’s all about trying to see, drawing enables that.”

In 1992, she graduated from Winchester School of Art and set up studio in the Bristol Sculpture Shed, which would later become Spike Island, she moved to Paintworks in 2004.

Her intensely personal work is shown and collected all over the UK, Europe, the Far East and United States. Her large-scale work is permanently on show at Glyndebourne and at the Dorchester’s country house hotel in Ascot.
The sculptures are made in clay, which like charcoal is quick to make marks with, once finished it is cast into bronze, those fluid marks of the making are then fixed forever.

“The work is about everyday life, in its minutia, the sheer fantastic-ness of it all.”

“Walking into Carol Peace’s studio feels like arriving at a party in mid-flow. There seems to be people everywhere – some huddled close together and whispering, others striking a pose at various points around the room. Carol’s creations have a poise all of their own – elegant and caressing, they weave around each other like a room of bronze and resin lovers. “
David Clensy 2008

“They are first of all, real people. They yearn but they also give. They rise, they don’t fall. They strive; are eternal optimists. They look perhaps slightly disorientated, but there is no pleasure in falling, or in giving up, so they keep on. ‘For us there is only the trying’ ”
Poet, John Terry

Artist Collection

Carol Peace
Red Scarf

£18,400

Carol Peace
Returning Torso

£980

Carol Peace
Bird Bath (Life-Size)

POA

Carol Peace
Carpe Diem

POA

Chris Buck

Chris Buck studied at Redruth School of Art, Cornwall. He has worked in several foundries, which has given him a thorough knowledge of casting techniques. He is inspired by the St. Ives abstract artists, and is a Member of the Penwith Society of Arts founded by Barbara Hepworth and Ben Nicholson.

His studio is in a converted byre, overlooking fields and hedgerows, and this brings a feeling of harmony with the natural world to his art.

Producing sculpture in both wood and stone, it is in bronze that he finds the greatest satisfaction, combining natural forms and industrial precision to achieve individual pieces of strength and beauty.

 

Artist Statement

Most of the work I produce is pure abstract and sand cast in bronze. I can generally visualise the finished piece the moment I start working with what will eventually become the pattern. This may be wood, cardboard, cloth, plaster, resin or whatsoever comes to hand. For me the evolution of a piece is an organic process. There is no planning or drawing. Rarely am I aware of what the trigger for an idea was; perhaps something glimpsed somewhere or a long forgotten find. I surround myself with found objects; the studio is full of treasures of all kinds, everything from cuttlefish to scrap metal. As soon as the casting arrives from the foundry, I work through all the finishing processes, grinding, filing, texturing, patinating, polishing and finally mounting. This usually takes several days and during this time I play with ideas for the next piece.

It still gives me a real thrill and sense of achievement to have a finished sculpture in front of me. To finally see the contrast between the polished surfaces and textured patinated areas, this combined with the challenge of producing a balanced piece, is to me what it's all about.

Artist Collection

Chris Buck
When You Close Your Eyes

£2,350

Chris Buck
Beyond The Day

£950

Chris Buck
Avec Toi

£1,700

Chris Buck
When The Night Meets The Morning Sun

£1,500

Chris Welsh

Chris studied at Wolverhampton and Liverpool Colleges of Art in the early 60’s, and taught in Wolverhampton before becoming a full time painter in 1989.

Since then he has exhibited widely in England, Wales and the USA.


He has held solo exhibitions in Shrewsbury, Newtown Powys and Long Island New York and shown in group exhibitions in NYC, London , Shropshire, Wales, Suffolk, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Long Island.For several years he exhibited with the late Jorn Langberg at his Langham Gallery.


Over the years Chris has successfully entered juried exhibitions in London and the US, including the Sunday Times Watercolour Exhibition ( eleven times) The Discerning Eye ( in which he has been awarded three purchase prizes) and the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.


Since 1998 Chris has worked almost exclusively in Egg Tempera , mixing egg yolk, water and a palette of predominantly  natural earth pigments, the simplicity of which echoes  his minimalist exploration of “ The Silence of Objects”.


Artist Collection

Chris Welsh
Tangerines

£250

Chris Welsh
Quince

£250

Chris Welsh
Rose Garlic

£250

Chris Welsh
Apples & French Plate

£450

Chris Welsh
Stoneware

£200

Chris Welsh
Shoe Form

£200

Chris Welsh
Yellow Pears

POA

Chris Welsh
Gas Mask

£450

Chris Welsh
Blue Stripped Jug

POA

Chris Welsh
Enamel Cup

£450

Chris Welsh
Lemons in Bowl

POA

Chris Welsh
Enamel Jug

£650

Chris Welsh
Oil Cans

£650

Dame Elisabeth Frink

Eisabeth Frink was born in 1930 in Thurlow, Suffolk, the daughter of Ralph, an officer in the 7th Dragoon Guards and of the renowned Indian Army cavalry regiment, Skinner’s Horse. From a very early age, Elisabeth developed a love and fascination with the outdoors. She was competent in riding and shooting and adored dogs – all of which were, at the time, considered male activities and attributes. It could be said that this fascination with masculinity would become a dominant feature of her art.

Having begun her education at a convent in Exmouth, Frink studied at Guildford and Chelsea schools of art between 1947 and 1953, where Bernard Meadows and Willi Soukop were her tutors. She herself went on to teach at Chelsea (1953-60) and St Martin’s School of Art (1955-7).

Frink achieved commercial success at a young age when, in 1952, Beaux Arts Gallery in London held her first major solo exhibition and the Tate Gallery purchased one work entitled ‘Bird’. This marked the beginning of a highly acclaimed career in which Frink earned a reputation as one of Britain’s most important post-war sculptors.

As such, she was awarded Honorary Doctorates by the University of Surrey (1977), Open University (1983), University of Warwick (1983), University of Cambridge (1988), University of Exeter (1988), University of Oxford (1989) and University of Keele (1989). In 1977 Frink was elected a member of the Royal Academy. Her achievements also earned her a CBE (1969) and in 1982 she was created a Dame of the British Empire.

Frink is well known for her monumental commissions of which there have been several. These include ‘Eagle’ installed at the JFK memorial in Dallas, Texas; ‘Warhorse’, on display at Chatsworth; and ‘Risen Christ’, for Liverpool Cathedral.

She also exhibited regularly, particularly at the Waddington Galleries and was an accomplished painter and etcher, illustrating Aesop’s Fables (1967), The Canterbury Tales (1971), and the Odyssey and Iliad (1974 – 1975).

Frink’s unique sculptural style is characterised by a rough treatment of the surface, so that each piece is richly embedded with the artist’s creative process and personal impression. At the same time, these highly textured surfaces project the vitality of her subject, giving Frink’s sculpture an almost abstract quality.

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Dame Laura Knight

In 1926 Laura Knight travelled to Baltimore, America to join her husband Harold Knight who was in the process of completing a series of portrait commissions of the surgeons at John Hopkins hospital. Knight was given permission to draw and paint in the maternity and children’s wards which were racially segregated. There she produced some of the finest portraits of her career, many of black women and children, nurses and patients on the hospital ward. These works show a sensitivity towards the subject that marked Knight out from her contemporary figurative and portrait painters and contributed to her being made the second ever female Associate of the Royal Academy, the following year

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Damien Hirst

A successful and controversial artist, Damien Hirst was born in Bristol, England, on June 7, 1965. He emerged as a leading figure in the Young British Artists movement in the late 1980s and 1990s. His works, which include dead animal displays and spin-art paintings, have sold for exceptionally high prices. Hirst is one of the wealthiest artists living today.

Raised Catholic, Damien Hirst grew up in Leeds. His early religion education would later factor into his artwork. He showed an interest in the grisly and gruesome aspects of life early on. His mother would later describe him as a morbid child.

As a teenager, Hirst liked to look at illustrated pathology books, fascinated by the images of disease and injury. He also showed an interest in drawing, a passion his mother supported. His father, a car mechanic, left the family when he was only 12 years old.

Hirst got into trouble as teenager, and was caught shoplifting twice. Despite his sometimes wild behavior, he made his way to college. Hirst studied art at the Goldsmith’s College at the University of London. While there, he put together a ground-breaking exhibit entitled “Freeze” in 1988. The show featured the works of Fiona Rae, Sarah Lucas, and others, as well as his own.

Hirst and his fellow students became part of an emerging movement known as the Young British Artists. They were known for their unusual materials and for their challenging art concepts. One of Hirst’s early works, “With Dead Head,” illustrates his interest in death and shaking up the art establishment. In the photograph the artist, with a huge grin on his face, poses next to a severed head in a morgue.

While not everyone was enthralled with his work, Hirst received support from Charles Saatchi, advertising titan and art collector. Saatchi lent financial assistance to Hirst, and also started collecting Hirst’s pieces, which also advanced the artist’s reputation. Saatchi bought two of Hirst’s medicine cabinet sculptures, which one critic later said constituted “a constellation of still lifes that express and reflect the human body as a field of vulnerabilities and of hopeful medical interventions.

In 1991, Hirst had his first solo exhibition at the Woodstock Street Gallery in London. He also participated in the Young British Artists show at the Saatchi Gallery the following year. There he displayed “The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living,” a 14-foot-long glass tank with a shark preserved in formaldehyde. The shark had been bought from an Australian fisherman.

Hirst continued to set the art world on fire with his work at the 1993 Venice Bienniale, a renowned international art exhibition. There he showed “Mother and Child Divided,” an installation piece that featured a bisected cow and her calf displayed in four vitrines, or glass cases, filled with formaldehyde. With his controversial and sometimes gruesome works, Hirst soon became one of the best known artists in Britain. He won the prestigious Turner Prize in 1995. “It’s amazing what you can do with an E in A-Level art, a twisted imagination and a chainsaw,” Hirst said in his acceptance speech.

Even though his career was thriving, not every exhibit went as planned. He wanted to bring rotting cattle for an exhibit in New York City in 1995, but he was stopped by the city’s health authorities. Hirst, however, enjoyed a warm welcome the following year with a show at New York’s Gagosian Gallery.

In addition to his glass tank works, Hirst has made paintings and sculptures. He explored his interest in the pharmacological age with such canvases as “Controlled Substances Key Painting” (1994). The work was part of a series known as spot paintings, but Hirst only painted a few of them. He had other artists carry out his visions, much like Andy Warhol had done.

In addition to being a creative visionary, Hirst has proved to be a savvy businessman. He has parlayed his fame and notoriety into an art empire, becoming one of the wealthiest living artists today. Some compare him to Jasper Johns and Jeff Koons in his ability to command huge prices for his works.

In 2008, Hirst side-stepped his usual galleries to auction his work directly to the public. The auction, called “Beautiful Inside My Head Forever,” was held at Sotheby’s in London and brought in roughly $198 million. Hirst has also done well through selling prints and other items bearing some of his signature styles and images through his company, Other Criteria.

Hirst continued to push the boundaries of art. In 2007, he unveiled “For the Love of God,” a glittering, diamond-encrusted skull made of platinum. Many critics were less than impressed with this “celebration against death,” as Hirst described. Others marveled at the anticipated selling price of $100 million. Perhaps a sign of declining interest in his work, no one initially bought the piece. It was later bought by a group that included Hirst and London’s White Cube gallery.

In 2009, Hirst exhibited a group of paintings, No Love Lost, Blue Paintings, which provoked the ire of many critics who labeled the pieces “dull” and “amateurish.” Many of these works drew inspiration from one of his favorite artists, Frances Bacon, which led to some unfavorable comparisons.

These days, Hirst shows no signs of slowing down. He participates in exhibits around the world. Again making art more accessible, Hirst launched his own skateboard line in 2011.

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Daniel James Yeomans

An acclaimed portrait artist with a traditional training at the Internationally renowned Charles H. Cecil studios in Florence.



Daniel paints from life under natural light at his purpose built studio in Montgomeryshire, Wales, where his sitters are immersed into the world of classical portraiture, enchanting and unchanged since the renaissance. As well as specialising in in portrait commissions Daniel spends much of his time travelling and painting landscapes. Some of which, hang in collections throughout Europe, Asia & America.


In keeping with his traditional training in Florence, Daniel paints commissions directly from life.  Through his painting methods he shares a direct link with the great portrait painters of the past.  Using knowledge which has remained unchanged through the centuries, preparing his own pigments and the highest quality canvasses with the same techniques. Daniel’s Sitters are immersed into the world of classical portraiture at its finest, making the experience a memorable journey, for the sitter and the Artist alike.  Taking the time to have sittings with the painter and allowing the painting to evolve over time is an important part of the sight-size technique.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OoNINHvPrUU

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Darren Baker

Darren Baker has become one of the UK’s most well-known and collectable artists of the 21st century. A perfectionist who has, for most of his life, been developing techniques to create a form of realism comparable to photography, Baker boasts a career which many dream of and so few achieve.

The accolades of this master artist include;

  • Official Portrait artist to Her Majesty The Queen 2011

  • Official Artist to the 2012 Olympic games

  • Fine Art Trade Guild Award Winner – Best Artist 2010

  • Winner of the Garrick Prize at Christies, London.

  • Notable commissions include The Royal British Legion, HRH Prince Charles, Tony Blair, Lewis Hamilton, Wayne Rooney, Amir Khan, Johnny Wilkinson and the Bahrain Royal Family as well as the House of Lords.

  • The Sunday Times described Baker’s work as “thrilling” and “virtuosic”.


 

The Queen

Many may already be familiar with Baker’s most famous painting.  Working collaboratively with the Royal British Legion the artist was commissioned to paint an Official Portrait of their Patron, Her Majesty the Queen to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the organisation, Darren Baker reminisces about his extraordinary experience in 2011;

“A commission to paint Her Majesty, not only an incredible person but also the most famous woman in the world, is something every portrait artist must dream of. I was completely staggered and even now, after the portrait has been painted and unveiled, I can’t quite believe that I have had such an amazing experience. It has been the greatest honour of my career.

The Queen’s wristwatch is set at 11am, the moment at which the nation observes Remembrance and the spray of five poppies on her brooch highlights the poppy as the ultimate symbol of the debt we owe. I felt it was essential to make this idea central to the portrait as I am acutely aware of the wonderful work the legion does for our service men and women.”

 

Artist Collection

Darren Baker
Playful

POA

Darren Baker
The Model & Study

POA

Darren Baker
Lady in Red

POA

Darren Baker
Dancer

POA

David Farren

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.

Each painting at Red Rag is sourced from the David Farren artist studio and like all Red Rag British art and Contemporary art it can be shipped worldwide. For further information about David Farren paintings

Artist Collection

David Farren
Last of the Sun, Cateaton St

£1,950

David Farren
Sunlight & Shadows, Canal St

POA

David Farren
Rainy Corner

£1,300

David Farren
Rainy Day, Market Street

£1,300

David Farren
Seated Lady

£1,300

David Hockney

David Hockney was born in Bradford, England, on July 9, 1937. He loved books and was interested in art from an early age, admiring Picasso, Matisse and Fragonard. His parents encouraged their son’s artistic exploration, and gave him the freedom to doodle and daydream.Hockney attended the Bradford College of Art from 1953 to 1957. Then, because he was a conscientious objector to military service, he spent two years working in hospitals to fulfill his national service requirement. In 1959, he entered graduate school at the Royal College of Art in London alongside other young artists such as Peter Blake and Allen Jones, and he experimented with different forms, including abstract expressionism. He did well as a student, and his paintings won prizes and were purchased for private collections.


Early Work


Hockney’s early paintings incorporated his literary leanings, and he used fragments of poems and quotations from Walt Whitman in his work. This practice, and paintings such as We Two Boys Clinging Together, which he created in 1961, were the first nods to his homosexuality in his art.

Because he frequently went to the movies with his father as a child, Hockney once quipped that he was raised in both Bradford and Hollywood. He was drawn to the light and the heat of California, and first visited Los Angeles in 1963. He officially moved there in 1966. The swimming pools of L.A. were one of his favorite subjects, and he became known for large, iconic works such as A Bigger Splash. His expressionistic style evolved, and by the 1970s, he was considered more of a realist.



Artist Collection

Don McKinlay



Don McKinlay was born in 1929 in Bootle, Liverpool. Between 1946 and 1950 he attended the Liverpool School of Art and from 1960 onwards he pursued the career of a lecturer at St. Helen's School of Art, Manchester School of Art, Liverpool School of Art and Manchester Polytechnic. He is a multi-talented artist producing works in painting, sculpture, etching and collage. He has been commissioned to create works for Lancaster Priory (Madonna and Child), Westminster Abbey, various churches in Liverpool and, possibly his greatest commission, to create a crib (the original having been destroyed) to accompany the Kneeling Madonna by the Renaissance sculptor, Della Robbia, owned by Liverpool Cathedral.




His painting one-man shows have been held at the Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool, the Rosengalerie, Amsterdam, Ayling Porteous Gallery, Chester, Bede Gallery, Jarrow, Liverpool Cathedral (Amnesty International), Liverpool Academy, Merseyside Arts, Merkmal Gallery, Liverpool and Salford Art Gallery. His work has been included in mixed shows at the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, Cartwright Hall, Bradford, Cornerhouse, Manchester, Liverpool Academy, Williamson Art Gallery, and Birkenhead.

A member and regular exhibitor at the Manchester Academy of Fine Arts, he is undoubtedly one of the most talented artists to come from the North-West of England in the past generation.



Artist Collection

Don McKinlay
Nude

POA

Don McKinlay
Pygmalion & Galantea

POA

Donald McIntyre

Born in Yorkshire 1923 but brought up in North West Scotland. Studied at Glasgow School of Art and under James Wright at Garelochhead and now lives in Wales. He has exhibited at the leading London Galleries, Royal Cambrian Academy, Galleries Racines, Brussels, Fosse Gallery & Thackeray Gallery. Subjects include continental street scenes and West Scotland Landscapes, in a strong post-impressionist style which shows the influence of 20th Century Scottish artist from Cadell through to Redpath and Philipson and Michie. His paintings are in the collections of H.R.H The Duke of Edinburgh, Williamson Art Gallery, Newport Art Gallery, Welsh Arts Council, National Library of Wales, Welsh Contamporary Art Society, Anglesey & Caernarvonshire Education Authorities, University of Wales, Dapartment of the Environment, British Steel Co, U.S.A Embassy, London and London University.

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Edmond Griffiths-Jones

Edmond Griffith-Jones is a full time artist who has been living and painting in Falmouth, Cornwall for the last eight years. Over this time he has developed a number of series, including the on-going project Etimret. Employing both oils-on-canvas and ink based illustration, Edmond deals with such subjects as the Cornish landscape, surroundings and environments, along with figurative and abstract works that more explicitly broach questions of interiority and fantasy.

Artist Collection

Edmond Griffiths-Jones
Heart Line

£1,450

Edmond Griffiths-Jones
Alice Gough

£1,450

Edmond Griffiths-Jones
Once Day I’ll Meet Her

£1,450

Edmond Griffiths-Jones
Seated Figure I

£1,450

Edmond Griffiths-Jones
Somewhere, Someone is Getting Prettier

£1,450

Edmond Griffiths-Jones
Working on Water

£2,250

Edmond Griffiths-Jones
Don’t Bother Explaining

£3,950

Edmond Griffiths-Jones
The Alchemist

£4,450

Edmond Griffiths-Jones
Lighthouse

£4,950

Endre Röder (b.1933)

Endre Röder was born in Budapest in 1933. Between the age of two and fourteen he lived on the Mediterranean island of Malta.

Since 1949 he has resided in England. After completing his secondary education at St John’s College in Portsmouth he completed his National Service in the army, serving in Egypt and Cyprus. In 1954 he trained as a cartographical draughtsman with the Ordnance Survey and in 1955 studied architecture, abandoning this to become an art student and qualifying in 1960.

He 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.

Artist Collection

Endre Röder (b.1933)
A Flower & Fruit

£2,900

Endre Röder (b.1933)
Endre Röder by John Basford

£85

Endre Röder (b.1933)
The Doll

£2,000

Endre Röder (b.1933)
Sonet

£2,200

Endre Röder (b.1933)
Hot Air Balloons

£1,600

Endre Röder (b.1933)
Santoranians

£1,600

Endre Röder (b.1933)
Cappricio

£2,400

Endre Röder (b.1933)
A Flower, Vase & Fruit

£1,950

Endre Röder (b.1933)
Interior & Still Life

£3,600

Endre Röder (b.1933)
Egyptian Flowers

£3,400

Endre Röder (b.1933)
Geisha

£2,900

Endre Röder (b.1933)
Young Ones

£2,900

Endre Röder (b.1933)
Ghonnella

£2,900

Endre Röder (b.1933)
Fringe

£2,600

Endre Röder (b.1933)
Decoy

£2,600

Endre Röder (b.1933)
Jasmin with the Floral Hat

£2,600

Endre Röder (b.1933)
As in The Past

£2,600

Endre Röder (b.1933)
On Our Way

POA

Endre Röder (b.1933)
A Very Minor Ritual

POA

Endre Röder (b.1933)
Ysian Girl

POA

Endre Röder (b.1933)
Yellow Fan

POA

Endre Röder (b.1933)
Valleta

£2,600

Endre Röder (b.1933)
Two Flowers and a Apple

POA

Endre Röder (b.1933)
Turban

POA

Endre Röder (b.1933)
The Hungarian Blouse

POA

Endre Röder (b.1933)
Sapho

POA

Endre Röder (b.1933)
Rosina & Antonia

£2,600

Endre Röder (b.1933)
Poppy

POA

Endre Röder (b.1933)
Nicky

POA

Endre Röder (b.1933)
Nadia

POA

Endre Röder (b.1933)
Herald Angel

POA

Endre Röder (b.1933)
A Tumble of Flower

POA

Endre Röder (b.1933)
Ball Flower and Butterfly

£2,600

Endre Röder (b.1933)
Beach Party

£1,250

Endre Röder (b.1933)
Ella Again

POA

Endre Röder (b.1933)
Etruslans

POA

Eugene Galien Laloue (1854-1941)

Eugène Galien-Laloue was a French painter specializing in the depiction of bustling city life.

Best known for his Impressionist autumnal street scenes, Galien-Laloue's works often feature prominent Parisian landmarks and their surrounding milieu, dotted with cheery figures and contemporary means of transportation such as horse-drawn carriages, trolley cars, and buses. He studied under his father, the set designer Charles Laloue, and in 1877, made his debut at the Salon des Artistes Français, where he continued to show works throughout the rest of his career.

Credited as being instrumental in popularizing street scene painting, the artist’s works provide historical insight into pre-20th century Parisian life. Born in Paris, France on December 11, 1854, Galien-Laloue died in Chérence, France in 1941.

Artist Collection

Eugene Galien Laloue (1854-1941)
la Place du Chatelet

POA

François Gall (1912-1987)

François or Ferencz Gall was born in Transylvania, then part of the Austro Hungarian Empire, to Hungarian parents in 1912. At the age of 18, in 1930 he was studying at the Academy in Rome and receiving a bursary from the Hungarian Government to do so. By 1936 Gall has settled in Paris. Here his enthusiasm for the Impressionists and Post-Impressionists became evident. The subject matter of his paintings was influenced by the works of Edgar Degas (1834-1917) and Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947) and by those of 20th century artists such as Henri Lebasque (1865-1937). Gall specialised in painting young women, ballet dancers, nudes and in addition Parisian street scenes. He exhibited at the Paris Salon and in 1863 was awarded the Francis Smith Prize.

Gall’s work was and remains enormously popular in France and particularly in the United States where the artist had an enormous following. He died in 1987 at the age of seventy-seven.

Artist Collection

François Gall (1912-1987)
Monmartre, Paris

£9,950

Frank Avray Wilson (1914-2009)




 

Born on the multi-cultural island of Mauritius in 1914, Avray Wilson came to Abstraction following years of scientific research into the source of human aesthetics. Having graduated from Cambridge University with a degree in biology in 1938, Avray Wilson used his scientific knowledge to further his painting. Once he discovered that colour is not matter but energy, that an image could be alive as a living cell under a microscope, and that human art-making is a reflection of Nature’s Art Making, Avray Wilson arrived at full abstract gestural painting during the early 1950s. His explosions of colour and shapes burst in strength and liveliness, and are in their dignity and abstract grandeur challenging our predisposed understanding of what art should be.

 

Avray Wilson himself commented on his scientific background:

'I studied biology hoping that it would provide me with an explanation of the wonder of life. But the claim that life was no more than a molecular mechanism, led me to join the ranks of 'vitalist' biologists, who recognised that life, like beauty, was a quality, not a thing. Artists do not usually need a justification for art. The power of art is convincing enough. But my scientific background obliged me to find an explanation of nature's art, which I felt sure would provide me with the firmest justification for human art.'

Vitalism in biology implies a natural transcendental level, which is not material or spatial, the source of vitality. Here was also an explanation of nature's art, as the revelation of transcendental qualities in life and Nature. The artist's mind could be guided from the same source to create 'vitalistic' imageries.

'In aspiring to a vitalistic painting, biology had taught me the key importance of form in the expression of vitality. At profound molecular levels, vitally involved forms could be expressed in complex geometries, indicating that the visible 'organic' forms of life had a profound geometric basis.

 

During the 1950s and 1960s Avray Wilson enjoyed a celebrated status with no less than twelve one-man shows in galleries in London, Paris and Brussels. The British intellectual elites welcomed a new radical form of art and in London, Avray Wilson showed alongside Sandra Blow, Lynn Chadwick, Anthony Caro, Paul Feiler, Peter Lanyon, Patrick Heron, Ivon Hitchens, Terry Frost, William Scott, Richard Smith, William Turnbull and Bryan Wynter. In Paris and Brussels, Avray Wilson’s works were esteemed by Hans Hartung, Georges Mathieu, Jean-Paul Riopelle and Pierre Soulages, with whom he exhibited at the Galerie Internationale (1956) and Galerie Helios (1957). The Redfern Gallery in London hosted seven one-man shows between 1957 and 2002.

 

In 1956, Avray Wilson together with Halima Nalecz and Denis Bowen founded the New Vision Centre Gallery, London, a showcase for radical artistic expression by mostly refugee painters from Polish and German Jewish descent.

 

In 1967, traumatised by the death of his young son, Avray Wilson retired from the commercial art market. During the 1970s Avray Wilson concentrated on writing and his publication Art as Revelation (1981) was visionary in its belief that humans suffer from disintegration at all levels: physical, mental, social and ecological. Thus Avray Wilson pleased for an urgent search for a life-enhancing wholeness in which the arts could play a central role for its integrating powers.

 

Throughout his lifetime, Avray Wilson continually moved between continents, countries, houses and studios. A true nomad at heart, his wife and children were his only anchor and constant compass. Avray Wilson was equally at ease in the seclusion of his scientific lab or painting studio as in the spotlight at a party. His universal mind never stopped reading, studying, writing and researching the fields of mineralogy, science, psychology, alchemy and religion in order to enrich his art making.

 

Selected publications by Frank Avray Wilson:
Poems of Hope and Despair. Port Louis, Mauritius, 1949.
Art into Life. An Interpretation of Contemporary Trends in Painting. Centaur Press, London, 1958.
Art as Understanding. A Painter's Account of the Last Revolution in Art and its Bearing on
Human Existence as a Whole
. Foreword by Herbert READ, Routledge & Kegan Paul, London, (1963).
Alchemy as a Way of Life. C.W. Daniel Company Ltd., London, 1976.
Nature Regained. An Examination of the Meaning of Nature and of the Human Role in the
Creation
. Branden Press, Boston, 1976.
Crystal and Cosmos. Foreword by Gordon Rattray TAYLOR, Coventure Ltd., London, 1977.
Art as RevelationThe Role of Art in Human Existence. Centaur Press, Frontwell, Sussex, 1981.
The Work of CreationCosmos, Consciousness and the New Sciences. Coventure Ltd., London, 1985.
Seeing is Believing. Book Guild Publishing, Sussex, 1995.

Films by Frank Avray Wilson
Art in an Atomic Age, shown at ICA, London, 1959
Adventure in Abstract, shown at ICA, London, 1959
Experiments in Abstract, shown at ICA, London, 1959

Public collections include
British Museum, London
Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh,USA
Cheltenham Art Galleryand Museum, Cheltenham
City Art Gallery, Manchester
City Art Gallery, Leeds
Cleveland Museum of Modern Art, Ohio, USA
Durham University, Durham
Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea
Imperial College, London
Leeds University, Leeds
Leicester Museum and Art Gallery, Leicester
National Museum of Gdañsk, Poland
National Museum of Wales, Cardiff
National Museum of Warsaw, Poland
Northampton Museum and Art Gallery, Northampton
Southampton City Art Gallery, Southampton
Toledo Art Gallery, Ohio, USA
Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool



Artist Collection

Frank Avray Wilson (1914-2009)
Greeting 1961

POA

Gabe Leonard

Leonard spent his early hears in the mountain state of Wyoming, sketching wildlife and selling them to his school friends for a dollar. After graduating from Columbus College, Ohio with a BA in Fine Art, he moved to Los Angeles where he first honed his skills on the ultra-competitive boardwalk of Venice Beach.

His work captures rich moods by combining the free brushwork of an expressive artist combined with the lighting and framing of a seasoned Hollywood cinematographer. Drawn to rugged and romantic film noir characters, Leonard merges technically brilliant figurative painting with a finely crafted cinematic atmosphere, creating snapshot moments full of narrative possibilities.

The trademark runs and drips in his work are a deliberate break from academic restrictions and allow him to be more expressive, free and loose. Leonard's style is deeply rooted in the European artistic tradition, drawing particularly on the work of his heroes such as Rembrandt, Alphonse, Mucha, Gustav Kilmt and Egon Schiele.

Following a string of sell-out shows and aquisitions of his work by high profile collectors including Quentin Tarantino, Ruben Fleischer and Charlie Sheen, Leonard has become one of the most sought-after artists in the world, collected in the United States, Europe, Asia and Australia.

Artist Collection

Gabe Leonard
Smoking Room at the Lounge Bar

£9,950

Gareth Griffiths MRBS

Gareth is a Welsh Sculptor originally from, North Wales. He studied sculpture at Bretton Hall College – (University of Leeds) graduating in 2002, and then subsequently went on to complete a Masters in Design from Leeds Metropolitan in 2004.

Most recently Gareth was elected as a member of the Royal Society of British Sculptors.

He has exhibited across the world in galleries in London, Liverpool (Tate Gallery), Leeds, Cardiff, London, Europe and America.

Internationally Gareth has had work on exhibition in Prague, and was also shortlisted for a public sculpture in Corino in Turin, Italy and his work can be seen in private collections across Europe and America and Ausralia. Gareth’s work is currently on permanent display at Michael O’hares Michelin stared restaurant “The Man Behind The Curtain” in Leeds.

Gareth’s Sculptures are influenced by West coast American architecture called “Googie” The origin of Googie derives from a John Lautner designed coffee shop built in West Hollywood.

This style of architecture was born after the Second World War and became more notable during the 50s and 60s.

Originally appearing first in commercial buildings used primary for restaurants, coffee shops, motels, gas stations and bowling alleys to name a few, architects at the time wanted to design buildings that stood out from others.

By using distinct styling that included flowing lines, odd abstract cut-outs, upswept roofs, boomerang shapes and with the use of new technologies architects were able to design buildings that looked more like works of art rather than simply functional buildings.

Gareth’s sculptures are colourful and eye catching and are made with the intention of catching people’s attention and drawing people closer.

Artist Collection

Gareth Griffiths MRBS
Star Dust

£3,500

Gareth Griffiths MRBS
Porth

£900

Gareth Griffiths MRBS
Orzola

£900

Gareth Griffiths MRBS
Nazare

£1,100

Gareth Griffiths MRBS
Huntington

£1,400

Gareth Griffiths MRBS
Fairview

£1,100

Geoffrey Key

Geoffrey Key’s acclaimed career as an artist spans five decades thus far. He has built upon his early academic studies at the High School of Art and Regional College of Art in Manchester to achieve an important national and international status and reputation for his individual and diligent expression of form, light and colour. His work features in private, public and corporate collections worldwide including Salford and Manchester Art Galleries, Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, Jockey Club of Hong Kong, Societe Roquefort, Chateau de St Ouen and Perrier. He has represented the UK in invited exhibitions in Europe and continues to be widely exhibited and collected; in recent times one-man shows have taken place across the UK, Europe, Asia, Australia and the USA. His work has also been the subject of a number of published books and articles.

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George Morton-Clark

George Morton-Clark was born and raised in Tooting, South London; a descendant of Sir Joshua Reynolds, the founder, and first president of the Royal Academy of Arts.

Now based in East London he has exhibited and sold works across the US, Germany, France, Switzerland and the UK, alongside the likes of George Condo, Tracey Emin, Andrew Salgado and Damien Hirst. He has also collaborated with major brands including DeLonghi, The Macmillan Cancer Trust and Penguin Books.

His works are large and bold canvases of oil and acrylic within a contemporary abstract form, taking inspiration from films, music, his travels and even lucid dreams.

“I want my art to excite people. I know I have created a decent painting when I look at it and feel my pupils dilate. I want the same to happen to the viewer and for them to experience something similar to what I did while painting it”.
– George Morton-Clark

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