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Five Fine Art Favourites: January

Five Fine Art Favourites: January

/ Friday 8th of January, 2021

Revitalized by the bright chill of January, we choose a fascinating selection of favourites to start the new year.



1. ‘Beside the River Swale, Yorkshire’ by Daniel Van Der Putten. Oil on panel. 15.5” x 13”. £4,350.

Chosen by: Alan Short, Director

“I have spent many a splendid afternoon walking by the Swale and Daniel perfectly captures the radiance and fecundity of the landscape, just as the spring lambs are beginning to appear. There is so much joy to found in this painting, with the full splendour of Yorkshire there for all to see.”


2. ‘The Warm Glow of Winter’ by Edward Hersey. Oil on canvas. 30” x 12”. £6,250.

Chosen by: Philip Short, Director

“At this time of the year, I often find myself drawn to Edward’s winter scenes. The execution of this painting is simply faultless, with a graceful composition that guides you into the serene, snow-capped landscape. The Warm Glow of Winter is the kind of painting you hang on your wall and spend a lifetime wandering into.”


3. ‘The Old Bridge and Cathedral Beziers’ by David Sawyer, RBA. Oil on panel. 24” x 12”. £2,985.

Chosen by: Sarah Short, Gallery Assistant.

“This painting immediately caught my eye. Looking at it is like losing yourself within a memory, or even a dream. Perhaps it is the way David melds the physical world of Béziers, with its old town charm and lavish architecture, into the reflection of the river. Or maybe it is his painterly style that lends the artwork its meditative air, bordering on the cusp of full-blown impressionism. Whatever the cause, the feeling of viewing this painting is quite unforgettable.”


4. ‘Gentleman Looking at Everything’ by Sean Durkin. Oil on panel 12” x 24”. £745.

Chosen by: Kirsty Maclennan, Gallery Assistant.

“Having long been a fan of Sean’s work, it is always a treat to see something a little different come into the gallery. There is a melancholy element to Gentleman Looking at Everything which I like very much, paired with the almost childlike curiosity of its towering, pipe-smoking subject. It is often said that an artist must never lose their naivety and fascination with the world and to me, this painting is an encapsulation of that philosophy.”


5. ‘Shining Harbour’ by Alex Hill. Oil on canvas. 12” x 16”. £925.

Chosen by: All

“An illicit, delightfully gloomy scene, Alex Hill’s Shining Harbour has much to conceal. Lean in, take a closer look and maybe you can divine what is hidden under cover of darkness. We all enjoy indulging in the mysteries of Alex’s work, where there is always much at play and second viewings are amply rewarded.”


To find out more of our favourites, ring our York gallery on 01904 634221, drop us an email or strike up a conversation with a member of our friendly team on our live chat.