New Artist: Clare Ferguson-Walker

We’ve got a brand new artist coming into the gallery, Clare creates bronze sculptures using her own personal experiences of the human condition to inspire her surreal fantasy like, image creations.

For her art is a passive, silent way of breaking into people’s minds and hearts. The work comes directly from her imagination, that raw conduit between the sub-conscious and what we loosely describe as reality, which of course is only a matter of perception anyway…

Please view her striking images below and for more information please feel free to contact the gallery for more information.

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“King Midas and his Touch”

Original Sculpture: Hand Painted Bronze Resin, Edition of 25
Dimensions: W:17″ x H:16″ x D:7″
£2250 or 12 monthly instalments of just £187.50 (interest free) 

Inspired by the classic tale, this piece looks at the notion of greed and how it can destroy us and those around us. When the desire for riches comes before love, we have become nothing but slaves to our own neediness. Only when we loose what is often taken for granted will we see that money cant love us in return.

 

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“Clockwork Heart”

Original Sculpture: Hand Painted Bronze Resin, Edition of 25
Dimensions: W:27″ x H:22″ x D:15″
Price: £3000 or 18 monthly instalments of £166 (Interest Free)

Through self reflection the artist found that childhood conditioning arising from society via her parents and school has created a kind of mechanical system inside. A set of rules that have made individuals almost robotic in their responses.

 

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“Centaur”

Medium: Hand Painted Bronze Resin
Dimensions: W:17″ x H:16″ x D:5″
Price: £1450 or 10 monthly instalments of £145 (Interest Free)

A creature combining the physicality and strength of a horse and the delicate beauty of a woman. Totally at one with its on nature, self reliant and unquestioning.

“I see this piece as a representation of a psychological state that I aspire to achieve. I was born in the year of the horse and have always felt akin to them in some way, I hate being boxed in and a desire for freedom is very much at my core”.

 

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“The Lonely King”

Original Sculpture: Hand Painted Bronze Resin Edition of 25
Dimensions: W:9″ H:16″ D:9″
Price: £1950 or 10 monthly instalments of £195 (Interest Free)

This archetypal character represents the potential loneliness associated with power and the responsibility therein. For the artist the king is not a king but her father, the most influential masculine presence in her and in most peoples lives. Most comfortable in his own company, deeply unsure of how to share himself emotional he has made himself an island.

The Rise of Women

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Picture from Tracey Emin’s show: ‘She Lay Down Deep Beneath the Sea’

After centuries of being regarded as second class to men, it seems that finally the tables have turned and that women are no longer merely enjoying a sense of equality in areas, but are developing their own niches with women only floors in hotels, night clubs and gyms . So why is it that women still seem to lag behind in the art world, even today, the works of female artists seem to reach only a tenth of their male counterparts. Tracey Emin and Damian Hirst arguably share similar status and dominance in today’s art market, yet Hirst’s pieces carry much larger price tags.  

It was once taught and thought that women played no role in the history of art, something that Dana Arnold picked up on during her studies at UCLA. Since leaving her research has focused on the ways in which, art history is interpreted and the roles women have played. The truth simply is that the role of women has to one degree or another simply been ignored. As in other areas, the annuals of history and the rules of what makes a masterpiece was laid out by men for the benefit of men leaving little room for women.   

Despite histories ignorance women have been present and have played an important role. The Bayeux Tapestry was created by nuns, the Early Renaissance saw the arrival of named female artists such as Lavinia Fontana and Sofonisba Anguisciola, before being ousted in the latter stages of the movement. It was women who hand painted the Wedgewood vases and porcelain that is so highly regarded today. In fact their role and contribution to the popular culture of their time arguably outstrips that of males in the same period. Indeed, it is only due to their ostracism from high culture that they were deemed academically irrelevant for so long.       

This began to chance when in the 20th century, a surge of innovation and discovery questioned traditional views and the perception of women artists. Women made further gains, such as Georgia O’Keeffe, Louise Bourgeois, Camille Claudel, Sonia Delaunay, Laura Knight, Zinaida Serebriakova, Tamara de Lempicka and Natalia Goncharova. Culminating with Rachel Whiteread becoming the first woman to win the Turner Prize in 1993.

 

As our culture continues to embrace the role of women, the once held firm beliefs of women’s role within art are set to change. At the gallery we have already noticed a shift in this direction with 2 of top selling artists being women, Xue Wang and Gail Troth. With more interest and attention being paid to female artists than ever before, it seems likely that the value of both old and new works by female artists is set to rise.  

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‘Eternal Landscape in Blue’ by Gail Troth
Oil on Canvas
47″ x 15.5″
£995 or 10 monthly installments of just £99.50