Sunday, 19 July 2009

Matthew Dean and his Movement Studies

Matthew Dean trained at Bristol in Film Animation, then studied Fine Art - it is the combination of these two that Matthew has used to great effect in his work on Movement.Pen & Ink Sketch of male model moving around the studio.
A male model dancing and leaping - another Pen & Ink study

Pen & Watercolour - Model moving and stretching to music.
Matthew's work is lovely in it's simplicity. His quick sketched lines moving across the paper, with wonderful detail. The deftly crafted strokes build together in almost anatomical precision. We are show casing work by Matthew at the gallery - join us for Wine Tasting and to view his most recent paintings Wednesday 22nd July - 7pm. Email or call for more details - 0044(0)12424 511682

Thursday, 16 July 2009

Gail and Ruth's Artwork, more.

Ruth adores living in Tuscany - I think I could manage to enjoy living there for a few months every year, but then I'd miss Cheltenham.

Her paintings are like well loved family scrap books - they are full of remembered places and people, hidden treasures. The variety of media used by Ruth when creating her artwork adds to the interest and depth wating for the viewer to explore and find. Most visitors to the gallery spend a long time with noses very close to the picture - trying to work out how Ruth created the work, but also looking for hidden gems.

Ruth's jewellery has caught the eye of my art lovers - people who like to wear art as well as view it! Ruth's jewellery is a collection of unique pieces - antique textiles, vintage beads, beaten metal, sea polished glass, every piece is different.

Gail & Ruth's artwork

I am just trying to get pics of artists work to show alongside the right posting. Apologies if it all looks a little dis-jointed.

Gail's artwork is warm and friendly, she features lovely, round ladies in her artwork. Artwork featuring people you want to live with. You know by looking at her work that the ladies are cuddly and fun - they enjoy themselves. Just like Gail.

Saturday, 11 July 2009

Saturday 11th July Visitors

Saturday was really busy, lots of visitors - some browsing, some buying and some trying to sell. Sometimes it's hard explaining to artists that I can't view their work then & there - even though the gallery looks quiet at that moment in time. I always ask prospective artists to send in 3 or 4 images of their work, either by email or post, so that Ranulf & I can look at them and decide if the work is right for our gallery and if it is, when would the work fit into our exhibiton diary. Then we make an appointment to see the actual work. I remember many years ago - before I had my own gallery, I always used to think that some gallery owners were a right snotty lot!! But now I really understand that you've got to be firm and organised (that bit's hard work for me!!?).
Had two lovely people in today - they came to see Gail & Ruth's artwork, which they loved! These two, Paul & Louise work at The National Star College in Cheltenham, an independent specialist college for young people who have physical disabilities and associated learning difficulties - an amazing place for amazing youngsters. We're auctioning a painting to raise funds for Nat Star College, created by Matthew Dean at an event held at The Daffodil Restaurant just recently - but more of that to follow.
I'm off to see several new artists on Monday and Tuesday, more to report then

New Exhibition

Hi ~ I'm new to blogging so will probably take a while to get the hang of it all. Art by Darcy is my blog spot for my art gallery - which I'm passionate about. So much happens in a day that I'd like to share with everyone, the wonderful Art, Crafts but especially the people I meet both Artists and Art Lovers.
We're hosting a show by Gail de Jong, Ruth Elliott and Anne Bosset ~ Paintings, Ceramics, Textiles and Jewellery - an electic mix if ever there was! Gail's paintings and ceramics feature lovely large ladies in exquisite corsets and red shoes - we think they are probably self portraits! Ruth collects antique fabrics, vintage beads and beachcombs for glass to create her unusal jewellery - Art to wear! Her paintings are created using a variety of mediums, printing, collage, painting, sewing - I keep looking to see if there's anything I've missed!! Ruth has used beautiful imagery and scenes from the area of Tuscany that she lives in - these works of art really deserve a closer look.
Anne Bosset contacted me earlier this year hoping to meet up - luckily she was able to combine a trip to see me with a family wedding. Anne has been living in France for the last eleven years painting full time. We've got watercolours of the Brecon Beacons, oils on canvas of French Poppies, interesting abstract mountain landscapes and detailed watercolour still lifes of delicate china - sounds a bit of a mixture - Well it is; and it all works together in a most harmonious way!!

I'm looking forward to an interesting Saturday.