Archive for July, 2009

30
Jul
09

Scottish art: artist Joe Hargan PPPAI

Today’s post features one of our favourite Scottish Artists Joe Hargan.

Scottish artist Joe Hargan was born in Glasgow in 1952. Joe studied drawing and painting at the famous Glasgow School of Art from 1970-74 under influential artiists and tutors Danny Ferguson James Robertson and David Donaldson

Since the early 1970’s Hargan’s contemporary paintings have been regularly shown at the: the Royal Glasgow Institute of Art; Royal Society of Watercolours; 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’. In today’s post Sniffy appears in ‘Silent Witness’. This is a large (52 x 52 inches) oil painting

Contemporary Painting by Joe Hargan 'Silent Witness'

Contemporary Painting by Joe Hargan 'Silent Witness'

and a truly stunning piece

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

Red Rag Gallery – Contemporary Scottish Art

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14
Jul
09

Scottish art: artist Pam Carter

'Farm, Iona' by Pam Carter

'Farm, Iona' by Pam Carter

Today we highlight the art work of Scottish ArtistPam Carter

Pam Carter was born in Tanganyika, East Africa in 1952. She studied at the Glasgow School of Art.

Inspiration for Pam Carter paintings is found in the rugged West Scottish Coast with its isolated cottages and wild colours of the machair and brachen. Pam also paints East Scottish Coastal scenes with fishing villages, farm land and majestic cliffs where she loves to stand on a high viewpoint. From there she can see the magnitude of the Scottish Landscape. Sunspots move across the valleys. And the forbidding trip to the Western Scottish Isles brings great reward with its sweeping golden sands and turquoise tranquil waters which is almost idyllically tropical.

Scottish locations such as Skye, Lewis, Harris and the Uists have been favourite islands for Carter to visit. Pam has also produced contemporary paintings of Tiree and Coll.Tiree offers idyllic settings. The Island’s architecture is like a museum of Scotland’s past with wonderful cottages sitting perched on the most beautiful of beaches

A sense of place is important in Pam Carter’s paintings but she does not seek to capture a scene with complete accuracy. Pam often interprets the scene with abstract elements. She translates the light in terms of contrast and colour – often bold but always with subtlety and balance. Ultimately she wants to create a visual sensation and pleasing image in her contemporary paintings.

In addition to original paintings art work can be bought as Pam Carter Limited Edition Prints

Red Rag Gallery – Contemporary Scottish Art and Artists plus Limited Edition Prints

13
Jul
09

British art: artist Richard Adams

'The Summer Wore On' by Richard Adams

'The Summer Wore On' by Richard Adams

Today we feature British Artist Richard Adams

Richard Adams was born in Hampshire in 1960. He received a BA Hons in Graphic Design at Leicester Polytechnic. Richard’s childhood was spent amidst the British countryside in the south Cotswolds. The outstanding Cotswold landscape has had a strong and lasting influence on his art work with the soft landscape and architectural vernacular often inspiring and influencing his paintings.

In his art work Richard Adams creates a dream world often adding ‘odd’ people that seem to float above the ground and seldom stand upright. Full of humour Richard Adams paintings and prints are beautifully drawn and highly imaginative.

All Richard’s paintings are produced using chalk pastel. They are then fixed and soaked in a special varnish that leaves an impervious surface. His art works are also available as Giclee Limited Edition Prints

Today’s featured image is a Limited Edition Print ’The Summer Wore On’ is an imaginative and idealised portrayal of a hay-making party. As with all Richard Adams art works what is most striking is the wealth of detail and the narrative that the scene creates. Set against a background of thatched cottages and a church we see a picnic, running dogs, kissing couples and then above the church angels circle watching over the scene and lending it a dreamlike quality.

To see more about British Artist Richard Adams – click here

Red Rag Gallery – British Art and Limited Edition Prints

12
Jul
09

British Art: artist Ken Howard RA

'San Giorgio Maggiore' by Ken Howard RA

'San Giorgio Maggiore' by Ken Howard RA

Today we feature British Artist Ken Howard

Ken Howard is a Royal Academy artist with a worldwide reputation. He was born in 1932 and studied art at Hornsey School of Art from 1949 to 1953 and then later at the Royal College of Art from 1955 to 1958. Howard then went on to win a British Council Art Scholarship to Florence from 1958 to 1959

In 1979 Ken Howard was appointed by the Imperial War Museum as official British artist in Northern Ireland. He also worked with the British Army in Germany, Cyprus, Oman, Hong Kong, Nepal, Norway, Canada, Belize and Brunei from 1973 to 1982.

Ken Howard is a master at capturing light in both oil and watercolour paintings. Today he is known as one of the leading British Artists for his ability to fuse light and atmosphere in his contemporary paintings. The subjects for Ken’s contemporary paintings range from studio nudes to Venetian scenes and Cornish beaches.

Ken Howard’s numerous art awards include: First Prize in the Lord Mayor’s Art Award in 1966; a Prize Winner in the John Moores Art Exhibition, Liverpool in 1978; first prize in the Hunting Group Art Awards; and the Critics Prize at Sparkasse Karlsruhe in 1985. He now lives and works in London or in his Venetian and Cornish studios.

Red Rag Gallery – Contemporary British Art

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10
Jul
09

British art – artist Matthew Draper

'Enclosing Weather, Bass Rock' by Matthew Draper

'Enclosing Weather, Bass Rock' by Matthew Draper

Today’s featured art is from English artist Matthew Draper was born in 1973 in Staffordshire. He studied at Walsall College of Art from 1991-92 and then Falmouth College of Art from 1992-95.

Draper begins his art work by pinning paper to the wall drawing first with pastel and charcoal. Then, crushing the pastel in his hands he spreads raw colour across the paper, working it in with the ball of his thumb. At a later stage, the dust created in this process, collected from the floor, is thrown at the picture where it clings and is rubbed in.

Matthew is very an action painter. His paintings resound with the evidence of reduction and accretion. Among his tools are sandpaper and sponges, used to erode the surface, transforming paper to smooth velvet, all the time spray-fixing each layer of pastel. He both builds a work and, at the same time, obliterates its form and structure. What began as a townscape dissolves in a sea of colour.

Matthew Draper’s paintings are in the art collections of Bank of Scotland, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow plus various private art collections in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Europe and the USA.

Red Rag Gallery – Contemporary British Art

08
Jul
09

Scottish art – Jacqueline Orr

'Montjoi' by Scottish artist Jacqueline Orr

'Montjoi' by Scottish artist Jacqueline Orr

We have so many wonderful artists to choose from who are showing in the current Scottish art show. Today we are highlighting the work of a really talented artist Jacqueline Orr

Jacqueline Orr was born in 1961 and studied at Glasgow School of Art. Her tutors included artists John Cunningham, Jack Knox, Barbara Rae and James Robertson

Jacqueline Orr paintings are bursting with colour and vitality. The Scottish colourist style and hint at abstraction is evident in her paintings. A characteristic style that incorporates the broad-brush technique familiar to Scottish collectors with a bold sense of colour, creating convincingly solid forms from blocks of solid rich colour. Orr’s fluid brush strokes are tremendously effective in the paintings of French landscapes scenes where she captures the light and shade so successfully. She is equally successful in producing paintings of still life subjects

Jacqueline Orr is deservedly the recipient of numerous art awards including: Alexander Graham Munro 2008 Award, Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour; Armour Art Award, Royal Glasgow Institute Of The Fine Arts and Armour Prize, Glasgow School of Art. In 2009 she was winner of the Joe Hargan Award at the Paisley Art Institute 2009

Red Rag Gallery specialists in – Scottish art and Scottish Artists.

08
Jul
09

Scottish Art – featured artist Archie Dunbar McIntosh

'Pier Number 4' by Archie Dunbar McIntosh

'Pier Number 4' by Archie Dunbar McIntosh

Continuing with the theme of our current Scottish art show, today we are highlighting the work of Archie Dunbar McIntosh

Archie Dunbar McIntosh was born in Glasgow in 1936. His Father generated Archie’s interest in art through visits to the Kelvingrove art gallery, whilst family holidays on paddlesteamers “doon the watter” gave McIntosh his life-long passion for the waters, banks and ‘flyers’ of the Clyde. He studied at the Glasgow School of Art from 1953 to 1957.

McIntosh’s paintings reflect his enduring love of the Scottish Isles. Archie says: “Since childhood, I have lived in close proximity to sea, loch, river and mountain. As a painter I have the desire to investigate the form, colour, texture and mood of each, and respond through drawing and painting. I feel it is part of my cultural heritage to interpret and translate the many influences in my life and soul. Within the ‘larger vision’ there exists many smaller component parts, which can combine to wear the whole. For example, a small harbour can present graphic images of fishermen ropes, reels, boxes, boats, birds – each with the potential for interpretation changing light, changing mood, changing seasons, changing vision.”

Red Rag Gallery specialists in – Scottish art and Scottish Artists.




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