The Cricket Snippet | Contemporary Art Blog UK

Welcome to the Cricket Snippet contemporary art blog where we discuss the latest developments at both galleries and offer exclusive interviews and insights into our artists. 

  • by Leslie Pratt
  • by Leslie Pratt
  • by Leslie Pratt
    Kate Boxer, James Baldwin, drypoint, carborundum and hand-coloured, 79.4 x 68.6 cms
    Kate Boxer, James Baldwin, drypoint, carborundum and hand-coloured, 79.4 x 68.6 cms
  • by Leslie Pratt
    Frank Phelan, Nomadic Blue, oil on canvas, 50.5 x 119 cms
    Frank Phelan, Nomadic Blue, oil on canvas, 50.5 x 119 cms
  • by Leslie Pratt
    Merlin Bateman-Paris, Tiger II, charcoal and chalk on paper, 157 x 101 cms
    Merlin Bateman-Paris, Tiger II, charcoal and chalk on paper, 157 x 101 cms
  • by Leslie Pratt
    Hugo Grenville, Arise My Darling, My Perfect One, oil on canvas, 137.2 x 177.8 cms
    Hugo Grenville, Arise My Darling, My Perfect One, oil on canvas, 137.2 x 177.8 cms
  • by Leslie Pratt
    Dione Verulam, In Tune with Malevich, collage, 122 x 99 cms
    Dione Verulam, In Tune with Malevich, collage, 122 x 99 cms
  • by Leslie Pratt
    William Spring, Snow Leopard, watercolour on paper, 41 x 30 cms
    William Spring, Snow Leopard, watercolour on paper, 41 x 30 cms
  • by Leslie Pratt
    Marlene Dietrich, acrylic ink on canvas, 120.5 x 90.5 cms
    Marlene Dietrich, acrylic ink on canvas, 120.5 x 90.5 cms
  • by Leslie Pratt
    Lavender Blue, oil on canvas, 76.2 x 101.6 cms
    Lavender Blue, oil on canvas, 76.2 x 101.6 cms
  • by Leslie Pratt
    Pink Frenzy, oil on canvas, 101.6 x 76.2 cms
    Pink Frenzy, oil on canvas, 101.6 x 76.2 cms
  • by Leslie Pratt
    Crossing to Red, mixed media on canvas, 102 x 76 cms
    Crossing to Red, mixed media on canvas, 102 x 76 cms
  • by Leslie Pratt
    Breakfast Time, oil on canvas, 66 x 76.2
    Breakfast Time, oil on canvas, 66 x 76.2
  • by Leslie Pratt
    California Mood, mixed media on canvas, 100 x 100 cms
    California Mood, mixed media on canvas, 100 x 100 cms
  • by Leslie Pratt
    Amazing Day Out!, oil on canvas, 120 x 150 cms
    Amazing Day Out!, oil on canvas, 120 x 150 cms
  • by Leslie Pratt
    Jade Ribbon, mixed media on canvas, 40 x 50.5 cms
    Jade Ribbon, mixed media on canvas, 40 x 50.5 cms
  • by Leslie Pratt
    Frost across the Vale, oil on canvas, 76 x 106 cms
    Frost across the Vale, oil on canvas, 76 x 106 cms

     

     

     

  • by Leslie Pratt
    Badger, watercolour on Arches 640gsm paper, 75 x 105 cms
    Badger, watercolour on Arches 640gsm paper, 75 x 105 cms
  • by Leslie Pratt
    Eagle Owl Flying, watercolour on Arches 640gsm paper, 155 x 105 cms
    Eagle Owl Flying, watercolour on Arches 640gsm paper, 155 x 105 cms
  • by Leslie Pratt
    Karl Mårtens, Great Grey Owl, watercolour on Arches paper 640gsm paper, 105 x 75 cms
    Karl Mårtens, Great Grey Owl, watercolour on Arches paper 640gsm paper, 105 x 75 cms
  • by Leslie Pratt
    Dione Verulam, Wotan and Brunnhilde's Rock, collage, 120 x 87 cms
    Dione Verulam, Wotan and Brunnhilde's Rock, collage, 120 x 87 cms
  • by Leslie Pratt
    Hills and Bales , oil on canvas, 111.8 x 142.2 cms, £8,600
    Hills and Bales , oil on canvas, 111.8 x 142.2 cms, £8,600
  • by Leslie Pratt
    Richard Colson, Arundel Castle, oil on canvas, £6,500
    Richard Colson, Arundel Castle, oil on canvas, £6,500
  • by Leslie Pratt
    Pretty on Pink, oil on canvas, 80 x 80 cms
    Pretty on Pink, oil on canvas, 80 x 80 cms
  • by Leslie Pratt
    Kate Boxer, Heraclitus, drypoint, 57 x 51 cms
    Kate Boxer, Heraclitus, drypoint, 57 x 51 cms
  • by Leslie Pratt
    Lion, charcoal on paper, 107 x 104 cms
    Lion, charcoal on paper, 107 x 104 cms
  • by Leslie Pratt
    Umbrella Trees, Tuscany, oil on board, 76 x 102 cms
    Umbrella Trees, Tuscany, oil on board, 76 x 102 cms
  • by Leslie Pratt
    Two Rajasthani Men with Camels, pastel on paper, 46.5 x 59 cms
    Two Rajasthani Men with Camels, pastel on paper, 46.5 x 59 cms

    MARK CLARK
    RECENT WORKS

     

    Until Saturday 3rd July

     

    Two Rajasthani Men with Camels
    Pastel on paper
    46.5 x 59 cms
    £2,650

     

    Rajasthani Man Seated on Checked Floor
    Oil on board 
    41 x 61 cms
    £3,400

     

    Shepherd, Sheep and Sunset
    Pastel on paper 
    49 x 58 cms
    £2,800

     

    Rajasthani Man with Checked Shawl

    Charcoal on paper 
    40 x 28 cms
    £1,550

  • by Leslie Pratt
    KATE BOXER | ILLUSTRATIONS FOR A NEW BOOK BY ADAM NICOLSON
  • by Leslie Pratt
    Rajasthani Man with Yellow Turban, oil on paper, 32 x 24 cms
    Rajasthani Man with Yellow Turban, oil on paper, 32 x 24 cms
  • by Leslie Pratt
    Late Summer Hill, oil on board, 38 x 76 cms
    Late Summer Hill, oil on board, 38 x 76 cms
  • by Leslie Pratt
    Thinking of Summer, oil on board, 81 x 91 cms
    Thinking of Summer, oil on board, 81 x 91 cms
  • by Leslie Pratt
    Butterfly Catcher, acrylic on canvas, 61 x 122 cms
    Butterfly Catcher, acrylic on canvas, 61 x 122 cms
  • by Leslie Pratt
    Mediterranean Landscape, Orange Hill, oil on board, 76 x 63 cms
    Mediterranean Landscape, Orange Hill, oil on board, 76 x 63 cms
  • by Leslie Pratt
    Bunched, oil on canvas, 76 x 61 cms
    Bunched, oil on canvas, 76 x 61 cms

    Newsletter - 26th April 2021

     

    The cherry blossom season in Japan is known as hanami or literally ‘flower viewing’. Home to thousands of cherry trees there are traditional blossom-watching parties everywhere. However this year, in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus, hanami have been banned in some areas. Tokyo's governor compared this ban to 'taking hugs away from the Italians'. Our love for flowers never wanes and this year’s blossom has been exceptional.

    Next week sees the start of Lucy Dickens' solo show, The Way I See It. We hope you will come along to the London gallery to see the fruits of Lucy's labours – the blossom may still be out too.

    My best wishes to you all, Leslie

     

    Kate Rhodes
    Bunched
    Oil on canvas
    76 x 61 cms
    £2,500

     

     

    Jasper Galloway

    Study of an Orchid
    Mixed media on wood
    50.8 x 50.8 cms
    £3,250

     

     

     Hugo Grenville

    Late Winter
    Oil on canvas
    106.7 x 81.3 cms
    £12,500

     

     

    Annabel Fairfax

    Flowers, Pots and Pears
    Oil on board
    59 x 59 cms
    £2,100

  • by Leslie Pratt
    Apollo's Door, mixed media on board, 36 x 41 cms
    Apollo's Door, mixed media on board, 36 x 41 cms
  • by Leslie Pratt
    Summer Rain, mixed media on board, 40.6 x 129.5 cms
    Summer Rain, mixed media on board, 40.6 x 129.5 cms
  • by Leslie Pratt
    Swimming in the View, acrylic on canvas, 70 x 70 cms
    Swimming in the View, acrylic on canvas, 70 x 70 cms
  • by Leslie Pratt
    Lucy Dickens, Ladies Day, Ascot
    Lucy Dickens, Ladies Day, Ascot
  • by Leslie Pratt
    Towards the Small Isles, Skye, oil on canvas, 110 x 150 cms
    Towards the Small Isles, Skye, oil on canvas, 110 x 150 cms
  • by Leslie Pratt
    House in Oxfordshire
    House in Oxfordshire
  • by Leslie Pratt
    Gorilla Standing, welded metal, 43 x 44 x 22 cms
    Gorilla Standing, welded metal, 43 x 44 x 22 cms
  • by Leslie Pratt
    Bianca Smith, Standing Amber Muse, gouache on board in gold gilt, 122 x 61 cms £8,700
    Bianca Smith, Standing Amber Muse, gouache on board in gold gilt, 122 x 61 cms £8,700
  • by Leslie Pratt
    Newsletter - 8th February 2021
  • by Leslie Pratt
    Celia Montague, After the Harvest II, oil on canvas, 40 x 50 cms
    Celia Montague, After the Harvest II, oil on canvas, 40 x 50 cms
  • Reading in the Woods, collage, 117 x 84 cms
    Reading in the Woods, collage, 117 x 84 cms
  • Janis Joplin, acrylic ink on canvas, 120 x 90 cms
    Janis Joplin, acrylic ink on canvas, 120 x 90 cms
  • Aground, mixed media, 60 x 60 cms
    Aground, mixed media, 60 x 60 cms
  • Untitled, 2007, oil on canvas, 102 x 122 cms
    Untitled, 2007, oil on canvas, 102 x 122 cms
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  • Fisherwomen of Zanzibar, oil on canvas, 42 x 60 cms
    Fisherwomen of Zanzibar, oil on canvas, 42 x 60 cms
  • Blue on Terracotta, mixed media on panel, 30 x 30 cms
    Blue on Terracotta, mixed media on panel, 30 x 30 cms
  • Teatime, oil on canvas, 40 x 50 cms
    Teatime, oil on canvas, 40 x 50 cms
  • Lavender Fields, mixed media on linen, 100 x 120 cms
    Lavender Fields, mixed media on linen, 100 x 120 cms
  • Long-eared Owl, watercolour on Arches watercolour paper, 106 x 75 cms
    Long-eared Owl, watercolour on Arches watercolour paper, 106 x 75 cms
  • St Paul de Mausole, oil on canvas, 50 x 61 cms
    St Paul de Mausole, oil on canvas, 50 x 61 cms
  • Red is Fontana's Colour, collage, 40.6 x 30.5 cms
    Red is Fontana's Colour, collage, 40.6 x 30.5 cms
  • It's a Long Way to the Top, oil and mixed media on canvas, 80 x 80 cms
    It's a Long Way to the Top, oil and mixed media on canvas, 80 x 80 cms
  • Aretha Franklin, acrylic ink on canvas, 119 x 90 cms
    Aretha Franklin, acrylic ink on canvas, 119 x 90 cms
  • Blue Field, oil on board, 38 x 51 cms
    Blue Field, oil on board, 38 x 51 cms
  • by Leslie Pratt

    The summer is upon us and, with this in mind, we have selected a variety of paintings including some English and European seascapes, a Scottish landscape, a view of Venice and a Keralan beach.  We very much hope to see you in either the London or Hungerford gallery during the summer and (if you’re not basking on a beach somewhere) we will be open throughout August.

     

     

     

     

     

  • In conversation with Paul Wadsworth

    Ahead of his forthcoming show we spoke with Paul
    by Leslie Pratt

    Welcome back to the Cricket Snippet, Cricket Fine Art Gallery's blog where we bring you the exclusive insights into out art galleries. In today's blog post we celebrate artist Paul Wadsworth whose solo show 'Songs of the Sea' starts this Tuesday 5th June and runs until Saturday 16th June.

  • Chelsea is Blooming Marvellous

    We celebrate the Chelsea Flower Show with Five Floral Works
    by Leslie Pratt

    Welcome back to the Cricket Snippet where we cover the latest developments from our Chelsea and Hungerford art galleries. As you may well know, this week (Tuesday the 22nd of May) saw the start of the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show 21018 held in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea just a brisk walk away from our Park Walk gallery.

  • Design Inspiration from our friends at Mildred Jones Fine Jewellery

    Susie Jones lead designer of Mildred Jones Fine Jewellery discusses the inspiration behind her work
    by Leslie Pratt
    Design Inspiration from our friends at Mildred Jones Fine Jewellery

    As a fine art gallery we are always interested in learning about what inspires people to create. Having recently come across the Celebration Pendant, which is sold by Mildred Jones Fine Jewellery, we were keen to speak to Susie Jones, the designer, about the aesthetic inspiration behind her work.

  • Artist Tom Hiscock's latest project

    Tom talks us through his inspiration for an exciting new piece
    by Leslie Pratt
    Welcome back to the Cricket Snippet, the official art blog of Cricket Fine Art London and Hungerford. In today’s blog post we shine the Cricket Fine Art spotlight on one of our newest artists Tom Hiscocks and his exciting works and projects.
  • Frank Phelan in History Today

    Phelan's Antarctica features in this fascinating article
    by Leslie Pratt
    Welcome back to the Cricket Snippet where we showcase the very best of our modern fine artists at our London fine art gallery and Hungerford gallery. In today’s entry we turn our attention to one of our most popular artists Frank Phelan who was recently featured in the esteemed magazine ‘History Today’.

     

    History Today is one of the world’s leading publications that covers historical events across print, its own dedicated app and online.

     

  • 5 Paintings to herald in Spring

    After a cold winter Spring is nearly here

    Welcome back to the Cricket Snippet, the official contemporary art blog of Cricket Fine Art. In today's entry we look forward to the joys of Spring and choose five works of art by our modern fine artists to celebrate the new season. 

  • Lottie Cole Social Media Takeover

    Lottie let's us into her world
    by Leslie Pratt

    Welcome back to the Cricket Snippet. The official blog of Cricket Fine Art London and Hungerford where we showcase the very latest on our artists and their work. In today's entry we continue with our artists social media takeover. Last week saw the fabulous Lottie Cole in command of our Instagram and Facebook accounts. We have rounded up Lottie's images and words in case you missed them.

  • Dione Verulam's Social Media Takeover

    Dione takes control of our social media

    Welcome back to the Cricket Snippet our contemporary art blog where we showcase the latest goings-on at our Chelsea and Hungerford art galleries. In today's entry we are delighted to recap on an exciting event that you may have seen on our social media channels; artist Dione Verulam taking over our Instagram and Facebook accounts. 

  • Our Top 5 Instagram Accounts for March

    Find our who we follow and who to follow for March
    by Leslie Pratt
    Welcome back to the Cricket Snippet, the official blog by Cricket Fine Art, where we showcase all of the latest goings on at our Chelsea and Hungerford art galleries. In today’s blog post we delve into the digital world and recommend our top five Instagram accounts to follow for March.
  • by Leslie Pratt

    Welcome back to the Cricket Snippet where we showcase our artists and the latest goings on in our Hungerford and Chelsea art galleries. In this week’s entry we hop across the river to Battersea, in particular to Battersea Evolution for the Affordable Art Fair 2018.

     

    Taking place from the 8th to the 11th of March, the Affordable Art Fair 2018 showcases the very best in affordable, contemporary artists. During the three day event visitors (and exhibitors of course) can enjoy a host of workshops, talks and tours as well as seeing the very best in affordable art.

     

    Part of a global series of events that take place across the world, the Affordable Art Fair is the U.K’s premier event for art lovers who want to find a beautiful piece of art for their home or spaces. Bringing together hundreds of galleries, both U.K and international, as well as thousands of individual artists the three day event is expected to attract over 10,000 visitors during this action packed event.

     

  • In Conversation with Maurizio Pellizzoni

    Artwork in Interior Design
    by Leslie Pratt

    Interior designer Maurizio Pellizzoni has design in his DNA. Last year, he was highly acclaimed as the guest interior designer at Masterpiece, the leading international art fair and his expertise of art in the world of interior design is unsurpassed. Since founding his consultancy in the Chelsea Design Quarter in 2007, he has applied his Italian appreciation of style and design to a range of residential and commercial projects, where art has played an integral part in his completed projects.

  • If you are feeling depressed by the endless rain and grey skies of our English winter then come and enjoy some thought-provoking and beautiful new paintings by Felice Hodges.

     

    Blonde in Motion, Mixed Media on Canvas 151 x 151 cm

     

    Felice was born in New York. Her mother was a concert pianist and her father a scientist who was particularly interested in art. Every weekend Felice and her sisters were taken uptown, and downtown, to NewYork’s great modern galleries.

     

    Felice's father, meanwhile, started to collect art in a big way, making small down-payments each month at the Downtown Gallery in Greenwich Village which was run by Edith Halpert, who also had a certain Mrs Rockefeller among her clients. 

     

    At the age of six Felice was already smitten by art and, in particular, by the early American Modernist painter Stuart Davis, who was well known for his jazz-influenced, proto-pop art paintings of the 1940s and 1950s which were bold, brash and colourful. What Felice was struck by was his wonderful use of colour and at this young age she acquired her first box of paints and never looked back.

     

    At home Felice's mother owned three Steinway grand pianos and encouraged her daughters to study the instrument. When the family moved to London in 1967 Felice duly got a scholarship to the Royal College of Music. But she also continued her art studies and when she returned to New York in 1973 she went to Cornell University and studied piano and art.

     

    After three years on her own in New York she returned to London and worked as a journalist for the Antique Collector Magazine for eight years. When she left, she wrote several books on glass, design, womens’ handicrafts and fashion.

     

    Then Felice took up sculpture and painting in a serious way from the mid-1980s. She worked with a group of sculptors in Islington and based herself in a studio in Richmond. There she began her large abstract paintings that first featured in a solo show at the Orleans House Gallery in Richmond in 2000.

     

    Felice's paintings are all about colour and abstract shapes and lines which are there for the viewer to engage and emotionally connect with. Robert Upstone, former Head of Modern British Art at Tate Britain, wrote recently of her "subtle, ravishing harmonies of colour which create highly original and unexpected chromatic combinations which are also intensely beautiful."

     

    Before starting on a new canvas Felice always begins with the colour. She has numerous pots of paints, inks and charcoals to choose from and to see what inspires her before she picks up a paintbrush.

     

     Just some of the paints in Felice's Studio

     

    She starts with one colour which she uses as her base to get rid of the starkness of a bare canvas. This colour usually remains the dominant one of the painting. If Felice has mixed it with other colours to create the tone she wants, she has to ensure she has enough to use through the process of layering and building up her work. Darker or lighter shades may also go over that and are sometimes sprayed off in areas with water to create movement and differing light and shade within the paint. Felice uses acrylic paints which, unlike oil, dry quickly enabling her to build and break down intensities in her paintings quite quickly.

     

    In her most recent work Felice has used collage as a key element. She uses paper scraps which she paints and then marks and cuts into shapes, often months in advance, before selecting one or two for her paintings. The collage adds a further dimension and interest to the canvas. Felice likes the movement that she can create, rather than only using paint which would have a completely flat surface. She is constantly striving and experimenting to create subtle colour combinations which she edits and adds to until the work completely makes sense to her. The result is something which becomes an enriching experience for the viewer.

     

     Spring , Handmade paper, mixed media with collage, 76 x 57 cm

     

    Violet Comes to Tea, Mixed Media on Canvas 100 x 100 cm

     

     Ultramarine and Slate No 1, Mixed Media on Canvas 100x100 cm

     

    Ultramarine and Slate No 2, Mixed Media on Canvas 100 x 100 cm

     

    Citrine, Mixed Media on Canvas 100 x 100 cm

     

    What is important to Felice is that she feels that, as she grows older, her style is maturing and developing and she is achieving a process of refinement that she is completely content with. But at the same time she never stops striving for something unique and captivating.

     

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    Creating a more beautiful world in which to live in might seem a tall order, but in reality that is what design is all about.  Providing a sense of style and order to the chaos of daily lives.    The way we live and the surroundings we choose to live amongst says so much about who we are.  It demonstrates how we care for ourselves and others and, more importantly, dictates how we travel through life.

    At Hugh Leslie Ltd I’m in the enviable position to have a constant flow of exciting and interesting projects happening at any given moment.  Our projects range from townhouses in New York,  an estate in Hampshire, London houses, a flat in Edinburgh, apartments in Portugal and Spain as well as here in London and a few chalets in the Swiss Alps.    Often I’ll end up doing multiple projects for a single client.  People with multiple homes quite like the ease and flow of interiors that share a similar sensibility although sometimes a client might want interiors of varying contrast and styles.  That is how I like to work.   I don’t like the idea of a Hugh Leslie style.    Interiors need to reflect the people living there rather than the designer.   My job is to understand the client’s wants and desires and then guide them in order to create it.

    In creating a bespoke look I will often design furniture and joinery and have it made specifically for the project and we are lucky to have a host of talented joiners, furniture makers and polishers etc.  able to make this possible and this, combined with a combination of design and decorative schemes, provides the basis to crafting interiors that people want to be part of and live in.

    The finishing touches to a home or living space is a combination of objects and art that become the focal point of any room and allows, perhaps more than anything else,  a true expression of the individual.   Being very fond of pictures myself I put great emphasis on helping and advising in the purchase and collecting of art.  Cricket Fine Art is one of the galleries that I find invaluable.   I know that when I bring clients in that they will be guided by expert hands and treated with the utmost respect.  Their wide selection and knowledge of different periods and types of art makes Cricket Fine Art a pleasure to do business with. 

     

    Hugh Leslie Design

    29 Thurloe Street

    London SW7 2LQ

  • A Welcome Visit from a Vlogger

    Anne-Claire Fleer shares her experience visiting Cricket Fine Art Chelsea

    My name is Anne-Claire Fleer and I am a Dutch abstract painter based in East London.

     

    I am an energetic, enthusiastic, open and dedicated human being, who grew up in an entrepreneurial family in a small city in the South of the Netherlands. Last year I left behind the corporate world to become a full time creative, which has been the best decision in my life so far.

  • by Leslie Pratt

     

     

     

     

  • If you haven't already done your Christmas shopping and want some inspiration why not come and see our Christmas Exhibition. We have included paintings and sculptures of all shapes and sizes and our prices start from as low as £100.

     

    We are open until 23rd December in both London and Hungerford for the last minute shoppers amongst you and we are always delighted to help with ideas and make suggestions.

     

     

    Rosemary Cook
    Horatio
    Limited Edition
    Bronze
    13 x 13 x 7 in
    £2,500
    Don't miss out on buying a Rosemary Cook dog sculpture. She will not be doing any more casting as she is gradually winding down and looking forward to a peaceful retirement. Rosemary's work is in private collections in Europe, The Antipodes and America. Public work includes 'Boy Reading' for The Early Learning Centre, 'Looking Out to Sea' and 'Down Stream' for The Nelson Hotel, Norwich. 'Every Dog' in the entrance to Battersea Dog's Home, 'Charlie and Ball' for the American animal charity, S.P.C.A, New York State and 'Ben and Bodger' for the Kennel Club.

     

     

    Sarah Bowman
    Blustery Day
    Signed
    Oil on board
    22 1/2 x 31 1/2 in
    57 x 80 cms
    £2,600
    Sarah Bowman has recently joined our stable of artists. Her work is much sought after and she has gained widespread recognition, including showing at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and gaining the Mary Fedden award at the Royal West of England Academy. Having studied at Falmouth Art College, she has in the past been firmly linked to the St Ives School.

     

     

    David Pearce
    Towan Farm (Hungerford Gallery)
    Signed
    Mixed Media on Canvas
    24 1/8 x 29 7/8 in
    61 x 76 cms
    £4,000

    David Pearce was born in 1963 and has lived in Cornwall since the age of three. He is a self-taught artist whose work has been exhibited internationally since 1998. He had great success at New York's hippest Art Fair the "Outsider" represented by Marion Harris Fine Art, Park Avenue, New York and recently "Accidental Genius" Milwaukee Art Museum. His work is frequently shown at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.

     

     

    Jo Vollers
    St. Ives
    Signed
    Oil on board
    20 1/8 x 15 in
    51 x 38 cms
    £595
    Jo Vollers is another new artist to join us. Jo has lived in East Devon for over 30 years.  She spent her early years in Australia and is aware that this is where her love of colour and light originates. Her father was an exceptionally talented watercolourist who exhibited both in Australia and in the UK.  She grew up in a musical and artistic family but only came to painting in her 50s.  She has exhibited in Devon, Hampshire and London and is an Associate of the South West Academy.  She paints in oil and acrylic.  
     
     

    Malcolm Taylor
    Whirlygig
    Signed
    Mixed Media
    9 7/8 x 9 7/8 in
    25 x 25 cms
    £850
    Malcolm Taylor has been exhibiting at Cricket Fine Art for many years and has had several solo shows with us. He is a great favourite amongst our clients. Malcolm draws his inspiration from a number of sources but mainly from his travels around the United Kingdom and in particular St. Ives. Many of his paintings are a reflection on landscape and he pushes simplification to abstraction.
     

    Malcolm Taylor
    The Conference of Pears
    Signed
    Mixed Media
    9 1/8 x 6 3/4 in
    23 x 17 cms
    £650
     
     

    Adam Roud
    No 63
    Signed Limited Edition of 12
    Bronze
    9 x 12 x 6 in
    22.9 x 30.5 x 15.2 cms
    £4,300

    Born in Hampshire in 1971 Adam returned to live and work there after graduating from university where he studied Fine Art. Initially he worked at the Morris Singer Foundry where the major figures of the last century have had their sculpture cast. Here he learnt the process of lost wax and sand casting. Since 2000 with a studio and workshop on Lord Portsmouth's estate, Adam has developed his work with large and small commissions, figure studies, portraits and abstract pieces. His most recent piece of work is a life size sculpture of Jane Austen.

     

    Jane Austen in the studio

     

     

     

     

  • Cricket Fine Art, London

    Julia Cassels’ Solo Show

    ‘Safari’

    7 – 18th November, 2017

     

     

    If you have been on a safari, or Africa is close to your heart, you will love Julia Cassels’ paintings in our new solo show of her latest work.

     

    ‘Safari’ has already proved very popular and more and more of our clients are now proud owners of one of Julia’s superb animal and figure drawings or oils.

     

     

    Across the Plains

     

     

    Julia seized the opportunity to work with the Maasai in the heart of Kenya's Rift Valley in her early 20's. There she found the wondrous rhythms, shapes, and colours captivating, forming a lasting impression, and sparking a life-long love for Africa and its wildlife.

     

     

    Flamingo Dusk - £2750

     

     

    She lived in Zambia with her husband for several years before moving north to Tanzania.       

     

    Although they now live in England Julia returns to Africa on a regular basis. Whether it is a hippo drinking from a lake, zebras at full gallop, walking ostrich or feeding flamingos, the energy, beauty and vulnerability of African wildlife leaps from the frame.

     

     

    Minah, Just Hanging

     

     

    Although specialising in watercolour, Julia enjoys the basics of draughtsmanship and brevity of line to gain a natural spontaneous fluidity. She will often introduce inks, graphite or charcoal for emphasis. While her distinctive style displays a remarkable understanding of colour and rhythm in her subjects, and a true knowledge of the bush.

     

     

    Papa - £1650

     

     

     

     

  • Cricket Fine Art, London, are delighted to be holding a solo show by Julia Cassels which is kindly sponsored by Aardvark Safaris.

     

    The Exhibition 'Safari' runs from 7th - 18th November 2017 at 2, Park Walk, London SW10 OAD.

    Julia Cassels, Cheetah Siesta, Indian Ink and Watercolour 49 x 70 cm, £1,650

     

    Introducing Aardvark Safaris 

     

    The team at Aardvark Safaris has been planning tailor made safaris to Southern and East Africa, and the Indian Ocean Islands, for over 17 years. With some of the most knowledgeable safari experts in the business we have at our fingertips all the best-kept safari secrets. We can arrange family and riding safaris, Kilimanjaro climbs, gorilla tracking safaris, mobile and walking safaris, beach holidays, honeymoons and more.

     

    We travel every few months to see new properties and to re-visit old favourites – it’s only by actually seeing what is out there that we can be sure we are offering the best advice.   We’re passionate about creating tailor made safaris that will introduce you to the Africa we know and love.

     

    Where possible, we select small, owner run camps and lodges so you can experience the bush away from the crowds. Your trip can be made (or broken) by your guide so we use camps that employ the most experienced, personable guides, with unrivalled local knowledge.

     

    Among the 18 countries in which we plan safari holidays are Kenya and Tanzania, which epitomise everything that is Africa with diverse landscapes and fabulous wildlife.  Elsewhere, Botswana is quite simply one of Africa’s finest all-round safari destinations, while Zambia gives a taste of the real Africa and a feel for genuine adventure and exploration.  Then there is South Africa with spectacular, game-filled national parks and reserves, tropical white-sand beaches, sophisticated cities.  More information on these countries and all our other destinations can be found here.

      

    The national parks and game reserves are full of wildlife including the Big 5 of elephant, rhino, lion, leopard and buffalo; alongside which are plentiful plains game like zebra, giraffe and wildebeest.  Many areas boast prolific birdlife and all offer superb photographic opportunities.

     

    Having admired Julia’s work for many years (Charlotte, who looks after Aardvark Safaris’ marketing, and Julia were at college together back in the 1980s!) we are delighted to be sponsoring her ‘Safari’ exhibition.  We share a similar love for Africa’s landscapes, wildlife and people. 

     

    Like Julia, we are committed to protecting wildlife for the future and conservation is a huge focus for us as well as the camps and lodges we work with; a proportion of the income generated by tourism gong towards the running of reserves, wildlife areas and specific conservation initiatives.

     

    If you’d like to chat about any safari ideas you have, no matter how early in the planning process you might be, do give us a call. Nothing beats the friendly, personal and professional advice offered by our experienced consultants.  With Africa as our sole destination, we are real experts in our field and able to offer unrivalled advice on safari holidays.

     

    We look forward to meeting you at the private view on 7th November. 

     

  • Clare Granger standing infront of her painting 'Reflections'

     

    Clare Granger's exhibition opened last night and it was wonderful to see lots of young people attending the private view.

     

    So many people love India and Clare Granger is no exception. After travelling in Rajasthan and Kerala she was captivated by the colours, atmospheres and smells. She found the experience totally overwhelming.

     

    On her first day on her recent trip, Clare found a beautiful book in Delhi, with handmade paper. This became her painter's diary and everywhere she went she sketched using watercolours, pens and pencils. It was this that became the inspiration for her exhibition 'Glimpses of India'.

     

    Clare has captured the everyday life of the Rajasthanis with such atmosphere, that even for those that have never travelled to India, it is possible to imagine exactly what it would be like.

     

    Kerala has a totally different atmosphere to Rajasthan and the backwaters are what inspired Clare and her beautiful painting 'Reflections' encapsulates this.

     

    As an artist Clare found that around every corner there was something or someone that she wanted to depict on canvas.

    The quote by Arundhati Roy "And the Air was full of Thoughts and Things to Say" completely summed it up for her.

     

    The cacophony of sounds, sights and smells was such a stimulating experience that Clare cannot wait to return to India and in particular to Rajasthan.

     

    She has painted all her life. Her mother is a painter and it was she that inspired Clare to paint and it created a wonderful bond between them.

     

    Clare read law at Cambridge but during that time she took the opportunity to sell her drawings from a little stall that she set up on King's Parade during the tourist season. This was the first time that she started to sell her work and from there she went from strength to strength but not before practising as a solicitor in York. However, it was not long before Clare realised her urge to paint was far greater and she gave up the law and took up her brushes full time instead.

     

    Clare has had several solo shows in her home county of Yorkshire but this is her first solo show in London with Cricket Fine Art.

     

     Preview evening 24 October 2017

     

     Washing in the Backwaters, Oil on Canvas, 70 x 70 cm £2,450

     

     Checking the Nets, Oil on Canvas, 70 x 70 cm £2,450

     

    Room for Two, Oil on Canvas, 70 x 60 cm £2,200

     

    To the Well, Oil on Canvas, 60 x 50 cm, £1,950

     

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