Celebrating 90 Years - Queen Elizabeth II in Portraits

by Aileen Mitchell 18. April 2016 16:55

Her Majesty Elizabeth II's portrait surrounds us daily more than we stop to think about - she's on stamps, coins and banknotes. We even see her initials on letter boxes. 

A Life Extraordinary: Queen Elizabeth II by Angie Wright

Our queen is also one of the most recognisable and painted faces in modern portraiture, recreated by the likes of Andy Warhol, Lucian Freud and Justin Mortimer to name but a few.

To mark her 90th birthday, we celebrate by looking at ArtGallery artists who have also taken inspiration from our monarch.

The Street Party by  Jadwiga (Yaja) Kindermann

The Street Party shines a light on other countries around the world who also join in with royal celebrations. Kindermann’s oil on canvas displays a real scene taken from a photograph of a Christian food station in Pakistan, where children are gathered to celebrate the royals and have lessons.

Buckingham Palace by Darren Andrews

This particular view from the Mall is one of London’s most popular and iconic landmarks. It features a view of the palace painted in the iconic fuchsia pink used in the game Monopoly. It's painted by Darren Andrews. 

HM Queen Elizabeth II by Chris Norman

Never seen without a hat, Chris Norman captures the impeccably dressed monarch in a lilac outfit and white gloves. On the deck of a ship, the Queen looks out to sea.

Commonwealth Head Of State by  Gary Hogben

Guaranteed to arrive faster than any letter, Gary Hogben has created a head covered in stamps that begin with Queen Victoria at the top and continue through to Queen Elizabeth II. Most countries from the Commonwealth are to be found in various places around the head.

Her Majesty The Queen Elizabeth by  Eliane Ellie

Eliane Ellie depicts a more colourful portrait of the Queen. In recent years, some of the most famous official commissioned portraits of HM have also been in a more contemporary style.

Queen Elizabeth II - 90th Birthday by  Peter Mason

Things are beginning to become quite meta with Peter Mason’s artwork, Queen Elizabeth II – 90th Birthday. Here, HM is seen as the top head of the playing card, which is made entirely from Royal Mail-issued postage stamps that have featured her face throughout her reign. If you look closely, there are other symbolic tributes to the Queen’s reign in almost 3000 stamps.

Spliff Queen The 3rd Red (On Paper) by  Juan Sly

Cult artist Juan Sly has added his own quirky adaptation of the Royal Mail stamp featuring Queen Elizabeth II. His original spray paint pieces of the stamp have been made in both red and black. In a way, the addition of the arm carrying a cigarette is a nod to a more traditional style when the characteristics of kings and queens were shown by what their hands were doing.  


Buying Art

Malvern theatres - April / May Exhibition

by Humph Hack 17. April 2016 14:41

Artists and gallery owners are often asked, “If I buy this painting, will it be a good investment?” The truthful answer is always, “If you like it enough to spend the money, buy it. If it goes up in value…that’s a bonus.” Over the last few years, hundreds of people have liked the work they have seen in The Malvern Theatres enough to buy. Because the sales are through this on-line website, distance selling regulations means that they could have been returned for a full refund…..but none have.

What sells and what doesn’t, as ever in the world of Art, is simply a matter of personal choice. The selections made every six weeks or so, are based on the likelihood of sales as well as quality. Artists come considerable distances to hang their work in this prestigious venue. The vast majority can’t wait to show their work a second or third time.

A classic case in point, is Amanda Dagg.

Her dreamy, highly textured works, sell well here. Her starting point is always the natural world, but it’s the decorative possibilities which excite her. Sales are so good she struggles to keep up with the demand. She has a long list of returning customers from across the World. We are lucky enough to be able to showcase her most recent work in Malvern. If you like the look of what you see, get down to the theatre soon. As they say, “When it’s gone it’s gone.”


Totally Different are the largely abstract works of Shaun Keefe.

Going to art school in the mid '70's and loving the music of Hendrix, Zeppelin, Cream etc., gave him the foundation and impetus to develop and create his own contemporary style of work. The use of colour and textures play a major part in these pieces. Among the work on show are 3 “Guitart” pieces. These large works use a mixture of Hessian, Gauze, Glues, Cotton, Sharp sand and Gravel, with occasional use of emulsions, glazes and oil pastel work. The finished canvasses are then placed with various guitars in situ, photographed and treated with a range of photo effects. These images are then printed.

If your taste, on the other hand, is for the more traditional, the landscapes by Michael Salt, will “float your boat”.

His technically superb oils, sell with frames chosen to enhance their colour qualities. Subjects range from rural to coastal scenes, with several celebrating his local surroundings around Stourbridge. His works depicting fishing boats at rest in harbour are particularly popular.  Michael is an associate of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists, and has been selected to show at the annual Royal Society of Marine Artists for the last four years. He is also a member of the Guild of Waterways Artists. All of these honours reflect his professional expertise.

This exhibition runs, all day, every day from 17 April to 28 May.

Malvern Theatres continues to showcase the very best in Theatre, Art and Music. Long may it continue.


How Shakespeare Helps Explain Art

by Aileen Mitchell 15. April 2016 12:54

In the lead up to Shakespeare's 400th anniversary we look at ways in which the Bard has so accurartely described how we feel about art.

William Shakespeare by Mike Bagshaw

"Though this be madness, yet there is method in it" - Hamlet, Act II Scene II



Romeo And Juliet, 2016 by  Dimitris Pavlopoulos

Interpretation is one of art's best gifts. Part of the joy of looking at art is experiencing  something through the eyes of the artist. There are so many colours and forms that would have otherwise gone unnoticed. 

London City Skyline 2016 0185 by Eraclis Aristidou


St Paul's London by Keith Mcbride


Late Spring Snow by Emma Cownie

Ridge by Laura Hol

The personal approaches to art by each artist can give a painting so much impact. 

"Why, then the world's mine oyster" - The Merry Wives of Windsor, Act II Scene II

tempest sea painting

Tempest by Graham Evans

We see such a huge variety of works at ArtGallery that celebrate everything from the small to the vast, and everything in-between. There is also no limit to the different styles and mediums used in which the artists choose to express themselves. 

Queen Elizebeth Liner Puppetised by Marcus Clarke

Blue Iris In My Garden by Simon Knott

Fishermen's Retreat by Carole Hutchings

"Self-love, my liege, is not so vile a sin, as self-neglecting" Henry V, Act II Scene IV


Darling buds of may flower painting

The Darling Buds Of May by Sarah Gill

It is also so important that artists are free to create what they are passionate about creating. They may be pleasantly surprised by how many others enjoy what they paint! 

Tumultuous Tide IV by Gillian Luff

"The object of art is to give life shape" The Rehearsal by Jean Anouilh, inspired by A Midsummer Night's Dream, Act V Scene I

The Reconcilliation Of Oberon And Titania by Patricia Thompson

Shakespeare's anniversary is on 23, April this year. 

Shakespeare's birth place

William Shakespeare's Birthplace 1568 by David Brumwell



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