Alex Williams was born in Reading and spent his childhood in Cambridgeshire. He trained at St.Martins School of Art under the tutelage of celebrated pop artist Peter Blake.
After a short spell in teaching in Hertfordshire, Alex set up his own dehagn and print studio in Hay on Wye. It was in Welsh Border country that he became very successful with his paintings of agriculture, farm landscapes and animals. As he says:- “The countryside there demanded top be painted with an urgency that could not be ignored”.
Alex’s images have been used in a number of ways including Limited Edition Prints, Tableware & Fine Bone China, and Greetings Cards.
He has appeared on television numerous times both in the UK and Australia. Alex fronted an art teaching programme filmed by ArtWorks, and most recently has filmed several short documentaries on Modern Masters, soon to be shown on Channel Four. Discussing his television work Alex says:- “The work I have done for television, which is about demystifying modern art has effected me. I have become a victim of my own teaching. The subject is still all important, but so is the way you see it”.
Alex has exhibited in numerous group and one man shows. His work is represented in many public and commercial arenas, the National Musuem of Wales have recently purchased a number of his landscapes of the Welsh Borders – the place that he loves so much.
Born in Bristol in 1945, Anthony studied painting at the West of England Academy of Art. From Art School he went into the theatre, starting work as a Scenic Artist for the Bristol Old Vic Company. He soon became a Theatre Designer and worked for sometime as Head of Design for the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. In 1996 he moved to Stratford-upon-Avon to join the Royal Shakespeare Company as Design co-ordinator. In 2003 he started painting full time.
Inspired by the effect of strong light and shadows on the subject, he has painted many architectural studies as well still life and marine subjects. His work has been influenced over the last few years by frequent visits to Italy, and in particular, Venice. Anthony’s work captures Venice through the seasons, throughout each day or night, in sunshine and in rain. His love affair with this most romantic of cities still has many paintings to be committed to canvas. Anthony has exhibited at several galleries, around the UK.
Fiona McIntyre was brought up in Dublin in the late 60′s in a musical and artistic family. Her Great Grandfather was the Camden Town Group painter Malcolm Drummond and like him Fiona studied at Edinburgh College of Art. Later she moved to Sweden where she won a public competition to make public art, exhibited regularly. Fiona developed her painting and printmaking at studios in Malmo and Lund and went on to study under Surrealist Bertil Lundberg at his printworkshop Grafikskolan Forum. This proved to be a very productive period where Fiona developed an expressionistic and rather dark series of paintings and prints inspired by her Scandinavian environment and frequent visits to Iceland. Fiona went on to develop a more experimental style of printmaking during Post Grad studies at Winchester studios in Barcelona. While living in Barcelona Fiona worked as assistant to printmaker Masafumi Yamamoto and was fascinat ed by his fusion of Catalan and Japanese printmaking techniques. In 1993 Fiona moved to London for several years where she taught and lectured at several schools including Central School of Speech & Drama where Fiona taught Post Graduate Painting. Later while living in Bath Fiona continued to develop her painting at Widcombe Studios and prints at Spike Island. She won prizes two years running and was invited to become a member of The Bath Society of Artists in 2002.
Fiona is currently based in the Cotswolds where she is developing her painting in relationship to the Gloucestershire landscape. She is exploring agricultural and natural patterns and the vibrant red earth tones and tangled trees that make this regio n so visually inspiring. Family visits to Devon and Cumbria have allowed her to explore these new techniques when painting seascapes,lakes and mountains.
Ian was born in Leeds, England and went to school in Yorkshire and then Scotland. Whilst in Edinburgh has was a pupil of “Willie” Wilson A.R.S.A., the Scottish stained glass artist, printmaker and watercolourist, the influence of Wilson’s work remains as strong to him fifty years later. Ian also acknowledges the influence of John Piper and Raoul Dufy. He studied architecture at the University of London and worked for some years on an archaeological mission in the Middle East.
He lived for many years in Cheltenham, UK, before moving recently to Somerset UK where he devotes himself fully to painting.
Ian’s paintings, more often than not architecturally based, combine an enjoyment of colour and a love of draughtsmanship. Beginning from a strong underlying structure, a number of preparatory sketches are developed using expressive sweeping pe rspectives. The composition is built up with washes of colour applied spontaneously and dramatically, giving each work a wonderful vitality and freedom. Inspiration for many of his subjects is drawn from travels in his home country and abroad. Particular favourites include harbours, buildings in their landscapes and humorous experiences.
Ian Weatherhead won the Catto Gallery Award at the Royal Watercolour Society Exhibition in 1991. This prestigious award is awarded to newcomers. In 2003, Ian won St. Cuthberts Paper Mill award at the RWS 21st Century Exhibition at The Mall Galleries, London. His work is represented in many private collections around the world, including a commission for the House of Commons.
Ian’s work is now published as Giclee, Limited Edition Prints. The subjects of these prints cover the British Sporting & Social Season, local scenes of Gloucestershire, the seaside and the countryside, as well as favourite subjects from Ian’s European travels.
Kate has worked as an Illustrator for many years, and has been published and distributed around the world. Her naive style and lively use of colour make her work both popular and sort after. Watch this site for her next collection of limited editions.
Ellie was born in 1972 in New York, USA to mixed British / German parents. Since then Ellie has lived in the UK, France, Germany and now lives in Italy. She has travelled extensively in Asia and South America, experiences that she feels have undoubtedly inspired and influenced her artistic approach.
Ellie, who is self taught, specializes in bold, vibrant townscapes and has been particularly inspired by the beauty and luminosity of the sandstone of the Georgian architecture in Bath, Cheltenham and surrounding towns. Ellie's townscapes are generally composed using acrylic paints, applied with a palette knife, which by nature, allows for spontaneity and the building of layers, depth of colour and really captures the texture and tone of the stonework. The use of gold leaf and bold outlining are also features characteristic of Ellie's work.
Ellie and her partner moved with their horses and three dogs to France, before moving to live in Italy. Whilst in France Ellie was inspired by the prehistoric Cave Paintings found in the South West of the country. This latest collection of paintings are of her own horses in the familiar style of the cave paintings, many with the rich earthy colourings typical of the cave paintings. Her horses have a wonderful style and elegance, with obvious knowledge of form. Ellie has attracted a following from around the world, with her paintings found in many private collections.
Watercolours by international artist Jean Haines have received a meteoric rise in popularity over the last few years. Known for her passion of working in her favourite medium, artists travels from all over the world to her workshops held in Hampshire UK. Jean also travels to USA, Australia and Asia to teach art, such is the demand for her inspirational teaching style.
Having lived and travelled in many countries Jean has had the opportunity to develop her skills creating incredible paintings whilst under the influence of masters from many countries including Asia, the Middle East and Europe. Living in China was a time when studying brush control had the greatest impact on the evolvement of Jeans style. Later working with artists from India and Pakistan introduced vibrant colours in her results compared to her previous more quiet watercolours created whilst living in Europe.
The combination of East meets West in her style is unavoidable and to be enjoyed. Free flow of water along with no fear of working directly minus the use of a preliminary sketch leads Jean to amazing results that often leave viewers of her work in awe. Light and the use of beautiful colour along with the ability to take any ordinary subject and turn it into an extraordinary painting with consistently unique results is what many artists aspire to achieve. Furthermore Jean has the ability to install enthusiasm and inspirational motivation in all around her. Paintings by Jean can be found in homes all over the world. Favourite subjects are highly sought after and becoming increasingly collectible.
Jean is a member of the SWA, Society for Women Artists, and won the Anthony J Lester Award in 2009 during the SWA Annual Exhibition where her work was likened to Joseph Crawhalls from the famous Glasgow Boys. "Atmospheric Watercolours" her new exciting book was released in 2012 and has become an international best seller which follows the success of her first book " How To Paint Colour and Light in Watercolour", launched in 2010. “Jean Haines: A favourite artist with a unique style and an ever growing following of watercolour fans. This artist of today will surely be a memorable famous artist of the future.”
Nicola completed her Art Foundation course at Bath Academy of Art in 1981. She went on to do a degree in drawing and painting at Edinburgh College of Art between 1981 and 1985 and stayed on in Edinburgh to do a Postgraduate painting and printmaking course.
During this time Nicola was awarded the Andrew Grant Bequest Travel Scholarship to Venice and the following year received the same award but this time to Paris. Since leaving college Nicola has worked as a professional painter and illustrator for many years, exhibiting all around the UK and in particular Scotland.
She works in a variety of mediums and her delicate, highly detailed pictures are always fresh and inviting. Her design work has been purchased for the Royal Academy of Art and also for Harrods, John Lewis and other similar retailers both in the UK and internationally. D’Arcy Gallery are thrilled to be publishing Nicola’s first collection of Fine Art Prints. Nicola lives and works in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.
Ian likes to paint from life, working outside capturing the mood of the moment - wind, rain, sunshine, and of course the different seasons. He loves painting in Devon & Cornwall as well as his home county of Gloucestershire.
Richard White aka Rico Is an Artist & Illustrator currently based in Cheltenham. Rico draws inspiration from found imagery, mainly from his extensive archive of old books and magazines. he also has a healthy interest in the natural world and the human form.
He focuses on the process of painting by limiting his colour palette and homing in on two or three major elements. Mixing highly detailed imagery with stark negative space he creates scenes that appear as fragments of a narrative, treading close to the fine line of complete and in-complete.
Rico's work evolves through either meticulous sketching and preliminary planning, or seemingly random mark making. It is in this blur of abstract mark making and sublime realism that he really establishes a balance between order and chaos.
Rico's work has been sold all over the world and he has exhibited both at solo shows and group shows where he has shown along side Shepard Farey, D Face and Chloe Early. He has also Illustrated for Lindemans, Penguin Books, ITV, Matador Records to name a few.
Lesley Whelan is a contemporary British Artist born in 1964. In 2003 she became Artist in Residence at Birmingham University’s Botanic Garden and since then has exhibited widely. Her work is sold in galleries throughout the UK, held in collections worldwide and sold as limited edition prints by a major British retailer.
‘Making sense of what I see is what drives my creative practice, and I am particularly interested in the connections that can be made to help this process. Much of my most recent work has focused in on the relationship between nature and mathematics, enabling me to look at familiar forms in different and unfamiliar ways, but historical, social and emotional factors also influence the way in which I approach my subjects. I’m not interested in a transitory moment in all my paintings my aim is to capture my feelings and sense of awareness.’
Every mark is considered, every brushstroke and line is relevant; her work is fluent and exciting, resulting from a working method that is both challenging and intense. Her fascination with line, colour and texture is reflected in the work that she is currently producing.
Her work is held in corporate and private collections in Ireland, Scotland, USA, Canada, Dubai, South Africa and Australia. She is Artist Ambassador to The City of Coventry.
Matthew finished a three year BA Hons course in Film & Animation at the Arts & Animation Institute in Bournmouth, then he went on to UWE Bristol to focus on understanding the finer points of stop motion animation.
A year in Australia studying the wild life and use of vibrant colour, led him to return to the UK to develope his fine art skills, the human forn in particular. It is the combination of film animation and life study that Matthew uses so effectively in his 'Movement Studies'.
Local to Cheltenham, her distinctive figures are proving very popular. This new collection of work sees Gill using city landscapes as her back drops, an effective introduction of simple lines and strokes which enhance the scene.
Anne's paintings have a soft interaction of light and shadow, a delicate touch with brush and colour that brings to life her scenes of the countryside and seascapes. She often chooses to paint those quiet corners or country lanes, those simple scenes that often get missed in our busy lives - Anne sees the beauty and captures it in her paintings.
Alison's work is driven by the desire to display atmosphere and emotion of a place. Through art she expresses feelings that are often inexpressible through words.
Her interest in nature and unmaterialistic beauty has been a constant source of passion since childhood, be it relationships between people, the struggles of life and the ever changing but constant landscape around. Fuelled by a previous career in nursing, Alison aims to combine these emotions.
Since studying art Alison has exhibited across the UK including Brighton, London, Chester, Wales, Yorkshire, and various Galleries in the Midlands. Her work has also reached international scale with work hanging in Italy, America, France, and the Middle East. She has completed various commissions with clients such as the Prince of Saudi Arabia and The Waldorf Hotel London. Inspiration is driven from travel, feeling and seeing wild and raw coastlines, to bleak and smoldering moors.
Sally attended the Stroud School of Art, followed by Bower Ashton in Bristol. During her early training Sally had a strong interest in textile design, hints of which still show through in her work today. Sally likes to experiment with all manner of painting materials, both conventional and inovative – but always the very best quality. Sally describes her main two extravagances as ~ ‘Vintage Clothing and really expensive art materials from around the world’ .
The vitality and riot of colour that make Sally’s paintings so spectacular are possibly echoes of her extended stay in Bali. Her paintings are made up of many layers of colour, glaze and wash – the technique qorks on two dimensions, from a distance the flowers are almost botanical studies – however, up close the dribbles, splashes and strockes are like tiny, individual works or art. Strong impressionistic style with contemporary experimentation is the wonderful combination that culminates in Sally’s finished work. There is riotous energy, yet tranquil calmness found in her painting, which as Sally’s confidence grows as an artist is becoming more detailed, yet ever more balanced.
Buyers of Sally’s paintings range from new to buying art through to serious art collectors. Her work is recognised as technically very skilful, a subtle talent that captures the scene as an expression of what Sally sees. Our customers who have bought her paintings find themselves drawn to the work, more often not returning for more! Sally’s paintings are enhancing to live with – restful, calm, intriguing. Oh…and look pretty good too!