Posts Tagged ‘Modern Art


David Farrant art at Red Rag Gallery

'David Farrant - Time for a Drink'

British artist: David Farrant

Today we are featuring one of the leading British Artists David Farrant who was born in London in 1938.

David Farrant studied art at St. Martin’s, London. Following his training he has developed an impressive career which included art exhibitions at major British Art Galleries including the National Portrait Gallery and at the Mall Gallery in London with the Royal Society of Portrait Painters. He established a reputation as one of the finest British painters of portraiture in the country.

Today David Farrant no longer paints portraits preferring to concentrate on his figurative painting. He works in Oil and Acrylic often on a large format so that his paintings have ‘presence’ in the domestic environment. David tries to hint at a story in the composition of each painting, but it is the impact of light and especially sunlight which is a constant inspiration to him.

Like Hopper or Vettriano, David Farrant’s primary inspiration stems from everyday scenes of human interaction. Using these day to day images and outstanding observational skills Farrant creates wonderful paintings with muted colours and complex shadows. His preferred medium is either acrylics or oils, and his large-scale compositions have a huge impact whether displayed in a corporate or a domestic environment.

Talking about his art works David Farrant says: “I like to think my paintings work on two levels – firstly, and in a formal sense, as compositions in which strong tonal contrast, accents of colour and simplification of form are key elements. Secondly, and in a narrative sense, I hope they carry a mood and the possibility of an unfinished story which the viewer can share”.

David Farrant original paintings are now a welcome addition to the art galleries in Bath and are showing at Red Rag in Brock Street. Also at the Bath Art Gallery are David Farrant Limited Edition Prints.

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Irish art: Brian Smyth at Red Rag Gallery

'Between the Acts' by Irish artist Brian Smyth

Today we feature another Irish Artist who is participating in the latest Red Rag art exhibition.

Brian Smyth was born in 1967. He studied art at the Crawford College of Art and Design in Cork, graduating in 1995 with an honours degree in Art & Design. Although Brian specialised in painting at college he also studied other various art subjects including multi-media, print, video and photography.

Brian Smyth paintings capture the very essence of his subjects. He is equally successful in his treatment of portraits, crowd scenes or café society. Smyth is a master in creating a sense of time and place in his paintings and leaves the viewer with an enduring and distant image on which to contemplate.

Brian Smyth paintings have been shown at many leading Irish Art Galleries . The featured painting ‘Between the Acts’ from Brian Smyth is a thoughtful composition with great use of light and shade. It can be viewed at the Red Rag Irish Art exhibition until 28 March.

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Scottish art: artist Helen Wilson at Red Rag Bath Modern Art Gallery

'Nutcracker Rehearsal' by Helen Wilson at Red Rag Gallery

Helen Wilson is today’s featured Scottish Artist at the Red Rag Gallery.

Helen Wilson was born in Paisley, Renfrewshire, in 1954. She studied at Glasgow School of Art and at Hospitalfield Art centre. During this time she was awarded the Robert Hart Bursary and Governor’s Prize, Hospitalfield; a Travelling Scholarship (Italy and Yugoslavia); the WO Hutcheson Prize for Drawing; the Postgraduate Studies Award, Glasgow School of Art; and the John and Mabel Craig Award.

Artists David Hockney and Chagall were strong influences during Helen Wilson’s time at the Glasgow School of Art. She has always liked the art work Degas and admires Sickert, Giotto and the Italian Masters. Her greatest influence was Scottish artist Charles MacQueen from her days in the Art Department of her school in Paisley.

Helen Wilson completed the featured painting recently at rehearsals for the Scottish Ballet. This year is the Scottish Ballet’s 40th anniversary and the current production is the Nutcracker. Helen Wilson excels at capturing the breathtaking beauty of Scottish Ballet on stage as well as the sweat and sheer dedication behind the scenes.

Helen Wilson is a member of the Royal Glasgow Institute (RGI) and the Royal Scottish Society of Painters (RSW). Her paintings are in various private and public art collections including: Glasgow Art Gallery, Kelvingrove, Paisley Museum & Art Gallery, Scottish Arts Council, Royal College of Ophthalmologists and the Royal College of Physicians.

Paintings by Helen Wilson are available from Red Rag Bath Modern Art Gallery

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British art: artist David Atkins at Red Rag Bath Art Gallery

'New York Morning' by David Atkins at Red Rag Gallery

Today’s featured Modern British Artist at the Red Rag Bath Art Gallery is David Atkins

David Atkins was born in Greenwich in 1964. He studied at St Martin’s School of Art, London and later at Winchester School of Art.

Today David Atkins has established himself as an evocative painter of landscapes and urban scenes. His Landscape paintings and Architectural and Urban paintings are characterised by the use of broad brush and colour creating bold and clear vistas of the city and landscape. He is particularly drawn to scenes of dawn and sunset and is an honest observer of the world around us.

David Atkins is an artist who excels at capturing the magic and majesty of the landscape or urban vista. His strong and confident brushwork successfully records the essence of his subjects be they landscape or urban cityscapes. Atkins produces highly textural oil paintings full of light, shade and atmosphere.

David Atkins paintings are available from the Red Rag Gallery in Bath. For further information please contact the gallery.

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Scottish art: artist Joe Hargan at Red Rag Gallery

'The Old Burger' by Joe Hargan at Red Rag Gallery

Today’s featured Scottish Artist at the Red Rag Gallery is Joe Hargan

Joe Hargan was born in Glasgow, 1952. He studied drawing and painting at the Glasgow School of Art from 1970-74 under Danny Ferguson James Robertson and David Donaldson.

Joe Hargan has exhibited regularly his contemporary paintings since the early 1970’s at: the Royal Glasgow Institute of Art; Royal Society of Watercolors; Royal Scottish Academy of Art; The Paisley Art Institute; Royal Academy, London; Dick Institute, Kilmarnock; British Watercolor Society & National Portrait Gallery.

Contemporary paintings by Joe Hargan of the renowned character ‘Sniffy’ have featured in many of his paintings and are now collected by art lovers worldwide. In the post we feature a Sniffy painting titled ‘The Old Burger’. Over the years Hargan has been awarded a number of art prizes reflecting and rewarding the quality and breadth of his talent.

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Modern art: artist Katty McMurray at Bath Art Gallery

Modern Art: British artist Katty McMurray

Today’s featured Modern British Artist at the Red Rag Bath Art Gallery is Katty McMurray

Katty McMurray was born in London in 1970. She studied art at the Chelsea School of Art graduating in 1991.

Katty McMurray has always been a keen traveller. As a result many of her contemporary paintings of places such as Zanzibar, China, India, Italy and many parts of England and Scotland have been inspired by her travels. Katty’s modern art work stems from her love of drawing. While away on location, she spends her time sketching; quickly and often using a single line, she records her immediate impressions of a place. On returning to her art studio, these drawings are used as a base for her larger paintings in oil on canvas, keeping the strong lines and using colours to recreate the atmosphere of the particular place.

Today Katty McMurray has established herself as a successful artist who produces paintings in a distinctive naïve style. Her contemporary art works are now much in demand and Katty has an enthusiastic following for her paintings both in the UK and abroad.

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British Modern Art: Tina Morgan

Contemporary British Art: 'Blue Scene' by Tina Morgan

Today’s featured British Artist is Tina Morgan

Tina Morgan was born in the British seaside village of Lynton, Devon in 1952. She studied art and design in Cornwall and after gaining an S.I.A.D. in industrial design went to work as an Art Director in London for a number of creative advertising agencies. During this time she won many awards including two at the Cannes Film Festival.

In 1985 Tina Morgan decided to change career direction and began painting as a full time professional artist. Since then Tina has exhibited her art work widely and is known know for her impressionistic paintings of the coasts, markets and streets of the UK, Europe and America.

Today Tina Morgan has established herself as an artist with a reputation for capturing the light and the lazy day holiday buzz of people relaxing on the south Devon beaches or in cafe scenes. Her softness of palette and great skill in observing and depicting people creates art work with a timeless quality.

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