We have work from local artists for sale together with a large selection of many others in the shop. Below is a selection of what we have on offer.
Iain Mackay is known for his paintings of Derbyshire buildings and landscapes. These are painted in a traditional pure watercolour technique in an unlaboured style.
Iain was born in the Pennine village of Downham in the Lancashire Dales. He studied architecture at the Brighton College of Art gaining a Diploma with Distinction in Architecture. Following a move upcountry to Derbyshire he pursued a career in architecture
Over the years he has exhibited pictures in numerous galleries, mainly in the Midlands but his pictures do now hang on walls all over the World.
Sarah EA Parkin is known for her watercolour landscapes of the Derbyshire Dales. She tends to paint the ‘less seen’ views of local places around Matlock including Ashover, Rowsley, Chesterfield & Wirksworth.
Looking, in particular, at the way the built, man-made environment with it’s the geometric shapes and structural lines.
sitting within the undulating, organic landscape. She keeps the sense of place, sometimes being more descriptive, yet responds in an expressive, informal manner.
A self-taught artist from the UK, Sarah Stokes finds her inspiration from nature, particularly animals. Living in Wolverhampton with her Bulldogs (Neville and Bear) and a bunch of chickens, Sarah is never short of motivation to paint the livestock, birds of prey and wildlife that surround her.
Her favourite medium is watercolour; she tries to breathe new life into the medium by using wildly vibrant colours and lively brushwork with splatters, splashes and dribbles. She loves that watercolour is unpredictable but can also be manipulated and controlled. Sarah has studied under acclaimed artists, Alyssa Monks (professor at New York Academy of Art) and Louis Smith (BP Portrait Award winner) and has exhibited across the UK with private collectors worldwide.
Brought up on a farm in Berkshire, Jo Grundy fell in love with nature and the English landscape from a young age, and it is easy to see where she finds her inspiration as an artist.
She has always loved art and so trained as a graphic designer, working in this career for 14 years. She later took time out to have her two children, and this is when she was able to develop her painting style.
Now Jo works with a specific brand of paint called Jo Sonja by Chroma that comes in a beautiful range of colours that helps to give her artwork its distinctive colour palette. Jo also loves to add texture to her paintings, letting her paintings evolve organically. She uses a combination of mark making and mixed media such as stitching, paper and beads which breathe an element of fun into her paintings.
Born in June 1964, One of Sams earliest ambitions was among others, was to work in a post office. Luckily for art lovers, after inspired tutelage at Liverpool Community College, Sam decided to give it a go with her pictures
Sam Tofts narrative paintings are quirky, fun and beautifully composed. Her prints feature Sams now infamous characters, "The Mustards “Ernest Hemingway Mustard and his dear lady wife Violet along with their much loved eccentric friends and pets.
Using mixed media, pencil, oil pastels, coloured inks and her own idiomatic techniques, Sam depicts a seaside world of faded ice-cream colours where the breeze is always blowing and life is utterly delicious.
Scott Naismith graduated in 2000 with a BDes in Illustration and printmaking and has been a full-time artist working from his studio in Glasgow ever since. He is also a lecturer at the Creative Arts department of West College Scotland.
With the lochs and glens of the West coast of Scotland as his favourite subject matter, Scott regularly travels around the country looking for inspiration for another landscape painting.
His latest work focuses on transitional skies and the colours that emerge as light breaks through cloud. Energetic brush work combines with vivid colours resulting in fantastically vibrant prints. These skies that change from dark to light are his metaphor for optimism and hope.