To hear an artist explain how they have conceived and produced a piece of art, which has captured my imagination and brought a wide smile to my face, never ceases to amaze me. I always wonder “How can they do that?”

That’s why I’m really looking forward to meeting Aaminah Snowdon –  because her work always makes me smile.  Little Scamp is just one of her brand new releases for 2018 – available to view at the exhibition & online.

Aaminah Snowdon Wildlife artist

Signed limited edition artwork

 

I know Aaminah has a real passion for animals and has done so since she was young. When I interviewed her in 2016, just after we started selling her artwork in The Rose Gallery, she told me that she had been brought up around British wildlife and because of this, with time, she found she was able to see the personalities and traits of each animal. I think it is the spirit of their personality which her artwork captures.  Aaminah continues to donate part of her income as an artist to animal charities – her love for the endangered hedgehogs recently in the news headlines is captured in her paintings.

Aaminah Snowdon Art Prints

Signed limited edition artwork – Prickles

Although completely different in style, Beatrix Potter’s beautiful illustrations of the characters from her ‘little books’ convey the personalities of the animals – not just what they look like. Their personalities still resonate with us today and no doubt when the new film comes out next month, James Cordon will make an excellent job of portraying Peter Rabbit’s personality.  Aaminah cites Beatrix Potter as one of the artist’s that have previously inspired her own work.

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Beatrix Potter – Peter Rabbit illustrations

Could it be that this is the X Factor of art? The ability to portray the essence of a character? Of course, whilst there’s obviously no secret ingredient in the making of a wondrous piece of art, everyone knows it requires a lot of talent and many, many hours of study and hard work.

I’m delighted to announce that Aaminah is coming to The Rose Gallery in Northampton on Saturday 24th March for an exhibition of her work, including some of her recent originals.

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Aaminah Snowdon Art Exhibition – 24th March

 

I would love you to join me and meet this talented artist. If you’d like to come, please email info@therosegallery.co.uk to reserve your free place or book your ticket via Eventbrite 

 

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February marks a month of love in our calendars – the cold short days of winter find some relief in a celebration of human emotion on 14th February.  This day has become synonymous with many symbols of love – many dating back through the centuries.  Here we look at the origins of some of these symbols & their continuing significance today.

Sam Toft Art Print

Signed limited edition print – released Jan 2018

The colour red has for a very long time been associated with love & passion.  Interestingly red is also a symbol for danger and anger, reminding us perhaps how strong our emotions can run when we are in love.  Sam Toft’s latest release, timed to be the perfect gift for Valentine’s Day, reminds us more of a quiet & enduring love rather than the height of passion between Mr Mustard & Violet (not forgetting Doris of course).  A loving embrace and the sentiment ‘I will always love you’ has captured the hearts of many Sam Toft lovers, is it the quiet contentment on Violet’s face that brings us joy?

Love in this day and age can take many different forms – the love we feel for our pets can be such a pure form of love, maybe because their love for us in unconditional.

Doug Hyde Art Print

Signed limited edition art work

Head over Heels is a phrase commonly associated with the early stages of being in love – a time when the world is turned upside down as our views & perceptions can change so rapidly all because of the influence of one person!    In Doug Hyde’s new release ‘Head over Heels’ is the perfect title to his artwork having also the connotations linked to dog walking & walking to heel!

The artwork incorporates an abundance of red floating hearts – hearts are one of the world’s most familiar love symbols.  The use of the heart as a symbol of love is centuries old dating as far back as Aristotle in the 4th Century BC who declared the heart to be our most important organ.  At the centre of our bodies it was deemed to provide vitality, intelligence, motion & sensation.  The association with romance and courtly love developed over the centuries & was particularly popular in the 18th & 19th Century when the heart even became a symbol on the playing card suit.

Mackenzie Thorpe signed print

Mackenzie Thorpe Signed Art Print

Gathering love is a delightful new piece from renowned British artist Mackenzie Thorpe.  It can be appreciated on many different levels – the brooding skies remind us that the course of true love never did run smooth, the famous proverb from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  But surely the test of true love is in overcoming such problems?  The hearts growing in the field are symbols of our need to nurture & grow love from its first seeds of feeling – a beautiful gift of art for Valentine’s Day.

Below is a short film by Mackenzie Thorpe discussing his own interpretation of his artwork & the importance of giving & sharing love.  Picking the hearts is a symbol of that gift of love in a selfless act – not seeking anything in return.  It is always fascinating to listen to the artist behind the works of art.

Valentine’s Day has interesting origins & ones that we would not necessarily associate with the symbols of love for which it is known today. St Valentine, a Roman Catholic priest, was said to have married young couples in secret – a practice forbidden by the ruling bodies who believed that young men became ineffective soldiers & preoccupied by their young brides when married.    He was executed on 14th February 269AD.

Not all Valentine’s related artwork needs to be sentimental – as this next piece from Anna Hymas demonstrates.  Apples most commonly known for their association with the Garden of Eden & temptation are also frequently depicted in paintings of the Goddess Venus, a symbol of fertility.

Perfect for a more contemporary view of love – tongue in cheek!

Anna Hymas Signed Art Print

Signed limited edition art print

Signed limited edition print – released Jan 2018

The launch of a brand new George’s Marvellous Medicine art print this week has led us to ponder on the meaning & relevance of the name ‘George’ in today’s world.

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Special Collector’s Edition artwork – Sir Quentin Blake

George was the fourth most popular boy’s baby name in the latest statistics from the Office of National Statistics released in September 2016.   George has also consistently appeared in the top ten favourite boys’ names over the past ten years.  This is perhaps not surprising given the influence of famous people both alive today & figures from history that all play a part in deciding the names of our offspring. George has very many connections with royalty, with six British kings to date bearing the name.  King George VI who reigned between 1895 and 1952 is considered the most famous of our George monarchs.  He was on the throne during the difficult years of World War II, standing alongside Winston Churchill.  George VI preceded Queen Elizabeth II, who has reigned for the majority of the lifetime of those alive today.  The name is sure now to remain a popular choice for future generations with the arrival of Prince George – a first son for William & Catherine.

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Prince George

Whilst George is a name favoured by the royals, we should also not forget the US presidents who have held office over the years.  George Washington was the first ever US president, followed years later by George W Bush.

Perhaps the most famous celebrity bearing the name George is George Clooney.  It is not hard to wonder why many mother’s would want to name their infant son after the accomplished (& very handsome) actor!  As Mr & Mrs Clooney await the imminent arrival of their twins it will be interesting to learn of the names chosen for these babies! Maybe George Junior & Matilda!

Roald Dahl & Quentin Blake Matilda

Special Collector’s edition Matilda art print

The name George is from Greek descent meaning farmer or earthworker.  An interesting name for Roald Dahl to have chosen for the central character in his book ‘George’s Marvellous Medicine’.  Dahl’s book which is so beautifully illustrated by Sir Quentin Blake was first published in 1981.  It tells the story of how eight year old George seeks a remedy to treat his grandmother’s grumpiness, to this end George goes about concocting a special recipe medicine to cure his grandmother of her bad-temperedness.

One of the most memorable quotes from the book relates to the potion George produces ‘Quite simply he was going to put in everything‘.  The image this creates brought to life by Quentin Blake’s illustrations captures the imagination of generation after generation of children.  The success & enduring quality of Dahl’s story must in part be due to the illustrations.

Roald Dahl & Quentin Blake

Collector’s edition artwork

The central character in Roald Dahl’s book is not the only fictional character to carry the name George.  ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ was released as a film in 1946, the film revolves around the human spirit & struggles of George Bailey.  Still regularly shown on TV, this film remains a firm favourite for Christmas viewing.

Slightly more contemporary is the father of the family George Darling, a creation from Peter Pan.  Peter Pan was released in 1953, only seven years after It’s a wonderful Life.

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George Darling – Peter Pan

Our final fictional George brings us right up to date with George Weasley, JK Rowling’s character from the Harry Potter books.  Born on April Fool’s Day George Weasley is well known for being a prankster – a characteristic more in common with Dahl’s George.  Which brings us back to where we started.  Our favourite George?  Well it has to be George & his marvellous medicine – a perfect tale for today’s children.

The Rose Gallery sells all of the Roald Dahl/ Sir Quentin Blake Collector’s edition artwork, with prices starting from £85 these make the perfect gift or keepsake for both children & adults.  Full details can be found on the website or in our gallery in Northamptonshire.

 

 

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George’s Marvellous Medicine – art print

The bluebell season is upon us, the perfect time to share with you some of the artwork inspired by these magical flowers and to reveal some of the secrets of the woodland species.

Bluebells are traditionally a symbol of humility and gratitude, members of the lily family of flowers they are an artist’s dream in part because of their natural habitat but also due to the vibrancy of their colour.  Bluebells are most often found within woodland walks in the UK – the light and shade cast within the trees makes them perfect for an artistic eye.  Paul Evans is best known for his bluebell pieces and these are always the images within his limited edition collection of prints that sell out first.

Paul Evans Limited edition prints

Paul Evans Colours of Spring Limited Edition print

Colours of Spring is the most recent signed print from Paul Evans – almost sold out, this piece captures the carpet of bluebells in a more abstract style than some of his earlier works.  The rape seed fields in the background intensify the vibrant colour of the bluebells.  A stunning image – Paul Evan’s landscape art brings the countryside inside any home.

Paul Evans signed limited edition

Paul Evans Springtime Woodland

Springtime Woodland better captures the light and shade of the carpet of bluebells deep within the woods.  It is thought to bring bad luck to walk through a mass of bluebells – it might disturb the fairies!

Bluebells have been linked to fairies over the generations – the thimble like shape of the flower is said in folklore to be used to summon the fairies to a gathering.  When the bluebell rings to summon the fairies for any human hearing the sound it would be there death knell!

Sherree Valentine Daines uses the beauty of the bluebells to capture the innocence & magic of childhood in her recent release – ‘Hand in Hand’.

Sherree Valentine Daines limited edition print

Sherree Valentine Daines Hand in Hand

Sherree Valentine Daines artwork reminds us of a more innocent age.  The splash of colour introduced by the bluebells brings these beautiful images to life.  Another example of the use of bluebells in Sherree’s artwork is  ‘Picking Bluebells‘, although isn’t picking bluebells meant to bring bad luck?

Sherree Valentine Daines Picking Bluebells

Sherree Valentine Daines Picking Bluebells

Below is an extract from a poem by Anne Bronte titled ‘The Bluebell’ – it captures some of the magic of this beautiful flower

‘A fine and subtle spirit dwells

In every little flower, 

Each one its won sweet feeling breathes

With more or less of power.

There is a silent eloquence 

In every wild bluebell

That fills my softened heart with bliss

That words could never tell.’

We finish with a piece by John Waterhouse – the magic of this wild flower is captured perfectly in this serene image from one of our most talented artists.

John Waterhouse Bluebell Wood board

John Waterhouse Bluebell Wood

For further information on any of the artwork featured above please contact the gallery on 01604 713743 or email us info@therosegallery.co.uk.

 

Introducing our caption competition to WIN a signed Sam Toft limited edition print!

We are looking for funny, witty and insightful captions to Sam’s ‘Big Love’ print. Simply comment with a caption, like our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/RoseGalleryUK and share the post with the hashtag #MrMustard.

Good luck & be creative!

View Sam Toft’s full collection here

Closing date 5pm, 30 April 2017. The winner will be announced on Facebook. The winning entry will receive a mounted copy of Sam Toft’s print ‘Big Love’.
Sign up for Sam Toft news to receive an exclusive discount code: http://eepurl.com/cKIE-v

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Walk through the different showrooms that make up Bell of Northampton and at the heart of it you will find The Rose Gallery with beautiful original paintings, limited edition art and the lovely Deb…

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Most of us enjoy some element of art in our own homes, whether it’s paintings, sculptures, photographs or memorabilia.  A person’s preference in art can provide insights into their personality & values.

Within the workplace art can serve many purposes, helping to create and inspire whilst increasing productivity and collaboration between employees.  Our choice of art in the workplace can embody the culture within an organisation and consolidate values and beliefs.

It’s safe to say that we have come a long way from the ‘motivational’ posters of the 80s – often photos of smiling teams on board boats with “there is no ‘I’ in TEAM!” headlining the poster in bold letters, adorning the walls of many offices.

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Today the art used to motivate teams within the office is frequently far more subtle.

There are a number of reasons to consider investing in art for your work environment – we look at some of the benefits below.

  1. Employees will feel more valued if the management team provide a place to work that goes beyond the basic four walls and a desk.

Deutsche Bank has one of the largest corporate art displays in the world  – https://www.db.com/unitedkingdom/content/en/the_london_collection.html

For Deutsche Bank their investment in art has developed over many years and is seen to be a clear embodiment of their ethos, carrying with it the following message:

Art builds. Art questions. Art transcends borders. Art works.

Employees are able to benefit from the investment in art within each of the offices around the world and this investment allows Deutsche Bank to be seen as a leader of innovation in their field.

  1. The choice of art within the workplace can help to define and consolidate the values and culture of an organisation. For a company who want to be seen to value the leisure activities of their employees and encourage a sense of community outside of the office, the perfect choice may be a framed football shirt representing the company team or maybe the winning medals framed from another competition.
  1. Celebrating success is important within any organisation. In this respect the inspiring art may be a framed image of the Employee of the year – rather than just the standard photography why not something more creative, such as framing some key memorabilia?
  1. The art on display can provide a real talking point in any business, both making visitors feel at ease and instigating friendly debate amongst employees. We all have our own thoughts and opinions on any piece of art – there is no right or wrong answer, but artwork that prompts emotion is surely beneficial.  The piece above is from Doug Hyde’s collection for 2016 – celebrating the 2016 Rio Olympics – love it or hate it, most will have a view!

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    Doug Hyde – Bronze, Silver, Gold signed artwork

 

  1. The art we choose to display in our workplaces can be used to motivate and provide a sense of purpose & goal to the working day. Why not use a seascape to remind employees of their last holiday – or provide a sense of calm & wellbeing.  Who could not help but feel more relaxed when admiring this limited edition print from artist Ron Bolt?
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  1. Commissioning an artist to produce a painting specific to an organisation can promote brand awareness within the company and develop a sense of pride amongst employees. For those businesses based in buildings of historical or architectural significance, a commissioned piece from an artist can capture a point in the business’ history to be celebrated for years to come. A good example of such art is Nigel Cooke’s cityscapes from around the world, painted in his own unique style.

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  1. Celebrating the talent within an organisation can allow all employees to feel valued by their management team. We recently worked with a web designer who employed one young apprentice who showed a talent for creating pencil portraits of famous figures.  Her pencil drawings of a variety of celebrities have been professionally framed and now adorn the company’s walls in simple, sophisticated style, providing a great conversation starter.  Not only does this benefit existing employees but potential customers and suppliers will have a greater understanding of the corporate values shared by the business and the value it attributes to its employees.
  1. Art on display within the workplace can be used to showcase success stories from the business – completed designs for interior designers and architects or successful campaigns for marketers. Framing memorabilia to celebrate success can consequently breed further success.
  1. Finally, adding artwork to your walls will brighten the dullest of spaces – whether within the back office or in your retail space, setting an ambience fitting to your line of work.

The Rose Gallery is a fine art gallery based in Northampton and online at www.therosegallery.co.uk.  We would be happy to discuss adding artwork to your workplace, providing guidance on sourcing, framing or even renting artwork.  You can contact us on 01604 713743 or by emailing info@therosegallery.co.uk.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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If you could have ANYTHING framed what would it be?
We frame all manner of things at the Rose Gallery: sports shirts; medals; baby’s first shoes; as well as lovely photos, prints and paintings.

Have you got something which would look beautiful on your wall and fill your home with memories?

Tell us your ideas and we will frame the most interesting and unusual project for FREE! The winner will have their project framed & also receive £100 in Rose Gallery gift vouchers. There are two runner’s up prizes of £25 each in gift voucher.

Entries with any accompanying photos should be submitted toinfo@therosegallery.co.uk.

Competition Terms & Conditions

1. Open only to residents of the UK.2. Closing date 30th June 20163. The idea judged the most interesting and unusual by The Rose Gallery will be the winner.

2. Closing date 30th June 2016

3.The idea judged the most interesting and unusual by The Rose Gallery will be the winner.

4. The judges decision is final.

5. The winner will be notified and announced on Twitter & Facebook one week after the closing date.

6. The winner must agree to let us share a photo of the framed piece for publicity purposes.

Father’s Day takes place on 19th June this year, the third Sunday in June.

Did you know that the most popular gift for Dad’s is a tie?  Really – surely we can be more inventive than that as a nation!

Well we are here to help?  Make 2016 really special & give the Gift of Art this year, our top five favourites for making Dad’s Day on June 19th.

1.For Dad the golfer

Sam Toft’s Mr Mustard takes to the greens in true style in this signed limited edition print – Back to the clubhouse.  From £60.  This is just one of a wide range of signed artwork from Sam Toft  – view the full range online.

 

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Sam Toft Back to the Clubouse

2. For Dad the dog lover

A soft spot for many dads is the family pet – do you own a labrador, the nation’s favourite dog.  Artist  Debbie Boon has created some fantastic limited edition prints – all canvas board available either framed or mounted.  Black labrador in Reeds is one of the most popular pieces in the gallery currently.

Debbie Boon Black Labrador in Reeds framed

Debbie Boon Black labrador in reeds

3.For Dad the sentamentalist

Roald Dahl certainly had a way with words and it was Sir Quentin Blake who created the memorable illustrations that will forever be associated with Roald Dahl.  Danny Champion of the World celebrates Fatherhood with this Collector’s Edition print a popular choice for sons & daughters to give their fathers of all ages.  Prices start from £95 – currently with a free copy of the book ‘Danny Champion of the World‘.

“What I have been trying to tell you all along is simply that my father without the slightest doubt was the most marvellous and exciting father any boy ever had”

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Sir Quentin Blake – Danny Champion of the World

 

4.For Dad the Racing Car fanatic

We love exhibiting the work of accomplished artist Anthony Dobson.  So many fathers will catch a glimpse of his signed canvas prints & be able to name not only the driver and the car but also the year of the race!

Celebrate this Father’s Day with a racing car to remember – Nigel Mansell from 1987, from £96.

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Anthony Dobson Nigel Mansell signed artwork

5. For the Dad who loves travelling

You may not be able to afford to send your father on holiday this Father’s Day but why not bring back those holiday memories with images from his favourite holiday destination – Cityscape or seaside?  The image below is from artist Tom Butler capturing the delights of Polperro  in Cornwall.

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Tom Butler Polperro

This selection of art gives just a taste of the works we have both online & in our galleries.  Please contact us if you are looking for that special artwork or sculpture, we are always happy to help.  www.therosegallery.co.uk, 01604 713743.  Free UK delivery in time for Father’s day on 19th June 2016.

 

 

 

 

 

We love gardens and flowers at the Rose Gallery and so we were very excited to venture down to the Royal Academy of Art to see Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse. Many of our gallery artists paint garden scenes or flower paintings and, whilst we don’t sell Monets, it was amazing to see some of the influences and inspiration.

The exhibition opened very traditionally with low lighting and walls painted in such a variety of muted, flat colours that we were reaching for the Farrow and Ball colour chart to check them out!  The first rooms were full of very traditional, pretty Impressionist garden paintings by Renoir, Cezanne and their contemporaries. Framed in florid gilt frames and depicting children at play, sunlight on leaves and lots and lots of gorgeous blooms. We were reminded of the Sheree Valentine Daines paintings such as Bluebell Walk.

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It was so very busy that we struggled to see some of the paintings well – if only we could have taken one or two of these home to look at for a while but there must have been many millions of pounds worth of paintings in every room!

We pressed on into lighter rooms containing more abstract images.  Kandinsky, Emil Nolder and Matisse all working in a brighter, more abstract style.  There were strong, cheerful flower paintings, still recognisable violets, roses and foliage. A Klimt with such intense and dreamy colour that it could have been painted yesterday.  We couldn’t help but think of the Rozanne Bell painting Pansies and Poppies hanging in our gallery.

Roz Bell Pansy & Poppy

The highlight of the exhibition for us were the last two rooms of Monet’s Weeping Willows and Water Lilies.  Familiar images of Monet’s Giverny garden, the bridge, the willow trees all together in one place were really beautiful. But the scale and depth of the final piece, the Agapanthus Triptych – three paintings together for the first time in Europe – was breathtaking. Muted and almost completely abstract, these huge studies of water, movement, reflection, light and lilies were mesmerising.  There were layers and layers of paint on vast canvasses and we could have stood, lost in them for hours. They were very deep, thought-provoking pictures and yet at the same time very decorative and pleasant.  It made looking at Becky Blair’s Copper Lilies a whole new experience this morning!

Becky Blair Copper Lillies

The exhibition runs until 20th April although tickets are now completely sold out.  It has also been made into a film as part of the Exhibitions On Screen and is currently showing in cinemas throught the UK. We thoroughly recommend it!