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!
Thanks to some of our followers for sending us this news, favourite UK artist Peter Smith is experimenting with new ideas for his forthcoming series of limited editions:
from Peter’s facebook:
‘Some more training I did in the background whilst creating the latest
Impossimals. This time for metal, water and shines.’
The picture added yesterday shows the artist perfecting his painting of metallic, watery and shinny surfaces and I think he is doing rather well!
September usually sees a major phase of releases by the two dominant UK publishing houses for high street art: Washing Green Fine Art & Demontfort Fine Art and we hope to see, as usual, something new and creative from Peter next month.
For me his most memorable change of direction was his ‘Lost Impossimals’ collection in February 2012 that saw Peter display Dinosaur-esque and hybrid type fanciful characters (his Impossimal characters crossed with animals) in a series of six limited edition prints and it proved a major hit!
â€˜Lesser Spotted Neapolitan Knickerbocker Gloryâ€™
from the ‘Lost Impossimals’ collection
We are very excited and wonder in what way his lovable characters will appear in his upcoming limited edition releases, all we know is they should have a good splashing of: water, metal & shiny surfaces!…Peter you don’t give much away!
Ronnie Wood of The Rolling Stones is perhaps best known for the electrifying talent that’s created when he is handed a guitar. However, his creativity doesnâ€™t stop simply at the playing of musical instruments. Art has been just as inseparable to Ronnie’s life and career in much the same way that music has, although it is maybe less publically known. However, this is all about to change…
Ronnie Wood in his artist studio, surrounded by his paintings
Ronnie’s â€œartistic awakeningâ€ was brought about from an early age, kick started when his childhood artistic creations were featured on the BBC television programme Sketch Club. Since then, he has continued to put pencil to paper; ultimately leading to his fantastic debut collection for Washington Green. This collection particularly conveys the intertwining of Ronnie’s two great passions, music and art; as his series of four pieces titled â€˜The Famous Flames Suiteâ€™, and the fifth and final piece â€˜Stones On Stage â€“ Got Me Rockinâ€™ all recreate the energy and raw atmosphere exuded by the Rolling Stones during a live performance.
‘The Famous Flames Suite,’ Set of 4 limited editions
Available on paper or as box canvases set by Ronnie Wood
Through his artistic interpretation, Ronnie offers us a front row view of the Stones in action. Wood references photos of the Stones taken during performances to recreate the accurate facial expressions of his band mates, bringing an element of realism to his figurative works. Yet alongside this realism, an aspect of fantasy is brought to the table through his use of vivid colours created by applying acrylics, then oils, and finally embellishing the canvas with oil pastels. For instance, in â€˜The Famous Flames Suiteâ€™, the Stones are performing amidst waves of dramatic orange flames that theatrically echo the vibrancy, energy and rhythm of a live performance by The Rolling Stones.
‘Stones On Stage – Got Me Rockin’ limited edition
Available on paper or as box canvas by Ronnie Wood
This collection is simply a stunning celebration of The Rolling Stones’ musical legacy that can be adored and appreciated by music and art lovers alike.