Fine Art Collector | Autumn 2021

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AUTUMN/WINTER 2021

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A MARK OF GOOD TASTE CASTLE FINE ART X MOOR HALL

WHATSHISNAME A NAME TO REMEMBER

WINDSWEPT & INTERESTING BILLY CONNOLLY

GENUINE FAKES JOHN MYATT

THE ART OF CHAOS ILLUMINATI NEON

Those of you holding a copy of this issue in your hands will have noticed that we are, after a brief hiatus, back in print! As a company, we took the decision to invest back into print, realising that little of our shared experiences over the past year has been tangible. There is undoubtedly a desire to return to the physical, whether that is visiting one of our galleries or reading a copy of your favourite art magazine, Fine Art Collector . So this is simply our small, but significant, nod to our collective return to ‘normal ’. We hope that that this issue will provide you all with some well-deserved respite, and encourage you to take time out from your daily grind to relax and enjoy reading about our artists, the wonderful work they continue to produce, and what we as a company have been toiling away at behind the scenes. Our commitment to community art endeavours continues, most recently with an art installation at the BirminghamWomen’s Hospital, fundraising for Blue Cross pet charity and supporting Alex Echo’s collaboration with Next in aid of

Parkinson’s UK. Similarly, our art is now far from confined to the walls of our galleries – or indeed the homes of our collectors. Read on to hear about our new partnership with two Michelin-starred Moor Hall restaurant, and find out why our collection of Shadowman limited editions is currently hanging in Gotham City! Our Autumn/Winter collection features original and limited edition artwork from a host of your Castle Fine Art favourites. Two artists in particular must get a shout out, having both reached their 15-year anniversaries with us: John Myatt and Paul Corfield. John has revisited his Genuine Fakes series, painting a collection of exquisite Edward Hopper-inspired editions. Paul has reimagined a selection of the most popular editions and sold-out artworks from his past portfolio in his current style, accompanied by a stunning hardback book entitled Becoming Paul Corfield . Already proving popular, it’s a delightful addition - or beginning - to any Paul Corfield collection. Alfie Bowen, in his first year of joining the Castle Fine Art family, has

already made quite the impression. In September alone, he clocked up a notable trilogy of career- defining moments: his first book was published (head over to our blog on www.castlefineart.com/blog to read more), he appeared at Photo London and was a guest speaker at the Royal Photographic Society. Happily for us, he also found time to curate and hand-sign the latest release of limited editions from his Call of the Wild series. Incredibly, there is far more packed into this issue than I have word count here to accommodate, so I invite you to read on and discover all our other news and updates for yourself. Which leaves me with little to say or do other than to offer our resounding thanks for your ongoing support. Without you, our cherished collectors, our art wouldn’t find a home. Thank you for being part of Castle’s continuing journey, and I look forward to bringing you our next update in Spring 2022.

Shadowman

Daniela Quinlan Editor

COMING SOON

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Fine Art Collector is published by Washington Green Fine Art Group Limited and distributed by Castle Fine Art. Email hello@castlefineart.com Website castlefineart.com All the art featured in Fine Art Collector is available through Castle Fine Art across Great Britain. Visit our website at castlefineart.com to find your nearest gallery. The images contained within this literature are an artistic representation of the collection. To best experience our art, we recommend you contact your local gallery to arrange a viewing. Prices illustrated throughout this magazine are recommended retail prices.

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Monumental Large scale original artworks by Paul Kenton

Art Trends From the roaring 20s to wildlife art – here are the trends you need to know about

WhatsHisName Don’t be fooled by the ‘nom de brosse’ – this is a name you’ll want to remember

Art in the Community

Installation to promote peace and wellbeing at Birmingham Women’s Hospital

Editor: Daniela Quinlan Deputy Editor: Charlotte Brazier Contributors:

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Art World News Our artists enjoy a global footprint – read the highlights from 2021 to date here

Genuine Fakes John Myatt returns with an Edward Hopper inspired collection to mark his 15 year anniversary

Alex Echo Shares The Love Read all about Alex’s recent designs for high street giant NEXT, to raise funds for Parkinson’s UK

Windswept & Interesting Sir Billy Connolly takes on 1950s Teddy Boys in his latest limited edition collection

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Gamechangers In this brand new editorial series, we spotlight the artists whose work or actions changed the industry forever

A Mark of Good Taste Chef Mark Birchall tells us why art is a crucial aesthetic element at Michelin starred Moor Hall

How to Hang Your Art Expert tips and guidance to help you hang your new artwork at home

The Art of Chaos Celebrated artist, Illuminati Neon set our St Christopher’s Place gallery ablaze with his solo exhibition

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Stuart McAlpine Miller Revelations : A portrait of magic

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Monumental PAUL KENTON

Monumental is a collection of large-scale original artworks by internationally exhibited artist Paul Kenton, depicting awe- inspiring forces of nature. Frommajestic oceans and mountains, to dynamic scenes from cities like New York and London, the imposing vistas convey powerful emotions and tell incredible stories.

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“When I’m painting a New York scene, there’s distance but also taxis and people walking about; everything is flowing. You won’t be able to see the people in the foreground as recognisable figures because I never put lots of detail in the face or expression as then it becomes too rigid and still. “The mountain pieces have these amazing blue shadows, which for me form the shape of the mountain, rather than the snow. I find the blues and the rock formations really interesting. You can also get a massive sense of distance, which is really exciting.” Contact your local gallery or visit our website to discover the collection and enquire about availability.

New York Vintage Original Oil on Canvas Image size 244cm x 122cm £39,000 Framed Taxi Attack! Original Oil on Canvas Image size 244cm x 122cm £39,500 Framed

The pieces were painted in oils and resin on aluminium, copper, canvas and brass – and on a scale larger than ever before. Paul explains: ‘There are so many things that go into these big pieces: there’s texture, distance and fluidity. “For the ocean paintings, I’m a keen surfer, and have been for 30-odd years. I’m drawn to the sea, and my ocean pieces are moments that I’ve experienced. I also think about the ocean a lot, and it’s great fun to paint.”

Overhead Original Oil & Resin on Aluminium Image size 182cm x 91cm £12,500 Framed

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An Englishman In New York (top) Triple Strike Flatbed Print on Aluminium | Edition of 195 Image Size 102cm x 102cm | Framed Size 122cm x 122cm £1,495 Framed Inner Depths (opposite) Triple Strike Flatbed Print on Aluminium | Edition of 195 Image Size 74cm x 112cm | Framed Size 94cm x 132cm £1,250 Framed

Taxi Central (above) Triple Strike Flatbed Print on Aluminium | Edition of 195 Image Size 198cm x 50cm | Framed Size 218cm x 71cm £1,595 Framed Metallique - Set Of Three £3,750 Framed *Please note the framing presentation shown is for illustrative purposes only

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Scarlett Raven

REBORN

After becoming a mother for the first time, Scarlett Raven was inspired to see the world through a child’s eyes. Symbolising her growth as both a woman and an artist, I am Reborn features stylistic influences from Anselm Kiefer, David Hockney and Gustav Klimt. Each of the textured prints takes its title from a poem, including the sonnets of the English Romantic poet William Wordsworth. Scarlett, whose work is owned by celebrities including the Hollywood actor Orlando Bloom, says: “Having a baby and watching him discover his senses for the first time couldn’t be any more inspiring for my paintings. I experience everything through his first times, and it’s magical. These paintings are alive. They are hopeful, magical, strong, powerful…they are fearless.”

“When people look at these paintings, I want them to feel themselves. I want them to provide somewhere to feel alive, a place to breathe and explore.”

Beside The Lake, Beneath The Trees (top) Hand-Embellished Box Canvas Edition of 95 Image size 122cm x 91cm Framed Size 132cm x 102cm £1,950 Framed

Into The Woods (right) Hand-Embellished Box Canvas Edition of 95 Image size 122cm x 51cm Framed Size 132cm x 61cm £1,595 Framed

The Light of Setting Suns Hand-Embellished Box Canvas Edition of 95 Image size 122cm x 51cm Framed Size 132cm x 61cm £1,595 Framed

I am Reborn - Set of Three £4,750 Framed

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Robert Oxley THE DARK KNIGHTS

Robert Oxley’s recent release is a continuation of his successful collection The Dark Knights . The new instalment entitled Heart of Darkness portrays three of the planet’s deadliest wild cats: a tiger, leopard and snow leopard. Looking for inspiration, Robert explored Jewish and Hindu mythology which is reflected in the titles of these new artworks. His mysterious cats symbolise stealth, foreboding and restrained power. Lurking in the darkness and always ready to pounce, the cats look like they’re about to step out from the canvas.

Robert says: “The cats are stepping into the light and leaving the darkness behind them. It’s a new beginning.” For this collection Robert has moved away from his signature neon palette and used deep purples and blacks, accented with yellows and greens, for a moonlit feel. All of the hand-signed, limited editions have been printed on a 100% cotton canvas with a high-gloss acrylic giclée varnish that gives an incredible depth of colour.

Orion Boxed Canvas with Hand Varnish | Edition of 295 Image size 91cm x 122cm £795

Kali Boxed Canvas with Hand Varnish | Edition of 295 Image size 91cm x 122cm £795 Lilith Boxed Canvas with Hand Varnish | Edition of 295 Image size 91cm x 122cm £795

The Dark Knight - Heart of Darkness - Set of Three Editions £2,150

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Art Trends In the first instalment of our new series, we’re exploring some of art and home décor’s biggest trends, including inspiration from fashion, television and social media.

MAXIMALISM Harking back to the roaring ‘20s, maximalism has been one of the most popular looks in fashion and interior design this season, with The New York Times and Financial Express reporting on the trend of showstopping jewellery, and Tom Ford’s Spring ‘22 collection bringing satin, sparkles and sequins to New York Fashion Week. The look is expertly summarised by Ben Spriggs, the editor-in-chief of Elle Décoration, who told the Guardian newspaper that it combines “the high-octane glamour of Halston and Studio 54-era New York”.

Think velvet accents, floral wallpaper, ornate detailing, metallic embellishment and nostalgic ornaments and trinkets. This aesthetic is unapologetic, flamboyant and fun, with Princess Anne reportedly a fan. If the thought of bejewelled curtains has you breaking out in a cold sweat, don’t worry. Minimalism – characterised by simplicity and utility – will be back for 2022, meaning you can create your own blend of maximalist and minimalist elements. Even IKEA, the epicentre of streamlined design, is embracing both aesthetics, as seen by its KARISMATISK collaboration with the eclectic fashion designer Zandra Rhodes.

 Right: Dan Lane’s ornate wall sculptures often feature unexpected kaleidoscopes of colour and contrasting textures, including metal and pearlised finishes.

Art is about challenging conventions, so we’re

loving the bold colours and juxtaposing textures of this not-for-the-faint-hearted style.

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Following in the footsteps of regional painters like Grant Wood and Andrew Wyeth, artists are turning to local scenes and materials for inspiration. Expect to see regional and tribal patterns, along with an explosion of African contemporary art.

environmental impact. And collectors are getting involved too: the Guardian newspaper describes an ‘arts and craft renaissance’, while the Smithsonian magazine notes that hobbies like crocheting, flower-pressing and baking have all increased during COVID-19. The luxury fashion house Hermès invited people to meet its artisans at its Hermès in the Making events in Copenhagen, Michigan and Miami – giving audiences an insight into its craftsmanship. Over in New York, Jason Wu’s ready-to-wear NYFW catwalk collection echoed the artisanal materials taking

 Below: To bring an organic rawness, Raphael Mazzucco’s original mixed media artworks are embellished with elements of nature, including tree bark, foliage, feathers, flowers and sand. The photographer set up his studio outside in the forests of Connecticut, allowing nature to intervene. He adds: “Out here, the wilderness and open space are bringing me back to nature again. It’s almost like taking a deep breath and feeling beautified. Nature is intertwined within the photography, like it’s grown out of the earth.”

NATURE AND CRAFTSMANSHIP

There is something genuine and intimate about a hand-finished artwork, which is fuelling a growing preference for artisanal art and Décorative items over mass-produced homeware; not least because of its positive

RETRO

décor features include patterned wallpaper, retro oak furniture, shaggy carpets, wiggle mirrors and terrazzo. The ‘70s were also instrumental in the design of new furniture styles, with curvy, chunky shapes defining the era. Keen to explore more trends from before they were born, young people are also spearheading the ‘avant-basic’ genre – characterised by the psychedelic style of the ‘60s – and adopting elements from the ‘80s, including glass, chrome and marble. REGIONAL ART After more than a year of strict travel restrictions, many of us have explored our local areas, creating a greater sense of regional identity. Sotheby’s, one of the world’s largest brokers of fine art and collectibles, predicts that ‘local will be the new global’, allowing local styles and art movements to become more pronounced in the face of globalisation.

 Above: Stephen Roby’s abstract oil paintings

According to Professor Gage Averill at the University of British Columbia, the rise of television and film streaming services such as Netflix is supporting a new wave of nostalgia for millennials and Gen-Zers (those born after 1997). Talking to USA Today, he explained: “Everybody’s super- overstimulated, so taking it back to simple things definitely brings some joy to people.” The growing popularity of social media platforms like Instagram and TikTok has also contributed to the boom of ‘Y2K’ style. Short for ‘the year 2000’, this kitsch aesthetic includes beanbags, disco balls and lava lamps. However, more Instagram and Pinterest users than ever have been embracing the ‘70s style, made popular by TV shows such as the BBC’s The Serpent. Seen everywhere from the Met Gala to the Parklife music festival, this free-spirited look embodies rule-breaking, and the

incorporate Cubist elements such as geometric shapes and bold statement colours in a similar style to Pablo Picasso.

 Below: The Bisaillon Brothers’ Pop Art creations are created in New York, where Andy Warhol helped to shape the genre in the 1960s.

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for a contemporary interior design; while the astronomical prices fetched by Banksy at auction – including a predicted £6 million for his ‘Love is in the Bin’ artwork – is indicative of a growing appreciation of the street art genre. In May 2021, Elon Musk and the American electric vehicle company Tesla asked artists to submit graffiti designs to be showcased at the new Gigafactory in Berlin, illustrating that urban art belongs in the workplace too. Whether it’s used to modernise an office space or brighten up a bathroom,

bedroom or kitchen, the style communicates self-expression. It can be teamed with city elements like brick walls and exposed metal to echo its origins, or a neutral wall to create a statement. Fans of a maximalist look can also mix urban art with other genres and textures for impact.  Below: One of Scarlett Raven’s inspirations is the Neo-Expressionist artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, whose

over the art world, including natural dyes and cotton. This passion for authenticity was also seen in the English paint manufacturer Farrow & Ball’s chosen colours for 2022, which ‘celebrate the principles of utility, kindness and honesty’.

‘90S URBAN

Neon, industrial metal and graffiti-style art are just three of the ways you can update your home décor with this bold aesthetic. Interior designers are increasingly commissioning street artists to design graffiti tags, murals and bubble letters

graffiti art incorporated hip-hop culture and social commentary.

We’re proud to print our artworks on a 100% cotton paper or canvas, and we work with Forest Stewardship Council certified suppliers to ensure that our frames and printed material (including this magazine!) are as sustainable as possible.

LORENZO QUINN COMING SOON | 'LOVE' SERIES

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“Nostalgia is very important to me, because it is a part of my life, as well as a part of everyone else’s.”

Whatshisname INTRODUCING

Loved by collectors yet banned by the London Underground for being ‘offensive’, Whatshisname – aka Sebastian Burdon – is precisely what the contemporary art scene needs: a bold, unapologetic voice who isn’t afraid to spark controversy.

As the newest signing to the Castle Fine Art portfolio, the Polish-born sculptor and fine artist has exhibited around the world, from Hong Kong to Los Angeles and New York. As he prepared to embark on his biggest project yet – a monumental exhibition at Covent Garden – we took a trip to his London studio to find out more about his new Whatshisname X Castle Fine Art collection. “I would describe my work as innovative, modern Pop Art,” Sebastian tells us with a wry grin. “My colours are inspired by children’s birthday party balloons; they’re supposed to evoke happy and

joyful feelings. People can see the humour in them and they put a smile on their faces: that’s something that you can’t find with many artworks.” This is certainly true of his POPek series, a collection of vibrant balloon dogs that originally started as a parody of the American contemporary artist Jeff Koons. These humorous sculptures hit the headlines in 2012 after being banned from the Art Below exhibition at London Underground stations, and have since appeared everywhere from the Affordable Art Fair to the Cathay shopping centre in Singapore.

Stretching Balloon Dog | Red (above) Hand-sprayed Resin Sculpture | Edition of 95 Height 26cm, Length 30cm, Width 10cm £1,250 Downward Balloon Dog | Green (top) Hand-sprayed Resin Sculpture | Edition of 95 Height 20cm, Length 23cm, Width 10cm £1,250

Stretching Balloon Dog | Blue (above) Hand-sprayed Resin Sculpture | Edition of 95 Height 26cm, Length 30cm, Width 10cm £1,250 Downward Balloon Dog | Yellow (top) Hand-sprayed Resin Sculpture | Edition of 95 Height 20cm, Length 23cm, Width 10cm £1,250

Balloon Dogs - Set of Four £3,950

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reaching out to us with an extended hand and saying, “Hello, I’m still here, do you remember me?”. Or if those are fading memories, they are saying goodbye.” Sebastian’s collection of signed giclée prints and hand-painted resin sculptures is available online and at Castle Fine Art galleries now. Get in touch to find out more.

His Gone series, however, has a slightly different feel. Drawing upon his childhood in eastern Poland, the shadowed figures represent our childhood heroes. Amongst a backdrop of political and socio-economic unrest in the 1980s and ‘90s, a young Sebastian was drawn to the visual beauty of film, particularly the 1939 musical-fantasy classic, The Wizard of Oz . His haunting artworks symbolise nostalgia and revisiting memories. “It’s a vision of the childhood heroes who come back and live in my head every now and again,” he explains. “It’s showing our childhood heroes

For a sneak peek inside Sebastian’s studio, turn to page 98.

COVENT GARDEN EXHIBITION

“My larger-than-life project with Castle Fine Art features a gigantic public art installation with four giant balloon dog sculptures. Two are a massive four metres tall, and two are three metres long. It’s something that has never happened at Covent Garden before, and I’m thrilled to be the first artist to create something of this magnitude this year.

of every person who passes by. The sculptures will be enormous and in nice, fun poses with very bright and vivid colours. My exhibition is designed not only for dog- lovers, but also for families and everyone who enjoyed birthday parties as a child. So I’m hoping to see lots of families having a good time.” Our monumental sculpture installation will be on display from October – December 2021.

“I’m hoping that the installation will put a smile on the face

Castle Fine Art has partnered with Blue Cross pet charity for the duration of the project to help support sick, injured, abandoned and homeless pets across the UK. To donate, simply snap a

picture with the balloon dogs and post on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #castle4bluecross. We’ll donate £1 for every image posted.

Gone Yellow Brick Road | Medium Flatbed Giclée Print on Torn Edged Moulin 300gsm Paper | Edition of 195 Image size 61cm x 61cm | Framed Size 88cm x 91cm £695 Framed

Gone Yellow Brick Road | Large Flatbed Giclée Print on Torn Edged Moulin 300gsm Paper | Edition of 95 Image size 88cm x 88m | Framed Size 101cm x 101m £995 Framed

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Dan Lane Are you feeling lucky? Play your cards right, and you can elevate your home décor with the brand- new Ace High series from Dan Lane’s modern Coalesce collection. These striking glass prints explore the historic meanings of playing cards, fusing themes of war, love, wealth and power with Dan’s signature orchids, stylised skulls, hummingbirds and butterflies.

crushed glass, gold and silver leaf, and glass diamonds. The multi-dimensional effect has been recreated for the 2D limited edition artworks via the fine art giclée printing process, which has captured the metallic elements and complex forms of his original pieces.

Ace of Hearts Flatbed Giclée on Glass | Edition of 150 Image size: 61cm x 76cm | Framed size 79cm x 94cm £995 Framed

For the original 3D sculptures, Dan experimented with colours, finishes and textures. These included

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Community art Castle Fine Art’s ongoing support for BirminghamWomen’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust

During the last year, the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the mental health and wellbeing of millions of people across the UK, especially those working within the NHS. Following a study that revealed engaging with artwork can help to improve wellbeing and decrease feelings of anxiety by 71%, Castle Fine Art has transformed the antenatal corridor of Birmingham Women’s Hospital.

Sarah-Jane Marsh, CEO at Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, gave her thoughts during the official unveiling of the community corridor: “We know the difference that the environment we create makes to our patients and their families when they visit us here at the hospital, Art is such an important factor, and we are so pleased and proud to have this fantastic installation in our main corridor – the corridor where thousands of women and their families walk every week. This artwork will make such a difference for so many people, for many years to come.” Janette Vyse, the Project Lead for Arts within the Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Trust, added: “We’re simply blown away by the generous donation from Castle Fine Art. Art forms an important part of our hospitals, it can really help to improve the experience of our patients, whether that’s helping them to feel relaxed, lift their spirits or provide a distraction from treatment. It also improves the well-being of our staff and gives a sense of pride in their working environment, as they

walk up and down the corridors, and throughout the wards.” Castle Fine Art has had a long and dedicated relationship with the Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity, having named the Trust as its chosen charity partner over three years ago. Since their partnership began, Castle Fine Art has consistently raised funds for the Birmingham Children’s Hospital, and was this year honoured as one of the charity’s ‘100 Heroes’. Ian Weatherby-Blythe, Group Managing Director of Castle Fine Art, commented on the latest project with the charity: “We are so happy to have such a prosperous partnership with Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity. As a company, we truly believe in the positive impact that art can have in improving mental wellbeing, and we have always been so grateful for the support that we have received from the hospital in delivering this message. We are absolutely delighted with how the installation has turned out, and we hope that it brings joy to all who walk by and see the artwork chosen by our team”.

The new exhibition has been curated to foster the hospital’s

message of promoting a sense of hope and peace

amongst patients and staff. The brand-new installation includes works from several of your favourite artists, including Nic Joly, Scarlett Raven, Richard Rowan and Bob Barker. By incorporating fine art into the corridor, Castle Fine Art hopes to make the clinical environment a place of distraction, healing, and wellbeing with the hospital’s new gallery. From peaceful landscapes to bold abstract images, the collection makes for the perfect viewing for all staff and visitors.

Ace of Diamonds Giclée on Glass | Edition of 150 Image size 61cm x 76cm | Framed size 79cm x 94cm £995 Framed Ace of Clubs Giclée on Glass | Edition of 150 Image size 61cm x 76cm | Framed size 79cm x 94cm £995 Framed Ace of Spades Giclée on Glass | Edition of 150 Image size 61cm x 76cm | Framed size 79cm x 94cm £995 Framed

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WHAT OUR ARTISTS HAD TO SAY…

We’ve been inundated with heart-warming feedback from hospital staff and patients alike, about what a difference the installation has made to them: Antenatal patient: “I had to come on my own today and was feeling very nervous, until I noticed the paintings. I walked up and down the corridor looking at them, they really helped to calm my nerves. I like them all but particularly like the couple with the umbrella. I’m not sure why, it just has real sense of calm about it.” Allied health professional staff member: “They are all beautiful, they really make a difference, I enjoy my regular walk down the corridor much more!”

Midwife: “They have totally transformed the corridor and they have improved the environment for our patients and families - we need more art like this throughout the hospital. If I’m honest, I’m surprised at the difference it has made.” Patient Experience Data Analyst: “Wow! I just walked along the corridor - having totally forgotten about the new art - and I was blown away by all of it! What a transformation to the outdated photos and bland corridor. Each piece is so unique, but connected – it makes me wish I had continued with my art. They do create a calming ambience and make such an impact, without being ‘in your face’ at all.”

We spoke to some of our artists whose work features in the installation, to find out what it means to them.

Visit our YouTube channel to view the official unveiling of the community corridor, or read more about our relationship with the Trust on our website.

“Whenever I hear of my artwork being used in a hospital, or a nursing home, people choosing my artwork to welcome a new birth or to mark a bereavement, then those are always the most special and humbling moments. It makes my heart smile to know that my paintings can bring calm and hope to people’s lives. It’s always the simplest gestures that mean the most.” Paul Corfield

“I couldn’t be prouder to be part of this installation. The NHS are our heroes and it’s an honour to be exhibiting with Castle Fine Art in the hospital where they saves lives and bring so much hope and happiness to the world. Thank you for everything you do, we wouldn’t be here without you. It’s hard to find the words - we are forever in your debt.” Scarlett Raven

“I am honoured and humbled to be part of this great place The Birmingham Women’s Hospital. I hope that my work, and all the other artists’ work, brings a little bit of much needed sunshine and a lot of light into the lives of both patients and staff as they wander down the corridor.” Bob Barker

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Art world news Our artists making international headlines

BOB DYLAN

We are proud to announce that Bob Dylan’s Retrospectrum exhibition will take up residence at the famed Frost Art Museum in Miami from 30th November 2021. The exhibition will feature more than 180 of Dylan's paintings, drawings and sculptures, spanning six decades of his life, including his new series, titled Deep Focus . A natural progression from his earlier and ongoing series The Beaten Path , Deep Focus confronts figures rather than

landscapes, using source material from films to present arresting images that evoke documentary candour and the camera's potential to manipulate reality. www.castlefineart.com/blog If you would like to discuss the exhibition programme, or our wider portfolio of hand-signed limited edition graphics by Bob Dylan, please contact your personal Art Consultant or local gallery team. Read more about the exhibition on our website:

LORENZO QUINN

In celebration of the Cannes Film Festival, July 2021, Lorenzo Quinn created a monumental sculpture, Together, a 6 metre stainless steel structure located on the Esplanade Macé, Boulevade de la Croisette, Cannes, France. Lorenzo Quinn has long held worldwide renown for his figurative artworks symbolising the universal values of humanity, friendship, faith, help, love, hope and wisdom. Each of his monumental sculptures convey a humanist message using hands as a universal language.

of Together rise to heaven as a testimony of this humanist solidarity untouched by any religious, political or philosophical matter.’ - Lorenzo Quinn Quinn is inspired by such masters as Michelangelo, Bernini and Rodin. Working from his studio and foundry near Barcelona, he uses the traditional techniques of lost-wax casting to create his sculptures. Exhibited internationally, both Quinn’s monumental public art and the smaller, more intimate pieces transmit his passion for capturing eternal values and authentic emotions in his work.

‘Through transparency and lightness, the joined hands

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Paul Corfield

Celebrating 15 years with our publisher, Washington Green, the new Becoming collection by Paul Corfield sees the landscape painter reimagine some of his most popular creations for a stunning series of five hand- varnished giclée prints. Bolder than ever, these heartwarming artworks take viewers through the seasons, from sparkling lavender fields to snow-laden forests. The collection is accompanied by a beautiful hardback book that will complement any bookshelf or coffee table. Inside, Paul reveals his childhood memories, artistic inspirations and career highlights alongside a selection of new original oil paintings. He adds: “This book has come about at just the right time. I now have a story to tell. Even though it has taken five decades to get here, it feels like I’m just starting the first chapter.”

“The reason I paint is to escape. People can use my artworks to connect with their own escapism.”

Autumn at Middle Beach (left) Hand Varnished Giclée on Canvas | Edition of 295 Image Size 50cm x 30cm | Framed Size 66cm x 46cm £325 Framed

Woodland Clearing (right) Hand Varnished Giclée on Canvas | Edition of 295 Image Size 50cm x 30cm | Framed Size 66cm x 46cm £325 Framed

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The Lookout (top) Hand Varnished Giclée on Canvas | Edition of 295 Image Size 59cm x 59cm | Framed Size 75cm x 75cm £550 Framed Lavender By The Sea (above) Hand Varnished Giclée on Canvas | Edition of 295 Image Size 71cm x 51cm | Framed Size 86cm x 66cm £550 Framed

Under A Blanket Of Snow Hand Varnished Giclée on Canvas | Edition of 295 Image Size 71cm x 30cm | Framed Size 50cm x 46cm £550 Framed

Becoming - Set of Five £1,950 Framed

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Nic Joly

#365

If you’re looking for art that reflects your personality, you’ll love the new release from Nic Joly. Available in an edition of 365 to reflect an optimistic outlook for the year ahead, his two 3D wall sculptures were created by hand at his studio in Hampshire and feature incredible details, including real duck eggshells, miniature disco balls and customisable letters. Nic says: “We’ve had a few months of not going out or seeing friends, and being isolated from the world. This release is all about looking to the next year in a positive way. When people walk by, I hope they are reminded to smile, look to the good times, and celebrate life and friendship. We are going ‘out out’ after all!”

“There are six letters in this piece, with six colours to pick from. You can choose how you want the piece to look, and I will make it for you and only you. Each artwork is completely unique. I can’t wait to see all of the different ways you think of!”

To personalise your artwork or view the available colour combinations, visit your local gallery or order online and a fine art consultant will be in touch to finalise your bespoke piece.

Out Out - Red / Silver / Blue / Green / Orange / Purple or Variation Handmade Studio Edition Wall Sculpture | Edition of 365 Framed Size 61cm x 61cm £2,500 Framed

Honesty Handmade Studio Edition Wall Sculpture | Edition of 365 Framed Size 49cm x 49cm £1,250 Framed

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Masterclass: The art of forgery | John Myatt

From Monet to Matisse and Van Gogh to Vermeer, Myatt’s past portfolio of ‘genuine fakes’ traverses most styles and subjects of any note from the annals of art history. For this latest collection, Myatt has taken on the elective realism of famed twentieth century painter, Edward Hopper. Despite fastidious research into the artist and his working practice, Myatt does not allow

himself to be constrained by Hopper’s methodology.

where he was, what he was doing…when he was painting.” We see this clearly in the use of light – another key component in delivering the staged, cinematic scenes that exemplify his style. Myatt explains: “In this series, most of the paintings are lit by artificial light, which is not true of Hopper as a whole, but emphasises the quality that I was hoping to bring out of my versions of his paintings.”

Comparing himself to an actor immersing himself in a role, he says he climbs into the mind of his chosen artist to adopt, rather than copy, their technique. In a 2005 interview with the Guardian newspaper, John explained: “I try to get the artist’s work to hypnotise me. I also surround myself with lots of books. I like to know everything…

“The paintings are all ‘set pieces. By which I mean I’m sure Hopper had the idea for ‘Nighthawks’ before he found the café that he used in the painting. The same goes for the other works in this series. So, in that sense, I feel the paintings are contrived to serve the artist’s purpose.”

‘Automat, 1927’ In The Style of Edward Hopper Hand Embellished Stretched Canvas | Edition of 15 Image Size 76cm x 61cm | Framed Size 99cm x 84cm £1,595 Framed

'Gas, 1940' In The Style of Edward Hopper Hand Embellished Stretched Canvas | Edition of 95 Image Size 76cm x 61cm | Framed Size 99cm x 84cm £1,595 Framed

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what’s important is off camera.” This insight was echoed by Finn Blythe, in an editorial for Hero magazine: “Just as the power of Hopper’s paintings lies in what he chooses to exclude, so the tension and spectacle in Hitchcock’s Rear Window relies on what is obscured or unseen.” Myatt’s insight into Hopper’s modus operandi lends its own flavour to the deciphering of his work. John asserts: “Hopper places the actors on the stage, but it is up to the viewer to write the script. Your personal interpretation of the ‘story’ in the painting – what has just happened, what will happen next? – is up to you. There are no clues within the painting to answer such questions. You must formulate your own opinions.”

their way into private collections and public institutions in the United Kingdom and abroad. Eventually the scheme was exposed, and John was sentenced to a yearlong prison term for his involvement in the forgery of almost two hundred artworks. After a spell in prison for his part in ‘the greatest art fraud of the 20th century’, John Myatt has gone on to become a hugely popular contemporary artist in his own right. He sees his work as not simply creating a copy or pale imitation of the original; he adopts techniques and searches for the inspiration behind each great artist’s view of the world, returning to the places these artists loved, set to explore the angles that remain uncovered or to create the next chapter in a still life.

the eye and puzzle the mind in this collection. The distinctly cinematic aesthetic poses a question of its own; who has been more influenced by whom? Whilst there is an undeniable film noir quality to Hopper’s work, it is fair to say he has more than contributed to the styling of films that have since followed. It is universally accepted that Alfred Hitchcock had the famous Bates Motel, from his 1960 horror film Psycho, built to resemble the building in Hopper’s ‘House by the Railroad’ painting. In more recent times, director Sam Mendes spoke at length in a 2002 interview about the inspiration he finds in Hopper’s scenes: “Compositionally, Hopper constantly ensures that your imaginary eye is guided off the frame of the picture. You begin to imagine what’s on either side of the frame. In other words,

a perfectly legitimate business venture was born. Producing paintings to order, he painted his way through 20th century art history, commissioned by a man called ‘Professor John Drewe’. His materials were unorthodox, using household emulsion mixed with KY Jelly to add body and fluidity to his brushstrokes, and yet the quality of his work led Christie’s to value one of his paintings as worth £30,000. This was the moment that the legitimate business stopped and the crime began. Between 1986 and 1994, John played a central role in what is cited as one of the most elaborate and sophisticated art frauds in history. John’s painstaking renderings of works by the likes of Alberto Giacometti and Jean Dubuffet fooled critics and collectors alike, with many of these counterfeit works finding

EDWARD HOPPER & JOHN MYATT

HOLLYWOOD BECKONS

“In prison they called me Picasso.”

After graduating from the New York School of Art, Hopper travelled to Paris to continue his studies and hone his craft. Finding inspiration among the big names of the day, notably Renoir and Monet, he had an appreciation for Impressionism - it introduced him to painting en plein air - but it wasn’t a style he could or would eventually call his own. During the Renaissance, artists such as Leonardo da Vinci were celebrated for their ability to represent the real, whilst Jackson Pollock and the Abstract Expressionists of the twentieth century prided themselves on their rejection of it. Hopper strode confidently into a middle ground between the two, claiming the space as his own. During the 1940s, it was reported that the art establishment had little time for Hopper’s work, even openly criticising his technique. Myatt’s stance is: “That may well be true, in the way that the paint leaves the brush, but by God he could really compose an image.” Expanding on this idea, Myatt feels – having immersed himself in Hopper’s work during this project – that Hopper perhaps worked in an ‘idea first, subject later’ way. As such, he views his works as conceptual, believing that Hopper would have arrived at the whole narrative behind the painting before he had so much as picked up a paintbrush.

If that one headline alone doesn’t capture the imagination, arguably nothing will. Seemingly, the executives at Green Eye Productions agree, as they have teamed up with John to bring his fascinating story to the big screen. With the script completed and the film going into production, it will not be long before ‘the greatest art fraud of the 20th century’ becomes central to a film that will intrigue and baffle its audiences. If you’re as yet unfamiliar with the path that led John, eventually, to Castle Fine Art – read on below. In 1986, John placed a classified advert in Private Eye, ‘19th and 20th century fakes for £200’ and

‘Still from “The Maltese Falcon”’ In The Style of Edward Hopper Hand Embellished Stretched Canvas | Edition of 15 Image Size 76cm x 61cm | Framed Size 99cm x 84cm £1,595 Framed

‘Morning Sun 1952 Nude on Bed’ In The Style of Edward Hopper Hand Embellished Stretched Canvas | Edition of 15 Image Size 81cm x 61cm| Framed Size 107cm x 84cm £1,650 Framed

Rich in both content and context, there is much to draw

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“Hopper’s was a kind of conceptual art, designed to highlight the individual person and their experience of life in an industrialised and mechanised society.”

‘Nighthawks’ In The Style of Edward Hopper Hand Embellished Stretched Canvas | Edition of 5 Image Size 109cm x 58cm | Framed Size 132cm x 81cm £1,950 Framed

‘Nighthawks’ / ‘Gas, 1940’ In The Style of Edward Hopper Set of Two £3,250 Framed

“The Hopper Collection” - Set of Five £7,500 Framed

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Alfie Bowen

It’s been a busy year for the young wildlife photographer, whose unique vision is shaped by his experience of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Bullied at school due to his poor social skills and anxiety, the Suffolk-based artist turned to nature as an escape, and his monochromatic photographs have now been praised by Sir David Attenborough, Nikon and the WWF.

Alongside the release of his first-ever hardback book, Alfie Bowen’s four new fine art prints illustrate an exquisite attention to detail and a gift for capturing the emotions and movements of animals. Framed in a sustainable wood, these timeless artworks can be teamed with natural fabrics and foliage for an organic aesthetic.

“When I go to the zoo to take pictures, it’s almost like a switch is flicked and I lose all of my anxiety and feelings of not belonging.”

Against Stripes (opposite left) Archival Silver Gelatin Print on Resin Coated Paper | Edition of 95 Image Size 75cm x 50cm | Framed Size 102cm x 76cm £995 Framed

Fiesta (opposite right) Archival C-Type Print | Edition of 95 Image Size 75cm x 50cm | Framed Size 102cm x 76cm £995 Framed

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WILD WORLD: NATURE THROUGH AN AUTISTIC EYE Featuring previously unseen

Highlighted by ITV News and The Times, it is a touching account of an artist with a dream. Sir Richard Branson, a longtime supporter of Alfie, says: “People create their best work when

they love what they do – that passion shines through in every photograph in Wild World. It’s great that Alfie has turned challenges into such positives, and the wonder of the natural world into wonderful art.”

photography of animals like red pandas, eagles, meerkats and giraffes, this stunning 228-page hardback book includes personal essays by Alfie and a foreword by the TV presenter Chris Packham.

“The photographs are outstanding, and the story behind them inspirational. Given the odds stacked against Alfie throughout his life, this book is a significant success and bodes very well for a continued and very inspiring career as a world-class photographer.” – Chris Packham

Sovereign (right) Archival Silver Gelatin Print on Resin Coated Paper | Edition of 95 Image Size 75cm x 50cm | Framed Size 102cm x 76cm £995 Framed Tusker (above) Archival Silver Gelatin Print on Resin Coated Paper | Edition of 95 Image Size 75cm x 50cm | Framed Size 102cm x 76cm £995 Framed

Call of The Wild - Set of Four £3,450 Framed

Wild World | Nature Through An Autistic Eyen Book £45

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Sharing the love Parkinson’s UK and NEXT launch exclusive range designed by Alex Echo In September 2021, The British retailer NEXT, in partnership with Parkinson’s UK, launched an exclusive range of home accessories and kids’ t-shirts featuring designs by Castle Fine Art favourite, Alex Echo, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s two years ago. 100 per cent of the profits from the range will go to the charity to fund vital Parkinson’s services. The 63-year-old internationally-renowned and self-taught artist has been creating art for four decades and has seen his work exhibited in some of the world’s most prestigious art galleries. Alex had been experiencing Parkinson’s symptoms for around 7 years before being diagnosed, and the inspiration behind the collection comes from his experience of receiving love, kindness and compassion ever since. His bold and uplifting designs feature on a cushion and unisex kids’ t-shirts based on the concept of ‘share the love.’

The exclusive range of home accessories consists of the LOVE kids’ t-shirts and LOVE velvet cushion

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The launch is an extension of the partnership between Parkinson’s UK and NEXT which began earlier this year with a range of exclusive adult t-shirts and tote bags designed by a Boyswear Designer at NEXT, who also has Parkinson’s. The partnership stems from a shared ambition to increase understanding of Parkinson’s as a ‘hidden disability’ alongside championing diversity and disability inclusion. Alex said: “I am so excited and proud to partner with NEXT and Parkinson’s UK to help get more people understanding Parkinson’s through joy, love and good vibes. When I was diagnosed, I appreciated the compassion that was shown to me at the time by a friend. I relished in the kindness people showed me. I want to give that back and I want to share the love. “As an individual living with Parkinson’s, I wanted to get some feel-good messages out there for the Parkinson’s community. The colours in the range are so vibrant and evoke positivity and happiness. It would be amazing to see this range sell out and raise money for people living with Parkinson’s, whatever their age, so that they get the right support and are never left out. I also hope some kid playing on the sofa with that pillow under their head feels the softness and feels safe.”

cure. There are 145,000 people living with the condition in the UK and of those, 1,752 (1.2 per cent) are under the age of 50. The proceeds from the range will directly fund the transformation of Parkinson’s UK services and enable the charity to provide personalised support to people with Parkinson’s, their families, friends and carers. It will also fund a support programme for other younger people with Parkinson’s. Lisa Gill, Corporate Partnerships Manager at Parkinson’s UK, said: “We’re delighted to continue our partnership with NEXT and announce the launch of Alex Echo’s exclusive collection. Since his diagnosis, Alex has been a generous supporter of Parkinson’s UK and we’re really grateful that NEXT has chosen to use his designs. “Alex is a huge inspiration to the Parkinson’s community and his journey is all about overcoming adversity through creativity, community, reaching out and ‘sharing the love.’ We hope his art reaches many people and raises greater awareness and vital funds to provide services for people living with Parkinson’s so they, and their loved ones, get the support that they need.”

To shop the collection and support Parkinson’s UK, visit next.co.uk/shop/promotion-parkinsonsuk

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