Artfully done

If the list isn’t down on paper yet, it’s probably forming in your head. Names being matched with vague recollections of last year’s offerings.

And then you stop on one name. Usually a guy. We all have that person who we may love dearly but that’s not the emotion connected with buying their Christmas present. An increasingly troublesome task.

Could this year be any different? Not only different in approach but also gift choice? (Chances are he probably has enough knits and gadgets).

Take  a look at our newly curated Christmas Collection: For Him and this could be a very happy Christmas for him, and also you!

Here is a small selection of the collection…


Left – right/Top-Bottom

NDI, Rushing Reeds

NDI, The Dark & Stormy City (Blue)

Sophie Layton, Red View

Luke Woodford, Rebirth 1

NDI, Bolts 2

NDI, Bolts 1


Spotting the next Damien Hirst: Inspiring a generation

‘Inspire a generation’ was the theme of London 2012 and, through such an incredible Olympics and with new sporting role models, it’s obvious how successful this has been.

Continuing this theme, we did our little bit to inspire a generation (on a slightly smaller scale!) yesterday but this time stepping into the arts and culture.

Marie Reville, one of the artist’s exhibiting on Like Love Want, kindly agreed to relocate her easel for a couple of hours into a local  pre-school and explain to four year olds what it was like to be an artist. Captivating their enthusiasm for creativity, the pre-schoolers with Marie’s guidance developed their interpretation of this generation’s most recognised pieces of art, Damien Hirst’s spot paintings.

Marie herself knew she wanted to be an artist from a very early age so who knows if Spiderman or the Princess (see final picture!) will become the next Turner Prize winner because of this opportunity.

1:Paints ready!

2: Enjoying the sight and smell of an artist’s tool box whilst their painted circles dried.

3: The finished result, Lazer’s interpretation of Damien Hirst’s spot paintings – already hung in the hall and receiving rave reviews!

Bold colours & lines: Marie Reville

Marie Reville studied at Bradford College of Art (Foundation) and Liverpool College of Art (BA Hons).She lived and worked in London for 22 years and had a studio at the Old Gas Works in Fulham. A move to West Sussex is currently inspiring her work and her interest in exploring colour, light and shadow. Her subject matter has previously been inspired by her travels to Iceland and Italy.

Marie is a painter and printmaker. She works in oils and acrylics on small or large scale canvases. Her work is in private collections in the UK , the Netherlands, USA and Australia. Projects include prints commissioned for interior design projects at No 1 Knightsbridge, London (2008/09). Designed costumes for The London School of Contemporary Dance ensemble. These performers took part in the project ‘The Nine’ at the Notre Dame de France church, Leicester Square, London (2009). Exhibitions include Old Gas Works Open Studios 2006, 2007, 2008, Affordable Art Fair Chelsea 2007, Glasgow Art Fair 2007, Affordable Art Fair Chelsea 2012, Royal College of Art Fair 2012, Chelsea Art Fair 2012, Affordable Art Fair Bristol 2012.

Figuratively speaking, it’s Paul Wright

After training as an Illustrator, Paul has spent the last 14 years developing a painterly language through which he seeks to capture a vitality beyond the establishment of a mere ‘likeness’ to the subject. Whilst appreciating the importance of the individual being recognisable, the subjects are glimpsed rather than exposed, their inner selves hinted at but ultimately inscrutable.

Though often working on a large, potentially imposing scale, the work remains approachable through fluency of brush mark and a rich palette. The spaces the subjects inhabit are often indeterminate, providing an atmosphere that allows for ambiguity of psychological state. The subjects retain their integrity and yet a sense of intimacy is evoked.

Exhibited in galleries worldwide, Paul has exhibited at the Royal Society of Portrait Painters and the BP Portrait Award Exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, London.  His work is in corporate and public art collections including Prudential, Standard Chartered Bank, Accenture, Leicestershire Health Authority, P&O, Rutland County, Texas State University