Archive for August, 2011

29
Aug
11

Scottish artist: Jane Cruickshank solo show at Red Rag

OUT OF THE ORDINARY: Jane Cruickshank solo exhibition

Scottish Art: Contemporary Paintings by Jane Cruickshank

The latest exhibition at Red Rag Gallery features Scottish artist Jane Cruickshank who is gaining a reputation for her luminous fine art still life and figure painting; a reputation that will no doubt be enhanced by this remarkable solo exhibition, which is now open at the Red Rag Gallery in Stow on the Wold, Gloucestershire.

Paintings from Jane have been a regularly shown at the gallery for the last five years but this is her first solo exhibition with Red Rag. It focuses on her still life work and includes delicately defined paintings of vessels of different materials (ceramic, metallic), household items (such as scissors), fruit and books – in each case helping us to see how the ordinary and the day-to-day reveal the extraordinary as we take time to observe them.

Although this exhibition will concentrate on Jane’s still life work, her initial interest was in painting figures – during her studies she concentrated on producing representational figures placed in large minimal spaces to evoke a sense of isolation and vulnerability. She is fascinated with the play and effects of light and shadow on a figure or object and creating a strong presence within a space. She says, “I started painting the figure while at Art College, mainly self-portraits or members of the family usually on large canvases with the figure placed off centre to create an image of vulnerability. Pattern and surface is a tool that I use to explore how the dominance of appearance manipulates the identity.”

Her paintings have all the quality and depth associated with her principal medium of oils, successfully combining intense realism with a luminescence and clarity that give them a very contemporary feel. Her work is immediately accessible. Red Rag Gallery Manager, Carole Teagle comments, “We are delighted to host this fascinating solo show by Jane Cruickshank. There is a gentleness and peace to Jane’s still life paintings that gives them an enduring quality and causes us to take time to ponder and reflect, a precious offering of stability at a time of fast movement and change.”

NOTES Jane Cruickshank BA (Hons), MA (b. 1976, Speyside) studied Fine Art at Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen from 1994-99. She was commended in the Coopers and Lybrand Competition (1996); won a John Kinross Scholarship to Florence (1997), awarded by the Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh; and won the James Torrance Memorial Award from the Royal Glasgow Institute (1998). She has exhibited extensively, particularly in Scottish Art Galleries where she has already presented a number of solo exhibitions.

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15
Aug
11

Contemporary British Art: Simon Davis RP

'Open' by British artist Simon Davis

Latest Portrait Paintings from Red Rag Gallery

British Art: Contemporary Paintings by Simon Davis RP RBSA

We are delighted to offer new paintings from one of the UK’s leading portrait artists – Simon Davis . Since being appointed to the Royal Society of Portrait Painters(RP) in 2007 and coming the runner-up in the prestigious National Portrait Gallery prize in 2008, there has been a gathering interest and appreciation in Simon’s work. He is known for his distinctive contemporary figurative paintings produced using broad brush techniques to striking effect.

Simon Davis was born in 1968. He studied art illustration and graphic design at Swindon college of Art. He has been represented by Red Rag British Art Gallery since 2005. In addition to Red Rag Simon Davis art work is also exhibited at other leading British Art Galleries

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05
Aug
11

Contemporary Limited Edition Prints

Limited Edition Prints from Richard Thorn

Limited Edition prints from British artist Richard Thorn

Latest Limited Edition Print News

The expanding range of Limited Edition Prints at Red Rag Gallery has received another boost with the introduction of new prints from British artist Richard Thorn.

Richard Thorn is a highly successful British artist who was born and still lives in the West Country. Growing up living close to the sea and the rich Devon landscape has had an ongoing influence on Richard’s art work. His is consistently drawn to the majesty and grandeur of his native South Devon landscapes and seascapes.

Richard Thorn studied art at the Newton Abbot School of Art in the 1960’s. His early career was in music sector and he became an accomplished Jazz Guitarist. In the early 1980’s Richard Thorn began painting professionally. Since then he has produced many paintings and limited edition prints of the beautiful Devon and Cornish landscape and coastline. Like many British artists Richard has been drawn to the “quality of light” that the region is known for.

Richard is an intuitive artist, preferring to paint from ‘feeling’ rather than an academic standpoint. He creates paintings and limited edition prints using dramatic splashes of tone and colour succesfully capturing the bright and suffuse light. His paintings and limited edition prints have been shown in many British art exhibitions and galleries and his work is increasingly appreciated by UK art collectors and by those further afield.

The latest prints are a limited edition series of 195 for each print. For further details please contact the gallery.

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