- Ken Howard RA NEAC
- Laurence Stephen Lowry
- Lorenzo Quinn
- Lucian Freud (1922-2011)
- Margaret Lovell
- Mark Beattie MRBS
- Mark Payne
- Mark Woollacott
- Mary Fedden
- Mary Fedden (1915-2012)
- Michael Ashcroft
- Natalie Toplass
- Nigel Hemming
- Patrick Heron (1920-1999)
- Patrick Joseph Caulfield (1936-2005)
- Patrick Venton (1925-1987)
- Paul James
- Peter Cosslett
- Rob Hefferan
- Rob Leckey
- Robert Indiana (1928-2018)
- Robert Oscar Lenkiewicz
- Ronald Ossory Dunlop
- Roy Lichtenstein (1923-1997)
- Roy Turner Durrant (1925-1998)
- Sam Cartman
- Sandra Blow
- Sarah Purvey
- Simeon Stafford
- Sir Anish Kapoor CBE RA (b.1954)
- Sir Howard Hodgkin CH CBE (1932-2017)
- Sir Jacob Epstein (1880-1959)
- Sir Kyffin Williams
- Sir Terry Frost (1915-2003)
- Sir William Nicholson (1872-1949)
- Steve Slimm
- Tracey Emin (b.1963)
- Vicki Norman
- Victor Pasmore (1908-1998
- Wilf Roberts
- William Gear (1915-1997)
- William Scott (1913-1989)
- William Selwyn
Ken Howard RA NEAClive. He studied at the Hornsey College of Art and the Royal College of Art He was elected RA in 1991. He is a painter noted for his handling of light and for his depictions of nudes in interiors, beach scenes and paintings of Venice. The Imperial War Museum, Plymouth City Art Gallery, The National Army Museum and other provincial galleries own his work.
Laurence Stephen LowryLaurence Stephen Lowry was born in Rusholme, Manchester in November 1887, the only child of Irish-born R S Lowry and Elizabeth Lowry. He attended a local school in Victoria Park, but took private lessons from William Fitz, before starting work as a clerk for a firm of chartered accountants in 1904.
From 1905-1915 he attended drawing and painting classes at the Municipal College of Art (later Manchester College of Art, and now part of Manchester Metropolitan University), where he was tutored by Adolphe Valette. He moved to Pendlebury in Salford with his parents in 1909, where he was to live for nearly 40 years.
During this time he attended art classes at Salford School of Art, developing an interest in the urban and industrial landscape. He exhibited with the Manchester Academy of Fine Arts from 1919, as well as entering paintings in the Paris Salon. By the early 1930s he was exhibiting at the Royal Academy in London.
He was awarded an honorary MA at Manchester University in 1945, and Doctor of Letters in 1961, elected to the Royal Academy in 1962, and given freedom of the City of Salford in 1965 – many other honours followed later.
He lived in Mottram until he died in 1976.
Lorenzo QuinnLorenzo Quinn
Italian, b. 1966
Contemporary Italian artist Lorenzo Quinn is a leading figurative sculptor whose work is inspired by such masters as Michelangelo, Bernini and Rodin. Exhibited internationally, his monumental public art and smaller, more intimate pieces transmit his passion for eternal values and authentic emotions. He is best known for expressive recreations of human hands. ‘I wanted to sculpt what is considered the hardest and most technically challenging part of the human body’, he asserts. ‘The hand holds so much power – the power to love, to hate, to create, to destroy.’
Born on 7 May 1966 in Rome to the Mexican-American actor Anthony Quinn and his second wife, costume designer Iolanda Addolori, Lorenzo Quinn had a childhood split between Italy and the United States of America. His father had a profound influence on him, both in terms of living in the limelight of the film world and with respect to Anthony’s early work in painting and architecture.
Lorenzo Quinn studied at the American Academy of Fine Arts in New York, planning to be a Surrealist painter. However, at 21 he decided that his future lay in sculpture, which could better accommodate his energy and originality. He vividly recalls the moment in 1989 when he felt that he had created his first genuine work of art: ‘I had made a torso from Michelangelo’s drawing of Adam … an artisan’s job…. I had an idea and began chiselling away, and Eve came out of Adam’s body…. It had started as a purely academic exercise, yet it had become an artwork.’
In 1988 Quinn married Giovanna Cicutto, and on the birth of the first of their three sons they decided to leave New York – a place that ‘hardens your human values’ – and settle in Spain. ‘We chose Spain for its Latin character, its fervour … the way it values people and family, and for its great artistic trajectory’, he comments.
In his twenties Quinn had a brief acting career, including playing alongside his father in Stradivari (1989) and an acclaimed performance as Salvador Dalí. However, he did not enjoy working in the profession and decided to concentrate purely on sculpture.
Quinn’s creative ideas spark quickly into life: ‘The inspiration comes within a millisecond’, he says, as he is driven to sculpt by observing life’s everyday energy. Yet a finished project takes months to realise, and it has to carry clear meaning. Quinn usually conceives each work in writing, and the poetic text is ultimately displayed with the sculpture, as an integral part of the piece, not merely explanation.
Quinn’s work appears in many private collections throughout the world and has been exhibited internationally during the past 20 years. Among his commissions is The Tree of Life, produced for the United Nations and issued by the organisation as a stamp in 1993. The following year the Vatican engaged him to sculpt the likeness of St Anthony for the Basilica del Santo in Padua, in commemoration of the 800th anniversary of the saint’s birth; the sculpture was blessed by the pope in St Peter’s Square, Rome, in front of a crowd of 35,000.
Quinn’s public art includes Encounters, a massive globe enclosing a pointing hand, which was unveiled in 2003 opposite the Museum of Modern Art in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. In Birmingham, The Tree of Life was erected outside St Martin’s Church in 2005 to commemorate those who died in the Second World War blitz on the city. Further works are on display at King Edward’s Wharf – Creation, Volare and Crossing a Millennium – with their characteristic focus on the hand, the human form and the circle.
In November 2005 one of Quinn’s largest public sculptures, Rise Through Education, was installed at ASPIRE, the Academy of Sports Excellence, in Doha, commissioned by the state of Qatar. Weighing an impressive 8 tonnes, this monument shows a pair of adult hands placing the world in a child’s hand, the arms forming a circle above an open book. The artist’s commentary on the piece states: ‘A child is the most precious asset our future has. Our obligation is their guidance…. It is only through education and knowledge that a person may master his life.’ Quinn created a second sculpture for the interior of the academy to depict striving for excellence; Reaching for Gold is a pyramid of seven arms emerging from a base of sand, the hands straining towards a medal.
Unique among his works as a living monument, Legacy (2006) was sculpted for Sant Climent de Llobregat in Spain. Quinn was fascinated by the story of the town’s cherry trees and decided to make a piece that reflected this tale. The tree-trunk is formed by a male and a female hand holding branches laden with cherries arranged to simulate human DNA. In this area famed for its juicy cherries, the sculpture carries as many fruit as there are people living in Sant Climent; each year further cherries will be added to represent new inhabitants.
In 2008 Evolution, a major exhibition of Quinn’s output, was chosen to inaugurate the new premises of Halcyon Gallery in Mayfair, London, and the gallery published an important book on his work. Many of the sculptures in Evolution featured the symbol that has become synonymous with Quinn: the human hand.
Equilibrium, an exhibition of Quinn’s monumental sculptures, followed in November 2009, coinciding with the installation of Give and Take III in Berkeley Square for six months. Included in the show were several important new sculptures, including What Came First? – male and female forms lying in egg-shaped hemispheres – and Home Sweet Home – a marble woman cocooned in barbed wire. The exhibition title reflects Quinn’s belief: ‘It is essential to find a balance in life. Many times that balance is achieved with the help of the people who surround us and hold us firmly to the ground, and without whom we would float into perdition.’
Quinn exhibited internationally during 2010, holding shows at the Rafart Gallery in Spain, the Rarity Gallery in Greece, the Hewar Art Gallery in Saudi Arabia, the Marigold Gallery in India and the Ode to Art Gallery in Singapore. His sculpture Vroom Vroom, a playful interpretation of the independence of young adulthood, was displayed at Valencia’s Institute of Modern Art in the summer and again later that year at the Abu Dhabi Art Fair. In January 2011 the work was installed in Park Lane, London, as part of Westminster Council’s City of Sculpture Festival, and Finding Lovewas unveiled at the entrance of the newly opened One Hyde Park building in Knightsbridge. Coinciding with two further prominent placements of Quinn’s monumental sculpture – The Force of Nature II in Berkeley Square and Volare in Cadogan Gardens – these pieces firmly launched Halcyon Gallery’s public sculpture trail in the city of London.
In spring 2011, Quinn was invited to participate in the first ever summer exhibition of outdoor sculpture in Rome. Planned as Rome’s Biennale di Scultura but subsequently renamed Rassegna Internazionale di Scultura di Roma, it featured a range of significant contemporary and historic artists. At the Casina Valadier in the Villa Borghese Park he exhibited La Dolce Vita, a piece representing the joie de vivre of that period and a ‘sense of total abandonment to the child within’. That summer he was also selected as the exhibiting artist for the Italian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. His powerful and provocative anti-war installation This is Not a Game was positioned across two different sites with a commentary that observed, ‘Leaders of the world use their armies as if they were some private little toy they can commandeer and destroy as a careless kid would’.
The high esteem in which Quinn is held is borne out by his invitation to exhibit Hand of God and Leap of Faith at the Winter Palace in the State Hermitage, St Petersburg, to coincide with the 2011 international White Nights arts festival. Displayed alongside works by Henry Moore, Quinn’s sculptures reflect his creative approach to the passage of time: ‘The past is set in stone, the present is carving itself in wood, and the future is an empty goblet to fill with dreams’.
Quinn’s spring 2012 retrospective at Harrods in London – his first solo exhibition at this world-famed location – presented pieces from the ‘Love’ series, photographic aluminium wall panels and a film exploring his work. One of the highlights of the show was the double sculpture Perfect Relationship (2011): a pair of graceful bronze hands rising from two nautilus fossils, shells that spiral in the proportions of the golden ratio and here symbolise the perfection of soul mates in love. Another prestigious London opportunity was the installation of La Dolce Vita in Park Lane at the end of September 2012.
In the United States, Halcyon Gallery donated Quinn’s The Force of Nature II, a piece created in the wake of the 2009 tsunami, to benefit two non-profit organisations: the Happy Hearts Fund, established to rebuild communities after natural disasters, and the March to the Top Foundation, helping Africans affected by economic poverty. The sculpture, so clearly symbolic of human strength and resilience in the face of adversity, has a specially constructed base with tiers of donor plaques, and proceeds from them will fund the construction of two new schools. In October 2012, The Force of Nature II was installed at the Paramount Group’s magnificent skyscraper on the Avenue of the Americas in New York. Complementing this pairing of public art with philanthropy is a further placement of The Force of Nature II at a cultural development project on the seafront at Doha in Qatar aiming to encourage and promote the arts.
More recently, in February 2014 the toy manufacturer BRUDER Spielwaren GmbH + Co. KG devised, commissioned and donated Dreams Come True to the City of Fuerth, Germany. At 3 x 16 metres this monumental sculpture depicts the hands of a child immersed in the colourful play-world of building and construction, complete with an excavator, dumpster and life-sized toy construction workers. Also in the same year, Quinn’s sculptures Love and Emotions were donated for auction, raising more than £300,000 for the Sunrise K’ Foundation for children with glaucoma and the EORTC, the European organisation for the research and treatment of cancer.
Full Circle (2013), Quinn’s fifth solo exhibition at Halcyon Gallery, London, marked a pivotal moment in the artist’s career. Displaying new works interspersed with older and more familiar pieces, the show represented the artist’s experimentation with new materials and themes highlighting his creative development over the last decade. Following the exhibition on New Bond Street which ran the length of the summer, Full Circle was then showcased at Halcyon Gallery, Harrods towards the end of 2013.
Throughout 2013 and 2014, Quinn exhibited at a number of important international art fairs including Art Monaco ’13; Art Palm Beach; Miami International Art Fair; PINTA, London; SCOPE, New York and Art Toronto, Canada. During this period the artist was also awarded several public placements, including the installation of new works Tight Rope II and The Four Loves (alongside The Force of Nature II), on the island of Ibiza in 2013. In December 2014, Quinn returned to Park Lane to unveil Harmony, his unique interpretation of the traditional Yin and Yang symbol. Displayed in the UK for the first time, the monumental piece measures 3m in height, and is cast in polished aluminum and stainless steel.
In April 2015, Halcyon Gallery announced its partnership with Gallery Odyssey in association with the Indiabulls Group in Mumbai, with the inaugural exhibition In the Hands of Lorenzo Quinn. The first time Quinn’s work has been exhibited in India, this career defining show runs throughout the summer while such monumental works as Leap of Faith, The Force of Nature II and Love are displayed to the public within the grounds of the Indiabulls headquarters in Mumbai as part of its commitment to supporting art and cultural programmes locally and internationally.
Art historian and curator Consuelo Císcar Casabán describes Quinn’s work as ‘profound, spiritual and existential because it deals with the passions we experience as humans and the questions we pose in the silence about ultimate truth…. these are sculptures based on great myths, referring to the broad themes that recur in our civilisation and cut across distinctions of culture and time.’
Margaret Lovell D.LITT, FRBS, RWA
Margaret Lovell is an award-winning sculptor and a Fellow of the Royal British Society of Sculptors. She trained at the Slade, London and the Academy of Fine Arts , Florence and has undertaken commissions across the UK, Europe and the USA. Her work, mostly in bronze, can be found in the collections of The Arts Council of Great Britain, Barclays Bank and Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery among many other public and private collections.
Mark Beattie MRBSSculptor Mark Beattie has exhibited his works nationally, alongside some of great artists as Tracey Emin, the late Lynn Chadwick, Helaine Blumenfeld ad Jonathan Yeo. Working with various metals in all their contrasting properties of texture and finish. Mark can make industrious material appear fluid, malleable and delicate. He continues to study different metals, looking at ways to manipulate and add movement to the material, and over the past 18 months and developing ways in which neon or LEDs can compliment his sculptures, adding to the movement of a piece and catching the viewers eye.
Mark PayneBorn in Luton, Mark studied technical and scientific illustration for four years. After graduation he became a member of the Society of Illustrators, Artists and Designers (SIAD). Since then, he has had a full and demanding 33 year career as a full-time artist and illustrator, producing work for numerous national and international publishers, advertising agencies and galleries. Mark has served with the Artists’ Rifles; he is also the founder of CGI-company, Mission 3D.
Outside of work, Mark is a keen rider who has learnt the hard way that you can lead a horse to water, but that’s about all you can do with it! He also loves being taken for a walk by his two young Schnauzers, Connie and Alf. For relaxation, as well as his love of painting, Mark is a part-time student of classical history at the University of London.
BOOK ART SERIES
I love books. Real books, as tactile objects that you can feel the weight of in your hands, leaf through, and into which you can simply disappear. Of course, like most booklovers, the excitement of a new novel, especially of a favourite author, is always an occasion to be savoured. But I find the books I treasure most become old friends. I love to revisit them, and celebrate down the years their graceful journey as they age – so often to marvel at their maturity, and sometimes to stand back with wonder as my youthful friend has become a classic! I love the feel of these my inanimate friends, who live with me and in me so vividly. Their stories, their feel, their warmth and their comfortable familiarity, – it is all these qualities that inspire me to paint them.
THE BOOKS I PAINT
Most of the books I’ve painted are very old and have had many owners, yet their fine condition suggests a much pampered life in careful hands. Others have not been so lucky. With creaking spines, dog-eared and with fading colour, they may be battle-scarred, but they are still as precious. Many of the books I paint are now quite rare and sourcing them has required great patience, while others, I’ve simply stumbled upon, languishing unnoticed and un-remembered on dusty shelves in second-hand book shops. But, good design is timeless and as precious as what is contained in the treasure between the covers. These books, I am deeply convinced, deserve to be noticed.
While wanting to honour and pay tribute to the original jacket designers and their unquestionable talents, my paintings are portraits of some very old, well-loved books, the way they are now. Novels, poetry, history and a range of subjects all attract my interest. It may not be possible to judge a book by its cover each and every time, but a great engraving or a modern jacket certainly promises much.
The paintings themselves are much larger than life with every tear, crease and blemish, carefully and accurately recorded. You see my aim is not just to reproduce the original cover artwork like a poster. It is to paint the whole book as a real, three-dimensional object with all its imperfections – the evidence of life – so that when mounted and sensitively lit, the illusion is created of a real, giant 3D book. It really is a living thing.
Mark WoollacottMark is a professional marine artist based in South West England. He was born in the mid sixties and has been painting maritime scenes for many years and regularly undertakes painting commissions. Mark is perhaps most well known for his large detailed paintings of J Class yachts and America's Cup racing catamarans. He also produces realistic paintings of schooners and small classic yachts.
His paintings have featured on online publications such as Classic Boat Magazine and Yachting Monthly Magazine and have also featured in a book, written by author Robin Whitcomb. He has donated artwork to The Prince's Trust and his paintings have featured at various exhibitions, including a major London Art Fair (where his paintings are exhibited each year), and he also has gallery representation at Windsor. Most of his paintings are now in private collections in the United Kingdom, but there are also a number of his originals and prints in small private collections in The Netherlands, Spain, USA, Australia and in Germany.
Mary FeddenMary Fedden was born in Bristol and was married to the artist Julian Trevelyan. She studied at the Slade School of Fine Art and taught painting at the Royal College of Art. She was elected to the Royal academy in 1992. She has exhibited every year since 1947 and her work hangs in many private collections including HM The Queen for Windsor Castle, Prince Hassan of Jordan, the Tate Gallery, Bristol City Art Gallery and The Royal Academy.
Mary Fedden (1915-2012)Mary Fedden was born in Bristol and wanted to be a painter even as a child. Leaving Badminton School at sixteen, she studied at the Slade School of Art in London from 1932 to 1936 under the theatre designer Vladimir Polunin, who had worked with the Ballets Russes. She painted sets for professional performances at Sadlers Wells, but decided against stage design as a career. Returning to Bristol, she taught art and made a living by painting portraits. During the war she served in the Land Army and the Woman's Voluntary Service, and on settling in London she worked as a stage painter for the Arts Theatre in Great Newport Street and produced propaganda murals. In 1944 she was called up, and sent abroad as a driver for the Navy, Army and Air Force Institutes (NAAFI).
In 1946 she resumed easel painting. She held her first exhibition at the Mansard Gallery in Heal's Department Store in 1947, showing a number of still life and flower paintings. She was subsequently commissioned to paint covers for Woman magazine. In 1949 she moved to Durham Wharf, a complex of studios on the Thames at Chiswick, where she still lives and works. In 1951 she married the artist Julian Trevelyan, whom she had met before the war. Together they travelled in Europe, Africa, India, Russia and America. Since 1946 Fedden has painted prolifically and has had regular exhibitions at the Redfern Gallery, the New Grafton Gallery and many other galleries throughout Britain. She painted murals for the Television pavilion at the 1951 Festival of Britain. From the late 1950s she taught painting at the Royal College of Art. In 1992 she was elected to the Royal Academy and she has been a member of the Royal West of England Academy at Bristol since the mid-1930s, serving as its President from 1984 to 1988.
Born in 1969, Michael John Ashcroft grew up in a small village called Croston in the heart of Lancashire and from an early age he had a keen interest in all things arty. After leaving school in 1985 with top grades in art he began his career as an engineer, painting and sketching only in his spare time. In 1998 he had a major operation to remove a brain tumour and decided to paint more seriously. He returned back to college and completed numerous classes in art including A- level fine art, OCA in portraiture and life drawing classes which he continues to do on a weekly basis.
His paintings have evolved over the years from early abstract acrylics to using oils and more representational works. The foundations that underpin his paintings hasn’t changed and that is his fascination with light and dark and his love for the city and the landscape.
Michael’s work has become highly sought after and he is seen as being a painter using traditional methods as David Lee Art Critic and editor of the art review magazine The Jackdaw quoted:
There are no secrets in what he does. Being open and honest he tells you directly through his pictures where his interests lie. We don’t have to be told by experts the meaning of his work because they are self-evident – we can see them for ourselves. In his landscapes as well as his views of the city, he willingly lays bare his pleasures and beliefs. You can’t ask more of any artist than this. He is a worthy heir of those in the great tradition of Lancashire painters.
Michael has gained many awards over the years; his recent ones include being accepted into the Manchester Academy of Fine Arts and gaining entry into the Royal Institute of Oil Painters, Royal Society of British Artists and the Howard De Walden Exhibitions in London. His work also gained him a place at the Mall Galleries were he beat over three thousand artists competing on the BBC 2 Art program, Show Me The Monet and became one of only thirty to show their work at the Mall Galleries, London.
Natalie ToplassBorn in Cheshire and now living in Shropshire Natalie graduated from the University of Central Lancashire and later specialised in Stage Set Design at the Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff.
Since 2004 she has been working on a series of intricate flower and bird portraits and has had a number of well-received exhibitions throughout Great Britain
Natalie’s paintings create an impact of emotion and atmosphere direct in their manipulation of texture, light and darkness.
Her work is often described as photorealistic but her interest is more with colour
and richness of texture. The scale of her work is an important feature providing a fresh view of a common subject.
“My painting process is related to the luminosity between layers, the subject is just the starting point for an abstract study of transparency and form.”
Nigel HemmingLiving with his own dogs made Nigel a keen observer of canine behaviour and his images reflect this deep understanding of his subject.
Devotees find his paintings irresistible - seeing many of their own special animal''s endearing traits captured on canvas.
Nigel''s work has been published in limited edition form since the mid 1980''s, enjoying increasing popularity with each new edition. His published works and original paintings have featured in one-man shows as well as a number of shared exhibitions. His work is collected throughout the U.K., Europe, and the U.S.A.
In1996 Nigel received the Fine Art Trade Guild''s Published Artist of the Year award.
Patrick Heron (1920-1999)Patrick Heron CBE (30 January 1920 – 20 March 1999) was a British abstract and figurative artist, writer, and polemicist, who lived in Zennor, Cornwall.
Patrick Joseph Caulfield (1936-2005)Patrick Joseph Caulfield, CBE, RA (29 January 1936 – 29 September 2005), was an English painter and printmaker known for his bold canvases, which often incorporated elements of photorealism within a pared-down scene. Examples of his work are Pottery and Still Life Ingredients.
Patrick Venton (1925-1987)Venton was born and educated in Birmingham. He worked as a clerk for a short time before joining the Army but was invalided out after three years with serious clinical depression, for which he received electric shock treatment. His elder brother was killed at Arnhem, an event the family never really recovered from and which contributed to Venton’s state of mind.
After being demobbed in 1946, he attended the Birmingham College of Art, where he met and married his wife Zena in 1951. In his early years he was interested in Surrealism and for a while had a painting room in the house of Conroy Maddox. Venton lectured at Birmingham College of Art and later in London at Heatherley’s College of Art, but despite the appreciation and admiration he received from many leading contemporary artists of the time, Venton remained in the words of a colleague, “a very private person, an observer, diffident about exhibiting”.
Venton’s work won the prestigious painting prize in the John Moores Exhibition in 1957 which is now in the collection of the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool. In 1965 Birmingham City Art Gallery added ‘Studio Table No. 1’ to it’s collection. The following year he was given a solo show at the Ikon Gallery in Birmingham and a further four paintings were also exhibited in 2004 at the Ikon Gallery retrospective, for many visitors these works proving a revelation, which offered a tantalizing glimpse of a mature and hitherto largely unknown talent.
Paul JamesA leading contemporary animal and landscape realist painter renowned for the skill and craftsmanship with which he depicts the fine detail and realism of the many textures portrayed within his imagery. He is an exceptionally gifted and unique animal and landscape artist. Essentially self-taught, Paul began painting professionally in 1986 and it was the haunting beauty of Charnwood forest that greatly influenced his early atmospheric landscape, together with his animal portraiture for which he has perfected a style of his own.The originality of his compositions along with the attention to detail means that his works take time. Paul dedicates himself to each piece with a passion rarely seen in today's commercial art world, insisting on the freedom to paint the subjects he chooses which allows him creative flexibility, and it's this freedom that keeps his work fresh and current.
Peter CosslettAs a Torbay based artist Peter Cosslett has made coastal subjects very much his speciality; the sea crashing over the rocks, long lazy waves breaking on the beach, moonlight glinting through the surf. In the chaos of modern life, these images represent escapism and relaxation and inevitably have an enduring appeal as rich oils on canvas. Peter Cosslett is probably the finest present day realist painter of British Seascapes, and has been working as a collectable full time artist since 1971. His success stems from his fine brushstrokes and close observation of how the sea behaves around the local coast line.
Born in Cardiff in 1927 Peter started his working life in the merchant marines, where he first became fascinated with the power of the sea. After the war he took up painting as a pastime. A serious illness which resulted in a leg amputation was a turning point for Peter and he decided to try to make a career out of his paintings, the one thing he loves. He started to attend art classes at night school but was told that there was no more they could teach him. He continued to teach himself through a process of trial and error.
Peter is a committed and meticulous artist who has overcome misfortune to become a very highly sought after and successful artist.
His varied body of work celebrates the joyous and multifaceted forms that human beings express with limitless imagination and wit. Rob captures the personality of each of his subjects with honesty, integrity and above all, a sacred appreciation for the unique spirit embodied within us all. His heartfelt response to humanity is woven into the very fabric of each outstanding portrait, earning him the reputation of one of the finest contemporary realists of his generation.
As life is in a constant state of flux and renewal, so this universal law is reflected in the changing temper of Rob’s work. Brave, forward thinking and always challenging, Rob experiments with themes, moods and styles to create thought provoking visual statements that inspire us to see beyond our limited and cultural frames of reference.
Whether working with chalk pastels, oils or acrylics, Rob’s ability and innate flair see him capture life as it is lived. His sensitive capacity to see beyond our masks and reveal the touching truth of who we really are is a testament to his deep insight. This ability animates and imbues every brushstroke with palpable verve and originality that reach out from the canvas to embrace our senses in a delightful interplay that is the hallmark of the truly talented artist.
“Rob’s ability and innate flair see him capture life as it is lived ”
Born in 1968 in Warrington, Cheshire, Rob Hefferan is an exceptionally talented figurative artist. His work not only captures the unique character and warmth of each subject, but transcends form to suggest the living, breathing essence of the individual.
Working predominately with oils and acrylics, Rob’s work is both eminently understandable and intensely familiar. Colour, light and texture harmonise intelligently and with stunning candour to produce works that resonate with vibrant life.
The pinnacle of figurative realism is to elicit the animating force that resides behind the density and delicacy of human form and structure. Working with the living architecture of the human body, Rob recreates the poetry of the skin’s tone and structure and pays homage to the complex interaction of musculature, tissue and bone. Every brushstroke has the ability to reach out from the canvas to embrace our senses.
Robert Indiana (1928-2018)Robert Indiana, one of the preeminent figures in American art since the 1960s, has played a central role in the development of assemblage art, hard-edge painting and Pop art. A self proclaimed “American painter of signs,” Indiana has created a highly original body of work that explores American identity, personal history and the power of abstraction and language, establishing an important legacy that resonates in the work of many contemporary artists who make the written word a central element of their oeuvre.
Robert Indiana was born Robert Clark in New Castle, Indiana on September 13, 1928. Adopted as an infant, he spent his childhood moving frequently throughout his namesake state. His artistic talent was evident at an early age, and its recognition by a first grade teacher encouraged his decision to become an artist. In 1942 Indiana moved to Indianapolis in order to attend Arsenal Technical High School, known for its strong arts curriculum. After graduating he spent three years in the U.S. Air Force and then studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Skowhegan School of Sculpture and Painting in Maine, and the Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland.
Robert Oscar Lenkiewicz
Ronald Ossory DunlopRonald Ossory Dunlop was born in Dublin to a Scottish-Irish Quaker family. He studied at Manchester School of Art, at Wimbledon College of Art and in Paris, having spent some time working in an advertising agency. He became a prolific exhibitor, venues including the Royal Academy, the New English Art Club, Leicester and Redfern Galleries, the Royal Society of Arts, the Royal Hibernian Academy and the Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts.
His first one man show (1928) was at the Redfern Gallery in Cork Street, London. In 1923 he had founded the Emotionist Group of writers and artists, and his own work is characterised by a painterly exuberance. He joined the The London Group of artists in 1931.
Most of his life was spent in England, latterly at Barnham, West Sussex, close to Chichester. He achieved fame in his lifetime, having been elected a full member of the Royal Academy in 1950, and his work is instantly recognisable, as are the many fakes which have appeared on the market over the past thirty years or so! Alex Fraser of Vancouver was Dunlop’s dealer in London and again later in Canada once Fraser had emigrated in the 1940s.
Dunlop’s mother, Eleanor (née Fitzpatrick) was herself a watercolour artist. His father Daniel Nicol Dunlop (1868–1935), was a great friend of W. B. Yeats, James Stephens and George Russell.
Artist Ronald Ossory Dunlop’s paintings can be seen at the Crawford Gallery in Cork, at the Tate Gallery in London, at the Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum and the National Portrait Gallery, London.
Roy Lichtenstein (1923-1997)Roy Lichtenstein was one of the first American Pop artists to achieve widespread renown, and he became a lightning rod for criticism of the movement. His early work ranged widely in style and subject matter, and displayed considerable understanding of modernist painting: Lichtenstein would often maintain that he was as interested in the abstract qualities of his images as he was in their subject matter. However, the mature Pop style he arrived at in 1961, which was inspired by comic strips, was greeted by accusations of banality, lack of originality, and, later, even copying. His high-impact, iconic images have since become synonymous with Pop art, and his method of creating images, which blended aspects of mechanical reproduction and drawing by hand, has become central to critics' understanding of the significance of the movement.
Roy Turner Durrant (1925-1998)Roy was born in Lavenham, Suffolk, in October 1925. In 1948 he began studying at Camberwell School of Art until 1952, and he attained an N.D.D., F.R.S.A., F.F.P.S. and N.E.A.C. He had many solo exhibitions around and within London, including Guildhall in 1948, the Cromwell Gallery in 1949, the Beaux Arts Gallery in 1950, Kensington Art Gallery in 1951, Coffee House, Trafalgar Square in 1952, Everyman Cinema, Hampstead in 1953, and the Artists’ International Association Gallery London in 1953, 1957 and 1969.
Further exhibitions have been held at the Roland Browse & Delbanco Gallery in London in 1954, New Vision Art Centre in both 1957 and 1960, A.I.A in 1957 and 1969, Grabowski Gallery London in 1959, New Gallery Ipswich in 1960,
Phoenix Gallery Lavenham in 1960, Gainsborough’s House in 1961, Cambridge University in 1969 and 1977, Cambridge Art and Design Gallery in 1974, and Caius College Cambridge in 1976.
Roy’swork is held in many private collections including that of Prince Charles.