Richard is a young artist with a tremendous talent and an equally exciting future.
Originally from Oldham, he studied for a Fine Art degree at Loughborough University, and whilst there was accepted into the Manchester Academy of Fine Arts, an amazing achievement for someone still a student, indeed, he is the youngest to have been admitted in its approximate 150 year history!
If you can have such a things as considered spontaneity, it lives within Richard’s work. With traces of Bomberg and Auerbach, there’s a power that draws you in, bringing more out the longer you take in the work.
Now living in Rochdale following graduation, we’re thrilled to be working with Richard, and bringing his talent to a wide audience.
John Bratby RA 1928 - 1992
Born in Wimbledon in 1928, John studied at the Royal College of Art from 1951 to 1954. So well respected was his work there, that within three years he had taken a post as a tutor at the same college.
It was during the 1950s that John’s work began to achieve critical acclaim. Its mix of impressionism and the depiction of daily life and images led to the phrase “kitchen sink realism” being coined for his work, and many thereafter.
John was elected a member of the Royal Academy in 1971, and built a large collector following for his colourful and heavy use of paint, including the likes of Paul McCartney. He became known as somewhat of a maverick, both in terms of his art, but also in terms of his public persona and ability to self-promote.
Over 100 works by John Bratby are housed in major international public collections, including the Tate, UK Government Collection, Hepworth Museum, Birmingham Museum, Laing Art Gallery and the Museum of London.
John is firmly and rightfully seen as an important and influential part of the British mid-to-late twentieth century art movement.
One of the most internationally lauded of living artists, Frank Auerbach was born in Germany in 1931, however, in 1939 his parents sent him to England to escape the Nazis as part of the Kindertransport Programme. Even at a young age, his artistic ability was evident. He went on to study at St Martin’s School of Art in London from 1948 to 1952. After that he studied at the Royal College of Art in London from 1952 to 1955.
Auerbach’s work is focused mainly on scenes in and around his home in London and landscapes of Camden Town. His portraits usually feature friends and people close to him, such as his wife, Julia and the professional model, Juliet Yardley Mills (usually referred to as J. Y. M. in titles). A major monograph was published on Frank Auerbach in 2009, with a TV documentary, To the Studio, in 2002
His paintings of the 1950’s and 1960’s are characterised by heavy impasto and earth colours, giving way more recently to vivid colours to depict subject and place. The power and creative tension in his drawings is equally apparent in his rare, but carefully considered etchings.
The subject of a major 2015/16 solo retrospective exhibition at Tate London, Frank Auerbach is an internationally acclaimed painter and currently lives and works in London. His works are held in many of the world's most prestigious public and private museums and collections.
Ceri Allen studied Fine Art Painting at City & Guilds School of Art, London. Her tutors included the famous Peter Coker, Carel Weight and Humphrey Ocean.
She has produced many commissioned works and is represented in private collections in the UK and USA and also in Carlisle City Museum & Art Gallery and St Mary's Hospital, Paddington, Art Collection.
Ceri has received several awards from the Cumbrian Open Exhibition including first prize in 2007. She was selected for the AA2A (Artists Access to Art) scheme, printmaking at University of Cumbria in 2009-2010 and is an elected member of the Lakes Artists Society.
Ceri has had several prominent Residences, including Corpus Christi College, Oxford, and the prestigious NCCA Residency at Kronstadt, St Petersburg.
Works by Ceri are held by many public institutions, including Tullie House, Carlisle, St Mary's Hospital, Paddington and Corpus Christi College, Oxford.
Peter Quinn is an artist who seeks subject matter both in the everyday of his own locality and in more far-flung locations. He is well known for brightly coloured watercolours of interesting buildings, boats and street scenes.
Peter graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 1986, he now lives in Newcastle-upon-Tyne where he divides his time between painting and teaching Art History. Peter has a doctorate from the University of Sunderland, has written on the art of the North East of England and is the current Chair of the Bewick Society. Elected an Associate of the Royal Watercolour Society in 2007 he became a full member in 2011.
His paintings have won awards including most recently the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow Award at the Royal Glasgow Institute 149th Annual Show in 2010. Peter first exhibited in Malta in 1997 and had a one-person show there as recently as November 2011. He features in Nicholas de Piro’s The International Dictionary of Artists who Painted Malta, (2002) .
Recent Exhibitions include:
One Person Exhibition, Radisson Blu Resort Malta
Marking Time, Royal Watercolour Society Spring Exhibition, Bankside Gallery, London.
Mini Picture Show, Bankside Gallery, London
Shenzen International Watercolor Biennial, Shenzhen Art Museum, Shenzhen City, China
The Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts, 152nd ANNUAL EXHIBITION, McLELLAN GALLERIES, Glasgow
Royal Watercolour Society in Malta, Auberge d'Italie, Heritage Malta, Valletta, Malta
Sunday Times Watercolour Competition Exhibition and Tour 2013 Mall Galleries, London.
RWS Autumn Exhibition, Bankside Gallery
Royal Watercolour Society Spring Exhibition Bankside Gallery and touring.
Royal Watercolour Society in Malta, (London showing)7 - 14 March 2013 Bankside Gallery
Lynn-Painter Stainers LPS Prize 2013 Exhibition, The Mall Galleries, London
The Royal Glasgow Institute’s 151st Annual Exhibition, Mitchell Library, Glasgow
RWS Autumn Show at Bankside Gallery
Sunday Times Watercolour Competition Mall Galleries, The Mall, London, SW1
Royal Watercolour Society: Picturing Britain 2012
International Prize Fabriano Watercolour 2012, Museo della Carta e della Filigrana, Fabriano (Italy)
RWS Spring Exhibition, Bankside Gallery, London.
2010 Royal Glasgow Institute, 149th Annual Show. Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow Award;
2004 Second Daler Rowney Prize, Watercolour C21, RWS Open Exhibition 2004, Bankside Gallery,London.
2001 First Daler Rowney Prize, Watercolour C21, RWS Open Exhibition 2001, Bankside Gallery,London.
1999 Best Architectural Watercolour Painting, Easel Prize at the Annual Exhibition of the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour.
1995 Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts, Armour Award.
Percy Kelly was born in Workington, Cumbria in 1918, being one of eight siblings. Despite an early aptitude for drawing, Percy left school at 14 to work for the Post Office. Interrupted by war, he served in the Royal Signals, where his talent for draughtsmanship was utilised in the production of maps. In 1946 Percy returned to Post Office employment, and obsessional painting, working at the Post Office until taking up a full time place at the Carlisle College of Art and Design from 1961 until 1965. In the early 1950s, Percy submitted works to the Royal Academy, Royal Institute and Royal Society of British Artists; all were accepted, and from 1956 until 1963, Percy was a member of The Lakes Artists Society.
Percy’s first solo exhibition was in 1966 at the Rosehill Theatre, Whitehaven, courtesy of Sir Nicholas Sekers, as too was an exhibition in Sloane Street in 1968. In 1969 a solo exhibition of his work was held at the Fermay Gallery, Kings Lynn, and in 1976, a seventy-painting exhibition was held at Abbot Hall, Kendal. His final solo exhibition was held in Troutbeck, Cumbria, 1984.
During his life, Percy rebuffed many approaches to exhibit his work, amongst them from the Crane Kalman Gallery in London, Tib Lane Gallery, Manchester, Goldmark Gallery, Uppingham, and not least from Chris Wadsworth at Castlegate House Gallery. There was much interest in his work during his lifetime, but despite this, only five exhibitions were held; Percy refused to sell all but a very small number of his works.
Percy moved to Norfolk in 1980, and died there in poverty in 1993. After many successful exhibitions at Castlegate House Gallery, the works of Percy Kelly have been shown in two highly successful solo exhibitions at Messums, London.