Brian Sinfield Art Gallery
Exhibition 'Twixt Land and Sea'
Humour is a powerful emotion, as is nostalgia, and it is these elements that strike you first about Paul Robinson's paintings. Paul is an observer of people and his paintings have an engaging and narrative quality that is further enhanced by his titles. Here we have big skies, stormy seas, green fields, idyllic villages, and people going about their daily lives. Paul delights in portraying people in everyday situations with rich humour, shades of Lowry and Helen Bradley perhaps, but in his own distinct style.
Paul was born in Penrith, Cumbria and studied at Carlisle College of Art before moving to London where he became a successful illustrator, working for leading publications such as the Sunday Times and Radio Times. In 1999 he upped sticks once more and moved to Norfolk, and to a completely different environment, the antithesis of his London cityscapes, but an inspirational one.
It was a dramatic change from his London life, but one to fuel his imagination, and he has revelled in it ever since. However, Paul cannot escape his fascination with the hustle and bustle of London and continues to paint subjects of well-known places and architecture in the same theme.
Paul's work is highly collectable and can be found in private, corporate and public collections worldwide.
The exhibition has been extended until 12th March.
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Forthcoming Exhibition by Elsa Taylor
'Flowers and Landscapes' opens on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th March. The artist will be present from 11am - 3pm on the Saturday.
We are very excited to introduce you to ‘Flowers and Landscapes’. Thirty new oil paintings by Elsa Taylor marking her eighth solo exhibition with the gallery.
Elsa is well known for being a colourist, and her use of intense colour is immediately apparent in both her still-life flower paintings and landscapes. Flowers feature strongly in this exhibition and are so visually pleasing, whether it be with a simple brush stroke, or with a free hand, or a palette knife, she is able to experiment with shapes, and then with that defining touch of colour, the subject is illuminated against its background. Elsa’s flower paintings, at times semi-abstract, are more celebrations of colour, design and texture, capturing the intrinsic character of the subject rather than a slavish depiction of the flowers themselves.
In Elsa’s landscape paintings we find layers of rich colour and texture which combine to depict the natural landscape and with the occasional village or hill house her impressionistic compositions evoke an emotional response. The Cotswolds have been a strong influence, as has the different landscapes of Cornwall, Scotland and Italy.
Though she prefers to paint from her studio in the Cotswolds from drawings and sketches, Elsa gathers inspiration from wide open spaces as well the solitary object or a single flower standing on its own, but in all cases she expresses her subject matter in colour and with a range of shapes that verge on the abstract.
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Irene Jones’ painting is inspired by her love of Elizabethan portraiture, fuelled by her passion for storytelling and practised through a lifetime of painting.
Irene was born in Beeston, Nottinghamshire and at the age of 13 she attended an art school attached to the Nottingham College of Arts and Crafts where she later studied graphic design. It was here she went on to work on sets in repertory theatre before pursuing her own art.
The influence of the theatre is evident in her work, in the lavish costumes and particularly in the way she creates a sense of having interrupted the drama mid action. Controlled gestures, sideways glances and symbolic details feed the narrative yet do not impose a single story. Her interest in history is clear, however these paintings are not slavishly historical. Rather, fixed in the 21st century they are concerned with the perennial issues of human life, love, loss, desire, friendship and betrayal. Informed by dreams, fears but most of all her imagination they are unique and timeless.
Since 1970 Irene has lived on the Devon-Cornwall border painting and participating in exhibitions including the Royal West of England Academy.
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