North Norfolk is awash with fine art galleries and we have asked leading gallery owners to select artists that they consider ‘oesto watch’. The majority of these artists are exhibiting in their galleries so why not pop in to get a close-up look. If you are tempted by that special find you can also take advantage of the ‘Own Art Scheme’ where payment can be equally divided and spread over 10 months.
Rosa Sepple is an elected council member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours(RI). Her paintings have been purchased for private collection worldwide and shown at major venues including exhibiting at The Royal Academy.
Above all else, Rosa Sepple’s unique style brings a whimsical feel to her paintings. People appear to float or fly in her work and architecture leans or topples in magical directions to complement a composition.
The Quay Art Gallery, in Blakeney, continues to specialise in exhibiting work of leading print technique artists from across the UK. One such artist is Kerry Buck, who graduated in 1997 from The Norwich School of Art and Design where she specialised in Illustration.
Since then Kerry has been working as a professional illustrator and has completed commissions for Hodder and Stoughton, Which, Guinness and Norwich Union.
Throughout the year Quay Art will be showing Kerry's beautifully delicate original collagraphs inspired by Britain's diverse wildlife. Her work has a strong following and now appears in private collections in the UK, Europe and across the world.
Tony Foster lives on the North Norfolk coast and his recent work explores the possibilities of interpreting his feelings for the area – without attempting a literal representation.
Tony’s usual medium is acrylic paint and collage to build layers of texture and colour. The nature of the medium allows the paintings to develop organically, and he enjoys the freedom and opportunities this technique offers.
Tony works on paper and canvas and, more recently, has started working in watercolour.
One of The Flint Gallery's most respected and sought-after artists, Ana Bianchi, trained as a designer in Paris and then studied fine art at Chelsea, the Byam Shaw and Central Saint Martins in London. A painter and sculptor, she has exhibited widely in the UK and Europe.
In her most recent works, Ana handles the texture, colour and form of the land with a sculpting hand, almost carving the paint on to the canvas with a layering of varied tone and brushwork. Often inspired by the landscape and coastline that surrounds her, these paintings are explorations of the cutting and layering of shape and colour in a rural setting. They combine a rich palette with a tendency to abstraction and painterly brushwork. Ana's works maintain a delightful equilibrium between representational landscapes and abstracted forms.
She will be exhibiting new paintings inspired by North Norfolk and beyond at The Flint Gallery throughout 2016.
Gallery Plus boasts unrivalled natural light and offers a unique browsing and buying experience in a refreshingly bright and airy exhibition space. We love colour – it’s good for the soul! – so the gallery is a colourful and uplifting place to visit. There is a high-quality, on-going mixed show of original paintings, original prints, ceramics, glassware, sculpture, and jewellery by popular artists and makers from around the country, as well as one-man exhibitions.
Gallery Plus is also home to the open studio of contemporary artist, Trevor Woods. Visitors are intrigued to watch Trevor at work. They can see the processes he uses, from the drawing-out stage to the final painting. There is a professional picture-framing service on-site, with a wide choice of mouldings. Expert advice is freely given to help choose the right frame for your requirements. We pride ourselves on our friendly welcome and relaxed atmosphere – with an unpressured approach, which has proved popular with returning customers.
The gallery exhibits both figurative and abstract work from established, award-winning and emerging talent and has developed a style that has earned it a loyal following. Whether you are interested in landscapes, figure paintings or beautiful sculpture, we hope you enjoy our selection.
The gallery also attends major UK and international art fairs. The gallery offers a chance to view work of a standard rarely seen outside London – in relaxed and peaceful surroundings.
Advance II (oil on aluminium panel) is painted by Mary Jane Ansell, a finalist in the BP Portrait awards, who has exhibited exclusively with Fairfax for more than 10 years in the UK and overseas. Her next solo exhibition is at 8 Duke Street, London W1, in autumn 2016. Contact gallery for details.
Fairfax Gallery recently relocated within the beautiful Georgian village of Burnham Market. It is now set on The Green.