The Latest Exhibition at Malvern Theatres - 25 October - 6 December

by Humph Hack 25. October 2015 15:55

If you talked to 20 artists, you would find they would give you as many reasons, as to why they create. Some would say they only work to satisfy themselves, others because they have the need to share their thoughts and emotions. Some are introspective, others more gregarious.  The one thing they all seem to have in common, is the desire to show their work in public. Malvern Theatres is seen as a great place to exhibit, partly due to the high number of people who pass through the building and partly because the venue is about art, in all its forms.

Brian Richardson is Malvern based. When painting, he finds that music has the ability to motivate and relax, enabling the analytical side of his brain to be suspended, and his psychological state to enter "the zone" or "flow" more readily. His hands and eyes do the painting without influence from the analytical mind. Sometimes he initiates. At other times he listens, harnessing his emotions to arrange elements until he "knows" what works; when to stop. The canvas itself is rarely static, moving from upright on the easel to horizontal on the floor, and all angles between as the mood dictates.

Brian is influenced by the paintings and writings of Turner, Blake, Kandinsky, Klee, and last but not least, his Grandchildren.

His paintings can be found in public and private collections in U.K., U.S.A., Spain, and New Zealand.

David Shiers is a Wirral based artist. He has worked in various studios as a Graphic Designer and Illustrator, exhibiting widely around the country. The only tuition he received was from attending Liverpool College of Art life drawing classes, on an evening basis over a period of four years. He turned professional in 2003.

Since going full time, he spends a lot of time painting on location in the Wirral, Southern France and Spain. His working process is based on a series of Plein Air watercolour sketches and digital photographs, then finally working up to the finished painting; much inspired by works of the Post Impressionists, Pissaro, Monet, Cezanne and Sisley.

His painting is all about capturing the light, atmosphere and essence of a subject. He has a fast and spontaneous approach to his painting producing work in an expressive and impressionistic style. He works in oils and mixed media, combining watercolour, acrylic, oil pastel and gouache.



Jools Lawley lives and works in Worcester. What started out as serene, single figure pastel drawings have evolved over the years into these unique and quirky characters that have become her signature calligraphic style. Hand drawn in black ink or painted in acrylic on white backgrounds, Jools distinctive stylised works owe their inspiration to the elongated figurines of Giacometti which she saw on her first ever visit to the Tate gallery as a teenager! “Combine those with the sculptural work of Henry Moore and transfer them into two dimensional sketches and this is what you get!”

Her monochrome, imaginative compositions range from folk bands, jazz bands and rock bands to golfers, surfers and horse riders. She is continually on the look-out for new inspirational characters and challenging scenarios.

Jools commissioned work has grown in popularity and incorporates personalised features where first name initials are worked into the swirls of the feet and significant possessions are added to identify individual characters. They are a mixture of framed drawings and paintings on canvas. All the paintings in this show come into the second category.

If you like Jools’ style and would like your own piece commissioned just contact Jools through this website,

The exhibition is open every day until 6 December. It’s a great place to look for an early Christmas present.



Artist of the Year Competition 2015

by Aileen Mitchell 10. October 2015 17:43

We are delighted to announce the launch of the 2015 Artist of the Year competition.

Artists will qualify for the qualifying phase of the competition on the basis of the number of website visitors who click on the "Make Favourite" button on their gallery page. A £1,000 prize is available to the winner, £250 to the two Highly Commended entries and of course the successful artists will be recognised on on the website.

Please do click on the “ Make Favourite” button on as many of your favourite artists as you wish.

The qualifying competition tables will be updated on the Competition Page in real time - so keep an eye on the progress of your favourite artists.

Artist of the Year Competition 2015

Use the Make Favourite button to vote for an artist


Shining A Spotlight On Juan Sly

by Christie Cluett 8. October 2015 10:57


Juan Sly is an artist that mainly works with spray stencils and oils. His art channels a wide spectrum of themes from sex to surreal                                             to humour to anti-war. He has exhibited at the Saatchi alongside the likes of Banksy and has permanent collections at the Cut-Up                                             in Germany and Outside the Square, opposite the Tate, London. Here’s what he had to say when we interviewed him:

Describe a typical day in your life as an artist

Juan Sly: It typically starts in the bar of some hotel somewhere; I spill my drink on some hawt chick in a tight, black dress. Usually, I find out she is in trouble somehow, her brother has disappeared which "just isn't like him", and the police won't help. Anyway, I can never refuse a hawt chick in distress so I help her and....well, things move on from there...

Where do you gather inspiration for your artwork? 

JS: I mainly just copy other people's paintings and do them much cheaper. Luckily, I'm rubbish and nobody notices the similarities.


Above: ‘Bollard Bombas by Juan Sly

What was the first piece of art you created and the first piece of art you sold?

JS: I was a child prodigy and painted some lupins. The school didn't believe me, saying my parents had done it. This was totally unfair as they were out at the time. I wised up and just painted simplistic nonsense like the other children and haven't looked back since. 

I once kicked my football in a neighbour's garden and he wouldn't give it back. I was going through my surrealistic period at the time, so I sprayed a huge phallus coming out of a stick man's head on his side wall. He eventually sold his house and moved, so I guess that was the first painting that was sold.

Take your pick out of those.

What is the most important piece of equipment in your artist’s tool box?

JS: I don't think I can answer that question without coming up with a script for a new ‘Carry on’ film?!

How has helped you progress your artistic career?

JS: I met one of the girls from in a hotel bar in a small town in Gloucestershire. She bumped into me and I spilled my drink down her tight, black dress. Her brother had gone missing and the police were no help. She asked me to help – she was hawt and I can never resist a hawt chick...


Above: ‘What! Zebra. On The Daily Telegraph’ by Juan Sly

If you’re interested of owning a slice of the mad world inhabited this unique artist, then take a look at Juan Sly’s profile today.



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