Fine Art Collector | Autumn 2018


Digital art refers to an artistic work created or presented using digital technology. The term was coined in the early 1980s, when British-born artist Harold Cohen created AARON – a computer programme capable of autonomously creating art. Along with art that is scanned, altered or enhanced on a computer, it can also involve video and animation techniques. New media artist Simon Wilkinson expertly combines art and 3D animation using a digital software called LightWave 3D. First, he constructs a model out of geometrical vertices, faces and edges. This is then painted before a joint system is set up to deform it – a process known as rigging. Various controllers and handles then allow the figures to be posed. Simon’s surreal, conceptual sculptures are inspired by his everyday life. His characters’ generic body shape and lack of personalising features render them unidentifiable. In short, they could be any one of us. Simon adds: “I love this freedom. Just changing the light or camera angle can give the piece a completely different feeling or emotion. This is my little world.”

Top: Forgiveness 3 £995 | Original | Image Size 29¾" x 44¾"

Bottom: Together Again 2 £995 | Original | Image Size 30" x 45"


This scary-looking word simply means the use of strong contrast between light and dark to create a solid form and sense of volume. The term emerged during the Renaissance and can also be applied to woodcuts and black-and-white photography. One of the most famous proponents was Caravaggio. Using a rich colour palette and heavily- applied pigment, Hamish Blakely captures the beauty of the female form. He adds: “There is something primal and mystical about creating the illusion of a convincing vision on a once bare stretch of canvas.”

Left: Body And Soul £595 | Edition of 95 | Framed Size 26" x 30"

Right: If They Could See Me Now £595 | Edition of 95 | Framed Size 32" x 36"


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