New Exhibition at The Malvern Theatres - June 2011

by Claire Mitchell 30. May 2011 10:20 are pleased to welcome three new artists to our exhibition at The Malvern Theatres.

Viola McPhail

Viola McPhail, known also as McVayo, was born in Central Europe. From a young age she was exposed to different cultures of both Eastern and Western Europe. She travelled extensively admiring the architecture, traditions and the beauty of the natural environment, taking numerous photographs during her travels.

Later, she visited Australia and North Africa. Her inspiration comes from the vibrancy of hot climates and Mediterranean cultures. Her work portrays her memories of images from her voyages.She creates vivid compositions working with mixed media and vibrant acrylics, often enriched by gold and textural collage.

The works on show at Malvern are intensely personal and romantic. The richness of colour, texture and pattern attracts attention wherever her work is exhibited. You can see all of Viola’s work here.

Julie Bond

Julie’s interest lies in the beauty and complexity of nature. She has studied the natural sciences and the humanities and is fascinated in the way in which nature somehow seems to conform to certain mathematical patterns. The portrayal of light as is plays upon a subject; the energy of a living organism – these motivate and inform her work.

Her highly skilled paintings use traditional methods; building up richness through the application of layers of transparent glazes. Her portrayal of horses is particularly impressive. Her recent decision to paint full-time is sure to be successful. Click here to visit Julie’s gallery.

Gill Stokes
After studying Fine-Art, Gill went on to train as a primary school teacher, still painting and drawing in what little spare time she could find. She is now painting full time, and has had several solo exhibitions as well as exhibiting with local art societies. She paints mostly in Oils but sometimes in Acrylics. She is fascinated by the natural world and the way that the changing light alters the scene.

She likes to draw and paint outside whenever possible, but it is often more practical to make sketches and photographs and complete the painting in the studio.

Gill’s work is on a domestic scale. Owners of her paintings find that they bring a touch of the beauty of nature to their daily lives. You can find all of Gill’s work here.









Iconic Portraits Exhibition at The Art Gallery, Tetbury

by Claire Mitchell 9. May 2011 14:57

The Art Gallery welcomes a host of new artists to our gallery in the picturesque Cotswold town of Tetbury.

For more information on The Art Gallery, Tetbury click here.



Ed Chapman
Ed Chapman is a contemporary UK artist specialising in ceramic mosaics. In his instantly recognisable style the artist achieves incredibly detailed results, painstakingly creating his subjects using thousands of fragments of ceramic tile. A largely self-taught artist based in the North-West of the UK, Ed began creating mosaic works over a decade ago, fascinated with bringing a contemporary twist to an ancient medium. He became a professional artist in 2001. Originally he worked with paper, creating a series of portrait mosaics, whilst at the same time experimenting with cityscapes. Looking for a new challenge, Ed moved on to glass, metal, and ceramic tile, eventually settling on the latter as his medium of choice. Influenced by artists such as Chuck Close, Robert Rauschenberg, and Jamie Reid, Ed also finds inspiration for his works in the music of bands like the Sex Pistols and The Doors, as well as in everyday articles such as magazines and televised images. The artist is also available to commission and can create personal portraits from life or photography. Ed’s work has been featured in a number of publications including 'Diana in Art' (Mem Mehmet), Expression Magazine (USA), Art of England Magazine, and The Daily Mail, together with BBC television and radio. You can view his gallery here.

Alison Johnson
Alison originally from Sheffield, she moved down to the Midlands 6 years ago and now lives in Kenilworth, She gained a BA Hons degree at Sheffield University and is also a qualified nurse. Her work reflects experiences, which explores the power of nature and layers of inter-connectivity; anatomy and mortality; and the fragility of life. She loves to create work that is decorative and surreal, feminine and sometimes sculptural. Alison layers her paint, building gestural marks. The Impressionists used the technique to create optical colour mixes –look at a close-up of a Monet’s“Haystack”.Shape, line, and tonal values of colour create an effect beyond the façade. Her work is not limited to one particular subject although landscapes do dominate her work. Her favourite tools are palette knives, trowels and scrapers and large brushes she prefers working in acrylic and/or oil paints but works in ink and watercolours are not rare. Colour preferences change as colours affects her mood and her mood influences her choice of colours. When people look at her work, she likes to give them the possibility of seeing everyday things through a new perspective. She currently has permanent exhibitions of her work at various galleries around the Midlands: Where I fell in l love Leamington Spa, Art and Wine Warwick, Torquil Gallery Henley in Arden. She has been selected for numerous open exhibitions and won the RADFAS award at the Rugby Open exhibition 2009. You can view her gallery here.




Paresh Nrshinga
Within the wild, exotic and mystic beauty of Africa, the spirit of an artist was born. Paresh Nrshinga was born in Kenya and at a young age he moved to the UK. After numerous years of extensive travels he is now based in Radlett, Hertfordshire. From early childhood, Nrshinga was already absorbing colours, movements and sounds, transforming them into expressions and motions onto his sketchbooks. His travels around the world combined with his deep spirituality influence his unique paintings, which are masterpieces of original and exceptional talent. Inspired by artists such as Pollock, Warhol, Klimt and Picasso, Nrshinga’s paintings reflect his flirtation with abstract expressionism. When viewing Nrshinga’s work, the spectator can immediately perceive how strongly the artist expresses his feelings, memories and struggles. Through his passion for music he developed a unique flair of transferring and transforming the energy of sound onto canvas in the form of colour and movement - thus, creating the most vibrant visual effects. Nrshinga is a versatile and perceptive painter. His brushstrokes are free and spontaneous, concentrating on texture, gesture and ecriture. He delivers an edge through the recreation of the medium of paint and the exploration of new fields of colour and abstraction. His paintings are an adventure of self-discovery. Nrshinga has exhibited widely in galleries in France, Italy and across the UK. His paintings are popular and continue to offer a unique experience of spirituality, music and passion through a journey of emotions and colours. You can view his gallery here.










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