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PAINTINGS THAT SPEAK A THOUSAND WORDS FRONTLINE HEROES
SIR BILLY CONNOLY A NEW DIRECTION THE MAGIC OF TIM ROGERSON STUDIO SESSIONS THE WINTERBURNS
STUART M C ALPINE MILLER LOST LIVES // SPLIT PERSONALITIES FIFTEEN YEARS PAUL CORFIELD
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Editor It will come as no surprise that this introduction to our Spring/Summer issue of Fine Art Collector is not the original version I penned much earlier this year, when we all roamed freely in blissful ignorance of the shockwave that was headed straight for us. How much has changed since then.
personal wins, some of them enacted on a far larger scale, but each and every last one worthy of celebration. We have seen communities come together in ways we had forgotten were possible, the nation united behind Captain Sir Thomas Moore as he walked 100 laps of his garden ahead of his 100th birthday and raised over £32 million for the NHS in doing so, big businesses have reached out to support smaller independent set- ups, neighbours have become friends and people from all walks of life are showing true grit as they define what the ‘new normal ’ will look like for them. Benjamin Disraeli was quoted as saying: “There is no education like adversity.” This, one would hope, will stand us all in good stead as we gather ourselves and prepare for the dawning of a new age, for there are indeed lessons to be learned. Thankfully, among all the uncertainty, we can still cling to the constants. I, personally, was hugely inspired and comforted to see our artists remain so creative during lockdown – many of
them using their considerable talents to spread a bit of happiness during some darker days. Case in point, the front cover that we chose for this issue. Painted by artist Nigel Mason as part of the #PortraitsForNHSHeroes campaign on social media, it is a portrait of Kathleen, a NHS Scotland Radiographer, working at the National Hospital in Glasgow. You can read more about this fantastic initiative, as well as an update on how some of our other artists have been spending their time, on page 62. On the subject of which, I hope that you enjoy this issue of Fine Art Collector , and it serves whatever purpose you need most; be that enjoyment, escapism or even just a gentle reminder that – where there’s creativity – there’s hope.
2020 has not treated us benevolently to date. The world has been confronted with wildfires of epic and disastrous proportions, seen the US President’s impeachment trial play out, witnessed Great Britain’s official exit from the European Union, suffered the loss of many lives from the global COVID-19 pandemic and – most recently – looked on in utter dismay at the shocking events surrounding the death of George Floyd, and the subsequent riots and protests that ensued. Yet, just like a phoenix – born of fire, rising from the ashes – humanity has prevailed and a great many victories have been won. Some of them small
Daniela Quinlan Editor
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Fine Art Collector is published by Washington Green Fine Art Group Limited and distributed by Castle Fine Art. Email firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Editor: Daniela Quinlan Contributors: Daniela Quinlan, Robyn Smith, Michael Perry, Monika Adamska, Charlotte Brazier, Megan Foster, Claudia Pocrnic, Carlos Vasconcelos Editor: Daniela Quinlan Contributors: Daniela Quinlan, Michael Perry, Monika Adamska, Charlotte Brazier, Claudia Pocrnic, Imogen Cranston Creative Director: Ak Suggi Designers: Matt Johnson, Christy Guan, George Wilson
Creative Director: Ak Suggi Designers: Matt Johnson, Christy Guan, George Wilson Special Thanks: B th Gibson, NHS Kathl en Macdonald, NHS Thom Petty NHS Alexandra Arens & Jennifer Harris, Emporio Armani Sahar Youzbashy Be tley Birmingham Helen Miles, Birmingham Child en’s Hospital Special Thanks: New Hinksey Primary School & Mrs Nash, Tanworth-in-Arden Primary School & Ms Cutler, Acorn Press
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On The Cover Kathleen Macdonald By Nigel Mason
Stuart McAlpine Miller Makes his long-awaited return with a sensational new collection
Jon Jones Keeping it in the family
A Celebration of Style Fine art and fashion teamed up for Autumn/Winter 2019
Paul Corfield Celebrating fifteen fantastic years of fine art
Billy Connolly Big crowds gathered for the Big Yin!
Emma-Leone Palmer Shines bright with her debut collection, Afterglow
Dan Lane Find out why 2019 was such a busy year for the artist
We Won! Read about our win at the Birmingham Business Excellence Awards
Art Glossary Get to know your art lingo with our handy guide
All Things Disney From vintage animations to Tim Rogerson’s modern interpretation
Bisaillon Brothers Pop Art | from past to present
Robert Bailey Bring the cinema into your own home
In Every Issue 1. From The Editor 20. Studio Sessions 68 . Your World, Our Art 116. The Social Edit Throughout In the Gallery
The Dark Arts! Art and the arcane, dating back thousands of years
Under The Microscope How art and science have coexisted throughout the ages
Domingo Zapata The Mona Lisa, as you’ve never seen her before!
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Stuart McAlpine Miller Lost Lives//Split Personalities takes the viewer on a backstage tour into the psyche of some of the world’s most iconic performers, both past and present. This body of work simultaneously explores Stuart’s own musical influences while searching out the people behind their masked performer personas.
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R eflected Glory Deckle-edged Giclée On Paper Edition of 95 Image Size 102cm x 74cm Framed Size 132cm x 104cm £995 Framed A Trip Beyond Imagination (top) Deckle-edged Giclée On Paper Edition of 95 Image Size 102cm x 74cm Framed Size 132cm x 104cm £995 Framed
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A ltered Imagination Deckle-edged Giclée On Paper Edition of 95 Image Size 102cm x 74cm Framed Size 132cm x 104cm £995 Framed
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Birmingham born Jon Jones’ latest collection, Family Business, is inspired by his home town’s infamous Peaky Blinders. Each of his stylish yet dark pieces depict the now iconic urban street gang, allowing viewers to delve into the criminal underworld of 1920’s Birmingham. Jon feels a strong connection to these characters and has done extensive research, with the help of the West Midlands Police Museum, into the history of the infamous gang, recently given renewed notoriety through the hit BBC show. Hours spent among the archived police files allowed him a greater understanding of these characters, which subsequently enabled the artist these nuances of emotion and personality into his oil paintings. Birmingham Children's Hospital Update: In 2018 Castle Fine Art began fundraising for the Birmingham Children’s Hospital by donating a percentage of sales from Jon Jones artworks. Our efforts continued in 2019, and we were delighted to learn that the donations were used to help refurbish the play area within the hospital, allowing the children to be ‘kids first and patients second.’ Recreation facilities are essential for a patient’s recovery, personal development and overall experience in hospital, and we’re delighted to have been able to contribute and help a cause so close to our hearts. Most recently, Jon donated a stunning original oil painting to be auctioned online as part of the charity’s live streamed ‘Big Gig’ event on Saturday 13th June. It is with great pleasure that we can announce that the Birmingham Children’s Hospital is our chosen charity for 2020, and we are on track to raise our target of £10,000 for this fantastic institution within the coming year! Jon Jones FAM I LY BUS I NE S S
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If You're Good, You Get What You Deserve Original Oil on Board Image Size 40cm x 40cm £2,450 Framed
Sometimes The Women Have To Take Over Original Oil on Board Image Size 42cm x 42cm £2,450 Framed A Gentleman Is A Patient Wolf (opposite) Original Oil on Board Image Size 40cm x 40cm £2,450 Framed
I Heard The Blackbird Sing Original Oil on Board Image Size 42cm x 42cm £2,450 Framed
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A Celebration of Style
Autumn 2019 saw Castle Fine Art artists Scarlett Raven, Richard Rowan, Nic Joly and Stephen Simpson combine fine art with fashion during a series of events hosted by Emporio Armani at their flagship stores in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow.
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Guests browsed the displays of limited edition and original artworks, which had been curated to complement the in-store autumn/winter collections, while enjoying the very best hospitality before taking the opportunity to pose their own questions to the artists during hosted Q&A sessions. These collaborative events were a perfect pairing, and we have long appreciated the synergy between fine art and fashion (in fact, keen readers might remember a feature on precisely that subject in our spring 2019 issue!) and we look forward to working with Emporio Armani again in the future.
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The four latest releases from artist John Myatt see a return to his ‘Genuine Fakes’ style. Here John gives us a brief insight into each of the four paintings: Elephants in the Style of Salvador Dalí This was a very difficult and interesting technical challenge for me; to produce an exact copy of the Dali original but on a slightly smaller scale. What began as an exercise that was a lot of fun to do turned in to a lovely painting.
Elephants in the Style of Salvador Dalí Hand Embellished Stretched Canvas | Edition of 95 Image Size 70cm x 56cm | Framed Size 94cm x 79cm £1,750 Framed
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Girl With Red Hair - Portrait In The Style Of Pablo Picasso I was inspired for this piece to take an existing Picasso painting, deconstruct it and put it back together again so it was completely different, but still retained that essence of ‘Picasso’.
gradually blend the blues into greens to create the soft magic and atmospheric transitions.
Peach Trees in Bloom in the Style Of Vincent van Gogh
On closer inspection of the original painting while working on this piece, I realised it was actually not one but two peach trees that have grown together and are entwined. I like to think of it as representative of love. Perhaps that was in Van Gogh’s mind when he was painting the piece, an image of love blossoming.
Waterlily Pond at Giverny In The Style Of Claude Monet
This is personal favourite of mine; it came from a series Monet’s I created. I loved the atmosphere, and the transition in the colour. The hardest and most challenging part of creating this piece is to
Peach Trees In Bloom In The Style Of Vincent Van Gogh Hand Embellished Stretched Canvas | Edition of 95 Image Size 51cm x 61cm | Framed Size 74cm x 84cm £1,850 Framed
Waterlily Pond At Giverny In The Style Of Claude Monet Hand Embellished Stretched Canvas | Edition of 95 Image Size 79cm x 81cm | Framed Size 99cm x 102cm £2,250 Framed
Girl With Red Hair - Portrait In The Style Of Pablo Picasso (opposite) Hand Embellished Stretched Canvas | Edition of 95 Image Size 46cm x 65cm | Framed Size 69cm x 86cm £1,495 Framed
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Studio Sessions S T E V E AND ROX Y W I NT ERBURN
Both based in the creative hub that is their family-run foundry in Yorkshire, father and daughter duo Steve and Roxy Winterburn prove that talent really does run in the family. While both sculptors take inspiration from their past travels around the world, their artworks certainly boast different styles. Steve is now a familiar and much loved face, but his daughter Roxy is a new arrival
to the Castle Fine Art family, following in her father’s footsteps. After receiving a first-class degree in Chemistry with Forensic Science and Toxicology, Roxy set herself a one-year challenge to make it as an artist, and that she did when she caught the eye of our publisher Washington Green.
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A typical day in the foundry: “No day is the same as the last, which makes it so much fun. Some days we’re sculpting and others we’re making moulds and lost-wax casts, welding or chasing our bronze works.”- Roxy Steve taught Roxy everything he has learnt about the manipulation of molten bronze in order to create these stunning sculptures. It’s a labour- intensive process, but justified by the quality of the end result. All sculptures begin as wax, built around an armature. A mould of the sculpture is then made to create a lost wax pattern, which is coated with ceramic powder. Once the shelling process is complete, the wax is then melted off and the shells are prepped for the bronze pour (the bronze that’s poured into the ceramic shells is heated to temperatures in excess of 1000°c!). Once cooled, the shell is removed and the bronze is ready for finishing. The final process is the patina - the sculpture is heated and chemicals are applied to the surface, colouring the bronze. Roxy’s scientific background influences her patination techniques, as she formulates the chemicals to create a unique finish for her pieces. Father & Daughter: Previously Steve has travelled around the globe visiting countries such as India, Peru, Kenya and Australia, drawing inspiration from every wonderfully diverse experience. But it was the legendary Greek sculptures that inspired Steve to master his mould-making skills and create his beautifully hand-finished pieces. Steve’s lifelike sculptures depict the animals he has encountered through his many travel and conservation expeditions over the years. Although Roxy’s biggest influence is of course her father, a major inspiration for her new ‘The Circle of Life’ collection was Disney. Inspired by The Lion King, the essence of which is about nature’s way of taking and giving back to the earth, her adorable pieces have an overall circular form to represent this cycle. Each animal has its own name to capture the quirky characters she’s created, helping to create a connection between the piece and its owner.
“It’s all about nature’s way of taking and giving back to the earth. Animals are there for you no matter what. There is always a love there from both sides.”- Roxy
DID YOU KNOW?
Steve was recently invited to St James’ Palace by Her Royal Highness Princess Eugenie due to his huge support for wildlife conservations. He also turned down an exhibition in the Louvre last year to work with us – and we are immeasurably proud and grateful that he did! Away from her home ground of academia and art, Roxy is also an advanced open water diver, having completed dives in the Mediterranean, Indian Ocean and Red Sea. She is also an award-winning powerlifter and is currently working towards getting her private pilot’s licence. We are in awe!
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Steve Winterburn “The chemicals and heat bring the sculptures to life. Having worked so closely with wildlife on conservation projects, I wanted to capture this ‘essence’ in my art.”
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Elusive Master (Standard Format) Bronze with Black Granite Base | Edition of 49 Sculpture Height 51cm £3,950
Guardian (Standard Format) Bronze with Black Granite Base | Edition of 49 Sculpture Height 53cm £3,950
Sacred Soul (Standard Format) Bronze with Black Granite Base | Edition of 49 Sculpture Height 49cm £3,950
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15 years of Paul Corfield
Viewing one of Paul’s paintings is like walking through a summer meadow, with the grass rustling underfoot and the sun kissing your face. As he celebrates 15 years with our publisher, Washington Green, it is a pleasure to reveal his tranquil new artworks. Congratulations on your anniversary! How did you join our family? I sent over my work in 2005. The next day, I was called and offered an interview. All my life, I had dreamed of a career in art. Leaving work to paint full-time was one of the biggest decisions my wife and I have ever had to make. She was fully behind me and has continued to support my artistic career throughout its various twists and turns.
in the USA from the 1930s through to the 1950s. I then became interested in other styles, including photorealism. One day, I packed away my airbrush and purchased some oils, and since then I have never touched it. What do you want people to feel when they see your work? Everyone is drawn to my work for different reasons – for instance to celebrate a new life, or to mourn the passing of another. I’m just happy to paint every day, and I could never have envisaged the effect that my work would have on people.
How has your art changed over the years?
The Start Of Autumn Hand Varnished Giclée on Canvas | Edition of 195 Image Size 61cm x 61cm | Framed Size 71cm x 71cm £550 Framed "Around ten years ago, I painted a short series of small studies. I decided to revisit these to use as a basis for this bigger painting. I opened up the background to add the extensive views.”
I was interested in both pin-up art and airbrushing as a teenager. I loved the stylised approach of George Petty, whose ‘Petty Girls’ were printed on tens of millions of calendars and magazines
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Woodland Charm (top left) Hand Varnished Giclée on Canvas | Edition of 295 Image Size 20cm x 20cm | Framed Size 36cm x 36cm £195 Framed
“The hills were first painted in flat colour in a dark-to-light gradient, with bright blues for the distant hills to punch in some colour. Over the top, dots were applied for the trees. I’ve added orange accents where the light catches the treetops.”
Evening Glow Hand Varnished Giclée on Canvas | Edition of 295 Image Size 20cm x 20cm | Framed Size 36cm x 36cm £195 Framed
Underneath The Stars (top) Hand Varnished Giclée on Canvas | Edition of 195 Image Size 51cm x 71cm | Framed Size 61cm x 81cm £550 Framed
“With this painting, I wanted to reuse some old techniques. I have a special way of underpainting the trees in colour graduations. When the dots are applied, these vast woodlands magically appear.”
“A monochrome underpainting was created in shades of grey before I went over everything with a slightly muted coloured layer. Transparent colours were glazed over the top to add the rich vibrancy that makes the painting glow.”
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Paul’s secret side… We all have a little something up our sleeves, and Paul certainly likes to surprise! Outside of his publishing with us, he works in a genre he terms ‘pseudorealism’. As reported by Hyperrealism magazine, this style is an experiment with computational design. He uses his hyperrealistic painting technique and Houdini FX software to transform geometric shapes inspired by modern sculpture and conceptual architectural design. Paul says: “I enjoy every minute that I get to play in this box of tricks.”
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It might have rained that auspicious day in Montreal when Sir Billy Connolly first discovered his love for drawing, but the sun has shined (metaphorically speaking) on his art ever since.
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March 2020 saw the fifth release from Billy’s enduringly popular Born On A Rainy Day series, with several titles selling out within days. The collection was launched by Billy in front of crowds of keen collectors at events in our galleries on South Molton Street in London and Queen Street in Glasgow. Both evenings were incredibly well-attended, and guests had the opportunity to put their questions to The Big Yin himself, before he unveiled his brand new sculpture And On Monday, God Made The World. This world-first exclusive was met with an overwhelming response from the crowds, with Billy explaining: “The process has been fantastic, really incredible. The sculptor we worked with is such a talented guy – I love the way he’s kept my signature lines in there, running across the globe this way. Seeing the finished piece for the first time was very special indeed.” The sculpture itself was developed from Billy’s drawing of the same name, released as part of the 2013 collection. The story behind it is one that needs telling. It takes us back to Billy’s early days, working as a welder in the Clyde shipyards; a time that very much shaped him, and from which he still takes inspiration. Billy says: “In this piece, the welder has wings, and is making the world. He’s God – and that’s because welders think they’re gods. Well, we did anyway, because we got paid the most!”.
And On Monday, God Made The World - Stainless Steel Polished Stainless Steel on Black Granite Base Edition of 195 | Size 18cm x 44cm x 58cm £6,950
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That’s the beauty of Billy’s work - it radiates his humour and personality. It is honest, and true, and uncontrived, just like its creator. His self- deprecating reaction to being referred to as ‘an artist’ (we’re sure we heard the words “ pretentious pish ” being muttered good-naturedly) isn’t false modesty - he genuinely feels blessed that others want to own the drawings he does out of pure love and enjoyment. “It takes a little bit of the inside of you and puts it somewhere else.” In Billy’s case, that ‘little bit’ equates to an inhuman amount of charisma and warmth, the sheer force of which can only truly be appreciated by witnessing the effect he has on those who meet him. If you would like to view the photos from the events, read up on the press coverage or see more of Billy’s work, please visit our website.
Egyptian Love Story (above) Double Hit Flatbed Giclée Print on 100% Cotton Aquarelle Arches - Torchon 300gsm | Edition of 295 Image Size 77 x 57cm | Framed Size 85 x 65cm £995 Framed
Scotty Poser (top) Double Hit Flatbed Giclée Print on 100% Cotton Aquarelle Arches - Torchon 300gsm | Edition of 295 Image Size 77 x 57cm | Framed Size 85 x 65cm £995 Framed
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First Position (top left) Double Hit Flatbed Giclée Print on 100% Cotton Aquarelle Arches - Torchon 300gsm | Edition of 295 Image Size 57 x 77cm | Framed Size 65 x 85cm £995 Framed The Wreck Room (bottom left) Double Hit Flatbed Giclée Print on 100% Cotton Aquarelle Arches - Torchon 300gsm | Edition of 295 Image Size 77 x 57cm | Framed Size 85 x 65cm £995 Framed
Roman Candles (top right) Double Hit Flatbed Giclée Print on 100% Cotton Aquarelle Arches - Torchon 300gsm | Edition of 295 Image Size 77 x 57cm | Framed Size 85 x 65cm £995 Framed Marshall Art (bottom right) Double Hit Flatbed Giclée Print on 100% Cotton Aquarelle Arches - Torchon 300gsm | Edition of 295 Image Size 57x 77cm | Framed Size 65 x 85cm £995 Framed
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Emma - Leone Palmer
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“The painting is only done when it starts talking back to me, like it has become more than me.”
Can we ever really know what is happening inside our minds? One artist delving into the complexity of the human consciousness is Surrey-based painter Emma- Leone Palmer, whose hypnotic Afterglow collection explores our intimate thoughts through an electric entanglement of oil paint and swirls of light. “This is where I am most me,” explains the former Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year contestant. “It’s where I thrive and feel most alive. Everything else feels like white noise. Art rekindles memories and expresses who we are.” Emma’s passion for figurative painting blossomed after she moved to Umbria in Italy, where she worked in a studio once used
by the High Renaissance painter Raphael. She has since painted the film star Richard E. Grant, and her work is also owned by the British Olympic swimmer Sharron Davies. To create her celestial pieces, Emma allows her subjects to interact organically with pliable lighting strips and neon wires. Using colours similar to infrared photography, she captures the futuristic otherness of the body by exploring each figure’s connection with energy. “I knew I had to experiment and play in a new way,” she says. “Be naked, be vulnerable, strip it back, change it up. I’ll never create ‘background art’: my work is for feisty people who have something to say.”
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Emma’s debut event was attended by the TV presenter Ben Shephard, who described her work as “fabulous”, “truly inspirational” and full of “energy and light”. Interior design expert Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen also reached out to Emma to praise her paintings, quipping: “Afterglow is a body of some of the most exciting and energising work in oils I’ve seen since my early days at art school in the 1490s. “You have absolutely captured the now, but have done it with the flawless technique of a classicist.”
Held at our new state-of-the-art gallery on London’s bustling South Molton Street, Emma’s spectacular artist appearance saw her original paintings take centre stage. She says: “It’s what every artist dreams of. The new gallery is stunning; the curved staircase opens into a cavernous yet intimate space, it’s like Alice falling down the rabbit hole into a world of discovery. Plus I loved the neon at the end of the bar!”
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More than two decades on from its inception, Pantone Colour of the Year has returned to its roots with ‘Classic Blue’, a deep blue hue which instils calm, confidence and connection. Emma adds: “You could say I have an obsession with blue at the moment. Prussian, ultramarine and cobalt are all such juicy, oil-rich, pigment- dense colours. You can manipulate them to get the darkest of darks that pull you in like a black hole, or jewel-hued glazes. “Blue’s otherworldly characteristics amplify and intensify, demanding attention. Everyone needs to dance with that magical life force.” PANTONE COLOUR OF THE YEAR: CLASSIC BLUE
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Dan Lane From Brick Lane to Bentley Birmingham, it’s been a busy few months for Dan Lane.
occasion – concocted from as many quirky components as Dan’s artwork itself – guests raised a glass to Coalesce ’s triumphant debut. If you weren’t able to join us, but would like to view the Coalesce collection, please contact your local gallery or visit castlefineart.com
Two years on from his solo show Unchained , Dan Lane returned in November 2019 with his latest collection, Coalesce . Collectors from across the UK gathered at our pop-up space at the Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane, in the hub of East London’s creative quarter, to celebrate with a series of launch events. Coalesce is no more no less than a visual nod to Dan’s artistic growth and formidable journey to date. As the title suggests, the work is a fusion of many elements, and attests to Dan’s relentless research and idea development, making this a collection of many firsts. Never before had we seen the artist incorporate background images rather than allow his sculptures to float unfettered against high shined mounts. Similarly, we saw a greater focus on texture within this collection, including the introduction of crushed glass applied as a solid layer to add to the lustre of the overall composition. All cause for celebration, we hope you will agree! Thus armed
with the concept cocktails designed especially for the
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BlowMy Mind Original Wall Sculpture Framed Size 89cm x 53cm £6,950
There's More To Life (opposite page) Original Wall Sculpture Framed Size 59cm x 80cm £6,950
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Bentley Event Among the gloss and gleam of paint and chrome at Bentley Birmingham’s evening of luxury festive shopping, Dan Lane’s Modern Relics sculptures provided the perfect complement of traditional styling with modern engineering. All the more fitting given Dan’s engineering background. Albeit he felt at the time he was ‘designing the way of making something, rather than making something’, it gave him the skill set to invent the method of producing what you want as the end
result. It is one thing as an artist to be capable of visualising what you want to create, it is quite another to have the acumen to realise the idea into reality. That is Dan’s gift; he is a unique blend of vision and pragmatism, both the architect and builder of each piece. Dan’s sculptures were appreciated by all of the guests, and the Castle Fine Art team was delighted to have been invited by Bentley Birmingham to be part of such an enjoyable evening. We can safely say, it got Christmas off to a suitably stylish start!
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LIMITED EDITION COLLECTION | COMING SOON
“I see this collection as a very deep part of my life and the way that I live. Out here, the wilderness and open space are bringing me back to nature again. Nature is intertwined within the photography, like it’s grown out of the earth.”
And the award goes to...
In October 2019, we were delighted to announce that we had been selected as a finalist in the ‘Retail & Hospitality Business of the Year’ category of the Birmingham Business Excellence Awards. The awards celebrate success and highlight innovative people and companies in Birmingham who are helping to put the city on the map. Indeed, we found ourselves up against strong competition from our fellow nominees, the International Convention Centre and Hyatt Regency.
After a very positive process that involved meeting our category sponsors, NFU Mutual, and being interviewed about our core values and business goals, we dusted off our glad rags and headed to the awards dinner… and won! The judges recognised our commitment to high-quality customer service, from making sure visitors to our galleries receive a warm welcome to ensuring any artwork purchased from us is mounted
house team of craftsmen. We were also commended for the continuous investment we put into our business, as well as congratulated for our ‘Young Fine Artist’ initiative, through which we aim to inspire the next generation of young artists. It was an exceptionally proud moment for all concerned, and our heartfelt thanks go to the sponsors, organisers and judges.
and framed to the highest possible quality by our in-
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The many shades of Robert Bailey
Former journalist and medical photographer Robert creates astonishing sketches with graphite, and is renowned for his incredible intricacy and detailed facial expressions. We investigate the man behind the pencil.
‘A long time ago in a galaxy far, far, away’ has become one of the most famous opening lines in history, with George Lucas’s epic space opera uniting fans across the universe. After his World War II lithographs were spotted by the Star Wars creator, Robert was invited to work on Star Wars Visions , which saw 30 artists create their own interpretations of characters and scenes. George went on to buy many of Robert’s prints for both himself and cast and crew members. Robert’s startling sketches capture some of the franchise’s best-known scenes and characters, including Darth Vader, Yoda, Luke Skywalker and C-3PO. Collectors include Harrison Ford, John Travolta, Tom Cruise and the late Carrie Fisher.
Base Inspection Original pencil on paper drawing Image Size 56cm x 35cm £1,950 Framed
Lethal Leia Original pencil on paper drawing Image Size 32cm x 17cm £1,450 Framed
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Give in to your inner art ghoul for this decadently macabre selection! Featuring cult classics like Dracula , The Phantom of the Opera and Frankenstein , this vault of horrors boasts the very best stars of the silver scream. From the first documented horror movie – Le Manoir du Diable (1896) – we’ve dabbled with the ice-cold shivers created
by watching something truly frightening. Evoking a similarly thrilling sense of fear are these hair-rising pencil drawings. Mirroring the black-and-white cinematography of early films, including the genre-defining British Hammer Horror series, the figurative works possess an incredible atmosphere and sense of drama.
Monster Moon (top right) Original pencil on paper drawing Image Size 33cm x 18cm £1,450 Framed
Twas A Dark And Stormy Night Original pencil on paper drawing Image Size 33cm x 18cm £1,450 Framed
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As Captain James T. Kirk, commander of the starship U.S.S. Enterprise, William Shatner and his crew travelled through space on intergalactic missions for each episode of Star Trek . Inspired in part by Jonathan Swift’s 1726 novel, Gulliver’s Travels , the show was created by the former Air Force pilot Gene Roddenberry and the first episode aired on September 8th, 1966. Set in the 23rd century, the plot showcased the crew’s mission to seek out new life and ‘boldly go where no man has gone before’. One of the highest-grossing franchises of all time, Star Trek featured one of television’s first multiracial casts, and is even said to have influenced the entrepreneur Steve Wozniak, who went on to co-found Apple Inc. in 1976. Each artwork from this collection is hand-signed by William Shatner.
Kirk Victorious Original pencil on paper drawing Image Size 22cm x 29cm £1,950
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PUTTING PENCIL TO PAPER
Robert uses a technique called hatching, which involves shading with closely-drawn parallel lines to imply shade, tone or texture. The distance between the hatching marks determines how light or dark that area appears.
Contact our online team or your local gallery to find out more about how Robert can personally recreate your favourite film or television scene.
“Only by practice can the dexterity of fine pencil work be kept up.” – Robert Bailey
A Civilized Settlement (opposite, top) Original pencil on paper drawing Image Size 32cm x 17cm £1,950
O v erwhelmed! (Above) Original pencil on paper drawing Image Size 55cm x 37cm £2,450
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Robert Oxley PRIMAL COLOURS
Robert Oxley’s new releases from his enduringly popular Primal Colours collection see the artist get up close and personal with some of the world’s most beautiful animals, brought to life on canvas by his passionate brushstrokes. The new pieces depict four of the most endangered species on the planet: the bear, elephant, panther and tiger.
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“I wanted to play with the format and bring this tiger a little closer to the viewer and add impact. It was great to play around with colour and do something a little unconventional.” – Robert Oxley
Kenji Hand Embellished Boxed Canvas | Edition of 195 Image Size 81cm x 122cm £995
Hathi Hand Embellished Boxed Canvas | Edition of 195 Image Size 91cm x 91cm £895
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LIONS OF WINDSOR An ardent conservationist, Robert was invited to paint a sculpture for the Lions of Windsor Sculpture Trail in 2019. The handsome Leonidas was auctioned by Christie's auctioneers and raised £2600, with proceeds shared between Thames Hospice, The Lions Club of Windsor, Look Good Feel Better and Tusk.
Roosevelt (top) Hand Embellished Boxed Canvas | Edition of 195 Image Size 91cm x 91cm £895
Bagheera Hand Embellished Boxed Canvas | Edition of 195 Image Size 84cm x 112cm £950
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Within Bob Barker’s new releases lie deeper meanings than first meets the eye. A Ride On the Wild Side is the first piece of Bob’s that features only animals. Dedicated to his wife and her love of carousels, Bob completed the piece for their new home bringing it to life with the galloping horses running free from their constraints as figures on the carousel.
The Great Get Together each year which is the inspiration for this piece’s name, with all the proceeds of the original being auctioned going to the foundation as well as a donation of £50 per limited edition sold. The two girls on the right hand side are representative of Jo and her sister Kim, hence the hearts through the balloons, while the boy and girl are drawing Bob’s signature ‘umbrella people’ with the words “more in common”
taken from Jo’s maiden speech in parliament. Bob listened to this speech while painting, to get a feel for the person Jo was and better understand what drove and inspired her. He has taken specific words and themes from the speech, which also resonate with his work, and used them as the essence of the painting: “united”, “believe” and “made in Yorkshire”.
The Jo Cox foundation runs
Get Together (above) Hand Varnished Giclée on Canvas | Edition of 195 Image Size 76cm x 58cm | Framed Size 94cm x 76cm £695 Framed
A Ride On The Wild Side (opposite) Hand Varnished Giclée on Canvas | Edition of 195 Image Size 112cm x 38cm | Framed Size 130cm x 56cm £750 Framed Mod Life Crisis (above) Hand Varnished Giclée on Canvas | Edition of 195 Image Size 86cm x 51cm | Framed Size 104cm x 69cm £695 Framed
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Become an art expert from the comfort of your own home with our handy glossary. We’re picking up where we left off in our Autumn issue, and you can view all of our previous instalments online if you’d like a refresher. Learn Your ABC
Resin (Rox y Winterburn) A transparent or semi-solid substance of natural or synthetic origin, often used by artists. Natural resins are derived predominantly from plants, where its use as a secretion is to guard the plant against both insects and disease. Synthetic resins, like epoxy and acrylic, are produced industrially and serve many purposes. It wasn’t until the 20th century that resin became popular among sculptors, who appreciated its durability and relatively low price. Thanks to its chemical composition, resin is much lighter than other sculpting materials, and it can The work of Pop Art and Hyperrealist artist Duane Hanson helped to popularise resin in modern and contemporary art. Our very own Roxy Winterburn creates her adorable sculptures, inspired by Disney and African fauna, from bronze and resin. also be painted or glazed to imitate bronze and stone.
Roxy Winterburn ‘Bubbles’
Roxy Winterburn ‘Better Together’
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Serigraph (Paul Stephenson)
used in the 20th century by Pop Art pioneers like Andy Warhol and James Francis Gill.
Also known as silk-screen. The word comes from combination of Greek words seicos , meaning silk and graphos , meaning writing. In the silkscreen printing process, the ink is pressed through stencils supported by fabric or mesh screens, using a separate screen for each colour. Once the screens or stencils are in place, artists roll, press, sponge or squeegee their ink or paint over the silkscreens to create a design. Silkscreen printing originated in China and is one of the oldest forms of printmaking, going back as far as 1000 years ago. The technique reached the Western Europe in 18th century and was widely
Artists like Bob Dylan, Simon Claridge and Billy Schenck have also used this technique. Paul Stephenson has reproduced four of Andy Warhol’s most iconic artworks in collaboration with the Pop Art founder’s original screenprinter, Alexander Heinrici. Paul sourced the same materials and followed Warhol’s technique exactly to create ‘posthumous Warhols’ (as described by leading Warholian authority Rainer Crane) for his After Warhol collection.
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Triptych (Tim Chr ist ie & Hamish Blakely)
A work of art consisting of three panel sections, usually hinged together vertically. The term was traditionally applied to painting or relief panels, and often depicted religious scenes. Although today it’s also used to refer to artworks in other media like photography or video, which may not necessarily be hinged or fastened together but intended to be presented as one. The word triptych comes from Greek adjective triptukhon ( tri , meaning three and ptysso , meaning to fold). Usually the largest middle panel is flanked by two smaller related artworks (originally the two smaller flanking sections would close together to protect the middle image) but triptychs consisting of equal-sized panels also exist. The triptych form originated in early Christian art and was used as an altarpiece expressing the concept of trinity. During the Byzantine period small triptychs were often used along psalters and icons for private worship. The triptych format was also used by modern artists like Francis Bacon, Fernand Léger and Pablo Picasso and stays relevant today in work of artists like David Hockney, Jeff Koons or video artist Bill Viola.
Hamish Blakely ‘Angels of Amsterdam’
Tim Christie ‘Wolf of Wall Street’
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Underground Art (Temper)
A subculture art that operates outside of recognised art world conventions, like graffiti or comic strip art. The term was first used to describe the cultural phenomenon of the 1960 and early 70s when some groups of artists and other creatives were working outside, or on the fringes of, popular culture. Underground art can be created legally and illegally. Since the 90s the internet has become an
outlet for underground art and allowed it to reach a wide audience, negating the need for support from the art establishment, although it is now recognised as a legitimate medium and exhibited in museums and galleries across the world. Arron Bird, known as Temper, became the first- ever graffiti artist to be awarded a solo show in a major public gallery (Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, 2001).
Find the next instalment of our art glossary in the next issue of Fine Art Collector.
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Since Steamboat Willie premiered at New York’s Colony Theatre in 1928, the imagination of Disney has enthralled audiences across the globe. Breaking new ground for Hollywood, Walt Disney created a whole new world of magic. Curated by one of the industry’s most reputable vintage animation art dealers, our Disney Vintage collection features the very best of Disney art. Boasting coveted Art Corner and Courvoisier set-ups, it is a rare insight into the behind-the-scenes workings of the films that have captured our hearts, including Pinocchio , Sleeping Beauty and Peter Pan . Experience the magic of Disney Vintage
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When Disney first began making feature- length films in 1937, each movement had to be captured by an individual animation drawing and corresponding cel. Hundreds of animators worked together in one building to create the illusion of life.
Here, we take you through some of their tools.
Sericel: A form of animation art which depicts
characters or scenes. Artists create a hand- inked and painted colour model of animated characters, which is then transferred onto an acetate sheet by silkscreen printing. Storyboard: A series of sketches that helps filmmakers visualise a plot sequence by mapping out the story. It helps to identify inconsistencies and chances for further development. Production background: All production cels are photographed on production backgrounds. They are the most rare and valuable form of animation art as only a few hundred are ever made for a feature- length animation. Model sheet: Also known as character boards, these depict the character’s head and body at different angles, plus basic facial expressions. They help to ensure continuity between the many artists working on a film. Production cel: A clear sheet onto which characters are traced and painted. Each second of animated film is made up of 24 individual cels! Animation production drawing: Accomplished in pencil on paper, these are the first step in the final creation of characters. Each drawing is traced onto the animation cel before it’s filled with colour and photographed.
Jiminy Cricket Drawing (top) Original Production Drawing Image Size 31cm x 26cm £2,495
Cruella Deville (2) (middle) Original Production Cel Image Size 33cm x 28cm £2,995
Goofy Clean-Up Model Sheet (above) Original Model Sheet Image Size 35cm x 28cm £1,500
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Inspired by Disney: Tim Rogerson
As a five-year-old boy, Tim fell in love with Disney. After his father taught him to draw Mickey, he became hooked and went on to be named the official artist of Disney’s first-ever D23 Expo in 2009. For its 10th anniversary in 2019, Tim took his audience on a step-by-step journey of his abstract style. The same year, he released his collaboration with Disney and Castle Fine Art to commemorate the 90th anniversary of Mickey Mouse.
Explaining the endless possibilities of Disney, Tim told artnet News: “It’s a candy shop of characters.”
A Duck Full Of Joy | A Mouse Full Of Joy Hand Finished Canvas on Board | Edition of 90 Image Size 68cm x 103cm | Framed Size 84cm x 119cm £1,250 Framed (each) (Matching Numbered Pair)
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BOBDYLAN THE DRAWN BLANK SERIES | TRAIN TRACKS 2020 Hand signed limited edition graphics collection by
Artists During Lockdown
While the country may have locked down recently, our artists upped their game. Rising to the challenge with aplomb, they’ve used their time to get creative and bring some much needed moments of happiness to their followers on social media.
First mention must go to Nigel Mason, who got behind the #PortraitsForNHSHeroes initiative started by portrait artist Tom Croft, and painted stunning portraits for extremely dedicated NHS staff. It was only right that we used one of these poignant images as the front cover for this issue. Beth, Kathleen and Thom were the lucky recipients of personalised portraits from Nigel, and here’s what it meant to them: Beth Gibson, a community nurse in Camborne, explained: “I felt so lucky to have a portrait painted by Nigel. The painting was so beautiful and really captured a time in my life that was full of uncertainty due to Covid19. It is very special to me, because it reminds me of how everyone came together and showed real kindness and
compassion. Working as a Community Nurse during the pandemic was a very stressful and scary time for myself and my family, but it was also rewarding to be able to help reassure my patients who were also feeling scared and uncertain as to how greatly the impact of the virus would affect them. I would like to thank Nigel once again for his kindness and generosity, and how receiving such a beautiful work of art lifted my spirits and rallied me to continue nursing and be the best person that I could be.” Kathleen Macdonald, an NHS Scotland Radiographer, working at the National Hospital in Glasgow, said:
Nigel captured, not just a photo, but a moment in history. I hope to save the painting for future generations as a wonderful reminder of an uncertain time. I cannot thank him enough for this tremendous display of his wonderful gifts. I can truly say that I have been so touched by his act of support, despite my small offerings, in tackling coronavirus alongside my wonderful NHS colleagues.” Thom Petty, an NHS anaesthetist (and more recently an ICU doctor during COVID) remarked: “I’m a great admirer of Nigel’s paintings- there’s something very special about the way he manages to capture people. I was moved when I saw the portrait for the first time. The photo he used was one that a colleague took of me just as we were starting to see the
“When I received the portrait I was so overwhelmed by how
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