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British art: John Lines appoints Red Rag Gallery

'Brussels for Dinner' art print from John Lines

One of the most British of British artists is John Lines. John produces paintings and and Limited Edition Prints of real honesty and integrity. His art works are the result of careful observation and skilful painting. It is little wonder he is in such demand with art groups and art societies across the UK to give art talks.

Red Rag have been showing paintings and Limited Edition prints from John Lines for many years. Now the relationship has been further strengthened with the appointment of Red Rag as agents for John’ art work.

John Lines paintings are distinctive and beautifully painted. His style is very much Modern British and Lines prefers painting in oil and watercolours. As an artist his stated aim is to “Simply paint through honest eyes”. Ample evidence of this approach can be seen in his paintings of British Town and Landscapes subjects.
John Lines paintings are varied. His art captures humour, nostalgia, romance and the beauty of British Countryside and unusually British Urban Life. Lines is equally successful painting landscapes, marine, portrait, transportation or what will in future years be seen as fine, social records of urban life. John travels extensively to find the right British scenes for his paintings. He regularly features Derbyshire, Lancashire, Leicestershire, Northampton, Nottinghamshire, Warwickshire, West Midlands and Yorkshire in his contemporary paintings.

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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.

Red Rag Gallery – Contemporary Scottish Art


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.

Red Rag Gallery – British Art and Limited Edition Prints


Scottish art: Artist Alan King

'Paulo's Table' by Scottish artist Alan King

'Paulo's Table' by Scottish artist Alan King

Today we highlight the art work of Scottish ArtistAlan King

Alan King was born in 1946. He studied at the Glasgow School of Art from 1964 until 1968. After a career teaching art King began full time professional painting in 1999. Since then he says: “ I have enjoyed the experience of trying to put into practice the work ethic and lessons of teaching art full time. I am interested in the process of painting and am constantly investigating and reading about the materials and the craft of painting.”

Today Alan King is best known for his paintings featuring the Red Hat and this continues to be a major theme to his contemporary paintings. King’s skill in story telling and a love of early Italian Art are the roots of the development of his fine paintings. He creates images which are visually compelling and which form a bond with the viewer. Many of the images and titles used for Alan’s paintings have their source in literature and poetry.

King’s paintings start with a title which may have been taken from Dante or Sorley Maclean a Scottish poet. This leads to ideas which are then developed by Alan with life models within a miniature theatre. The mannequins and backgrounds in his paintings are positioned and photographed with different lighting effects.

Red Rag Gallery – Contemporary Scottish Art and Artists


Featured British Artist: Richard Dack

Painting by British Artist Richard Dack

Painting by British Artist Richard Dack

Today’s British Artist: Richard Dack

British contemporary artist Richard Dack studied modern British art painting at Camberwell School of Art in London. Dack was born on the British East Coast, and his familiarity with the maritime environment has
provided a recurrent theme in his contemporary paintings. He is an elected member of the Royal Society of Marine Artists and is the recipient of numerous British art awards.

Pursuing maritime subjects take Richard Dack to many British coastal locations, but it is
invariably the quality of light that provides the major focus in his contemporary paintings. This is very evident in today’s featured painting ‘Flags Against The Sun’

Red Rag British Art Gallery has represented Richard Dack since 2003. Click this link to see more contemporary paintings from Richard Dack

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