10 Paintings to Covet this Christmas
We all know that painting is hands down the most popular medium, there’s something so special about an original piece of artwork, the artist’s touch on the canvas and the free forms or incredible precision that can be achieved with a brush. Even with the trend-enduring fickleness of the art world, painting will always prevail. And this Christmas we have 10 paintings at the top of our wish list, and are hoping for all our art dreams to come true.
Wayne Sleeth’s work reminds us of a winter garden tipped in snow. He’s painted flowers and fleurs de lys using a combination of freehand painting, stencilled paint and dripped paint to create a lace-like aesthetic.
Taken from his beautiful series of ballerina paintings, Peter Hawkins’ painting attempts to give the viewer a behind the scenes view point. It offers a poignant and elegant moment of a ballerina’s pose, reminiscent of Degas’ famous works.
Paul offers a stunning break from the representational with his series of abstract and unique paintings. The artists hand can be seen through the impasto brushstrokes, some heavily dragged on with a palette knife.
4 Ruin, Daisy Clarke
This sweet yet surreal painting is a real gem. Daisy Clarke plays on symbolic language, using strange and melancholic motifs from fairy-tales to portray mystical scenes.
Jinsheng You offers us a scene of tranquillity through a lovely interplay of light and colour. The rich blue tones are uplifted by flecks of pinkish orange; an optimism pushing through the cloud.
Another from Jinsheng You, a perfect snowy scene for the Winter months and beyond. You visited the mountain in Tibet which inspired him to paint this powerful scene.
Nadia Day’s impressions of red deer in Richmond Park instantly caught my eye – Richmond Park is a magical place at Christmas and a favourite to visit in the snow!
On the theme of Winter walks, Laura Cramer’s painting is a beautifully subtle view of a wintery woodland scene. This work was painted after one of Laura’s walks with her whippet – a daily ritual.
Elizabeth Jardine is interested in how we connect to our physical landscape in what can often feel like a dislocated world – I’m certainly pulled in, powerfully, to this dreamlike woodland scene.
10 Red and Orange by Marion Jones
I’ve chosen to finish with a wonderfully uplifting painting by Marion Jones. The red, orange and pink tones pulse to create an energetic yet warming composition – a piece like this would also make a lovely Christmas gift for a loved one and look gorgeous in a bedroom setting.