Ben Kelly Paintings from the acclaimed Macclesfield based artist, have been taking the art world by storm, with each exhibition he has held-including his latest ‘The World of Ben Kelly‘-which, sold out before the opening night; being ‘the’ biggest selling show ever by a northern artist, with a large waiting list for his sought after works. A phenomenon -already-in the northern art scene, his enviable reputation has spread throughout the United Kingdom as art lovers clamber to purchase a sought after Ben Kelly painting not only for admiration of the work but also as a sound financial investment for the future, which is part of an ever growing movement to buy art as a positive alternative asset to property, bonds or equities. Continue reading “Ben Kelly Paintings” »
As part of our Winter Exhibition we are showing a selection of paintings and drawings from the estate of William Turner which we are selling on behalf of the William Turner estate. William Turner died in June 2013 at the age of 93 and was the last of the great northern industrial painters. He is one of the north’s most important artists and enjoyed huge commercial and critical success in the latter part of his life.
The works on show include two important large oil paintings and a number of smaller oils. There is also a preparatory pencil sketch for the oil painting he did of L.S. Lowry in 1974 plus an original Lowry drawing which Lowry gave to him at the Tib Lane gallery in Manchester in 1970.
The most exciting part of the collection is a series of 22 unseen watercolours which were discovered after the artist’s death and were found hidden away in his studio. These rare watercolours were done between 1949 and 1961 and include industrial scenes, rural landscapes, portraits and nudes. They are a must see for any William Turner collector.
The strength of the market for William Turner’s work was highlighted recently when The Funeral, a 16” x 18 ½” oil painted in 1970 sold at auction in Cheshire on the 28th November for £16,000.
The painting is painted from the perspective of the corpse looking up from the grave at the mourners who are peering over the edge. It’s one of his quirky paintings and shows his great sense of humour. It’s a unique work and we included it in William Ralph Turner our 2010 book on his life and career as an artist.
All available William Turner works can be viewed on our website www.clark-art.co.uk.
We recently had the pleasure of interviewing acclaimed Stockport Artist Stacey Manton.
Stacey was kind enough to speak with us about his inspirations growing up as a child, his admiration of Charlie Shiels, the type of people he likes to paint, and how his much sought after pieces are constructed – from beginning to end.