Archive for August, 2009

30
Aug
09

British art: artist David Farren

Painting 'Sunlight Reflections - Bath Abbey' by David Farren

Painting 'Sunlight Reflections - Bath Abbey' by David Farren

Today we feature a another painting from the next art exhibition at Red Rag. It is by British Artist David Farren

David Farren 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.

The featured painting in this post by David Farren is ‘Sunlit Reflections, Bath Abbey’. Bath is one of the world’s greatest cities with its majestic Georgian buildings, but the Abbey dates from a much earlier building period. In the painting Farren has positioned the Abbey as a centre piece looking down on the passers by below. The whole scene is bathed in sunlight which has created wonderful reflections from the rain water lying on the pavement and acting like a mirror.

Red Rag Gallery – British Art and Limited Edition Prints

28
Aug
09

British art: artist Susan Brown

'Street Life, New York' by British artist Susan Brown

'Street Life, New York' by British artist Susan Brown

Today we feature a painting by British Artist Susan Brown

‘Street Life, New York’ will be showing at our upcoming art exhibition in starting 6 September. Susan Brown’s background in three-dimensional design is evident in her studies of architecture and cityscape. ‘Street Life, New York’ shows the characteristic high-rise buildings of New York City. The shadow of the tall buildings is contrasted with bright splashes of colour worn by pedestrians.

Susan Brown contemporary paintings are bold and striking . Her architectural studies explore the rhythm and movement within buildings and interiors and her abstract paintings are inspired by still life subjects and landscapes, focusing on texture and pattern.

Red Rag Gallery – British Art and Limited Edition Prints

23
Aug
09

Irish art: artist Brian Smyth

Painting 'Street in Lucca' by Irish artist Brian Smyth

Painting 'Street in Lucca' by Irish artist Brian Smyth

Today’s update features a contemporary painting from the next art show at Red Rag. It is titled ‘Street in Lucca’ and is painted by Irish artist – Brian Smyth

Brian Smyth is a painter who records atmosphere with ease. His paintings capture the very essence of his subjects. He is particularly successful in his treatment of crowd scenes or café society.

‘Street In Lucca’ is typical of Brian’s style. It is an oil painting with strong shadowing – people wondering and rushing about the street sucessfully captures and creates a sense of theatre and atmosphere

This painting will be featuring in the next art exhibition at Red Rag Gallery. The show is titled ‘Street Life’ and is a mixed exhibition of scenes inspired by streets across the globe. /p>

Red Rag Gallery – British Art , Irish Art and Limited Edition Prints

13
Aug
09

Irish Art: artist Anji Allen

Painting by Irish artist Anji Allen

Painting by Irish artist Anji Allen

Today’s artist is Irish born Anji Allen who was born in Galway. She now lives in England and has been producing contemporary art for a number of years. There are many influences on Anji’s art work including those of the St Ives artists in Cornwall where she spent time

Anji Allen has developed a specific and recognisable style of contemporary art. She builds her art works with layer upon layer of paint producing very textural paintings which are reworked and scraped back as she marks and draws lines into the paint. Paintings are limited calm neutral colours of pale green, dark brown, creams and golds

Anji Allen says of her paintings: “My paintings are an emotional response to memory, reminding me of people and places, of times spent with friends and family, chatting over a cup of tea or coffee. The cup taking on a symbolic personal statement each having its own personality and narrative. The pleasure and joy is in the mark making the layering and application of paint. The construction of the forms are intuitive and not contrived, flowing as if in conversation.”

Red Rag Gallery – Contemporary Irish Art and Artists

11
Aug
09

British art: Cornish artist Jo March

British art: artist Jo March

British art: artist Jo March

Today we feature the art work of British artist Jo March

Jo March was born in 1962 and brought up on a family farm in the small Cornish moorland village of Darite in south east Cornwall. She graduated from Sheffield University, where she read English and European History and then returned to the pull of Cornwall and began her career as a professional artist.

Jo March’s upbringing, living in the Cornish landscape and the people that she met, is a strong influence on her choice of subject and how she depicts the landscape in her paintings. Inspiration for Jo’s paintings and limited edition prints is often drawn from the environment and the people of her childhood. She has abiding fascination with the eccentricities which exist just below the surface of rural life and in particular the characters that she observed in Cornwall whilst growing up.

Modern life is gradually and inexorably eroding age-old patterns of life and systems of belief. Jo March landscape paintings are an attempt to capture the essence of the bucolic farm land which has hitherto changed so little in the British county of Cornwall.

The featured Limited Edition Print ’Dream Orchard’ has a slightly surreal feeling to it with tightly defined trees leading the viewers eye to a house beyond a gate. Strong shadows in the foreground of the art print add to the dream like feeling, whilst a plain moody blue sky provide the perfect back drop for the lollipop trees.

Red Rag Gallery – British Art and Limited Edition Prints

07
Aug
09

British art: artist John Martin RBA

'The Crown and Anchor Pub, Brighton' by John Martin RBA

'The Crown and Anchor Pub, Brighton' by John Martin RBA

Today we feature the art work of British artist John Martin

Today we feature the art work of British artist John Martin and a painting of the Crown and Anchor Pub in Brighton.

John Martin was born in 1957. He studied contemporary painting at Hornsey College of Art followed by three years at Exeter College of Art. John then spent more time studying at the Royal Academy Art Schools gaining a Post-Graduate Diploma.

John Martin has been the recipient of many art awards these include: Stowells of Chelsea, Prize-winner, David Murray Landscape Scholarship, WH Patterson Prize and the Fabrica Painting Prize, awarded at the RBA Open Exhibition. He was elected a member of the Royal Society of British Artists (RBA) in 1991 and won the coveted di Laszlo art medal in 2006 at the RBA

John Martin contemporary paintings have been published in several modern art textbooks. His paintings have also featured in the Tatler Magazine, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Times. Brian Sewell, Art Critic of The Evening Standard said of John Martin “ If you dropped him down a drain he’d paint an affectionate picture of drippage and the moss, and work wonders with the grid and its shadows”

John Martin is represeted by Red Rag Gallery and also exhibits extensively in many solo and mixed contemporary modern art exhibitions at notable British galleries and leading modern art galleries in Portugual, Canadian and the USA.

Red Rag Gallery – British Art and Limited Edition Prints

06
Aug
09

Scottish art: artist Sophie McKay-Knight

'Obi and Maya II' by Sophie McKay-Knight

'Obi and Maya II' by Sophie McKay-Knight

Today’s post from Red Rag features young Scottish Artist Sophie McKay-Knight .

Sophie McKay-Knight was born in Edinburgh in 1973. She graduated from Edinburgh College of Art and University in 1997, with an MA (Hons) in Fine Art

Sophie McKay-Knight paintings and drawings are mainly a result of observing and recording the every day people around her. She also draws on images from history, theatre and early film stills.

Sophie’s art work is based on the representation of the figure and pays particular attention to the spaces that surround people. She is interested in depicting relationships, as well as aloneness or solitude, and aims to capture the changing dynamics in a relationship when one person is added or taken away. McKay-Knight paintings are about recording the energy or aura that surrounds a person, and how that can alter, with or without company.

Red Rag Gallery – Contemporary Scottish Art




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