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  • Contemporary or classical? Which artwork best suits your living space?

    Buying art to suit your living space can seem like a daunting task, especially if this is the first time you’ve purchased art for your home.

    There are so many opinions on what art should adorn your walls this year but buying art shouldn’t be seen as a passing trend – it is more about finding a piece that resonates with you and that suits your space, décor and budget.

    To make the process of buying a piece of contemporary or classical art straightforward and stress-free, we've compiled a helpful guide to help you make the right choice on artwork for your living space.

    Read on to discover a few things you’ll need to consider before you go ahead and purchase a new piece of art to adorn your walls.

    Personal taste

    Knowing which style of art to choose is very much down to your own personal taste. Some people prefer classical watercolour or oil-based landscapes whereas others opt for abstract, surrealism or other contemporary modes of art to decorate their homes and create interesting talking points for friends and visitors.

    The best thing to do before ordering any artwork for your home is to spend some time researching the various styles of artwork online and make a shortlist of genres that you feel would be most suitable for your living space.

    From this, you will start to recognise some artist's names begin to reoccur, so you know that even if you cannot afford to buy one of their pieces, you can seek out other up and coming artists who use similar techniques in their work.

    This way you should be able to track down a few possible pieces within your price range, or at least have a few names you can mention to art dealers who can help you find the perfect piece for your home.

    Décor

    When you purchase artwork for your living space, you’ll want to make sure that whatever piece you choose will suit its surroundings.

    If you have a modern and decluttered home, then a contemporary art piece might be better suited to your style whereas if you are lucky enough to own a period property, something a little more classical would be a good choice.

    Whatever style you choose for your home, remember that wall colours and furnishings can change over the years as we redecorate. The art you choose now will be an investment for the future, so you’ll want to make sure that you are happy with it now and in the years to come.

    Space

    Choosing a piece that dominates the room can make for a captivating focal feature, but select something that's too big and you'll end up with a living space that is totally overwhelmed by a large piece of art.

    Going big really does make an impact, but if you want to future-proof your new purchase, you need to consider if you'll ever want to move the piece to another room as you grow your collection or if you'll be moving to a new house in the near future.

    Smaller pieces of artwork obviously need far less space, but you don’t want the piece to look lost in a sea of plain walls so ideally choose the area of your house where you want to showcase your new art and measure the space to ensure that the area you have available will accommodate the piece comfortably.

    Budget

    When it comes to choosing art, we often have to take budget into consideration. Well known artwork from prestigious artists often carries a much heftier price tag than those who are just breaking into the art world, so it does have an impact on the type of art you choose for your home.

    Many classical pieces of art have gone up in value as the artist becomes better known and more established, whereas some newer pieces from new names emerging on to the arts scene are much more affordable.

    You can pick up a quality piece of art for as little as a few hundred pounds, so browse the Art2Arts website by price range and you're sure to find a piece that suits your individual taste, space available, home décor and budget.

    Although there are a few elements you need to consider when purchasing art for your home, what matters most is that you buy a piece that gives you the most pleasure and that you will hang in your home with pride for many years to come.

    For more expert advice on how to buy art for your home, or to discuss which styles and artists might be best suited to your living space, speak to the friendly and knowledgeable team at Art2Arts today.

  • Hottest new artists of 2018

    New artists at Art2Arts Gallery

    2018 has been an exceptional year for emerging new artistic talent, with many of the notable new names landing on the arts scene being homegrown. Every year, artists from all over the globe descend on the capital to showcase their work, so it comes as no surprise that many of London’s exhibitions, galleries and art showcases have been teeming with art lovers looking to get a glimpse of the work from the hottest new artists of 2018. Before we launch into our favourite new artists of 2018, lets first take a look at some of the emerging themes that have been influencing artists this year.

    Politics

    It comes as no real surprise in light of the UK’s move to leave the European Union that themes of division have crept into contemporary artwork for 2018. Although the political debate surrounding Brexit rages on, its also given voice to emerging new artistic talent who have used the political landscape as a framework for many of their pieces. And with the world still reeling following the election of President Trump, it seems that our American counterparts are using the political sphere to inspire some of their artwork too.

    Gender

    The theme of gender, especially gender as a fluid concept, has been at the forefront of several artists this year. With so much attention being paid to the traditional constructs of gender for so long, the last year has seen a break away from these set-in-stone concepts and this has been well represented in the art world for 2018. It’s also interesting that 2018 saw the centenary year for women’s suffrage which brings together socio-political themes and the subject of gender.

    Now that we've looked at some of the themes emerging in the art world this year let's take a look at some of our favourite new artists of 2018.

    Marcin Kulabko

    Dame in the Hat by Marcin Kulabko

    A Polish-born artist currently residing in Oxford, Marcin Kulabko graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw.  His work has been recognised internationally, and he has successfully exhibited and sold work to collectors in Denmark, Norway, Poland, China, USA, Holland and here in the UK. Taking inspiration from the movements of people in their natural surroundings, Marcin’s style touches on surrealism with a playful twist where he applies his nameless characters, objects and intricate patterns individually to paper. Using a skillful blend of coloured marker pen, Marcin enhances the lunacy of his work to create his art and highlight the detail in every piece.

    Mike Becket

    The Opera Singer Artist: Mike Becket

    Originally trained as a scenic artist working for The Royal Opera House, Mike Becket has been greatly influenced by his previous roles in terms of themes and concepts for his work. Using an unusual style of painting which sees the artist using a technique of reverse painting on Perspex, his love of colour and figurative painting gives each of his pieces vibrancy and illumination which has set him apart as one of 2018 hottest new artists. Previously exhibiting at The Royal Opera House and at The Beatrice Royal Gallery, as well as mixed shows at galleries such as The Hollywood Road Gallery, Chelsea, the Mall Gallery and the Discerning Eye, Mike has attracted some significant media attention with What’s On magazine commenting: "Mike Becket has worked as a scenic artist and set designer alongside David Hockney, Victor Passmore and Jasper Conran before turning to his own painting and his own themes. The audiences of the ballets and operas he designed are now the focus of his attention, as he paints with witty characterisation, everyone from the figures in the orchestra, people in the stalls and boxes, to backstage glimpses of tired musician enjoying the interval. With warmth and humour, he casts his eye on them all."

    Daniel Horne

    Last Light by Daniel Horne

    Daniel Horne is a Pastellist from the picturesque Dollar in Scotland. The majority of his paintings are created using soft pastel as his belief is that this is the purest medium an artist can use and brings a feeling of richness and depth to his work. Applying the pure pigment in a spontaneous nature, Daniel layers colour to achieve his look through optical blending to create stunning landscapes inspired by his surroundings. Living in an area of such natural beauty, Daniel travels all around Scotland seeking out new vistas to help him create his art.

    For more information on any of the new artists featured above or to discuss current artworks for sale, get in touch with a member of the Art2Arts team today to discuss delivery, ordering and finance options on pieces available in our online shop. Alternatively, feel free to contact the artist directly should you have any questions or queries that you wish to have answered by them in person.

  • Surrey Art

    Throughout history, the UK has been home to some of the most renowned artists in the world. The vibrant timeline of British art is packed full of rare and iconic pieces that span all different themes and styles. Amongst the many artistic hotspots in the UK, Surrey has grown to become one of the pillars of the industry and is home to a number of the country’s best and most beloved artists.

    The southern county which sits just underneath London is a beautiful piece of art itself with some of the most luscious and vivid countrysides in the UK. The rolling hills, vast fields and scenic towns have provided inspiration to painters for centuries and the art community in the county has only grown stronger in recent years. In addition to the beautiful scenery, Surrey also holds a long and rich history related to the Royal Family. It is the location of numerous estates including Hampton Court Palace which was the official residence of Henry VIII.

    From medieval architecture to gorgeous natural vistas, the county of Surrey is a treasure trove of inspiration for painters across all different schools of art. In this post, we will be taking a closer look at some of the talented creators who call Surrey home and see how their work has been inspired by their surroundings. Be sure to read on and find out where you can find some of the incredible work from these talented artists.

    Jane Atherfold

     

    Being raised in South Africa allowed Jane to explore her creativity from a young age while surrounded by beautiful scenery and one of the most diverse cultures in the world. After developing her interest in art and turning it from a passion into a skill at the Rhodes University, she began to paint professionally. It wasn’t long before Jane moved to England and found a new home in the beautiful area of Surrey. As an artist, she focuses largely on impressionism to create her work. Using her surroundings in Surrey, Jane favours landscape paintings and is brilliant at capturing the natural beauty of the land. If you’re looking for a new painting to add to your collection or hang in your home, be sure to check out some of Janes work.

    Lisa Davies

    Lisa Davies is a renowned British artist and a beloved member of the Art2Arts community. She is a local resident of Surrey which means she knows the area like the back of her hand and is able to use the natural landscapes and local architecture to create wonderful artwork. She studied for several years as a wildlife illustrator and after gaining her HND, was able to further her career and gain recognition in the British art industry as a leading illustrator.

    Favouring acrylic and pencil, Lisa creates beautifully bright and whimsical illustrations that would make a perfect addition to anyone’s collection or would look great on a bedroom wall. Lisa’s work can regularly be seen at contemporary art fairs around the country and the full library of her paintings is available on the Art2Arts website.

    John V Healey

    As another local British artist from Surrey, John Healey has a great deal of experience with portraying the local environment. As a young artist, he decided to perfect his craft and increase his skills by studying at the Bradford Regional College of Art where he gained his official qualifications. Instead of painting full-time, John took an interest in the interior design industry. For several years, he worked as a professional designer and helped with a wide range of different architectural projects. In recent years, the talented artist has returned to his roots and rediscovered his original passion for painting. Working out of Surrey, he produces beautifully detailed landscape and cityscape watercolour paintings that showcase the beauty that can be found across the UK.

    These are just a few examples of the incredible artists that have been inspired by the beautiful county of Surrey. Be sure to check out the other members of the Art2Arts community and uncover the beauty of Britain and its natural scenery.

  • Sexism in the art world

     

    A Quick Look by Naomi Vona

    Throughout history, the art industry has allowed people from all over the world to express their opinions, expand their skills and showcase their work. There have been countless milestones throughout the history of art that have allowed new styles and movements to flourish, however, it may come as a surprise to hear that the art world hasn’t always been as forward-thinking as it is today. For as many famous artists that have made their mark on the timeline, there are twice as many struggling creators whose work has gone undiscovered due to a lack of acceptance from the mainstream art community.

    In recent years, it has come to light that women, in particular, have not been equally represented in the art community. Even during some of the big renaissance periods, female artists were not given the recognition they deserved for the work they produced. In fact, in a number of cases, they were actively discredited by the patriarchal art industries of their time. In this post, we will dive into the past to take a look at the history of sexism in the art world and see whether or not things have changed.

    Plautilla Nelli

    If you’re not familiar with the history of art, it’s likely that you won’t have heard of Plautilla Nelli. There will also be a lot of enthusiasts within the industry who may not recognise the name. Despite creating some of the most beautiful and intricate works of art during the Renaissance, Nelli never received any recognition from her peers and the records of her incredible contributions to the art world were actively downplayed or removed. Due to her gender, the work she produced was never given the attention it deserved.

    Only recently, has Nelli’s work been rediscovered and given a platform at the Uffizi Gallery in the artist’s hometown of Florence. It’s a shame that Plautilli Nelli’s work had to sit in the shadow of equally talented male artists like Michelangelo and Da Vinci but it seems that she is finally getting the recognition she deserves, even if it is 500 years later.

    Sexism in art today

    The industry has come forward in leaps and bounds over the last 50 years, however, it seems that female artists still aren’t getting their fair share of representation in mainstream art. In the UK alone, female art is drastically underrepresented throughout numerous leading galleries and museums. Despite several equality movements and pushes from the community to improve representation, many of the largest commercial and publically funded galleries in Britain still have a significant gender imbalance when it comes to showcasing art.

    It can’t be denied that the art industry has definitely made steps in the right direction when it comes to equality but there is still a long way to go. The fact that the overall representation of artwork across the UK art industry swings in favour of male artists may not seem like a cause for concern, but it has a profound impact on career prospects and industry mobility for female artists.

    Leading art institutions and galleries such as Tate, Lisson and White Cube are what set the trends within the art world and it is those types of organisations which can have a huge impact on the buying habits of collectors and the overall opinion of the community. The work they promote can make the difference between a struggling painter and a world-renowned artist which is why it’s so important to provide equal opportunities for all artists, regardless of gender.

    Moving forward with equality

    Although there is still a way to go when it comes to creating more diverse representation within the mainstream sectors of the art industry, many positive steps have been made already. For example, the Tate Galleries appointed its first female director last year with intentions to start providing increased opportunities for all artists. The gallery is known for championing equal rights movements and is one of the leading voices in the current movement to increase exposure for female artists.

    Thanks to the internet, new opportunities continue to arise all the time. All you have to do is looking at the growing number of independent and web-based art institutions to see that things are moving forward. Female artists around the world now have access to new industry channels through which they can gain recognition outside of mainstream galleries.

    There are a number of new organisations including Art2Arts which allow independent artists to showcase their work and find buyers all across the world without being restrained due to gender, location, ethnicity or any other type of demographic. The growing community of artists includes a diverse selection of styles and inspirations which is something we pride ourselves on.

    Hopefully, this post has helped you think more about the idea of equal representation within the world of art. If you want to help support British female artists, be sure to check out some of the incredible artwork available on our website.

  • London: A muse throughout the ages

    With its unique fusion of historic castles, thriving streets and towering modern architecture that dominates the city skyline, it comes as no surprise that London has been the muse for many artists.

    From the bustling markets of Camden Town capturing the daily lives of Londoners as they go about their business to the imposing historical landmarks of St Paul’s Cathedral, artists have been expressing their own interpretations of this vibrant city in a range of artistic mediums for hundreds of years.

    It seems that art is as much part of London as Tower Bridge, The Shard or the colourfully uniformed Beefeaters that flank the Tower of London.

    And with so much still left to see and imagine, London will continue to inspire and influence art for many years to come.

    Notable artwork inspired by London cityscapes

    No list of prominent and well-known London artwork is complete without mentioning the dark and brooding series of paintings by impressionist leader Monet of the Palace of Westminster.

    Home to the houses of Parliament, Monet painted this well-known London landmark at different times of the day and during different weather conditions over a number of years using various earthy hues amplified by the fog prevalent to the city in the 1900’s.

    Monet wrote to a friend that "I cannot send you a single canvas of London ... It is indispensable to have them all before me, and to tell the truth not one is definitely finished" regarding this infamous series of artwork that is currently held in private collections throughout the world.

    This quote conveys the idea that the London cityscape is in a continual state of flux and cannot be defined by one picture alone.

    For a more contemporary feel, the work of Peter Van Breda is in stark contrast to that of his French predecessor and uses the effect of light and reflection with small bursts of colour that invite the viewer into experience the ‘instant’ of the painting.

    An artist who understands the urgency of seizing the moment, Van Breda works directly from the subject and speedily captures the essence of the landscape with dynamic effect.

    Some of his best-known pieces include Sunlight on the Thames, St. Paul’s from the Millennium Bridge and Evening Lights, Trafalgar Square with many others being held in private collections in the UK and beyond.

    Emerging talent in the London art world

    As one of the world’s most captured cityscapes, it comes as no surprise that London is a hotbed of emerging artistic talent gaining a stellar reputation on the ever-changing arts scene. Walk down most London streets and you’ll be amazed by the plethora of galleries and art institutions showcasing the works of many up-and-coming artists that gravitate towards this cultural mecca year after year.

    Aisha Haider

    Our Love In London 2 by Aisha Haider Our Love In London 2 by Aisha Haider

    The spirit of modern London has been encapsulated beautifully by prominent London artist Aisha Haider, whose work is exquisitely animated, contemporary and captures the vibrancy of a city teeming with life.

    Using a bold impressionistic style and painting using acrylics, her inspiration stems from subjects such as nature, reflections and umbrellas whilst adding in small elements that are uniquely hers.

    One particularly atmospheric piece is Our Love In London 2, which is a romantic, emotive painting that is sure to conjure warm and sentimental feelings in all that view it.

    Haider’s work is steadily gaining in popularity and having sold in excess of 1,000 pieces so far, her career is certainly one to watch in the future.

     

    Louise Gillard

    Winter pond, Wandsworth Common by Louise Gillard Winter pond, Wandsworth Common by Louise Gillard

    Another notable talent residing in London is award-winning artist Louise Gillard. Recently voted overall winner in the Jackson pastel landscape competition, Gillard excels in creating textured landscapes of her beloved London and further afield for which she uses oils and acrylics to construct her scenes.

    Preferring a loose, interpretive style for her paintings, Gillard has gained a lot of praise for her landscapes and has exhibited her works at Panter & Hall Gallery, Putney Arts Theatre, Urban Art Fair, Chelsea Art Society Annual Exhibitions, Wandsworth Arts Fringe and a number of open house exhibitions.

    Gillard’s Winter pond, Wandsworth Common catches the falling autumn foliage beautifully and is certain to be a stand out feature in the home of any owner who is fortunate enough to buy it.

     

    Eraclis Artistidou

    Classic London 234 by Eraclis Artistidou Classic London 234 by Eraclis Artistidou

    A former student of Kingsway College, Eraclis Artistidou draws the inspiration for much of his work from the Thames area in which he was born.

    His work aims for an abstract representation of the subject, and his bold and striking use of layers of colour produces a three-dimensional perspective in which abstract landmarks emerge from his thickly applied paint and sharp, brave lines.

    Small but stark detail is suggested in each piece, giving a sense of place and familiarity whilst keeping his work contemporary and visually engaging for the viewer.

    Some of Eraclis’s latest pieces are currently for sale and will definitely be a talking point once hung in their new home.

    Using new and innovative buildings and materials as his key subject matter lends itself perfectly to the texture and abstract feeling that the artist endeavours to create in all of his pieces. Much of his work focuses upon the varied and interesting skylines of large cities, London being amongst them.

  • Spotlight Artist: Lisa Vallo

    Hidden City by Lisa Vallo

    Over the years, Art2Arts has cultivated one of the biggest and most vibrant communities within the world of art. We have developed a global network of painters, artists, collectors and enthusiasts from around the world and we are proud to offer a vast collection of beautiful artwork. Not only do we offer a simple way for collectors to browse and buy art, we also pride ourselves on giving the spotlight to talented artists and helping them get the recognition they deserve.

    With that in mind, we are using this series of posts to focus on some of the incredibly talented artists that have helped us build such a strong community and bring the joy of art to homes and galleries around the world. If you’re looking for new paintings to add to your collection, this is a great opportunity to find out more about the people behind the art and learn about what inspires them and the journey they have taken.

    This post will focus on one of our favourite self-taught artists, Lisa Vallo. Since partnering with Art2arts, she has quickly become one of our most popular artists and has sold pieces to collectors all over the world. For those already familiar with Lisa’s work, this will give you a wonderful insight into her backstory, her artistic process and how she has become such a renowned member of the Art2arts community.

    Tomorrow by Lisa Vallo

    Experience

    Lisa always had a creative mind and this is what eventually led her to a career as a full-time professional artist. Before that, though, she spent several years working in the interior design sector. This allowed her to use her creative skills and hone her ability to use different colours, shapes and materials to create beautiful compositions. These concepts would later inspire her work as an artist. The ability to mix different mediums and materials together also helped to form the basis of her artistic style.

    Although Lisa never received any formal art training, she was able to develop her own style and pick up skills throughout her years working in creative industries. She always had a passion for art and used her time to learn new techniques and experiment with different materials. She developed a distinctively modern style that reflects in all of her pieces.

    Life Line by Lisa Vallo

    Travelling

    Before settling down to life as a full-time artist, Lisa spent a lot of time on the move, travelling from country to country. Not only did this help her to broaden her horizons, it also provided her with a lot of inspiration to create new and innovative art that reflected her love of modern styles and her passion for working with different materials. She spent a lot of time in some of the world’s most iconic cities such as New York, Berlin and Barcelona.

    The sights and sounds she experienced during her travels were the inspiration behind her focus on cityscapes and architecture. When she looked out over famous city skylines, she saw an opportunity to use the unique shapes, patterns and colours to create unique, contemporary art pieces. During her many expeditions, she continued to create and developed her skills until eventually deciding to focus all her efforts on her work and follow her passion for creating art. Eventually, she decided to settle down in the beautiful area of Yorkshire where she now works from her Bingley studio.

    Mistify by Lisa Vallo

    Career

    In 2003, Lisa made the decision to become a full-time artist and devoted all of her time to creating more of her unique pieces. This gave her even more opportunity to experiment with new techniques and styles. Over the years, she has developed a diverse portfolio of work which has been sold to private collectors and art enthusiasts all over the world. She has cultivated a loyal following within the art community thanks to her unique, one-off commissions.

    In addition to private collectors, Lisa has also done a lot of work for large commercial companies, global brands and celebrity sports stars. The list of names includes Marks & Spencer and the global beauty brand, GHD. The work produced by Lisa speaks for itself and has helped her expand her reach and bring her art to a wider audience.

    Down at the Bottom of the Deep Blue Sea by Lisa Vallo

    Style and process

    Lisa’s art is inspired by her travels and is a representation of the diverse architecture found in cities around the world. She describes her work as intensely modern and prides herself on thinking outside of the box when it comes to choosing materials, colours and textures. The abstract style incorporates a series of different media to create contemporary pieces that would look great in homes, commercial properties and galleries. Lisa likes to use materials such as resin, gouache, Perspex, glass and metallic acrylic to create depth and texture. If you’re looking for something unique to add to your collection, browse her collection of works today.

  • Spotlight Artist: CK Wood

    Bluegrass Landscape by CK Wood

    Ever since Art2Arts was first established, we have aimed to create a bustling global community of artists, collectors and buyers who share a passion for innovation and creativity. Over the years, we have partnered with some of the most talented painters and artists from around the UK and the wider world. We have helped them follow their passion by showcasing their incredible work and providing a wider audience for them to communicate with.

    Continuing on with our journey to explore the lives and careers of our talented artists, we will be focusing on the UK-based painter, Carol Wood and her incredible contributions to the world of art. We hope that by sharing more information about Carol and her many experiences, it will give you more of an insight into the art industry and also into the processes and inspirations that help her to create some of her incredible paintings.

    If you have already heard of CK Wood, you will be familiar with the unique style of her art and how it reflects the beauty of the British countryside. She is particularly well-known for her vibrant depictions of poppies. If you are not familiar with Carol’s work, join us as we dive into the history of her experiences as a passionate creative and a professional artist.

    12 Red Love Roses by CK Wood

    Early years

    Much like many other renowned artists, Carol was first inspired to get creative with pencil and paper by her surroundings. She was born and raised in the City of Leeds which is surrounded by some of the most beautiful rural areas in Yorkshire. As a young explorer, she discovered the natural wonders that were hidden throughout the local woodlands and greeneries. Having a naturally creative mind, she found herself seeing the colours, shapes and textures in a different way and it compelled her to recreate it with pencils and brushes.

    Her fascination with poppies is what helped her to create some of her first substantial pieces and has continued to be an inspiration throughout her entire career. The rural areas in and around Yorkshire are some of the most beautiful in the UK so it’s no surprise that they had such a profound impact on Carol when she was a young aspiring artist. Her parents played a big part in her journey to becoming an artist. They gave her support and provided her with the tools she needed to turn her passion into a talent.

    Honesty Poppies by CK Wood

    Training

    As she got older and developed new interests, Carol’s passion for art and creativity never faded. In fact, throughout her school years, she continued to paint and further develop her technical skills. After finishing school, she decided to focus her efforts on developing a career as an artist and enrolled at the Leeds College of Art and Design. It was there where she was able to really hone her skills, learn new techniques and develop her own unique style.

    While at LCAD, Carol studied as a Surface Pattern Designer and Colourist which allowed her to diversify her skill set and apply her natural creativity to a wide range of different art styles and mediums. After graduating with flying colours (no pun intended) she spent some time studying floral design at the Stockport College of Art and Design which allowed her to express her love for nature and delve deeper into that area of art.

    A Tree Called Life by CK Wood

    Career

    After expanding her knowledge and gaining years of incredible experience during her years of study, Carol decided to put her career as an artist on hold for a while in order to raise a family and spend more time with her children. This only helped to inspire her creativity even more and when the time came, she picked up a paintbrush once again and began creating artwork like never before. She quickly received a lot of attention and praise from the art community which eventually allowed her to paint full-time in 2006.

    Since then, Carol has become a renowned painter and a beloved member of the Art2arts community. Her work has been purchased by collectors and fans from within the UK and all over the world. She continues to paint today from her home in Leeds where she can still find inspiration in the local surroundings.

    Grace Triptych by CK Wood

    Style and process

    As mentioned before, Carol is at her best when she is surrounded by nature and painting the beauty that she finds. Her most popular works are her paintings that feature poppies. She enjoys experimenting with colours and textures to create vibrant paintings that showcase the beauty of nature and Carol’s passion for landscapes.

    Carol’s unique use of perspective and composition invites the eye on a journey of colour into the world of nature. If you’re looking for a beautifully textured piece to add to your collection or have on your wall, be sure to check out Carol’s collection.

  • Spotlight artist: Caroline Ashwood

     

    Beauty Berry Bush by Caroline Ashwood

    Here at Art2Arts, we pride ourselves on being more than just an art seller. We are a strong community consisting of talented artists and dealers that have been brought together through a mutual love for creativity and an appreciation of all art styles. Every week, we welcome new and innovative artists into the community so they can share their work with the world and make connections with collectors and buyers from around the world.

    Our artists are the lifeblood of Art2Arts and in this series, we will be picking a few out and providing you with more information about who they are, how they discovered their passion for art and the ways in which they developed their own unique styles. Whether you’re an aspiring artist yourself or a collector, you can always learn a lot from hearing about the journey of the artist and the experiences that inspired their work.

    In this post, we are taking a closer look at the life and career of one of our favourite artists, Caroline Ashwood. She has been part of the Art2Arts community for years and is renowned for producing some of the best-selling paintings on the website. If you’re thinking about purchasing one of her pieces or you have already added one to your collection, be sure to read on for more insight into her artistic history.

    Brilliant Bloom by Caroline Ashwood

    Early years

    Caroline was born in 1970 just as the swinging sixties was dying out and the era of disco and flared jeans was just beginning. She was born in Yorkshire, England which is known for its beautiful rural areas, bustling towns and quaint villages. It was the colourful and lively scenery that first inspired some of Caroline’s earliest paintings and drawings. Even at such a young age, it became clear to herself and her parents that she had a passion and a natural talent for art. She would spend hours painting and sketching every chance she got and was always looking for inspiration in nature.

    It was the local Bluebell Woods where Caroline would spend her days exploring and sketching the natural beauty she discovered. The leaves, flowers and bright natural colours were what inspired her to first put pencil to paper. It was this instinctive passion for creativity and observation that made her realise that she wanted to enter the world of art and improve her talents.

    Indigo Mosaic #2 by Caroline Ashwood

    Training

    Her first step towards an exciting career in art came when Caroline received formal training as a graphic designer. In this role, she got a real taste of working within the industry and got a chance to learn from talented professionals. She was able to get hands-on experience and increase her passion and creative side while improving her technical skills. After that, she moved on to work for the renowned advertising agency, M&C Saatchi among others. This was a unique opportunity that allowed Caroline to work with some of the best artists in the business. However, she eventually left after finding her true calling.

    Career painter

    During her time working in the graphic design industry, Caroline was able to cultivate a following thanks to her unique and creative work. After receiving a lot of praise and selling a number of her original pieces, she decided to become a full-time painter in 2002. This allowed her to focus completely on her work and get back to her roots. She opened up a studio in her home of Yorkshire where she was once again able to let the natural scenery inspire her to create colourful and vibrant artwork.

    Throughout her career, Caroline has developed a global network of collectors and buyers. In addition to hundreds of homes, her work can be seen in a number of galleries around the world. Her paintings have also been featured in various shows and award ceremonies over the years where they have captured the attention of the biggest names in the business.

     

    High Tide by Caroline Ashwood

    Style and process

    What sets Caroline’s work apart from others is the vibrant and visceral style that creates a sense of excitement and gives life to the canvas. When talking about her work, Caroline explains how she relies on her instincts to create spontaneous pieces that reflect her internal passion in addition to the inspiration she gets from her surroundings. The abstract style of her work is truly unique and is a reflection of her natural ability to express herself through her art.

    As you browse through her collection of paintings, you’ll see that there is a consistent vibrancy throughout all of them but there are a variety of different styles and subject matter. Caroline’s love for nature is evident in all of her work, from ocean-inspired pieces to paintings that follow a theme of flowers and plants. The liveliness of her paintings will add colour and excitement to any room or gallery.

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