Doug Hyde – ‘Friends Reunited’ Sculpture Collection – online brochure

August 20, 2015 on 11:40 am | In Brochures, Demontfort Fine Art, Doug Hyde, Sculptures | No Comments

September 2015 sees the release of Doug Hyde’s ‘Friends Reunited’ sculpture collection.

Click the image below to view the PDF brochure that accompanied the New Releases:


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!



Useful Links:

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

David Hockney – Biography

Tate Collection – Damien Hirst – 1st Review of New Sculpture Buying Website

August 23, 2010 on 7:32 pm | In High Porcelain, Sculptures, Trinkets, Website Review | 1 Comment

Never to be pigeon-holed, Fineartblog likes to broaden its horizons and recently we came across a beautifully looking shopping site that wet our artistic taste buds:

Figurines and Ornaments is a comprehensive and lovingly put together website that, at the moment, sells 3 of the UK’s & indeed Europe’s most collectable brands of: High Porcelain, Sculptures, bangles and trinkets; those brands are: Lladro, Nao & Halcyon Days respectively.

Top 5 things we like about this new site:

1) Really competitive prices

2) Easy to use

3) Lots of categories & ways to search

4) Good looking website

5) Easy to contact them

Some of the many ways to search:

We contacted the website and asked them to say a few words for our blog:

‘There is a huge demand in the UK and abroad for Lladro & Halcyon Days, & particularly Lladro is one of the worlds biggest brands & we are proud to officially retail them…we hope coming to our site is an enriching experience for you, gazing in delight at our products and the immense dedication it has taken to create them’

We have bookmarked the site and have asked them to keep us abreast of any new developments.

So for all you lovers of Figurines and Ornaments we recommend them and give it a rating of 8.5/10.

Well keep you posted

Thank you


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Artist Lorenzo Quinn Must be very ‘handy’ to have around!

April 14, 2010 on 12:17 pm | In Collections, Lorenzo Quinn, Sculptures | No Comments

European sculptor Lorenzo Quinn is currently one of the nation’s most popular sculpture artists. His latest releases, simply called the ‘Resin Collection,’ feature the theme of hands. Lorenzo’s decision on this was based on his belief that sculptures are made to be ‘touched’ & hands are very emotive & can represent many different and opposing emotions.

‘I Give You My Soul’ by Lorenzo Quinn
(Limited edition bronze resin sculpture)

The sculpture above is very emotive, the butterfly represents the soul being given away, the hands are releasing it, or gently capturing it. The hands are so well sculpted they look almost real, and I could imagine having this piece on a windowsill where light would shine through and make the colours on the butterfly change as you pass by.

‘First Love by’ Lorenzo Quinn
(Limited edition bronze resin sculpture)

‘First Love’ reminds us simply of our first love. Lorenzo created this to show the delicate balance of emotions and how easily one could topple the rest. I think it is brilliant how he has made the sculpture look so poised and balanced.

‘Creation’ by Lorenzo Quinn
(Limited edition bronze resin sculpture)

I love this piece because the egg is something very symbolic. To some it may represent fertility, or of the age old question of which came first: the chicken or the egg? The hands inside make me think of the first contact of parent and child & there are so many other different meanings a viewer could conjure up while admiring this piece. This is such an emotive piece and the idea of it is beautiful.

A little known fact aboue Lorenzo Quinn is that his collector base is not exclusive to the UK or Europe, as he exhibits his art in 5 different continents, which shows his exceptional talent to break into so many markets.

The other pieces not featured that are also in the collection are: ‘Eternum’ ‘Give & Take III’ (Bronze and Silver plated versions) ‘Decisions’ & ‘Trust’


Which came first, the chicken or the egg?
How to sculpt hands



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