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Art Moving Made Easy

Cathal Murphy, Managing Director of Art Box Worldwide, got into the job “by accident”, he says. “I actually studied Music at College; I played and taught Music for several years until I met my partner, who is an artist. My grandmother had always made a point of taking us to the National Gallery, so I knew a little bit about Art, but it was only after meeting my partner that I started to get into the tech side of it.”

“It was during a group exhibition; I was helping my partner install her work, when one of the other exhibitors approached us and asked, ‘when will the technician be finished with your work and able to help me?’ That’s when I realised – there’s a market here. I started to do technician work and was Technical Manager of Galway Arts Centre for several years.”

Cathal Murphy moved to Maurice Ward Art Handling in 2011, where the Art Box was developed. “The idea for Art Box came from a phone call with a lady in west Galway”, Cathal says. “She wanted to get a £500 painting to London, and the transportation was going to cost £800. Quite reasonably, she told me this was ridiculous.”

Transportation was expensive because the lady lived in a remote area, and it was initially for clients like her that the Art Box was invented. “Moving artwork in a city is easy, but if you live in west Galway, rural Scotland, or at the top of the Alps, someone has to travel far out of their way to get to you.”

The solution Cathal came up with is the Art Box. A reinforced box is sent to the customer, the customer packs the artwork into the box, and it is picked up by a courier, fully insured for the journey. “We had great fun trialling the prototype models; our Director gave us artwork from her own collection with which to road-test the Art Box. ‘Do what you can do to them’ were her words. We tested out different materials and threw the boxes around until we had a product which could take a beating.”

The Art Box uses gallery-standard polythene wrap and polyethylene foam, which gives the product a clean look and provides excellent protection. Each Art Box is then insured according to the value of its contents. “If a customer tries to organise insured transportation themselves, the first question an insurer will ask is ‘who packed it?’ If the answer isn’t ‘a professional art mover’ it’s very hard to get insurance.” Cathal has been transporting art in Art Boxes since 2012, and 5,000 boxes later, he has yet to have an insurance claim.

Art Box Worldwide is already equipped to send its boxes anywhere, but the company plans to develop its operations further to offer a consistently high level of service and ease of access globally. “Because even in the last twelve months I have seen the art market become more globalised and move further into online sales”, says Cathal. We are proud to work with Art Box Worldwide on all sales made through Buy Art | Buy Now, Mall Galleries’ online collection of original and affordable artwork.

Thanks to the input of partners like Art Box Worldwide, using Buy Art | Buy Now is among the easiest and safest ways to purchase art, and as Cathal Murphy expands his business across the globe, so will we. 

Art and Architecture - What's the Connection?

'Alcazaba' acrylic painting by Martin Goold

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There is a fascinating dynamic that working from an architectural subject provides; however freely the painting material flows and however close to abstraction I go, the persuasive presence of an underlying geometry and logic seems to follow. (Martin Goold)

Visual Art has always taken inspiration from Architecture; you can find Italian frescoes, dating back as far as the 1st century BC, which mimic the marble columns of buildings. Famous artist-cum-architects include Michelangelo who, along with creating some of the most influential frescoes and sculptures in the history of Western art, also designed St Peter’s Basilica. Giovanni Battista Piranesi may be best-known for his prints of Italy, but he also worked for the Magistrato delle Acque, an organisation responsible for engineering and restoring the country’s historical buildings, and in 1766, Piranesi created a design for London’s Blackfriars Bridge.

Diana Sheldon, The Church of Santa Maria della Salute, Venice

More recent figures such as Antoni Gaudi and Le Corbusier have further highlighted the intersections between Art and Architecture; few of us could confidently separate the artistic from the architectural elements of Gaudi’s highly-decorated Sagrada Familia, or Le Corbusier’s Notre Dame du Haut. The closeness of this relationship is less surprising when we consider that the Royal Institute of British Architects only reclassified Architecture as a science in 1958, before which the subject was predominantly taught in art schools.

Miriam Escofet, The Temple

Mall Galleries latest Selection on Buy Art | Buy Now showcases how today’s artists are reflecting this age-old alliance. Architectural vs Abstract features artwork by celebrated artists such as the 2018 winner of the Henri Roche Award, Martin Goold; three-time winner of the Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize, Peter Clossick; 2018 FBA Futures exhibitor, Gail Seres-Woolfson, and Sarah Spencer NEAC. Spencer conceives architectural elements in painting as “a vehicle for playing with light and shadow"; "buildings filter, reflect and absorb the atmospheric light”, she says. The sunlight in Spencer's Il Convente Dei Carmine, albeit unseen, is a central presence in the work. Another artist interested in renaissance architecture is Diana Sheldon: “I love classical architectural detail and painting buildings from an unusual perspective", she says, "especially in Italy, where you find a special contrast of light and shade which is particularly rewarding”.

Martin Goold, Torre Apponale

While many of our artists create faithful representations of architectural structures, others use architecture as a springboard into abstraction. Gail Seres-Woolfon became fascinated with the urban landscape while training at The Art Academy in London. Her works in this selection, Urban Suspension and Girl Walking, explore how the individual creates and interacts with the metropolis. Urban Suspension deconstructs urbanism, presenting a chaotic assemblage of abstracted materials, where emerging shapes suggest the potential for future order, design and construction.

My paintings explore the experience of moving through the city and the rhythms, space and architecture around me. Through a process of layering and abstraction, observation and reimagining, I build environments with colliding planes, illusory depth and dancing lines, alive with uprights, angles and the possibility of encounter. (Gail Seres-Woolfson)

Dan Rice famously claimed that ‘there are three forms of visual art: painting is art to look at, sculpture is art you walk around, and architecture is art you can walk through’. Girl Walking ironises this simplistic distinction; it is a 2D urban scene which reaches towards three-dimensionality, in which a female figure seems about to walk out of the composition. The artist compels us to consider whether architecture can be defined by its functionality: the experiencer's ability to 'walk through' it. Would the work be any less architectural if the ‘girl walking’ walked out of view? Even in its title, Girl Walking foregrounds this tension between viewer and experiencer, spectacle and environment, artistic and architectural design.

Gail Seres-Woolfson, Girl Walking

This is a fascinating idea to reflect upon, and one for which Mall Galleries Buy Art | Buy Now is ideally placed, having access to such a diverse range of artistic styles and subjects. Take a turn through Architectural vs Abstract and consider how each artist presents a subtly different dynamic between the individual, art and architecture, as they invite you to imaginatively look at, walk around, and walk through their constructions.



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Why Give Flowers

'Carnations' oil painting by Ben Eden

Connect with your mother this Mothering Sunday with a work of art

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Flowers have always been culturally significant, from the ancient Greeks assigning plants to specific gods, to the ancient Egyptians making the Lotus and Papyrus flowers symbols of Upper and Lower Egypt. An extension of flowers’ position in international culture is their use in marking holidays and festivals, and the practice of giving and receiving bouquets as gifts.

Lachlan Goudie, First Flush

This practice was popularised in medieval Britain, where gentlewomen would often receive small bunches of flowers known as ‘nosegays’, which they would attach to their bodices and hair. ‘Gay’ in this instance was synonymous with delightful, and ‘nosegay’ literally meant ‘something which delights the nose’. As well as delighting their recipient, such gifts undoubtedly had a practical use in the odoriferous era before running water, sewage systems, or deodorant. During outbreaks of plague, the sweet smell of a nosegay was even thought to ward off the foul stench of disease, and in this way, flower gifts became more than just ornamental.

Charlotte Sorapure, Peonies and Roses

To give a flower came to imply great care and devotion, and each bloom took on a unique symbolism; violets for faithfulness; carnations for grace; tulips for true love - the list goes on. As well as different symbols, flowers were attached to different festivals, such as the Yuletide poinsettia, the funereal lily, and the red rose - synonymous with Valentine’s Day. Today, a cornerstone of Mothering Sunday is the daffodil, with children across the UK drawing, painting, collaging and plucking these bright symbols of spring to bestow upon their mothers. Many adults will have fond memories of the variously misshapen daffodil-esque offerings they produced as children, and here at Mall Galleries, we have come up with a creative way to continue this tradition of springtime motherly delight.

Robbie Wraith, Lilacs & Brushes

On Buy Art | Buy Now, we have curated a selection of floral artworks by some of the UK’s best contemporary artists, including Scottish artist and television broadcaster, Lachlan Goudie, award-winning painter Charlotte Sorapure, meticulous still-life artist Susan Angharad Williams, and President of the Pastel Society, Jeannette Hayes. Flora features works in all mediums and styles to guarantee a perfect bloom for every mum, and through Buy Art | Buy Now, you receive free delivery to mainland UK, and a two-week grace period to make sure that mum is wholly happy with her new bouquet.

Here’s what some of our contributing artists had to say about the practice and purpose of floral painting:

‘A painting of flowers sits at the intersection of nature, human creativity, and the man-made object’, says 2018 finalist of the Artists & Illustrators Artist of the Year Awards, Michael Jules Lang.

Jeannette Hayes, Pink Gardens

‘The British painter, Winifred Nicholson, said 'to me they are the secret of the cosmos', and I agree; flowers seem to offer a profound but often intangible sense of connection. In the past few years I have travelled to many gardens for inspiration; each one expresses something of the ephemeral, and the beautiful, precious transience of the natural world, wherein we are only one part. I hope my paintings bring this sense of connection into the homes of the people who own them’, says Anne-Marie Butlin.

Anne-Marie Butlin, Delphiniums


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All that Stuns the Soul: Landscapes Inspired by Romanticism

'Winter Landscape - Sunset III' painting by David Scott Moore


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David Scott Moore, Winter Landscape - Sunset III

Romanticist landscape painters rejected the rationalism of Eighteenth-Century Enlightenment thinking to return to wild and uncontrollable nature. They sought the simultaneous sensations of awe and terror, compounded into an idea known as 'the sublime'.

Rachel Arif, Sage

The aesthetic of this movement was expressed by the French philosopher, Diderot, who claimed that ‘all that stuns the soul, all that imprints a feeling of terror, leads to the sublime’. This notion was communicated by painters such as Constable and Turner into vast skies, windswept elements, and dramatic natural landscapes.

In this selection, our artists take us on a journey across the British Isles and Ireland, from the South Downs to the Outer Hebrides, across Ireland’s rocky coastline, and England’s rural countryside. A sense of awe and wonderment permeates paintings by Rachel Arif, Annie Boisseau, and David Scott Moore, who present ethereal light cascading across landscapes dominated by sky. In pleasing contrast, the humbling magnitude of nature is reinforced in Kenny McKendry’s rocky coastlines, and Sarah Spencer’s brooding stormy beach. 

Annie Boisseau, Evening Fields

This is a group of artists who bring the history of art into their painting. There are elements of Constable’s light and colour in Hannah Mooney’s small gem-like paintings, and references to Turner’s concatenation of elements in Annie Boisseau and Rachel Arif’s canvases.

Hannah Mooney, Across Ballyglass Landscape III

The works in this collection affirm Charles Baudelaire’s definition of the romantic: ‘Romanticism is precisely situated neither in a choice of subject nor in an exact truth, but in a way of feeling'. 


Kenny McKendry, On Return from the Home of Henry James 1, Rye


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Curator's Choice: Paul Benney

'Empty Chair' by Fleur Yearsley

Paul Benney is an acclaimed British artist whose work is housed in public and private collections around the world. Most recently, Benney exhibited the large-scale installation ‘Speaking in Tongues’ at the 57th Venice Art Biennale. Having previously served as a judge for the Columbia Threadneedle Prize, who better to take us through their favourite artworks from this year’s exhibition, and Mall Galleries Buy Art | Buy Now?



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Fleur Yearsley

Empty Chair

Yearsley’s nod to Rothko’s colour fields and the delicate but insistent horizontals of Diebenkorn, combined with the strong poetic resonance of an empty chair, renders this work incredibly compelling to its viewer.

Fleur Yearsley, Empty Chair

Kris Lock

Synthesiser 

I am drawn to the references in Lock’s work, which has much in common with several artists I admire. The subtle but distinct allegiances to the graphic qualities of Patrick Caulfield and Hockney, and the faux surfaces of Richard Artschwager, have coalesced in such a way that Synthesiser remains original, with no sense of appropriation.

Kris Lock, Synthesiser

Roxana Halls

Yellow Room

In Yellow Room, Halls offsets formal colour and compositional decisions with off-kilter, surrealistic scenarios to engage the viewer.

Roxana Halls, Yellow Room

Renata Adela

Shafted

Adela has created a strange corporeal hybrid, which registers as a powerful metaphor speaking to the causal and teleological sources of Human Agency, as well as giving us pause to consider the philosophical implications raised by the Shakespearean notion of 'this mortal coil'.

Renata Adela, Shafted

Tim Patrick

Tiles

Patrick’s unpretentious and deceptively random compositions are curiously seductive. They imply narrative without imposing one; they suggest rather than explain.

Tim Patrick, Tiles

 

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Sarah Ball

AC11

Ball is a master of compositional understatement and psychological insight, and in AC11, she continues to delight with her subdued palette and restricted tonal range.

Sarah Ball, AC11

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Going Global with Artsy

Artsy

Mall Galleries recently forged a new partnership with Artsy, the world’s largest online database of contemporary art. Since publicly launching in 2012, Artsy has been transforming the global art market, making it more accessible by helping artists and galleries to connect with buyers and art lovers internationally.

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You can use Artsy to follow your favourite artists and galleries (and discover new favourites), to purchase works, find the latest exhibitions and art news, read compelling articles aimed at both artists and art-lovers, and to make new creative connections worldwide. FBA exhibitions at Mall Galleries will now be shared on Artsy, and we will also host exclusive online-only exhibitions through Artsy, such as the current Flora Selection. This is a great way to expand the galleries’ audience, and through this, to raise the profile of our artists on a global level.  

Anne-Marie Butlin, Garden Wall

In a recent interview the Founder and CEO of Artsy, Clive Cleveland, said: “today, the vast majority of art sales are within the same city, whereas the average distance between buyer and seller on Artsy is 2,400 miles; we’re creating a whole new market”. Artsy’s algorithm enables users to easily search for works and artists, based on specifications such as medium, subject matter, and affiliated art movement. This search engine allows masterworks to be seen alongside contemporary works by emerging artists, effectively democratising a hitherto exclusive market.

This is fantastic news for both new and experienced art collectors, who gain access to a transparent and easily-searchable worldwide platform with works for any budget, and with in-built guidance on how to buy. It is also changing the game for the artist, whose audience now has a one-stop shop for seeing the individual’s past and future exhibitions, their affiliated galleries, profile, related content such as news features, and most importantly their available works.

Charlotte Sorapure, Love Song

As the sale of Art moves increasingly into a digital forum, Mall Galleries is confident that Artsy will be an invaluable partner for collectors, artists, and galleries. So, check out Artsy; follow Mall Galleries; explore our Flora exhibition; find and follow your favourite Mall Galleries artists, and see who else you discover! 

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Peggy Cozzi's Abstract Worlds

'Constellation' abstract oil painting by Peggy Cozzi

Peggy Cozzi is an abstract artist working in oils, whose improvisatory process facilitates fluid mark-making in a soft palette, where colours are juxtaposed to aesthetically please and conceptually arrest the viewer.

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A dynamic sense of movement and a rich textural quality are essential elements of Peggy Cozzi's latest works, which we have selected to feature as the first Reception Selection of 2018. We are furthermore delighted to announce that Peggy Cozzi’s Selection commences an all-female line-up for the coming year, with wildlife printmaker, Beatrice Forshall, and still life painter, Lucy McKie, to follow.

Peggy Cozzi, Passage

Each Reception Selection acts upon our intimate exhibition space to create a new and unique atmosphere at Carlton House Terrace; in the case of Peggy Cozzi, the atmosphere is unconstrained, full of fluid possibility and vigour – a perfect antidote to the regimented bustle of central London.

“I create from an awareness that everything is in flux”, says the artist, “and I hope to retain that sense of openness-to-change, even in my resolved works. My paintings never resemble closed objects, but I calibrate their openness carefully.” The openness of Cozzi’s work hovers like a question mark, inviting the viewer into the production of meaning.

A significant interlocutor in this experiential engagement is colour. When asked about the impact of colour on the viewer, Cozzi cites Derek Jarman’s argument in his book, Chroma, that colours hum with the associations accrued throughout the lived experience of humankind.

Peggy Cozzi, Night Drive

“Instead of prescribing meaning to colours, I am interested in the multiple resonances each colour has, both at a social and individual level. I hope my paintings tap into the experiencer’s associations, either psychologically or emotionally, because I feel those resonances myself.”

Cozzi is inspired to paint by a love of the medium, an inspiration which becomes self-generating as one painting prompts the next. This creative motor is evident in works such as ‘Constellation’ and ‘Night Drive’, where the paint is energetically displaced in confident arcing strokes which proliferate and extend across canvases.

Peggy Cozzi, Constellation

“For me, painting is a performative act, similar to dancing or playing music”, says Cozzi. These cross-disciplinary analogues reflect the artist’s diverse sources of inspiration. The seed of this Reception Selection was planted during the artist’s commute to her new studio, which takes Cozzi through the stunning coastline and hills of West Dorset.

“The journey fills me with optimism, and this sense of positive movement is diffused through my latest works”, she says. “I would listen to music, observe my surroundings, and contemplate my own mental landscape, becoming a mediator for this external and internal information.” Cozzi describes the resulting paintings as “internal landscapes” which evoke this symbiotic movement and potential.

Peggy Cozzi, Detour 2

Cozzi’s Selection will be exhibited in our reception space at 17 Carlton House Terrace from now until the end of May. Pay us a visit to discover these wonderful works in the flesh, and find them online at Buy Art | Buy Now.



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Director's Choice: Lewis McNaught

'Olive Tree and Moon' by Miriam Escofet

Mall Galleries' Director, Lewis McNaught selects his new choices for the new year on Buy Art | Buy Now. 


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Peggy Cozzi

Broken Journey

I get transfixed by colour. The confident sweep of  Peggy Cozzi's brushwork and the textural effect of her applied colours (was the subtlety of this combination deliberate or is it fortuitous?) combine to make this little work a gem! Yes, it’s too small to hang over the fireplace, but hung with devotion, it will always excite the eye and imagination.

Peggy Cozzi, Broken Journey

Sarah Spencer

Verrucola, Tuscany

No lover of figurative painting who visits Italy today can fail to be moved by the ‘spiritual’ significance of Tuscany as the ‘cradle’ of Western art. Sarah Spencer treads lightly but reverently through this modest Tuscan interior. It doesn’t shout ‘architectural study’ or ‘history lesson’. Instead, it’s a quiet and personal reflection on encountering a divine little space that excited her attention.

Sarah Spencer NEAC, Verrucola, Tuscany

Michael Jules Lang

West Wittering III

I’ve holidayed at West Wittering since I was a child, and I keep getting drawn back to its massive skies and wide-open beaches. The stark contrasts in this vivid oil study by Michael Jules Lang of the grey sky (I remember many of those), the darkening water, and the sodden colour of the sandy beach attracted me. I particularly like the spontaneity and immediacy of Lang’s brushwork.

Michael Jules Lang, West Wittering III

Jeanette Hayes

Pink Gardens

I wasn’t surprised to see a major work by Jeannette Hayes, President of The Pastel Society, sell so quickly at the 2017 RA Summer Exhibition. She paints powerful, expressive abstract and figurative subjects with an honest, uncompromising technique. She is also widely admired - and rightly so - for the way she deploys her colour and tones. ‘Pink Gardens’ stands out as one of her most intriguing landscape studies combined with a kind of abstract ‘expressionism’.

Jeanette Hayes, Pink Gardens 

Miriam Escofet

Olive Tree and Moon

Although I seem to be drawn more and more towards abstraction, I find this painting, which is almost hyper-realistic, very exciting. Not just because there’s an olive tree involved (although the knobbly, sinewy trunk of an ancient olive tree is always mysterious and inviting), but because its surreal character excites the imagination. What kind of dialogue is the moon having with the tree? What is it telling us about the future? I love paintings that surprise me and make me think.

Miriam Escofet, Olive Tree and Moon

Michèle Jaffé-Pearce

Over and Beyond

In Over and Beyond, Michele has achieved a perfect balance of colour, tone and space. Its fluidity suggests randomness, but she hasn’t achieved this result by accident. Instead, the colours are juxtaposed carefully and deliberately to maximise the impact of the whole. You don’t need to look for forms or subject within the spaces; the artist is inviting you to enjoy the same emotion she’s experiencing. It will go on delivering much pleasure.

Michèle Jaffé-Pearce, Over and Beyond


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Artist Spotlight : Kenny McKendry

'Self Portrait' oil painting by Kenny McKendry

Finding time for a moment of reflection before his three-year-old son’s birthday party, Irish painter Kenny McKendry tells Mall Galleries' Beatrice Bowles-Bray about his love of painting the landscapes of his birthplace, his acclaimed career as a book illustrator, and the artistic and familial influences which inform his work.

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“I’m sat looking out at a calm, flat sea”, McKendry says when asked if he has found a comfortable place to speak. “It's steely grey and there are lovely pink flecks dancing along the bay.” Mckendry is back on the coast of his native Northern Ireland after many years living as an illustrator in England; the artist remained in Brighton after moving there to study a degree in Illustration. “I’ve always lived by the sea. I think you know where you are when you're near the sea”, McKendry reflects; “it's very grounding”.

Kenny McKendry, Winter Sun, Whiterocks

On leaving university, the artist enjoyed a ten-year career in illustration and design, during which time, his stand-out commission was a series of award-winning book covers for John Steinbeck novels. “Through this work I became familiar with Steinbeck’s son, Thom. I painted Thom and we had a lovely relationship. He was very interested in art, and we shared a common connection with Ireland; John’s maternal grandfather was from Ballykelly, near Derry. I visited the Steinbeck family grave when I received the commission, and it was brilliant to know that John Steinbeck also visited the site while researching ‘East of Eden’.”

 

As technological developments led the art world and the digital world to be increasingly integrated, self-confessed technophobe McKendry decided it was time for a change. He went home to Northern Ireland, found a gallery, and “met a girl”. McKendry now devotes his time to his family, and to painting the Irish landscapes he loves. “I feel free when I’m painting landscapes” he says. “There’s no pressure to capture a likeness, or to please a sitter; I’m able to respond to a space in my own way.”

Kenny McKendry, Easter, Dunguire Castle

Kenny McKendry works across a range of genres, from portraiture to equine painting, but his passion lies in landscapes. “I begin my pieces out of doors, then work them up in the studio. When I work en plein air the light can change rapidly. Looking out of my window now, the morning light is hitting bracken around the lighthouse in the bay, turning the bracken a blazing red and benighting the surrounding headland; that’s a paintable image, but it’s going to change any second.”

 

“I would like people to feel a connection with the spaces I paint”, the artists says. “I am continually negotiating that balance between capturing the soul of a place, and rendering locations recognisably.” In this pursuit, McKendry takes inspiration from such artists as William Langson Lathrop and Jules Bastien-Lepage. “Seeing my first Langson Lathrop work felt like hearing a great piece of music for the first time, when it rings true with you, and you feel yourself and that musician to be kindred spirits.” Langson Lathrop was an American tonalist painter who founded the New Hope Pennsylvania Impressionist Colony. “I was very interested in his style of composition”, McKendry says, “and his use of light seemed reminiscent of the peculiar quality of light in Ireland”.

Kenny McKendry, On Return from the Home of Henry James I, Rye

Alongside his artistic influences, Kenny McKendry looks to the people closest to him to energise his work: “my young son inspires me so much, although he often asks me to paint things like Darth Vader”, the artist admits. “Before a child starts trying to make things look like things, they’re just enjoying making marks, and that’s where he is at the moment. I imagine that artists like Picasso were trying to get back to that.”

 

As I leave McKendry to contemplate his native coastline, and to prepare for his son’s birthday celebrations, it is clear that this artist has returned to where his heart resides, in relation to both his life and work, and that the landscape paintings he is now producing are embodiments of this homecoming.

Kenny McKendry, Self Portrait with Irish Arts


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FBA Prizewinners 2017

'Bee' oil painting by Bernadett Timko

We’re delighted that so many of the artists we selected for Buy Art | Buy Now were recognised with prizes and awards in Society Annual Exhibitions in 2017. Many of the FBA Societies offer valuable prizes to the artists exhibiting in their Annual Exhibitions, to reward talent and support individuals in their ongoing careers. Below you can see a selection of the winning artists and their works, available to purchase on Buy Art | Buy Now.

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Twenty-three-year-old Bernadett Timko received The Prince of Wales’ Award for Portrait Drawing. Timko is currently studying portrait painting and figurative sculpture at the Heatherley School of Fine Art. She is a prolific painter of great promise, and at Buy At | Buy Now we are delighted to receive new works from her regularly, such as the self-portrait, ‘B II’.

Bernadett Timko, B II

Frances Bell received first prize in the Royal Institute of Oil Painters Winsor and Newton Young Artist Awards, recognising emerging artists’ creativity and talent in oils. Bell is greatly inspired by juxtapositions of cultivated and wild spaces and wildlife, as evidenced by her works on Buy Art | Buy Now, such as ‘Cattle in the Morning Mist’.

Frances Bell, Cattle in the Morning Mist

Tony Allain PS received two prizes in 2017; the Artists & Illustrators Award, and the Schmincke Award. Allain lives and works in the ancient seaside town of Marazion in West Cornwall. Marine works such as ‘Bosham Sunset’ are a testament to the artist’s dedicated observation and representation of coastal life.

Tony Allain PS, Bosham Sunset

Benjamin Hope received the ROI Winsor and Newton Non-Member Award. Hope is a self-taught artist who took the road less-travelled by studying Mathematics and Physics at Cambridge University to PhD level. His latest works on Buy Art | Buy Now demonstrate the artist’s dual love of urban and coastal scenes.

Benjamin Hope, Penzance Promenade Sunset 1

Pete ‘the street’ Brown is well-known and well-loved in the British contemporary art community. In 2017, the artist received the New English Art Club’s Critics’ Prize and the NEAC Winsor and Newton Award. His plein air works are currently exhibited in Mall Galleries’ Reception Selection.

Peter Brown, The Old Bailey

Daniel Shadbolt received The Royal Society of Portrait Painters Non-Member’s Prize. Shadbolt presents domestic settings in oils, combining colour and tone to create a realism in his spaces, regardless of whether they are populated by a human figure. The expressive brush strokes and contrasting colour palette of ‘Guitar’ exemplifies the artist’s original style.

Daniel Shadbolt, Guitar

Annie Boisseau received the Royal Society of British Artists’ Winsor and Newton Award for Painting. Boisseau, who teaches Art at the University of Surrey, considers her style to be a contemporary interpretation of Romantic landscape painting. Works like ‘Cielo Roto’ are inspired by an emotional response to the natural world, and investigate the often-transient qualities of time, space, memories, and emotions through expressive semi-abstract painting.

Annie Boisseau, Cielo Roto

Harriet Mead PSWLA received the Society of Wild Life Artists’ Langford Press 3D Award. Mead works with scrap metal, scavenging old tools and discarded items from farm yards and sheds to render the musculature of her characterful wild life subjects. The dynamism of ‘Chasing Hares’ is indicative of the artist’s alchemical transformation of waste material into award-winning wildlife art.

Harriet Mead, Chasing Hares


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