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

Albert Irvin (1922-2015)

Albert Henry Thomas Irvin OBE, RA, (21 August 1922 – 26 March 2015) was an English abstract expressionist painter.

Born in London he was evacuated from there during World War II,, and upon returning, went to study at the Northampton School of Art between 1940 and 1941, before being conscripted into the Royal Air Force as a navigator. When the war was over, he resumed his course at Goldsmiths College from 1946 to 1950, where he would later go on to teach between 1962 and 1983. He was elected to The London Group in 1955. He worked in studios in the East End of London from 1970 onwards.

Irvin won a major Arts Council Award in 1975 and a Gulbenkian Award for printmaking in 1983.

His work was widely exhibited both in the UK and abroad, in such places as Arts Council of Great Britain, Birmingham City Art Gallery, the Chase Manhattan Bank, the Contemporary Art Society, Manchester City Art Gallery, Tate Britain, the Victoria and Albert Museum and Warwick University Arts Centre.

His influences included Walter Sickert, Henri Matisse, JMW Turner, Jack Smith and Edward Middleditch.

Irvin was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2013 Birthday Honours for services to the visual arts.

Artist Collection

Albert Irvin (1922-2015)
Untitled

POA

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
Pinafore Dress

£1,200

Carol Peace
Standing in the Wind

£350

Carol Peace
Seated Male Figure 2 (Left knee raised)

£240

Carol Peace
Seated Female Figure 2 (Right knee raised)

£240

Carol Peace
Seated Female Figure 2 (left knee raised)

£240

Carol Peace
Seated Male Figure 1 (both knees raised)

£240

Carol Peace
May

£350

Carol Peace
Boy with Balls

£380

Carol Peace
Kneeling Figure

£480

Carol Peace
Winter Sun

£680

Carol Peace
Back to Bliss

£1,800

Carol Peace
Vessel 3

£2,800

Carol Peace
Lift

£2,400

Carol Peace
Merry Go Round

£3,800

Carol Peace
Three Fishes

£4,800

Carol Peace
Heartbeat

£2,800

Carol Peace
Spring

£2,800

Carol Peace
Petal

£5,800

Carol Peace
Dream

£1,200

Carol Peace
Silently Super

£5,800

Carol Peace
Tuesdays Pepper

£840

Carol Peace
Squashes

POA

Carol Peace
Red Onion on Yellow Plate

POA

Carol Peace
Portrait Looking Over

£850

Carol Peace
Portrait Looking Forward

£850

Carol Peace
No. 3 Study in Pastel

£980

Carol Peace
No. 2 Study in Pastel

£980

Carol Peace
No. 1 Study in Pastel

£840

Carol Peace
Orange

£450

Carol Peace
No. 2 Sitting on Couch

£280

Carol Peace
Lying Figure Photogravure

£320

Carol Peace
Loquats

£840

Carol Peace
Brussels

POA

Carol Peace
Study IIII

£380

Carol Peace
Study III

£380

Carol Peace
Study II

£380

Carol Peace
Study I

£380

Carol Peace
Red Scarf

£18,400

Carol Peace
Returning Torso

£1,200

Carol Peace
Bird Bath (Life-Size)

£9,800

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

David Hockney
Yves Marie

POA

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.

Artist Collection

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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

Edward Bawden (1903-1989)

Edward Bawden, (1903–1989) was an English painter, illustrator and graphic artist, known for his prints, book covers, posters, and garden metalwork furniture. Bawden taught at the Royal College of Art, where he had been a student, worked as a commercial artist and served as a war artist in World War Two. He was a fine watercolour painter but worked in many different media. He illustrated several books and painted murals in both the 1930s and 1960s. He was admired by Edward Gorey, David Gentleman and other graphic artists, and his work and career is often associated with that of his contemporary Eric Ravilious.

Artist Collection