Artist Of The Year 2015 - Winner Announced

by Aileen Mitchell 21. December 2015 12:56

We are delighted to announce the winner of the’s Artist of the year 2015 competition. In this competition we asked customers to vote for their favourite artists, and from there our judges chose the winners based on the four criteria of saleability, originality, presentation and artistic skill.

Mariusz Kaldowski - Artist of the Year 2015

Mariusz graduated with an MA in Fine Arts from the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow. He is a painter, a print maker and a graphic designer. Currently he divides his time between Westcliff-on-Sea and his holiday hideaway in Poland. Since coming to the UK in 1996 he has been busy creating, exhibiting and successfully selling his work. 

Mariusz Kaldowski

'Meadowland' - by Mariusz Kaldowski

The judges have also announced two runners up:

Tiffany Budd and Irina Rumyantseva


'Flying High' - by Tiffany Budd


'Peace' - by Irina Rumyantseva

Other artists who received high commendations from the judges were:

Martin Whittam, Davina Nicholas and Angela Dierks


'Friday Night' - by Martin Whittam

'Menagerie 4' - by Davina Nicholas

'Windswept' - by Angela Dierks

All the artists who were voted through to the judging phase should be proud of the support they received from our audience. Judging art is never an easy job and this year the sheer talent shown by all of the artists who reached the judging phase was incredible. 

Full results

Artist of the Year 2015 – Mariusz Kaldowski

Runners Up - Tiffany Budd and Irina Rumyantseva.

Highly Commended - Martin Whittam, Davina Nicholas and Angela Dierks.

Commended Artists – Andrew Reid Wildman, Marily Valkijainen, Simon Knott, Tatiana Wilson, Nigel Naylor and Judith Selcuk. gift vouchers

We have had a very busy few weeks on the run up to the festive season. Many people will be able to enjoy an artwork Christmas gift or be able to spend some of their Christmas holiday selecting their personal artwork to use a gift voucher present. Art gift vouchers make a great, thoughtful gift for family, friends or colleagues. We can email gift vouchers for orders received up to 5pm on Christmas Eve.



Shining A Spotlight on Alexandra Grashion-Cowley

by Aileen Mitchell 18. December 2015 16:43

Finding and painting an energy, whether it be from a vibrant figure or a decaying building, can produce fantastic works of art. Alexandra Grashion-Cowley paints striking oil on canvas works that show a real vibrancy. We asked her about her life as an artist and what keeps her inspired. 

ArtGallery: Describe a typical day in your life as an artist.

Alexandra Grashion-Cowley: A typical day for me in my life as an artist would begin with a brisk ‘doggie’ walk for fresh air and exercise before returning to set up my studio and immerse myself in the current project. Paint is retrieved from the fridge and various pieces of equipment are suitably placed ready for use. Music to set the mood, and black coffee are often a welcome and necessary addition.


'Hiding In Plain Sight' - by Alexandra Grashion-Cowley

ArtGallery: Where do you gather inspiration for your artwork? 

AG-C: Inspiration for my artwork can often hit me blindside when I least expect it. It can be something as simple as seeing beautiful colours together in whatever form, or a particular piece of music. I am often drawn to architecture, especially if it is falling into decay - to me this holds a strange beauty because it is no longer perfect. The energy of models on a catwalk and the spectacular colour of their clothing and the lighting effects are always a source of inspiration, having been heavily involved in the clothing industry. I see fashion as art on a body. I also attempt to portray a mood within my paintings to create atmosphere.

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

AG-C: I have created art in some way ever since I could hold a pencil and was presented with a little desk. My ability is an inherent gift from both parents so I have been artistic for the whole of my life. The first piece of art I sold was a commissioned portrait of a doctor, which was well received.


'A Rose By Any Other Name'  - by Alexandra Grashion-Cowley

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

AG-C: The most important ’tool’ that I own would be my imagination! All art equipment and paint is important to an artist but I have two huge easels which are invaluable due to my preference for producing large canvases, and also my computer, frequently used for research.

ArtGallery: What art do you enjoy and admire?
AG-C: I enjoy and admire art by many artists ranging from Jackson Pollock to Sir Lawrence Alma Tadema - two completely different genres at opposite ends of the spectrum, but the art that I enjoy most and am proud to own has been produced by my own children, each being artistically gifted themselves.


'I Think Therefore I Am' - by Alexandra Grashion-Cowley

ArtGallery: How has helped you progress your artistic career?

AG-C: has proved to be a most wonderful marketing tool. I had previously been with a gallery in London for seventeen years until it closed due to retirement. This was followed by a reflective period when I questioned my direction, but having discovered ArtGallery I have never looked back. The service given with ready support and encouragement is second to none, and I feel well and truly ‘back in the frame’!

'Sunday Best' - by Alexandra Grashion-Cowley


Artists | Being an Artist

Malvern Theatres - 2015 - Christmas and New Year Exhibition

by Humph Hack 6. December 2015 14:47

The buyer of a work of art often asks the artist, “How long did it take you to paint this?” The rather glib answer is, “Several years.” That’s because the honing of skills and the development of a style genuinely does take that long. It will have been at the expense of hours of work, pieces scrapped, or painted over because they fail to satisfy and a constant striving for that elusive image which the artist is willing to share with the wider public. Artists train in a variety of ways. Some undertake full-time degree study, others join art groups or attend day or evening courses. Some are entirely self-taught. The thing which makes any artist successful is the drive for perfection, which most will tell you they have yet to reach.

The three artists showing their works in this Christmas and New Year Exhibition at Malvern Theatres are all highly skilled in very different ways.

Justin Lewis is a UK-based oil painter who lives and works in a leafy suburb of Sheffield. As well as producing stunning artworks, he lectures in Art & Design at one of the largest Universities in England. Justin’s life-long mentor was trained by some of the greatest artists of the twentieth century. As they’ve imparted their training to Justin, he uses it to create paintings that bristle with life and vibrancy. A central theme of his painting practice is: ‘People at Play’. The aim of his art could be summed up as: ‘Paintings to come home to’, or ‘Day-dreams for the evening’.This is Justin’s first exhibition in Malvern Theatres. He has sold to collectors across Europe and the rest of the World.

Sally Lancaster is a Devon based artist who, like many of the best painters today, is entirely self-taught. Characterised by fine brush strokes on subtle backgrounds, Sally's focus is always on the beauty of the subject itself, often observed from an unusual angle.  She is fascinated by detail, capturing every expression, movement and subtlety of the subject.Sally's original art and portraits are highly respected and she meticulously produces paintings to evoke emotions and allow the viewer to enjoy the beauty and true personality of the subject. She regularly exhibits in London as well as various galleries around the UK and America. Sally is returning to Malvern Theatres after showing here very successfully in the past.

 Sam Fenner is a Worcester based artist who studied Art & Design at Hereford College, Life Drawing at Worcester School of Art & Design, and Art History to degree level. Although she produces work of a variety of subject matter, most recently, she has had considerable success with her beguiling animal paintings, a collection of fun animal faces oozing with life and vivid character. She paints animal portraits, but they are much more than mere realistic images. They have a painterly quality which is an absolute joy. Add to that, the feeling that these animals have almost human characters. Even more pleasure comes from, then seeing, how Sam's witty titles fit the image so closely. “I am continually motivated and inspired by people’s enthusiastic response to the paintings. My aim is to paint only quirky animals with oodles of character and bags of attitude, and then hopefully capture and convey at least some of their personalities on to the canvas … maybe with a little artistic license here and there of course!” 

More of the work of all three artists’ work can be seen by visiting

If you are looking for a Christmas present that will “go on giving” – look no further. All purchases can be bought with the help of an interest free loan sponsored by the Arts Council.

The exhibition is open every day from 7 December until 23 January.


Medieval to Modern: the nativity scene evolution

by Aileen Mitchell 4. December 2015 16:00

The styles and media of art have evolved throughout history to give us the wide variety of works that we see today. But does a change in period style alter people’s depictions of a story?

We took a linear approach to this question and looked at some of the most famous paintings of the nativity scene from medieval and before to modern day to see what aspects of the story may have changed, and which stayed the same.

 Unknown Master, Nativity Scene in Castelseprio (9th Century)

We begin with the painting that appears to be the most inclusive with regards to the actual biblical narrative, but unfortunately one of the most difficult to see.

Closely scrutinising the work, Mary can be found on the left, Joseph away over to the right – facing away from Mary, and some “oxen standing by” along the right. There are two people at the foot of Mary’s bed that look as though they could be attending to something – this is possibly where Jesus was depicted.

This fresco was discovered at the Roman fort, Castelseprio during the 1950s, which was turned into an archaeological park. 

Unknown Master, Nativity Scene in Cappello Palatina Palermo (1150)

The second work allows us to see what was included in the first but much more clearly. Beautifully preserved from the royal chapel of the Norman Kings of Sicily, this again depicts an accurate recreation of the nativity story.

Joseph, still facing away from the scene, is on the left this time. Angels are present, as are the three wise men, Mary, Jesus, and the stable animals. The wise men are behind Mary - the main subject – to reflect that they were not present at the time of birth in the narrative, but arrived some weeks later.

Giotti di Bondone, Nativity Scene in the Lower Church of San Francesco d’Assisi (painted 1304 – 1306)

We now have the name of the artist for the next painting. As style begins to change, there is more depth to the painting.

At this point, it may be worth explaining what is turning into a recurring theme of ‘grumpy Joseph’. Although perhaps a little ham-acted to the modern eye, Joseph is often depicted to show strong feelings about the birth.

There are references to Joseph not taking Mary’s news very well in the bible, despite his parents being supportive. With historical non-religious context, it is evident that a pre-marital birth was less than ideal. It was a capital offence for women to conceive outside of marriage. There was also a cultural stigma attached to such acts.

Paul Gauguin, Geburt Christi, des Gottessohnes (1896)

Jumping forward to the 19th century, Paul Gauguin depicts a much more interpretive manger scene. In keeping with Gauguin’s desire to push boundaries and create pure primitivism in his paintings, this piece is also in his famous style.

It is here that we begin to see a change. Where is Joseph? This seems to be very a deliberate omission, as Gauguin has included the oxen, which are arguably less crucial in the detail of the story. It seems that as time progresses, the focus on Joseph gradually begins to fade and Mary becomes more the main subject.

Tom Hunter, commissioned by The Guardian (2009)

Moving swiftly on to modern day, Joseph is again absent in the story. This idea was also made clear when The Guardian challenged nine leading contemporary artists to create their own nativity scene to address the theme of mother and child symbolism. The artists were asked to depict what this theme meant in a more modern, secular society.

Despite this being a thoroughly contemporary piece, there are subtle tributes to classic manger scenes. The light coming from the window behind creates the soft light around the mother’s head. The mother subject also has an expression and pose similar to many renaissance paintings as she looks at her baby placed beside her.

John Squire, commissioned by The Guardian (2009)

This tribute has a very interesting twist, and perhaps one of empathy towards Mary. Again, Joseph is not present. The mother subject, this time a young girl, also pays tribute to the classic Mary pose and facial expression.

There is an interesting juxtaposition between the clothing she wears and the modern feel of a photograph. Having to put both their faces through the holes in the cardboard, Squire may be suggesting that this isn’t necessarily a chosen outcome. This plays on the notion that Mary was chosen by God.

The absence of Joseph in this work could also be addressing themes of young motherhood without the presence of a father figure – something more common in contemporary, secular society.

Rebecca Warren, commissioned by The Guardian (2009)

What seems like a quirky tribute to the nativity scene by Rebecca Warren, can be interpreted as a metaphorical tribute to the theme of sacrifice by mother and child. Western Christmas dinners are most commonly celebrated with a turkey being the main event. Depicting the birds as Mary and Jesus forces us to think about other mothers that have been sacrificed since the original bible story.

Although the more traditional scene may be lost with the more modern interpretations, we can see from these examples that the story of an immaculate conception exists and is arguably highlighted with the more contemporary pieces. This is emphasised by omitting Joseph – now that is something for him to be grumpy about!


Art History

Christmas 2015 Delivery Times

by Aileen Mitchell 1. December 2015 01:00

Our artists always do their best to despatch artworks in time for Christmas - but couriers and the Royal Mail are always under intense pressure at this time of year, so please do order in good time for Christmas:

Last ordering dates:

UK 17th December 2015
Mainland Europe 12th December 2015
USA & Canada 10th December 2015 wishes you a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year.


Get Free Art Gift Vouchers this Weekend

by Aileen Mitchell 26. November 2015 16:32

Buy art between Black Friday and Cyber Monday this year and we'll send you free gift vouchers valid for a whole year!

Special offer lasts until midnight of Monday 30, November. Here's what you'll get when purchasing our beautiful original art:

£10 gift voucher for purchases between £100 - £249

£20 gift voucher for purchases between £250 - £499

£50 gift voucher for purchases between £500 - £999

£100 gift voucher for purchases of over £1000

Gift vouchers are valid for a whole year and are the perfect present - so you can treat yourself and your loved ones in one go! Vouchers will be issued electronically shortly after your purchase. 

For questions or comments on this offer please contact us


Famous Art Saved From Destruction

by Aileen Mitchell 19. November 2015 17:11

This November we keep the theme of Guy Fawkes’ Night running as we look back at some key pieces of art that were so close to being destroyed.

Marcel Duchamp - Fountain


Whenever a revolutionary piece of art comes along, there’s always a bit of turbulence. Marcel Duchamp’s famous urinal was not only urinated on by a performance artist but almost smashed to bits by a hammer several years later … by the same artist!

Rembrandt van Rijn – Danae


One of Rembrandt’s most famous paintings, Danae, narrowly avoided melt-down whilst it was on display in the 1980’s. Hanging in the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, one visitor took out a knife and began to slash the canvas around the figure’s stomach, throwing acid onto the painting before being escorted from the gallery. Twelve years later, Danae was restored to its original form by a dedicated team of artists, and remains on display.

Ilya Repin – Ivan Grozny and his son Ivan


This disaster proves that ‘taking a few backups’ applies to us all, not just the world of IT. After receiving three large gouges from a knife on the faces of the two Ivans, the painting was restored by two experts in under a week! It is thought the speed and expertise of the repair was greatly assisted by many good-quality photographs of the painting.

Leonardo da Vinci – The Virgin and Child with St Anne and St John the Baptist

The work from the famous Mona Lisa artist took almost a year to restore after a gallery visitor shooting at it in political protest. The painting, The Virgin and Child with St Anne and St John the Baptist was on display at the National Gallery in London behind protective glass. Although the glass did not break, the shattered splinters from the blast caused significant damage to the painting. It is now fully restored.

Picasso – Le Reve

The first Picasso to be accidentally damaged was Le Reve, a painting of his mistress Marie-Therese Walter. The owner of the work and casino magnate was due to sell the painting for a cool $139 million dollars before leaning on it and piercing the picture with his right elbow. Luckily, he was able to provide the funds of $90,000 for its repair.



Art History

Moving art for Remembrance Sunday 2015

by Aileen Mitchell 13. November 2015 15:49

After the breathtakingly beautiful poppy display by Paul Cummins and Tom Piper at the Tower of London last year, more art is being made for Remembrance Sunday than ever. Once again, art becomes a way of expressing poignancy in all manner of styles and forms.

In the spirit of sharing art to commemorate the occasion, we have found that many of our own gallery members have produced works of art featuring poppies.  

Jean Tatton Jones - Remembrance

Jean Tatton’s piece, ‘Remembrance’, is a bold painting that demands the attention of the room. The semi-abstract acrylic is painted in silvers, whites and reds. The poppies around the bottom of the frame leave a stark sky that creates a space for reflection.

Deborah Norville - Summer Dreams


Deborah Norville creates a calm landscape background with a soft brush, bringing the poppies into full focus with palette knife detail.

Amanda Dagg - Field of Heroes

Amanda Dagg’s mix-media tryptic inspires reflection. The monochrome landscape contrasting with the vibrancy of the poppies showcases the poignancy of the scene. Creating a painting in three parts really creates an impact, wherever it is hung. 

Paula Horsley - Abstract Poppies (Sculptural)


Paula Horsley has created a fascinating dimension to her canvas by using resin in her painting. This gives it an almost sculptural feel up close and like a mosaic from further away. These poppies can be a pleasing abstract up close, and a summery image of a field of poppies from a distance.

Carol Wood - Red Sky at Night

There is plenty of depth to the painting, ‘Red Sky at Night’, by Carol Wood. The smooth background and layered grass in the foreground is very dramatic.

Tracy Jolly - Red Poppy Fields

Breaking away from the popular monochrome used to depict poppies, Tracy Jolly uses gold in her painting. The thick lines that make the flowers have an almost sculptural quality to them.

Angie Wright - Where Poppies Blow

Angie Wright left this as the description for her painting, ‘Where Poppies Blow’:

'The poppies sway in the breeze, a symbol of those who have lost their lives fighting for their country. I wanted to create a painting which recognised the lives of those men and women who are now lost to us. They were real people, who were loved and in turn loved. They laughed and cried and felt the sun on their skin. In this painting there is a sky which was full of sorrow for those soldiers, a sky which drips down the canvas, like heavy rain. There is still light and joy in the painting though, seen by the flowers dancing in the wind to signify the life and energy of those now lost to us.'



5 Famous Paintings With Hidden Meanings

by Christie Cluett 2. November 2015 15:43

After ‘The Da Vinci Code’ became a best-selling phenomenon, conspiracy theorists and historians the world over joined as one to study the art world looking for secrets. With a helping hand from the internet, a huge number of attention-grabbing theories about famous paintings have risen to prominence ever since.

There has, of course, been a huge number of crackpot philosophies, which the more rationale minded of us have rightly debunked. That said, not all theories about secret messages in art are crazy – far from it, in fact. To prove this, here are five famous paintings with hidden meanings that both convince and astound in equal measure.


1. L. S Lowry’s ‘Matchstick Men’ Paintings


Above: An Accident, painted by L.S. Lowry in 1926. Image by Ben Sutherland

Lowry’s paintings are famous for depicting scenes of mid-20th Century working life in North West England. Characterised by a distinctive style that portrayed ‘matchstick men’ in industrialised urban settings, the art fraternity dismissed the merit of Lowry’s paintings for many years.

However, decades after the artist’s death, it is now clear there is a lot more to Lowry’s well-known works than first meets the eye. In the vast majority of the artist’s paintings, there are a multitude of ‘blink and you’ll miss them flashes’ of human suffering hidden within the everyday scenes of industrial England.

Take the 1926 painting An Accident, for example. In this picture (featured above) you will see a large group of people staring into a lake. This might seem perfectly mundane. However, a genuine local suicide actually inspired the painting, and the matchstick men are all gathered to look at a waterlogged corpse.

Within Lowry’s body of work, this is not an isolated example – fist fights, people being evicted from their homes and illustrations of isolation are all common. Meanwhile, each painting’s remaining matchstick men continue to get on with their daily lives, almost unaware of the suffering on their doorstep.

The hidden message? We’re all alone and our pain is meaningless. Despite the chasm of difference between industrial England and modern life, for many, the hidden messages imbued within Lowry’s work are as true today as when the artist first put paint to canvas.  


2. Michelangelo, The Sistine Chapel Ceiling


Above: The Sistine Chapel celling, the Vatican. Image by Matthew Riley

 The Renaissance period was a time of great learning and discovery, inspired by a throwback to the ancient Greek spirit of scientific inquiry. It was also a period where many artists loved to hide a few mysteries in their work for the eagle-eyed viewer – and Michelangelo was no different.

For those that don’t know, Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel painting tells the story of the book of Genesis across nine sections. However, the subtext to this painting’s narrative is arguably more interesting than the well-thumbed Bible story at the forefront.

Michelangelo was a genius artist, sculptor and architect – however, fewer people know that he was also an expert anatomist. At the age of 17, Michelangelo began dissecting corpses from the church graveyard, with the intention of producing anatomical sketches and notes. 

What has become clear over 500 years later, is that the skills Michelangelo developed during this time were put to good use when painting the Sistine Chapel.

Concealed within the robes and the faces of the figures that Michelangelo painted, American scientists have found several anatomical sketches. This includes an image of the brain, cleverly hidden in the representation of God’s neck and chin in the section entitled ‘Separation of Light from Darkness.

Are you asking yourself why Michelangelo felt compelled to hide anatomical sketches in his work on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel? Well, a growing body of theorists believe it was the artist’s attempt at a clandestine attack on the church’s contempt for science.


3. Vincent Van Gogh, Cafe Terrace At Night


Above: Vincent Van Gogh’s Cafe Terrace at Night. Image from Wikimedia Commons

For many, Cafe Terrace at Night is one of Van Gogh’s most important paintings. If you look at the painting, like most, you’ll probably see an ordinary, unremarkable scene – albeit one painted with the artist’s trademark magic touch. Yet many believe the picture is actually a portrayal of the Last Supper.

So, let’s take a look at the evidence that points to this conclusion. First of all, as the son of a protestant minister, Van Gogh was very religious. For this reason, many art critics believe that many of Van Gogh’s seminal paintings displayed a binary relationship between art and Christian imagery. For many, Cafe Terrace At Night offers the best example of this theory.

The Last Supper is the final meal that Jesus sat down to eat with his 12 disciples. If you count them, Van Gogh’s painting clearly portrays 12 people sitting down to eat, with a long haired central figure standing among them.

Coincidence? Maybe. But when you take into account the number of hidden crosses in the painting – including one above the Christ-like figure – all the evidence points to the assertion that this painting truly is Van Gogh’s artistic expression of the Last Supper.


4. Leonardo da Vinci, The Last Supper


Above: Leonardo Da Vinci’s famous The Last Supper. Image by ideacreamanuelaPps

From Van Gogh’s pseudo Last Supper to the real thing. And we’re not talking about the Dan Brown world of cryptograms revealing the secret life of Jesus here. Instead, we’re focusing on a hidden message that will bring music to your ears – literally.

If you look at Da Vinci’s Last Supper (above), you will see a series of bread rolls that run across the centre of the painting. A few years ago, a musician found that by drawing the five lines of a musical staff across the painting, the bread rolls in combination with the Apostles’ hands lined up to make musical notes.

When read from right to left, which adheres to Da Vinci’s unique writing style, the notes combine to make a tuneful 40-second composition. Even disbelievers have admitted that the composition’s note perfect harmony is too good to be a coincidence. Plus, in true polymath-style, Da Vinci was an expert musician, as well as a painter, sculptor and inventor.


5. Diego Rivera, Man, Controller Of The Universe


Above: Diego Rivera’s 1934 mural, Man, Controller of the Universe. Image by Joaquín Martínez

Nelson Rockefeller originally commissioned Mexican artist Diego Rivera to paint Man at the Crossroads for the Rockefeller Centre in New York. But when he took exception to the painting’s depiction of the Russian communist revolutionary Vladimir Lenin, he had it destroyed.

Diego Rivera eventually repainted the mural in Mexico City, and renamed it Man, Controller of the Universe. Yet upon its reconstruction, Rivera went ahead and made one key addition – a depiction of Nelson Rockefeller’s father under a bacterial interpretation of syphilis.

Therefore, the hidden meaning of this painting becomes immediately clear: Nelson Rockefeller’s father had syphilis. To hammer the insult home, Rivera also painted Rockefeller – a famed teetotal – holding a martini, while standing next to a woman who could easily be a prostitute. Oh, and Lenin was also given even more prominence in the reimagining of this painting.


Do our featured artists hide secret messages in their paintings? In all honesty, we haven’t got a clue. But by visiting the homepage and using the search tool on the right, you might just find a painting that brings out the art detective in you.


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.



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