Natalie Toplass & Rumen Dragiev on exhibition at The Knapp Gallery, London

by Claire Mitchell 22. April 2011 11:29
Two of's premier artists are currently on exhibition at The Knapp Gallery, Regents College, London ;

Natalie Toplass
Born in Cheshire and now living in Shropshire Natalie graduated from the University of Central Lancashire and later specialised in Stage Set Design at the Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff. Since 2004 she has been working on a series of intricate flower and bird portraits, and has had a number of well received exhibitions throughout Great Britain Influences Natalie’s paintings create an impact of emotion and atmosphere direct in their manipulation of texture, light and darkness. Her work is often described as photorealistic but her interest is more with colour and richness of texture. The scale of her work is an important feature providing a fresh view of a common subject. “My painting process is related to the luminosity between layers, the subject is just the starting point for an abstract study of transparency and form.” You can view all of Natalie’s work here.



Rumen Dragiev
Rumen developed an interest in fine arts and attended art classes from an early age. He’s Bulgarian born, but left at the country at the age of 30 and moved to South Africa, Pretoria where he spent many years. Seven years ago he made another move to London were he now lives. Not convinced that the arts could support him in the future, he pursued other career, but painting remained his passion. His goal is to create aesthetically pleasing pictures that will brighten a mood. His style is very colourful and energetic. He found that by using the palette knife as his only tool while painting gave his oil paintings new life. Techniques include, big strokes created with palette knives, extreme texture with heavy paints, All the paintings displayed here, done predominately in oil paint, are original and unique pieces of art. I work on Abstract paintings of flowers, landscapes and fantasy-inspired paintings, taking inspiration from both the world outside and the images in his mind. The materials he uses are good artists quality and all his work is finished to a high standard. You can view all of Rumen’s work here.








New Exhibition at The Malvern Theatres - April-May 2011

by Claire Mitchell 22. April 2011 11:05 welcomes three new artists to our exhibition space at The Malvern Theatres, Worcestershire...

Piotr Sochacki

Piotr is a Polish-born artist who comes from an artistic family. Both his father and younger brother painted. His artistic studies were in Warsaw; achieving his diploma with distinction in 1985.

The thing which strikes the viewer first is the warmth and richness of colour. These pieces are on a domestic scale. The technical competence and beauty of his work is reflected by the fact that Piotr’s paintings have been bought by collectors across Europe and the USA.

He has also been successful in selling to the International Health Care Company, Glaxo Wellcome.

Work in other styles can be seen on his personal webpage.


Melissa Sturgeon

Melissa’s paintings attract attention wherever she shows them. They are carefully observed examples of the most attractive examples of the built environment.

The initial attraction is in the deliberate selection of her colour palette and the rich juiciness of her technique. As the observer is drawn into the picture, the degree of detail impresses. She manages, nevertheless, to produce canvases which don’t overpower the viewer with so much detail that they are unable to stand back and enjoy the whole.

Indeed, you can see people standing very close to take in the detail and then standing back to experience the whole; and then close up again, and so on.

Inspiration is drawn from the UK and other parts of Europe.

Melissa also produces prints of her work which can be bought through the website.


Stuart Dalby

Stuart was trained as a carpet designer but went on to work full-time in Birmingham Art Gallery as Head of Design and Display in 1980, when the carpet manufacturing industry in the UK collapsed. He was painting druinf this time and two of his paintings were chosen for the 2007 Birmingham Open (from a field of thousands of submissions).

He retired in 2009 and now devotes his time to painting.

The paintings in this show are connected to the sea, either in its romantic form or akin to the picture postcards posted home to friend and family while on holiday on the coast. The latter have a quirky jokiness which brings a smile to all who see them.

Other of his works in a totally different style can be seen on his webpage.













"Iconic Images" exhibition gets BBC stamp of approval!

by Claire Mitchell 14. April 2011 14:22

Peter Mason's iconic portraits, that are currently on display in The Art Gallery, Tetbury have caught the eye of the national media.
Each piece of his artwork is made up of hundreds of recycled postage stamps which are used to create some of the most recognisable faces in the world.  It appears that Peter Mason’s work has got the stamp of approval from the BBC who are currently featuring his unique images of the Royal Family collection on their website.
For more information, or to see the artwork for yourself call 01666 505 152 or visit The Art Gallery, Spencer House, Tetbury, Gloucestershire GL8 8AQ.













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