Greetings! August 14 2015

We have some lovely new 3D cards in stock by Northampton-based Thu Trang.  Ideas are sketched out by hand and cut using laser technology. We particularly like the Washing Line card - each item of clothing hangs independently on it's own hook and sits in a tiny little groove on the line. Intricate detail and articulately finished. A work of art!  Click on the image below to see the clothes blowing in the wind!

Vessel by David Mayne June 26 2015

David Mayne completed a B.A.(Hons) in Fine Art at Sheffield Polytechnic in 1986.   He is now a sculptor of national repute who produces work for galleries, public spaces and the domestic environment.

His artwork has been commissioned through-out the country and can be found in town
centres, rural locations, public buildings and private homes and gardens.  His richly textured steel sculptures are the result of extensive welding and grinding of the surfaces as he explores his subject’s unique qualities.

As well as the larger outdoor pieces, David produces smaller indoor sculptures that capture movement and the essence of a particular creature.   

Dappled Light, Bournville Park June 12 2015

Bournville Park sits a stone’s throw away from Bournville 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.

Dappled Light, Bournville Park, oil on canvas, 60 cm x  50 cm will be available at the Summer Show at Purple Gallery from 20th June 2015 along with other paintings in a new series of work by Colin Carruthers

Symbolistic imagery May 22 2015

One of the artists exhibiting at this year's The Little Picture Show is European artist Mitko Zhelezarov.  Mitko was born in Plovdiv, Bulgaria in 1966 and studied at the Pedagogic Colleges of Fine Art, Bulgaria in 1988.

Mitko gives expression to his ideas and emotions using abstract and symbolistic imagery. His creative pursuit is intimate, specific and carries the power of suggestion. He prefers to use vivid expressive colours with complex and soft shades to create ambitious, bright imagery.  

Mitko draws on the old traditions of Christian Iconographic painting, recreated in a contemporary and up-to-date manner. Major symbols used in his work include keys, hearts, chalice, numbers, letter, eyes and fish.   His sole thought, when he finalises a painting, is to carry the positive feeling of life that people can take with them.

image (above) : Keyhole, Acrylic on Canvas, 50 cm x 40 cm, £495
image (right):Sailing, Acrylic on Canvas, 60 cm x 50 cm, £695
image (below):The Boat, Acrylic on Canvas, 61 cm x 51 cm, £695 


Poppies May 08 2015

Our latest exhibition - The Little Picture Show - is now underway and there are lots of great paintings and prints on show - alongside new ceramics, jewellery, sculpture and craft items.  We are pleased to represent a broad range of both emerging and established artists producing quality, affordable, contemporary artwork.  For those slightly more expensive items, we can offer an interest free loan - making art accessible to all -  via the Arts Council's: The Own Art Scheme

Image : Poppies II, by Penelope Timmis, Acrylic on Canvas, 30 cm x 30 cm,£295  (pay by 10 equal monthly instalments of £29.50 using the Own Art Scheme. Email for details)

The Little Picture Show April 28 2015

We have just finalised hanging the art work in readiness for the opening of our new exhibition this coming Saturday 2nd May. There will be lots of new small paintings and prints on display, by both emerging and established Purple Gallery artists.

We will be exhibiting some new prints by Hugh Ribbans. Hugh trained at Canterbury College of Art.  Relief printmaking was his craft subject at college, particularly linocutting, and in 1989 he purchased a restored Columbian press, circa 1830. He produces woodcuts and linocuts, mixing heavily grained wood – often driftwood – and lino in his prints. Subject matter is often derived from images of animals and birds with a stylised treatment much influenced by ethnic art, but all subject matters interest him – including sport. 

Hugh has exhibited at the Barbican Gallery, the National Theatre, the National Print Exhibition, the Printmakers Council Open, The Society of Wood Engravers, the Society of Wildlife Artists and the Affordable Art fair.

Light, Shade and Colour April 10 2015

Janette Summerfield (RBSA, SWA)
Janette Summerfield gained a degree in Three Dimensional Design from Birmingham Institute of Art and Design and practised as a commercial interior designer for several years within both the public and private sector.

Janette uses the landscape as an inspirational springboard to investigate two areas of particular interest - light (and shade) and colour.  In light and shade, her interests lie in the shadows cast by trees and how these shadows evoke mystery and hidden secrets.  In colour she explores the complexities of using colour.  How colours combine, contrast and complement each other.  This approach often results in an abstraction of the landscape.  Both approaches represent her interest in the mood and atmosphere she senses in the landscape.

image: Shade, Acrylic & Mixed Media Painting exhibited at our Spring Exhibition until 25th April 2015

It's Our 10th Anniversary! April 09 2015

A big THANK YOU to all our customers for your support, custom and friendship over the last decade.  In some ways it seem such a short time ago that we opened the doors for business at 229 Mary Vale Road  - April 9th  2005 to be exact!

We will be hosting a party at the gallery on Saturday 20th June between 7pm - 9pm when some of our artists will join us to celebrate our milestone 10 years.  Food and drinks will be served in the Sculpture Garden - fine weather permitting!

Rembrandt's Dog and Sweet Thames! April 03 2015

We made a quick trip to London this week to visit Mychael Barratt to collect some new prints for our next exhibition.    It was great to chat to Mychael about his latest work and his forthcoming solo show at one of the London galleries later this year.

We collected Mychael's latest print - Rembrandt's Dog - which will be added to our own stock of his Artists Cats and Dog Series - to be displayed alongside other framed prints at the Little Picture Show opening here at Purple Gallery on Saturday 2nd May.

Last year Mychael's print Sweet Thames was accepted at the Royal Academy's prestigious Summer Exhibition and has already sold more than half of it's limited edition of 100.

Sweet Thames is an anecdotal and historical map. It is a six plate etching in three sections attached together with archival tape in the manner of an ancient folding map. It is a celebration of London's beloved river and features various random references to things found on, in, or by the Thames.  

We are pleased that we have edition no. 60/100 (framed) which will be on display at our forthcoming Summer show in June 2015.


Is Spring Here? March 13 2015

According to the Met Office calendar, Spring began on 1st March and will run until 31st May. The astronomical calendar however, determines the seasons due to the tilt of the Earth's rotational axis in relation to its orbit around the sun, so the next astronomical spring won't begin until 20 March 2015 and will run until 21 June 2015.  

Snowdrops have been prolific in some of the gardens we have recently visited in Bournville.  In our own garden at home, primulas have been in flower for quite some time and daffodils are now budding and almost ready to burst into life.  As part of our In All Seasons Exhibition, which runs until 25th April, we have lots of paintings and prints that depict flowers in all their glory - as well as some wonderful landscapes.    Printmaker Jenny Devereux finds herself inspired to paint floral scenes both from her garden and indoor still-life arrangements and were are pleased to have new prints now available in the gallery.   She has a highly individual approach to printmaking.  Each image is produced using only one copper etching plate; printed onto paper to produce a superb textile effect and then hand-mounted onto a backing paper. Depth and texture are achieved through the use of aquatints and paper cut-outs and Jenny skillfully manages to create a superb saturation of glowing, vibrant colour on these special hand- made Japanese papers.   

Also just in..... vibrant oil paintings by Dennis Minchin (RBSA).    Dennis trained at the Birmingham College of Art and the UCE.  He has exhibited at Birmingham's Ikon Gallery, the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and Taksu Gallery, Malaysia.  

Prizes won include the Cadbury Drawing Scholarship and the Pastel Society ‘Inscribe’ prize.
Five paintings are available to view at the gallery or to purchase online  

image above: Silver Snowdrops, Limited Edition Etching by Jenny Devereux
17 cm x 23 cm approx (unframed) £75

image left: Daffodils in Green Jug, Oil on Canvas by Dennis Minchin
40 cm x 50 cm; antique gold frame; £795

In All Seasons March 06 2015

Our new Exhibition has now been finalised.......we have lots of new works of art in the gallery - original paintings and prints, ceramics, jewellery, sculpture and craft items at affordable prices by both emerging and established artists.    

Featured on our invitation is the work of Italian-born artist Giuliana Lazzerini. Giuliana was born in Seravezza near Pietrasanta in Tuscany. She studied at the Instituto D’Arte Stagio Stagi in Pietrasanta, gaining a Master of Arts Diploma. This was followed by a further four years studying painting at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Carrara.


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 juxtapositioning 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.


Giuliana divides her time between painting (oils, acrylics and watercolours)  and printmaking and we are pleased to introduce new paintings and prints as part of our Spring show.  


image :  Meadow Flight by Giuliana Lazzerini; linoprint price £48 



Here and There........... February 07 2015

Our latest exhibition is now underway...A mixed, solo show of original paintings by Colin Carruthers from Saturday 7/2/15 -Saturday 6/3/15. This is Colin Carruthers' 10th year of exhibiting his work at Purple Gallery and this year's show brings together a variety of new paintings along with some earlier works. Colin works with oils, acrylics and watercolours. When he is not painting in his studio, he likes to make trips to the countryside and coast and continues to draw inspiration from his travels - both abroad and here in the U.K.


Colin enjoys the experience of being outdoors  -  emotionally connecting  with  the  landscape  and  its surroundings.    He may visit the same place at different times, but each time the place is changed by the light, the weather and the flora,  and that  inspires  him  to  draw and  paint and  to  experience the place afresh – as if visiting it for the first time.    His paintings are a desire to capture something about the essence of what   it feels like to be there.  




Bird Flight by Sue Dyer December 15 2014

Sue Dyer gained a degree in Glass and Ceramics at Stourbridge College of Art
in the 1970’s.    Following  her  interest in  Ikebana and Japanese gardens, she
began  to  concentrate  on  ceramics,  focussing  on  inlayed   porcelain  vases.
“Ikebana” is the Japanese  art of arranging  flowers aesthetically where a sense
of balance is created between the three elements – sky, earth and man.Parallel
to  these  themes  Sue  also develops large-scale stone  sculptural forms which
could be  placed  within  the  environment.    Inspired  by  the  landscape  and a
strong affinity with standing  stones,  the  individual  pieces have a great feeling
of timelessness  and  purity  of sculptural form.



Prices of vases and bowls £55 – £250
Sculptural pieces £250 – £750


Left : Bird Flight
Porcelain Vase approx 40 cm h x 8 cm d
Price: £250

Gift Ideas for Christmas December 03 2014

Our Christmas Show is now well underway! There are lots of individual, unique, hand-crafted items alongside a great display of original paintings and prints by both emerging and established artists. Christmas opening hours>>>

Christmas Show opening soon! November 25 2014

Our Christmas Show opens at 10 a.m. on Saturday 29th November 2014.    All are welcome so please bring friends and family.  Refreshments will be served throughout the day. 

We have a wide variety of new paintings, prints, ceramics, sculpture, jewellery and craft items for sale.  Lots of great quality, affordable gift ideas available to purchase in person from the gallery or online via our new e-commerce site.


Fritillaria Vase by Elaine Hind November 03 2014

Elaine Hind (RBSA)

Elaine’s work is always made with porcelain and is semi or non-functional, usually with a lot of modelling. It has an element of representationalism about it, or illustration.

Her main subjects are natural forms, especially flowers, although she also uses still life themes including decorative handbags and shoes which she collects.   She tries to capture the spirit of the subject in a free and sculptural way - never photographically. 

Purple Gallery have a wonderful new series of flower vases which will be available in the gallery until the end of December. This is a great opportunity to purchase one of Elaine's ceramic works. Each vase is unique and has been handcrafted and glazed to a very high standard.  

Two Pears and an Orange.......... October 29 2014

We are pleased to have a new collection of David Martin paintings, following our recent trip to Scotland.  David is still as passionate as ever about his two loves in life - painting and music!  He has been busy painting for a forthcoming solo show at one of his London galleries, but still made time to meet with us and take a short trip for our customary lunch at his local!    

David also exhibits annually at the Royal Scottish Academy and the Royal Glasgow Institute.  Painting subjects are mainly landscape & still life.  The painting of still life is exploratory in that objects are rarely ‘set up’ in the conventional manner as the composition develops through knowledge of the objects and how he want to use them.  

The new work will be on show in the gallery from Saturday 29th November as part of our Christmas show and will be available until the end of January.  Click  here for further information>>>


Ceramic Apples October 28 2014

We have just sold three more of Edyta's sculptural ceramic apples. More are now on order as stocks diminish in the run up to Christmas. These creative and stylish apples would make the perfect gift for those that like individually, hand-crafted unique ceramic pieces.  So why not revive the idea of "stocking fillers" for friends or family!

Edyta Szymanska  
 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 a vehicle through which to express beauty, line and grace. Her principal medium is clay, but she uses both ceramic and steel to create her artwork.   click here to see items currently in stock>>>


Urban Expressions September 11 2014

Our Autumn Exhibition opened on Saturday 6th September and continues until Saturday 22nd November 2014. The Exhibition showcases  contemporary artwork that depicts both British and European city life and features the work of Lauren van Helmond.   CLICK HERE to view the  Urban Expressions artwork catalogue >>>

Urban Expressions September - November 2014

Lauren van Helmond was born in North Staffordshire. She studied Fine Art at Staffordshire University and then Illustration at Glyndwr University.   Over the last decade Lauren has combined a background in Fine Art with Design Crafts and Illustration, to refine her artistic skills.

The creation of intricate depictions of British life showcases this multi disciplinary experience, resulting in fanciful characters created in wire, pegs, washers, old biscuit tins and found objects.  Focusing on British past times including gardening, drinking tea, day trips and hobbies, Lauren creates narrative worlds, which present the audience with a humorous view point. Minuscule objects are fabricated by cutting, folding and soldering tin and wire. These hand painted objects are assembled and displayed within the confines of either a box frame or glass dome.

Other exhibiting artists: Richard Burel, Colin Carruthers, Terence Clarke, Ellie Hesse, Ross Moore, Carrick Siddell and Melissa Sturgeon. 

Bluebells in the Lickeys August 13 2014

Springtime in the Lickeys by Margaret OvertonMargaret Overton was born in Coventry, West Midlands and gained a BA Hons in Fine Art from Leicester Polytechnic. She has been exhibiting at Purple Gallery since 2011 and has recently been focussing on landscapes. 

Margaret loves the sense of light and space created by the rich and varied woodland landscapes and particularly bluebells in Spring – which she finds spectacular. She has frequently explored this magical landscape theme throughout the year – charting the changing colours and light effects in all their richness and variety through the seasons.

We now have two further paintings in the gallery from this series of work.


New in! - Carrie Elspeth Summer Range July 26 2014

Jewellery by Carrie Elspeth is colourful, affordable, easy to wear and appeals to women of all ages.

Three new collections are launched each year and we are currently stocking new necklaces, earrings and bracelets from the latest Summer Range as well as work from previous collections.  

Carrie’s jewellery is well designed and captures the mood of fashion as well as making excellent, affordable gifts.  

Price Range: Earrings £6-£10, Bracelets £10 – £20, Necklaces & Pendants  £10 – £20

Ceramics by Mary Chappelhow July 19 2014

Mary Chappelhow first saw a pot being made at school when she was nine years old and knew from that day she wanted to make pots. She was lucky enough to attend Kirkby Stephen Grammar School and studied ceramics up to A level. She set up her own business in 1995 as well as working at Wetheriggs Pottery, nr Penrith.  

In 1997 Mary began a degree course at Cumbria College of Art & Design (now known as the University of Cumbria) and gained a first class honours degree in 2000. She then set up her own ceramics workshop and gallery at the Rheged Discovery Centre, Penrith.

During her time at Rheged she wrote her book Thrown Pottery Techniques Revealed as well as setting a Guinness World Record for the most pots thrown on the potter’s wheel in one  hour. 

Mary uses a variety of stoneware clays to produce thrown functional mugs, jugs and bowls which are extremely good value for money. Purple Gallery stocks a range of jugs, bowls, mugs and vases in colour ways blue, green and stone priced from £10 – £125

Printmaker Studio Visit May 14 2014

We have just collected new paintings and prints from London artist Mychael Barratt, for our forthcoming Summer Show.   Mychael spent some time updating us on what’s been happening for him over the last 12 months and gave us an insight into one of his more recent projects  – Notes from the Underground – which is a four plate etching and relief print in the style of an ancient folding map.  The print (which was accepted at the Royal Academy’s Summer Show in 2013) was created to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the London Underground and features specific references to all 270 stations.  At the time of our visit earlier this week, Mychael was organising the final touches to the last few prints in this particular edition and is looking forward to working on new projects over this coming year.

We are pleased to have  four great paintings and two new prints from his Artists’ Cats and Dogs series, which will be hung as part of a mixed exhibition at Purple Gallery throughout this coming Summer.  The Summer Exhibition opens on Sunday 1st June at 2.15 p.m and continues until the end of August. See website for holiday closure dates.

April News April 04 2014

We have had a great start to our Spring Exhibition which will continue until Saturday 24th May. Exhibiting vibrant new prints by Vicky Oldfield have been well-received by all those visiting the gallery.  New pottery is available from Hampshire based Robert Goldsmith, who has been established since 1985.   Irish textile designer-makers   Eugene & Anke McKernan  who have also been trading for nearly 30 years,  have sent us a lovely new range of scarves for the 2014 season.

Vicky Oldfield studied (BA Hons) Design at Staffordshire University and then advanced printmaking at Richmond School of Art.  

Vicky’s strong images are created using collagraphs – 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 may come to hand. The plates are then sealed and then 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 methods.   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 print is unique. Continually inspired by plants, objects and the animals that surround her, her pictures are an atmospheric response to the beauty and drama of her daily life.


February News February 24 2014

Our Spring Exhibition will open on Saturday 1st March at 10.00 am.

New into the gallery:

  • A great range of original collagraph prints by Vicky Oldfield
  •  The Diva Series of ceramic figurines by Polish-born Edyta Szymanska
  • Resin jewellery from The Paula Bolton Collection
  • Handmade Silver jewellery by artisans from Israel and new jewellery designs from Jenna Perryman
  • New paintings from established Purple Gallery artists.

The exhibition will continue until Saturday 24th May 2014