Govinder Nazran News, Tributes following his death Dec 25th 2008

January 7, 2009 on 3:24 am | In Cat Art, Contemporary Art, Govinder Nazran | 13 Comments

We continue to get many phone calls and emails regarding the tragic passing away of UK contemporary artist Govinder Nazran on Christmas Day 2008.

(Leopold by Govinder Nazran)

It touches me that so many people are so heart felt about his passing: some may have met him only once at a gallery appearance and others had never met him and enjoyed his work through viewing his images online or having bought pieces over the years.

From my experience, those that collected his art varied from young students right up to retired people and that is a testament as to how his work ‘connected’ with so many different types of people.

I was digging in the archives and found a snippet that charts, all be it briefly, his career from 1980, where he started his studies in Graphic Design, up to being signed by Washington Green in 1999 and becoming as a professional artist. These are his own words:

(Willy Winterbottom by Govinder Nazran)

“My art training began in Bradford in the North of England, where I studied Graphic Design from 1980-1983. After that I then went on to study for a Higher Diploma in Graphic Design, specialising in illustration, at Lincoln Art College.

Once I completed all my formal training I decided to move to London, approaching all of the major city publishers with my portfolio. It was there that I worked on illustrations for children’s books, and after 6 months moved to Cambridge where I continued working as a freelance illustrator.

Upon moving back to my home town of Saltaire in West Yorkshire, I took up the position of designer for a greetings card company, which involved all aspects of product design and development. Following that I became a photographic art director, directing fashion shoots all over the world. I did this for the next year or so until 1993, when I decided to swap my hectic photographic job and lifestyle, for a quieter life back in Saltaire. I spent the next five years here, working freelance on card designs with major publishing companies.

It wasn’t until 1999 that I decided to enter the fine art market and approached Washington Green with my portfolio.”

(Elvis, Sculpture by Govinder Nazran)

Over Govinder’s near 10 year career with Washington Green, they have published over 180 of his work, including sculptures and more recently his work has been put into cufflink designs.

I would say Govinder has been one of the top 5 published artists of the last 10 years

He will be sadly missed but never forgotten.

Messages of condolence may be sent to his publisher at C/O:

Jo Colley,
Washington Green,
44 Upper Gough Street,
Birmingham,
B1 1JL
United Kingdom

Thank you

James

What is Contemporary Art?, See Links below:
-http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Contemporary_art
-Article 1
-Article 2


Nigel Hemming New Limited Edition for January 2009: ‘Yellow Cab’

January 6, 2009 on 7:55 pm | In Dog Art, New Releases, Nigel Hemming | No Comments

Our good friend and Top UK Canine artist, Nigel Hemming, has just released his latest limited edition piece called ‘Yellow Cab’ for the New Year 2009.

(‘Yellow Cab’ by Nigel Hemming)

Nigel’s own words:

“For those who follow my work, it is blatantly apparent that I rarely publish
Yellow Labrador images. This is not because I don’t like them, it is – to my
shame – because I cannot sell them.

This could simply be because I’m not very good at painting Yellow Labs! On the
other hand, as I would prefer to believe, it is because the market for
yellows is by no means as buoyant as it is for Blacks.

However you view it, when I was commissioned to paint Zak, the most
handsome, working, Yellow Labrador, the finished portrait cried out to be
published. It is unusual for me to publish a private commission as they are,
more often than not, far too personal for general release. Nevertheless, I
hope you’ll agree that Zak’s portrait – which I’ve entitled ‘Yellow Cab’
is a worthy addition to my range and, let’s face it, Just Dogs aside – its
about time I added a Yellow Labrador to the range. I hope you agree”

(‘Just Dogs – Yellow Labrador’ by Nigel Hemming)

I believe ‘Yellow Cab’ is a worthy addition to Nigel’s huge range of published art. The images featuring Land Rovers appear to have an extra appeal to both Canine art lovers and indeed those who drive Lands Rovers. This is an extra special image, as Nigel hardly ever paints yellow labs into limited edition format.

Thank you

Russell

Useful Links:
Land Rover official homepage
Article about a Landrover related sculpture erected for the Paris Motor Show
Article about the ‘Classic’ Land Rover Defender


Death & tribute of the much loved artist Govinder Nazran

January 5, 2009 on 4:40 pm | In Announcements, Cat Art, Contemporary Art, Govinder Nazran | 20 Comments

Rather than be a totally sad and very formal post, I have included images of some of Govinder’s work within the post to show the happyness and positivity which is his artwork.

Washington Green Fine Art Publishers, have today released a statement regarding Govinder’s death, it also contains the address to send letters of condolences.

(‘Chutzpah & Claptrap’ by Govinder Nazran)

“Dear Customer,

It is with great sadness that we announce the tragic death of one of the country’s greatest contemporary artists – Govinder Nazran.

Govinder died on Tuesday 30th December after an accident on Christmas Day which left him with severe head injuries.

(‘The Patriot’ by Govinder Nazran)

It is our intention to commemorate the incredible talent that was Govinder to support his family, details to follow in the next few weeks. For this reason and as a mark of respect, we have withdrawn all available Govinder art from sale for the time being and would ask all our partners to do the same.

2009 would have been our tenth anniversary of working with Govinder, a decade of the most amazing and creative art from one of the most talented, gentle and innovative artists we have ever had the pleasure of working with.
Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Messages of condolence may be sent to:

Jo Colley,
Washington Green,
44 Upper Gough Street,
Birmingham,
B1 1JL
United Kingdom

for forwarding to the family.

(‘One Love – Sculpture’ by Govinder Nazran)

‘It is often the brightest star that burns for the shortest time’

Kind Regards,

Glyn Washington”

It is amazing that this year would have been the 10th year Govinder’s limited edition work was being produced, I have become so used to his work being regularly released by Washington Green, that largely one takes it for granted.

It is a tribute to the man and his abilities that he has been at the forefront of published limited edition art for 10 years.

Thank you

Russell

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