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Five Fine Art Favourites: April

Five Fine Art Favourites: April

/ Thursday 26th of March, 2020

We round up a few of our new favourites for the month of April and are reminded of fine art's power to soothe, inspire and revitalize.

1. ‘The Vintner’s Finest’ by Raymond Campbell. Oil on panel. £5,685.

Chosen by: Philip Short, Director

"The Vintner's Finest is classic Campbell. Between the finely observed detail, elegant composition and rich, opulent pigments, the piece exudes a timeless quality. The enduring appeal of still life comes from our fascination with what is beautiful, yet transient--like a bowl of shining, ripe cherries. There are few artists working today who can capture this delicate balance better than Raymond."


2. ‘Glen Etive, Rannoch Moor’ by Natalie Stutely. Oil on panel. 30” x 30”. £4,285.

Chosen by: Alan Short, Director 

“There is a real sense of majesty in this painting, with the scale alone giving maximum impact. As if the size did not provide enough impact, I often find myself struck by the direct, fearless gaze of Natalie's stag. In a nod to Landseer's 'Monarch of the Glen', the stag reigns supreme over the Scottish Highlands--a landscape Natalie captures perfectly, in all its wild, untamed glory."


3. ‘A Pint at the Lister Arms, Malham, Yorkshire’ by Michael John Ashcroft. Oil on panel. 10” x 8”. £685.

Chosen by: Deanna Dawkins, Gallery Manager.

“I love how relaxed and natural this painting feels. I’ve been to this pub many a time over past summers after walks around Malham Cove, and the mood of this painting is a perfect encapsulation of that experience. The often underrated of pleasure of unhurried gatherings, the warmth of a summer day—even the small detail of the bunting lends itself to the weightless, jovial nature of the moment. Michael’s ability to consistently capture the honesty of a place without compromising its spirit and atmosphere is so impressive.”


4. ‘Catch Me If You Can' by Sean Durkin. Oil on panel. 24" x 20". £1,050.

Chosen by: Kirsty Maclennan, Gallery Assistant.

"Being from the North-East, I will always have a special place in my heart for Sean Durkin's affectionate portrayals of industrial Britain. All of his work captures a distinctly northern sense of humour, none more so than Catch Me If You Can, with the customarily placed burglar, here expertly hidden from the watchful, unwitting policeman. There is also a sense of bitter sweetness in Sean's work that I recognise, a place where resilience and humour, starkness and warmth coexist."


5. ‘Light on a Country Lane’ by Stephen Hawkins. 16” x 16”. £1,325.

Chosen by: All

Stephen is an artist that never ceases to inspire and invigorate us. His technical mastery translates into a style that is both exacting, yet fantastically intuitive. 'Light on a Country Lane' showcases his exquisite application of light, filtering softly through the treetops, highlighting the flat-capped hunting party and dappling the snowy lane."


To find out more of our favourites, visit our galleries and speak with a member of our friendly staff or strike up a conversation on our live chat.