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Five Fine Art Favourites: February

Five Fine Art Favourites: February

/ Tuesday 3rd of March, 2020

This month we again round up a few of our current favourites here at the gallery. We will certainly be enjoying them while we can!

1. ‘Evening Light, Beneath the Accademia Bridge, Venice’ by David Sawyer, RBA. Oil on panel. £1,550.

Chosen by: Philip Short, Director

“What I love most about this painting is that that David hasn’t gone for the ‘obvious’ viewpoint; how he has chosen to frame his composition is truly ingenious. Tucked beneath the asymmetrical arch of the bridge, somehow the view of the Salute becomes much more intimate and personal—even in the midst of a bustling city like Venice.”


2. ‘Battle of Trafalgar’ by Ken Hammond. Oil on canvas. 30” x 24”. £3,685.

Chosen by: Alan Short, Director

“After art, naval history is one of my greatest passions. I love the action in this painting. Ken has done an incredible job capturing the all-encompassing chaos of battle. You can almost hear the blast of the cannon fire and the whistling of the cannonballs as they hurtle towards their targets. It gives one all the more respect for those who lost their lives in the name of honour and duty.”


3. ‘Glass of Wine by the River’ by Mike Hall. Acrylic on panel. 14” x 12”. £795.

Chosen by: Deanna Dawkins, Gallery Manager

“I consider myself utterly powerless to the pull of this painting. No matter where I am or what I’m doing, this painting completely stops me in my tracks, even if only for a moment. The subtle movement of the river and the dappled light as it falls across the table are an incredibly hypnotic combination, and quickly lull me into a trance of complete calm and relaxation.”


4. ‘Rhiagh and Josie’ by Dianne Flynn. Acrylic on canvas. 20” x 16”. £3,600.

Chosen by: Kirsty Maclennan, Gallery Assistant.

“As one of our newly acquired artists, Dianne’s work has taken my breath away. If I had to pick a favourite of hers, it would be ‘Rhiagh and Josie’. There is so much innocence and tenderness in this painting, with the children very much intent on their work, secreted away in a garden of the most fantastic colours. There are few artists working today who can so perfectly balance traditional refinement with uninhibited, contemporary brushwork.”


5. ‘Curlew’ by Joseph Hayton. Limited edition bronze sculpture (of 3). £1,975.

Chosen by: All

We all have a soft spot for the work of our local Yorkshire artists, and Pateley Bridge based Joseph Hayton is no exception. We particularly love this piece for its unique patina and long, smooth lines. The delicate curve of the beak beautifully echoes the gentle slope of the body. The depth of colour of the bronze itself is equally enchanting, subtly shifting from shade to shade as it progresses across the sculpture.


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.