Well what a fantastic evening we all had with Tim Cotterill, the FROGMAN, we were so pleased to see so many of you out on a Monday evening! Thank you for your support as always. I have uploaded the video for you to see.
New in the gallery for October we are happy to introduce KEVIN BANDEE. Kevins vivid original images are inspired by fractals, infinite complex pictures of repeating geometric shapes that exist within nature. His ambition to recreate these amazing natural effects in his paintings was where his artistic journey began. He was interested in art from an early age and this interest matured into a passion. A self-taught artist and visionary, he began working with tools that he made himself and experimented with ideas ranging from digital landscapes to metal wall art. Kevin has explored a wide range of subjects, but when he came across the symbolism of butterflies he was inspired to paint them. He forged an immediate and immensely strong connection with this subject; through further research he discovered that butterflies are important symbols in many different cultures, often connected with joy, peace and transformation. Although he says he is not especially spiritual in his day to day life, the two things are connected in his mind, and this gives his art an added emotional dimension. Although he acknowledges his admiration for other artists, Kevin has always sought to depart from existing styles and genres and to make something which is both new and original. His extensive experimentation and the many hours spent painting in the studio have led him to a multi-layered approach in which varying depths of colour and texture create a mesmerizing whole. He uses acrylics and resin to create aqueous surface design. His technique is indebted to the Turkish art of ebru, involving marbling, pouring, chemical reaction, fluid and flow. My aim has always been to find my own voice - a style free outside influences that has never been seen before, and my fractal inspired homages to nature are highly personal and, I hope, unique.
We have also got JENNIFER HOGWOOD back in stock with a completely different style to her previous work. Born in 1980, Jennifer grew up in a rural village in Bedfordshire. Surrounded by rolling fields she spent as much time as possible outdoors, often riding. Although she always loved painting and being creative she had no formal art training and is completely self- taught. "I take something away from every piece I create and as an artist I am constantly evolving." Before starting to paint, Jennifer spends time with a pencil sketching freehand, adding more and more detail until she feels the composition is perfect. She then begins to apply the paint in layers, drying it as quickly as possible in order to build up a richness of colour and texture, then adding other elements to bring character to each piece. Jennifer's bold, distinctive style arises from an unerring sense of colour and a singular talent for observation. The new collections reflect this, being beautifully hand embellished, with little jewels to add a sparkle to the florals and birdlife. Just down the road from her house, Jennifer's studio is a former milking parlour on a working farm in rural Wiltshire. The setting is perfect with beautiful views and fields just outside the door. It's always peaceful and this sense of calm makes it the ideal place for her to work and produce these stunning pieces, let us know what you think of this new direction from her.
We hate to mention Christmas when it seems like the children have only just returned to school but bearing in mind there are only 12 weekends until the big day now is the time to start planning your gifts. We have some fabulous new works from the ever popular EDGE SCULPTURES, get in quick as these always sell out, we can store them for you if space is an issue. Or this year we are stocking beautifully detailed centrepieces from GENESIS, we are very impressed by the quality of these as they are so affordable.
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