Brian Sinfield Art Gallery
One is tempted to eulogise about John Maxwell-Steele's paintings without end, but essentially these are the artist's emotive response to landscape, his poetry, if you like, through which he attempts to trigger a response in the viewer, to share in his passion. The beauty here is that the viewer is free to interpret the paintings themselves.
It is also tempting to search for infuences or to bracket his work into a category - is it impressionism, abstraction, aftern all it is non-representational, or some other 'ism'? For the most part these paintings are linear in structure which allows great scope for an artist. It has a beauty and strength that is very appealing and we hope you find it as exciting as we do.
John Maxwell-Steele was born in Birmingham in the sixties and first studied Visual Communications at Solihull College of Art in the early eighties. In 2002 he completed a post-graduate Fine Art degree at Birmingham University.
The artist explains, "The landscape is my subject - mostly places I know well and visit over and over again - certain areas of coast or moorland. My aim is to convey my feelings and a sense of awareness of time passing in that particular environment. My paintings focus on the territory between the intensely substantial and the capriciousness of dream-state. The resulting work fossilises gossamer light layers of time into a richly sedimented emotional landscape."
Illustrated: Thicket | oil on canvas | 100 x 100 cm
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You may have seen him sitting in front of his easel in all weathers painting the city view in front of him, perhaps at the same time chatting to passers-by who stop to admire his work. Peter Brown is a plein air arrest of the first rank. The complexities of town scenes, the movement of people, light bouncing off buildings, the general hurly-burly of life - all excite and inspire him. He is a master of chiaroscuro, light at the edge of dark places, and sometimes one wonders if a dry brush of sunlight, or even artificial light, is dragged across the surface of the painting leaving pools and sparks of light in just the right places. Light, colour and movement are the three elements that make a painting vibrate with life; in Peter Brown’s case, they literally leap from the canvas screaming WOW! Peter paints with astonishing speed so one has to ask the question, how on earth does he do it, how does he produce so many paintings of great complexity and accuracy in so short a time. He will probably say he doesn’t know, it just happens.
Peter was born in Reading and studied art at Bath College of Higher Education and Manchester Polytechnic and at Greenwich. He is the winner of many awards and a member of most national art societies. There have been numerous sell-out one-man exhibitions.
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Illustrated: (Detail) The Other Stage, Glastonbury - oil on board - 20.5 x 61cm
The remarkable still life pastels of Andrew Hemingway seek out the beauty of ordinary things. Exquisitely rendered and highly detailed, these are paintings of enormous depth and astonishing skill - they are simply mesmerising. Due to the intense concentration required, output is small and consequently paintings limited, hence 'A Small Group of Pastels'
Born in Yorkshire, he attended the Barnsley School of Art, and took a Degree in Fine Art with the History of Art at Camberwell. He exhibited regularly at the Royal Academy and his work can be found in private collections worldwide.
The gallery has represented Andrew since 1990.
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