Posts Tagged ‘United Kingdom’

Artist of the moment………Trevor Bell



Trevor Bell is a British artist renown for his abstract style of painting. Trevor Bell was born in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England in the year 1930. Bell attended the Leeds College of Art.

A big step in fame came for the artist when he won a painting award at the Paris Biennial.

Bell sometimes uses shaped canvases.

Bell has also taught at the collegiate level at Florida State University at Tallahassee. The artist spent two decades in Florida before returning to Cornwall.

In this clip a great interview with the artist as he celebrated his 80th year. Many works are shown:

The artist is part of the permanent collection of the Tate.

Price range information: Works range from $5,000 to $40,000. The artist works in acrylics, ink, oils, gouache, and watercolor.

I enjoy the way Bell makes use of his shaped canvases. Each piece is made with dynamic lines that exaggerate the uniquely shaped canvases.


Artist of the moment……Si Scott



Si Scott is a contemporary British artist renown for his ink drawings of animals. Scott studied art and graphic design at Leeds College of Art and Buckingmanshire Chilterns University.

Scott has worked for many internationally known brands on advertising campaigns. He has also designed album covers.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

In this clip a brief interview with the artist:

The artist was named one of the top 200 illustrators in the world.

Si Scotti is based out of the United Kingdom.

In this brief clip we see the artist at work on many works:

Below a link to the website of Si Scott:

His style of free flowing animals are very creative but I think his work with text and letters is just as amazing. By using only black and white in most images we are able to view the outstanding drawing skills of Si Scott.


Artist of the moment………Paul Insect



Paul Insect is a British street artist renown for his creative work with the figure and animals. The artist is a painter and avid printmaker.

Paul Insect was born in the year 1971.

The artist often uses images dealing with aggression and sex, two characteristics often associated with male behavior.


Below we view a sort of party ball that was made using hypodermic needles:

Perhaps Great Britain’s most famous artist, Damien Hirst, is a huge fan of Paul Insect.

Insect has also designed music album covers.

Price range information: Prints can be found starting at $3,000 to $5,000. Original acrylic works can command as much as $50,000.

The artist is based out of London, England.




Artist of the moment……..Will Barras


Will Barras is a British illustrator born in Birmingham, England in the year 1973. The artist grew up in Brixton. Barras style mixes several styles including surrealism, abstraction, and work with the figure. He likes for his work to be in perpetual change and motion.

Barras now works as an animation director for commercials, a designer whose art is used for items including sunglasses and skateboards, and also a muralist.

The artist grew up in Brixton and is now based in London, England.

Here is an interview with Will Barras that took place in 2009:

Barras’ style is sometimes called fluid abstraction. I enjoy his art for its mix of realism and abstraction.

The artist works in many mediums and seems to favor acrylics and India ink.

Here Barras works on a large mural in Oslo, Norway:

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Below a link to the website of the artist:

The movement of the figures in Barras’ work reminds me of the American WPA artists such as Thomas Hart Benton.


Artist of the moment………….Street Artist Smug One



Smug One is a street artist who works as a realist painter and cartoonist. Many works have a humorous twist to them. The artist often paints celebrities and characters of pop culture such as the old man from the movie Up.

Smug One is based out of Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom.

Most works are made using free hand aerosol spray paint.

Smug One began to create street art masterpieces in 2000.

Below we catch a glimpse of the artist at work freehand painting images about the newest Planet of the Apes movie:

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Below another clip of the artist at work:

Smug One does an outstanding job of capturing unique expressions of people and animals. His subjects have a great sense of life and movement.



Artist of the moment………..Charles Mackintosh



Charles Mackintosh was a Scottish born architect and artist who painted in a modernist style. Charles Mackintosh was born in Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom in the year 1868. He was the fourth of eleven children. His father worked in the city police department. Mackintosh also worked as a sculptor.

He won a scholarship to study architecture after his high school age education was complete. He worked in this field from 1896 to 1906. Below we view a fantastic house that was designed by Charles Mackintosh but not completed until recently. The house is filled with examples of modernist art including the fireplace, many sets of tables and chairs, and light fixtures:

Mackintosh was inspired by Japanese art.

As a painter the artist worked mainly with the medium of watercolor. His favorite subjects were landscapes and floral works.

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Below a wonderful selection of modernist art from Charles Mackintosh:

He lived briefly in France and painted marine scenes of Port- Verdes, France often.

Charles Mackintosh passed away from cancer in 1928 at the age of 60 years old.

I enjoy the shapes the artist used in his depiction of flowers.



Artist of the moment………Eelus


Eelus is fantastic street artist based out of the United Kingdom. Eelus works in many mediums and is best known for the art of paper cutting, working with stencils, printmaking, and collage. Eelus was born in Wigan, a part of Greater Manchester, England in the year 1979.

He moved to London and became successful after his work was recognized by street artist legend Banksy and another street artist named Eine.

In this clip we visit the studio of Eelus and watch him work on creating some stencils:

Although the artist is capable of working in many mediums I am most impressed by his paper collage. His work with the figure and face using collage is hardly matched in the art world as far as realism and capturing a likeness.

For inspiration the artist often works with subjects he enjoys which include science fiction, women, and pop culture movies such as Star Wars.

Price range information: Prints range from 100 euros to 2000 euros. Original acrylic paintings can reach 5,000 euros.

Below a link to the website of Eelus:





Artist of the moment……Michael Seward Snow



Michael Seward Snow was a British painter renown for his abstract style. It is important to remember his middle name as another artist from Canada is also named Michael Snow.

Michael Seward Snow was born in Manchester, United Kingdom in the year 1930. His father was a headmaster of a school. Snow did not attend art school.

Seward Snow enjoyed the modernist art colony called St. Ives tremendously. The artist was also a member of the Penwith Society of Artists whose goal was to break away from the traditional definition of what art is.

The artist enjoyed looking at astronomer and often looked at stars for long periods of time.

For two decades Michael Seward Snow taught at Exeter Art College located in Exeter, Devon, England.

Michael Seward Snow passed away in 2012.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

What a great use of color, organic and inorganic shapes, edges, and composition. One has to appreciate artists who work in an abstract manner as they improve so much with age. Snow’s work reminds me of the wonderful Shirley Jaffe, who is still creating wonderful abstract paintings vast in size though she is in her 90s.


Artist of the moment……..Ian Wright


Ian Wright is a wonderful mixed media artist from the U.K. Ian Wright is based out of the United Kingdom and has used various materials including buttons, torn paper, badges, tape, beads, and salt. I compare him to artist Vik Muniz, who even used chocolate and caviar in some of his artwork.

Wright used salt to produce a work of Rapper Grandmaster Flash. The salt was supposed to represent cocaine in reference to a song made by the artist.

Wright was born in England in the year 1953. The artist attended Goldsmith’s College located in London and received a printmaking degree from the London College of Printing.

Below an interview with Ian Wright talking about working with paper:

In this interview the artist shares more of his creative works that deal with music as a theme:

The artist began his art career creating album covers back in the year 1978.

His artwork has recently graced the cover of Foreign Policy magazine.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

What a very creative artist! I saw his work recently on the cover of Foreign Policy magazine and was blown away by his works done using paper.


Artist of the moment………Street Artist Hush

Artist Hush hails from the United Kingdom and is renown for his street art featuring Geisha women wearing extraordinary robes.

Hush is also an illustrator and worked for many years as a designer of toys working in Japan.

The artist works also a printmaker. These works contain more sexy women that wear less clothes and are more like the Manga style.

price range information: Sorry none available.

In this clip an interview with the Hush:

In this clip a glance at Hush using his art on the shoes. Great Idea, and I would like to order a pair of Banksy shoes!

The geisha women are by far my favorite subject matter of the artist. A great blend of realism and abstraction.


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