JJ Adams has taken the art world by storm in recent years with his provocative and edgy mixed media artworks which have rapidly become favourites amongst celebrities and collectors alike.
Now based in London, JJ Adams is a new media and mixed media artist who spent much of his upbringing in South Africa before returning to the UK. Described as the ‘Zappa or Hendrix’ of the UK Fine Art scene, Adams’ work has been featured in Vogue and GQ and has worked alongside clients such as Rolls Royce and Bang & Olufsen.
The rebellious son of a baptist preacher, JJ emigrated as a child from Plymouth in the UK to Cape Town in South Africa in the early eighties. He spent much of his youth around the studio of South African contemporary artist Derric van Rensburg, where he discovered his love of bright colour and graphic art. JJ studied graphic design at Cape College while working as a part-time apprentice in `Wildfire Tattoos` a busy tattoo studio in central Cape Town. JJ finally returned to the UK in the mid-nineties with the aim of becoming a tattoo artist.
After a number of years living in London and working in Camden Market and struggling to make ends meet, JJ moved back to Plymouth to further study commercial printing at the Plymouth College of Art and Design. Over the next several years he worked as a self taught graphic designer in the South West of England and moved into professional sign making while experimenting with art in his spare time. In 2009 after selling a few of his acrylic paintings through a local gallery he decided it was time to move back to London and finally pursue his art career. In early 2011, using his experience he had gained working in the tattoo industry, he produced a series of black and white tattooed celebrity images which set the ball rolling.
Born in 1978, it wasn’t long before Chris De Rubeis showed a very early talent for drawing. He drew on any materials he could find at home and his skills were nurtured to the fullest by his family, and at age 11 his Grandfather gave Chris his first Airbrush. After watching Chris use his airbrush for the very first time, his Grandfather proclaimed that Chris was to become the Artist his Grandfather always wanted to be and would inevitably share his talents on the world’s grand stage.
School was viewed as a chore for Chris Derubeis but he would continue to paint and take extra art classes on his lunch break. To pay for schooling he painted custom Harleys and started a successful Party T-Shirt business. His professors tried to convince him to choose a “more commercial style” of art but he was never satisfied painting ‘…like everyone else.’
While grinding the base paint off a Harley gas tank in his workshop, DeRubeis noticed something spectacularly unique. With each pass of the grinding pad a new piece of metal was exposed to the light unveiling fantastic patterns that seemingly danced off the tank, as if it had come to life….. History began!
Racing to the local metal shop and grabbing scraps of metal, DeRubeis began experimenting with different tools to manipulate the way light reacted with the surface. He introduced chemicals and paints to the surface creating unique reactions and bringing his art to life…….Abstract Sensualism was born!
L S Lowry
Perhaps the most well known and famous of all of the UK’s Twentieth Century artists, L S Lowry’s collectability and the public’s fascination with his work, has continued to gather pace in recent years, particularly strongly since the Tate’s exhibition and re-examination of the artist in 2013.
Born in Stretford, Lancashire, in 1887, Lowry grew up amongst the industrial landscape of the North of England and despite being taught by the likes of impressionist painter Adolphe Valette, became the headline act of what would become known as the Northern Art Movement.
Lowry lived all of his life in the North West, living in areas such as Rusholme, Pendlebury and Mottram and studied at the Manchester School of Art and then the Royal Technical Institute in Salford, later to become the University of Salford.
Often described as a ‘Sunday Painter’, Lowry worked as a rent collector but won many accolades as his career progressed, including being elected as an Associate Member of the Royal Academy of Arts before twice declining appointments to the Order of the British Empire and also a knighthood in 1968. He still holds the record for the most honours declined.
The price of L S Lowry’s original paintings and drawings continues to soar and has been accompanied by strong appreciation in the pricing of his signed limited edition prints. We are thrilled to continually offer a wide selection of L S Lowry’s signed limited edition prints, all of which are importantly very carefully vetted for both condition and authenticity.
Anna Razumovskaya graduated from the Russian State University for Arts where she was awarded a distinction in 1991. Subsequently Anna studied art throughout Europe including Germany, Belgium and Holland. Solo exhibitions followed in New York, Paris, Toronto, Amsterdam, Antwerp and Berlin with countless paintings in private collections across the globe.
Born at the height of the Cold War, Anna Razumovskaya was exposed to very different worlds, experiencing the austere world of the communist regime alongside the sophisticated and feminine influence of her fashion-conscious mother. She excelled at art school, and enjoyed the freedom of learning and perfecting her technique in a variety of different media. The portrait masters of the late 19th Century interested her including John Singer Sargent, the Russian painter Valentin Serov, and earlier masters such as Peter Paul Rubens and Rembrandt. She traveled around Europe absorbing the influences of artists, and finally settled in Canada which she now feels to be her true home.
Anna’s eclectic mix of experiences has enabled her to create a truly unique signature style that resonates with those who share her passion for life. She is a great believer in art’s power to heal, transform and inspire others in their journey.
Anna Razumovskaya is best known for her classic, romantic figures that carry a sense of elegance and grace. They carry an aura associated with the Renaissance yet due to her signature expressive, dynamic technique they are refreshingly modern.
“…If an artist were asked what he was thinking of while creating his work, he would hardly give a reasonable answer to that question. This process can not be analyzed. It is like a miracle.
James Lawrence Isherwood
Born in Wigan, Lancashire in 1917, James Lawrence Isherwood was a fascinating and prolific impressionist/expressionist painter and one of a school of Northern artists who have continued to be collected long after their deaths.
Throughout his lifetime, Isherwood travelled extensively, hosting over 200 shows and taking inspiration from everywhere he visited as well as his native Wigan. The subject matter of his paintings therefore include Wigan, Spain, Scotland and various other areas around the UK and beyond. He is particularly collected today for his paintings of nostalgic townscapes and the characterful people that he encountered throughout his life.
Isherwood studied under the French impressionist painter, Adolphe Valette, known today as also being an influential tutor of L S Lowry. Lowry himself purchased a painting by Lawrence Isherwood which was photographed hanging on the wall of Lowry’s studio and reportedly remarked, “I only buy art I like and I bought an Isherwood.” Other well known collectors of Isherwood’s northern art inspired works include Prince Charles, Sir Ian Mckellen and The Marquess of Bath.
As one of the greatly sought after northern artists, Isherwood’s paintings are hotly sought after but given the popularity, authenticity is key when purchasing Isherwood’s work. If you are interested in purchasing one of Isherwood’s original paintings, please contact the gallery to discuss the details further to ensure you are purchasing the correct piece.
We are delighted to welcome Richard Telford to our stable of artists with his eye catching figurative cityscape paintings.
Richard Telford was born 1950 in Dorchester and developed a keen interest in painting professionally from an early age when his talent was recognized by a local art gallery. Richard Telford’s early career was in the arts but taking the form of a graphic designer having graduated from art college.
Richard Telford now boasts a growing number of collectors throughout the UK who enjoy the subtle colour palette used, contrasted against his vivid red characters.
As Richard Telford currently only produces original paintings rather than limited edition prints, availability is constantly changing so please click here for up to date original painting availability.
“Johnny Cash Meets Quentin Tarantino”
Gabe Leonard spent his early years in the mountain state of Wyoming, sketching wildlife and selling them to his school friends for a dollar. After graduating from Columbus College, Ohio with a BA in Fine Art, he moved to Los Angeles where he first honed his skills on the ultra-competitive boardwalk of Venice Beach.
The trademark runs and drips in his work are a deliberate break from academic restrictions and allow him to be more expressive, free and loose. Leonard’s style is deepy rooted in the European artistic tradition, drawing particularly on the work of his heroes such as Rembrandt, Alphonse Mucha, Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele.
Following a string of sell-out shows and acquisitions of his work by high profile collectors, Leonard has become one of the most sought-after artists in the world, collected in the United States, Europe, Asia, and Australia. We are delighted to be one of the few UK galleries able to offer Gabe Leonard original paintings so please contact the gallery for full details as imagery is not shown on the gallery website.
Dylan Izaak’s unique approach to cityscape paintings has made a huge impact on art lovers across Britain. His idiosyncratic view of undulating skylines, famous buildings and busy metropolitan scenes encourages us to look at the world around us with new eyes, and offers a distinctive contemporary take on urban life.
Dylan Izaak was born in 1971 in Rugby. His family’s first move was to Coventry but after that things took a more dramatic turn and they set off for Australia. Stratford-upon-Avon was next, then back to Australia, then back to Stratford. They also moved several more times in each of these places. If travel broadens the mind then by the time he left school, Dylan was as broad minded as they come and ready for anything.
Dylan Izaak’s high impact paintings on brushed aluminium are now sold and collected across the world and he has been invited to be one of the Official BT Olympic Artists for 2012. Izaak’s latest ‘My World’ collection is currently available to view in the gallery.
There could be only one choice for artist of the month this month with Hollywood’s hottest artist Todd White joining us for an exhibition of his work on the 26th April.
Known early in his career as character creator for hit US cartoon Sponge Bob Square Pants, Todd White has become one of the hottest properties on both sides of the Atlantic. With celebrity collectors including Vin Diesel, Sylvester Stallone and Michael Douglas, Todd White has really become the cool artist to own.
Todd White will be at the gallery on the evening of the 26th of April to showcase his latest collection of limited edition prints and a number of his sought after original paintings. Having worked with Todd White since his first launch in the UK some years ago, we also have a huge collection of rare and sold out editions from the White studio.
Peter Wileman ROI
Peter Wileman’s great talent is painting light in his bold and vigorous style which has made his original paintings sought after and collected across the globe.
Born in 1946 in Middlesex, Peter Wileman’s first job was as a studio junior for a card company, where his innate artistic talent was recognised. Here he spent five years studying lettering and design – his first artistic training – which gave him a solid grounding in colour awareness and formal structure.
Wileman’s years of experience stood him in good stead and working freelance gave Peter the opportunity to concentrate on his painting, and he has produced a substantial body of highly expressive work inspired by Britain’s coves and harbours. Peter’s work has been recognised with various awards including the Frank Herring award at the Mall Galleries in London and the Cornellisen Prize for Outstanding Work 2002.
View the original Peter Wileman paintings currently available by clicking here.
Robert Lenkiewicz died in August 2002 from a serious heart condition. In his obituary of Robert Lenkiewicz, art critic David Lee observed ‘Robert’s greatest gift was to show us that an artist could be genuinely concerned about social and domestic issues and attempt the difficult task of expressing this conscience through the deeply unfashionable medium of figurative painting. In that sense he was one of few serious painters of contemporary history’.
‘The Painter With Women – Series One’ is the first collection of limited editions from the Lenkiewicz archive and are now available from the gallery or by clicking here.
We are delighted to introduce a new artist to the gallery, Paul Lofthouse. Living in Southport, Paul Lofthouse creates both sculptures, using materials as diverse as metal, clay, concrete and stone, as well as exquisite paintings. During his travels abroad as a young sea man,
Lofthouse visited many exotic places around the world which appears to have influenced his vibrant hue usage and energetic application process.
Born in 1941, Paul Lofthouse is not new to art and has exhibited in the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool; the Royal Cambrian Academy,Wales and The Atkinson Art Gallery, Southport. Now Lofthouse is involved with several organisations promoting art to children and young people in the area, in addiiton to being involved with workshops at John Moore’s University, Liverpool.
To view all of the available originals by Paul Lofthouse, click here.
Since graduating in Fine Art from Middlesbrough University in 1994, before which he studied A-level Art and then completed Art Foundation at Wigan and Leigh College, Steven has gone from strength to strength in the art industry.
Post University, Steven became a successful Mural Artist working throughout the UK and Europe. Bespoke murals have been completed for the likes of: The National Army Museum, Tussauds Waxworks, Devere Hotels, Funky Budha Bar in Mayfair, as well as custom art on film and televsion sets, commercial vehicles and murals in private homes. Steven’s growing success has even led to recent portrait commisssions for boxer Amir Khan, Sam Allardyce and the footballer Kevin Davies.
Keep your eyes peeled for what else this superbly talented artist has in store! For his available pieces at the gallery, click here.