Art and antiques news in Kent

PUBLISHED: 20:14 21 June 2011 | UPDATED: 19:34 20 February 2013

Art and antiques news in Kent

Art and antiques news in Kent

From sylph-like statues to Dragon's Den star Guy Portelli

Art and antiques news in Kent


Antique of the month


From the sylph-like statues of Ancient Greece to Renoirs voluptuous bathing beauties, the female form never seems to lose its fascination. In the Art Nouveau era of 1880-1914, languid females such as this young lady, veiled in allegory and sensuality, were typical of the period. With loose, flowing robes and an affinity with nature, these images of womanhood flew in the face of the rigid, male-dominated art scene of the time and also chimed with the mood of the early days of female emancipation. The combination of romance and defiance of authority makes Art Nouveau a popular field with female collectors today too. Recognising their significance as a symbol of liberation rather than male fantasy only adds to their appeal.



Into the light


International sculpture Guy Portelli unveils a new sculpture of Nelson Mandela at Canterbury Cathedral this month, in celebration of the African leaders 93rd birthday on 18 July (Mandela Day) and in recognition of his links with the city.


At an international conference held in Canterbury in 1964, Amnesty International decided not to recognise Mandela as a prisoner of conscience but rather as a forgotten prisoner.


That forgotten prisoner has since forged his way onto a global platform and visitors will now be able to see his portrait sculpture on show in the Cathedral crypt from 14-29 July.


Guys sculptures are recognised by an exuberance and vitality that has been directly inspired by the terrain, arts and people of Southern Africa, where he spent the first 12 years of his life and returns to on a regular basis.


All of these influences are inherent in the powerful new piece which Guy, whose studio is in Tonbridge, has entitled Out of the Dark and into the Light.



Hurdle jump


A quirky sculpture called Overcoming Hurdles has won Rochester-based artist Jan Morgan the David Shepherd Choice Award at the 2011 Wildlife Artist of the Year.


Announced at the Mall Galleries in London, wildlife artist and conservationist David Shepherd said of the chosen work: When on the wall, it is essential to make sure the two blocks are placed precisely in the right position to get the full effect. This work tells a delightfully appealing story. There is a contrast between the modernistic blocks of wood and the traditional sculpting of the animals. I love it!"


A second Kent-based artist, Sevina Yates, was also a winner when she took the top award in the Wild Places category with her striking painting Melting Jungfrau.



Devon dreams


An exhibition of contemporary landscapes is taking place in the Art Room on the second floor at Fenwick Canterbury from 11-13 July, with a live art demonstration by Paul on 23 July from 12-3pm.


The countryside around Pauls home in Poole is where most of his inspirations come from and the soft rolling hills and little cottages of Devon appear in many of his works.


His new collection reflects the love he has of the Devon coastline and landscape and shows a much softer look to his usual multi-layered style.


01227 454840 for more details



Rather Grand


Phyllis McDowell and Christopher Bone (pictured) will be exhibiting in Folkestones Grand Hotel Ballroom this summer (16 August-2 September, 10am-5pm daily).


They will be showing new works on the themes of local landscape, portraiture and still life in oil, acrylic, watercolour and mixed media. There will be artists demonstrations, including portrait studies.


For further details, contact Phyllis 01303 250955 or phyllismcd@macunlimited.net. Contact Christopher on 01303 254266, or picturepowerarts@aol.com



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