Fine Art Pieces
We have recently started acquiring some pieces of art. This all started when
a friend of ours gave us a Gao painting (he was voted the best new artist in
Austrailia, 1992). Below, is a list of some of the pieces we now have.
Some additional art related
- Charles Penny - 'Waterfront IV'
- Born in Germany in 1952 and educated in Switzerland, Charles Penny started
his career early in life. He has had exhibitions in London at the A M Chadwick
Gallery, Amalgam Gallery and Harrods and has had many exhibitions in Japan. He
spends much of his time in the Mediterranean where he finds his subject
matter. He is generally accepted to be one of the most accomplished
watercolorists alive today. His ability to paint light and shade and convey
the heat and atmosphere of a setting has earned him a place in the annals of
original printmaking of the latter half of the twentieth century.
- Hazel Soan - 'Lugano' and 'Aqua Vennezel I'
- Hazel Soan was born in 1954. After a formal art training, she decided to
set up her studio wherever she would live. Since 1977 she has had over twenty
exhibitions in ten countries. She has given lectures on her art, written
articles about it in many journals and given talks on the BBC. Part of the
time she lives on her own yacht which she keeps in the Mediterranean, and she
spends a month a year on safari in southern Africa where she keeps her
Landrover so that she can paint wildlife in situ. Her art shows her
exuberance. "I love the contrasts of light and shade. The beauty of painting
is always to me that moment when I get carried away and paint without
dictating the terms." Her works are in the collections of H.R.H. Prince of
Wales, Trowbridge Museum and ICI.
- Roy Tonkin - 'Equis' and 'Solstice I'
- Roy Tonkin, born in 1959, began his fascination with shapes, myths and
figures at the age of twelve after reading Tolkien. At West Surrey College of
Art and at the Bath Academy where he studied pottery and printmaking, he
developed his interest in carborundum etchings which enabled him to build up a
three dimensional surface on the plate, applying layers of paste and iron
filings as if working with clay. He set up studio in London in the early
eighties and produces his ceramic works and carborundum plates printing them
himself. He finds inspiration in medieval legends - in the crafts, woodwork,
pottery, masonry and tapestries of that era. His images concern a world of
allegory and fabels.
- Lee White - 'Figurative'
- Born in Miami in 1948, he received the Mayor's trophy for artists
sponsored by the Miami Herald. His journey then carried him to California
where he began formal studies at the California College of Commercial Design,
the City College of Los Angeles, The Santa Monica Art League, The University
of Southern California, advancing to a fine art degree at the California
Institute of Arts. His prolific work, original figuratives, abstract
expressionism, still lifes and collage are in private and corporate
collections. Today his works are widely exhibited in cities in the United
States, Europe and through the world. "...Figurative is not a word...it is
an emotion-Figuratives mirror the soul, the realism, of life's rhythm...of
passioned pleasures...of deviled dreams..."
- David Dodsworth - 'Axiom'
- Born in 1952, David Dodsworth gained a BA in Fine Art before setting up
his own studio to be able to experiment with imagery and methods of
printmaking. Working with thick paints, gold leafs, and metal that he cuts
with a jigsaw, he created a totally individual style which became world renown
by 1985. He has won prizes in Japan, Germany and England and has been accepted
into the Royal Society of Painter Etchers. Many pieces by Dodsworth have been
commissioned by some of the world's largest corporations for their company
headquarters, and his works can be found in most leading original print
galleries throughtout the USA.
- Julian Askins - 'Verandah'
- Julian Askins has enjoyed over 40 exhibitions in the last ten years.
Innovative and exuberant, his work as a painter and printmaker captures the
heat and light of the Mediterranean and the Caribbean where he stays painting
the scenery about him. The richness of color conveys the intimate atmosphere
of the places he visits. The heat and light is conveyed by his complementary
use of dark inks.
- Susan Jameson - 'Lightening & Storm II'
- Born in 1943. The ideas concerning the relationship of man to the nature
surrounding us are central to the work of Susan Jameson. She portrays the
strength of nature. Its awesome but wondrous presence can be seen in her
moonlit seashores, her majestic mountains, her windswept skies. Working in
mezzotint, a medium mastered by only a handful of living artists today, she
has been acclaimed by museums and galleries alike and has been given many
exhibitions in the USA, Europe and Japan over the last twenty years.
- William Crighton - 'French Garden I'
- Studied at Jordanstone College and St Martins School of Art. One of the
most interesting post impressionist painters of recent years, his treatment of
light and shade brought him to the notice of galleries in Europe. The dappled
effect of the sunlight, the ease of the reeling figures, the glistening of the
surfaces of water are captured with broad sketch like strokes of his brush.
The enchantment of casual groupings, figures in light dresses, tables bathed
in sunlight are his preferred subjects. For him art is a craft to be practised
joyfully. "For my part, I am content to demand just one thing for a
masterpiece - Enjoyment." (Renoir 1908)