Summer Preparations in the Sculpture Garden May 22 2019

We've just completed some external repairs on the arbour leading into the Purple Gallery Sculpture Garden.
Thanks to Jason at Farrow and Ball in Solihull for sending an overnight delivery of Farrow and Ball's
Green Blue exterior eggshell, we managed to complete the work yesterday and the garden is looking grand
again and ready for new sculptures and Summer planting!


Pea Pods & Poppies! May 16 2019

We have just taken delivery of some wonderful new ceramics created by Elaine Hind (RBSA).    Elaine studied ceramics at Birmingham College of Art gaining an N.D.D. and A.T.D.  She was in charge of the 3D Design Department at the Bournville Centre, part of the University of Central England, but retired in 2005.

Elaine has exhibited widely in the Midlands and has work in collections in Manchester and Birmingham.  In 2007, her porcelain lamps were featured in ‘Breaking the Mould’ published by Black Dog.

Elaine’s work is always made with porcelain and is semi or non-functional and usually involves a lot of modelling. She pays attention to detail and her work has an element of representationalism or illustration about it.  Her main subjects are natural forms, especially flowers.   She tries to capture the spirit of the subject in a free and sculptural way - never photographically.

Click here to view the new collection>>>


Crab Boats and Cornets! April 18 2019

We have just taken delivery of some new signed, limited edition prints by Paul Robinson.  Paul was born in Penrith in Cumbria in 1959.  He studied Fine Art at Carlisle College of Art. After graduating Paul moved to London where he began a successful career as a freelance illustrator, working for many leading publications such as the Sunday Times and Radio Times. He also continued painting in oils and acrylics, developing his strong style, inspired by the streets of London.  

Paul moved from London to Norfolk in 1999 and was delighted to discover a whole new world to explore; from the contrast of the cityscape to the Norfolk landscape with its wide expanse of sea and sky. His style is instantly recognisable and his paintings are becoming more and more collectable.

Humour is a powerful emotion as is nostalgia and it is these elements that strike you first about Paul Robinson's paintings, then texture, then colour. However, there is another vital ingredient to these engaging paintings, one that he shares with that other observer of people - Lowry.  Each picture tells a story, a cameo of the life of ordinary people going about their daily lives, often windblown, snowbound or drenched by a downpour, handbags flapping, dogs pulling. Paul's paintings radiate a warmth which never fails to touch the onlooker and appear to have a timeless quality, although there are undeniably elements of the 1950s in his work. 

Paul's partner, Lisa, is the creator of the titles and poems that accompany these paintings - making them all the more difficult to resist!

image featured: Crab Boats and Cornets  
"A nice bit of sun and we're all feeling jolly, but I just can't decide - ice cream or lolly!"    
Signed, Giclee Print,  £65


Spring Whites March 06 2019

Scottish born artist Dionne Sievewright will be one of eight artists exhibiting at this years Spring Exhibition opening at Purple Gallery on Saturday 16th March 2019. 

A love of colour and texture are obvious in Dionne's  vibrant and dramatic paintings - inspired by the changing seasons seen in the landscape of the British Isles.

The influence of her wide experience in illustration and design and in particular working as a textile designer in the Italian fashion house Missoni, can be detected in her approach to both her landscape and still life paintings.  She considers herself very fortunate to be fulfilling her dream... dedicating time to something she loves so much. 
 
image featured: Spring Whites, Mixed Media on Canvas, 101 cm x 76 cm

Click here>>> to view other still life paintings available at the Spring Show


The Emotion of Landscape February 04 2019

A Solo Exhibition of Oil, Acrylic and Mixed Media Paintings by Colin Carruthers
Exhibition opening: Saturday 9th February from 10 am - 4 pm

Exhibition Dates: 09/02/19 - 10/03/19

Colin Carruthers was born in Antrim Town in Northern Ireland, where he spent most of his early childhood. He moved to Birmingham in 1995, studied Fine Art at Margaret Street and completed a B.A. Honours degree in 1997. 

The significance of light and shade in creating an atmosphere, play an important part in Colin’s work and he is particularly interested in the interplay of light between water and sky.   Colin likes to make trips to the countryside and coast and continues to draw inspiration from his travels. Over the past fifteen years he has travelled extensively to the Scottish Isles, the U.K., France and Spain.  New Oil, Acrylic & Mixed Media Paintings are featured in this exhibition, along with new limited edition prints. 


A Winter's Day - New Acrylic Paintings December 06 2018

Colin Carruthers was born in Antrim Town in Northern Ireland, where he spent most of his early childhood. He lived in Germany for a time and at various locations in the U.K., moving to Birmingham in 1985. Having studied Fine Art at Margaret Street in 1994, he was drawn towards painting and completed a B.A. Honours degree in 1997.

The significance of light and shade in creating an atmosphere, play an important part in Colin’s work and he is particularly interested in the interplay of light between water and sky.    When he is not painting in his studio, Colin likes to make trips to the countryside and coast and continues to draw inspiration from his travels. Over the past fifteen years he has travelled extensively to the Scottish Isles, the U.K., France and Spain.

IMAGE : A Winter's Day, Acrylic on Board , 34 cm x 28 cm by Colin Carruthers


Méliès Bell (Le Cloche) by Mike Allison November 21 2018

This is one in a series of Alphabet prints created by printmaker Mike Allison. The series is loosely based upon the early French film director George Méliès - his most iconic image being the rocket landing into the moon/cake

Méliès films are full of imagery and symbolism that evoke stories and quite specific feelings.  Mikes prints use elements from the films and draw upon the feelings they impart, often being combined and updated to match specific dreams, daydreams or events in the printmaker's own life.   

Each print is a limited edition of up to 40 prints. A range of printmaking techniques has been used -  often in the same print. Size approximately 26 cm x 22 cm; framed size approximately 43 cm wide x 38 cm high.

Image shown: Méliès Bell (Le Cloche), £175 (framed)


Christmas Brochures! November 08 2018

Our Christmas Exhibition brochures have just arrived from the printers so we will be sending them out to our customer base over the next few days!

One of the artists featured in the Christmas catalogue is Italian-born Giuliana Lazzerini.  Giuliana was born in Seravezza near Pietrasanta in Tuscany.   She divides her time between painting (oils, acrylics and watercolours) and printmaking.

The Tuscan landscape and childhood memories still bear a strong influence upon Giuliana’s current work. In an earlier statement she describes her first encounters with art in Italy as a child in her father’s mosaic studio. She refers to the “translucency of the mosaic fragment” and her “fascination with the vibrancy of colour” from the juxta positioning of the pieces. These early perceptions, several years on, provide a language and a vocabulary for her pictures in terms of colour, surface, scale of which she uses in the construction of her tapestry-like, interlocking, angular-surfaced village landscapes.  

image featured: Snow Dales, Acrylic on Canvas by Giuliana Lazzerini; 80 cm x 80 cm £1,550

 


Blue and Cream Slipware October 31 2018

Just in!   We have a great range of new ceramics in the gallery by Mary Johnson

Mary makes ceramic vessels based on the tradition and new interpretations of slip decorated earthenware, using techniques applied in contemporary and unusual ways.   She has developed two ranges of work - tall, decorative and striking vessels filled with symbolic texture; a range of functional fun pieces which can be used in the home.  Plants, insects and tools are drawn directly onto the work from sketches made in the garden and allotments.  The work is thrown on a wheel from red clay with added materials to give a varied texture and feel. It is then torn or broken and reassembled to make vessels which are decorative and symbolic.



Image shown: Blue and Cream Harvest Jug, 26 cm h x 20 cm x 11 cm; £195


Library Reflection - 100 Views of Birmingham September 27 2018

In 2015, Mike Allison began a printmaking project called 100 Views of Birmingham. The project was initially inspired by Hiroshige’s 100 views of Edo and Mike was attracted by the scale and professional commitment such a project would require of him!  

One hundred views is a considerable journey that will inevitably document a changing Birmingham.

In some of Mike's prints, Hiroshige’s influence is evident in the choice of subject or use of composition but influences and ideas are also appropriated from other contemporary photographers, film-makers and printmakers. 


We have three new prints now in stock in this series:  Library Reflection (image shown) , Peace Gardens and Argent College Rooftop Garden

Click here to view available prints>>>

Further Information: Mike was born in Whalley, Lancashire in 1970 and now works and resides in the West Midlands.   He completed a BA Honours Degree in Fine Art at Winchester School of Art in 1992 and a Masters in Fine Art at De Montfort University in 2005. 

 


Artists' Cats and Dogs August 15 2018

Mychael Barratt was born in Toronto, Canada where he studied Fine Art.  He moved to London in 1984 where he attended Central School, St Martins, from 1989 to 1990. He was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Painter/Printmakers (RE) in 2002 and became President of the Society in 2013. 

He is a narrative artist who illustrates incidents from every day life – his sense of humour being evidenced throughout his prints and paintings.  One day many years ago while working on a piece in a series called Life Imitating Art,  Mychael started to think about what Marc Chagall's dog might look like and created the drawing for Chagall's Dog in Love.  This was quickly followed by Van Gogh's Dog - along with a cascade of other ideas - in what has become a running series of Artists' cats and dogs etchings.    Amongst his achievements, Mychael has written and had published his own book on intaglio printmaking but has also had published a book entitled:   The Master's Muse - Artists' Cats and Dogs  - which illustrates his own etchings, silks screen prints and paintings from the Series.  Hardbook edition available on Amazon Price £20  (NB the book cover appears as Red on the Amazon product page (which is a pre-published image) but the correct colour and title is actually shown in the image on this page.

As Mychael’s work has become more sought after - with sell-out editions, it is pleasing that he has continued to be creative in adding new prints to this wonderful fun series of prints.  There will be some new prints available in the Artists' Cats and Dogs Series, at the Purple Gallery Autumn Exhibition which opens on September 1st 2018.


Miniature Sculptures June 22 2018

Some great new miniature metal sculptures have just arrived, by Sculptor David Mayne.  David completed a B.A.(Hons) in Fine Art at Sheffield Polytechnic in 1986. He is a now a sculptor of national repute with work in both public and private collections throughout the UK.  

His richly textured steel sculptures are the result of extensive welding and grinding of the surfaces as he explores his subject’s unique qualities. The results are beautiful, bespoke sculptures, that capture the movement and essence of a particular creature.

We have a great range of moderately priced works now in the gallery. Click here to view >>>


Coming Soon! Hydrangeas and Silver Spoon May 17 2018

A love of colour and texture are obvious in Dionne Sievewright's vibrant and dramatic paintings inspired by the changing seasons seen in the landscape of Scotland, South West England and South Wales, where she now has her studio. 

The influence of her wide experience in illustration and design and in particular working as a textile designer in the Italian fashion house, Missoni, can be detected in her approach to landscapes and still life paintings.

Dionne considers herself very fortunate to be fulfilling her dream... dedicating time to something she loves so much.

Four of Dionne's still life paintings will be available at the Purple Gallery Summer Show from 9.15 am on Saturday 23rd June . The show runs until 25th August 2018.   Click here to view the Exhibition Catalogue>>>


Bournville - Cherry Blossoms April 22 2018

Spring is a great time for Cherry Blossom trees in leafy Bournville and you won't have to travel for more than a mile in Bournville, to find a green space with lots of trees and a place of peace and quiet.

Bournville Park sits a stone's throw away from the Village Green, nestling between aptly named Oak Tree Lane and Beech Road and only a  short distance from neighbouring roads -  Sycamore, Maple, Acacia, Willow, Laburnum and Elm. The roads of the Bournville Estate were lined with trees as part of an initiative in by-gone days by the Cadbury family,  who built cottages and houses adjacent to their new factory to give workers a better environment to live in.    The stream called the Bourn which runs through the park, runs west-to-east through the Bournville factory site and to this the Cadbury brothers added the French word ville meaning 'town', for it was fashionable at that time for confectionery to be thought to be French or Swiss.

We currently stock a series of signed, limited edition prints of Cherry Blossom Trees by Colin Carruthers, along with other prints in The Urban Village Series.

image: Sunlit Cherry Trees, Bournville Park Giclee Print, £95 

 

 


New Blackbirds Range! March 23 2018

We have some new ceramics in the gallery by Devon Potter Rosemary Jacks. Working from
her studio in rural East Devon Rosemary makes a range of cheerful and useful ceramics.
Each piece is thrown on her potters wheel using a red earthenware clay, the traditional material
of Devon pottery.  

Her pots are both fun and functional with quirky animal and bird decorations with a simple,
naive style and subtle colours.  Rosemary says: "I want people to enjoy using my pieces
everyday and for them to bring a smile in the hectic modern world." 

Click here to view work>>>

 

 

 

 


Colours of Spring March 14 2018

This Spring's Exhibition at Purple Gallery showcases the work of established printmaker Vicky Oldfield. 

Vicky’s strong images are created using Collagraphs  –  which are created using an experimental form of printmaking.  The prints are taken from plates which have been collaged with a variety of materials:  card, fabric, paper, string, sand and anything else  that Vicky may decide to use. The plates are then sealed, inked up and printed in intaglio or relief on damp paper using an etching press. The embossed textural quality of the print is unique to this method. Thanks to the process itself, Vicky is able to make small editions of the image. The editions are variable due to the process and her desire to experiment, which means each of Vicky's prints are unique. 

featured image: On My Windowsill, 40 cm x 50 cm by Vicky Oldfield

Click here to view Vicky demonstrating the Collagraph printmaking technique>>>

View the Colours of Spring Online Catalogue>>>


A Life of Birds and Fish February 14 2018

Red Hare Publishing have been working with sculptor Stephen Henderson to create this fabulous book - A Life of Birds and Fish.   With a collection of Stephen's favourite wood carvings and a handful of evocative photographs of the habitat around his studio on the Walton Backwaters, this book could be the ideal purchase for anyone interested in art and landscape.

Stephen Henderson grew up among intensely artistic surroundings. The youngest of four children, he is the son of renowned photographer and pop-artist Nigel Henderson. Stephen's mother Judith was raised in and around the Bloomsbury Group, as a niece of Virginia Woolf. The family moved to the East Essex coast in the 1950s, with Stephen being born shortly afterwards in 1956. Stephen’s teenage years were spent shooting and fishing on the marshes where he developed a keen eye for the movements and habits of wildfowl and fish. Even today, the workshop and studio at his family home look out across those very same marshes, providing a constant source of inspiration.

The book foreword is by Jules Pretty, Professor of Environment and Society, University of Essex, author of This Luminous Coast (2011), The Edge of Extinction (2014) and The East Country (2017).  48 pages, full colour throughout, soft back with flaps Price £11.95.  Click here to purchase>>> 


Exhibition Dates 2018 January 06 2018

NEW PAINTINGS by Colin Carruthers
Exhibition opening: Saturday 17th February from 9.15 am - 6.15 pm
Exhibition dates: 17/02/18 - 10/03/18   Click here for online catalogue>>>

SPRING EXHIBITION  
Exhibition opening: Saturday 17th March from 9.15 am - 6.15 pm
Exhibition dates: 17/03/18 - 26/05/18

Gallery CLOSED from Thursday 31st May to Saturday 16th June inclusive

SUMMER EXHIBITION  
Exhibition opening: Saturday 23rd June from 9.15 am - 6.15 pm
Exhibition dates: 23/06/18 - 25/08/18

AUTUMN EXHIBITION
Exhibition opening: Saturday 1st September from 9.15 am - 6.15 pm
Exhibition dates: 01/09/18 - 10/11/18
 
CHRISTMAS EXHIBITION  
Exhibition opening: Saturday 17th November from 9.15 am - 6.15 pm
Exhibition dates: 17/11/17 - 24/12/18

Merry Christmas! December 22 2017

We would like to say thanks to all of our customers for your continued support and we wish you all a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!   

We are closed from Saturday 23rd December to Friday 5th January inclusive. Purple Gallery re-opens on Saturday 6th January 2018 from 9.15 a.m. - 6.15 p.m.

 


Christmas Countdown! December 14 2017

There are just 9 Christmas shopping days left at Purple Gallery! We still have lots of great works of art available for sale with free shipping for purchases online if you can't make it to the gallery.  Also available, original and giclee prints, ceramics, jewellery, sculpture and craft items. Christmas Cards still also available. 

Click here for our online catalogue>>>
   

Last posting date for ONLINE ORDERS  is Monday 18th December 


Click here for our Christmas Opening Hours>>>>


The Orange Tree November 17 2017

Michael Disley is a stone and granite sculptor based in the U.K. Trained as both artist and stonemason he has over a hundred works sited in the U.K, Europe and Japan as well as many pieces in public and private collections.  His work is beautifully crafted and aims to lift the spirits of the viewer.  

Influenced by trips to Zimbabwe in the early 1990s to work with the Shona sculptors and travels to Japan, his work is both calm and happy.  Over the last two years, journeys to source granite in China and hard sandstones in Rajasthan have moved his work in new directions, and the use of these materials has become a central part of his practice.

There will be three of Michael's new sculptures available at the Purple Gallery Christmas Exhibition which runs from Saturday 25th November to Friday 22nd December inclusive. 

Image shown: The Orange Tree -  Spanish Marble on an Oak Plinth

 


The Little Picture Show October 16 2017

Opening: Saturday 21st October  9.15 am - 6.15 pm

New Artists: Martin John Fowler (Paintings) and Lea Phillips (Ceramics)
Other Exhibiting Artists:  Carrick Siddell (Paintings)
Colin Carruthers (Paintings & Giclee Prints)
Flora McLachlan (Prints)
Giuliana Lazzerini (Paintings & Prints)
Iveta Goddard (Ceramics)
Janette Summerfield (Paintings)
Kerry Tremlett (Prints)
Lauren van Helmond (Wall Art)
Mike Allison (Prints)
Muriel Bernard (Paintings & Prints)
Rosemary Jacks (Pottery)
Sue Dyer (Ceramics)


GALLERY CLOSURE September 29 2017

Purple Gallery will be closed from Sunday 1st October - Tuesday 17th October inclusive.    

The Gallery Re-opens on Wednesday 18th October at 9.15 a.m.  

THE LITTLE PICTURE SHOW commences on 21/10/17 at 9.15 am and continues
during usual gallery open hours until Saturday 18th November 2017. View Online Catalogue >>>

 


Landscape Exhibition Opening Saturday 19th August 2017 August 14 2017

Our new Landscape Exhibition will showcase a wide range of new Paintings, Prints, Ceramics Sculpture, Jewellery and Craft by established Purple Gallery Artists.   

CLICK HERE TO VIEW OUR ONLINE CATALOGUE>>>

We have a great series of Tree Landscape etchings by Printmaker Ian MacCulloch ; Watercolour landscapes by Jonathan Taylor (ARBSA); a vivid range of original linocut and giclee Tuscany prints by Italian artist Giuliana Lazzerini  as well as English and French Oil landscapes by Colin Carruthers.

Image left: Cotswold Lane, Winter Light. One of five new watercolours available from Jonathan Taylor (ARBSA)

We will be introducing new mugs, jugs and bowls to the gallery by Rosemary Jacks. Working from her studio in rural East Devon, Rosemary uses red earthenware clay - the traditional material of Devon pottery to make pots that are both fun and functional with quirky animal and bird decorations with a simple naive style.

 

 
Landscape Vase by Sue Dyer Pottery by Rosemary Jacks

 

 

 

Rosemary's work will be available at the Exhibition opening on Saturday 19th August - so please come along for first pick of her great range of cheerful pottery.......but if you can't make it, some of her Trees, Dill & Butterflies and Oystercatcher Ranges will be available to purchase online after the show has opened.  

There will also be some amazing new large landscape vases on display by Sue Dyer, who uses the intricate Mishima inlay process to decorate her porcelain pieces.


Anteater and Whippet! August 04 2017

PRINTMAKER Sam Marshall originates from the flat fens of Lincolnshire, where her father was a cabbage farmer.  She originally trained at the Slade School of Fine Art and later completed an MA in Drawing at the Royal Drawing School. Having lived in London for over 20 years, she recently relocated to rural Northamptonshire where she now concentrates on her printmaking and running print workshops.  

Anteaters are one of Sam's favourite animals and feature frequently in her work. In this print, Sam wanted the Anteater to take centre stage whilst courting a small whippet in the right hand corner. Sam had ambitious plans to make this print a very involved multi-colour linocut, but after many experiments, felt that one colour worked best!


Portholes! - New Jewellery by Lawrence Gibson June 22 2017

Lawrence Gibson was brought up in a hamlet near the Lizard Peninsula in Cornwall. He gained a National Diploma from Falmouth School of Art in 1991 and relocated and gained a First Class Degree with Honours from Cardiff Institute of H.E. in 1994.Post education, Lawrence worked in the model-making business where he learnt new techniques and processes which lent themselves to the design and manufacture of jewellery. New forms were created through inspiration from the UK coast, its beautiful coves and beaches, fishing harbours and surf culture. Now based in Sully, South Wales, the process continues… as does the creation of ocean inspired jewellery made with pewter and resin.

Purple Gallery stocks a wide range of Lawrence's jewellery. Price range from £12 - £30


Floozie in the Jacuzzi May 24 2017

Mark Hickman was born in the West Midlands. He completed  a BA Honours Degree in Fine Art at Leeds Metropolitan in 2001 and  moved to Goldsmith's College in London to complete a Postgraduate Diploma in 2005.

Having studied and lived in London, the beauty of the capital city became obvious to Mark and he frequently visited, sketched and photographed the city through its landmarks. After spending a decade producing concept based paintings, Mark decided upon a radical change. He gradually became interested in atmosphere, natural and artificial light and embarked upon producing a series of paintings exploring a different set of values.  

Mark still continues to be inspired by the city and landscape surrounding  him. Now residing in the West Midlands,  his latest paintings focus on iconic images of the second city -  Birmingham.  

Image: Floozie in the Jacuzzi, Oil on Canvas, 35 cm x 25 cm £350 


The Purple Gallery Spring Exhibition May 08 2017

Our Spring Exhibition is now underway and will continue until Saturday 17/6/17. This exhibition draws together new work from Painters, Printmakers, Ceramicists, Sculptors and Jewellers from within the U.K.  

CLICK HERE TO VIEW OUR ONLINE CATALOGUE>>>

We will be introducing for the first time, the work of printmaker Mike Allison and also recently added to the gallery - linocuts by printmaker Kerry Tremlett.   FREE SHIPPING WITHIN THE UK


100 Views of Birmingham April 15 2017

In 2015, Mike Allison began a printmaking project called 100 Views of Birmingham. The project was initially inspired by Hiroshige’s 100 views of Edo and Mike was attracted by the scale and professional commitment such a project would require of him!  One hundred views is a considerable journey that will inevitably document a changing Birmingham.

In some of Mike's prints, Hiroshige’s influence is evident in the choice of subject or use of composition but influences and ideas are also appropriated from other contemporary photographers, film-makers and printmakers.

Mike was born in Whalley, Lancashire in 1970 and now works and resides in the West Midlands. 
  He completed a BA Honours Degree in Fine Art at Winchester School of Art in 1992 and a Masters in Fine Art at De Montfort University in 2005. 

image shown: The Electric Cinema, Relief Print, 30 cm x 40 cm £140 (u/f) £175 (framed)


Together - Miniatures! March 17 2017


We are pleased to have some new miniature sculptures in the gallery by Yorkshire Sculptor David Mayne.  

David completed a B.A.(Hons) Fine Art at Sheffield Polytechnic in 1986.  He is a sculptor of national repute with work in both public and private collections throughout the UK.  

His richly textured steel sculptures are the result of extensive welding and grinding of the surfaces as he explores his subject’s unique qualities. The results are beautiful, bespoke sculptures, that capture the movement and essence of a particular creature.

 


Fresh from the Press IV February 26 2017

This week we will be hanging a new exhibition featuring the work of some of the U.K.'s very best printmakers.

Collagraphs, Etchings, Linoprints and Screenprints will be available at the show.

Contributing artists: Mychael Barratt, Ed Boxall, Barbara Jackson, Flora McLachlan, Ian MacCulloch, Vicky Oldfield, Hugh Ribbans, Jane Walker.

There will also be giclee prints by Colin Carruthers and Paul Robinson.   

Click here for further information on Printmaking Processes>>>


Journey - A Solo Exhibition of Paintings February 17 2017


Over the past ten years Colin Carruthers has travelled extensively to the Scottish Isles,
throughout the U.K. and more recently to France.

The significance of light and shade in creating an atmosphere, play an important part in his work and he is particularly interested in the interplay of light between water and sky.  

This Solo exhibition draws 
together a collection of works created using differing media and shows Colin’s journey in his use of colour and some of the developments he has made over the last ten years.


Bournville Paintings and Prints January 01 2017

Colin Carruthers was born in Antrim in Northern Ireland in 1963. When he was a young boy living in Antrim someone bought him a bar of Bournville chocolate. He remembers not liking the taste that much (he prefers Cadburys Dairy Milk) and thinking that Bournville was a fictitious name made up for a chocolate bar and not a real place.  

His older brother came to Birmingham to study accountancy and Colin followed a few years later - going on to study Fine Art at Margaret Street. Little did Colin know that many years later, he would create a painting of the very same factory where his chocolate bar was made and that he would be selling his work at a gallery just a short distance away. Original paintings and signed, limited edition prints of his work, are available at Purple Gallery.  Click here to view>>> 


We've Found the Sun.. Remember the Sun? November 24 2016

In this week's publication I Choose Birmingham have featured the work of Purple Gallery artist Mark Hickman. Editor Tom Cullen creates weekly e-mails revealing the best in culture, food, bars, films, entertainment and exhibitions, in and around Birmingham. 

 


Printmaker, Creative Writer, Author...... November 13 2016


Ed Boxall is an artist, writer and creative educator living in Hastings, England.   He work in many areas such as printmaking, small scale book publishing, poetry, storytelling, songwriting and education.  

Ed produces series of limited edition linoprints - some exploring quiet moments of solitude experienced alone in wild natural places, others depicting animal friendships. The prints are all hand made and unique. Created using traditional printmaking methods on Fabriano Rosapina papers.

 image : Little Boat, Linoprint;  21 cm x 21 cm (paper size 35 cm x 48 cm) ; Edition 32/50

 


Birmingham Watercolours November 07 2016

Jonathan Taylor is an Associate Member of the RBSA and has recently produced two lovely watercolour paintings depicting Birmingham scenes.  Jonathan was born in Stourbridge, West Midlands.  He studied in Worcester and Leeds between 1982 and 1987 before turning professional in 1988.  It was whilst at Leeds that he discovered his love of painting his surroundings. His inspiration always starts by being there in the landscape and experiencing it's moods. He paints using watercolours and pastels.

Artist Statement:  "I am primarily concerned with the depiction of light in the environment - be it cityscape, landscape or seascape. I am fascinated how the changing light conditions can transform a scene. Atmosphere is always the starting point whenever I approach a painting and I always try and create a sense of place and of mood.  I hope  the viewer can feel something of what it is like to be there -  wherever it may be".


Christmas is Coming! October 22 2016


We are now busy preparing for our next exhibition-  The Purple Gallery Christmas Show - which will officially open on Saturday 5th November at 9.15 a.m.  We will have four new artists exhibiting with us for the first time:  Ed Boxall (Printmaker), Frances Rogers (Painter), Katy Mai Webster (Ceramic Jewellery and Screenprints), Olivia Jeffries (Ceramics).    


If you would like a sneak preview of what is to come,
click here>>>  to view our preliminary online catalogue of work for the show.

 

 


Silver Birch with Fox September 01 2016


Some lovely new metal sculptures have just arrived in the gallery that have been created by sculptor David Mayne.  His richly textured steel sculptures are the result of extensive welding and grinding of the surfaces as he explores his subject’s unique qualities. The results are beautiful, bespoke sculptures, that capture the movement and essence of a particular creature.

A sculptor of national repute, David produces work for galleries, public spaces and the domestic environment. His artwork has been commissioned throughout the country and can be found in town
centres, rural locations, public buildings and private homes and gardens.

Click here to view current work>>>


The Eye Watching You........ August 11 2016

I Choose Birmingham has featured an article on Carrick Siddell in this week's publication. Carrick's work is part of a mixed exhibition of contemporary artwork at our Autumn Exhibition and his Birmingham paintings will be available at Purple Gallery until the end of October 2016.

Autumn Exhibition 2016 August 01 2016

This exhibition focuses on the work of West Midlands Artists and draws together a great collection of acrylic and oil paintings - many depicting Birmingham scenes.

Featured Artist: Carrick Siddell
Carrick Siddell was born in Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands and travelled extensively as a child – spending many years growing up between America and Spain. He studied Fine Art at the University of Wolverhampton, graduating with a BA Honours Degree in 2002, followed by a PGCE in Art and Design from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2005.
Carrick likes to record the subtle changes in light and shadow that would normally go unnoticed.

His paintings record these changes and sights, almost like memories or snapshots of the places he has visited.    
These paintings are the result  of ideas that manifested themselves  some years ago. Interested in capturing the way light and shadows played on the surfaces of buildings, Carrick observed the way the summer sun burned into walls and streets - casting cool shadows - and painted the way the light changed in Autumn through to Winter.  

This series of Birmingham paintings records the way Carrick sees the City and are painted at eye level.  He paints with thick oils, moulding and sculpting the scene, until he has captured the required memory.  Click here to view the online catalogue>>>

 


The Urban Village Series June 30 2016

Since exhibiting at Purple Gallery, Colin Carruthers has painted many Birmingham scenes - some depicting Bournville and the surrounding areas.  These paintings have proven very popular and some of these iconic scenes are now available to purchase as limited edition giclée prints at very affordable prices. 

If you are interested in purchasing any of these prints,  they can be purchased directly from Purple Gallery or online via our website.



Own Art Plus May 20 2016

Purple Gallery has been an Own Art member Gallery for the last ten years. We have facilitated many sales of original works of art (including ceramics and sculpture) by offering an interest free loan over 10 months through the Own Art Scheme.

Arts Council England now offer another interest free scheme - Own Art Plus.  It works in a similar way to the current Own Art Scheme but facilitates a loan for purchases over £2,500 up to £25,000.

Click here to view artwork currently available under the Own Art Plus scheme>>> 

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Dreaming of Birds April 24 2016

Now available - vibrant ceramic figurines in the Dreaming of Birds Series - by Susan Czopor. 

Susan Czopor graduated with a BA Hons in Fine Art from the Surrey Institute of Art and Design in 1996.   As well as painting - Susan creates brightly decorated ceramics - one of which was selected for display at the V&A Museum in early 2000.   Her paintings and ceramics celebrate colour, form, pattern and texture. Thoughts, feelings, figures and objects are synthesised into a unified visual statement reflecting her 'inner world'.

Painting Influences  - Paula Modersohn-Becker, Chagall, Klimt, Matisse, Mary Fedden and narratives of Frida Kahlo and Shani Rhys-James.

Ceramics Influences - Philip Eglin


Salt Pots and Olive Bowls March 24 2016


We have some great new ceramics in the gallery from Robert Goldsmith.  Robert established Selborne Pottery in 1985 after attaining a BA Honours in Ceramics at West Surrey College of Art and Design in Farnham. All Robert’s  work is hand thrown and turned stoneware.  No machines or moulds are used and the traditional techniques have taken many years to perfect. Combined with high temperature stoneware glazes, fine brushwork, wax resist and glaze trailing, the finished pots with rich copper red and cobalt blue glazes are both functional and decorative whilst still having a contemporary look.   Although decorative, the pots have been designed to be used and are oven and dishwasher safe.

The Diva Series March 11 2016

We have some wonderful new figurines now available in the gallery by Edtya. 

Born in Poland, sculptress Edyta Szymanska comes from an artistic background. Her father was a painter and writer  -       his work informing her sensibilities throughout her childhood. 

Working mainly with clay Edyta creates both small figurative and large scale ceramic pieces. Interpreted through colour, texture and form, Edyta uses the human figure as the vehicle through which to express beauty, line and grace.

Price: £125 each


The Cadbury Factory in Moonlight February 11 2016

I was talking with Colin about his painting The Cadbury Factory in Moonlight......He was telling me that when he was a young boy living in Antrim, someone bought him a bar of Bournville chocolate. He remembers not liking the taste that much (he prefers Cadburys Dairy Milk) and thinking that Bournville was a name made up for a chocolate bar and a fictitious place.

Little did he know that many years later, he would create a painting of the very same factory where his chocolate bar was made and have the painting on display in a gallery just a stone's throw away.........

New Exhibitions in 2016 January 14 2016


Purple Gallery will host four major exhibitions this year featuring new work by established artists, but also introducing the work of new artists later in the year.  The first show in 2016 will feature the work of Colin Carruthers, who has been exhibiting here in Birmingham since the gallery opened in April 2005.

As viewers of art, we tend to naturally focus on an artist's finished work - but some painting techniques draw our attention to the artist's process. Impasto is one of these techniques. Colin creates textured surfaces by applying paint to the canvas as thickly as possible.   The oil paint dries slowly, allowing him to build layers in which the marks of the palette knife are often still visible - creating interesting and dramatic effects.                          

There will be a wide range of Colin's vibrant new landscape and seascape paintings included in the Early Spring Collection - An Exhibition of Contemporary Artwork by Purple Gallery artists. The show opens on Saturday 13th February and continues until the end of April 2016 and will also feature original prints, created using traditional printmaking methods.  

image: Among the Wild Angelica
Oil on canvas
40 cm x 40 cm 


Christmas Greetings December 25 2015

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all! This year we celebrated TEN YEARS of trading and are pleased to have represented and featured some of the very best artists from the U.K. and Europe during our time here in Bournville. If you were unable to make it to our Christmas Show, you may view some of our featured works via our online SHOP.

We will re-open on Wednesday 6th January at 9.15 a.m. and our current exhibition runs until 31st January 2016.   Thereafter, we will be looking forward to an exciting new programme of exhibitions in 2016!