Posts Tagged ‘Marine painting

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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10
Jul
09

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

08
Jul
09

Scottish Art – featured artist Archie Dunbar McIntosh

'Pier Number 4' by Archie Dunbar McIntosh

'Pier Number 4' by Archie Dunbar McIntosh

Continuing with the theme of our current Scottish art show, today we are highlighting the work of Archie Dunbar McIntosh

Archie Dunbar McIntosh was born in Glasgow in 1936. His Father generated Archie’s interest in art through visits to the Kelvingrove art gallery, whilst family holidays on paddlesteamers “doon the watter” gave McIntosh his life-long passion for the waters, banks and ‘flyers’ of the Clyde. He studied at the Glasgow School of Art from 1953 to 1957.

McIntosh’s paintings reflect his enduring love of the Scottish Isles. Archie says: “Since childhood, I have lived in close proximity to sea, loch, river and mountain. As a painter I have the desire to investigate the form, colour, texture and mood of each, and respond through drawing and painting. I feel it is part of my cultural heritage to interpret and translate the many influences in my life and soul. Within the ‘larger vision’ there exists many smaller component parts, which can combine to wear the whole. For example, a small harbour can present graphic images of fishermen ropes, reels, boxes, boats, birds – each with the potential for interpretation changing light, changing mood, changing seasons, changing vision.”

Red Rag Gallery specialists in – Scottish art and Scottish Artists.

28
Jun
09

Irish art: Artist John Morris

Evening Light Dingle, Harbour County Kerry by John Morris

Evening Light Dingle, Harbour County Kerry by John Morris

Irish Artists seem to have a natural and enduring love of the Irish Landscape. Today’s artist John Morris is no exception

Irish artist John Morris was born in Dublin in 1958, but did not start painting until 1997. Although primarily a self taught artist Morris has undoubtedly benefited from painting lessons from Irish artists Brian Quinn and Trevor Geoghegan.

Morris’s paintings are about light and the effect light has on subjects particularly water and landscapes. Composition is important to John. He spends a lot of time “getting it right” before starting on a painting. He makes quick sketches in pencil, charcoal or oil. These sketches along with photographs make up a visual diary which is used as reference material for his paintings.

ohn Morris is an artist with a strong love for the Irish landscape with its constantly changing light and atmosphere. His paintings display vitality and freshness which when coupled with strong and confident brush strokes successfully captures a sense of time and place.

Red Rag Gallery – Irish Art

22
Jun
09

Contemporary British art: Landscape painter Stephen Brown

'Landscape with Cows, near Sidmouth' by Stephen Brown

'Landscape with Cows, near Sidmouth' by Stephen Brown

British artist Stephen Brown is known for his quintessential English Landscape paintings. Looking at ‘Landscape with Cows, near Sidmouth’ it is easy to see why. Brown captures the soft rolling Devon countryside set against a big sky, where clouds gently roll by. The setting for a perfect day.

Painting almost exclusively in oils Stephen Brown is constantly drawn to painting subjects near his home in the county of Devon. He is a master at depicting the hazy warm Summer Days in the Devon, Wiltshire and more recently Gloucestershire fields. Stephen is also excels as a Marine artist producing atmospheric paintings with the distinctive shimmering light associated with British beaches and coastal scenes.

However Stephen Brown is not limited to capturing images of the British Isles. He has also traveled extensively producing contemporary paintings of Italy. Like so many artists he particularly likes undertaking paintings of Venice. He has also succeeded in recording memorable subjects such as Lake Garda and Tuscany where his understanding and application of light and colour are evident in his paintings.

Stephen Brown paintings are always in demand and increasingly collectable. His art works are now available at Red Rag Gallery as Giclee Limited Edition Prints. Click here to view Stephen Brown Limited Edition Prints

In addition to Red Rag British Art Gallery Stephen Brown has exhibited at many other leading British Art Galleries. Each painting at Red Rag is sourced from the Stephen Brown artist studio and like all Red Rag British art and Contemporary art it can be shipped worldwide.

Red Rag Gallery – number one for Contemporary British Artists

09
Jun
09

Irish Art from artist Cormac O’Leary

Irish artist Cormac O'Leary: Painting 'Sligo Headland'

Irish artist Cormac O'Leary: Painting 'Sligo Headland'

Just taken delivery of new paintings from Irish artist Cormac O’Leary from our talented framer Richard. What a difference getting the right frame and framing it well makes to art works.

Cormac O’Leary’s contemporary paintings of the Irish Landscape and Seascapes look fantastic. He acheives great atmosphere in his art work.

Red Rag Gallery – number one for British Art and Irish Art

21
May
09

British Beach Life

British Artist Stephen Brown - Football Match, Sidmouth

British Artist Stephen Brown - Football Match, Sidmouth

This week I have been on holiday – touring the West of England and visiting as many art contemporary galleries as possible in Devon.

So what was my favourite artist? It was Stephen Brown who produces wonderful contemporary oil paintings and Limited Edition Prints of Devon landscapes and seascapes.

Stephen Brown was born in British County of Somerset in 1947. He studied contemporary art at the Somerset College of Art and later worked alongside artist Patrick Larking RP ROI. As a result Stephen came to admire and respect such artists as Sickert, George Clausen and Augustus John, all of whom had taught and befriended Larking while he was studying at the Royal Academy of Art

Stephen Brown is an elected a member of the Royal Society of British Artists (RBA). This was after a recommendation from Ken Howard, an admirer of Stephen Brown’s contemporary paintings.




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