Brian Sinfield Art Gallery
Andrew Hemingway works in pastel, producing images of remarkable precision and depth. He is probably one of the most important still life artists working in pastel today. Because of the intense concentration needed with this kind of work his output is small and consequently his paintings rare.
Born in Yorkshire, he attended the Barnsley School of Art and took a degree in Fine Art and the History of Art at Camberwell. He exhibited regularly at the Royal Academy and his work can be found in private
collections, world wide including Italy, New York, Australia, South Africa, London, Hamburg, Japan and Holland.
This Gallery has represented Andrew Hemingway since 1990.
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The original idea for Karen’s paintings came after time spent working in London, visiting New York and simply being enveloped in city Life. She became fascinated with people watching, particularly crowds and the patterns they produce. She is influenced by scenes from the past and everyday life - crowds waiting for a train, queues at the cinema, footage from old films, the often frantic city streets bustling with shoppers. Her paintings capture a feeling of the city as it is now, a place where time and people rarely stop. She works with a limited palette usually starting with ultramarine blue, raw sienna and raw umber to create tonal dark browns and khaki greens, then she will often add a touch of colour when applying the white/cream lights with red or burnt sienna.
Karen explains "My paintings aim to capture the dynamics of London's anonymous city crowds. Groups of figures play on the eye forming rhythmical patterns of movement. My view is as if through the lens of a camera compressing the image as a way of understanding something very contemporary about the visual world.
Marks taken separately look undistinguishable, but collectively, because of their relationship to each other, are recognisable as being figurative. I often view from above, studying images through glass and rain, exploring the legibility of the image degraded by distortion."
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Humour is a powerful emotion and it is this that often strikes you first about Paul Robinson's paintings, and then it is texture and colour. But there is another vital ingredient, one that he shares with that other observer of people, Helen Bradley, and of course Lowry, and that is narrative - each picture tells a story, a cameo of the life of ordinary people going about their daily lives, often windblown, snowbound or drenched by a downpour, handbags flapping, dogs pulling. In a way they are timeless, though having said this there are undeniably echoes here of the 1950s.
Each picture is accompanied by a lengthy caption, something he also shares with Bradley. Although London scenes frequently still feature, the artist's move from London to Norfolk in 1999 saw a dramatic change in his work as he
discovered a whole new world of country towns, green hillsides, stormy seas and lots of space, a complete contrast to the cityscapes of London.
Paul Robinson was born in born in Penrith, Cumbria in 1959, and later studied Fine Art at Carlisle College of Art.