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We start this weeks blog with a big thank you to everybody who came along to Philip Gray’s exhibition last Thursday and has followed up and visited in the week after the show. It has been a difficult time over the last couple of years to run such events so we are delighted to see so many of you back. A big thanks has to go out to Philip Gray also for making the trip from Ireland to show us what he has been up to including some works painted during lockdown when his home coastline has provided the inspiration.
New Collection from Barry Hilton
This week we have acquired a brilliant new collection of original paintings by our eternally popular artist Barry Hilton which includes a host of subject matters from over four decades.
The new original works include contemporary beachscapes as above and also a selection of his more classic contemporary landscape paintings which he has become so well known for.
Barry’s longevity and diversity is also shown in two of his Cornish harbour scenes also on show in the gallery which date back to his formative years painting in Cornwall in the 1970s
Introducing ‘Roy’s People’
As well as these established artist’s within the gallery, we also have a. number of new contemporary works in the gallery this week including our debut collection of pieces from ‘Roy’s People’.
Roy’s People is the pseudonym of London based creative artist Roy Tyson whose speciality is to create witty and intriguing imagery with customised figures.
Having originally begun his fascinating work with miniatures by photographing his unique figures in unconventional situations and creating miniature snapshots of everday life, his work has evolved to include the figures in new installations. Roy handcrafts each figure by hand, each completely individual with their own story to tell.
Having completed commissions for the likes of Apple, Ted Baker, Byron Burger, Zizzi and the Royal Mint to name but a few, we are thrilled to have our first two original pieces available to view now.
Music to Our Ears from Yuvi
On the contemporary front, we have also hung an amazing new original from Yuvi this week that has incredibly been executed on a guitar. Yuvi’s urban inspired mash ups always contain a positive message and bring joy to the viewer who is lucky enough to behold his work. This piece has another dimension again being on a guitar and looks incredible framed and float mounted.
The final wow factor contemporary artworks arriving in the gallery this week have been two new originals from Francisco Bartus.
Regulars to the gallery will have been able to wonder at the awesome technique of Bartus who uses the heavily textured small figures in his compositions to make up the subject matter. The unusual style makes for unbelievably dramatic and eye catching images that are fabulous statements in any interior design scheme.
The two show stopping pieces are in the gallery now with full details also available in our Bartus gallery section of the website here.
An Heirloom Piece from Harold Riley
After all of the contemporary and urban art this week, it is nice to finish with a painting that will still be as sought after in sixty years time as it was sixty years ago when it was painted.
At the age of 87, Riley is one of the last living members of the great twentieth century movement that became known as ‘Northern Art’ and we very rarely have his original oils available in the gallery. Well known for his famous friendship with L S Lowry which was formed when he was just a student, his Salford and Manchester inspired paintings are incredibly well collected. Portraits have also formed a major part of his career however withthe likes of Prince Philip, Pope John Paul XIII, John F Kennedy and Nelson Mandela all finding themselves depicted on his canvases.
In this beautiful painting executed as an oil on board in 1961, Riley captivates the viewer and draws them in to the soul of the subject asking questions of the back story of the child in question. Accompanied by the original gallery label on the reverse, this is truly a painting to be savoured and handed down through the generations, a wonderful addition to any serious collection.