Rob Hefferan | Love And Desire

FOREWORD

Washington Green, fine art publishers to Castle Galleries and Castle Fine Art, is privileged to present Love and Desire by Rob Hefferan. An established and critically acclaimed figurative artist with a far reaching collector base, Hefferan makes his bow into the hallowed ranks of Washington Green artists with great aplomb. This body of work is an exceptional portrayal of duality. Rob Hefferan has carefully crafted a world of light and shade, giving his audience both sides of every proverbial coin one could want or indeed imagine. Love and passion. Day and night. Romance and lust. Sensual and sexual. Traditional and contemporary. The list of thematic abbreviations could continue, but it would be so very wrong to give merely an overview of Hefferan’s debut collection for Washington Green Fine Art without taking a deep breath and diving beneath the surface layers of these achingly dramatic paintings. Hefferan is gifted with a sure and certain sense of purpose for each body of work. As inspiration dawns, his vision begins to take shape in his mind’s eye before a fully realised concept is born. Not content with his mastery of figurative portraiture, it is at this point that his flair for staging, styling and photography leads the march. A modern day Norman Rockwell, Hefferan is instrumental in sourcing his locations and his models, and no element, from costume to props, escapes his obsessive eye for detail. However, unlike Rockwell, there is no trace of tracing to be found in Hefferan’s artistic practice. The balance between Hefferan’s two title themes, love and desire, is perfectly

weighted. The pieces enveloped in the ‘Love’ leitmotif are softly lit, beautifully staged and speak to the viewer of Pre-Raphaelite ideals. The fabrics appear lushly swathed, the décor is ornate and the setting as opulent as one would expect for the beauty and grace of his subjects. Every texture is given great attention; Hefferan’s depiction of light and movement breathes great life and vibrancy into this array of beautifully engineered tableaus, courtesy of his refined brush technique. As such, it isn’t a far stretch to understand why each piece can take between 150 to 200 hours to complete. ‘Desire’ is a different world and a different time. Hefferan takes us by the hand and leads us away from the high vaulted ceilings, light airy rooms and decorous poses we have seen thus far, into a world far removed and altogether edgier. These scenes are decidedly reminiscent of sexual, rather than sensual, fantasy. They conjure up images of nocturnal Soho establishments, Sally Bowles’ 1930s Kit Kat Club, and the art of burlesque, as given new life in recent times by famous performer Dita Von Teese. Hefferan chose a prestigious members club in the heart of Mayfair as the backdrop of some of these pieces, lending an added layer of indulgence and decadence to the overall effect, as the viewer becomes the voyeur. Thus, with no further ado, we lift the curtain on Love and Desire and invite the audience to accompany artist, and artistic director, Rob Hefferan on the sensory journey he has lain before you.

WHERE THERE IS LIGHT...

TEMPTATION STUDY ORIGINAL OIL ON CANVAS | 67CM x 44CM

TO HAVE AND TO HOLD ORIGINAL OIL ON CANVAS | 66CM x 45CM

WAIT FOR ME 1 ORIGINAL OIL ON CANVAS | 29CM x 21CM

WAIT FOR ME 2 ORIGINAL OIL ON CANVAS | 29CM x 21CM

A LITTLE MORE OF ME ORIGINAL OIL ON CANVAS | 41CM x 74CM

REFLECTION ORIGINAL OIL ON CANVAS | 63CM x 74CM

THE DEBUTANTE ORIGINAL OIL ON CANVAS | 67CM x 99CM

SILENT WHISPERS OF LOVE ORIGINAL OIL ON CANVAS | 52CM x 75CM

SEARCHING FOR YOU ORIGINAL OIL ON CANVAS | 75CM x 54CM

STOLEN HEART ORIGINAL OIL ON CANVAS | 61CM x 69CM

SECRET LOVE OIL ON CANVAS | 66CM x 46CM

LOVE SONNET STUDY ORIGINAL OIL ON CANVAS | 68CM x 101CM

NEW YORK LOVE STORY 1 ORIGINAL OIL ON CANVAS | 51CM x 75CM

NEW YORK LOVE STORY 2 ORIGINAL OIL ON CANVAS | 48CM x 74CM

...THERE IS DARKNESS

WHAT’S YOUR POISON ORIGINAL OIL ONWOOD | 77CM x 50CM

VANITY MY FAVOURITE SIN ORIGINAL OIL ONWOOD | 77CM x 50CM

LAST ORDERS ORIGINAL OIL ONWOOD | 50CM x 34CM

DANGEROUS LIAISONS ORIGINAL OIL ONWOOD | 47CM x 71CM

BABY DOLL ORIGINAL OIL ONWOOD | 47CM x 71CM

PROTECT ME FROMWHAT I WANT ORIGINAL OIL ONWOOD | 101CM x 63CM

SOMEBODY ELSE’S DREAM ORIGINAL OIL ONWOOD | 77CM x 63CM

EVERYTHING YOUWANTEDME TO BE ORIGINAL OIL ONWOOD | 72CM x 108CM

LOVE AND LIGHT ORIGINAL OIL ONWOOD | 60CM x 70CM

PHANTOM LOVER ORIGINAL OIL ONWOOD | 47CM x 71CM

MY WILD FLAME 2 ORIGINAL OIL ONWOOD | 72CM x 108CM

WAITING FOR THE NIGHT ORIGINAL OIL ONWOOD | 78CM x 50CM

LOVE AND BETRAYAL ORIGINAL OIL ONWOOD | 50CM x 76CM

HOTEL HOBBIES ORIGINAL OIL ONWOOD | 46CM x 71CM

ONE FOR THE ROAD ORIGINAL OIL ONWOOD | 48CM x 71CM

BLACK HEART ORIGINAL OIL ONWOOD | 58CM x 89CM

ALL TOMORROWS PARTIES ORIGINAL OIL ONWOOD | 47CM x 71CM

FOREVER AND A DAY ORIGINAL OIL ONWOOD | 51CM x 77CM

SHADOW PLAY ORIGINAL OIL ONWOOD | 58CM x 89CM

RAPTURE ORIGINAL OIL ONWOOD | 36CM x 74CM

Born in Cheshire in 1968, from the earliest age Rob had always painted and drawn to the point of obsession, never giving up or stopping until he felt happy with what he had created. This work ethic continued to grow and grow throughout his school years, then afterwards at art school and in fact continues to this day. After art school, Rob pursued a career in advertising from 1991 - 2003 to derive a steady income whilst he developed his artwork technique and aesthetic. Whilst in advertising, he worked on many major campaigns for both national and international brands such as the BBC, The National Lottery, BMW, Volkswagen and other major blue chip companies, whilst devoting his evenings and weekends to his art. By 2003, Rob felt ready to share the gift that he had so carefully developed, and his debut show sold out in only two hours. Since that moment of validation and success, his work has continued to advance and grow with numerous collectors across the world. “As an artist it’s important that I keep pushing ideas and trying new things; always striving in my pursuit for that perfect painting.”

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