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.
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."
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."
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.”
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."
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.