Brian Sinfield Art Gallery
There is something wonderfully sensuous about Robbie Wraith's paintings, and this is not simply because a number of his paintings revolve around the nude. It is particularly evident in some of his small panels of Italy and in his still lives where the paint in places is laid on thickly like butter on a smooth surface, achieving a creamy translucence. In his nudes, portrait and figure compositions his technique is smoother, velvety and the contrasts between light and dark beautifully rendered.
Drawing has always been the bedrock of his work and this is perfectly illustrated by the charcoal drawing, 'Esther'. Robbie has recently been awarded ''The Prince of Wales’s Award for Portrait Drawing' at the Royal Society of Portrait Painters exhibition 2019 for 'Esther'.
Wraith is a master of all mediums - watercolour, pencil, charcoal, oil and pastel - but then in Pietro Annigoni he had a teacher par excellence, an opportunity most artists merely dream of, and like Annigoni his portrait commissions include members of the Royal Family, including Her Majesty the Queen. In 1997 he accompanied HRH The Prince of Wales as travelling artist on his official visit to South Africa. Other major commissions include Nelsons on Mandela and the 11th Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. With such illustrious sitters is it any wonder that as a portraitist Wraith is highly sought after? But we must not forget his watercolours - limpid, transparent evocations of a scene, where simplicity and restraint are the keys; he does not disappoint.
A painter for the 21st Century but one whose art remains rooted in the best traditions of the past, Wraith is an all-rounder whose artistic ability at times is nothing short of astonishing.
Image Illustrated: Millefeuille | oil | 14 x 22 cm
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An expressive abstract painter, Miles Cole was born in 1965. He studied Fine Art at Gloucester College of Art and the Chelsea School of Art. His early career was spent working as an illustrator with regular commissions from various periodicals such as The Economist, The Times Educational Supplement, Tatler, the Mail on Sunday and many others. In 2010, after a successful career as an illustrator, he returned to painting after a fifteen-year hiatus. His work is rooted in the tradition of British and European post-war Modernism, particularly abstract painting, He says of his work: "The interconnecting lines found in these paintings are a catalyst for what then becomes a sensual engagement with the materials - deconstructing and reconstructing shapes into various compositions until a point of departure from the subject matter has been reached."
As with all artists there are undoubted influences - Kandinsky for one but more particularly the Russian/French abstract painter Serge Poliakoff. Undoubtedly Cole is a master of colour. The power of these paintings relies on two main factors, a perfect understanding of colour and tone and the placing of the right colour against a contrasting colour (powerful in itself), and the use of strong almost three-dimensional shapes, exemplified in his painting 'South Bank'. Combined, these create an explosion of colour that appeals directly to the senses. One does not need to understand the complexities of abstract art to be drawn into its orbit. Stand in front of one of these paintings and you begin a fascinating voyage of discovery.
Exhibitions include the Paisnel Gallery, London, The Square Gallery, London, the Mall Galleries and with the Josie Eastwood Gallery in Hampshire, as well as taking part in numerous mixed exhibitions.
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Image illustrated: Outrospective | oil on canvas | 90 x 115 cm
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