Italian born artist Antonella Scarpa-Isles uses representational and impressionistic methods of painting to beautifully blend her landscapes, creating wonderfully realised ethereal scenes. Antonella who originally hails from Tuscany has studied art in both England and Italy and currently resides in a little village outside of Bath.
She was a member and the Company Secretary of Bath Artist Printmakers for many years, but has now left in order to concentrate solely on her painting. Antonella’s imagery is inspired by local landscapes, and uses monoprint as a starting point to quickly record the idea of a place, building up the basic composition in black ink and then adding layers of colours, using various painting tools and materials.
Despite appearing to depict real locations Antonella seeks to capture a mood rather than a specific location, and says she often relies more on the memory of a place than the place itself. Water, trees, sky and reflections and how they react with each other are the main elements of her work.
We are delighted to currently be displaying a new contemporary artist who is currently taking the world by storm! Leeds based painter Suman Kaur is the winner of this years BBC’s ‘The Big Painting Challenge’.
Suman says of her work “The themes in my work tend to vary but for the most part I love to experiment with layers of human psyche and expression as well as contrasts of texture to create form.” Her stunning works utilise a multitude of unorthodox mediums such as shoe polish and coffee and she works on different substrates such as old wood or newspaper!
As well as experimental mediums, Suman’s forte lies with figurative or portraiture work. The portrait of her father she made as part of the show’s challenge was a beautiful rendition in ochres and soft browns, and the Degas style painting of ballerinas showed confident movement of the dancers. For Gallery & Barrow, she has sent us another ballet dancer, this time painting on wood with a street-art vibe.
Who knew that crumpled paper and molten wax could be formed into blossoming, delicate art! What’s more it was the result of admonishing climate change denial!
Artist Bill Zima grew up in Chicago but now lives in Scotland where he has reconnected with nature and is inspired by the trees around him changing colours in the seasons.
Bill writes "I never have a preconceived notion of the colour, the piece always guides me in this regard. I respond to the shapes and patterns of the wrinkles, to draw tree trunks and/or branches with charcoal. Oil paint is used for the overall tree and branch structure. I apply a beeswax/resin ‘glaze’ coating with a palette knife. After the wax phase is complete the whole painting is painted completely black and the oil paint is removed, leaving marks, crevices and traces thus creating a type of visual history. There is a significant amount of chance in this step as I am not entirely sure where the black marks will be. When dry the painting is buffed extensively with steel wool”. Bill even makes his own frames, embedding the image in deep set wood.
Bill has always been interested in the environment. "When I was a young artist I called myself an environmentalist. Over time, I recognised my carbon footprint was significant and stopped using this description. I am still concerned and worried about the state of the planet. I am also quite dismayed at the coterie who claim there has been no climate change and it was whilst grumbling about these individuals the current body of work was inspired. I was quite angry/upset about climate change denial and distracted with these thoughts when I botched a drawing, crumpled the paper and threw it in the bin. After a few moments of reverie, staring at the shadows formed on the crumpled paper, I connected the thoughts of a ‘throw-away’ society with the trees I began to make. I extensively manipulated the Kozuke paper (strategic wrinkling) in a rough shape of a tree and then glued the paper to 6mm mdf” and hence a new technique began.....
Artworks by Bill Zima are available now at Gallery and Barrow, in Bath, UK
We’ve just put the first of two John Clark sculptures on display! John likes to “paint and build people” creating eloquent figures which symbolises his creative imagination and as John says “Heads float in space, arms lie on planes, figures drift." They're fun and vibrant bringing a dash of colour to the gallery, the first titled “Darling” (below) is a pastel green couple embrassing upon a rustic pink plinth. The second called, “Caught Sleeping" is vibrant red couple one of which is being lifted by the other.
“ The technique used to build them is my own confection, combining pattern making, plotting and injection moulding. Each sculpture in an edition is finished with a variety of paints, pigments and waxes that are applied as if to a canvas. "
We love the humour in John’s work and his cunning observance of the human behaviour and form. Check out some more of his quirky sculptures:
Unique figurative oil paintings on old wood, have just arrived at the gallery and we love them! Cool, edgy, innovative art on rustic wood - exactly what we crave here at Gallery and Barrow. These artworks are the result of a dedicated creative career - A BBC hair & make up artist and trained wig maker by trade, painting, drawing & making have been intertwined in Sally Whelan's day to day life since she was a child.
Sallys paintings provoke a feeling of curiosity from the viewer. Her work has strong narrative and bold composition. A witty charm and well observed sense of humour blends uniquely with a hintingly dark undercurrent. "I mainly work with oil paints on a combination of canvas, collaged old maps, and found bits of wood. Things like rusty street signs and industrial gas tap flaps are popping up more and more in my work these days too. I like an unusual surface...and a challenge!"
I paint because it gets the feelings out. If i could sing, or write songs, play music or articulate myself properly I would...but painting just seemed to sort of "happen" along the way. I'm totally self taught so it all happened very naturally, and now I just feel physically wrong if I dont do it."
"Bodies, people, the hidden shades and depths, from the inside out, a fabric that is always changing. Never predictable, always challenging and something I feel compelled to depict."
Swing by the gallery to see them in the flesh!
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.
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
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
The gallery is showing some sculpture at the moment by local artist Andy Coombs. It was a real surprise when these came into the gallery recently and the pieces are incredibly interesting. We don’t have much space in here, but we always have room for some sculpture or ceramics. These are made from resin, iron & feathers, plaster and mosaic. Take a look:
It’s always fun when a new batch of artwork arrives from an artist, and opening the bubble-wrap feels like Christmas. This week we had two such deliveries, with new work from Chitra Merchant and Anna Harley. Both prolific screen printers, it’s always a delight when they turn up at the gallery with new images to show. Time for a Tuesday re-hang! Here some of the screen prints we now have ready to exhibit:
If you have a spare moment while the sun is out, do pop by the sculpture garden in Bradford-on-Avon (Woolley St). Sculpture is a lovely addition to a beautiful garden and how nice on a summer’s day to be able to wander through the flowers exploring the one-off sculptures. On display are wood, bronze, wire, stone, ceramics and all manner of different mediums. Exhibitors include Derek Nice, Cathy Wood, Andrea Cryer, Willa Ashworth and Karen Edwards. Here are some samples
Although we’ve been open for a few months already, we finally got round to holding the Gallery & Barrow launch party! It turned out to be great night, the wine flowed, lots of people came and the small gallery was full of smiley visitors. Thank you to the artists who managed to swing by, including Jacqueline Byrne, Otto & Elena, Mark Thomas, Anna Harley and Heloise O’Keefe. Thank you for helping with the bar, Roman and Emma and thank you BathLife magazine for covering the event. Many guests even came from afar including Bristol, Portishead and Salisbury.
We held an art raffle and the prizes included two lovely screen prints by Anna Harley and Sarah Targett, greetings cards by Nick Cudworth and Clare Cutts, a wooden easel, handmade papers and canvasses. Well done to the winners!
Thanks for a great evening. We look forward to seeing everyone again at the gallery soon!
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New arrivals in the gallery today! These gorgeous drawings on wood by the talented Jacqueline Byrne.
We have some gorgeous new arrivals in the gallery this week, lovely woodcuts by Martine Baldwin. Her recent work explores her personal connection to the tidal landscape of the Severn Estuary – its expansiveness, hidden depths and changing moods as well as locations in Cornwall and Ireland. Her woodcuts are synonymous of landscapes reduced to essential lines and shapes by the action of wind and water. The woodcuts - which take months to create - have a soft tonal palette of sage green, blues and greys
It’s always a pleasure to go and see graduation art shows. This year was no exception as I took a look around the Bath Spa University degree show at the arts campus on Sion Hill. Here is a small selection
and of course many more! Lots of inspirational ideas and talent
Well done to Anna Harley for selling over 20 prints at the Affordable art fair in Hampstead! It seems her series on trees is a particularly popular subject matter for the residents of Hampstead, plus they are absolutely beautiful screen prints of course, with subtle tones and a few soft metallics thrown in. We just love them - I think we need a re-stock!
Anna also has Moon Shadow in the Victoria Gallery in Bath currently as part of the Bath Society of Artists group exhibition. On view until July 15th
Here a just a few samples of artworks which found lovely new homes after selling at the Affordable Art Fair in Hampstead. Well done to all the artists at Gallery & Barrow for providing such gorgeous and unique works of art. Lots of very happy new customers!
Inspiring, fun and exhausting. What a blast The Affordable Art Fair in Hampstead was this year. We thoroughly enjoyed it. The fair was busy with people and we managed to find happy homes for 33 of our lovely pictures. Filling your walls with gorgeous artwork is what we are all about. We’ve received some delightful emails from happy customers including one from a man who surprised his wife with a pretty screen print of sweet pea on silver leaf by Clare Cutts. His wife was also at the fair so we had to do the sale secretly without her realising. Thank you Serge at AKArtAsia and Hannah Ludnow @ Columbia Rd Gallery for your help, advise and friendly cups of tea and prosecco! Here are some photos from the fair
We will be exhibiting at The Affordable Art Fair in Hampstead Heath, London from May 11th - 14th. Please come and find our stall, number I1 (that’s letter i, number 1). The address is:
The AAF marquee, Lower Fairground Site, East Heath Rd, London NW3 1TH
We can also offer you some discounted tickets. You will need to use these codes:
GALLERYANDBARROWPV: for Private View invitations (each digital code admits one)
GALLERYANDBARROWLV: Late View invitations - valid on any day, excluding the Private View (each digital code admits one)
GALLERYANDBARROWHP: Unlimited Half Price invitations - valid on any day, excluding the Private View (each digital code admits one)
To redeem your tickets, you will simply need to follow these step-by-step instructions:
Visit the Affordable Art Fair ticket shop: http://aafhampstead.seetickets.com/…/affordable-art-fair-ha…
Click on the ‘Find Tickets’ button next to date you wish to attend
Enter the digital code and click the ‘Use Code’ button for the discount to register
Select the quantity of tickets you would like and click on ‘Buy Tickets’
Fill in your contact details and click on ‘Buy Tickets’ again
You will then be taken to the confirmation page and a printable e-ticket will be emailed to you
We are open! Finally the doors have opened and in our first week of opening we have already found homes for some lovely art. If you haven’t popped by yet, do come and see us. The artwork will be changing every month so keep coming back to see what else we are showing. So far it’s been a lot of fun chatting and getting to know the locals and other trades people in the street. To find us head to The Bell pub on Walcot St and we are opposite.
Opening times are roughly Tuesday - Sat, 10.30am - 6pm and Sun 11am - 4pm. Closed on Mondays. However times will vary in the first few weeks of opening. We will also be closed for the Hampstead art fair (May 9th - 15th). See you soon!