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Five Fine Art Favourites: March 2022

Five Fine Art Favourites: March 2022

/ Wednesday 16th of March, 2022

With spring on the horizon, this month we shine a spotlight on five of the paintings currently brightening our days. 


1.‘Blue Skies and Quiet Calm’ by Gordon Lees. Oil on panel. 30” x 12”. £2,485

Chosen by: Philip Short, Director 

“Idyllic and serene, it’s easy to rest on the grassy banks of this carefully composed panorama. Gordon’s choice of bright, balmy colours gently warm the scene while the reflection of quaint cottages in slow-moving water bring an element of utter tranquillity. Brimming with the romance and nostalgia that has become the hallmark of his work, Gordon’s newest painting is an instant classic.” 

2.‘The Battle of Trafalgar’ by Ken Hammond. Oil on panel. 30” x 24”. £4,850

Chosen by: Alan Short, Director 

“Naval history is a great interest of mine, so Ken’s latest painting is an obvious choice. His depiction of this landmark battle is positively thrilling, its churning seas, blazing cannon fire and large, lurching ships each playing their part. It’s an action-packed scene, masterfully executed, that brings the drama of history vividly to life.”


3.‘Shire Horses in Spring’ by Jacqueline Stanhope. Oil on canvas. 28” x 20”. £5,985

Chosen by: Deanna Dawkins, Gallery Manager

“Jacqueline has a remarkable ability to reveal both likeness and soul of these magnificent creatures. Though the draught house has a longstanding reputation for power and strength, here, Jacqueline has captured a softness perhaps otherwise overlooked. The scene is really quite tender, from the gentle, almost demure bowed heads of the horses to the sheen of their immaculately groomed coats, suggesting fastidious care and affection. Even their eyes, lit from within, seem to communicate placid contentment. It’s a beautifully touching piece that speaks volumes about Jacqueline’s ability as an equestrian artist. 


4. ‘Swaledales at Gunnerside’ by Natalie Stutely. Oil on panel. 30” x 12”. £2,885

Chosen by: Kirsty Maclennan, Gallery Assistant

“From the verdant rolling hills to the warm pastel skies, to the smile-inducing, inquisitive faces that peer out at us from the scene, this painting is simply a joy to behold. With a perfectly balanced and fluid composition, the eye is led seamlessly from one exquisite detail to another. We may notice how the soft light falls on the Swaledales’ fleece, beautifully illuminating its texture, or how the shadows of looming clouds sweep across the landscape, forming intricate patterns over the valleys and meadows. A painting of everlasting appeal that will draw you back time and time again.”


5.‘Summer in the Yorkshire Wolds’ by Terry Grundy. Oil on panel. 12” x 12”. £660

Chosen by: Sarah Pearson Short, Gallery Assistant.

“We’ve spent many a summer afternoon walking in the Yorkshire Wolds and this painting instantly brings those happy memories to the forefront of my mind. Though it’s far too easy to forget things on our doorstep, it really is a beautiful part of the world. Terry has captured its rolling hills and patchwork fields just perfectly.”

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.