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Curator's Choice: Haidee-Jo Summers ROI

Haidee-Jo Summers, a member of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters, tells us of six works from Buy Art | Buy Now which stood out for her.

 

 

Awarded Artist of the Year 2012 by the Society of All Artists and one of the few artists chosen by the BBC to paint the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Pageant from the Millennium bridge, Haidee-Jo is a full-time professional artist known for painting landscapes and seascapes en plein air.

Her work can be seen regularly at the Mall Galleries where she exhibits with the Royal Society of Marine Artists, the New English Art Club and the Royal Institute of Oil Painters, of which she is a full member.

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Alexander Goudie

Wildflowers in Vase, £4,850

This exuberant and bold still life has a timeless appeal. The fresh green and grey colour palette and direct marks combine to create a painting at once tranquil and yet filled with vitality.


Tony Williams

Steam Derrick Sun, £2,095

A painting of great drama and design with those strong vertical and horizontal lines softened by the smoky steam and the gentle reflections in the water. The brooding combination of the dark metal bulk of the steamer with the glimmer of sun remaining in the sky and glinting on the funnel make for a compelling and atmospheric scene that serves to remind us of the hope of a brand new day.


Robbie Wraith RP

Small Celebration, £2,950

I love to see paintings of artists studios, they are surely as much a self portrait as a still life or interior scene. This characterful and intimate still life is no exception, the luscious thick paint strokes and subdued colour palette served alongside a hearty dollop of humour.


Peter Brown NEAC RP PS ROI Hon. RBA

Fiinygook Beach from the Gook Cafe, £1,935

It would be hard to resist this little gem of a painting by Pete the street; that dark slab of energetically painted cliff side set off against the sparkling light on the water, with another enticing glimmer of light on the horizon. I adore the figures on the path in the foreground with the kite, heading down to the beach and inviting us to join them.

 

Frances Bell

Chicken at Sunset, £970

I love this soft atmospheric little painting which depicts that golden hour in the evening with the hens having their last scratch around the garden.

Robert E. Wells NEAC

Frozen Field

I love the textures and the grey colour palette of this atmospheric and poetic landscape painting.

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Tony Williams, Steam Derrick Sun (detail)

Artist Spotlight : Claire Gill

Claire Gill uses photomontage, or digital collage, to construct her intriguing sescapes.  Slightly surreal, yet wholely familar, her work situates itself somewhere between photography and painting. Dominik Slowik talks to the photographer and artist about her processes and inspiration.

 

See Claire Gill's work on Buy Art | Buy Now


What does your process involve?

I create fine art limited edition prints using the technique of digital photomontage. This involves layering, combining and juxtaposing original photographic imagery to create an entirely new scene.  Much of my work is inspired by the coast and the images which at first seem straightforward are surreal and not how they first appear. The images, created in Photoshop are printed onto Hahnemuhle paper using a fine art printer with inks which exceed museum standards for longevity in a print.

How long have you been making photomontages for?

My father is a graphic designer and when he switched from a manual method of design to computers in the early 1990’s I was lucky enough, through him, to have access to Photoshop. I started to teach myself to use the programme and used it to create mood boards for my Textile studies at the time. It was very new then and you could only undo one action, which really helped to refine my use of the tools. Creating mood boards was a very collage based textile approach I used to aid the presentation of my projects, but I had no notion at the time that it could become a way of creating Art.

What inspired you to start making photomontages? 

About eight years ago I had decided that I wanted to take up painting. I didn’t really know how to start, or what to paint so thought I would get some ideas together by combining some pictures from a recent trip to the North Norfolk Coast. I used photoshop because my photographs were taken on a digital camera and this was a way of working, which was familiar. As the pictures came together, I became really excited by this way of working, and started to see possibility. I realised that there would be no purpose in painting these images and that actually I liked them as they were.

Seascape 54 Interwoven, £345

What inspires you?

Inspiration and ideas come from lots of places. In general I feel inspired when I am surrounded by space. It excites me and I start to see things that I want to photograph. I also see possibility in everyday things for example at the moment I am doing some display work in a school and feeling there is a lot of possibility in using off cuts - the bits that you would normally throw away!

How do you choose your colour palette? Is it to evoke a certain mood in the viewer?

Colour is a very powerful thing and as a textile designer I learnt that it is the first thing we see above both pattern and subject matter. Everyone has colours they are drawn to and it is no different for me. I have realised through making the work that on an emotional level, I am looking for a peaceful place within the image and I think that the way I combine colours helps me to create that sense of peace and calm.

What are you plans for the future (art-wise)?

I will create images inspired by a 'sense of place' for as long as I can keep it fresh and interesting, and continue to see things in different ways, but photomontage as an approach offers huge possibility for creating different narratives, with different imagery and I am excited by that. I will keep my mind open and I am sure find a fresh way into a different subject matter at some stage. I love photographing people for example, so who knows.

Seascapes 33 Beyond, £345

Interview by Dominik Slowik

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Seascape 33 by Claire Gill

Curator's Choice : Annabel Elton

Sarah Jane Moon

Annabel Elton, Head of Commissions at Mall Galleries and consultant for the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, moonlights on Buy Art | Buy Now this month with a 'non-portrait' selection of works.

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Sarah Jane Moon

The Summer House

This is an exuberant painting of natural abundance on a hot summer's day. When looking for an artist as an investment, I look for an artist with a recognisable  'voice'. Every brushstroke in Sarah Jane Moon's work expresses her signature. 

Janine Baldwin

Verge

This gorgeous scratchy painting is a delight for its abstract qualities alone. Janine's mark making is  fascinating.  The subject makes me ponder the struggle between man's order and nature's disorder.


Lachlan Goudie

I stop somewhere waiting for you 

This painting could be a starting point for a story. It seems to say something about the smallness and insignificance of the tiny figure seen from above amongst the vibrant life of trees, whilst at the same time suggesting the intensity of the figure's inner life.


Frances Bell

Cows in the Snow

This painting makes me smile every time I look at it. I would love to take it home to make me smile some more.  The delight of warm light on a cold day, the innocence of cows and the sumptuous texture of the paint conspire to take me to a different place.

View from a Window With Irises 

Ann Wilkinson PS

I can never understand why pastel is so undervalued. People say that is does not last like oil paint, but, I would contend, that cave paintings were in pastel and the drawings of Lautrec and and Degas are as fresh and vibrant as the day they were created. This serene still life brings a sense of peace. It is beautifully resolved and balanced in hue, tone and in composition. Its colours are fresh and delightfully decorative. It would be lovely to live with.

 


 

 

 

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I stop somewhere waiting for you by Lachlan Goudie ROI

A Guide to Own Art

Have you ever seen a piece of artwork, fallen in love and felt that you had to have it, but were deterred by the price? You’re not alone…

 


Here at Mall Galleries, we believe that everybody should be able to own the art that they love. We are aiming to make that a reality by offering the Own Art scheme during our Federation of British Artists Society Exhibitions and for all works on our Buy Art | Buy Now online gallery. We have offered Own Art to the buying public for a few years now, and the success stories are countless. However, we want more people to seize this amazing opportunity and realise that they too can take home their dream artworks.

Own Art is a brilliant national initiative designed to make art more affordable, accessible and available to all UK residents over the age of 18, subject to status. It is an interest-free loan, through which the buyer can borrow up to £2,000. This allows those who are eligible to buy works of art from any of these exhibitions by spreading the cost over a ten month period at a 0% APR.


How do I go about making a purchase through Own Art at Mall Galleries?

Purchasing a work of art here at Mall Galleries or on Buy Art | Buy Now, through the Own Art scheme, could not be simpler, faster, or more painless.

When purchasing a work at the Gallery Desk, Mall Galleries take a minimum of a 10% deposit at the time of purchase and we will set up a 20-30 minute appointment with yourself and a friendly, trained member of Mall Galleries staff. During this private one-to-one appointment we will run through the Terms and Conditions with you, then enter your information to do a credit check with Hitachi Capital. You will need to bring with you is your proof of identity, your proof of address and your bank details.

Alternatively, when purchasing a work seen on Buy Art | Buy Now, you will need to call Mall Galleries and the above process is executed over the phone. You will need to be in front of a computer with access to email and your bank details. The reception of the work of art is used as a proof of address so make sure the address you give Own Art matches the delivery address.

When your Own Art application is approved, the work is yours to take away once the exhibition has closed or if purchasing from Buy Art | Buy Now it will be automatically dispatched to your given address.

Equal instalments are taken from your bank account for ten months via Direct Debit. However, should you wish to pay off the remaining sum sooner, or have any other queries, you will be supplied with Hitachi Capital’s contact details.

By offering Own Art, we can enable you to kickstart your personal art collection or expand your criteria when thinking about purchasing high-quality contemporary art from us.


For more information on the Own Art Scheme visit their website

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Annie Boisseau Landscape Evening Light

All about Tagsmart: An Interview with CEO Lawrence Merritt

Lawrence Merritt Tagsmart CEO

Lawrence Merritt is CEO of Tagsmart, the people behind the fantastic Certificates of Authenticity that come with every purchase made on Buy Art | Buy Now

Anna Preston speaks to the CEO of the start-up tackling fakes and forgeries in the art world.


Tagsmart is an invaluable resource for the contemporary art market, assuring trusted providence and authentication. What first attracted you to the Tagsmart ethos?

I’m passionate about solving old problems and creating new experiences through technology; fakes and forgeries have plagued the art world for hundreds of years and on a rational level, this drew me to Tagsmart. It also struck me as odd that such a modest share of the wealth in art accrues to artists; Tagsmart empowers artists by allowing them to legitimise their creations and this drew me to Tagsmart on a more emotional level

Can you briefly explain what Tagsmart involves relating to Mall Galleries’ Buy Art | Buy Now service.

One of the biggest concerns online buyers have about buying art is the lack of standards around Certificates of Authenticity; independent 3rd party research has shown this again and again. Tagsmart aims to solve this problem by establishing a new standard for Certificates and we have partnered with Mall Galleries who now present our Certificate with every online purchase. The Tagsmart Certificate is compelling because it's loaded with anti counterfeiting technology, uniquely signed by the artist and twinned with a digital  version which means it's a great enhancement that helps to position Mall Galleries at the leading edge of e-commerce and better able to meet the needs of its customers

What does being a Tagsmart CEO involve day-to-day, and what do you enjoy most about working with contemporary artists and art businesses?

Being a startup CEO brings many challenges and joy; the key priority is to remain fixed on the vision which is to make fakes and forgeries obsolete but flexible about how we achieve this; there is no playbook given that we are the only company in the world doing this which means it’s important to move quickly, learn fast and stay focussed. But the most exciting thing about my job is meeting contemporary artists and talking to them about their motivations and message; their ambition to continually challenge the status quo is inspiring and infectious. Great art does this and in many ways this is the ideology of Tagsmart

Have you always been in the art world, or passionate about art?

I am new to the art world though I’ve now been a part of it for almost two and half a years; historically I’ve been more passionate about the business of art than the art itself which makes me a philistine I know though recently I have developed a fondness for art with, lets say, a political, social and subversive focus that makes you challenge the mainstream media narrative or what passes as conventional wisdom. On a more casual level, when on holiday with my family in Mallorca over Easter, one of the first things we did was visit the Pilar and Joan Miro Foundation, where we saw Miro’s works, his home and his studio. I loved it.

How are you planning on taking Tagsmart forward and expanding it?

I believe there is a battle raging for the soul of the art market with progressives on the one side fighting for change and modernisation; we stand with them. It’s interesting to note that the global art market hasn't grown in value over the last decade despite a huge rise in the global middle class and the sheer number of millionaires; it's in all our interests to bring more openness and transparency into the art market to encourage more people to buy art for the first time and enhance the overall salience of art within popular culture. Our mission is to help enable this by allowing all artists, from all over the world to seal their works with our tags and offer all buyers 21st century peace of mind

 

Curator's Choice: Anna McNay

Anna McNay

Anna McNay, art writer and editor, tells us of seven works from Buy Art | Buy Now which stood out for her.


Anna McNay is an art writer and editor. She is Assistant Editor at Art Quarterly (Art Fund’s magazine), former Deputy Editor at State Media and former Arts Editor at DIVA magazine. She contributes regularly to Studio International, Photomonitor and Elephant magazine and has been widely published in a variety of other print and online art and photography journals and national newspapers. She has written numerous catalogue essays, including for the Royal Academy of Arts. She regularly hosts panels and in conversation events at galleries and art schools and has judged numerous art prizes, both nationally and internationally. 

Follow Anna on Twitter and see an archive of her writings here.

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Nicholas McLeod

Untitled_1, £385

When I first saw this piece, I thought it must be photography of some kind or other, so was surprised and enthralled to discover it is a pencil and charcoal drawing. The suggestion of light is so dramatic and astounding and it looks as if it were light itself dancing across the page and making the marks.


Gary Ramskill

Winter Sunset on Lake Windermere, £165

The ripples on the lake and the pastel pinks and blues create a sense of cool, evening calm. The influence of Japanese woodblock printing echoes in this very Lake District-y scene.


Andrew Farmer

Manchester Nocturne, £435

The daubs of colour in this impressionistic painting evoke the lights of a bustling city in a gentle and romantic way, precisely as the nocturne of the title demands. There is something absorbing, calming and appealing about this work.


Zena Assi

I don't want to straighten my hair, £1,100

This mixed media work leapt out at me immediately from the website. There is something in the sitter’s eyes and posture that demands attention – her beauty and defiance and silent inner strength.


Karen Read Coley

Harvest Moon, £390

I love the use of brushstrokes and fluid paint to capture the stillness and yet simultaneous transience of the flickering shadows cast by the silhouetted treetops in the light of the harvest moon. I can feel the chill air on my cheeks and a tingle down my spine when I look at this work.


David Allen RSMA

Frosty Morning, Fenns Moss, £1,350

This pastel work gives me hope. The warmth of the light, bursting through the barren trees and thawing the frozen moss to a soft, damp carpet, brings with it the promise of a new day, full of possibility.


Michael Weller

Three Boats, £600

I love the simplicity of this work and how so few marks can evoke such a strong image. Even one colour can transform into both air and water when appropriately juxtaposed with daubs of a white cloud and a grey rock. This work is evidence that less can most definitely be more.


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Gary Ramskill, Winter Sunset on Lake Windermere (detail)

Artist Spotlight : Frances Bell

Chestnut in the morning light by Frances Bell Buy Art

Frances Bell is a Northumberland-based, Florence-trained portrait painter who has exhibited regularly at Mall Galleries with the Royal Society of Portrait Painters.  Perhaps most well-known for her portraits, it is her painterly landscapes of the Northumberland farmland that have gone down a storm on Buy Art | Buy Now.  Mall Galleries' Anna Preston talks to Frances about animals, portrait painting and capturing her working process in time-lapse films.

 

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You have seven oil paintings on Buy Art | Buy Now, comprising a selection of seascapes and animal-inhabited landscapes, four of which have sold. Can you tell us a little more about the works and why you chose them to feature on the site?

My love of landscape and animals stems from a lifelong interest in the countryside and the painters who’ve represented our rural environment. I’ve always lived rurally, so I feel an affinity with farm animals in their created habitats and how they interact with the human world. It’s not that I particularly knew that animals would be appropriate; it’s more that the landscape themes inspire me most currently and I’m pleased that they are appealing to the Mall Galleries’ online audience.

You are also a renowned portrait painter, with works featuring in the upcoming RP exhibition including a self portrait. Your portraits seamlessly tie together traditional and more modern, experimental methods of human portrayal. What is the secret to painting a good portrait?

Portraits are unscripted real-life interactions between painter and sitter lifted onto canvas. I sometimes have an overarching narrative to a painting (I once painted a Primavera that commentated on which side of the easel women have historically occupied) but most commentary creates itself within the mind of the viewer, so I often simply construct real spaces within which the painted figure can dominate. I start with an idea of what light and atmosphere most interests me or my client, and build from there. I look to make a likeness correct and impart as much character as I can, which comes over the course of the sittings from life and conversation. I have an oscillating view of painting self portraits. I am both sitter and painter, and this is an odd position. Portraits of others often seem more dynamic due to the integration of both people, but self portraits are a curious thing to pursue, and I’ve enjoyed my recent attempts.

You trained in the ‘classical tradition’ in Florence at Charles Cecil Studios from 2001 to 2004. What is the ‘classical tradition’ and how has it informed your present technique and aesthetic?

My training was purely figurative, in the style of a classical atelier. We drew casts, busts and the nude intensively for a year before we even used paint. Then we continued in paint with the nude and portrait models for another two years or so. The training borrows from an Old Masters tradition of intense drawing and observation from life. We used the 19th century Sight Size technique, but 17th century masters probably used the same ideas of looking at models from a distance and painting alongside each other. The training equipped me for painting direct from life and using my eye to make measurements, rather than relying on tools. I use my training in every painting I paint, and it’s been an amazing tool box with which to proceed through ideas and phases of my artistic life.

I would ask about your creative process but you have some brilliant time-lapse videos on your website. How do you think these make your works more accessible, and do you have any other technological innovations up your sleeve?

Technology is a great boon to artists, especially the rural painter, to get the word out. I use time-lapse and progress stills to show the painting process. This is helpful to sitters, so they know what to expect, but is also a way of putting your process out there for all to see. I love watching other artists’ videos and social media feeds, as one would never know how other painters work otherwise.

Finally, what is next for you as an artist?

I am a compulsive painter! So as for the future, I will be doing some more portraits and landscapes, and pushing a few ideas around.

 

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Chesnet in the Morning Mist by Frances Bell

Curator's Choice: Anna Bromwich

Landscape Evening Light by Annie Boisseau Buy Art

Anna Bromwich, Mall Galleries Art Consultant, tells us why seven works from Buy Art | Buy Now stood out of her.

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Annie Boisseau

Landscape, Evening Light, £925

I love this little landscape with its golden tones and ethereal use of light. Boisseau knows her history of Romantic landscape painting and it shines through here in a manner that is unfussy and essential.


Bernadett Timko

Two Banana Skins, £605

We’ve been following Berni Timko for a while with the quiet sense of excitement and bated breath that comes from watching someone so young with already such a defined voice. This still life of banana skins is typical of her eye for the overlooked, choppy use of paint and intuition for colour. But there is a playfulness here too, and the banana skins take on their own character as they dance into the night.


Peter Brown NEAC RP ROI PS Hon. RBA

Sun on Glasto Mud 2016, £2,800

Pete the Street does Glastonbury. Sometimes the fun of plein air painting is imagining the artist behind the canvas, and as Glastonbury Festival’s pathways melt into mud you can’t help wondering if Pete’s knee-deep in the stuff already, sporting day-glo wellies and a tie-dye t-shirt. This painting is a great example of contemporary plein air subjects from a seasoned flâneur veering off the beaten track.


Frances Bell

Cows After a Storm, £1,675

I first knew Frances as a portrait painter and it’s been a fascinating discovery to see the Northumberland farmland where she lives pop up in exhibitions at Mall Galleries and on Buy Art | Buy Now. I find a kind of familiarity in this serene painting, whether it’s the sense of being stared at by a cow or the orange moon fighting through the mist that, for me, conjures up Monet’s Le Havre*.


Keith Holmes

Tool series

The graphic way Keith renders the garden tools in this series, abstracts their forms and divorces them from their functions. Suddenly you realise what fascinating objects these are that sit hidden away in your tool box in the garden shed.

Work illustrated: No.1

Alexander Goudie RP

Chapel Interior, Brittany, £16,630

Alexander Goudie was a prominent Scottish figurative painter with a vivacious flair for colour, myth and folklore to match his character. He passed away in 2004 leaving behind a substantial body of work, much of which was exhibited in a retrospective at Mall Galleries in 2016. A respected portrait painter, he'd painted public figures ranging from Billy Connolly to the Queen, but it is work like this, which exhibits an interest in ritual and tradition, in this case through the prism of the Bretagne cultural landscape he knew intimately, that I find most tender.


Jack Haslam

Mme Dufy

When artists pay homage to those that have inspired them, it’s a chance to see through two pairs of eyes. While Jack’s interpretation of Raoul Dufy’s portrait of his wife** shares the same warmth as the original, the young artist has stripped Dufy signature colour away to focus on line and pattern. Jack brings his own sense of pattern to Dufy’s inky arabesques and I love the unusual objects worked into Mme Dufy’s floral shirt!

 

* Claude Monet Impression, Sunrise Oil on Canvas, 1842

**Roaul Dufy  Portrait de Mme Dufy Oil on Canvas, 1930


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Annie Boisseau, Landscape, Evening Light (detail)

Curator's Choice: Abby Trow, Editor decomag.co.uk

Abby Trow, editor of online eco interiors magazine decomag.co.uk, tells us why five works from Buy Art | Buy Now stood out for her.


My drawing skills became petrified when I was five so I'm always deeply impressed by anyone who can draw anything that looks even faintly recognisable – a lemon that looks like a lemon and always a horse that looks like a horse. In short I'm in awe of all the artists whose work is available on Buy Art | Buy Now. I tend to like impressionistic or abstract-ish landscape paintings that will transport me to a place I may know or generally like to be, such as by the Cornish sea, while I like paintings full of colour. I also like works whose subject matter makes me curious and feels like it could be the start or end to a story.

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Natalia Kuptsova

Afternoon at Waterlow Park, £950

This is an soft, impressionistic and very warm painting in lovely spring greens of a park close to where I live and where I used to walk my children when they were little. I love the colours of the painting, the way the artist has captured the abundant foliage and the paleness of the Catholic church in the distance...as if it's almost a whisper. It's a painting of a little gem of a park, a snapshot of greenery.


Stephen Message

Woodcock, £1,000

I know this is an accomplished nature painting, capturing the countryside at dusk with a Woodcock rising from the trees. I love the dark velvety colours and the burst of moon and the reflection of moonlight on the puddle; but I respond to it because I know that if I were on that path myself as it was getting dark, I'd be feeling a little anxious and my imagination would start working overtime. I've been lost on walks on a few occasions as it was getting dark and it's an experience that heightens the senses and I feel that's what this painting does.


Janet Darley

Approaching Setthorns On The Twenty First of October

I love the softness of watercolour and the way colours blur into each other so works have that slight abstraction. But this painting seems quite unusual for a watercolour because it's vibrant and the colours are strong. I like the subject matter, I want to know where the road or path is and where it leads to; and it does immediately take you to a hot early autumn day when the leaves are just starting to change from green to reds and browns. I feel it's place I'd like to walk in.


Gary Ramskill

Winter Sunset on Lake Windermere, £165

I love the colours of this work, its slight graphic quality and its simplicity. I don't know Lake Windermere, but this print makes me want to go there and go there in winter. I like the way the artist captures the rippling water and the snowy mountains that rise up around the lake. It's a work that feels very unhurried.


Tony Feld

Beach Huts, Whitstable, £950

I like this painting because at first glance you do a double take and wonder if it's a photograph. Of course it's not but it's the way the artist paints the sky that gives it a certain photorealistic quality. I know of Whitstable and its beach huts and I like the fact that this painting doesn't portray them as entirely benign. The door to one is open, showing its little frilly curtain with the sun blazing on it, but you don't know who or what is inside it, or in the one next door. I like the colours..the left hand side of the painting suggests a sunny day but get to the right side of the painting and it's dark and somewhat mysterious.



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Gary Ramskill, Winter Sunset on Lake Windermere

Curator's Choice: @CamberwellCollector - John Watson

Known on Instagram as @CamberwellCollector, John is the current chairman of the St Ives Society of Artists (STISA). Formed in 1927, STISA is housed in the Mariners Gallery, a deconsecrated church and their home since 1945.

John has an extensive art collection, containing artists who were students and teachers at Camberwell School of Art between 1945-85.  This interest started during his 17 years living in South East London, where he taught in various schools. He also collects figurative en plein air Cornish artists.

Follow John on his well-curated Instagram account where he regularly posts work of Camberwell Artists and the day-to-day goings on at the St Ives Society of Artists.

"The portrait of me was painted by Michael J Strang a Camberwell student in the early 1970s. It was a real treat to be painted by a former student of the art school I principally collect."

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Peter Clossick NEAC

Walled Garden Malta £3000

I love the composition of this picture with the light on the walls of the houses and the shadow in the tree and foliage of the garden. I like strong angles in pictures and with the diagonals and verticals in this image was immediately attracted to it.   

Peter attended Camberwell School of Art in the early 1970s. If ever a picture was Camberwellian this is it. It echoes the work of many of his tutors and peers that I have in my Camberwell collection.  If you get the chance to see an exhibition of Peter’s work then see it, you’ll love what he does with paint. 


James Bland NEAC

Steamroller in the Snow, £2,050

I am very interested in pictures about pictures. This work was painted from drawings inspired by Constable’s ‘A Hay Wain Crossing a River.’ A seemingly incongruous scene provides this very strong composition. The fascinating feature of the line of steam forming such a strong diagonal has me returning to this image again and again.


Daniel Preece

Gasometer from Battersea Park, £1,000

An iconic landmark in South West London from the Slade trained artist. I love the slabs of colour that form this picture. The greens and blues with good strong shapes make this a favourite picture of mine on the Mall Galleries website.


Andrew Farmer

Sky Study Over Farm Houses, £570

This is a fantastic picture, with its super sky and buildings, tonal shadow and light on the fields and fence. There is a great feeling of movement here with a typical en plein air feel to it. A moment caught in time with the movement between brooding rain filled clouds giving way to brighter skies. I really enjoy looking at Andrew Farmer’s pictures, with their economic, small marks.


Benjamin Hope

Greenwich Church Street, £1,050

This was part of my route home to Deptford from the Isle of Dogs. Being a fan of Iain Sinclair’s books any picture with a Hawksmoor church in it is a winner for me. The tower of Hawksmoor’s Baroque masterpiece St Alphege’s church rises above the rooftops of Greenwich. This picture has such dazzling light in it. The quintessential en plein air London picture.


Peter Brown NEAC RP PS ROI Hon RBA

Sun on Glasto Mud 2016, £2800

No choice of work from Mall Galleries would be complete without a Peter Brown (Pete the Street) painting. I love this picture as the muddy puddle gives great definition to the image. The consummate en plein air painter, with such great observational skills. I love the dayglo jacketed steward right in the middle of the image.



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Benjamin Hope, Church Street, Greenwich