new artists


Chris Polunin

robert j. wyatt

Sarah Jane Bellwood

Born in Newcastle in 1989, Chris Polunin was always most interested in the art of the old masters. His search for a classical education in art led him to The Angel Academy in Florence and The Edinburgh Atelier of Fine Art where he underwent rigorous training based on that of 19th century ateliers. 
Philosophically he is most inspired by Cezanne’s lifelong search for the ideal composition while achieving the vibrancy of the Pre-Raphaelites is his technical aim. He creates a sense of drama in inanimate objects with strong lighting and a sense of slight tension. 

Robert J. Wyatt is an artist influenced by the work of the Renaissance painters, particularly that of the Flemish masters. Following a period of private study in classical drawing and painting technique Robert has gone on to develop contemporary approaches and themes in his work. Most of his paintings have a narrative; they are paintings “about” rather than simply “of” things.

Robert J. Wyatt is represented by several commercial galleries nationwide and has been
selected for exhibition by the Royal Institute of Oil Painters in London.

Most of Robert’s work begins with an idea rather than an object; the items in each still life are then gathered and composed to illustrate the original notion.

Initial sketches are completed to finalise the composition before a more detailed drawing from life is done. Wooden panel is used rather than canvas as the weave or “tooth” of canvas can interfere with more detailed work. Each panel is cut to size then primed with around eight coats of Gesso (a synthetic version of the rabbit skin glue used during the renaissance). This is done on both sides of the panel to prevent warping. The piece is then under painted to establish tonal changes and to provide a base for subsequent layers of paint. Some areas of the painting are completed using layers, or “glazes” of paint, each layer must be allowed to dry fully before further layers can be applied. A more direct approach may be used for certain areas of the painting to create the desired effect.

Sarah Jane Bellwood is an artist living and working in Lancaster, in the North West of England.

She gained a first class degree from St Martins College in Lancaster where she went on to teach painting and life drawing. She has exhibited widely and was awarded the North of England prize in both the 2014 National Open Art Competition at Somerset House and the 2017 Discerning Eye Exhibition at the Mall Galleries, London.

Sarah is predominantly interested in the wildlife inhabiting and sustained by hedgerows. She looks at pollinating insects and the role they have in human sustenance and regularly donates from painting sales to the British Bumblebee Conservation Trust.

She uses watercolour and acrylics to make carefully observed paintings of insects and birds, feathers and eggs. She looks at objects of human detritus, man made articles made with equal care and attention to the objects found in nature. These are laid out for inspection and painted in meticulous detail.

Her paintings hang in both private and public collections




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