‘The Vintage, Lake Garda’ by William Collingwood Smith Watercolour and gouache Size: 31.9 x 54 inches Signed ‘Collingwood Smith’ (lower left)
The last day of summer flew by last week and so I feel it was only fitting to leave the season with the most beautiful European vision of a summertime view of Lake Garda by William Collingwood Smith.
As Britain seeks to reaffirm its image as an outward-looking nation, it seems apt to look at this image by a British artist who set out to see and paint the world. Collingwood Smith travelled extensively in Britain and on the Continent, often painting scenes that had news interest.
In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, there were surprisingly few restrictions for those wanting to travel to mainland Europe or further afield, unlike today. France, the Low Countries, Switzerland, and Italy were just some of the countries that attracted generations of British travellers. Among them were many landscape painters who undertook extended tours of the Continent to experience its wealth of cultural and scenic riches.
‘Summer Morning Chioggia’
14.2 x 21.3 ins
Signed lower left
NEIL B HELYARD
Oil On Canvas
35.8 x 35.8 ins
Signed ‘Neil B Helyard’
Mousehole Harbour, August ’93
Oil on canvas
20 x 24 inches/26 x 30 inches
Signed (lower right)
Blampied is known primarily for his etchings and dry-point engraving in the early part of his career; in the twenties the printing business was booming and he often received commissions for illustrations. He later worked oils, lithography and even bronze. Many (primarily American) investors were interested in Blampied’s paintings produced in the late 1920s and in the following years he focused on exhibiting works on paper and paintings in London and in Glasgow. In 1926 Blampied sold all of his possessions and travelled through southern France and North Africa for five months. His drawings from that time would inspire all of his work in the following years.
Blampied was a keen observer of everyday life who clearly enjoyed the quirks of human nature, even within amusing stereotypes. Blampied’s humor is as precise and delicate as his line work. His charming depictions rendered in a flourish with a skillful hand, float in and out of existence on the page like a cherished memory.
‘The Dunes at Wimereux, Normandy, 1934’ by Edmund Blampied. Oil on board. £10,000
CADA FAIR, COMPTON VERNEY, 2021
The Cotswolds is one of the most beautiful and historic areas of England. It is also the home of the largest concentration of art and antiques outside London.
We are delighted to be exhibiting at this fair in person once again, and very much look forward to welcoming you to our stand at Compton Verney. Please come and visit us at Stand 7, 8 and 9.
In today’s art culture, urban art is a new genre, influenced by elements and inspirations of both graffiti and street art into artworks transitioning in to the interior– becoming accessible to everyone. It’s clear to see that graffiti and street art are here to stay and have found their place. Today, pieces made by famous street artists have become status symbols among collectors. Click the link below to take a look at the rise of street art and the future of this vibrant art form, in our most recent collection by ‘Pure Evil.’
‘Mel Ferrer’s Nightmare (Floating Audrey) Tapestry’ by Pure Evil
ENJOYING OUR NEW GALLERY . . .
We are delighted to be exhibiting four new works by the highly collected contemporary artist Neil Helyard. The work of Neil Helyard is sold exclusively through Trinity House. Our Helyard collection is best described as an eclectic mix of varying styles, showcasing the artist’s breath-taking vision across a variety of mediums and distinctive styles.
For information about commissioning an original work by Neil B. Helyard, or to request our Neil Helyard catalogue, please contact us at [email protected]
Ken Howard is one of few living artists who are able to capture light so vividly in both oil and watercolour. After art school and working as the official war artist for the Imperial War Museum, he travelled widely painting life and nature with superb honesty and accuracy, demonstrating a magical understanding of light, often found in works by artists such as J.M.W. Turner.
Today he is known for his ability to fuse light and atmosphere in paint. His range of subjects encompasses the studio nude, Venetian scenes and Cornish beaches. His work is to be found in many private and public collections including the Imperial War Museum and Plymouth City Art Gallery.
KEN HOWARD A PERSONAL VIEW: INSPIRED BY LIGHT
‘For me, painting is about three things. It is about revelation, communication, and celebration. By revelation I mean giving people a way of seeing, revealing the world around them in a way they have never seen before, opening their eyes.’
This fascinating book beautifully demonstrates Ken Howard’s ability to portray the subtle nuances of light.
He explains how light has been a never-ending source of inspiration for his art and reveals some of the secrets of his craft. Illustrated throughout with the artist’s wonderfully evocative sketches, watercolours, and oil paintings, this is a unique insight into the work of this internationally acclaimed artist