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Five Fine Art Favourites: May 2022

Five Fine Art Favourites: May 2022

/ Friday 20th of May, 2022

With the promise of summer lingering in the air, we select a rousing collection of fine art to mark the month of May.


1. ‘Stroll on the City Walls, York’ by Richard Telford. Oil on panel. 20” x 20”. £2,200

Chosen by: Philip Short, Director

“Simple, yet elegant, Richard’s monochrome palette with a shock of red is invariably effective. Led into the scene by the enigmatic woman in red, Richard expertly draws our eye from the unfurling city walls to the very heart of historical York, with York Minster rising resolutely out from its centre. An absorbing and timeless scene, Richard’s newest piece proves a draw to lovers of both classic and contemporary painting.”


2. ‘Pork Pie’ by Raymond Campbell. Oil on panel. 10” x 8”. £1,350

Chosen by: Alan Short, Director

“This is not just any pork pie – this is a Yorkshire pork pie. I’ve enjoyed many in my time, but nothing compares to a traditional Yorkshire bake. Raymond perfectly captures the texture of the buttery pastry, the layer of flavourful jelly and the hearty portion of minced pork at its centre…suddenly, I’m very hungry. A must for lovers of this iconic bake and region.”


3. ‘Radio Star’ by Louise Hepworth-Wood. Acrylic on canvas. 48” x 60”. £1,495

Chosen by: Deanna Dawkins, Gallery Manager

“There are statement pieces and then there are statement pieces—and this painting is definitely the latter. The impact of Louise’s work is instant; its arresting, electric energy really reaches out and reverberates deep down into your core. The longer you look, the deeper you are pulled into a world unlike any other, a place where chaos and harmony exist side by side. Vertical lines rush past and vibrate at high frequencies while carefully placed punches of neon flash and fade like a lighthouse beacon. Offering an inspiring addition to any contemporary art collection, Louise’s latest piece is a sonorous, show-stopping performance that is impossible to overlook.”


4. ‘Days of the Fairground’ by Sean Durkin. Oil on panel. 24” x 24”. £1,425

Chosen by: Kirsty Maclennan, Gallery Assistant.

“What I love most about Sean’s work is the resounding sense of bittersweetness that is captured. Days of the Fairground is a beautiful example of this. There is buzz and excitement as children whizz down the Helter Skelter, ride the Ferris wheel and win prizes of goldfish and toffee apples. Yet, the middling British weather prevails, hanging over the scene like a gloomy onlooker, warning that the pleasures of the fair are fleeting and soon it will travel elsewhere. There is a pessimism that I find delightfully reaffirming. A reminder to live in the now and enjoy everything that comes your way, fairgrounds included!”


5. ‘Reach for Your Star’ by Amanda Jackson. Oil on panel. 8” x 16”. £895

Chosen by: Sarah Pearson Short, Gallery Assistant.

“There is a magical quality to this painting. The fluidity of the dancer’s movements appear to be mirrored by her surroundings. Her ballet slippers leave ripples on the swirling surface beneath her, as if she is dancing on water. I love the rich yet soft tones Amanda brings to this piece, enhancing its dreamlike quality. A lullaby of a painting, drawing you under an enchanting spell.”


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