Butterflies, Birds & Bees

Once again we were thrilled with the delightful entries we received for our quarterly competition. The theme this time was “Butterflies, Birds & Bees” and we seem to have received a wide variety of styles and subjects.  One painting even included all 3 - well done Sam Brett-Atkin!

Spring by Yean teo

Spring by Yean teo

Orchid by Yean Teo

Orchid by Yean Teo

silk textile design by Laura Suthon

silk textile design by Laura Suthon

Hebomoia Gloucippe by Jill Iliffe

Hebomoia Gloucippe by Jill Iliffe

Reverie by Sam Brett-Atkin

Reverie by Sam Brett-Atkin

The joint winners were: Katia Bellini for her beautiful oil painting “Birds of Sirius” and Yean Teo for “Spring” and “Orchid”, Chinese Ink and pigment on rice paper. Congrats to the other finalists: Sam Brett-Atkin; Laura Suthon (for butterfly textile designs on silk scarfs); Jill Iliffe (for her butterfly painting)

Birds of Sirius by Katia Bellini

Birds of Sirius by Katia Bellini

Thank you to everyone who entered and keep an eye on the website for future competitions! The next one is “Dreams Afar”: Travel inspired artworks (exhibition in July & August)

Meet the Artists event!

Thank you to everyone who came to the “Meet The Artists” event on Saturday in conjunction with the “Psyche, Dreams & Spaces” exhibition. Artists Toni Cogdell and Antonella Scarpa-Isles were in the gallery to discuss their work. The wine flowed and the afternoon whizzed by! Here are some of the photos:

Ethereal Portraits by Toni Cogdell

Oil painter Toni Codgell works out of her studio in Bristol, set amidst trees in a small woodland near her home. When viewing the paintings grouped together on a studio visit recently, Toni’s ethereal style became amplified by the prolific volume of her work. The muted colour tones work well with each portrait eliminating a dreamlike quality, the fluid visible brushstrokes showing the confidence with which she works.

Ribbons by Toni Cogdell

Ribbons by Toni Cogdell

Toni expresses her work as "meandering across the territory of the Human Condition, exploring the constant dialogue, contrasts and tensions between the lives we lead and the lives we feel, our outer and inner worlds, the spaces between the parts. Exploring our individuation as well as our innate connections to nature, time and ultimately to each other. Telling the story of us from the inside out, through painting”.  It’s no wonder the images evoke a spiritual resonance and each portrait tells a story, a story you want it to be

Remembering You by Toni Cogdell

Remembering You by Toni Cogdell

We can’t wait for next month when we’ll be showing Toni’s oil paintings here at Gallery & Barrow in Bath.  Come and see the rich quality of work by this young talented artist and decide which portrait you like best.  The portraits are available in a  variety of sizes