Tony Allain PS 

Artist's Statement:

"I am not interested in pure representation; my work is about responses to the moods and atmospheres generated by landscape, still life or interior.
I take an everyday scene and, through a subtle approach and through focusing on light, colour and tone, I try to give the motif an elevated atmosphere. My subjects are often oriented around the mood of the sea, skies, harbours, ships and figures; I am constantly absorbing everything that is around me.
I am interested in new ideas and art forms. My philosophy is that the more I work the more I discover.
Drawing is essential as a tool of discovery; Skill and mastery of technique are also essential, but only as a vocabulary and a means towards an idea. I struggle to keep an open mind."
As Degas once said, “drawing is not about what one sees, it’s about what one makes others see”.Biographical Details:Education/Career

Biographical Details:

Born Guernsey Channel Islands 1949
Self-taught
Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America
Master Pastel Artist of New Zealand
Artist Member of the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts
Tutor and demonstrator
Lives on the Isle of Wight

Exhibitions:

Framecraft/Studio Gallery, Guernsey CI    1974 -1990
Visual Arts Festival, France                       1976
R.W.S.Art Club, London                             1976 - 1980
The Georgian House, Alderney CI             1977
Brighton Museum/Art Gallery UK               1992
Ferens Art Gallery Hull UK                         1996/98
Chichester Centre of Arts UK                     1997
The Gallery Cork Street, London                2001
John Noott Galleries, Broadway UK           2003/2013   
Island Fine Arts, I.O.W.                               2000/03/12   
Panter & Hall, Mayfair, London                   2001/03   
Mall Galleries, London                                2004       
Selwyn Gallery, NZ                                     2010       
Exhibitions Gallery, Wellington, NZ            2006 - 2013   
Coach House Gallery, Guernsey CI           2003/12
Affordable Arts Fair, London                      2000/005/14/15
Century Gallery, Windsor UK                     2001/03
Chelsea Arts Fair, London                         2001/03/12
Royal Society of Marine Artists,                 2005
Flagstaff Gallery, Auckland NZ                  2007/09/11/13
Mansfield Gallery, Nelson, NZ                   2011
Agora Gallery, Chelsea, New York            2012
Pastel Society, Mall Galleries, London      2013/14/15   
Pastel Society of America, New York        2014

Awards:

2008  The Pastel Journal 100 Award  Honourable Mention Winner
2011  PANZ National Winner              1st Prize
2012  The Pastel Journal 100 Award  Honourable Mention Winner
2014  The Pastel Society                    The Artist Magazine Award
2014  The Pastel Society                    Non-Member Award   
2015  The Pastel Society                    Artists & Illustrators Magazine Award

Recent Publications:Artist's Statement: Exhibitions Awards:Contact Details:

April 2008  Pastel 100:                                      The Pastel Journal USA
January 2009  Island Country:                          The Pastel Journal USA
December 2009  Inspired in the Studio:            The Pastel Journal USA
April 2010  13 International Pastelists:              Pratique des Arts FRANCE
October 2010  Tony Allain Captor of Light:        Pratique des Arts FRANCE
New Zealand’s Favourite Artists Volume 2  by  Denis Robinson NEW ZEALAND

Contact Details:

www.tonyallainfineart.com
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Featured Artist

Matthew Draper
Draper Matthew Illuminated A View of Tantallon castle with The Bass Rock Homage to Alexander Naysmith

 ' Illuminated - A View of Tantallon Castle with the Bass Rock - Homage to Alexander Naysmith '
by
Matthew Draper

 

Matthew Draper PS

Education/Career

1973  Born Stone Staffordshire
1991-1992  Walsall College of Art
1992-1995  Falmouth College of Art

Artist’s Statement

I identify myself principally as a draughtsman; drawing being the most unencumbered and immediate form of image-making. My work is made with an intense and energetic immediacy, working instinctively rather than methodically, keeping me physically and emotionally involved in the process. I crush soft pastel in my hands rubbing the dust into the paper in wide sweeps of colour gradually manipulating the material to build up a thick layered surface using the ball of my thumb or the heel of my hand.
I am interested in and influenced by the dramatic imagery of Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century painting. I admire the idea of the contemplation of landscape in the Romantic spirit, found in the work of the German Romantics like Casper David Frederick and the notion of the grandeur of the landscape as expressed in the work of the American Subliminal Painters like Sanford Robinson Gifford and Frederick Edwin Church. These artists adopted the term ‘Luminism’, defined as light in the landscape and the effect that light has on the landscape and objects within it.
As a contemporary artist choosing to adopt this approach to light in the landscape, my interest is not to make straight forward topographical images that are illustrations of place. Instead I am attempting to make imagery that is descriptive of the circumstances under which the subject is viewed; images which convey a sense of place. The drawings are emotional reactions to events and experiences evolving in front of me; events happening or about to happen. The images become like fading memories or captured moments in time. The making of the work is in itself a set of actions and events which creates a harmony between my process and my interpretation of the subject.

Societies:

Member – The Pastel Society.

Awards:

2011  Visitors Choice Award, National Art Open Exhibition, Chichester.
2011  Regional Prize, National Open Art Exhibition, Chichester.
2011  Elected Member of the Pastel Society UK, Federation of British Artists, Mall Galleries, London.
2010  City of Glasgow Prize, Royal Glasgow Institute of the fine Arts.
2010  Connell and Connell prize, Scottish Society of Artists, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh.
2008  Shell Premium Award, Aberdeen Artists, Aberdeen Museum and Art Gallery.
2007  Chairman’s Purchase Prize, Discerning Eye Exhibition, London.
2004  Most popular work in the exhibition, Hunting Art Prizes.
2000  Alexander Graham Munro Travel Award, Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour.

Collections:

Bank of Scotland
City of Edinburgh, City Art Centre, Jean F Watson Bequest Fund.
Glasgow Museum and Art Gallery, Kelvin Grove Glasgow.
Paintings in Hospitals Scotland.

Selected Solo Exhibitions:

2013  ‘Northern Light’ Lemon Street Gallery, Truro.
2012  'Time Lapses' Open Eye Gallery Edinburgh
2011  ‘New Pastels’ Beaux Arts, Bath.
2010  ‘Festival Exhibition’ Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh.
2009  ‘In Series’ Lemon Street Gallery, Truro.
2008  ‘Luminism’ Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh.
2006  ‘Time and Place’ Beaux Arts, Bath.
2005  ‘Nostalgia’ Lemon Street Gallery, Truro.
2000  ‘Night Life’ The Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh.

Selected Group Exhibitions:

2008  Aberdeen Artists, Aberdeen Museum and Art Gallery.
2007  Discerning Eye Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London.
2007  Salon 2007, ‘New British Paintings and Works on Paper’ Portobello Road, London.   
2006  ‘Roter Salon’ Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh.
2006  The Jerwood Drawing Prize, Jerwood Space, London and touring of the UK.
2006  ‘Best of British’ Chelsea Art Gallery, Palo Alto, California.
2002  The Hunting Art Prizes, Royal College of Art, London.
2004  The Hunting Art Prizes, Royal College of Art, London.
1999  Cheltenham Open Drawing Exhibition, touring to:
          The European Drawing Collection Hull, Karl Hofer Gesellschaft,
          The Western Banhof Charlottenburgh, Berlin.

Contact Details:

Website Address: www.matthewjdraper.co.uk
E-mail: matt.draper1@hotmail.co.uk

 

     


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