Lawrence Coulson, the UK’s perennial favourite landscape artist

August 6, 2013 on 3:26 pm | In Landscape Art, Lawrence Coulson, Washington Green Fine Art | 1 Comment

Lawrence Coulson has been the UK’s perennial favourite landscape artist for more years than I care to remember & since 1999/2000 he has been in continuous published format.

Being published continuously for 14 years is an achievement few artists reach, very often falling out of vogue but Coulson’s art has that certain je nais se qu that not only keeps his work fresh & vibrant but also makes his new releases highly anticipated.




‘Majesty And Mist’ limited edition on paper

Looking to next month, we usually see a range of new releases by his publisher Washington Green Fine Art and we are hoping Lawrence will be amongst them, with wondrous new landscapes to showcase!

I was impressed with his series of limited edition released way back In February this year: ‘August,’ ‘Come With Me,’ ‘Estuary Silence,’ ‘Majesty And Mist,’ ‘Shoreline Dreams,’ ‘You Are So Much More’ – they where spectacular. They highlighted the diversity of colours he is able to work with and also the printing mediums his limited edition prints ‘work’ on. (some published on paper and some onto canvas board)




‘Come With Me’ limited edition on canvas board

Just to focus on the above image for a few moments, we can see why Coulson carries so much artistic magic in his hands. The warm ever changing colour of the glowing evening sunset set against the deep blue sea & in the foreground, leading up to the edge of the hill, we have grasses gently moving with the breeze, leading up to the majestic trees sitting silently and overlooking the horizon. Is this an English taste of paradise?




Recent photograph of the artist from his facebook page in March 2013,
yes even artists have to clear snow!

Thank you

James

150+ Lawrence Coulson artworks for sale
Washington Green Fine Art (his publisher)
Lawrence Coulson’s Facebook page


David Hockney shares his views on superstar artist Damien Hirst in the lead up to his own ‘A Bigger Picture’ Exhibition

January 12, 2012 on 5:21 pm | In Art Exhibitions, Contemporary Art, Damien Hirst, David Hockney, Famous Artists, Landscape Art, Sculptures | No Comments

‘David Hockney RA: A Bigger Picture’ is an exciting new exhibition set to be showcased at The Royal Academy between the 21st January and the 9th April 2012. The large scale walls are to project to us, the audience, Hockney’s fascination with landscape that has spanned over 50 years.



(David Hockney, ‘Woldgate Woods, 21, 23 & 29 November 2006′, 2006.
Oil on 6 canvases – One of the Hockney’s many landscape pieces
to feature in his Royal Academy exhibition: A Bigger Picture)

Remarkably, many of the huge works to be seen in A Bigger Picture “wouldn’t have existed unless the Royal Academy had asked me”, Hockney tells us. He explains that it simply wouldn’t have been feasible for him to work on such large projects by himself without being equipped with gigantic walls to do the pieces justice.

Throughout his press releases, the emphasis on creating works by his own fair hands and only his hands was raised due to certain note placed in front of some of his creations. The note reads: “All the works here were made by the artist himself, personally.” Upon being quizzed about the note, David Hockney was asked if it was in reference to artist of the hour, Damien Hirst, to which he responded with a simple nod. Hockney made it very clear that he strongly disapproves of artists who employ others to work on their own creations, as “It’s a little insulting to craftsmen, skilful craftsmen.”



(Left: David Hockney RA. Right: Damien Hirst. The two English superstar artists have both recently aired their opposing views on the use of assistants to create works of art)

Damien Hirst’s ‘For The Love Of God’; a human skull entirely encrusted with diamonds proved the case in point for Hockney, as the superstar artist had London jeweller Bentley & Skinner work on his creation. Hirst has on numerous occasions poorly defended his use of assistants by remarking that they could do a better job on something that he finds tedious to do himself. Or to use Hirst’s more eloquent choice of words, “I couldn’t be fucking arsed doing it”.



(Damien Hirst, ‘For The Love Of God’, 2007)

The platinum casted human skull sculpture is encrusted with 8,601 diamonds. It was part of the Beyond Belief exhibition held at the White Cube Gallery, and eventually sold for an astonishing £50million. This is the largest sum ever paid for a single work by a living artist, and is therefore the very reason Hirst’s use of assistants has caused such controversy.

The words spoken by Hirst contrast starkly to the beliefs of David Hockney, who in a recent interview used the Chinese proverb to convey his passionate views on both art and the artist: “you need the eye, the hand and the heart. Two won’t do.”



(David Hockney, ‘Bigger Trees Near Water’, 2007. Hockney’s biggest ever
creation is made up of 50 canvases, and measures up to a whopping
total of 15ft by 40ft; of which every inch was created by his
own fair hands)

There is no doubt that the combination of 74 year old Hockney’s eye for detail, creative hand, and artistically passionate heart will make for a wonderfully personal exhibition that portrays the artist’s love and admiration for his native Yorkshire landscape. A true leader of creators!

Thanks,

Adam

Useful Links:

The Royal Academy – ‘David Hockney RA: A Bigger Picture’

David Hockney – Biography

Tate Collection – Damien Hirst


Artist Paul James – Where Urban Meets Farmyard!!!

October 2, 2010 on 7:07 pm | In Animals, Contemporary Art, Cows, Demontfort Fine Art, Humour, Landscape Art, New Releases, Paul James, Photorealism, Washington Green Fine Art | No Comments

Paul James was born and raised in Leicestershire, where he grew up with a natural talent for art. Encouraged by his parents, he progressed artistically & with the advice of his school teachers, went on to art college to study graphic design. Paul did not complete his course & instead began to sell paintings of vintage cars and neighbours pets…more on his artistic journey in a later post!


‘Up The Swanee’
limited edition on paper & canvas by Paul James

You may be surprised to hear that Paul James is also a self-taught artist, as he is so incredibly talented you may not necessarily link those two statements! Paul is known for his very realistic, almost photgraphic looking paintings of animals and landscapes. His artworks have gained him a big following in both the UK and overseas such as the USA & Ireland to name but two and it is not hard to see why. His uncanny ability to paint animals in fascinating detail and capture amusing poses & expressions has endeared him to the public.


‘Dave’
limited edition on paper & canvas by Paul James

Paul has had the amazing success and honour of being published by not one, but several different publishing houses during his career, which just goes to show his continuing popularity and the first class art he is producing. His art takes a great deal of time to paint & we can see this in his great attention to detail, the subtle colours in the animal’s coats & the way you can see each separate animal hair in places!


‘Kred Gordon’
limited edition on paper & canvas by Paul James

A little known fact about Paul is that he is also a very talented musician and composer, he has even released a CD of his music, as well as performing for live audiences. Now that is what I call multi-talented! Although, it would not be hard to guess that Paul is an artist of many talents due to the versatility of his art, the fact that he can paint a serious picture of a landscape on the one hand and then a humorous animal the next.

Paul was previously published by Washington Green Fine Art publishers. New For Winter 2010 Paul is now being published/distributed by Demontfort Fine Art publishers…again we will have more on this in a future post!

Thank you

Jessica

Links:

Heres some tips on how to paint animals

Click here to view animal painting demonstrations


Painter Paul Kenton’s – box canvases better than an ‘I Love London T-Shirt!’

July 11, 2010 on 3:59 pm | In Box Canvas, Cityscapes, Landscape Art, New Releases, Paul Kenton | 2 Comments

A few months ago Paul Kenton’s released 3 new Limited edition box canvas’s and we at Fineartblog.co.uk where blown away with them…


‘From Westminster Bridge’ by Paul Kenton
(Limited edition box canvas)

Due to the size and amount of hand finishing/ layering that goes into each limited editon, the arrival of these pieces into galleries was slow & these have ‘trickled’ into galleries over the last few months, as collectors count the days until their pre-order arrives.

‘From Westminster Bridge’ – was produced specifically as a follow up to ‘London Red’ which proved incredibly popular & due to high demand, some customers missed out on purchasing. The jpegs on a computer screen can never truly show the beauty and impressiveness of this piece & his wonderful use of (shades of) red in the sky and purple in the foreground. Purple is an unusual colour to be used in a modern cityscape & yet it works beautifully in this night-time piece of the Houses Of Parliament.

All the buildings are outlined with Pauls’ trade mark hand layered formula (in this case black) & to top of the masterpiece we have the classic London Red Bus caught in the moment.


‘City Reflections’ by Paul Kenton
(Limited edition box canvas)

This is Paul’s largest panoramic piece to date and a predominantly black and white, night time vision of the City of London The white buildings are also hand embelsished/outlined (in this case white) with Paul’s formula, which makes them stand out further against the background as though the picture was illuminated. Look closer and Paul’s trademark red cranes are also there!


‘Going Downtown’ by Paul Kenton
(Limited edition box canvas)

Displaying the hustle & bustle and vibrancy of one of the world’s greatest cities, with his use of bright colours, Paul has captured one of his favourite cities & although this is not the first time, there is something very fresh about the style used here. Yellow cabs buzzing around in the foreground with their distinctive banna yellow and a lush light blue used all over the painting gives this picture and almost effervescent feel to it!

let us know your thoughts…

thank you

James

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