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Chris Ball

Chris Ball

The jeweller Chris Ball drawn in pencil and charcoal on coloured paper.
23.5" H x 16.5" W
$332.00    
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The Sun Runs

The Sun Runs

This is a painting of a girl sitting on a bench smelling some irises. I was going to use gold leaf on the earring but in the end I changed my mind. I like the hands as they remind me of Pre-Raphaelite paintings though it was not intentional. It just came out that way. The irises were easier than I thought though for a while I thought I'd messed them up. The hardest thing is knowing when to stop. The title is a reference to the well known Andrew Marvell poem.
24" H x 24" W x 0.5" D   
$1064.00    
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Portrait of a Lady

Portrait of a Lady

This painting of Helen is named after the Henry James novel about a 'woman affronting her destiny'. The birds to the right of her are based on another of my paintings of Gloucester Cathedral Windows. You can see it on this website.
22" H x 18" W x 0.75" D   

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All Made Up

All Made Up

I was experimenting with a more abstract style when I painted this oil portrait of a woman applying makeup in the mirror.
18" H x 22" W x 0.5" D   
$731.00    
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Housewife's Choice.

Housewife's Choice.

This was inspired by an article I read in the New York Times on the role of the housewife in the developed world. In my painting as the weather turns from summer to winter, the housewife lies on a kitchen table which has been transformed into an altar. A sacrifice to domesticity who dreams of a better life away from the drudgery of the kitchen.
24" H x 32" W x 0.5" D   
$1197.00    
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The Flower Seller

The Flower Seller

A colourful, sunny oil painting of a girl selling flowers in the hot sun. I was first attracted to the dappled light falling across her face. I painted this firstly in burnt umber then added layers of colour. I used a very light touches of paint to produce the face, it was tempting to do more but I think I stopped at the right place. The Pink flowers were one of my first attempts to produce colours similar to the sleeve of Jean de Dinteville in The Ambassadors by Holbein the Younger.
18" H x 22" W x 0.5" D   
$997.00    
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Summer - Gaia, Earth Mother

Summer - Gaia, Earth Mother

An oil painting of Summer represented by Gaia, Earth Mother. I was particularly pleased with the bay leaves which I painted on her forehead. I painted this to match my other painting, ' Winter - Madonna.'
22" H x 18" W x 0.5" D   
$997.00    
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Girl's Curls

Girl's Curls

An oil painting examining the juxtaposition of femininity and masculinity.
32" H x 24" W x 0.5" D   
$1064.00    
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My Time

My Time

This is a portrait of my wife, Helen reading at the kitchen table. The shadows were so strong and dark on the table that I immediately wanted to capture the image. I used oil paints so that I could use the traditional glazing technique to convey the shadows in Helen's clothes and in the vase. The tulips were particularly difficult to reproduce and didn't seem to respond well to glazing. The painting is intended to reflect a well deserved time out for Helen and all other wives.
36" H x 24" W x 0.75" D   
$865.00    
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$56.12
 
   
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In the Woodland Walk

In the Woodland Walk

An oil portrait of a lady standing watching surrounded by beautiful summer flowers.
22" H x 18" W x 0.5" D   
$731.00    
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Roar - The Survey Tech

Roar - The Survey Tech

This is the offshore Norwegian Survey Tech, Roar. I asked him to hold a tool of specific to his job. I was particularly pleased with the skin tones on Roar's face. The bluish undertone still showing through the transparent light skin. The beard was repainted a number of times using brown transparent layers to convey the shadows and different tones. I used the same effect on the sweater although without too much success. I finally added the shadows and predominant colour over the glossing rather than the other way round. Although this is a modern image, Roar reminded me of Holbein's drawing of William Reskimer, a Cornish Gent combined with the portrait of the Tudor merchant, Georg Gisze surrounded by the accoutrements of his work.
36" H x 24" W x 0.75" D   
$864.00    
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North Sea Deck Crew

North Sea Deck Crew

Eddy from Stornoway, Sandy from Aberdeen and John from Macduff.

All are deck crew, who like many Aberdonians, took on the role of working far from home in the North Sea.

This is Sandy's career in his own words:

'I was born in Aberdeen and left school at 15 years old when I went working on Aberdeen trawlers. Then the oil Companies were employing people on their ships and I joined my first offshore boat in 1975. I went back to fishing for 5 years but have been employed as a a/b on offshore ships steady since 1982. I used to cycle for 20 years on my last ship and if I can I like to go for a cycle, I also I like to go walking as and when I can manage'.

The painting has obvious religious overtones of Three Wise Men gazing out towards a guiding star. There is a look of steadfastness and ruggedness in the men's faces, displaying years of experience combined with hope and still an ever present sense of adventure.

I tackled the work by first painting in brown earth tones and then later adding the colours in glazes. Their faces and coveralls were built up in this way until I was finally sure I had the picture I wanted.
24" H x 36" W x 0.75" D   
$997.00    
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John the Cook

John the Cook

John Briton, the offshore cook. John has spent 42 years offshore. his hobby is keeping fit. He works on the Deep Vision, one of the unsung heroes of the North Sea, serving 4 good meals every day for a crew of around 55 people, a very difficult job when the boat bounces up and down and rolls in the North Sea swell. The painting started with the underpainting where the whole painting was painted in brown earth colours. The tee-shirt shadows were painted in Ultramarine with white scumbled on afterwards. The blood and veins under John's skin were painted in green and then covered with layers of transparent flesh tones, the tattoo was painted straight onto the arm and then transparent flesh tones painted over it.
40" H x 28" W x 1.5" D   

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Julian Bell Artist

Julian Bell Artist

A portrait of the Sussex artist and writer, Julian Bell.
22" H x 18" W x 0.5" D   
$731.00    
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Winter - Madonna

Winter - Madonna

This oil painting represents Winter although it has overtones of the Madonna. The round circles in the background are snowballs. I painted it to accompany my other painting representing Summer, which is 'Gaia, Earth Mother.'
22" H x 18" W x 0.5" D   
$864.00    
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George Michael

George Michael

I was asked to paint a picture of the singer, George Michael. Hopefully this does him justice. I used simple colours of burnt umber to create a sombre, stark image with light flesh tones added. Sold to a private collector.
22" H x 18" W x 0.5" D   

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The Boss

The Boss

We were walking along when we found we were in the middle a street full of cars from the 1930s. Some Mafia types were standing watching. I managed to grab a photo before my camera was taken and smashed to pieces!
The painting was produced using oil paints and Indian ink.
22" H x 18" W x 0.75" D   
Price: $800.00    
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$8.28
 
   
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She's a Doll

She's a Doll

The painting based on a group of people I met who dressed in 1930s clothing. The painting is more design orientated than my previous work with the pavement tiles skewing the picture. The title is a pun, in that the girl is either a gangster's moll or with her blue face, perhaps a real doll. 
There is also an animal in the painting, see if you can spot it. I am pleased to say that this painting, 'She's a Doll is included in the 2018  'Artists' and Illustrators' calendar.
22" H x 18" W x 0.75" D   
$1130.00    
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$39.84
 
   
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Young Girl in a West Sussex Garden

Young Girl in a West Sussex Garden

Rosie under the apple tree in my garden in West Sussex. I remember having issues with Rosie's dress and re-painting it countless times. It often seems to be that an earlier version of the painting is better, but unfortunately their is no cut and paste or way of going back with oil painting.
Although Rosie is gazing at an apple in her hand there is no specific meaning to the painting, it is open to interpretation.
17.5" H x 35" W x 0.75" D   

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Rosie at Harry's Wedding

Rosie at Harry's Wedding

This is an oil painting of my granddaughter Rosie at my son Harry's wedding. Rosie is a bridesmaid and I found her by a stream, dropping petals in the water. It is a serene and reflective painting about innocence and time relentlessly moving, as reflected in the water.
32" H x 24" W x 0.5" D   
$931.00    
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Harry, Laura and Paige

Harry, Laura and Paige

A very large oil painting of Harry, Laura and their daughter Paige. The religious symbolism is apparent and deliberate. The lamb was an after touch which involved Charity Shops until I found just the right lamb. Not as easy as it sounds!
39.5" H x 47.5" W x 1.75" D   

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A Good Night Out

A Good Night Out

Escape to a better world! this picture cries out to us. Free yourself from mundane housework and search out the high life as symbolised by the slip, red shoes and red wine.
This superb high quality limited edition print comes to you hand-signed by the artist complete with a letter of authentication to prove provenance.
22" H x 18" W x 0.75" D   
$731.00    
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Lady in a Turban

Lady in a Turban

A modern day portrait in the style of Vermeer. I was very pleased with the way this painting turned out. The glazing with transparent paints on the turban went through many stages with the colour changing from green to orange before settling on the final colour. The dress was an elaborate curtain draped to create the necessary opulence.
36" H x 24" W x 0.75" D   
$997.00    
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Day Trippers

Day Trippers

Sam and Alli travelling on a train. I liked the way the light illuminated Sam and Alli's faces, they look like they are enjoying life's journey.
Day Trippers
20" H x 20" W x 0.75" D   
$598.00    
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Lovers' Tryst

Lovers' Tryst

This is James kissing Ulrica in my old kitchen. The kitchen table is the centre of everything in our house and features in a number of my paintings. There is a lot of symbolism in the painting, the small image of Eros, pointing, the heart shaped plates (which were actually on the table) the red wine and crucifix and so on.
I was pleased with the scumbling over the window, creating a hazy softness and also the glazing on the jug and Ulrica's blouse.
Lovers' Tryst
24" H x 36" W x 0.75" D   
$735.00    
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$25.12
 
   
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Out of Control

Out of Control

This is a modern version of the Pygmalion myth where the sculptor creates a statue of a beautiful woman that comes to life. In this painting I have reversed the genders so that the sculptor is female and the statue male. The subject of the painting questions relationships and control. Who controls who?
18" H x 22" W x 0.5" D    Weight 0.25 lb
$505.00    
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Daydreaming

Daydreaming

Portrait of Helen.
18" H x 14" W

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Pete Davies - Self Portrait

Pete Davies - Self Portrait

I'm surrounded by leeks because I like growing vegetables.
Pete Davies - Self Portrait
22" H x 18" W x 0.75" D   
$665.00    
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$61.40
 
   
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Possession

Possession

Although I have sketched lots of nudes, this was my first nude painting. It is based on an original drawing although the cloth was added later to provide a colourful curve and echo from Minoan wall paintings. The intention was to be confident and beguiling at the same time.
20" H x 16" W x 1" D   
$399.00    
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The Wedding

The Wedding

Katherine in her Wedding Dress. I enjoyed the challenge of the wedding dress although I painted it endless times before it felt right.
36" H x 24" W

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Lone Rider

Lone Rider

I was walking in the Forest when I came to a clearing.This is where I saw the tired horseman leading his horse to water. As you can see from the print, the horse saw me first and engaged me for a while before drinking from the stream. For me the picture represents the human condition and the relentless journey we have to travel make through life.
18" H x 22" W x 0.5" D   
$731.00    
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Jamie Wilson - Captain, North Sea

Jamie Wilson - Captain, North Sea

This is a picture of Jamie Wilson, the Captain of the North Sea inspection vessel, the Deep Vision.

Jamie started his seagoing career in 1998 working for James Fisher Tank ships. In 2002 he moved over to offshore supply vessels then to survey and construction vessels. He was promoted to Captain in 2013 at the age of 31.

I originally intended painting Jamie's picture in the style of Vermeer's Geographer for which Jamie kindly produced the Merchant Navy Red Ensign and the dividers.

The painting went through many changes; I think Jamie's shirt was painted at least 15 times before I was satisfied. Although I originally intended this to be a daytime scene, it was later darkened with a series of brown glazes to create drama and focus attention more on Jamie.

The oil rig and the sea were painted many times in different shapes and forms before I was happy with them.

The end result reminds me of the paintings of Eric Ravilious who just so happens to have attended Eastbourne College of Art as did I.
24" H x 36" W
$1064.00    
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Checking the Anchor Brake

Checking the Anchor Brake

As part of the offshore maintenance schedule the anchor brakes are checked regularly. Eddy and John the deck crew offshore are doing just that. I wanted to try and create a painting of man versus machine to epitomise human ingenuity and the engineering brilliance which brought oil from the depths of the North Sea.
44" H x 44" W x 3" D   

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Shackled

Shackled

This is a painting of men changing a shackle. The image symbolises the constraints of working far away offshore contrasted with the connecting wire strop representing the tied relationship of the men.
18" H x 22" W x 0.75" D   
Price: $750.00    
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Changing the Mooring Line

Changing the Mooring Line

This was a much freer style of painting for me. I used it to show the wetness of a slippery back deck contracted with the fresh, light blue sea. The coveralls were produced by adding many layers of transparent paint.
Price: $750.00    
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$8.28
 
   
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Nightshift

Nightshift

Keith - the onshore welder complete with ipod.
Offshore Welder
36" H x 24" W x 0.75" D   
$731.00    
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Helen Diaz

Helen Diaz

A portrait of Helen Diaz. I painted this using the techniques or the Pre-Raphaelites, that is, with a brilliant white ground, pure colours with little mixing. This is the first painting in which I haven't painted an underpainting in earth colours such as burnt umber. It is a style I hope to explore whenever I can. The garden is the ivy growing on a shed outside my house.
15.75" H x 15.75" W x 0.5" D   

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$44.84
 
   

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