Artists we represent
Artists we represent, local.
Alan Gray is a photographer native to the North East of England and specialises in local scenes.
With the North East dramatic coast and surrounding countryside, Alan is never short of subjects.
Deborah is a figurative artist specialising in oil on canvas.
She begins by sketching basic composition ideas then through photography,
record observations of her subjects over time. This enables her to print one
image using different angles. Deborah finds this helps her to portray
the actual character of the person within the painting. Paint is applied both
figuratively and abstractly. While all Deborah's paintings representational,
they are not limited to a particular style and the experimentation of
oil paints plays a major role in her art.
My name is Andrew Waller I live in a village between Morpeth and the coast.
I have lived in Northumberland all my life and love beauty of the northeast
countryside and the coast, but also the beauty of the industrial landscapes
and it's friendly people.
I rekindled my interest in painting when I turned 40 and have been painting
ever since. I enjoy painting retro scenes of Tyneside and Northumberland.
I like my paintings to tell a story.
Thank you for your time and I hope you enjoy my collection.
Gill Gill studied Illustration at Sunderland University and is native to the area.
Gill trained initially as a Landscape Designer but later returned to her love of
painting in watercolour, ink and oils, inspired by the local, Scottish and Northumbrian
coastlines and northern frozen landcapes. Gill has taught watercolours in the local
community and has tutored part time at Sunderland University.
My name is Diane and I am a wildlife artist with a twist. I have spent years trying to find my perfect medium and now I have. I use oil paint on wood. Any and all kinds of wood. The grain becomes the canvas and I let that dictate the picture that I paint. This way I create something wonderfully unique. There really can't be two pieces the same.
I cannot remember a time when I have not had a pencil or paint brush in my hand but always for my own pleasure. I only started selling my pictures in 2017 when I started painting my favourite subject, wildlife, on wood.
I use oil paint to give me the flexibility to paint fine detail, highly textured or a mixture of both depending on the wildlife I am painting. I paint on a variety of woods, all with their own individual character.
My inspiration comes directly from the wood, each wildlife image is chosen to complement the piece of wood.
Vivian Riches has lived in the North East since 1994 and started painting watercolours 2 years ago. She likes to experiment with different techniques and mediums which give her landscape and floral paintings an impressionistic feel.
Thomas Conlon was born in Ireland his father was from Belfast and his mother from Sunderland and moved to London with his parents in 1971, they were squatters who moved around London weekly which Thomas loved. The family eventually returned to Sunderland when Thomas was 11 years old. At age 23 Thomas started moving around the country and ended up homeless in London. A family eventually took Thomas in and gave him a job and a small bedsit to help him get on with his life. Thomas eventually returned to Sunderland and settled down. A relative came to visit told him about an access to art course at a local college, he felt unable to sign up to the course whilst fearing he was ill. Later that week a knock on the door from a health professional from the Doctor’s surgery informed Thomas that he had salmonella!! This gave Thomas the impetus to enrol on the course but he continued to lack the confidence to pursue a career in fine art. Four years ago his mum was dying and Thomas promised her that he would go to University to study Art. Thomas graduated 3 years ago with a 2:1 in Fine Art specialising in oil painting. Still not confident in his abilities or talent Thomas concentrated on raising David and Tommy and painting in his spare time for family and friends until a trip to the Jobcentre started a catalogue of events, which lead to Thomas starting to believe in himself. In June 2014 an advisor at the Jobcentre told Thomas that he must find some type of work and suggested factory work, they told him that it was not worth mentioning his Art Degree as he wouldn’t get a job out of it.
Not having the skills, childcare or experience Thomas was overwhelmed by his situation.
Thomas was referred to Pallion Action Group (PAG) to attend a community based
job club to seek support to move into employment. Thomas came to job club in a
very low state of mind and could not see a positive future for himself or his family.
Staff at PAG helped Thomas to do his required job searches but also took the time
to listen to what Thomas wanted to do for a career, PAG staff advised, signposted,
instilled confidence, a sense of belief and self- worth. Thomas also benefited from
the social aspect of the community job club making friends and finding people who
helped him practically and emotionally with peer to peer support.
"Ben Curtis (John Benfield Curtis 1938 - 2011) was brought up in Seaham and "emigrated" to Sunderland when he got married and had his three children, who were his pride and joy. He was a primary school teacher for 35 years.
His love of the NE featured in his lifelong love of painting.
He painted mainly local NE scenes, especially the Durham Miners Gala and Sunderland on Match Day, in watercolour and oil.
He won many art competitions and illustrated several books. He was also a talented award-winning writer and had his stories and poems broadcast on Radio 4 and published in books.
He also loved cats and very often they feature as 'extras' in his paintings".
Robert Wild, of Sunderland is a self taught artist. His interest in landscape
and architectural painting has developed over the 40 years that he has been painting.
He works in oil, acrylic and watercolours and has exhibited throughout the
North East of England. In 2004 his painting of "Santa Maria Della Salute", Venice,
was shortlisted for the Not the Turner Prize and was exhibited at the
Mall Galleries in London.
His son David has agreed to put them on show for all to enjoy.
The memory lives on for Robert Larkman in his pictures.
"The Robin…. You will notice in all of my pictures a small robin. This is a little memento
of my wife, because she liked robins, and when she died I thought I'd put it in
each of my pictures. Have a look at this close up from my picture of Helmsley,
North Yorkshire." Robert Larkman
Ron Davidson was born in Sunderland where he has lived and worked all his life.
His paintings are inspired by the coast, countryside, and industry that are found on
the doorstep.Ron's paintings are highly sought after in the local area and he has
produced paintings for local companies such as Vaux Breweries, Sunderland AFC
and English Estates. Ron has held exhibitions in Sunderland, and since his
retirement has joined and exhibited with the North of England Art Club in Newcastle.
Ron Lloyd specialises in north east of England humour, especially
local rivalry between Sunderland and Newcastle football clubs.
Originally from near Manchester, Roger Gadd has lived in the North East since 1984.
He has always loved to paint landscapes and has tried to develop a style which portrays
each place but which also emphasises composition and shows the brushstrokes and his
enjoyment of paint for its own sake. His first visit to the Outer Hebrides in 1995 began
a love affair with the islands. Many of his watercolours and mixed media paintings are
completed in situ and oils are used to develop images in the studio.
Born in Sunderland in 1975, Richard has exhibited and sold his work locally,
nationally and globally for over a decade now. Richard now works from a purpose
built garden studio at his home in Sunderland. As a family man, children and family
are a big inspiration for Richards current series of work, looking at childhood
adventures with friends, pets and favorite toys. Richard works mostly in Oils on
Canvas mixing bright and playful colours to create vibrant heart warming images.
‘I love working in bright cheery colours, capturing scenes of joyful innocence.
My family are my biggest inspiration and driving force behind my art.
Every day is a new adventure’.
Born in the North East of England, Paul studied Fine Art in Sunderland. Since graduating he has combined lecturing at Sunderland College and working as a practising artist. He has exhibited work in many exhibitions in England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland and Norway, from the Northern Open Exhibition on Tyneside in 1986 to the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour at the Mall Galleries, London and the Scottish Royal Academy, Edinburgh. Prizes awarded include the John Laing, The Sliver Longboat, and a major prize sponsored by Shell UK. Paul has work in various private collections and his etchings have been published by Macdonald Orbis in ‘Learn to Print.’ A consistent theme throughout Paul’s work is his continuing desire to capture the mood and atmosphere created by the fall of light on his subject matter, be it landscape or interior.
riginally from West Sussex, Mike has lived in the north east for 30 years since
he graduated from Sunderland Poltechnic in 1982. As a compulsive eavesdropper,
he tunes into private and not so private conversations (thanks to the mobile phone!)
which become the subjects of his paintings. All are on hardboard, and are made
from acrylic and poster colour paint, applied by brush and rag and removed with
sandpaper and Stanley knife blade - as he was trained as a printmaker
and sculptor he is not sure that this is the way to make paintings. He is fascinated by
the "crap side of life", things occurring in the next street, childrens perceptions of a
confusing adult world, and "just general sauciness really!".
The resulting paintings he makes based on these dramas are dynamic, sometimes dark,
but often tender or bizarre.
Angus Thompson is a local photographer in his native north east of England.
Angus has a wide variety of subjects he photographs.
All Flickr images are available as prints.
Born in the North East of England, Paul studied Fine Art in Sunderland. Since graduating he has combined lecturing at Sunderland College and working as a practising artist. He has exhibited work in many exhibitions in England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland and Norway, from the Northern Open Exhibition on Tyneside in 1986 to the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour at the Mall Galleries, London and the Scottish Royal Academy, Edinburgh. Prizes awarded include the John Laing, The Sliver Longboat, and a major prize sponsored by Shell UK. Paul has work in various private collections and his etchings have been published by Macdonald Orbis in ‘Learn to Print.’ A consistent theme throughout Paul’s work is his continuing desire to capture the mood and atmosphere created by the fall of light on his subject matter, be it landscape or interior
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