Stuart McAlpine Miller | Estelle Lovatt in Art of England

In this month’s issue of Art of England magazine – check out page 37 for art critic Estelle Lovatt’s reasons for investing in Stuart McAlpine Miller.

Art of England - Stuart McAlpine Miller is named as 'the' artist to invest in by art critic Estelle Lovatt in the latest issue of Art of England magazine

Art of England – Stuart McAlpine Miller is named as ‘the’ artist to invest in by art critic Estelle Lovatt in the latest issue of Art of England magazine

Stuart is currently busy painting for his début Mayfair exhibition with Castle Galleries in September.  We’ve seen Stuart take inspiration from children’s comic book characters, including The Beano, Popeye and Catwoman and are really looking forward to seeing everything in one place.

For more information on what he’s working on right now contact us at the gallery.  Although the exhibition is still some time away, we are already taking enquiries for those who would like to attend, so please send us an email with your contact details and we will get in touch with you to discuss further.

Art for the Summer and Your Free Gift

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Indulge Yourself

WITH OUR NEW LIMITED EDITION ART – IN THE GALLERY FROM JUNE 1ST

Get ready for summer with the new collections from Alexander Millar, Craig Davison…

Alexander Millar presents three new limited edition pieces which mark a juncture in his career, depicting an almost ethereal representation of London. 

Alexander Millar Battersea Sunset £625

Alexander Millar
Battersea Sunset
£625

Bob Barker continues to display his mastery of grisaille, a monochrome technique that can be traced from Early Netherlandish paintings through to Rembrandt and Picasso.

Bob Barker Love Finds a Way £599

Bob Barker
Love Finds a Way
£599

In ‘Love Finds a Way’. Peter Smith and his colourful Impossimals return, complete with cakes and bunnies…

Peter Smith Cake O'Clock £375

Peter Smith
Cake O’Clock
£375

Peter Smith Meet the Family £425

Peter Smith
Meet the Family
£425

… Whilst Craig Davison invites us to step back into our childhood and relive those endless summer days…

Craig Davison Whooooooooow! £399

Craig Davison
Whooooooooow!
£399

Craig Davison Guns of the Magnificent Seven £950

Craig Davison
Guns of the Magnificent Seven
£950

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From endearing works by Caroline Shotton, Peter Smith and Shazia, to romantic scenes by Paul Kenton and Paul Horton, these free gifts are available throughout May and June… but they are sure to get snapped up quickly, so contact the gallery soon to make sure you don’t miss out!

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Rhys’s Last Word | Ronnie Wood ‘Raw Instinct’

 

Well opening night has been and gone and I’m sure I speak for everyone here at Artica, South Molton Street when I say ‘What a night!’

Three huge, grand and intoxicating floors of pure artistic joy greeted us as we arrived in the  gallery. It was difficult to take every piece on display in,  there was so much to see and the atmosphere of the event was just too exciting. Having watched the above video at least three times, I am now over the fact that I am not in it once. I find it strange though as my co-workers are constantly saying my head is massive, so I would have thought at least the tip of my barnet would have made into one shot, oh well.

The building was split into sections, the ground level had some wonderfully enormous new originals that Ronnie had finished painting a few days before. Apparently hair dryers must be thanked for having the pieces ready to hang in time, thank you hair dryers. The basement area had framed and embellished set lists with all of the classic Stones’ songs as well as my personal favourites, the guitars. There were a selection of Fender’s famous Stratocaster electrics, all hand signed by Ronnie, with lyrics chosen by Ronnie emblazoned around the body of the guitar. The one that caught my eye was a cherry red Strat with the lyrics ‘Please allow me to introduce myself, I’m a man of wealth and taste’, not that I have wealth or taste, but it’s still a cool lyric.

The first floor consisted of the print room, with familiar pieces from the ‘Decades’ collection and some previously unseen signed limited edition pieces. Then there was the animal room (not it’s official name but it was full of paintings of animals), which had some beautiful paintings of mainly  horses, which I am told are a massive passion of Ronnie’s, a rhino and a monkey. The last room on the  first floor was filled with some beautifully delicate and moving depictions of ballet dancers and a corner for some life paintings (nudes). This is for me, where we really get to look into the artists mind. Painting those that are near and dear to you without the barrier of clothing, gives over a sense of mutual honesty between painter and subject that really darts out of the canvas and forces the viewer to see the world very much as Ronnie Wood does.

Overall the night included just enough glitz and glamour to usually send me running for my slippers and hot water bottle but the quality and variety of the artwork on offer made me slightly dizzy with glee. I was even persuaded to go for a drink of beer afterwards at a local Mayfair pub (unheard of I assure you), where I was told that Fearne Cotton had been at the show, FEARNE COTTON, and I had missed her, AND I HAD MISSED HER… Just my luck.

 

Rhys Edwards

Bob Dylan | The Retrospective

Renowned singer, songwriter and artist, Bob Dylan, has his first full retrospective show at Artica Galleries…

BDY Train Tracks 2012 Red

Bob Dylan Train Tracks Red

The full collections from 2008 – 2012 are now available and will be arriving in the gallery from Saturday 13th April.  Please RSVP  to save your spot at this exclusive event or to enquire after your favourite graphics from the Drawn Blank series.

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Motel Pool
2011

House on Union Street<br />
2012

House on Union Street
2012
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Statue of Liberty
2008

The Drawn Blank Book

The Drawn Blank Book

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Marvel Superheroes From Stan Lee

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The Marvel Superheroes not only traverse multiple dimensions, the entire Universe and time itself, they have now made an appearance here in  South Molton Street, London. We are, as you can imagine, extremely excited to have six of the most iconic covers from the Marvel back catalogue reproduced in both box canvas and paper editions.

What is the back story of this unbelievable hand signed, by Stan himself, collection I hear you wail. Good question I reply. Well Stan has been trying for many years to have the creative genius of his co-collaborators and himself accepted and appreciated by the art world as worthy of hanging on gallery walls. Stan came to realise the U.K. art market was actually fully ready and prepared to hang his chosen pieces next to other great artists. Now Stan had a big decision to make, which galleries to choose. Well I say he had a hard decision but I’m just being modest, he decided very quickly to work with the U.K.’s most well recognised art publishers Washington Green (Our art publisher).

It was decided that we should take six covers from the vast Marvel back catalogue and after much deliberating on both sides of the Atlantic the choice was made. The victorious six, the covers that emerged, were selected for different reasons such as pure aesthetic quality, like ‘The Incredible Hulk #1’, which comments on the Greek myth of the Titan Atlas, who held the whole world on his shoulders, to ‘The Silver Surfer #4’ which is in essence, in my opinion at least just purely cool.

So we had the collection of six, we had the gallery to hang them, now it was just a case of how you guys, the art collectors would respond. My gosh how you responded. The word unprecedented gets flung around a lot these days, but the reaction from the art buyers of the U.K. and all over the world has been astonishing. The truly wonderful thing that we have all noted is the multi-generational appeal of the collection. Grandfathers, fathers and sons have all come together to see a body of work which has influenced them in different ways. The more mature gentlemen remember buying the original comics, the youngest have come to love the movies or cartoons. Is there any other artistic style which has such a wide reaching appeal? Well not that I can think of.

This said, there are still a limited amount of pieces left, ready and waiting to be snapped up and hung lovingly in your home. So if you haven’t had the opportunity to give us a visit yet, hurry, as they wont hang around for long. This is a chance to have a signed piece Marvel history, a chance to become the king of the geeks and geekesses and the envy of many generations before and even more in the future.

Heroines and Heroes of Britsh History… Caroline Shotton’s Amazing New Original Collection

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This beautiful summer in London has reignited the idea of cool Britania. So celebrate by embracing the kooky self-deprecating nature of British wit through the art work of one of Britain’s best loved artists Caroline Shotton.

Caroline’s surreal look at the history of Britain begs us to ask a question that I am almost certain no one has ever asked themselves, what if the gift of opposable thumbs had been bestowed upon a completely different species?

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Her whimsical imaginary world makes us look at our own perceptions of history, removing the stuffy academic memories of trudging through text books and replacing them with a childlike abundance of fun.

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From Queen Victoria to Sir Francis Drake no one escapes the Shotton bovine treatment. The painterly quality and skill that goes into each one of these glorious originals is absolutely immense and the detail and time spent on each square centimetre is clear to behold.

ImageThis fabulous collection of original oils will be snapped up extremely quickly, so there is little time to chew the cud over these wonderful pieces.

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“Raw Instinct” – Ronnie Wood’s Art Exhibition Opens At The Castle Fine Art Gallery in London

Some of the originals from the exhibition are now in our gallery on South Molton Street – stop by to have a look…

Legendary Rolling Stone, Ronnie Wood, who also happens to be a trained painter, displayed his “Raw Instinct” art exhibition at The Castle Fine Art Gallery in London.

Thanks to The Rolling Stones‘ website for pointing it out here.

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Rhys’s Last Word | A Human Struggle

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Human history is awash with figures who through their actions inspire us to do better, try harder and reach the heights of our potential. These men and women who have often struggled to make the world a better place are rightly bestowed with the title of hero. One of my personal heroes is Frederick Douglas. If you haven’t heard of him before  then I suggest looking into his remarkable life and achievements. In a nutshell he was an orator and writer of unbelievable talent who during his life (1818 – 1895) managed to become one of the leaders of the abolitionist movement, which would eventually lead to the eradication of the virus of slavery in North America. What is all the more impressive are his beginnings in life. Douglas was not born into a wealthy family allowing him the time and freedom to fight the good fight on behalf of the African American slaves, no he was a slave himself. His intelligence and eloquence led to him writing numerous books about his life as a slave and as a public speaker he was unsurpassed by even the most highly trained orator. The words he spoke broke down barriers and showed that African Americans were equal to the European Americans in every way.

Frederick Douglas Portrait

“If there is no struggle, there is no progress”, this statement of Douglas’s has inspired me almost every day of my life. It epitomises to me the core values that I have been taught in my twenty five years on this planet. The idea is simple, in order to change for the better, whether it be personally or on a larger scale as a society, we must all work hard and push through the difficult times together.  In the work of highly acclaimed Belgian artist Daisy Boman I can see the physical representation of this idea. Her work is as powerful an indictment of the beauty of struggle and the power of human co-operation as anything I have seen in contemporary art. Hers is a vision of a utopian society where perceptions of race, gender, sexuality and class are eradicated and replaced by a simple bond of humanity.

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Having been involved in the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa and seeing the very worst in human nature she now directs her creative talents towards inspiring the very best. Her figures, known as ‘Bomen’, pull, lift, and support each other in a harmonious dance across the panel-world in which they inhabit. Bomenkind is a society of co-operation where the communal goal is struggled for as one.

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We have a selection of Boman’s work in the gallery here in SMS at the moment and I would strongly recommend a visit to see them in the flesh. The size and detail of the pieces make them come to life in a way that cannot be translated fully in an image.

Alexander Millar | Impressions of London

Red Sky At Night 76 x 102 cm Oil Original

Red Sky At Night
76 x 102 cm
Oil Original

On the 23rd  May, acclaimed artist Alexander Millar will be visiting us in the gallery to present his latest collection of original oil paintings, ‘Impressions of London’.

This collection from Millar, sees the artist develop from a figurative to a landscape painter, capturing the capital in moments of leisure.

Sunlight On St Martins 76 x 102 cm Oil Original

Sunlight On St Martins
76 x 102 cm
Oil Original

The dappled canvases remind me of the art from Paris in the late 1880s, before Impressionism has reached its zenith, but while it was taking clear steps past realism into abstraction.   Millar surely references Monet, Turner and Caillebotte, exploring the light and energy of London, from dawn til dusk.

On Golden Pond 76 x 101.5 cm Oil Original

On Golden Pond
76 x 101.5 cm
Oil Original

We are fortunate that a select few pieces from the series are already up in the gallery and are looking forward to the 16th and unveiling the full collection.  Drop by the gallery or contact us for more information.

Dockland View 100 x 120 cm Oil Original

Dockland View
100 x 120 cm
Oil Original

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Rhys’s Last Word | Dylan and the Train Tracks

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As our retrospective exhibition of Bob Dylan’s iconic ‘Drawn Blank Series’ comes rolling to an end I thought it would be a good time to discuss a topic that comes up time and time again when talking to visitors in the gallery. Why is one of the simplest images that Dylan creates, Train Tracks, so magnetic? Why does it draw almost everyone who walks into the gallery towards it? Like a tiny star it gravitates swathes of people and mesmerizes them with its deeply affecting subject matter. On our walls at the moment we have the set of four color ways, red, blue, green and white which each have a very distinctive atmosphere and effect on the viewer which exemplifies Dylan’s mastery of color as subject. Like Rothko and Barnett Newman before him he appreciates the power and emotional resonance of the colors on his pallet.

So why are Train Tracks such a powerful subject matter? Well there are the obvious biographical connections to Dylan. He spent large portions of his adolescence hobo-ing around the States, jumping freight trains, embracing the life of a wandering, folk playing, mystic. This would be one reason for the attraction to the Train Tracks but it doesn’t fully explain the appeal. I have met people who know next to nothing about Dylan’s life and career who are still compelled to stand and stare at the images. They seem to pluck at a subconscious chord deep at the back of the mind where symbolism is stored. It was pointed out to me by a man who is obviously a lot more switched on than me that the single train track is calming to look at,  it symbolically stands for the lack of need to decide. The rails stretch out over the horizon as far as we can see and so allow us to feel a sense of direction and guidance that is unusual in our choice laden society. There is one way, and it is forwards. Its actually a lovely sentiment when you think about it. This point was enforced beyond my ability to disagree when the same customer pointed towards a Lorenzo Quinn sculpture that was sat very near to our Dylan display called ‘Decisions’. The image of a decision to be made reflected by the splitting of train tracks, how could I argue?

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The laying of train tracks has quite distinct historical and cultural meaning in the U.S.A and U.K. Here in Britain the train was part and parcel with the drive in the 19th century towards modernity. The Industrial revolution was powered by steam and so was the train. The laying of tracks across Britain heralded the march of progress, the end of an agricultural poor nation and the rise of the industrial rich. In America the story is slightly different. The railroads were initially seen as a threat to the wild, free expanse of the west. After the American civil war many of the defeated confederate soldiers had headed across the country to start new lives away from the victorious union. The blasting of tunnels, laying of rails and connectivity of east and west was an unwelcome intrusion which brought the whole of what we now consider the U.S.A. together as one. In short, the arrival of the train removed the ability of those who wished to, to escape union interference. This early unease with the train was soon overlooked and by the turn of the century Americans had fallen in love with rails. The beat generation writers of the nineteen fifties such as Jack Kerouac and William S Boroughs created images of semi-divine box car hobo heroes who’s adventures were as iconic-ally American as those of Huckleberry Finn. I think the sentiment is summed up perfectly by Kerouac in his novel ‘On The Road’, the protagonist Sal Paradise has this to say “Nothing behind me, everything ahead of me, as is ever so on the road.” I appreciate that at this point in the novel they are travelling by car but the sentiment reminds me very much of what I think Dylan is getting at in the Train Tracks image. The rails stretch out into eternity and so everything and anything is possible.

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