Brian Sinfield Art Gallery
Anne-Marie's inspiration comes from the things she loves. She has recently become fascinated with flowers growing freely in the countryside and also in more formal gardens. In this series of paintings she manages to capture the beauty of the subject with great originality creating striking yet peaceful work. The impact of her paintings, especially these more recent flower paintings, is impossible to ignore.
Anne-Marie Butlin trained at Harrow and Loughborough College of Art. Her palette is subtle and her tones close, giving the paintings a feeling of quite and calm. She has shown in numerous group exhibitions including those at The Royal Society of Portrait Painters, The Royal Academy, The Royal Watercolour Society, The Royal Society of British Artists and The Royal College of Art amongst many others.
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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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Chris Sims' meditative abstracts lead the viewer on an adventure. Combining colour, instinctive mark making and abstract values, this exhibition demonstrates the artist's emotional response to his natural enviroment, the rural and urban areas local to his studio in Buckinghamshire.
Chris will often make small thumbnail sketches as a starting point and then work them up to a larger scale in charcoal on board. He then applies layers of oil paint to build texture, often scratching some areas back to reveal a history beneath. Using this direct personal mark-making process he explores a composition in an intuitive and painterly way, making decisions as the painting develops to a resolution.
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