Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Exhibition Friday 14th

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This is one show preview that you genuinely do not want to miss out. On Friday 14th of September, 6-8pm, our Marc ChagalPreview Weekend begins. Please come along and see these wonderful, whimsical prints by this iconic 20th Century artist and enjoy a complimentary glass of wine as you look around. The Preview Weekend continues on Saturday (10-5) and Sunday (11-4). Luscious originals from Scottish artist Dylan Lisle complement the mystical Chagalls, alongside Durham artist Alastair Lovett’s gritty seascapes featuring the North Eastern coastline.

And a reminder that Balman Gallery is opening Balman Gallery@Discovery Museum in Blandford Square, Newcastle, in October, presenting renowned 'Northern Artists'. Top ‘North East Artists’ make up the first show, including Mary Ann Rogers, John Coatsworth, Sue MoffittGavin Penn, Alan Reed, Jim EdwardsNatalie Bell and Alastair Lovett.

Image features Marc Chagall's 'Solomon', 35 x 26 cm, Lithograph, £950
'Art seems to me to be a state of soul more than anything else,' Marc Chagallbelieved, and that is clear from looking at his work. This is a fantastic opportunity to view and buy Chagall’s prints: prices start at a few hundred pounds. This superb range of Chagall's lithographs and etchings includes works from the ‘Bible’, ‘Paris’ and ‘Jerusalem’ series. Marc Chagall’s best-known works include a window for New York’s United Nations building and murals for its Metropolitan Opera House. The Louvre, Paris, exhibited Chagall in 1977. He particularly loved lithography as an art form: 'Whenever I bent over the lithography was as though I was touching a talisman. It seemed as though I could pour all my sadness and joys into it'. The exhibition features many stunning lithographs, such as the 'Solomon' lithograph above from the Bible series. Marc Chagall’s work has been increasingly collectable since his death in 1985.

Marc Chagall 'Homage to Julien Cain' Lithograph £350
Dylan Lisle's dreamy figures complement the mystical Chagalls perfectly. There is a suprising amount of overlap in the subjects favoured by the two artists and this range of Dylan's new paintings feature angel figures, nudes and women holding birds.

Dylan Lisle studied Fine Art at Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen. He admires Dutch artists, Vermeer and Rembrandt. Dylan's figures share the light, creamy beauty of Vermeer’s, yet his use of colour is stunning, like Chagall's. The striking poses give a 21st Century edge to Dylan's work. Dylan Lisle has been widely exhibited in London, Edinburgh and New York.  This popular, romantic artist rightly prides himself on both skill and technique.This is how he describes his work: ‘My work begins with the observation of light and shadow on the model. An admiration of figurative art from the 14th and 15th centuries leads me to favour dramatic chiaroscuro lighting and the inclusion of areas of drapery. This choice of lighting lends itself particularly well to dark and moody paintings’.

Dylan Lisle 'Mouse' Oil on Canvas £2500

Alastair Lovett’s work forms a vital part of the September show. Alastair’s atmospheric oils capture the colour and light of our North Eastern landscape perfectly, making him very popular with collectors.The industrial past of the North Eastern region fascinates Alastair and frequently figures in his original oil paintings. These oils capture the details and atmosphere of the post industrial North East landscape, with its cold, washed grey skies and sandy beaches. Sea coaling, pigeon coops and fishing boats feature in these distinctively North Eastern oils. Highly skilled, Alastair's background includes both wood engravinng and print making.

Alastair is planning to make it to the Preview Weekend, so come along to the gallery on the weekend of the 14th September to see his work, and Dylan's, and the fabulous Marc Chagall prints!

Alastair Lovett, 'Sea Coaling at North Gare', 104 cm x 74 cm, Framed, Oil on Canvas, £1250
Jim Edwards, 'Night Tyne Bridges', £265, Limited Edition Print of 145, 65 cm x 60 cm
Natalie Bell, 'Two Jugs', £295, 23 cm x 24 cm, Acrylic on Board
'Augusta' Sue Moffitt, Oil on Linen, £1870, 80cm x 80cm
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