This Summer we will be delighting all our clients and visitors to a wealth of colour and creativity. Our Summer 'Farrago' will once again be a fabulous mixture of Abstract, Figurative, Landscapes and Still Life work from a selection of gallery artists and new faces.
Mandy started her training in the 1980s with a Bachelor of Fine Art in New York, moving to Spain after graduating where she became part of a vibrant group of artists, writers and poets. She finally settled in Norfolk with her family 15 years ago after having exhibited extensively in Spain and the UK.
Mandy paints mainly en plein air, finishing her work in a single session. Her work is beautifully drawn and painted with confidence using bold and brilliant colour. Her new work is a combination of landscape and figurative with a magical and ethereal quality which evokes a strong feeling of poetry - as Mandy says “What room is left there for internal images – for dream, hallucinations and visions in an era besieged by external ones?”
Patrick Smith is an articulate man, a poet-painter, and any conversation about his art is peppered with references to the Abstract-Expressionists of America and post war investigative British Modernism. Citing Hans Hoffman, Robert Motherwell, Peter Lanyon and Eduardo Chillida is shorthand for describing what lights Patrick up, the physical immersion and emotional impact of his place.
Patrick’s largely abstract landscapes of his Yorkshire home are characterised by spatial illusion, eliminating the unnecessary, and painting with fields of colour. The occasional starkness of black mass as a basic element in his pictures speaks of painter-printmaker Motherwell. These painting are windows on the Yorkshire Moors, sometimes aerial bird’s eye views. Air wraps around land with the rhythmic curves of Chillada’s monumental iron sculptures and site specific work. White painted, angled frames, after a design by Hofmann, reinforce his interest in edges and refract light.
Patrick studied Painting and Printmaking at Leeds Metropolitan and Utrecht School of Arts in Holland, and has lectured BA (Hons) Art & Design, Fine Art and Printmaking.
After graduating with a BA (Hons) in Printmaking from Glasgow School of Art in 1998, Euan has actively pursued a career in fine art, especially landscape painting. He teaches Art & Design in Renfrewshire and lives with his young family in North Ayrshire.
His influences include the St Ives School, Ivon Hitchens, Keith Vaughan and Milton Avery among others and is interested in mid-20th century British landscape painting and printmaking. He frequently exhibits in the PAI, RGI and RSA annual exhibitions and at British Art Fairs. He has won awards throughout his career and continues to exhibit across the UK.