Autumn Exhibition October 10 2015

The Autumn Exhibition is well underway at Purple Gallery. Our featured artists are Richard Burel and Ellie Hesse. 

Richard was born in Rouen, France in 1974 and currently resides in Italy.   A self-taught artist, Richard creates mixed media paintings and works mainly in acrylic using a palette knife.  Known for painting imaginative townscapes – his work  has been inspired by the architecture and the differing colours, tones and textures of these structures. His townscapes include humour with simple narratives that have been characterized and brought to life by his introduction of figures and detail that have amused him or fired his imagination.  

Ellie was born in New York in 1972 but spent most of her childhood in the Yorkshire Dales. Travel has always been an important feature of her life since then, exploring Asia and South America, as well as living and working in a number of different European countries.  Ellie is a self-taught artist who has been painting professionally since 2001. She uses a variety of different media and techniques, depending on the subject matter. The palette knife is her tool of preference for building up layers of texture and depth of colour in her townscapes wherease her equine work demands a freer hand in seeking to capture the horse’s natural form and movement, and so charcoal and more fluid paints feel more appropriate. Ellie has found that with two approaches to her work, the creative tension that arises from contrasting solid, architectural forms with the fluidity of a natural and dynamic subject, creates a certain energy, keeping the painting process always fresh and exciting.