All ‘smART’… All about the ART!

Gunpowder Blue

‘Gunpowder Blue’ – Kate Brinkworth

Lots planned for the final half of 2018. New artists for the gallery, established masters together with rising talent! Interesting sculpture and dynamic statement wall art to finish off that newly renovated space. Art Fairs are in place and with a whole host of gallery exhibitions planned it’s looking like a fabulous ‘Arty’ season ahead. Watch this space…

View some of our featured works this month. As Summer is with us, here in the gallery we just love a little slash of colour.

 

ELEMENT 1 FINISHED

Here in the Gallery we love new art by Gareth Hayward. A photographer of integrity. Hours spent layering individual images, building a collage with breath taking results.

‘Elements’ by Gareth Hayward on display now.

 

Nina Simone

New artist to our books! We welcome Kelly Ann – Holmes. Each piece created from recycled aluminum. View ‘Nina Simone’ mosaic strong-bow cider.

 

Flatiron - New York - ADU

Original Artwork by the incredeibly talented Alicia Dubnyckyj. ‘Flatiron Building’

Alicia uses gloss paint on board to create each stunning original composition.

 

Unfolding

Date in the Diary – 30th June
Exhibition with Jane Thomson and Donna Rumbe – Smith.

‘Fragments’ interlink both artists, a collaboration of original works. For information do contact the Gallery – Tel : 01159243555

 

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Artist Nick Holdsworth breaks the mold. Printing 1000’s of tiny images onto paper, embossing this on to board before spray painting the final image. Using this pixilation technique encourages the work to look almost 3D.

 

George Thornton Art

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Religion in Art

sir-stanley-spencer-cookhamStanley Spencer –  “The Resurrection”

For centuries Christian imagery was the main focus of mainstream artistic endeavour. Some of the most famous religious triptychs of the Middle Ages, such as Rubens ‘Elevation of the Cross’ (c16100 which can be seen in Antwerp Cathedral, or Master of Delft’s ‘Scenes from the Passion of Christ’ (c1510) on display at the National Gallery, London demonstrate the importance and value of religion in Western art at the time. Bible stories and religious events were depicted in often large, figurative paintings, using precious paint colours such as lapis lazuli blue, both of which served to impress the audience with the seeming veracity of their subject matter. But times were of course very different then than now. Religion was arguably so central to European culture that, with a largely illiterate proletariat, depictions of religious scenes informed and educated as well as decorated. As the centuries passed by and as the importance or domination of Christianity on the lives of the masses changed, religious images as art became increasingly subverted in a challenge to the Christian hegemony. The work of Sir Stanley Spencer springs to mind when I think of how this is exemplified in the 20th century. His work ‘The Resurrection, Cookham’ (1927) is set in the grounds of the Holy Trinity Church in his home village in Berkshire and shows Spencer’s friends and family from both Cookham and Hampstead, and others emerging from graves watched by figures of God, Christ and the saints. To the left of the church some of the resurrected are climbing over a stile, others are making their way to the river to board a Thames pleasure boat, others are simply inspecting their headstones. In creating this work which The Times art critic described as “the most important picture painted by any English artist in the present century…” Spencer brought religious art straight back to cultural prominence to a by now largely secular audience.

Moving forward to the current time, religious imagery in art and its use as a device to engage the audience in the comfort of the familiar, whilst challenging perceptions, is a common occurrence. Representations of Christianity in secular art are very common and are popular and acceptable in most modern genres. We do not generally treat a Christian religious image used in art as an object of reverence from a spiritual perspective – we are unlikely to be persuaded to buy such a piece from a religious standpoint.

Adoration Bleu

In the Gallery we have ‘Adoration Bleu’ by Joel Moens de Hase (pictured above) showing a saintly nun gazing upwards, seemingly in some kind of ecstasy, but her picture is made up of hundreds of tiny images of ladies in their underwear.

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“Acceptance” by Dean Kemp

Dean Kemp’s statue ‘Acceptance’ is of a topless man wearing jeans but with angels’ wings sprouting from his shoulders. Acceptance of religiosity? Acceptance of wings? Interesting questions that do not place religion at the centre of the statue’s meaning but which are implied.

Dark Icarus

“Dark Icarus” by Ian Hodgson

Although the story of Icarus is taken from Greek Mythology is does proclaim many religious connotations notably the consequence of personal over-ambition. Ian depicts his figure with arms out stretched mimicking the crucifix, probably the most principal symbol for Christianity.

Male Fide

“Mala Fide” by Magnus Gjoen

Finally, we have seen a great deal of interest in the religion themed pieces by Magnus Gjoen – a print of his piece ‘Mala Fide’ was snapped up by a discerning buyer in the gallery earlier in the year and this depicts Jesus holding two machine guns. The artists draw on a rich tradition of religious representation and yet they all have a twist in the tail

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