Friday, 30 May 2014

Sneak Peek

Go on then...a sneaky peek
All will be revealed 26 June in London/online
small detail of a painting for The Lace Trail
(BP Travel Award project)

For an organised list of ALL blog posts that I wrote during the BP Travel Award project (2 years), please see this page on my blog!

Thursday, 29 May 2014

Verspronck’s Style Development in his Portraiture

Johannes Verspronck, A Young Lady, 1637
National Trust, Tyntesfield, The Gibbs Collection, North Somersert
On a recent visit to Tyntesfield House (owned by the National Trust) I came across a painting by the Dutch 17th century master Johannes Verspronck (ca. 1600-1662). If you have read my blog before you might well know I admire Verspronck’s paintings enormously. I have hope that his delicate and subtle paintings will perhaps one day come together in an exhibition and book as there is little literature on him or his work. Only as recent as 2011 did the Frans Hals Museum in Haarlem acquire a number of paintings by this Haarlem master - they now own a proud 10 pieces. The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam owns a further 8. Many, many other pieces are scattered all over the globe. According to the brilliant website BBC Your Paintings there are 5 paintings by his hand in the UK, including the Tyntesfield one. Not all are convincingly by Verspronck, however, although the Ashmolean Museum piece and the V&A portrait do not raise any doubts whatsoever. The National Portrait Gallery and National Gallery unfortunately do not own any Versproncks.

To many viewers, his paintings might look alike. Portraits of men and women, often with a dark brown background, wearing black clothing and a fabulous snow-white ruff. There are a few exceptions of course, but the majority of Verspronck’s pieces are indeed like this. But they are so much more. The delicacy of his brush strokes is truly beautiful and contrasts so starkly with his better known contemporary, colleague, competitor and fellow townsman Frans Hals. But we should not dismiss Verspronck for his lack of expressionistic brushwork. He offers the Haarlem burghers a different product; a more quiet, still and refined portrait.

The portrait in Tyntesfield House in Somerset is an early work. Dating from 1637 it shows an unknown lady. Her face is painted very fine, delicate and smooth.

Johannes Verspronck, A Young Lady (detail), 1637
National Trust, Tyntesfield, The Gibbs Collection, North Somerset

Friday, 23 May 2014

Brabant Lace (2)

This is the final piece
Sometimes something simple says more
Brabant Lace
Oil on linen
available. price on request

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Monday, 19 May 2014

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Girl Sitting

Small but nice ( I hope)

Girl Sitting
Oil on linen on board
24x30cm / 12x10”
available. price on request

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

516 The Gallery in Glasgow

Some pictures of the newly opened gallery 516 The Gallery in Glasgow - a sister gallery of Art Exposure Gallery, run by the wonderful Frances. If you are in the area, do visit!

‘Enveloped’ (left) and ‘White Dove’ (right)
my paintings ‘Enveloped’ and ‘White Dove’ are in the middle

Thank you Frances, for the pictures!

516 Great Western Road 
G12 8EL
0141 328 5419
Open Tuesday to Saturday, 10 till 6pm
Sunday 12 till 5pm.

Sunday, 4 May 2014


Why not share some pictures of my studio? 
Here is a bit of my wall of inspiration - just added the Veronese pictures after seeing the exhibition at the National Gallery last week.

If you make things Black/White it looks less messy!

Of course there are secret stacks of fabrics, books, ribbons, lace and antique clothing elsewhere in the if that would all fit in a studio.... ;)


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