Brian Sinfield Art Gallery
A natural colourist, Elsa's abstract imagery, combined with her use of rich earth colours, create delicious harmonies. Her still life, often of flowers, are not just depictions but vibrant celebrations of colour. Her secret is that she takes time mixing her pallet, sometimes up to two hours. This mixing of colours gives great depth to her paitnings, and, in the hands of a master such as Elsa, the result is intoxicating. Her love of colour and texture shine through. Her paintings evoke an emotional response and I would defy anyone standing in front of an Elsa Taylor, not to be moved.
Elsa lives and works in the Cotswolds, an area of England that has been a strong influence on her work, as have the landscapes of Cornwall, Italy and Scotland.
Painting illustrated: 'Blue Vase, Yellow Pot' oil on canvas 79 x 79 cm
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Antony Williams - ‘Emma'
We are thrilled to announce that Antony’s painting of ‘Emma' has been shortlisted for the BP Portrait Award 2017. Selected from 2,850 entries from 87 countries, the BP Portrait Award represents the very best in contemporary portrait painting.
Emma features Emma Bruce who had been modelling for Williams almost continuously for 11 years in his studio in Chertsey. The artist’s relationship with the sitter has developed over the years from that of being someone who was modelling for a painting to someone who has become a friend. Williams wanted this portrait to portray some of her vulnerability, but also to portray the determination in her character where she is shown naked but at the same time she is preventing the viewer from seeing her completely.
Williams (b.1964) studied at Farnham College and Portsmouth University. An established portrait artist, his work has been seen in solo exhibitions in London and Madrid and is regularly selected for inclusion in the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition, the Royal Society of Portrait Painters Exhibitions and previously in BP Portrait Award exhibitions in 1995, 1998, 2005, 2007, 2010, 2014 and 2015. His portrait of Amartya Kumar Sen was commissioned for the National Portrait Gallery Collection.
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