Own Art scheme raises maximum interest-free loans to £2500

by Administrator 13. May 2014 14:21

Own Art is one of the easiest and quickest ways to acquire art. With this scheme, you don't have to pay upfront for the art you crave - instead you can get your hands on it with an interest-free loan. The scheme has now been running for ten years, and as part of the celebrations Own Art have increased the amount you can borrow from £2000 to £2500. 

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MoneySavingExpert reviewers recommend ArtGallery.co.uk

by Administrator 10. May 2014 14:34

There was a nice recommendation for us recently on MoneySavingExpert's forums. Forum member Older But Not Wiser said:

"You could have a look at www.artgallery.co.uk as they have a good mix of known and new artists so I normally manage to find something interesting (and I can search within my price range to stop myself getting carried away)."

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Malvern Theatres - May Exhibition

by Humph Hack 4. May 2014 15:26

This exhibition features new works by the ever popular Gillian Mowbray, some large-scale, highly evocative landscapes by Amy Birch, and powerful portraits by talented young artist, Kirsty Watson.

Gillian Mowbray uses the rural surroundings of her home in Wales as the starting point for delightfully quirky paintings in which the natural colours of the landscape are enhanced to the extent that they positively glow. Trees, hills, cottages and other elements of the environment are rendered in a style which makes you smile. Her work has an endearing “old world” quality; a time when the summers were hotter, the pace of live was slower, and lovers could be seen strolling hand in hand. The places Gillian portrays don’t exist and never did. But that’s the whole point.

Almost exactly the opposite attitude to landscape drives the work of Amy Birch. For her, it is the attempt to catch the visual essence of a moment in time. She works in the landscape, observing the subtle changes of light as time passes; capturing the rawness of the scene. She then returns to the studio to produce the final painting. The resulting canvases invite you in, to experience the same delight in nature which Amy did. The maturity of her work belies her young age.

Kirsty Watson’s work is different again. Her close-up images of faces, are painted with a robustness and vigour which lifts them above mere portraits of the sitter. Indeed, the subject matter of these paintings is the paint itself, the way it has been applied and the unnatural colours she chooses to use. But at the same time, each portrait captures a particular facet of character. They are joyous celebrations of the art of painting.

The exhibition is open every day until June 15th.

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