Creepy Halloween Art from ArtGallery

by Ros Rowlatt 18. October 2017 12:28

Halloween and art goes hand-in-hand from making decorations to face painting. Whether you're spooked by Francis Bacon or terrified of William Blake's turbulent seascapes, there's no denying that October 31st is as good an opportunity as any to appreciate some great art. Here are some of our favourite seasonal creations on our online gallery.

Halloween For Crows

Julie Stevenson has created a fun Halloween scene to bring a smile to any viewer's face. With creepy little spiders, a gang of crows, bats and pumpkins, there's so much to see. Not to mention the starry night sky being topped off with little stars!

Halloween For Crows by Julie Stevenson
Halloween For Crows by Julie Stevenson

The Joker: Are You Scared?

Ever feel like someone's watching you? This eerie black and white charcoal drawing of The Joker from the Batman comics really comes to life with dark, deep eyes and an energetic sketching style.

The Joker: Are You Scared? by Edward Sheldrick
The Joker: Are You Scared? by Edward Sheldrick

The Ballad Of The Sad Happy Clown (Version III)

They're either the subject of fond childhood memories or terrifying flashbacks! Clowns are always a great addition to Halloween decorations and celebrations. This surreal hand drawn piece is a bold and imaginative image that is bound to draw attention in any space.

The Ballad of the Sad Happy Clown (Version II) by Spencer   Derry
The Ballad of the Sad Happy Clown (Version II) by Spencer Derry

Ghost in the Paint

Moving away from the fun side of Halloween, we come to a more abstract and ethereal interpretation in the form of acrylic on canvas.

The texture creates so much depth that you can see an ethereal spirit but also many faces looking back at you from the background, is this the imprint of a ghost?

Ghost in the Paint by David Smith
Ghost in the Paint by David Smith

Christopher Lee

A great pencil drawing of the legend Christopher Lee. The soft pencil approach to this drawing creates a black and white film effect – it's almost like watching Lee as Dracula in one of the classics!

As we all know, lighting is an essential thing to get right with creating the scary look and there is plenty of lighting detail played about Lee's face. A great gift for anyone in to old horror classics.

Christopher Lee by clare reed
Christopher Lee by clare reed

Keep Back Dracula

John Newbold has created a more modern interpretation of black and white film stills. This dramatic pose and pop art feel creates a striking piece that would look good all year round! The popping red completes the Halloween feel for added effect.   

Keep back Dracula by John Newbold
Keep back Dracula by John Newbold

Literally Frankenstein's Monster

A clever take on a mixed media piece made from the pages of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein's monster. Channelling the black and white classic horror film theme, Frankenstein's face is cleverly shaded with layers of text to create a very realistic head and shoulder portrait – we wouldn't be surprised if his eyes followed you around the room!

Literally Frankenstein's Monster by Gary Hogben
Literally Frankenstein's Monster by Gary Hogben

Make sure to scare and share this Halloween by taking a look at our online gallery for paintings, drawings and much more by our talented community of artists.

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Malvern Theatres - Autumn Show

by Humph Hack 15. October 2017 17:15

It is rare for a successful artist to paint in many different styles. The public will easily recognise a Monet, a Freud or even a Hockney. As ever it is the exception which proves the rule. So, for example Picasso is known for multiple styles, but even he had periods where all the work being produced at any one time was stylistically similar.

The three artists opening the new show at Malvern Theatres are all recognisable instantly because they all paint in a practised and recognisable style.

Amanda Dagg is amongst the best sellers from the online gallery www.artgallery.co.uk from which all the works on show are chosen. She relishes in the freshness of nature although her work does not attempt realism in the traditional sense.

She hails from South Wales and as well as producing an amazing quantity of work, she helps run a community led gallery in the area. She has successfully shown in the Theatre many times over the last few years.

Victoria Stanway’s works explore the female psyche. Her humorous paintings are much sought after, not just by women, but by anyone wishing to celebrate and understand what makes “girls” different. Victoria is based in Bicester and has not shown here before.

The third artist is Steven Shaw who hails from Solihull. His works – almost photo realist, are supreme examples of the genre. The works in this show are mainly animal studies, apart from two plates of biscuits; good enough to nibble with your cup of coffee in the Bistro. This is also Steven’s first show at Malvern. Artists queue up to be seen in this great venue.

The show runs from Monday 16 October until Saturday 25 November.

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Top 10 Pop Artists on Art Gallery

by Ros Rowlatt 13. October 2017 11:05

Pop Art celebrates all that is quirky and subversive, here are the top 10 on Art Gallery. Pop Art, made famous by artists such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Yayoi Kusama, is defined as “art based on modern popular culture and the mass media, especially as a critical or ironic comment on traditional fine art values”.

At ArtGallery.co.uk we have an extensive range of contemporary Pop Art. We've chosen ten of our favourite quirky, original, though-provoking pieces in the pop art style. What would make it onto your top 10 list?

Male and female in denim by Stewart Robinson
Male and female in denim by Stewart Robinson

Robinson’s dramatic painting is done in a style that is traditionally what most people think of when we talk about Pop Art. The use of strong, contrasting primary colours gives it a unique style and beauty.

Rio Olympic Games: Three Letter Word by Vincent da Vinci
Rio Olympic Games: Three Letter Word by Vincent da Vinci

This triptych, or triple paneled piece in pop art colours of blue, green and orange depicts a digitally modified photography and is inspired by the colours of the Olympic rings. Vinci says, “I am interested in codes and hidden messages.”

Here he’s divided the Olympic medal into 26 segments, each representing a letter of the alphabet. The medals have been cleverly rotated to spell the word “Rio”. Vinci says, “this has been influenced by the Pop Art movement with simple outline drawings, infill textures and comic text with hidden messages.”

Anywhere in the UK for the price of a 1st class stamp #2 by Gary Hogben
Anywhere in the UK for the price of a 1st class stamp #2 by Gary Hogben

Unusual materials are often used in Pop Art. Hogben is an artist who has perfected this style with his images created entirely in postage stamps.

Funky Lion by Andrew Snee
Funky Lion by Andrew Snee

This Funky Lion was a must for our top 10. Snee says, “The yellow, orange and pink colours are all fluorescent and really make the picture glow.” This striking image will brighten up even the darkest of rooms!

Dancing Girls by Brian Kelvin
Dancing Girls by Brian Kelvin

We particularly like Kelvin’s sexy painting of dancing girls. The clash of primary colours catches the eye and evokes memories of the groovy 70s.

Kelvin says, “My Digital Art brings together two of my interests, photography and digital manipulation. My themes are varied being surrealistic and/or witty but, hopefully, always thought provoking. They often depict ordinary objects in unusual contexts, challenging observers preconditioned perceptions of reality. They are influenced by pop, minimalist and conceptual art.”

Spring collection #6 by Igor Shulman
Spring collection #6 by Igor Shulman

Measuring 43 inches across, this beautiful, bold painting would make a memorable impact on any wall. Shulman says “My experiments in PopArt do not have depths and extraneous thoughts, they do not have deep philosophical overtones. It's just admiring the form. An object for its own sake.”

Swimming Pool by Steve Palmer
Swimming Pool by Steve Palmer

Palmer’s painting is a very clever, entirely original, digitally created, Pop Art swimming pool. He says that “Colour, shape, rhythm and emotion are important elements in my digital art work. In all my works I seek to connect emotionally with myself, the work and the viewer.”

Pop Art Trees -
Pop Art Trees - "Magic" by Andrew Alan Johnson

This fantasy art in pop art style shows trees in the moonlight with the moon peering through magical twigs and branches. This hypnotic painting will add magic and intrigue to any home.

Flying Scotsman by Paul Berriff
Flying Scotsman by Paul Berriff

This is a fabulous, Warhol inspired, illustration of the recently overhauled Flying Scotsman.

FABULOUS CRIMINAL! Pop-Clip-Art Abstract painting 0121 by Eraclis Aristidou
FABULOUS CRIMINAL! Pop-Clip-Art Abstract painting 0121 by Eraclis Aristidou

Aristidou says “Pop Art is all about modern popular culture and the mass media. My clip-art is a variant of this, taking inspiration from today’s news media and combining it with today’s obsession with food and diets.” The work has a poster, abstract feel, with a message which can be interpreted in a number of ways depending on the viewers point of view.

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