Why Do We Really, Really Like Art?

by Aileen Mitchell 28. July 2016 18:26

Creating and looking at art has been an important part of civilisation since its beginnings - from cave painting to fabulous costumes for fireside rituals. Today, most art resides on walls as canvases or as sculptures on pieces of furniture. Although its place in 21st century life has shifted, the most important thing has remained the same: we still have it because we like it.

But why do we have this ancient affinity with shapes, colours and patterns that still manage to give us as much pleasure now as it did thousands of years ago?

There have been a number of studies in recent years to get to the bottom of why it is that we like art. All of these studies come to the same conclusion and reveal something remarkable.

Many people believe that although we now live in a world full of modern comforts, there is still a part of our brains that strongly responds to the essentials: water, food, sun etc. 

Certain pieces of art have been noted to take the flowing form of water, and intensified its blue colours in paintings. When we view this art, our brains may recognise these characteristics of water and respond positively to it. We need water to survive, and seeing an essential part of our survival on canvas makes us enjoy the piece of art.

Credit: Vincent van Gogh - bgEuwDxel93-Pg at Google Cultural Institute / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain

We also respond positively to the colour green. One German study reveals that green inspires creativity and motivation when we see it - time to paint our art studio green!

So perhaps all good art engages a deep-rooted obsession with needing to survive?

Detecting patterns

Other studies have made very clear that there is significance in the well-known 'golden ratio', or 'golden rectangle' and superior creations.

From buildings to paintings and sculptures, anything made using the golden ratio seems to have a greater chance of becoming famous and noted throughout history than those that do not.

Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris can be divided into golden rectangles

Credit: Peter Haas / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain

A study from the journal of Brain and Cognition shows that there are two areas of the brain that respond to art.

First, we process a piece of art visually. This includes trying to work out "how it works". For example, when shown a picture of a knife, we don't just see it as a shape, but register what we do with it (or in other words, how it works).

This study from the University of Toronto also confirms that this first stage takes place in our posterior cingulate cortex. This is the name of the part of the brain that deals with logical thinking and understanding function.

So there is sufficient evidence to suggest that we enjoy a puzzle. And art provides much more of a mental stimulus than other types of puzzles.

The study also goes beyond this first logical reaction to works of art. After we have thought of "how it works", the posterior cingulate cortex is also stimulated. This is the part of the brain that deals with our most inner thoughts and emotions.

This explains why people can feel such happy bliss when sitting and looking at a Kandinsky, or shedding a tear to a particularly moving Rembrandt. The famous quote by Hans Christian Andersen, "Where words fail, music speaks" also applies to art.

The study shows we can create and experience a wide range of emotions from all works of art, be it fear, joy, peace, or pain.

Of course, art is also now academic. We have genres like conceptual art, which can be deeply intellectual and enjoyed at that level. But beyond the analysis that these pieces "require" to be enjoyed, there is a deeper, primal response that we all experience.

The results of these studies also suggest that responding and appreciating art is a biological predisposition, not a culture that has to be learned. Anyone and everyone can create wonderful art and enjoy it. We can also like art for a number of reasons, but none of these reasons are more or less valued than each other.

We like art because it is in our nature.

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'Loving Vincent' - The First Fully Painted Feature Film

by Aileen Mitchell 13. July 2016 08:38

We're so excited in anticipation of the film ‘Loving Vincent’ which will be the world's first feature-length painted animation - due in cinemas later this year. 

Vincent van Gogh

The film (or animation) is about the life and the controversial death of Vincent Van Gogh told through the animation of his paintings and the characters who inhabit them.  Each one of the 56,000 frames of the film is a work of art in itself – each frame is a single hand-painted oil on canvas, painted in van Gogh’s post-impressionistic style.

The inspiration for the project came from a quote of van Gogh’s: 

"We cannot speak other than by our paintings."

Embracing this philosophy, the husband-and-wife team of co-writers and directors Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman have woven over 120 of van Gogh's most famous paintings into the film's plot to tell the story of his turbulent life. The people van Gogh painted are the characters in the film who recall stories and events often in an interview style.

Using van Gogh’s paintings and letters, Kobiela and Welchman were able to create a story which gives an insight on van Gogh’s life, career and his mysterious suicide. As the paintings provided the visual stimulus, the idea to create the whole film in van Gogh’s artistic style was born. 

Each frame a masterpiece

Over the past two years, the production team has been creating the animation in a studio outside Gdansk in Poland. Feeding into the studio are 91 artists located there, as well as Athens and Wroclaw.  They are painting the frame-by-frame images which join together van Gogh’s masterpieces.  The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam have been closely involved in providing guidance to the artists who are painting the 56,000 paintings - 12 paintings per second - in the post-impressionistic style in specially developed and patented workstations.

Van Gogh's paintings have the feeling of movement and life with their rich colours and many lines, so it will be completely captivating to watch them come alive in this film.

 Of the artists, Welchman has said "The painters also have to learn to act, none of the painters in the team has any animation experience. They have to realise it's not a pretty painting, it's a performance." Welchman also said that one of the team's most talented painters had to leave the project because "he was only painting individual paintings".

Ahead of the film’s launch there have been opportunities to get involved at Cannes Marche du Film,  Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity and Glastonbury Festival.  The film is already gaining cult status and will undoubtedly pick up some gongs at the forthcoming awards ceremonies.

A troubled life

Despite his huge influence in the world of fine art that continues to this day, van Gogh was barely recognised as a great artist during his lifetime. Suffering from mental illness for most of his working life, the film focusses on the aftermath of van Gogh’s alleged suicide. 

Some art researchers have discredited the account of his suicide attempt and suspect someone else shot van Gogh. It seems there was enough evidence for this theory to be brought before a senior official at the Van Gogh Museum, who advised the enquiry should be dropped because it was "too controversial".

Today, van Gogh is rightly recognised as a genius and one of the most famous artists in fine art history. He also inspires some of the wonderful talent of our own ArtGallery artists:


We really cannot wait for the UK release of this visual masterpiece. For more information on the film see the trailer below and the website about the film’s development here: www.lovingvincent.com

Picture credit: Self portrait of Vincent van Gogh courtesy of Van Gogh Museum

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Malvern Theatres - Summer Exhibition 11 July - 20 Aug 2016

by Humph Hack 10. July 2016 14:11

One of the reactions to the new extension to Tate Modern is that there are works nobody has ever seen before from relatively “unknown” artists. How often have you heard visitors to galleries seeking out the familiar and almost ignoring other equally good works of real quality. We all rely on the familiar in our everyday lives. If your favourite cup isn’t where it usually is, the day doesn’t start well. But to complain about being introduced to new Art surely misses the point. At the cutting edge, new work should challenge the viewer.

But, do you want to live with a pile of bricks or an unmade bed?

The works on show in Malvern until 20 August are fresh but are produced by artists who have a track record of selling works you can live with. All three have exhibited successfully here before. Their work graces homes and offices across the UK and further afield.

Lesley Blackburn completed a Foundation Art Course at Wakefield School of Arts and Crafts in West Yorkshire. She went on to achieve a BA in Fine Art and Sculpture in 1979 at Winchester School of Art. She has sold work privately as well as through the internet. She has exhibited and sold work in a gallery in Surrey. Her work is largely influenced by impressionism and she particularly specialises in paintings featuring water and seascapes. She recently gave up full-time employment to concentrate on her paintings, working in a purpose-built studio in her garden. Lesley is among the top twenty selling artists through www.artgallery.co.uk – a site which sells work from over 2,000 other artists. This return visit by Lesley features some of her most recent works.

Hazel Thomson has travelled the world, and meeting all sorts of people in the arts, sciences; people who are very spiritual. She says”, I am always learning in life and observing the obvious and not so obvious. I am always looking to conceive, cultivate and embrace new concepts and ideas in my art work”. She goes on walkabout around the country, observing places in all seasons and different times of the day. People have described her work as classical and but with more than a hint of the contemporary. She has sold her paintings in the UK and overseas. Since taking up painting full-time, in 2012 she has exhibited in an astonishing number of venues, regularly winning prizes and commendations.

Mark Bennett grew up in the Cotswolds and has painted from a very young age. He started exhibiting professionally in his early twenties. Since then each exhibition has been more and more successful and his paintings can now been seen throughout the country on a regular basis and in private collections throughout the world. He has been described as a rising star in the art world, his pieces have been compared to the likes of Fabian Perez, Jack Vettriano and Mark Spain and have become more and more collectable. Mark is inspired by many other art forms, particularly dance and music which are the focus of most of his pieces. Mark says of his work, "I love to paint passion and emotions in people and can see this most in dance. I paint fast and loose with oils which create great textures." Mark, like Lesley and Hazel has successfully shown in Malvern before.

The exhibition can be viewed all day every day from Monday 11 July to Saturday 20 August.

 

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Father's Day Art on ArtGallery.co.uk

by Aileen Mitchell 17. June 2016 16:02

Father's Day Artwork on ArtGallery

With Father's Day fast approaching, we've scoured our ArtGallery collection to put together a special blog post gallery. All of these original artworks are for sale on our website, directly from the artist.

If you can't make up your mind, there is also a selection of vouchers to choose from. These are emailed directly to you and the recipient of your choice! 

Good luck, and we hope you have plenty of inspiration to choose from:

Dad's Day Out by Susan Shaw

Dad's Day Out – Susan Shaw

Beer by Gary Hogben

Beer – Gary Hogben

Speed by Andrew Alan Matthews

Speed 3 – Andrew Alan Matthews

Fish and Chips by Gay Forster

Fish&Chips – Gay Forster

New Bond Street, Bath 1930s by Ernest George Perrott

New Bond Street 2, Bath 1930s – Ernest George Perrott

God Save the Queen by Gary Hogben

God Save The Queen #2 – Gary Hogben

British Superbike Round 2012 by David James

British Superbike Round 2012 – David James

Old Blues by Shaun Keefe

Old Blues – Shaun Keefe

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Happy Birthday Damien Hirst & Paul Gauguin

by Aileen Mitchell 10. June 2016 10:00

This month we're celebrating the birthdays of two famous artists, Damian Hirst and Paul Gauguin. These two artists have given so much to art as we now know it today, from the creativity behind a concept to a renewed appreciation of bright colours.

Damien Hirst

Hirst in a still from the movie The Future of Art

There are few Brits who have not heard of Damien Hirst. As one of the most influential thinkers and artists of the modern scene, Damien Hirst has inspired many, split opinion, and created his own legacy.

Now one of the wealthiest British artists, with a net worth estimated to be £200,000,000, Hirst's creative path began when he took A-level art – only to be graded E. After applying more than once to the two art colleges he attended, (Jacob Kramer School of Art and later Goldsmiths, University of London) Hirst began to make a lasting impression on agents and curators that came to graduate exhibitions – namely Charles Saatchi.

Saatchi was so taken with Hirst's work that he offered to fund absolutely anything Hirst wanted to make for the showcase of the first ever Young British Artists (YBA) exhibition in 1992.

The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living "Death Denied"

This exhibition saw the birth of the formaldehyde series – some of Hirst's most famous (or infamous) work. This piece was a shark suspended in a tank of formaldehyde, titled The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living. It also saw him nominated that year for the Turner Prize.

Since his YBA debut, Hirst's work has continued to sell out at auctions and galleries and he has designed charity CD album covers and even an image for a space probe to calibrate its onboard camera.

"Damien Hirst at the exihibition Damien Hirst The Complete Spot Paintings 1986-2011, Gagosian Gallery, NYC."

Although he has been widely received as a pioneer in modern art, there are also critics to Hirst's particular style. Some have described his paintings to be produced in a 'factory' setting. The famous spot series are largely painted by someone else, as Hirst has always believed that the creativity and art is in the concept of his work, rather than the production. He is even known to have said, "The best person who ever painted spots for me was Rachel. She's brilliant."

Paul Gauguin 

"Paul Gauguin, photography, ca. 1891"

Paul Gauguin was a French post-impressionist who was largely undervalued by critics until long after he died. In his lifetime he did however make a profound impact on Vincent van Gogh.

Inspired by his mother's Peruvian heritage and the bright colours of their culture, Gauguin incorporated bold, bright lines and backgrounds in his work that woke European art up from what he believed was a dullness in creativity.

"Parahi te maras, 1892, Meyer de Schauensee collection"

Initially a stockbroker, Gauguin began to paint in the late 1870s when Impression was the popular art style. Gauguin decided to paint with the colours he wanted to give life and vibrancy to his art, which was not in keeping with the style at the time. This lead to many bad reviews from critics and dealers alike, apart from one in particular…

Theo van Gogh was a big fan of Gauguin's work and bought three of his paintings. At the same time, Gauguin became close friends with Vincent – so much so they spent nine weeks painting together in Arles, France.

"Vahine no te tiare (Woman with a Flower), 1891, Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek"

It was Gauguin who can be said to have had the biggest influence on van Gogh's progression and style as a painter. Sadly, their friendship ended after their nine weeks of painting, resulting in van Gogh allegedly threatening Gauguin with a razor blade before cutting off the lower lobe of his own ear. Van Gogh was subsequently admitted to hospital and Gauguin returned home.

Today, Gauguin's work is admired for its colours. The inspiration for these was African and Asian art – not to mention the Peruvian pottery and art that his mother collected whilst he was growing up. Gauguin tried to add a passion and depth to Western art that he thought impressionism lacked, creating the Symbolist movement.

Image credits

"Hirst in a still from the movie The Future of Art" by Christian Görmer licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living "Death Denied" by Agent001 licensed by Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

"Damien Hirst at the exihibition Damien Hirst The Complete Spot Paintings 1986-2011, Gagosian Gallery, NYC." by Andrew Russeth licensed by Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic

"Paul Gauguin, photography, ca. 1891" by Louis-Maurice Boutet de Monvel - Museum page licensed by Public Domain

"Parahi te maras, 1892, Meyer de Schauensee collection" by The Yorck Project licensed by Public Domain

"Vahine no te tiare (Woman with a Flower), 1891, Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek" by The Yorck Project licensed by Public Domain

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3 World Renowned Women Artists - Malvern Theatres - Early Summer 2016

by Humph Hack 29. May 2016 18:21

Women artists have suffered from a lack of recognition in the Western World for centuries. There were several reasons for this. Until relatively recently, the training available for women forbad the study of “the nude” – a staple of much public and private art, at the time. There was also a feeling that it was OK for a woman to paint as a hobby, but “leave the matter of earning a living from art” to the men. The net result….in Westminster and the City of London; of 386 public works of art, only 30 were created by women.

The National Gallery in London contains more than 2,300 works. At the start of 2011 only 11 of the artists in that enormous collection were women.

Little has changed. A recent survey of artists found that more than 8 out of 10 of those in Tate Modern were men, and men were 7 out of 10 of those in the Saatchi Gallery. Given that women make up the majority of art students, the fact that they account for just fewer than one in three of the artists exhibited in commercial London galleries might not seem much cause for celebration. But in the context of art history, it does suggest a step forward.

So it is, that among the artists selling from this online gallery - from which the exhibitors in Malvern Theatre are chosen….the majority of the 20 top-sellers are female and of those, the 4 artists commanding the highest prices for their works are all women.

This makes the selection of these 3 world-renowned female professional artists, for this Malvern show, an obvious one.

Arabella Kiszely is a Cotswold-based artist, specialising in semi-abstract landscapes. Painted mainly in oils, her pictures are characterised by a confident, contemporary style, full of colour and form. The result is a painting where you can feel as well as see, the forces of nature.

Louisa J Simpson loves painting strong patterns and shapes in her still-life works. This enables her to combine a traditional style with abstract qualities. She has a particular interest in painting glass and mirrored surfaces that show an unusual perspective; allowing her to create compositions that fill the canvas with colour and light.

Alison Johnson’s atmospheric oil paintings are vibrant and seductive focal points for any space.  By expressing the power of light playing amongst the elements, she shows the abstract, surreal side to the natural world. Her seascapes follow a deep tradition which Johnson modernises and brings to a contemporary conclusion. Colours sink below a piercing white surface as oceans and landscapes drift in and out of a sweeping hazy mist.

The works of all 3 are collected by art lovers from across the Globe.

The exhibition is available to view, both upstairs and downstairs, every day from Monday 30 May until Saturday 9th July.

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Walks That Inspired Famous Art

by Aileen Mitchell 13. May 2016 15:38

National Walking Month

To celebrate National Walking Month this May, we take a look at some of the ways that walking has influenced some of the world's most famous and creative artists. Not only does walking get people from A to B, it helps stimulate the brain and gets the cognitive and creative juices flowing.

Many of ArtGallery's own wonderful artists take inspiration from walking, which is something they share with some of the most famous artists from Munch, to Gormley. 

The walk that inspired the Scream

 

The famous, The Scream, series came as an inspiration to Edvard Munch whilst he was out walking with his friends in Oslo. Munch wrote a poem on the frame of the original pastel of The Scream, which reveals how he was influenced to create this iconic scene:

"I was walking along the road with two friends,
the sun was setting - the sky turned a bloody red,
and I felt a whiff of melancholy - I stood,
still, deathly tired - over the blue-black
fjord and city hung blood and tongues or fire.
My friends walked on - I remained behind
shivering with anxiety - I felt the great scream in nature."

City walking with van Gogh

 

For a period, Van Gogh lived in Brixton, London. During his stay, he made sure that he went of plenty of walks both in and out of the city. We know this from the letters he wrote to his brother. In one he wrote, "I walk here as much as I can. It's absolutely beautiful even though it's a city."

Coastline ghosts

 

From coastlines walks to rambles through fields, Antony Gormley's art is continually inspired by the relationship between people and nature. The figures commonly used in his work are casts of himself, which reflect how much Gormley himself goes on the walks featured in his sculpture exhibitions. 

Visitors are also encouraged to walk amongst the sculptures and interact with the landscape around them. 

In 1997, three years after winning the Turner prize, Gormley created the sculpture, Another Place. The piece involves over 100 life-size cast iron figures of Gormley spread over Crosby beach in Southport, looking out to the Irish sea. The sculptures are spread out for around two miles along the beach. 

Walking on thin ice

Contemporary Dutch artist and film maker, Guido van der Werve uses walking as the inspiration for many of his thought provoking video pieces. 

Nummer acht, everything is going to be alright, one of his most famous works, shows Werve walking calmly across open plains of ice directly in front of an ice-breaker. Of course, without the trick of the lens this wouldn't be possible. Although Werve is some distance from the ice-breaker, he uses walking to create the sense of drama and shock in his film.

The speed and non-harassed way that Werve walks inspires the viewers to think about the fragility of life, the human form, and the power of nature (after they've got over the urge to shout, "run!"). 

This piece is one of the most dramatic works of art that focuses on the act of walking - a truly inspired video, if not a bit stressful to watch.

The mechanics of walking

Contemporary maker Theo Jansen uses plastic tubing and sheeting - but never electronics - to create his kinetic sculptures. These seemingly organic structures are powered by wind to move in an uncanny way across surfaces. Jansen's machines explore the mechanics of walking, showing us how we ourselves are part-machine. 

We'd be interested to know how walking has inspired you as an artist or as an art lover. 

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The Golden Ratio in Art

by Aileen Mitchell 6. May 2016 11:46

Frequent readers of The Independent online will remember the New Year's Eve photograph of a street scene in Manchester that went viral.

After a keen observer pointed out that the composition of the photo had the perfect balance of the golden ratio, the image was shared by millions online.

What is the golden ratio? 

The golden ratio is a mathematical tool used in architecture and design to achieve visual harmony and balance in a composition. To many, it's the most pleasing way of arranging shapes in a composition.

The ratio is found when dividing a line into two parts (one longer and one smaller). The length of the longer part divided by the length of the smaller part should equal the same number as the whole line before it was broken into parts. Clever, eh?

Used by some of the greatest artists of all time, this calculation has been found on some of their most famous works.

The golden ratio, also known as Phi is still recommended to art students for advice on laying out their work on canvas.

Leonardo da Vinci was an artist who used the golden ratio extensively. Known as 'the divine proportion' in the Renaissance period, it's clear why it was used so much.

The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci

Saint Jerome by Leonardo da Vinci

We can't always express what it is about art that makes us feel a certain way. However, the golden ratio has stood the test of time as a theory that explains the perfection of some of the greatest works of art. 

There are other patterns and sequences based on the concept of the golden ratio, which all offer a form of symmetry in design and composition. ArtGallery artist Kathryn Edwards demonstrates the use of the Fibonacci series. 

Fibonacci's Fish by Kathryn Edwards

Next time you feel a great satisfaction looking at a work of art, take a moment to see whether everything appears to be in perfect balance. 

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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.  

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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.

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