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Five Fine Art Favourites: July

Five Fine Art Favourites: July

/ Saturday 1st of July, 2023

A vivid and atmospheric selection, we shine a spotlight on five of our favourite paintings this July.


1. ‘Palazzo Vernier Contarini, Grand Canal, Venice’ by David Sawyer, RBA. Oil on Panel. 20” x 24”. £3,800.

Chosen by: Philip Short, Director

“An effortless classic, the light alone in this painting marks it out as extraordinary. Evoking the enigmatic appeal of Venice’s famous waterways and the Romantic decadence of the city itself, David offers us a perfect encapsulation of its ageless charm.”


2. ‘Harvest Mouse’ by Carl Whitfield. Oil on Panel. 4” x 5.5”. £795.

Chosen by: Alan Short, Director

“With not a brushstroke in sight, the level of detail Carl is able to achieve is remarkable. Highlighting British wildlife like no other artists, even the smallest creature is afforded the utmost gravitas, allowing the delicacy and beauty of the humble harvest mouse to shine centre stage.”


3. ‘Northern Spotlight’ by Clare Haley. Oil on panel. 12” x 12”. £795.

Chosen by: Deanna Dawkins, Gallery Manager

“Small but perfectly formed, ‘Northern Spotlight’ is a Clare Haley classic. Clare’s work never ceases to whisk me away into the wilds of the landscape in an instant, but this particular painting is just so bright and peaceful. It gives an instant, restorative connection to the natural world, grounding and inspiring me in equal measure.”


4. ‘Wobbly Macaroons’ by Ian Rawling. Pastel. 24” x 24”. £1,100.

Chosen by: Kirsty Maclennan, Senior Gallery Assistant.

“I love the level of detail in Ian’s pastel, the hairline cracks in the delicate sugar shells and the moonlike craters, where burst bubbles have ruptured the smooth finish. A true delight: a bright, sweet, fresh still life, that amplifies this bijou French classic to mammoth proportions.”


5. ‘Ruby’s First Lesson’ by Dianne Flynn. Acrylic on canvas. 18” x 24”. £4,850.

Chosen by: Sarah Pearson Short, Gallery Assistant.

“A timeless, beautiful painting. The tenderness between teacher and student radiates from the scene, capturing a moment that is at once ordinary and momentous: Ruby’s first piano lesson. Effortlessly charming, Dianne’s work is always a pleasure to behold.”


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