Archive for the 'Still Life' Category

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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25
Oct
10

Scottish artist: Archie Forrest

'Basket with Fruit and Flowers' by Archie Forrest

Red Rag have released a number of new Still Life paintings by Scottish artist by Archie Forrest. Forrest is undoubtedly one of Scotland’s leading contemporary painters. He studied at Glasgow School of Art from 1969 to 1973 and taught there for seven years before giving up teaching in 1985 to be a full-time artist.

Archie Forrest is a perfectionist and is uncompromising in the high standards he sets himself. He works in the Glasgow School/Scottish Colourist tradition creating still life paintings of brilliant colour and underpinned by fine drawing and sense of form. He paints with layers of intermingled colours giving his paintings a wonderful depth with a luscious quality. His paintings have appeared regularly in the annual shows of both the Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts, to which he was elected in 1988, and the Royal Scottish Academy. A painter and a sculptor, Forrest is essentially viewed as a colourist working in the subdued earthy harmonies of the Glasgow school. Cézanne and Matisse are major inspirations to the artist.

His paintings are highly sought after and appear in many private and public art collections, including The Duchess of York, BBC, Glasgow Art Club, Royal College of Physicians, Scottish Amicable, Scottish Opera and National Portrait Gallery.

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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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03
Sep
09

Irish art: artist Anji Allen

'Friednship II' by Irish artist Anji Allen

'Friendship II' by Irish artist Anji Allen

We have just received new paintings from Irish born artist Anji Allen who was born in Galway. They are just wonderfully textural pieces with a sense of calm and balence.

The featured painting is ‘Friendship II’. Anji produced the art piece with layer upon layer of paint which are reworked and scraped back as she marks and draws lines into the paint. The colours in Allen’s paintings are limited to relaxing neutral colours of pale green, dark brown, creams and golds

Anji Allen says of her art work: “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.”

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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.”

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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

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06
Jul
09

Scottish Art Show – featured artist Denise Findlay

'Tapped Out' by Scottish artist Denise Findlay

'Tapped Out' by Scottish artist Denise Findlay

Yesterday was the start of our latest art show. This mixed art exhibition features over 200 paintings from both leading and emerging Scottish Artists. The show includes still life, landscape, seascape, portrait and surrealist paintings. There are also limited edition prints by many of the Scottish artists

Today’s featured artist who is participating in the show is Denise Findlay. Born in 1973, Denise Findlay graduated from the Glasgow School and Education in 1996 with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art. Denise was elected as an artist member of the Glasgow Art Club in 1997.

Denise is the recipient of many art awards including the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Award which she has won three times. She has also received the Arnold Clark Award, awarded by The Paisley Art Institute and was runner up to the Aspect Prize also awarded by The Paisley Art Institute.

Focusing on the human form, Denise Findlay describes her work as “Expressionist, semi-abstract and very colourful”.

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