Archive for the 'Mixed media' Category

26
Jul
11

British artist Colin Kent at Red Rag Gallery

'House by the Sea' by Colin Kent RI

British artist Colin Kent at Red Rag

Red Rag have announced that British artist Colin Kent is to show at the gallery. Kent is an artist member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours (RI) and was born in London in 1934. He studied painting and architecture at Walthamstow College of Art, and worked for a number of years as an architect. He was elected a member of the Royal Institute in 1971.

Over the last forty years Colin Kent has produced a remarkable body of work of superb quality. He is a master in combining the use of ink and gouache in conjunction with watercolour to achieve a textured and delicate tonal effect in his paintings. The sea and coastal locations have been a constant inspiration for Colin and he especially loves the locations of East Anglia. But his paintings are much more about capturing the atmosphere of a place and finding locations where solitude predominates and natural forms have softened the evidence of man. His art works display great sense of atmosphere and are often stark and haunting. He has the ability to successfully create feelings of isolation without loneliness or melancholy.

Speaking about his paintings Colin Kent says: ‘It is definitely a Romantic thing with me. I find people love lonely places and and the people who buy my art work are romantics too. I am drawn to desolate places often with crumbled down buildings. I try to keep on experimenting, and the more I use mixed media, the more I experiment. I choose a subject and then treat it in a modern way. I am always looking for different things to paint which present a challenge, hence the variety in my subject matter.’

In additon to Red Rag gallery Colin Kent paintings have been exhibited at: the Royal Institute; the Academy; the Guildhall; Royal West of England Academy and at a number of leading British and American art galleries. For further details email the gallery or

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23
Apr
10

Paintings of Cities: latest Red Rag Art Gallery show

'Manhattan Crossing' by David Farran at Red Rag Gallery

This coming weekend is the start of the latest Red Rag art exhibition ‘ Cities around the World’. It is a mixed art show featuring art works from: Susan Brown, Stephen Brown, Stephanie Dees, Michael Ewart, David Farren and Janet Ledger.

Scenes from many of the world’s finest Cities are featured in the art show including: New York, London, Paris, Venice, Florence, Amsterdam, Bath, Canterbury and Edinburgh. The art show starts Sunday 25 April and continues until 7 May. The gallery is open every day from 10:00

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23
Jan
10

British art: Mike Bernard at Bath Art Gallery

'Mousehole, Cornwall' by Mike Bernard

Today we are off to the West Country of England where British Artist Mike Bernard is based and where the inspiration for today’s image was generated.

Mike Bernard trained at the West Surrey College of Art and Design, Farnham followed by post graduate studies at the Royal Academy Schools. Since then he has exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Mall Galleries, Royal Festival Hall and many other British Art Galleries including of course the Red Rag Art Galleries in Bath . Among the prizes and awards he has gained for his paintings are: The Stowells Trophy, The Elizabeth Greenshield Fellowship, The Silver Longboat Award and The Laing Award. Mike was elected a member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour (RI) in 1997. At the 1999 RI Exhibition at the Mall Galleries he was awarded The Kingsmead Gallery Award.

Mike Bernard enjoys experimenting with different media and techniques, often using mixed media incorporating collages and acrylics. He also uses oil and watercolour. Within his paintings he tries to develop exciting textures and light combining these qualities into original semi-abstract images of landscapes. seascapes, street scenes. still life and figurative compositions.

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27
Nov
09

British art: artist Mike Bernard RI

British art: Painting 'Mousehole' by Mike Bernard RI

This painting was delivered to the gallery this week. It features a view of the Cornish harbour and fishing village of Mousehole. Mousehole is a location much favoured by British artists. This contemporary mixed media painting comes from leading British artist Mike Bernard.

Mike Bernard produces highly textured semi-abstract paintings often executed in mixed media incorporating collage and acrylics. Bernard enjoys bringing an experimental approach to his watercolour and oil paintings. Regular subjects include coastal and street scenes in the English West Country and Italy. Speaking about his British Art Mike says: “What attracts me most is the pattern of buildings, boats and similar features in a scene. I build a painting by putting in blocks of colour to develop a pattern which is pleasing to my eye in colours which are harmonious, bringing in feelings of spontaneity, freshness and freedom.”

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31
Oct
09

British art: artist William Selby

William-Selby

'The Lilly' by British artist William Selby

Next week is the start of our next art exhibition at Red Rag. It is a mixed show of selected artists from the New English Art Club(NEAC). The NEAC is one of the leading British art societies with a number of well known artists.

One of the seven NEAC selected artists featuring in the Red Rag show is William Selby

William Selby was born in Yorkshire in 1933. A self taught artist William Selby has been painting professionally for a number of years. He paints using oil, acrylic and mixed media. His contemporary paintings demonstrate a strong, bold use of colour and vibrancy, which are developed by applying layer upon layer with painterly brushstrokes.

William Selby is particularly well known for his still life paintings. He positions everyday objects in carefully crafted suspended space producing balance and sustainable interest.

Other NEAC artists in the art show include Royal Academy artists Fred Cuming and Fred Cuming.

The NEAC art exhibition starts 6 November. For further details email the gallery or

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29
Sep
09

British art: artist Mike Bernard

Cornish art - Polperro Harbour by Mike Bernard

Cornish art - Polperro Harbour by Mike Bernard

Today’s Red Rag update features a view of the Cornish fishing village of Polperro. It is an interesting piece of British Art from leading British artist Mike Bernard.

Mike Bernard produces highly textured semi-abstract paintings. He often uses mixed media incorporating both collage and acrylics. Regular subjects for Mike Bernard include coastal and street scenes of the British Sea and Countryside and Italy. Mike says: “What attracts me most is the pattern of buildings, boats and similar features in a scene. I build a painting by putting in blocks of colour to develop a pattern which is pleasing to my eye in colours which are harmonious, bringing in feelings of spontaneity, freshness and freedom.”

Mike Bernard paintings are available from the Red Rag Gallery in Bath

Red Rag Gallery – Modern Art from British Artists , Irish Artists , Scottish Artists 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.

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