Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Hide and Seek...?

One of the most common comments about the work of Bradford born 
Danny Abrahams is how the paintings remind you of your childhood... 
or of family days out... 
they seem to connect people on so many levels...

...so how can it be that these beautiful landscapes work just as well? 
As the Day Draws to a Close

They are hauntingly beautiful and bring a peaceful silence... there are no children, no couples and no dogs... and yet the same familiarity is there!

Danny says that these pieces are painted as though the viewer is the child, the walker, the person who is looking into the distance to see where the path will take them... 

As the Evening Sun Goes Down

These two new pieces are now on display here
at The Acorn Gallery in Pocklington.
If you can't get in then it's worth knowing that
and can easily provide photos of the framed piece if required.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

The Wonder of It All!

After 12 long years as a published artist Alexander Millar has taken the next step and is now totally independent!

Having taken back the reins Alex now has total control over his work 
and as such we are delighted to welcome him back to The Acorn Gallery!

Having complete control over his work has given Alex the freedom to release 'Wheee!' 
taken from his best loved and most collectable print.
This piece now available as a beautiful bronze sculpture!

The superb NEW Collection also comprises of 
7 superb colour limited edition prints
4 timeless sketches!






The Wonder of it All!

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Still Haven't Found What You're Looking For?

We all know Kerry Darlington and her beautiful figurative and dreamlike paintings. Kerry has become a household name and in recent years collectors have seen her work go from strength to strength!

Works of incredible beauty such as 'Ophelia' and pieces of playful mischief like 'The Eccentric Machines' are just two of the strings on the bow of this very talented Welsh artist!

Here at The Acorn Gallery we are delighted to welcome a beautiful new Kerry Darlington original painting entitled 'Pendan'. 

The gorgeous colours merge together giving a stunning oil on water effect. The haunting abstract meld of colours are relaxing and yet at the same time boldly strike a chord! 

Friday, June 3, 2016

It isn't Art that's elitest - it's all the hangers on!

A fascinating read from Middlesbrough artist Mackenzie Thorpe, 
who once promised never to get too big for his boots...

Click the image for the full article!

Thursday, June 2, 2016

An Interesting Babblement!

Stephen Hanson has had a prestigious career as an artist working in film and television. He was responsible for the drawings which led to the creation of 'Arthurs Christmas' an animated movie, released in 2011. You will also have seen his drawings in the animated story of Roald Dahl's 'BFG' and even in 'DangerMouse'! (You remember Penfold right?) He has worked on 'Despicable Me' which has it's sequel 'Despicable Me 2' out this month in cinemas across the country! Stephen has also had his own TV series 'The Ink Thief' starring Richard O'Brien and he has written and illustrated a childrens book.

Stephen has approached the Acorn Gallery with a view to us showing his work and we are delighted to say yes! Many of Stephens prints feature a family pet named Toby, who was bought as a Labrador but as you can see is of mixed heritage. Toby always loved to have his red ball close by and often got into mischief! Haven't we all had that moment when we know we should be cross but we always find it in our hearts to forgive them!
Stephen thinks of himself as a digital artist, working on a computer tablet to create his final work. Elements of each print are hand drawn in pen and ink or painted using paper and paint as you would expect. These individual elements are then scanned into the computer and Stephen brings them together to create his final piece.

It is a very clever technique and one which has been famously used by local artist David Hockney.

The resulting image is stunning in detail and in quality and is a brilliant manifestation of natural talent and a mans quest for perfection. The work is fascinating and endearing and we can't help but lose our hearts to Toby, as we share in his scrapes and adventures!

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

The Search - An Interview with Mackenzie Thorpe

Q, What was your inspiration for the title 'The Search'?
A, The title was from the 1956 John Ford Movie 'The Search' What makes a man to wander, what makes a man to roam, what makes a man turn his back on bed and board, what makes a man turn his back on home.

Q, Is the duffle coat characters search over?
A, No the search lasts forever.

Q, What music were you listening to when you painted this piece?
A, Vera Lynn's 'Harbour Lights'

Q, Is the painting set in a particular place?
A, No

Q, Is the path red for a reason?
A, Yes, it is the passion of the journey.

Q, The colour spectrum in the sky is amazing, how did you know it would turn out so powerful?
A, I knew because I painted the rainbow colours of the sky as homage to Tom Wall, my tutor and my friend.

Q, Do you think you will use new techniques after using lacquer and varnish on this piece?
A, Yes! I have just found new metallic inks with patterns such as fish scales, which I am really excited about using!

Q, Can I buy this piece?
A, You can buy the original! It's big, like you!

This interview took place by phone whilst Mackenzie was drawing new works for his November show in New York and Mackenzie likes quick conversations on the phone so it was pretty good that it lasted this long!