Doug Hyde’s publisher, Demontfort Fine Art, have been circulating teaser imagery for their range of New Releases which will include a Doug Hyde collection. Set to be unveiled to gallery owners from Sunday 1st September 2013, when Demontfort Fine Art host their trade only launch day (which coincides with the NEC Autumn Fair) we expect these images to then be revealed to the public within days.
A blurred out snapshot artwork, Magnifying glass digitally inserted!
The so far singly revealed artwork (see above), has been blurred out except for the digitally inserted magnifying glass and we can see that this appears to be a very different Doug Hyde image. We believe this collection will be called ‘Rural Retreat’ and this is either the 15th or 16th collection to date by Doug (will confirm in a future post!) â€“ a remarkable achievement in its own right.
I also believe it will depict amongst other things: dogs, cats, geese, hedgehogs & bunnies, as well as buckets & eggs! and the impetus for this is that Doug has himself has recently moved to a more rural location in the UK.
I have also been told there is at least one sculpture amongst the limited editions releases.
More to come in the coming weeks
Artist Craig Davison is able to capture the imagination of every child within us with his limited edition artworkâ€¦question is, how does he do this?
On one level he paints children and judging by their clothes (e.g. bell bottoms) they are 1970s children & this fits in with Craigâ€™s childhood era, having been born in 1965; so visually we are drawn to thoughts of our own adventure filled younger years as we are looking at children.
‘Whooooooooow!’ a limited edition produced on both
canvas board & box canvas editions
But there us something more than this within the art which makes you connect more deeply with it, once you notice the 2nd characters within the background shadows, on the beige. It is that part of you that in the school play ground could, with the drop of a hat, turn on your dreamer mode and imagine you where some magnificent characterâ€¦whenâ€™s the last time you used that ability? Instantly I think of the cartoon character Mr. Benn from the 1970s, google it!
Iconic 1970s/80s cartoon character Mr. Benn
In â€˜Whooooooooow!â€™ the boy is peddling at speed on his chopper bike imaging he is a brave knight riding into battle or a joust. Now tell me, who didnâ€™t imagine there push bike was some amazing motor bike, or a horse or something else?.
Taking a moment looking at â€˜Guns of the Magnificent Sevenâ€™ – A recurring theme for Craig is the Magnificent Seven series of Westerns, this one paying homage to the 3rd in the series from 1969, featuring the legendary Yul Brynner. In this delightful painting one can image two rival gang innocently squaring off in the playground or in the forest or defending their secret base against some imagined enemy. These young guys managed to save the world and get home for tea time!
‘Guns of the Magnificent Seven’ a limited edition
produced on both canvas board & box canvas editions
It seems plausible that Craig Davison would have kept his childlike imagination alive as his work background meant he was both a cartoonist for such greats as ‘The Shoe People’ & ‘Huxley pig’ And later a 3d animator & designer for computer games including ‘The Hulk’ & ‘Johnny Bazookatone.’ In fact Craig your prints and artwork show me that your imagination must be at a ‘cartoonish’ level now!
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: â€˜August,â€™ â€˜Come With Me,â€™ â€˜Estuary Silence,â€™ â€˜Majesty And Mist,â€™ â€˜Shoreline Dreams,â€™ â€˜You Are So Much Moreâ€™ – they where spectacular. They highlighted the diversity of colours he is able to work with and also the printing mediums his limited edition prints â€˜workâ€™ 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!