March Newsletter
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A new artist, new paintings, a collectors' item, and now, an easy, affordable way to buy!

We are delighted that Mark Preston from Derbyshire has joined our stable of artists and we have eight quite superb acrylic paintings just in. Mark is part of a painting dynasty - both his father Rex and Uncle James are also professional painters. Mark completes nearly all his paintings on location, and his work is very distinctive, with slashes of thick, buttery paint skilfully sculpted on the canvas surface, which gives the work a vibrant, three-dimentional quality

The venerable David Curtis, one of the finest living artists in the country, also paid us a visit last week to bring in seven new paintings. It was the first time he has seen the gallery, and we were thrilled by his reaction. Without blowing our own trumpet (...oh yes, let's), he loved what he saw, and said it was the finest selection of real quality painters he had seen in any gallery and will be trumpeting our cause. It was a lovely validation of our efforts from a painter we so respect, and it is exactly what we set out to do, so if you haven't been in for a while to see what we've got, come on down!

For starters, we've got Mr Curtis's new oils - examples below. David manages to get just that bit more from a subject than anyone else - he makes the lights sing and his darks are full of colour and extraordinarily light in tone - as a painter myself, I know how unbelievably difficult that is to do. Rejoice, come in and drink in the splendour of these paintings. Go on, treat yourself, you won't regret it and you'll be buying work by a national treasure, seriously!

We've also got six new paintings by the very talented Leslie Stones, three beautiful examples below, including one of my firm favourites, a delightful study of a mahogany chest.

I have three new paintings hanging myself, two Pastels and one oil, all below.

Now, about this new way of buying paintings; we have finally managed to join forces with the Arts Council scheme, OwnArt, which some of you may be familar with, enabling you to buy a work of art up to the value of £2500, with10 interest-free monthly instalments, rather than with a lump sum outright, and you can take the painting home with you once you have filled out the form and been approved. It's as easy as that, so, there really is no excuse not to buy that work of art you've fallen in love with now!  As our motto says - A House without Art is a Home with no Soul!
Click on any of the pictures or the titles to go to the details on our website.
The Langdale Valley from Scout Crag
David Curtis
Oil 9 x 12 ins
Moorings in the Mud, Brancaster Staithe
David Curtis
Oil 12 x 12 ins

Fishermen's Huts, Port Mulgrave
Leslie Stones
Oil 8 x 16 ins

Track Through the Poppies, Ednaston
Mark Preston
Acrylic 16 x 16 ins

Hawthorn Blossom, Ashleyhay
Mark Preston
Acrylic 18 x 20 ins

Cattle by the Nene
Peter Barker
Pastel 13 x 19 ins            
Holkham Beach
Kieron Williamson
Oil 7 x 10 ins            
Troutbeck Farmstead above Windermere
David Curtis
Oil 12 x 16 ins
The Mahogany Chest
Leslie Stones
Oil on Board, 10 x 8 ins
Judging the Shires, Otley Show
Leslie Stones
Oil 16 x 20 ins
Sunlit Beech Tree, River Wye
Mark Preston
Acrylic on Canvas 12 x 20 ins
Teasels against the Sunlight
Peter Barker
Oil 6 x 8 ins    
Herdwick Tup
Peter Barker
Pastel 13 x 19 ins    
You will also see above a painting by child prodigy Kieron Williamson, dubbed by the press 'Mini-Monet' (which he hates). Kieron has been mentored in the last couple of years by David Curtis, and is now a really fine painter, aged just 15. After the sale of a recent watercolour, we can now offer this oil painting which was painted when he was 7, a rare, very early one and very collectable. The original owner of the work wishes to sell and was originally asking £7750 for it, but has now reduced the price to £6750 in line with current exhibition prices, no offers. If any of you are interested in buying the painting, please contact us.
We obviously can't show you all our artists' work here, so take a look by clicking on our website below to view everything - we're open 24/7 online, but better still, come and pay us a visit - paintings always look better 'in the flesh'!
Hope to see you soon!

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