Natalie Toplass & Rumen Dragiev on exhibition at The Knapp Gallery, London

by Claire Mitchell 22. April 2011 11:29
Two of ArtGallery.co.uk's premier artists are currently on exhibition at The Knapp Gallery, Regents College, London ;

Natalie Toplass
Born in Cheshire and now living in Shropshire Natalie graduated from the University of Central Lancashire and later specialised in Stage Set Design at the Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff. Since 2004 she has been working on a series of intricate flower and bird portraits, and has had a number of well received exhibitions throughout Great Britain Influences Natalie’s paintings create an impact of emotion and atmosphere direct in their manipulation of texture, light and darkness. Her work is often described as photorealistic but her interest is more with colour and richness of texture. The scale of her work is an important feature providing a fresh view of a common subject. “My painting process is related to the luminosity between layers, the subject is just the starting point for an abstract study of transparency and form.” You can view all of Natalie’s work here.

 

 

Rumen Dragiev
Rumen developed an interest in fine arts and attended art classes from an early age. He’s Bulgarian born, but left at the country at the age of 30 and moved to South Africa, Pretoria where he spent many years. Seven years ago he made another move to London were he now lives. Not convinced that the arts could support him in the future, he pursued other career, but painting remained his passion. His goal is to create aesthetically pleasing pictures that will brighten a mood. His style is very colourful and energetic. He found that by using the palette knife as his only tool while painting gave his oil paintings new life. Techniques include, big strokes created with palette knives, extreme texture with heavy paints, All the paintings displayed here, done predominately in oil paint, are original and unique pieces of art. I work on Abstract paintings of flowers, landscapes and fantasy-inspired paintings, taking inspiration from both the world outside and the images in his mind. The materials he uses are good artists quality and all his work is finished to a high standard. You can view all of Rumen’s work here.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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