Posts Tagged ‘Mixed media


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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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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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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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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Contemporary art: British artist David Eustace RBA

Contemporary Art: 'Observing a Small Cloud' by David Eustace RBA

Contemporary Art: 'Observing a Small Cloud' by David Eustace RBA

David Eustace is one of the most creative contemporary British artists. He produces paintings using images that seem to move between conscious and subconscious states whilst maintaining a mixture of wit and mysticism.

David Eustace sees similarlity between paintings like music. Often the artist or composer intends to form a beginning, middle and an end but finds himself drawn off in a slightly different direction to make his creation look or sound ‘right’. It is, he says, a philosophical experience, which is “easier felt than telt.”. Of his art works David Eustace says: “It was only when I stopped working from life that my paintings became my own. For me imagination is the touch stone to explore an inner world of feelings and dreams”.

David Eustace observes the everyday world around him but presents it with an individual style and viewpoint. Subjects are sometimes dislocated from their surroundings or hover lending an air of mystery. There is a three-dimensional dream-like quality to his contemporary art. Painting with acrylic on board David overlays this with a light oil glaze to enhance depth and colours.

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Scottish art: Paintings by Margaretann Bennett

'Chef's Table' by Scottish artist Margaretann Bennett

'Chef's Table' by Scottish artist Margaretann Bennett

I just love the art work of Scottish Artists and especially Margaretann Bennett and judging by the hits from the last post featuring her art work so plenty of other people.

Margaretann Bennett who was born in Scotland in 1968. She studied at the Glasgow School of Art from 1987 to 1991

In 2004 Margaretann Bennett was elected a member of the RSW (Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolours). She has also been the recipient of a number of art awards including: The Armour Award at the RGI annual exhibition in 2006 and the William Bowie Art Award at Paisley Arts Institute

Margaretann’s current paintings are of mixed media. She creates a surface of rich colour and sumptuous texture with paint, often incorporating layers of delicate paper which she pre-colours and marks. Bennett’s approach is intuitive rather than analytical: there is deliberate tension between areas of abstraction and finer detail. Most of her contemporary paintings are a distillation of collected experiences into a visual unity and an evocation, rather than depiction of place or objects

In recent years Margaretann has changed her style of art with great success. Not only has it brought her new art awards but also an increasingly appreciative following of art lovers. Her latest art works at Red Rag Gallery are mostly contemporary still life pieces. Each contain wonderful texture and delicacy in the paintings that are difficult to reproduce for the web, but are a joy to viewin the gallery.

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British art: Contemporary artist Jo Fox

British artist Jo Fox - painting 'Step In Time'

British artist Jo Fox - painting 'Step In Time'


Several Red Rag artists have had their art works selected for this year’s Royal Academy Summer Art show. Today’s featured British artist is Jo Fox

Jo Fox contemporary paintings are distinctive and beautifully constructed. Her style is very much influenced by the theatre. She studied Theatre Design at Exeter and Croydon College of Art, but her postgraduate year and Design Lectures encouraged her to become a Painter. And, the move from Theatre to Painting was a natural progression

Artists that have influenced Jo Fox art works include Theatre Designers Tom Cairns, Antony Mcdonald, Hildegard Bechtler together with artists Joan Eardley, Marlene Dumas and Egon Schiele.

The use of colour in Jo Fox paintings is unobtrusive. She uses colour to evoke a sense of timelessness and clarity in her contemporary paintings. Figures and space have always been an integral part of the composition in Jo’s paintings and is a link back to the theatre where the movement and direction of the actors within their space was a constant fascination.

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

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