Maurice Cockrill RA at The Art Gallery, Tetbury

by Claire Mitchell 22. July 2011 16:34

We are delighted to announce the arrival of Maurice Cockrill RA to The Art Gallery, Tetbury.

Maurice is one of the most versatile painters to have emerged in the UK since the Second World War and has been the Keeper of the Royal Academy Schools since 2005.

Though Cockrill’s most recent works may appear abstract, Cockrill insists “Every picture is about something, even if I only find the title after I’ve finished”. His recent canvases are built up with layers of bold contrasting colours, often juxtaposing organic circular shapes with cutting vertical lines.

Maurice Cockrill's work is in many private and public collections including the British Museum, Art Council of Great Britain and the Royal Academy of Arts so we’re honoured that his latest work is on display here at The Art Gallery in Tetbury.

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An Evening with the Stars!

by Claire Mitchell 13. July 2011 15:18

We celebrated the official opening of our Iconic Portraits exhibition in style this week at our gallery space in Regents Park, London.






The exhibition, featuring the work of post pop artist Peter Mason and mosaic artist Ed Chapman, includes some of the world’s most recognised faces including Madonna, Morrissey, Elizabeth Taylor and Blondie. 

Guests enjoyed a glass of wine in the company of the famous faces and were able to see for themselves the detail and skill that goes into creating the pieces. In Ed’s case his mosaics are made up of thousands of fragments of ceramic tiles carefully placed to create the works. In contrast, Peter uses recycled postage stamps to create the pixellated images and portraits.

Peter Mason was on hand to speak to guests and give an artist’s insight into how the pieces are created and the meanings behind them. His recent works have a Royal connection with HRH The Queen, Princess Diana and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge amongst his Royal subjects. You can see Peter’s full gallery here.








 "This Charming Man" & "Joe Strummer" by Ed Chapman


"Margaret Thatcher", "Lord Alan Sugar" & "Vivienne Westwood" by Peter Mason

The “Iconic Portraits” exhibition runs until mid August at The Knapp Gallery, Regents College, London. 

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If you are interested in any of the pieces on display please get in touch on 01666 505152 or email [email protected]







New Exhibition at The Malvern Theatres - July - August 2011

by Claire Mitchell 11. July 2011 10:21
This summer welcomes four new and exciting artists to our exhibition space at Malvern Theatres, Worcestershire.  

Tracy Jolly
Tracy started painting from a very young age - wherever she went she had a drawing pad and felt tips to hand! Art is her therapy. Tracy shuts herself off for hours on end and gets creative in her art studio, often listening to salsa music for inspiration.

Her work is unique, original and extremely tactile. She specialises in painting contemporary, semi abstract floral and seascape art and work mainly with acrylics, metallics and enamels. Most of her pieces are highly textured enabling the subject to somewhat jump off the canvas! Tracy creates this texture by mixing her own pastes and glues, then sculpt the shapes she desires onto the canvas, using palette knives.

Each painting is created using high quality mediums, signed and varnished to protect them from the elements. Tracy is inspired by the beauty of nature and particularly enjoys painting flowers and sunsets. Her main aim is to create pieces of art that are inovotive, dynamic and inspiring. See Tracy’s gallery here.


Nicola Clark
Nicola completed a BA Degree in Fine Art/Painting at the Central School of Art & Design, London. Her first employment after that was as an archaeological draughtsperson on digs in North Africa and Italy - perfect for developing drawing skills. She painted and exhibited in Munich, Germany during the early 80s and then travelled to India where she lived in a medical ashram for 7 years, illustrating and producing their monthly magazine.
Nicola returned to London in the early 90s and started painting portraits on commission, also gaining 3rd prize at the BP Portrait awards 1997. In 2001 she relocated to St Ives in Cornwall, became a singer/songwriter, producing illustrated booklets for her CDs and also illustrating books for a local publishing company.
Now in Gloucestershire since 2010, Nicola has returned to painting a favourite theme - racehorses and horses in general. She paints mainly in acrylics, concentrating on good drawing, free brushstrokes and powerful colour. Sometimes she abstracts the images to a certain extent in order to convey something of the beauty, energy and drama of the races and the horses themselves. See the rest of Nicola’s work here.

Paul Powis
Paul Powis trained as an abstract painter and became interested in landscape when he moved to Worcestershire from London in 1988. Since then he has become an internationally recognised artist with collections in America, Japan and Europe. As well as working extensively for galleries Paul works in publishing in the form of limited edition silkscreen prints, book covers, calendars and greeting cards.
Closer to home his work can be seen on permanent display in The Place To Eat restaurant at John Lewis, Bristol and in the Italian restaurant on board the Queen Mary II. Other clients include Harper Collins, Washington Green, Nouvelles Images and IKEA. His work is predominantly about subjective colour and vibrant mark-making. Paul often paints his landscapes in early morning or late afternoon in order to capture long shadows raking over fields and hills. Although his paintings are representational, they lean towards abstraction using constructional spatial devices in the composition, and use of subjective colour to describe space. He is married to the artist Sara Hayward. Click here to see Paul’s gallery.





Sara Hayward
Sara Hayward studied at the Ruskin School of Drawing & Fine Art at Oxford University before going on to study printmaking at the Royal College of Art, London. Sara has found inspiration from her travels abroad on the coast in Europe as well as closer to home on the shores of Great Britain. Sara also paints intimate studio still life as well as figuratively.
As well as working extensively for galleries Sara works in publishing in the form of limited edition prints, book covers, calendars and greeting cards. Other clients include Rosenstiel’s, Harper Collins, Washington Green, and the Arthritis Research Campaign . Her work is predominantly about subjective colour and vibrant mark-making. She is married to artist Paul Powis. See Sara’s full gallery here.

For more information about any of the artists featured here please contact us on 01666 505152  or email [email protected].

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