Friday, 26 June 2009

British Craft Trade Fair - Award Winners 2009

Our congratulations go out to Mike Hunter and Daniel Kavanagh, two of our exhibiting Scottish artists who have both recently won awards at the British Craft Trade Fair in Harrogate.

Mike Hunter’s highly skilled process of ‘Zanfirico’ glass blowing, earned him the 2009 BCTF Award for Excellence in design, innovation and creativity. This is the Selkirk based artists second accolade for excellence this year.

Daniel Kavanagh from Nairnshire won the Best Newcomers Award, which was presented in recognition of the quality, design and craftsmanship of Daniel’s work. He was also presented with a Highly Commended Award at the ceremony.

Tuesday, 16 June 2009

It's the Wedding Season! Register Your Wedding Gift List With Artery Gallery

An art gift from Artery Gallery is not only a beautiful addition to any home but can also be an investment for the future. Artery Gallery are able to organise your wedding gift list, so you can be a little different and receive a memorable wedding present that you will cherish for years to come.

As the bride and groom, you can choose Artery Gallery as one of your wedding gift list venues. Guests can purchase the selected art you have chosen in your list, whether they buy individually or club together in groups.

Alternatively, the bride and groom can request guests to buy Artery Gallery gift vouchers. These can be purchased individually by guests, and then collected together by the happy couple at the appropriate time. The gift vouchers can then be brought into either of the galleries at a time to suit themselves to choose their favourite pieces of art.

Our wedding gift registration service offers you the opportunity to commemorate your wedding day with a list of gift ideas for your friends and family to choose from.

Anything from clocks and sculpture, to paintings and wall hangings are available, giving you the inspiration and opportunity to build your own collection of unique, original artwork.

When registering your wedding or civil partnership, you receive a catalogue of ideas and suggestions from us, which you can also add your own choices to. When you have chosen all the gifts you hope for, we will complete your registration by adding you and your partner-to-be to our website – with a web-page of your very own. This will include photographs, dimensions and prices of all the items you choose, with a secure, online purchasing function. Your friends and family will be able to browse the pages of your gift list before deciding on their purchase.

Friends and family can even combine their finances to purchase a larger item such as a painting, which can be reserved for your list by paying a deposit of 20%.

Create you own unique wedding gift list today here at Artery Gallery.

Friday, 5 June 2009

Sculpture - Stone, Steel and Glass

We have always had a an interesting collection of sculpture here at Artery Gallery and at the moment we probably have the widest selection ever, so here is a break down of just some of the sculptures we are currently exhibiting:

"The Golden Fish" by Alexandros Arabatzoglou

This stunning Golden Fish sculpture is hand carved from stone and built into a bronze frame. The techniques Alexandros uses to create his sculptures are unique only to him, which makes his work all the more special.

Alexandros comes from an art family and right from being a child, he was involved in the art of jewellery making through his father. He was designing and creating unique pieces and he was selected as one of the finest modern Greek artists by the BBC. Soon he discovered his passion for harder materials, and he started to work with bronze and different kinds of stones, clay and glass. After many years of work, he has managed to match these materials together, and create his own style in modern art. All his pieces are unique (editions of one). He has taken part in many exhibitions all around the world and many of his sculptures are in private collections.

"Horse's Head" by Whittle Design

This intricately designed steel horse head is created using individually cut and shaped steel panels.

Husband and wife team Kerry and Natalie Whittle work form a small workshop in the countryside near Plymouth.

They currently create a wide range of objects including sculpture, mirrors, wall panels, clocks and bowls from distressed steel combined with bronze. Particular interests are the creation of colours, textures and forms in metals by developing unique heating and forming techniques which are only possible through hand made production.

"Boy and Dog" by David Keenan

Working as a glass artist in Cheshire, David has also spent 8 years working on a glass artwork project in the West Indies, during which time, he developed the style of contemporary art glass that has dominated his work. David has built up a strong reputation for his glass sculpture and has in the past been commissioned to design several sculptures that have been gifted to royalty, including Her Majesty the Queen.

"Nine Walking Figures" by Frank Wilson

The nine figures are all created individually by building layers of molten steel, then each figure is welded together either by their hand or by their foot, making one singular sculpture.

Whilst in medical practice, Frank Wilson developed an interest in metal, which sprang from his work in orthopaedic surgery where very special, sophisticated steels are used to perform life-enhancing operations.

As a contrast to such high performance materials, Frank developed the use of any steel he could lay his hands on which was weldable electrically. Frank's work grew in quality and variety over many years and now his main interest is creating minimalist human relating pairs or larger groups of figures. Each piece is individually made so there are never two exactly alike. He has been making steel sculptures for over thirty years since he was a doctor in Yorkshire.