Born in 1967, Fabian grew up outside Buenos Aires in a turbulent world of political upheaval during the post-Peron military regime. Such a childhood could not fail to impact on every area of his life including his artistic ethos, especially when taken in conjunction with his unconventional upbringing.
His painting of girls in natural surroundings soon became his trade mark and the popularity of the watercolours in the early 80's together with the success of his prints and limited editions brought him the high profile that he has today.
I come from a theatrical background. I'm half Irish and my childhood home was a place where extraordinary things happened. It was an environment where my brothers and I seemed bound to do something unusual. I'm very grateful for that.
Drawing was the original expression. I would draw an awful lot, trying to emulate other artists, to understand how they created what they did; but sketching it was and remained to be, until I found the mettle to use colour.
In the last nine years interest in, and desire for his work, has grown rapidly. There have been sell-out solo exhibitions in Edinburgh, London, Hong Kong and Johannesburg. In November 1999, Vettriano’s work was shown for the first time in New York, when twenty paintings were displayed at The International 20th Century Arts Fair at The Armory. Fifty collectors from the UK flew out for the opening night of the Fair and all twenty paintings were sold out within an hour of the opening
A vigorous and creative artist, who has a natural flair for capturing the female form.
He is constantly experimenting with different subjects and techniques which are then applied to an amazing variety of images from traditional landscapes to dazzling collagraphs.
Mark's work has been exhibited in galleries all over the UK and can be found in private collections round the world including Spain, Belgium, France, New Zealand, Australia, Holland, Hong Kong, Japan, USA and Canada.
Sherree is a highly accurate and factual artist. Her insistence on authenticity and her careful eye for detail has been recognised resulting in an important commission on the British Sporting Field which has enhanced her growing reputation as a prominent sporting artist.
Ibanez has been privileged to complete several important works for religious establishments during his career. In 1993, he produced a painting for St Peter’s Basilica, Rome and in the same year, the official inauguration took place of the Vault of the Chapel of the Esperanza in Malaga. This was followed two years later by Ibanez’s first painting for the Cathedral of San Salvador. ‘The Crucifixion’ was joined by seven further works, which were commissioned by the Cathedral in 1996. In 1997, he completed an altarpiece for San Salvador Cathedral as well as eight paintings for the Basilica de la Merced in Madrid.
Born at the height of the cold war, Anna was exposed to very different worlds, that of the austere communist regime alongside the sophistication and femininity of her fashion-conscious mother. She excelled at art school, and enjoyed the freedom of learning and perfecting her technique in a variety of different media.
To give pictorial expression to these events is what guides these paintings to their realisations. For Chris, there must always be a seed, the grain of sand in the oyster which symbolises what is most important in the artists eyes, that is alive and continues to live in oneself as the picture is born and grows.
Outstanding British artist Darren Baker has received numerous art awards including best artist at The Fine Art Trade Guild ceremony in London and The Garrick Prize, Christies, London. His contemporary paintings are increasingly sought after by International and British Art collectors and hang in both public and private art collections including those of the House of Lords, Downing Street and St James's Palace.
A real subtleness is evident in his work, which the artist suggests and interprets in a smooth evanescent manner. His work has been Exhibited in One-Man shows and Group Exhibitions. Since 1974 and has received much critical acclaim.
Eve Arnold began photographing while working at a photo-finishing plant in New York City in 1946. In 1954, Arnold's fresh quality and intelligent choice of subject matter brought her to the attention of Robert Capa, the head of Magnum Photos, the prestigious international cooperative of photographers. Capa invited her to join the group, and she became its first American woman member. Her mastery of the colour processes and techniques popular in the 50s was extensive and assured, although she worked for preference in black-and-white.
Fletcher Sibthorp’s work is greatly admired by many well qualified to judge and his record of successes is impressive. He has won six competitons including the Association of Illustrators title on no less than three occasions and six separate Awards of Excellence
Igor trained at the prestigious Vnetsianov Art College where he was encouraged to appreciate the whole pantheon of artists who had gone before him. His work portrays the influences of Degas and Modigliani, two artists for whom he expresses a profound admiration
My best work is done in a sort of stream of consciousness. Sometimes I go into my studio, which is my space, and I love it. I lose whole days as if I have been anaesthetised. It’s like drowning in a sea of nothingness – a sort of meditative state. It’s on those days that I do my very best work. My main aim is that my work should always be like a river, always changing and eventually turning into an estuary and then becoming the sea. I can’t wait to get to the sea!
My work expresses a passion to create movement, shape and texture.
The female form imaginatively evoked through curves and shapes. Ideas eveolve from all aspects of life around me.
Inspiration from natural weathered erosion creates a contrast from smooth to textured surfaces, creating sensitivity to texture and form. Interesting shapes and lines are naturally created from every angle, feeling the need to hold or touch the sculpture is my deliberate intention.
All of my sculptures are created using an oil based modeling clay. I press texture into my sculpture from any interesting debris such as bricks and pebbles, to give depth and interest to each piece.
Executed in Meyer's trademark realist style each canvas forms part of an emerging narrative - like a freeze-frame or segment extracted from a film storyboard. But unlike the linear film narrative, the stories provide neither definite beginnings nor neat, singular finales. Their plots spring not only from the optic nerve of the artist but also from the imagination of the viewer.
Born in 1946, John worked first as an assistant at Vogue Studios and then assisted David Bailey for four years before setting up his own studio. He worked for magazines including Vogue, Harpers & Queen, the Sunday Times and Tatler. During this time he developed his distinctive, individual style.
Rob is always on the look out for new styles and techniques to dissect, and his work grows and changes as he absorbs a broad range of influences. His latest figurative pieces are beautifully composed depictions of day to day meetings and conversations. Each image is a fascinating blend of intricate foreground detail with broader brush strokes used to create an atmospheric back drop. They have been greeted with great acclaim on the fine art market, confirming his position as one of the most exciting rising stars on the contemporary art scene!
American artist Robert Heindel has become synonymous with the world of the ballet, earning him widespread recognition and admiration in both the dance and art world.
Described as "the Degas of our time" through his studies of ballet dancers in rehearsal, he has received numerous personal invitations from many of the world's most famous ballet companies with whom he has subsequently worked.
His paintings and sketches feature in private and public collections worldwide.
It is the overwhelming influence of the Sorolla blended with his own style that
makes Royo's masterful treatment of the Mediterranean subjects both haunting and
mysterious, yet full of raw power at the same time.
Royo is an international artist, his paintings are well known and collected
throughout Europe and in the USA.
If you were to ask most men to describe their perfect day, I'm sure gazing at beautiful women would take up a fair part of it, only I'm allowed to call it work! The human form is such a fantastic thing to paint; the eye never tires of seeing what it is programmed to respond to on such a guttural level. Exploring the human form provides me a rich seem of inspiration both on a formal visual plain and perhaps more importantly on an innate, visceral level.
I suppose the 'artist thing' has always been in my blood as my grandfather was a wildlife painter out in South Africa and my father is a very good landscape artist when he gets the time. I think I've always drawn. I remember spending hours as a child in my room trying to copy images from cards and other things that had captured my imagination; either that or I'd be writing really bad poetry. I had a 'creative mind' and it used to get me into trouble and embarrass my parents a lot - no change there then!