Congratulations competition winners

Well done to the winners of the first Gallery & Barrow art competition “Bonny Botanical”. We were blown away by the high standard of entries and thank everyone for entering the competition. We currently have six winning pictures up in the gallery so if you’re passing do pop in and take a look

"New Beginnings” - Encaustic wax painting by Lynne Miller

"New Beginnings” - Encaustic wax painting by Lynne Miller

This lovely entry came in a pair by Lynne Miller all the way from North Carolina.  The coloured wax has been used to create these beautiful floral designs in a charming way and the finish almost looks like a ceramic tile. We just love them!

"Siam Tulip”. Collage by Penny Brown

"Siam Tulip”. Collage by Penny Brown

"Blue Hydrangea”. Watercolour by Susan Thomson

"Blue Hydrangea”. Watercolour by Susan Thomson

“Desiccated Tulip”. Watercolour by Julia Trickey

“Desiccated Tulip”. Watercolour by Julia Trickey

“Chinese Lanterns”. Drawing by Christine Lawes

“Chinese Lanterns”. Drawing by Christine Lawes

Some of the artists who entered the competition are professional botanical artists and it was a delight to see the variety of styles and methods used. 

If you’d like to enter our next competition “Butterflies, Birds & Bees” - see the website menu “Art Competitions" for details

“Vintage Roses”. Watercolour by Julia Trickey

“Vintage Roses”. Watercolour by Julia Trickey

Art Competition “Bonny Botanical"

Have you entered our first Gallery & Barrow art competition yet?  Just click on the link “Art Competitions” in the menu bar of the website for details on how to enter.  It’s free! Here are some pictures for inspiration, just think plants, leaves, trees, floral, petals, palms and the more contemporary and innovative the better!  All mediums are welcome from ceramics to mixed-media. 

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We’ve already been receiving some delightful entries, all extremely varied in style and format. Keep them coming! The winners will be exhibited in the group show in March in the gallery in Bath, alongside artwork from G&B artists.  The exhibition will be kick-started with a small drinks party from 3 - 5pm on Sat March 3rd - do come and join us and see all the wonderful and colourful botanical art on display!

Feeling Pink by Elodie May

Feeling Pink by Elodie May

Susan Laughton

In the new year, the gallery is excited to be showing some fresh new artists.  Susan Laughton, brings a serene sense of peacefulness to the new year, with these delightfully tranquil pieces of botanical and also architectural art:

Susan writes: "My paintings and drawings evolve from half-remembered glimpses seen from the corner of my eye, fleeting juxtapositions elusive to photography, the dislocated reverie of long car journeys, or from more studied compositions. The landscape is my starting point, not as a picturesque or static view, but as a space travelled through and experienced often on the edges of the urban and the rural. It is a source of man made and natural structures, surfaces and colour from which my reductive personal responses develop. Man made structures in particular impose their presence: telegraph poles, fences, power lines, isolated buildings - structures that create tension within space and mark the passage of time and distance.

Process and materials are important to me as a way of allowing the paintings to emerge as objects in their own right. Structured and methodical approaches combined with spontaneous and intuitive reactions allow me to plan and take risks: to combine control with ‘let‘s see what happens if...’

Having worked as an architect for years, Susan has been working as an artist since 2002 and has had numerous solo and group shows all over the UK.  Susan now lives and works in Congleton, Cheshire, and we can’t wait to show her work here in Bath from Feb onwards.

Susan Laughton at work

Susan Laughton at work