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Scottish contemporary art from Red Rag Gallery

'Hillside Moon' by Scottish artist Georgie Young at Red Rag Gallery

Today’s featured Scottish Artist at the Red Rag Gallery is Georgie Young

Georgie Young is a graduate of the Glasgow School of Art. Her work is inspired by the Scottish landscape. Georgie aims to evoke a feeling and capture a sense of place in her paintings. She seeks to create atmosphere or an unexpected detail rather than reproduce a direct likeness.

Today’s image ‘Hillside Moon’ is typical of Georgie’s contemporary paintings. The painting is full of atmosphere and intrigue and the viewer is drawn into the landscape and a higher place.

Georgie Young paints primarily in acrylic using a bold palette and rich textures. Her paintings are available for Red Rag Gallery. For more details contact + 44 1451 832563.

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Contemporary art: british artist Janet Ledger

'Deli at Byker, Newcastle' by British artist Janet Ledger

Today’s post features British artist Janet Ledger

Janet Ledger was born in Northampton, England in 1934 and studied art and painting at the Northampton School of Art. Today she has become a very collectible artist and her art works can be found in many public and private collections These include: HRH Princess Margaret, The Coal Board, Marks and Spencer, MacDonalds, Mowlem and National Westminster Bank. Several rock and pop musicians have also bought her paintings and the Tate Gallery own two Janet Ledger prints. One of these prints was reproduced as a greetings card by Camden Graphics.

As a result of her participation in the ‘Best of Britain’ exhibition in Dallas Texas in 1985 and in recognition of her art work, Janet Ledger was made an honorary citizen. As well as appearing at Red Rag Gallery Janet’s work has been exhibited at many British Art Galleries including in ‘London ‘77’ at Somerset House – a celebration for the Queen’s Silver Jubilee. She has also exhibited her contemporary paintings abroad, this included a tour of Israel in 1997.

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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


British art: Artist Simon Garden

'Topiary Garden' by Simon Garden

'Topiary Garden' by Simon Garden

Today we feature British Artist Simon Garden

Simon Garden was born in 1960. He studied at Art Exeter School of Art and Design, graduating with a BA (Hons) 1st Class, Fine Art in 1982.

Simon Garden uses seductive rich colour and texture in his contemporary paintings. He is an artist who creates a sense of composition that is classically beautiful whilst at the same time daring. He reduces his landscapes and nudes down to their most elemental forms.

Garden’s paintings often have a magical and mysterious quality. His paintings arouses the subconscious and fires the imagination, drawing the viewer irresistibly into a world both dreamlike and timelessness.

Simon Garden paintings are regularly shown at the Royal West of England Academy for Art. His paintings have also featured at other major British Art Exhibitions such as The Hunting Art Prize. Today Simon Garden has obtained a strong presence in many British Art collections. His contemporary paintings can also be found in many private art collections in the USA, Holland, Australia, Japan and Germany.

Red Rag Gallery – Contemporary British Art

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