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Five Fine Art Favourites: October

Five Fine Art Favourites: October

/ Tuesday 26th of October, 2021

As the days get shorter and the nights draw in, we increasingly take comfort in the joy of fine art and the effect it has on our mindset. Here we explore a few of our favourite pieces for the month of October. 


1.‘Smuggler’s Cove’ by Alex Hill. Oil on canvas. 30” x 12”. £2,885.

Chosen by: Philip Short, Director 

“Along with the obvious intricacy and fine detail, Alex does a fantastic job of weaving subtle narratives into each of his paintings. When looking at his work, the viewer cannot help but be drawn into the potential storylines of the scene. Where have they come from? Where are they going? What are they transporting—or hiding? It’s enough to make anyone’s imagination run wild, a feature that never ceases to enrich the experience of the painting.”

2.‘Belgian Bun with Strawberries’ by Raymond Campbell. Oil on panel. 8” x 6”. £660.

Chosen by: Alan Short, Director 

“The York Fine Arts team know I’m partial to an afternoon sticky bun now and again. So as soon as I saw this painting, I knew I had to have it. With gooey icing, plump sultanas and a big, sticky cherry on top, it’s enough to make anyone’s mouth water. It’s a perfect example of the unparalleled quality and fine detail that have become a hallmark of Raymond’s work. 


3.‘Grouse Pool, Derwent Edge’ by Julian Mason. Oil on canvas. 10” x 10”. £550.

Chosen by: Deanna Dawkins, Gallery Manager

“As a relatively new mum, I don’t get a lot of ‘calm’ these days. But this painting of Julian’s never ceases to provide a swift, much-needed moment of serenity and solitude. As I stand on the Edge looking out at the surrounding fells and valley below, I can practically smell the crisp, clean air and feel the thin but welcome warmth of the winter sun as it fades across my face. Instantly and hypnotically, it leaves me feeling relaxed, refreshed and ready to take on what the rest of the day holds.”


4. ‘Silent Flight’ by Wayne Westwood. Oil on Panel. 20” x 20”. £2,885.

Chosen by: Kirsty Maclennan, Gallery Assistant

“We were all so saddened to hear of Wayne’s passing earlier this month and are deeply touched to have received one of his final paintings, this majestic rendering of a barn owl, carefully and pointedly slowed in mid-flight. The piece is a testament to Wayne’s breathtaking talent and astonishing eye for detail, the ground upon which his long-lasting and celebrated career as a wildlife artist were built.”


5. ‘An Afternoon Treat, York’ by Michael John Ashcroft, ROI. Oil on panel. 14.5” x 9.5”. £1,200.

Chosen by: Sarah Pearson Short, Gallery Assistant

“As we head into the autumn, Michael’s newest painting brings back the light, warmth and memories of summer days in York. Bright blue skies and radiating pavement are beautifully contrasted by the cool shadow of York Minster, while fine details of the ice cream van spotlight the experience of a favourite summertime indulgence. I particularly love how he has chosen to focus on the atmosphere surrounding the Minster, in Dean’s Park, rather than the Minster itself. It’s intimate and familiar without being too obvious—a perfect example of Michael’s signature compositions and style.”


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