Brian Sinfield Art Gallery
How does one describe Richard Adam's paintings? Visionary, idiosyncratic, surreal or just plain hilarious? The answer is probably all of these.
The gallery has just received six new pastels by Richard Adams. His humour and fertile imagination seem to know no bounds. Adams creates idylls and then adds quirky people that often float above the ground and seldom stand upright. His is a whimsical world of earthenware jugs full of cider, tractor rides, wild unabandoned partying and handstand competitions. He is a master of imagination, a champion of originality and a pastel artist of the highest calibre. He has an extraordinary ablity to connect with the viewer and his saucy sense of humour never fails to provoke a broad smile.
Richard Adams studied illustration at Leicester Polytechnic where he received a BA Hon degree. Having been born in Hampshire his family later moved to the stunning South Cotswold countryside of Wiltshire, a landscape that has had a strong and lasting influence on his work. Following his graduation Adams first moved to London where for many years he produced images for clients such as BP and the Radio Times and since then settled in East Sussex.
Illustrated: Harvest Home | varnished pastel | 90 x 60 cm
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Em Isaacson uses her pastels to express her love of colour, her fascination with texture and exploration of line. She has developed a unique style from her heritage of weaving and defines imagery by manipulating her pastels as if they were thread, watching an image emerge from the paper, weaving together the power of colour with the control of line to capture the essence of her subject whether it is figurative, landscape or floral.
In 1998, she left the UK for South Africa where she became noted for her pastel paintings of African women who moved and inspired her. “To embrace them with colour, to define them with line and texture is the only way I know to express my admiration for their beauty and their strength”.
In the June edition of Cotswold Life Magazine there is a double-page feature about Em and her passion for Africa and how she captures the lives and hearts of the South African people. You can access this article on the artist's page.
She exhibited at South Africa’s leading gallery, The Everard Reed, as well as the residence of the British High commission. In London her work has been shown alongside artists such as Paula Rego, Jacob Kramer and Jack Vetriano at galleries including The Boundary, Thompsons and The Catto. Her portrayals of African women has been admired and collected in both South Africa and the UK and are held in both private and world wide corporate collections.
“ It is as if the figure is already there, invisible to me, hidden deep within the paper, waiting for me to stroke it into life by touching it with soft lines of colour. It is my tapestry on paper.”
Three years ago Em returned to the UK and now lives and works in the Cotswolds. To view all available works click here
Illustrated above: On a Cape Town Beach | 94 x 75 cm
We are delighted to be holding Andrew Brett’s first solo exhibition at the Gallery. His choice of exhibition title and theme ‘Colour Earth’, perfectly reflects his intense engagement with the visible world and his recent reconnection with the natural landscape.
Brett's use of heavy impasto creates an almost sculptural quality combined with multiple layers of paint add to their three-dimensional effect. To him they are a labour of love made for pleasure not reward. Complex and exciting, Andrew has succeeded in harnessing the art of balance and harmony.
We hope you enjoy the exhibition.
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