CASTLEFINEART.COM FINE ART COLLECTOR AUTUMN 2019
FROM VATICAN CITY TO LONDON DAN LANE
STUDIO SESSIONS WITH NIGEL HUMPHRIES
X-RAY VISION NICK VEASEY RAPHAEL MAZZUCCO GAIA: A NEW INSPIRATION
S P L I T P E R S O N A L I T I E S
Editor Far from being a moment to reflect on the months that have elapsed since our spring edition, this 'From The Editor' segment heralds exciting new horizons
Castle Galleries is what made us who we are today, and we look back over the last 25 years with a deep sense of fondness and pride. Last but not least to undergo this change was our new Harrogate gallery, who carried the torch over the finishing line (so to speak) in September. In August 2019, we also welcomed our landmark 40th gallery, in the beautiful and historic city of Canterbury. Read more about the latest news from our galleries on page 72. We also have much to look forward to in 2020, not least because it will be Castle’s 25th anniversary. Some of you may recall the 20th anniversary celebrations in 2015, which saw
us challenge our Group Managing Director, IanWeatherby-Blythe, and Sales Director, Richard Roden, to visit each and every one of our galleries up and down the country over a long weekend. They completed this Herculean task with aplomb, and were greeted warmly by all of our gallery teams. It begs the question what might we task them with next year! In the meantime, Collectors, we invite you to sit back and enjoy the best that Castle has to offer you this season.
and a change of direction. For the dedicated Fine Art Collector readers among you, you might notice that we have scaled up the size of our magazine; this is an exciting juncture in Castle history, and we wanted to revamp this publication accordingly. Hopefully our new bigger size has given you even more to love! One of the many newsworthy developments is our full and final rebrand drawing to a close. Castle Fine Art is our new direction of travel, but
Daniela Quinlan Editor
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On The Cover Dan Lane
Art In Public Spaces Putting art front and centre across the world
Nick Veasey A visionary fusion of art and science
Portrait Bringing history’s greatest artists to life
Introducing Roxy Winterburn From the laboratory to the foundry
Editor: Daniela Quinlan Contributors: Daniela Quinlan, Robyn Smith, Michael Perry, Monika Adamska, Charlotte Brazier, Megan Foster, Claudia Pocrnic, Carlos Vasconcelos
The Art Of Tim Rogerson Commemorating the 90th anniversary of Mickey Mouse
Dan Lane From Vatican City to London
Learn Your ABC A handy glossary of art terms and themes
Why Original Art? Straight from the artist to your wall
Creative Director: Ak Suggi Designers: Matt Johnson, Christy Guan, George Wilson
Billy Schenck In the saddle with the artist behind ‘The New West’
New Galleries Castle Fine Art is bigger and better than ever
From The World Of Art Dates for every exhibition-lover’s diary
Gaia Mother Earth proves bountiful for Raphael Mazzucco
Special Thanks: New Hinksey Primary School & Mrs Nash, Tanworth-in-Arden Primary School & Ms Cutler, Acorn Press
In Every Issue 1. From The Editor 58. The Social Edit 108. Studio Sessions Throughout In the Gallery
Events: What To Expect Exhibitions & special appearances from your favourite artists
Photography As An Art Form Life through the lens, from selfies to snapshots
Artists & Techniques The substance behind our artists’ styles
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Art In Public Spaces
Outdoor Sculpture & Installations
in Chicago’s Millennium Park. The mirrored sculpture plays with light and interacts with its environment by reflecting Chicago’s skyline. The work of Italian sculptor Lorenzo Quinn, known for his monumental installations, can serve as an excellent example of socially engaged public art. After
presenting his sculpture Support in 2017, Lorenzo once again stole the show at this year’s Venice Biennale with Building Bridges , a new and ambitious project that engages with the city’s ancient cultural legacy by promoting the message of unity. The clasping hands symbolise the need for contact and collaboration.
The most established forms of public art include monuments, memorials, civic statues and sculptures that enable the projection of artistic ideas on a massive scale. Arguably one of the most well-known examples of outdoor sculpture would be Cloud Gate , Anish Kapoor’s first site-specific installation in the United States unveiled in 2004
Permanent or temporary, art in public space is intended to be democratic and freely accessible to everyone. Its role can range from a simple decorative function, a celebration of history and heritage, to creating a sense of identity, community and civic pride. From ancient times to today, public art was often used as a political and ideological propaganda tool.
The six pairs of hands are titled ‘Help’, ‘Love’, ‘Friendship’, ‘Faith’, ‘Wisdom’ and ‘Hope’ to depict humanity's six universal shared values.
Anish Kapoor’s mirrored sculpture Cloud Gate in Millennium Park, Chicago
Closer to home we can enjoy installations by Wolverhampton- born graffiti artist Temper, who was chosen to create a suite of sculptures for The Cube in Birmingham. The Lovely People took more than two years to complete, and features seven bronze figures with red hearts instead of faces. Each was inspired by a story about inspirational local people, from a firefighter who was awarded the George Medal by Queen Elizabeth II to a Holocaust survivor, emotively showcasing the values at the heart of England’s second city.
One of the seven bronze figures by Temper in The Cube, Birmingham.
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Art In Hotels
Urban Art & Graffiti
Street art and public art coexist in the realm of public space, and often share similar goals of bringing awareness to social and political issues. But while public art is fully accepted and considered culturally enriching, street art is illegal and labelled as vandalism. With artists like Banksy winning international acclaim it seems high time that we reassess its status. In 2008, the Tate Modern’s iconic river façade served as the first major public museum display of street art in London. Subsequently, we have seen a rise in urban artists being invited to transform buildings into works of art. Spain’s government embraced graffiti and found a way to use it to its advantage, one example being Farnanza, a small
depopulated village 50km north of Valencia that was transformed into the capital of street art.
As experiential travel gains in popularity, luxury hotels are incorporating original artwork into their spaces to create lasting impressions and differentiate themselves from the competition. With The Ellerman House in Cape Town displaying what was dubbed “the most representative South African art collection in existence” it’s safe to say that the lines between hotels and museums and galleries are getting blurred. More and more of the luxury hotels take on a role of cultural ambassadors, hosting temporary and permanent exhibitions of local and international artists. The luxury Ritz-Carlton, Abama resort in Tenerife can now boast not only its impressive Michelin starred restaurants and world renowned golf courses, but also a stunning display of artworks from our very own artists - John Myatt, Marvel, Ronnie Wood and Bob Dylan. If you’re not sure where you can find the perfect balance of cultural enrichment and luxurious relaxation, this might be just the right place for you.
The work of artists such as Temper is yet more proof (should such proof still be necessary) that graffiti has earned its rightful place as a legitimate art genre. Art is breaking away from the confines of museums and galleries and becoming more prominent in public spaces, where it has the power to transform its environment, express community values and act as a catalyst for important conversations. Long may it continue.
“Art is too important not to share”. - Romero Britto
Abama Resort hotel in Tenerife.
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Daniel Arsham’s 2019 retrospective exhibition, Connecting Time , was a multifaceted showcase of his many artistic disciplines. Through a series of experiential installations, visitors were taken through immersive spaces that subvert the norm
and shake the foundations of the familiar. None more so, perhaps, that the ‘Calcified Room’ that rendered an innocuous living room into a post-apocalyptic suspension of time and reality, unnerving and engaging in equal measure.
Art installations were born to create intimacy between the artist and the voyeur; they are often temporary and allow us an insight into the creative realm of the artist. The space often allows the spectator to move around the environment, but what happens in a claustrophic exhibition? Why does the artist want their audience to feel uncomfortable?
Haroon Mirza’s various installations under the name, reality is somehow what we expect it to be , were viewed on social media platforms as an Instagram dream. The rooms filled with a soft LED glow and geometric foam shapes that were satisfyingly crisp. However, upon entering an anechoic chamber - a space in which neither light nor sound is reflected - a high-pitched noise was played whilst a ring light pulsated, the combination of which gave visitors the impression of being trapped in a physical representation of a migraine. Mirza lured his captive audience in through sharing and reposting his multi-sensory installation, in some way cheating his audience of the calm experience they were anticipating.
Haroon Mirza, reality is somehow what we expect it to be , 2018, Ikon. Courtesy the artist and Ikon.
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Transcending the classification of photography, Nick’s work has catapulted him to the forefront of the art world. Along with working with prestigious brands like Porsche, BMW, Levi’s and Nike, he has exhibited worldwide and featured in publications including National Geographic, Wired and the Independent. He also appeared on television for the BBC, NBC and Discovery Channel. Nick has X-rayed everything from Christmas trees to the fashion designs of Alexander McQueen. Most famously, he
created a life-size rendition of a Boeing 777 jet airliner using over 1,000 separate X-rays, which subsequently featured on the side of a hangar for United Airlines. His award- winning photography has been exhibited as far as Taiwan and South Korea. In 2017, his solo Inside Out exhibition was held in Sweden at Fotografiska, one of the world’s largest meeting spaces for contemporary photography, where Nick gave a private tour to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel of Sweden.
There are permanent collections of Nick’s work in prestigious establishments across the world including the V&A (UK), National Museum of Science and Technology (Italy), the National Science and Media Museum (UK) and the Fort Wayne Museum of Art (USA). Thanks to Nick’s debut collection for Castle Fine Art, no such travel is required to view these exquisite artworks. Contact your local gallery, or take a look online at castlefineart.com for more information.
Self-taught and relentlessly experimentative, Nick Veasey views the world in X-ray vision. His cutting- edge fusion of art and science shows humanity in a very different light. Nestled in a lead-lined chamber in the Kent countryside, Nick uses machines intended for medical and industrial radiography to penetrate the surface of everyday objects, and take viewers on a journey to a dimension otherwise unseen.
California Bug (Large Black) / (Large Pink) Flatbed Giclée Print on Waterford 640gsm Paper | Edition of 75 Image Size 128.3cm x 90cm | Framed Size 162cm x 112cm £1,950 Framed
California Bug (Standard Black) / (Standard Pink) Flatbed Giclée Print on Somerset 410gsm Paper | Edition of 150 Image Size 97.3cm x 62.7cm | Framed Size 115cm x 80cm £1,250 Framed
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‘Most artists claim to delve beneath the surface of their subjects. But few have got to the core of our being in quite the way that Nick Veasey has managed.’ Patrick Sawer, The Sunday Telegraph
Matchless Rider (Large Black) / (Large Pink) Flatbed Giclée Print on Waterford 640gsm Paper | Edition of 75 Image Size 128.3cm x 90cm | Framed Size 162cm x 112cm £1,950 Framed Matchless Rider (Standard Black) / (Standard Pink) Flatbed Giclée Print on Somerset 410gsm Paper | Edition of 150 Image Size 97.3cm x 62.7cm | Framed Size 115cm x 80cm £1,250 Framed
Large Black/Pink Edition Waterford Saunders 640gsm paper was
Standard Black/Pink Edition This edition was printed onto 410gsm
selected for this edition. Traditionally made on a cylinder mould machine from 100% cotton, this superior quality paper is endorsed by the Royal Watercolour Society.
Somerset Satin printmaking paper, chosen for its deckle-edged finish and acid-free, archival quality.
EMMA-LEONE PALMER INTRODUCING
Manipulating light into ley lines of explosive energy in these exquisite original artworks, Emma Leone Palmer makes her debut at Castle Fine Art’s new gallery space on South Molton Street, in the heart of Mayfair, with her solo exhibition Afterglow. NOVEMBER 2019
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Lawrence Coulson One word shouldn't encapsulate 20 years of breathtaking art and countless hearts touched across the world, but that's exactly what Lawrence Coulson's 20th anniversary Celebration collection does. As we close on what has been a spectacular year honouring one of our longest serving artists, we look back at some of his exciting events and exclusive releases. Celebration Commemorative Book
Collectors have the opportunity to commemorate Lawrence Coulson’s 20th year with an exclusive limited-edition book showcasing his new Celebration collection. This is a must-have for anyone inspired by nature. Boasting 120 pages of never- before-seen art, exclusive interviews and photographs taken at his home in rural South Lincolnshire, it is a celebration of the life and art of one of the UK’s most successful painters. In a nod to the celebratory tone of the book, the front cover features intricate silver foil detailing – making it a statement piece for your bookshelf or coffee table.
Events To celebrate his 20th year with our publishers, Washington Green Fine Art, Lawrence Coulson has been touring our galleries up and down the country. Providing a unique insight into his world, Lawrence treated guests to a live painting demonstration and question and answer session. Uncovering the techniques behind his stunning landscapes, spectators watched as he teased a serene scene from a blank canvas. There is still time to see Lawrence painting in action as he will be concluding his 20th anniversary year with artist appearances at a range of our galleries. Visit the Events page on castlefine.art. com for more information.
Upcoming event galleries:
Meadowhall – 9th November 1-3pm
Manchester – 14th November 6-8pm
Reading – 16th November 1-3pm
Oxford – 17th November 1-3pm
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Jon Jones With a background in fine art, sculpture and ceramics, Jon Jones cites Rembrandt amongst his influences and enjoys scrutinising the technique behind an artwork. He starts his work with just a scribble, preferring to keep his sketch loose and give his energy to the final painting. He uses oil on board, with Indian ink and pencil. For this series, Jon worked with the West Midlands Police Museum to explore the criminal underworld of 19th century Birmingham. His haunting paintings delve into the history of the infamous Peaky Blinders gang, made famous by the successful BBC series of the same name. Following our 2018 total of £6,000, it is our great pleasure to announce that Castle Fine Art will continue to support the fantastic work done by Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity with a percentage donation from the sale of these new Jon Jones limited editions.
Watery Lane (above) Hand Finished Canvas on Board | Edition of 295 Image Size 71cm x46cm | Framed Size 90cm x 63.5cm £595 Framed
Alfie Solomons (opposite top) Hand Finished Canvas on Board | Edition of 295 Image Size 41cm x 41cm | Framed Size 58.5cm x 58.5cm £395 Framed
Charlie's Yard (above) Hand Finished Canvas on Board | Edition of 295 Image Size 41cm x 41cm | Framed Size 58.5cm x 58.5cm £395 Framed
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As a child struggling with dyslexia, the young Scarlett expressed herself through paint. Encouraged by her art teacher, she created a world in which Frida Kahlo, Salvador Dalí and Vincent Van Gogh were her friends. Their inner turmoil, self-love and courage gave her the confidence to pursue her dream of becoming an artist, and now, inspired by
their self-portraits, she has reconnected with her 11-year-old self for a heart-warming journey of rediscovery. It’s the first collection for Scarlett following her groundbreaking World War One project, The Danger Tree. Co-creator Marc has once again integrated the artworks with layers of multimedia, including
animation, graphics, music and narration – viewable with the Artivive app. The immersive augmented reality experience was showcased at the Islington and Glasgow stores of the UK’s leading art supplies retailer, Cass Art, in August and September this year. Read on to find out more!
CASS ART GLASGOW
CASS ART ISLINGTON
‘The Augmentists’ took over Cass Art stores earlier this year to unveil their startling new collection, Portrait: The Reason Why I Paint . We’re taking you behind the scenes to meet Scarlett Raven’s childhood heroes. Bringing History’s Greatest Artists To Life SCARLETT RAVEN | MARC MAROT
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“When Scarlett first proposed the eight portrait subjects, I was thrilled to see Basquiat and Warhol on the list. Back in 1985, when I was heading up the music publishing division of Island Records, I had lunch with both of them in New York. Faced with two geniuses, I had so little to say! “These are emotional works, honouring the gifts and comfort they gave Scarlett. I’m happy to say that I was able to stand back and let Scarlett’s paint do the talking.” – Marc Marot
“Without these artists, I wouldn’t be who I am. They were my best friends, my place to play, feel, laugh and cry. It felt like meeting real people and making real connections; they became a family and a world I felt safe in. “There’s something so magical about thick oil paint. It has a heartbeat and it feels like you’re moulding a life when creating a person. Every time I look at their work, I feel like that 11-year-old girl who discovered the world and herself for the first time. I had to lose myself completely to learn
Picasso Hand-Varnished Canvas on Board with Augmented Reality | Edition of 95 Image Size 35.5 x 35.5cm | Framed Size 51.5 x 51.5cm £250 Framed Hand-Embellished Boxed Canvas with Augmented Reality | Edition of 25 Image Size 101.6 x 101.6cm | Framed Size 111.8 x 111.8cm £1,950 Framed Basquiat Hand-Varnished Canvas on Board with Augmented Reality | Edition of 95 Image Size 35.5 x 35.5cm | Framed Size 51.5 x 51.5cm £250 Framed Hand-Embellished Boxed Canvas with Augmented Reality | Edition of 25 Image Size 101.6 x 101.6cm | Framed Size 111.8 x 111.8cm £1,950 Framed
Van Gogh Hand-Varnished Canvas on Board with Augmented Reality | Edition of 95 Image Size 35.5 x 35.5cm | Framed Size 51.5 x 51.5cm £250 Framed Hand-Embellished Boxed Canvas with Augmented Reality | Edition of 25 Image Size 101.6 x 101.6cm | Framed Size 111.8 x 111.8cm £1,950 Framed Kahlo Hand-Varnished Canvas on Board with Augmented Reality | Edition of 95 Image Size 35.5 x 35.5cm | Framed Size 51.5 x 51.5cm £250 Framed Hand-Embellished Boxed Canvas with Augmented Reality | Edition of 25 Image Size 101.6 x 101.6cm | Framed Size 111.8 x 111.8cm £1,950 Framed
who I was.” – Scarlett Raven
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Robert Oxley’s vivid perspective of the world is shaped by an intrinsic belief that animals and humans are one and the same, an idea that is at the core of his latest collection, Primal Colours . The body of work sees animal instincts personified by a stripped-back colour palette exploding with
fluorescent red, lemon yellow, blue, magenta and turquoise, each element carefully thought out by the artist to show people a new way of looking at our natural history. Robert’s goal for the collection was to return to a starting point and remaster old skills, revealing the complexities of animals through juxtaposing simplicity. Moving in a slightly new direction, the latest additions to the collection see Robert get even more up close and personal with his animal subjects, completely filling the canvas with colour and shape in a seemingly abstract display, whilst still remaining true to his signature explosive style.
Mufasa (right) Hand Embellished Boxed Canvas | Edition of 195 Image Size 84cm x 112cm £895 Mala (above) Hand Embellished Boxed Canvas | Edition of 195 Image Size 91cm x 91cm £850
Marcel (above) Hand Embellished Boxed Canvas | Edition of 195 Image Size 84cm x 112cm £895
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LIONS OF WINDSOR As a passionate conservationist, Robert was thrilled to be invited to participate in the Lions of Windsor & Maidenhead 2019 public art event. The event saw a giant pride of life-sized lion sculptures, each individually-decorated by talented artists, displayed across the Royal Borough - including Robert’s dazzling super-sized lion, Leonidas, which he adorned with his signature dripped paint style. Designed to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Queen Victoria, the art trail raises funds for charity by inviting businesses and organisations to sponsor the eye-catching lions, each of which will be auctioned off by Christie’s, the international auction house. All proceeds will be shared between local charities including The Lions Hospice, The Dystonia Society and The Thames Valley Hospice. Robert Oxley Castle Fine Art, Platinum Networking and Go Bespoke invited their collectors and VIP clients for an evening by the great British seaside in May. After a drinks reception on terra firma, guests climbed aboard the British Airways i360 viewing pod and took to the skies to enjoy stunning views over the coast whilst viewing a collection of our artwork, and meeting the artists behind them. Our first aerial exhibition showcased works by Dan Lane, Alex Echo, The Augmentists Scarlett Raven and Marc Marot and Paul Kenton, who unveiled a new painting that he created as an event exclusive, titled The Great British Seaside. "It was very special to get to meet other clients and view Brighton from above, enjoying the viewwith wonderful art." – Corrine - Castle Fine Art collector Brighton i360
You don’t need to be an artist to be part of Castle Fine Art. Our growing business needs people with passion, everyone has a part to play. Visit our website to view our current vacancies, hear about the perks of working with us and read why our staff do what they do. castlefineart.com/careers
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Introducing: Roxy Winterburn
First-class chemistry graduate, VW Beetle restorer, open water diver and sculptor…there is no end to Roxy Winterburn’s talents! Influenced by nostalgia, her debut collection, Circle of Life, incorporates her love of Disney and childhood memories of African voyages with her family. Alongside her father, the sculptor Steve Winterburn, Roxy saw orphaned elephants and a baby hippo in Kenya. She also witnessed heartwarming interactions between penguins at a zoo during a breeding conservation programme. These sights, along with circular forms, feed into her stylised sculptures. Roxy adds: “My love of Disney really inspires my art. I love the way the animals have quirky characters, and that’s what I want to capture. I would love people to feel a connection to the characters I have created. I want people to see them and want to give them a loving home.” LOST-WAX: THE PROCESS Moulding the character from wax or clay is the initial step in this process, followed by creating a mould around the sculpture (typically made from fibre-glass, plastic or rubber). Once the moulds are complete, they are used to create a lost-wax pattern. This is done by slurring boiling hot wax around inside the mould repetitively until it is the correct thickness. Following the assembly of the wax shell, the figure is coated with ceramic powder before the remaining wax is burned out from the outer ceramic shell. The shells must cool from this process before pouring bronze at 1000˚C inside.
The outer shell is knocked away and the remaining bronze figures are welded together ready for the final process: applying the patina. A variation of heat and chemicals ensures different finishes and colours for each bronze statue before they are sealed in a protective wax. INSIDE THE FAMILY STUDIO Much like the families of these animals, the Winterburns are a tight-knit unit who all contribute their time and skills to their on-site foundry. Just as each patina is unique, so is each day in the studio. Roxy starts the morning with a cup of tea and can often stay there until late in the evening. Sometimes she sketches an idea prior to creating a mould but she usually works from her imagination. She says: “I want to show the artwork through my eyes; I don’t want it to look real. It’s how you perceive the animals to be.” Roxy is able to complete every stage of the lost-wax process, adding: “Some days I might be sculpting, and others I can be making lost-wax casts, welding or chasing the bronze works.”
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Bronze studio edition
Hand painted cold cast resin
Penelope Bronze Sculpture | Edition of 25 Height 22cm £2,950
Bubbles Resin Sculpture | Edition of 195 Height 19cm £250
“Animals are there for you no matter what. There is always a love there from both sides.”
Circle of Life Collection - Penelope, Better Together, Bubbles 3 x Bronze Sculptures Edition of 25 £7,950 Indian Ocean and Egypt. She is also an award-winning powerlifter and is currently working towards getting her private pilot’s licence. She owns a 1968 VW Beetle named Pumpkin, whom she is lovingly restoring back to his former glory. MORE ABOUT ROXY An advanced open water diver, Roxy has dived in the Mediterranean,
– Roxy Winterburn
Bubbles Bronze Sculpture | Edition of 25 Height 28cm £2,950
Better Together Bronze Sculpture | Edition of 25 Height 29cm £2,950
Better Together Resin Sculpture | Edition of 195 Height 17cm £250
Circle of Life Collection - Penelope, Better Together, Bubbles 3 x Resin Sculptures Edition of 195 £695
Penelope Resin Sculpture | Edition of 195 Height 14cm £250
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One of the world’s most famous cartoon characters, Mickey made his debut in 1928, when Steamboat Willie screened at New York’s Colony Theatre. The film was the first-ever animation to feature synchronised music and sound effects, and marked the start of greater things for the mischievous mouse, whose ‘Oh Boy!’ catchphrase was originally voiced by Walt Disney himself. He has gone on to star in more than 30 films, and has been brought to life by over 50 illustrators and animators.
The Art Of Tim Rogerson
Introduced as a counterpart to lovable Mickey, Donald Duck is celebrated for his bad temper and incomprehensible ramblings. He starred in his first short film, The Wise Little Hen , in 1934 and formed a trio with Mickey and Pluto before branching off into his own films in 1937. Boasting a total of 51 appearances, Donald is also a mascot for several army and air force squads – including the United States Coast Guard. In June 2019, he celebrated his 85th anniversary. Donald Duck
It’s a brave artist who takes on the likes of Disney, Star Wars, Marvel and Hammer Horror, but Ohio-born artist Tim Rogerson takes it in his stride. We’re delighted to present his fantastic range of original and limited edition art, available online and in galleries now.
A Duck Full Of Joy Hand Finished Canvas on Board | Edition of 90 Image Size 68cm x 103cm | Framed Size 84cm x 119cm £1,250 Framed
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
Following on from collaborations with brands like Gucci, the new project between Disney and Castle Fine Art has been specially curated to commemorate the 90th anniversary of Mickey Mouse. Featuring Mickey Mouse and his long-standing counterpart Donald Duck in a Cubist style and Basquiat colour scheme, the remarqued limited edition artworks are a testament to the lasting legacy of Walt Disney. Their motion brings them to life, as if watching the original animation on a cinema screen. Tim was the perfect choice for the series, as the official artist of Disney’s first-ever D23 Expo in 2009 and Disneyland’s 60th anniversary in 2016. Bringing his childhood adoration of Disney to every brushstroke, he adds: “My father taught me how to draw Mickey when I was five, and I’ve wanted to be a Disney artist ever since. I was hooked.”
More From Tim Rogerson
Boasting A-list collectors like George Lucas and the late Carrie Fisher, Tim has re-created classic Star Wars scenes and black-and-white pencil sketches inspired by Marvel characters and Hollywood films. Contact your local gallery to find out more about our commissioned scene opportunity.
Each of the remarqued editions features a hand-drawn pen sketch and is accompanied by a certificate with the official Disney Fine Art logo.
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Well-loved artist Bob Barker is known for his heart-warming depictions of love, family and childhood. These four new artworks illustrate his signature ‘Northern Impressionism’ style, which contrasts light and shadow with an inner glow inspired by the mill towns of his youth. We’re also delighted to present a personalisable new print. Following on from the sell-out success of ‘Listen To Your Heart’, ‘Once In A Lifetime’ allows for the initials of you and a loved one to be hand-embellished with white paint within the heart on the wall, making it truly unique.
Starting Our Forever Hand Varnished Giclée on Canvas | Edition of 195 Image Size 54cm x 71cm | Framed Size 72cm x 89cm £650 Framed
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The Last Post Hand Varnished Giclée on Canvas | Edition of 195 Image Size 66cm x 66cm | Framed Size 84cm x 84cm £695 Framed
Truce Hand Varnished Giclée on Canvas | Edition of 195 Image Size 58cm x 76cm | Framed Size 76cm x 94cm £695 Framed Once In A Lifetime - Remarque (right) Hand Varnished Giclée on Canvas | Numbered Edition Image Size 59cm x 76cm | Framed Size 76cm x 94cm £795 Framed
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Describing his new artworks as “nature’s silhouettes”, Richard Rowan has returned with three additions to his popular Twilight series. Created using his signature reverse painting-on- glass technique, he captures the majesty of the sky from a completely different perspective.
and his two children are represented by trees or birds. As with all of his art, the pieces were created whilst listening to a specific song. Visit our website to discover the accompanying soundtrack for each artwork.
Life's A Symphony Giclée Print on Glass | Edition of 195 Image Size 72cm x 37cm | Framed Size 93.5cm x 58.5cm £795 Framed
The artworks also feature touching references to his family. With the pieces, Richard, his wife
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“The viewpoint is down low from my child’s perspective. It’s seeing their view of the world.”
Empty Space Giclée Print on Glass | Edition of 195 Image Size 40cm x 81.5cm | Framed Size 64cm x 105.5cm £850 Framed
Day Turns Night Giclée Print on Glass | Edition of 195 Image Size 52cm x 52cm | Framed Size 80cm x 80cm £795 Framed
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After first dazzling collectors with giclée on glass releases in 2018, Dan Lane has returned to 2D with two new limited edition prints. Plus we’re thrilled to reveal the latest sculptures from his popular Modern Relics series, which is inspired by Italian masters like Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Michelangelo and Antonio Canova. With a sculpture in SEGA’s UK headquarters and an ever-expanding portfolio, Dan hasn’t stood still since he made his fine art debut in 2014. An appearance on BBC News was just the start of greater things; his solo Unchained show in 2017 brought crowds to the Village Underground in London’s Shoreditch, with the former engineer returning to the capital to showcase his new pieces this autumn.
From Vatican City to London: Dan Lane
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Creating New Art
Unlike his earlier works – which have been composed mainly of found, bought and donated ceramic and plastic objects – this new style of sculpture saw Dan reinvent his creative process. Through his Modern Relics series, he intertwines the exploration of how we treat our bodies with a desire to create works which look as if they could be hundreds of years old. From making his own acrylics sheets to creating moulds and sculpting in clay (plus experimenting with marble, aluminium, iron and bronze finishes!), this has been a self-taught journey of trial and error. Dan persevered until he was completely satisfied that every detail was perfect. The two new sculptures are cast in stainless steel and take inspiration from love, tattoos and the Michelangelo fresco painting ‘The Creation of Adam’, which forms part of the Sistine Chapel’s ceiling.
Featuring his signature skulls, metal elements and themes of nature, the new releases are an exciting foray back into two- dimensional imagery for the sculptor. The works involved a process of giclée printing on the back of toughened glass before adding a chrome foil to give an amazing highlight effect. “I’m super eager for people to see my work,” Dan says. “This collection has a ton of exciting themes and techniques, some of which I’ve tried to blend sympathetically.”
“I want people to imagine that they were created in the present, but found in the future. I want them to look as if they should be in museums from the future, just like the work of the artists from the past that I aspire to.”
IF WE HAVE EACH OTHER, WE HAVE EVERYTHING “This piece was inspired by my tattoo artworks and a song I heard on the radio. That one line stood out, and I decided to create a sculpture based on it.” SEE, HEAR, SPEAK NO EVIL “It’s my take on the Chinese proverb in my own unique style – it was an interesting one to play around with. The colours are super vivid and really pop.”
Modern Relic Arms - A Gesture Of Love Stainless Steel Sculpture | Edition of 95 Size 43cm x 20cm £3,500 Modern Relic Arms Suite II Stainless Steel Sculpture | Edition of 95 Size 43cm x 20cm / 67cm x 25cm £6,450
Modern Relic Arms - The Creation Of Man Stainless Steel Sculpture | Edition of 95 Size 67cm x 25cm £3,950
If We Have Each Other, We Have Everything (top) Giclée Print on Glass | Edition of 150 Framed Size 117cm x 92cm £1,250 Framed
See, Hear, Speak No Evil Giclée Print on Glass | Edition of 195 Framed Size 124cm x 92cm £1,295 Framed
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Inspiration comes in many forms, and can strike at any time. For Richard Levine, the muse responsible for his break away from digital art into working with paint was none other than Charles Schultz’s much loved Peanuts cartoon strip. He says: “We all absorb cultural visuals into our subconscious, and I guess for a few years these characters have been making an appearance in mine.” Richard draws upon his training as a graphic designer, animator, 3d model maker and illustrator to help realise these images. Beginning with a wireframe model, he then takes the finalised form and overlays it with anywhere between 20-30 different patterns, before rendering and fine tuning what will
eventually become the finished design. Using canvas, acrylic paint, varnishes, tape and brushes, he then adds bold colour and texture to the piece. Richard told us that he had enormous fun working with these characters, because he was able to be playful with the composition. Even with the Op Art influence, and inspiration taken from some of art history’s biggest names, such as Mondrian and Lichtenstein, this is art to be enjoyed without agenda. He explains: “I see most of my pieces as experimental, with a playful element. I always try to keep my vibe positive during the creative process, in the hope that this energy transfers into my work.”
Adam Shaw, from the drone photography and cinematography company Aerial Inspiration, is a Dan Lane collector – boasting an impressive four prints and five skull sculptures. Moved to create a video inspired by the artist’s works, Adam says: “I think Dan’s work illustrates the turmoil of modern life. I see destruction, greed, power, war, end of life. On the back of that, his work always has a small glimmer of hope and beauty with the flowers or humming birds. Both are very fragile.” Tell us your own art story by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or tagging us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #YourWorldOurArt.
Returning to London
Two years on from his solo show, Dan will be back in London in November 2019. Once the capital’s largest brewery, The Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane is now East London’s creative quarter and the perfect setting for Dan to exhibit his works. He adds: “The reaction to my show was amazing and it gave me the confidence to put together my latest collection.”
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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 spring issue, and you can view all of our previous instalments online if you’d like a refresher. Learn Your ABC
NEOCLASSICISM (HAMISH BLAKELY )
The Neoclassical art movement, which began c. 1760, championed Greco-Roman ideals of harmony and stood in opposition to the overly decorative and whimsical styles of Rococo and Baroque. The excavation of the ruins found at Pompeii and Herculaneum rekindled interest in classical art, architecture and literature. Also Johan Joachim Winckelmann's Thoughts on the Imitation of Greek Works in Painting and Sculpture played an important role in establishing the aesthetic and theory of Neoclassicism. The main pioneer of this period was Anton Raphael Mengs. The circle of artists that gathered around Mengs and Winckelmann in Rome created the
centre of the new movement, which influenced British artists like Sir Joshua Reynolds, Benjamin West John Flaxman, Jessica Kaufman and Jacques-Louis David, who was the front man of Neoclassicism in France. Hamish Blakely took inspiration from neo- classical painters like John William Godward, John Waterhouse, or Jean-Léon Gérôme to create his latest collection iMasterpiece . The artist fuses classical paintings with the materialistic symbols of mass consumerism to highlight the shallowness of popular culture and social media-obsessed narcissistic society.
MAQUETTE (PETER SMITH)
As the French word for ‘scale model’, a maquette – also known in Italian as plastico or modello – is a sculptor’s small preliminary study or model. Serving as the artist’s first realisation of a concept, it can aid in the selection of materials and overall approach. One artist known for his maquettes is the Baroque sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini, who made his models from wax or baked terracotta. plaster maquettes as part of the theatrical stage sets for their popular Impossimals ® characters. See if you can work out the artwork from these behind-the-scenes photographs. A little closer to home, Peter Smith and his wife Jayne create
‘ Shine ’ inspired by Jean-Léon Gérôme’s provocative piece ‘A Roman Slave Market’ (c.1884).
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QUEEN (JAMES FRANCIS GILL)
Since 1933, Queen Elizabeth II has sat for over 130 portraits. While some paintings have been applauded – including Pietro Annigoni’s ‘Queen Regent’ (1954) and Justin Mortimer’s ‘The Queen’ (1997) – others have faced the wrath of critics. In 2000, Lucian Freud’s effort was dubbed ‘painful, brave, honest’ by The Times, but ‘extremely unflattering’ by the Daily Telegraph. Her Majesty has become a popular subject in Pop Art, with Andy Warhol creating his ‘Reigning Queens’ series (four of which now hang in the Royal Collection) from a photograph taken in 1977 for her Silver Jubilee. We love this Pop Art interpretation by James Francis Gill.
OPT ART (RICHARD LEV INE)
PLEIN AIR (PAUL KENTON)
Opt art, short for optical art, emerged in the 1960s. It used geometric forms to create optical illusions, drawing on colour theory and the physiology of perception. Its effects vary from creating the impression of movement, flashing, vibrating pattern or warping. The artists predominantly associated with this form were Bridget Riley, Jesus Rafael Soto and Victor Vasarely. Richard Levine’s art is inspired by opt art. By playing with geometric shapes and blocks of colour, the East Sussex-based artist exposes details within the pattern while allowing his audience to appreciate the end result. This is created by rendering an image into a 3D form and wrapping it with a texture or pattern before running it through several transitions. He says: “My work is experimental and playful and is not constrained by a single discipline. This creates a feeling of kinetic energy, depth and movement.”
Plein air is a French term used to describe painting outside. The practice of leaving behind the four walls of a studio to create studies and sketches for paintings goes back for centuries, but it wasn’t until the 19th century that finished pieces were painted entirely outdoors. Pioneered by John Constable, the approach was fundamental to Impressionism and artists like Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, Alfred Sisley and Pierre-Auguste Renoir all advocated painting outside. The introduction of paint tubes and the box easel also made it easier to transport art supplies. Paul Kenton paints en plein air to capture the natural light and bustling atmosphere of city scenes. He offsets a foreground of dark colours and strong shapes against a backdrop of softer tones to create a feeling of depth. The energetic paint drips and gestural lines add texture and the sense of dynamism. Paul says: “I’m constantly on the lookout for energetic locations and inspiration, immersing myself in the moment and fast-paced movement. Shadows move fast and light sources appear and disappear in seconds, giving me moments to record what I see.”
The Queen £1,995 | Edition of 100 Framed Size: 70cm x 90cm
Franc £795 | Edition of 150 Framed Size: 88cm x 88cm
Pick up the Spring issue of Fine Art Collector for the next instalment of our art ABC.
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Little Electric Chair - Available in four different colourways Hand-Pulled Silkscreen on Linen | Edition of 40 Image Size 71cm x 56cm | Framed Size 74cm x 58cm £3,950 Framed
Self Portrait - Available in four different colourways Hand-Pulled Silkscreen on Linen | Edition of 40 Image Size 41cm x 51cm | Framed Size 43cm x 53cm £2,950 Framed
Jackie - Available in four different colourways Hand-Pulled Silkscreen on Linen | Edition of 40 Image Size 102cm x 102cm | Framed Size 104cm x 104cm £5,950 Framed
Mao - Available in four different colourways Hand-Pulled Silkscreen on Linen | Edition of 40 Image Size 107cm x 127cm | Framed Size 109cm x 130cm £7,950 Framed
Evoking the spirit of the sixties through Andy Warhol’s art reimagined in the context of today’s world, Paul Stephenson is as much in demand for his stunning debut collection, After Warhol, as ever, following its launch in February 2019. With a UK gallery tour under his belt, and a portfolio of glowing press coverage, we predict great things for Paul in 2020. If you have yet to view the artwork, visit your local Castle Fine Art and hear the story behind the silkscreens from one of our Art Consultants.
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Capturing the energy of two of the world’s most exciting locations, the London/New York collection by Paul Kenton was showcased at the prestigious Chase Contemporary gallery in New York earlier this year. The artworks feature warm colours and a contemporary metallic finish.
Paul says: “I really enjoy the unpredictability of scraping paint across the metal, as you never quite know what incidental patterns and marks will be created. I find it exhilarating to express the furious movement, artificial lights and vibrancy of a busy city centre.”
Urban Abyss Triple Strike Flatbed Print on Aluminium | Edition of 195 Image Size 152cm x 76cm | Framed Size 160cm x 84cm £1,495 Framed
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Did you know? These limited edition giclée prints were printed by our specialist atelier team by triple-layering onto aluminium with extra layers of black to create depth.
City Burst (above) Triple Strike Flatbed Print on Aluminium | Edition of 195 Image Size 100cm x 100cm | Framed Size 108cm x 108cm £1,350 Framed
Shades of St. Pauls (left) Triple Strike Flatbed Print on Aluminium | Edition of 195 Image Size 85cm x 111cm | Framed Size 93cm x 119cm £1,295 Framed
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Why Original Art? When purchasing an artwork, one of the first decisions to make is whether to buy a limited edition or original piece. For those of you considering spending a little more on a one-off creation, we’ve put together a short guide as to why this could be the right choice for you.
While we are known for the original-worthy quality of our limited edition artworks, sometimes original art can bring something different to your home. Our South Molton Street gallery manager, Jess Devenish, explains: “There’s a painterly quality to the brushstrokes that is unique to an original piece." THAT EXTRA SOMETHING SPECIAL Not all of our collection is shown online or in galleries. Be sure to attend our artist appearances and exhibitions to preview never-before-seen works, or contact our online or gallery teams to find out more about our back catalogue, upcoming pieces and commissions by your favourite artists. A HUGE SELECTION Our ethos at Castle is to make art accessible to all. “Original art can sometimes seem out of reach initially but we can definitely help to make it more affordable,” says art consultant Jack Lunn. “We have many clients who prefer to spread the cost of owning an amazing original piece by simply placing a deposit and paying the rest in affordable, interest-free monthly instalments. This can be done over a period of time which suits their budget and circumstances at the time.” “Our limited edition programme is absolutely incredible and the detail that goes into replicating our original works is second-to-none. But there’s just something special about an artwork that has been created from the initial concept to the finished piece by the artist’s own hand – it adds that intimate, personal and creative touch. Every time you buy an original artwork, you’re investing in something the artist has put their heart and soul into. Richard Rowan’s landscapes are so exquisite that they look like they must have been created digitally, but on the reverse side of the glass, you can see the multiple layers of larger strokes that go into making the minute detail on the front. Or you may spot a rogue SOPHIE BANCROFT Assistant manager, Original Art department EASY PAYMENT OPTION
CREATED BY SOUGHT AFTER ARTISTS
Our original portfolio boasts works by artists such as John Myatt, Paul Kenton and Stuart McAlpine Miller, all of whom have exhibited internationally and now boast collectors across the globe. When choosing one of these pieces, you’re not only buying an incredible artwork, to be enjoyed and cherished over the years, but your own piece of art history. “Our artists continually experiment with technique, texture and mediums, so a wonderful benefit to buying an original artwork is that you happen to own what represents a unique stage in the artist’s personal journey,” says the manager of our Tunbridge Wells gallery, Donna Le Ves Conte. With many of our artists creating very limited numbers of original works per year, their exclusivity makes them even more covetable. NO TWO ARE THE SAME Original and limited edition works can be displayed side-by-side throughout your living space – how you curate your collection is up to you! Manager of our Bath gallery, Karen King, adds: “I’ve had clients say they’ve never really thought about owning an original piece, but a delightful couple I know have recently bought a Paul Kenton original and two vintage Disney sketches when they’ve previously only ever bought prints.” COMPLEMENTING LIMITED EDITION ART
An original is a one-off piece created by an artist. Limited edition art is a translation of an original piece. Our highly-skilled atelier teams create the exceptionally high quality prints, hand- embellished editions and sculptures series - often difficult to distinguish from the original piece - for which Castle Fine Art has become known. WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A LIMITED EDITION AND ORIGINAL ARTWORK?
paintbrush hair in Paul Corfield’s works. You’re getting that extra bit of magic when you choose an original. “I joined Castle over five years ago, and the novelty of being the first to see our new original pieces has never worn off. Although I’m not physically in the galleries, I curate the collections of original art for their walls. It’s such a fantastic feeling to know that the choices I make could end up in someone’s home. Each of our artists has honed their craft and is at the top of their game, so it is a dream to be surrounded by beautiful art each and every day.”
“The unique feature about owning an original artwork is that you happen to own the only one of its kind in the world.” – Donna Le Ves Conte
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