Archive for June, 2009

28
Jun
09

Irish art: Artist John Morris

Evening Light Dingle, Harbour County Kerry by John Morris

Evening Light Dingle, Harbour County Kerry by John Morris

Irish Artists seem to have a natural and enduring love of the Irish Landscape. Today’s artist John Morris is no exception

Irish artist John Morris was born in Dublin in 1958, but did not start painting until 1997. Although primarily a self taught artist Morris has undoubtedly benefited from painting lessons from Irish artists Brian Quinn and Trevor Geoghegan.

Morris’s paintings are about light and the effect light has on subjects particularly water and landscapes. Composition is important to John. He spends a lot of time “getting it right” before starting on a painting. He makes quick sketches in pencil, charcoal or oil. These sketches along with photographs make up a visual diary which is used as reference material for his paintings.

ohn Morris is an artist with a strong love for the Irish landscape with its constantly changing light and atmosphere. His paintings display vitality and freshness which when coupled with strong and confident brush strokes successfully captures a sense of time and place.

Red Rag Gallery – Irish Art

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27
Jun
09

Scottish art: Artist Alan King

'Paulo's Table' by Scottish artist Alan King

'Paulo's Table' by Scottish artist Alan King

Today we highlight the art work of Scottish ArtistAlan King

Alan King was born in 1946. He studied at the Glasgow School of Art from 1964 until 1968. After a career teaching art King began full time professional painting in 1999. Since then he says: “ I have enjoyed the experience of trying to put into practice the work ethic and lessons of teaching art full time. I am interested in the process of painting and am constantly investigating and reading about the materials and the craft of painting.”

Today Alan King is best known for his paintings featuring the Red Hat and this continues to be a major theme to his contemporary paintings. King’s skill in story telling and a love of early Italian Art are the roots of the development of his fine paintings. He creates images which are visually compelling and which form a bond with the viewer. Many of the images and titles used for Alan’s paintings have their source in literature and poetry.

King’s paintings start with a title which may have been taken from Dante or Sorley Maclean a Scottish poet. This leads to ideas which are then developed by Alan with life models within a miniature theatre. The mannequins and backgrounds in his paintings are positioned and photographed with different lighting effects.

Red Rag Gallery – Contemporary Scottish Art and Artists

26
Jun
09

British art: Artist Simon Garden

'Topiary Garden' by Simon Garden

'Topiary Garden' by Simon Garden

Today we feature British Artist Simon Garden

Simon Garden was born in 1960. He studied at Art Exeter School of Art and Design, graduating with a BA (Hons) 1st Class, Fine Art in 1982.

Simon Garden uses seductive rich colour and texture in his contemporary paintings. He is an artist who creates a sense of composition that is classically beautiful whilst at the same time daring. He reduces his landscapes and nudes down to their most elemental forms.

Garden’s paintings often have a magical and mysterious quality. His paintings arouses the subconscious and fires the imagination, drawing the viewer irresistibly into a world both dreamlike and timelessness.

Simon Garden paintings are regularly shown at the Royal West of England Academy for Art. His paintings have also featured at other major British Art Exhibitions such as The Hunting Art Prize. Today Simon Garden has obtained a strong presence in many British Art collections. His contemporary paintings can also be found in many private art collections in the USA, Holland, Australia, Japan and Germany.

Red Rag Gallery – Contemporary British Art

25
Jun
09

Scottish art – featured artist Joe Hargan

'Shaken But Not Stirred' by Joe Hargan PPPAI

'Shaken But Not Stirred' by Joe Hargan PPPAI

Today we featured one of the leading Contemporary Scottish Artists Joe Hargan.

Joe Hargan was born in Glasgow, 1952. He studied drawing and painting at the Glasgow School of Art from 1970-74 under Danny Ferguson James Robertson and David Donaldson

Hargan has exhibited his contemporary paintings regularly since the early 1970’s at: the Royal Glasgow Institute of Art; Royal Society of Watercolors; Royal Scottish Academy of Art; The Paisley Art Institute; Royal Academy, London; Dick Institute, Kilmarnock; British Watercolor Society & National Portrait Gallery. He has also had works selected for the Royal Academy, London

The body of Joe Hargan paintings are remarkable for their diversity. His paintings are immediately recognisable and follow the rich tradition of colourist Scottish paintings. For the last ten years Hargan has completed numerous contemporary paintings of the now renowned character ‘Sniffy’ – the world’s greatest art critic?! Hargan’s art work is in collections throughout the world and he has been awarded a number of art prizes reflecting and rewarding the quality and breadth of his talent. He draws inspiration from many sources: Italian renaissance art, Spanish art, American influences such as Rothko and Newman; and artists Francis Bacon, Philipson and David Donaldson

Today’s featured painting ‘Shaken But Not Stirred’ shows ‘Sniffy’ standing majestically on a plinth with a glass or two not far from hand. In the background the works of John Singer Sargent are hanging – could it be that they have shaken if not stirred the infamous art critic?

Red Rag Gallery – Contemporary Scottish Art

23
Jun
09

British contemporary art: Quirky world of David Eustace

Painting 'On The Prowl' by David Eustace

Painting 'On The Prowl' by David Eustace

Today we experience the quirky world of British artist David Eustace.

Painter David Eustace plays with the viewers of his figurative paintings. He uses images that hover between conscious and subconscious states producing a mixture of wit and mysticism. A musican himself Eustace believes painting is like music. Often the artist or composer intends to form a beginning, middle and an end but finds himself drawn off in a slightly different direction to make his creation look or sound ‘right’. It is, he says, a philosophical experience, which is “easier felt than telt.”

Eustace was born in 1950 and over the years has developed a number of themes to his art works which he employs in a random fashion. If he stays with one theme too long his interest soon wanes.

In his contemporary paintings Eustace observes and then records the day to day world around him presenting it with an individual style and viewpoint. Subjects are sometimes dislocated from their surroundings or hover lending an air of mystery. There is a three-dimensional dream-like quality to his contemporary art. Painting with acrylic on board David overlays this with a light oil glaze to enhance depth and colours.

David Eustace was awarded membership of the Royal Society of British Artists in 2003 and in the same year was the winner of the RBA David Wolfers Memorial Prize. He is represented by Red Rag Gallery

The featured art work ’On the Prowl’ is made up of layers both visually and metaphorically. The prowling cat in the foreground is preceded by a prowling man who appears to be watching a naked woman walking through water on what appears to be the next ‘plane’ or layer of the painting. Beyond the figures a white castle. The painting is full of quirky detail and has an individual style and surreal quality.

Red Rag Gallery – Contemporary British Artists

22
Jun
09

Contemporary British art: Landscape painter Stephen Brown

'Landscape with Cows, near Sidmouth' by Stephen Brown

'Landscape with Cows, near Sidmouth' by Stephen Brown

British artist Stephen Brown is known for his quintessential English Landscape paintings. Looking at ‘Landscape with Cows, near Sidmouth’ it is easy to see why. Brown captures the soft rolling Devon countryside set against a big sky, where clouds gently roll by. The setting for a perfect day.

Painting almost exclusively in oils Stephen Brown is constantly drawn to painting subjects near his home in the county of Devon. He is a master at depicting the hazy warm Summer Days in the Devon, Wiltshire and more recently Gloucestershire fields. Stephen is also excels as a Marine artist producing atmospheric paintings with the distinctive shimmering light associated with British beaches and coastal scenes.

However Stephen Brown is not limited to capturing images of the British Isles. He has also traveled extensively producing contemporary paintings of Italy. Like so many artists he particularly likes undertaking paintings of Venice. He has also succeeded in recording memorable subjects such as Lake Garda and Tuscany where his understanding and application of light and colour are evident in his paintings.

Stephen Brown paintings are always in demand and increasingly collectable. His art works are now available at Red Rag Gallery as Giclee Limited Edition Prints. Click here to view Stephen Brown Limited Edition Prints

In addition to Red Rag British Art Gallery Stephen Brown has exhibited at many other leading British Art Galleries. Each painting at Red Rag is sourced from the Stephen Brown artist studio and like all Red Rag British art and Contemporary art it can be shipped worldwide.

Red Rag Gallery – number one for Contemporary British Artists

21
Jun
09

Scottish art: Paintings by Margaretann Bennett

'Chef's Table' by Scottish artist Margaretann Bennett

'Chef's Table' by Scottish artist Margaretann Bennett

I just love the art work of Scottish Artists and especially Margaretann Bennett and judging by the hits from the last post featuring her art work so plenty of other people.

Margaretann Bennett who was born in Scotland in 1968. She studied at the Glasgow School of Art from 1987 to 1991

In 2004 Margaretann Bennett was elected a member of the RSW (Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolours). She has also been the recipient of a number of art awards including: The Armour Award at the RGI annual exhibition in 2006 and the William Bowie Art Award at Paisley Arts Institute

Margaretann’s current paintings are of mixed media. She creates a surface of rich colour and sumptuous texture with paint, often incorporating layers of delicate paper which she pre-colours and marks. Bennett’s approach is intuitive rather than analytical: there is deliberate tension between areas of abstraction and finer detail. Most of her contemporary paintings are a distillation of collected experiences into a visual unity and an evocation, rather than depiction of place or objects

In recent years Margaretann has changed her style of art with great success. Not only has it brought her new art awards but also an increasingly appreciative following of art lovers. Her latest art works at Red Rag Gallery are mostly contemporary still life pieces. Each contain wonderful texture and delicacy in the paintings that are difficult to reproduce for the web, but are a joy to viewin the gallery.

Red Rag Gallery – number one for Contemporary British Artists




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