For this most committed of artists, every work is like a beloved child..."I’m just not too comfortable about selling my work. In fact, it breaks my heart.”
The Ruralists aims and ideals still provide an extremely fertile ground for a figurative, landscape-based art that still touches resonant chords in our psychic imagination
Derek Balmer abstracts the memory of what made it a good place to be, to see. He follows Picasso’s dictum about drawing: You must close your eyes and sing.
It's easy to be overwhelmed when standing in front of one of Leon Belsky's outsized still-lives...These imposing images convey a deep respect for natural forms like many great works from the romantic tradition.
We all love denim, don't we? It's the great democratic fabric, worn by everyone from the farmer to the aristocrat, the manual worker to the oligarch.
The power of his canvases is his ability to entice us, hearts racing, into a paradise that, just for several moments, has not yet totally vanished.
His work has as many facets as a diamond - but one that could only ever have come from Russian soil... His wide-ranging themes constitute a highly distinctive, immediately recognisable visual world
The more recent work has an intimate feel and sometimes implied narrative created through atmospheric light, a sense of foreboding or contemplation.
Rachel Deacon acknowledges the classical precedent. She says: "I embrace the tradition of the classical composition, and the presenting of an archetypal view. This helps in the re-telling of the story I am working from."
Fleur Deakin describes her aesthetic as slightly terrifying - inspired simultaneously by the painterly qualities of the Fauve artists and the impressionists yet also by the naked emotion of the abstract expressionists.
His unique images of architecture, lighting and figures have been greatly praised and awarded, recently receiving The Most Outstanding Print Award from Sir Peter Blake.
This continually developing series of work immediately places him in the tradition of a very British form of surrealism.
Chuck Elliott's work coalesces a desire to use the latest digital technologies with a strong sense of his place in the tradition of colour, space and abstract geometrical art.
Ali Esmaeilipour, considered one of the most famous contemporary painters from Iran today. He moved to Singapore, together with his family, where he has been living and working since 1998.
Over the decades Sue has travelled and worked extensively in the Middle and Far East, and the influence of her wanderings is immediately apparent from a glance at her work.
Much of what Colin Fraser paints is intangible - light, air and the feeling of a specific mood or memory.
“Tempera has a vitality about it which reminds me of the dynamism of the sun – never static, always changing.”
These timeless paintings go beyond image. They have an existence which embraces the physicality of the material and touches on the ungraspable of the mystical.
David Gerstein's metal wall sculptures have fans all over the world, including celebrity collectors. They’re drawn to the work for the same reasons as anyone else – humour, energy, beauty, joy.
The haunting, elemental work of Ramsay Gibb sits proudly in the grand tradition of British landscape painting. Like the best of that lineage it focuses on one subject alone: the awesome majesty of nature.
Mark Godwin has an assured way of handling paint, and a mature confidence in his subject matter. His print making activity nowadays is centred on making small suites of unique mono-prints.
Elena & Michel Gran's paintings have been the subject of more than 20 solo exhibitions in Paris, Rome, London, New York and Chicago. The artists work has also been purchased by the Louvre.
Pam Hawkes is preoccupied with an epic female quality. But if anything, her work seeks inspiration from even further back in history... The work has been called Modern Gothic – to Pam's approval.
"Accuracy is an intrinsic part of my artwork as it plays a key role in enabling the viewer to feel that they are present at the scene."
Rebecca Jewell creates intricate drawings and unique feather collages, inspired by her passion for conservation. No wild or endangered birds are killed to make the artworks.
"Compositing up to 100 long exposures into one piece is a more cohesive way of expressing the filmic. It allows me to explore movement and condense time – and express the transcendental essence of place."
Since 2000 Matthew Maran has travelled the world - winning awards for his landscape and wildlife photography in the European Wildlife Photographer of the Year and Travel Photographer of the Year competitions.
Clive's paintings include intoxicating visions of La Bastille, New York, Greenwich Park, medieval Sienna, Aix-en-Provence. Yet the artist concedes that, for all his travels, there's only one subject he's truly interested in: light.
How can folded up paper and metal become so fascinating? So monumental? Well, in the hands of Bogdan, these otherwise banal materials really do take on another life.
These canvases are such delicious concoctions. Technically, James Mortimer paints with a lovely precision. In execution his work is a little like the 19th century painter Henri Rousseau.
Orton uses glass bottles to represent buildings, the paintings invite the eye to meander through various glass objects, the shadows of valley of glass.
Annie Ovenden’s name is carved into the history of English 20th and 21st century painting thanks to her membership of the hugely influential and much loved Brotherhood of Ruralists.
Alan Parry's wonderfully tranquil paintings shimmer with the warmth of late summer English evenings. Many of them were painted in the heart of England where the fruit trees burst into blossom and there's Elgar on the soundtrack.
Sophie’s fascination with 17th century Holland is deep-rooted. She is Dutch, and has long been inspired by the meticulous painting of a period known as the Dutch Golden Age.
David Ralph Simpson has exhibited his paintings with many galleries internationally. His work can be found in collections throughout Europe and the United States.
Alex Russell Flint’s beguiling works have been described as 'the perfect blend between classical and contemporary’. He certainly has the lineage. Alex is the great-grandson of the Scottish artist Sir William Russell Flint, himself a great depicter of mysterious female beauties.
Fletcher is entering a new and exciting stage in his career... The simplicity of the paintings allows the viewer to naturally attach their own experiences and thoughts to the work.
Katy’s paintings combine elements that every viewer can relate to: the innocence of children; nostalgia for the past; the mystery of nature. They also hint at stories that keep us searching for clues.
Six years after his death, Walasse Ting is emerging as one of the most interesting and important painters of the 20th century.
What Richard Twose does are paintings that are in the best sense slippery. They change as you look at them. And their possible meanings change too.
A modern master of landscape painting. Nicholas’s work will transport you from Norfolk to Prague via Venice and Provence. But such is the utter joy of his work that wherever he takes you, it’s where you want to be.
Bernhard’s work is heart-stoppingly good in every conceivable measure: the nuanced colour, the striking composition, the visceral textures. It’s simply a joy to stand in front of these amazing canvases.
If any one painter flies the flag for the spirit of the French Impressionists, it’s Bruce Yardley. Like his heroes, Bruce paints exclusively in oils, and chooses as his subjects architecture, cafe life, rivers, sun-dappled interiors and landscapes.