The artwork of Yorkshire Artist Tony Dexter

Hang It

I like to get my pictures off the easel and on a wall. Somehow they take on a new perspective; fresh, sharp and with the space to look distinctive with few distractions. Obviously hanging them gives an opportunity to see them in-situ; so how do they relate to the space, where is it best to place them and how do they and other pictures ‘work’ together?
It’s a different experience to seeing them in a gallery or at an art show where, often, images are competing for your attention. My paintings are generally 76cm (30”) square so on occasion in a gallery setting they appear somehow larger than they are actually.
Not for the first time some clients have purchased work after ‘nipping’ home and measuring up! Or because they know the space they wish to exhibit a painting they can buy with confidence.
There is of course another option. Stop thinking about the size, forget about where you think it may hang – buy it because, as your initial instinct told you – you like it.


Caught in the Wild £125Floundered on the beach £100

Sore feet, but worth all the leg work

As well as the usual running around, spending over 6 hours on each of two days just standing on your feet certainly makes them ache. But it’s all too good effect when your pictures sell and you know your labours are appreciated.
That’s the result of me exhibiting for the first time at the ‘Art in the Pen’ show in Skipton. With plenty of exhibitors and lots of visitors it’s a great opportunity to have your ego massaged (“I love your work”) but also, importantly, to sell your wares.

With a varied collection of paintings, sculpture, crafts, furniture, jewellery and pottery the show was celebrating its 10th Anniversary. Established within the sheep and cattle pens of the local Auction Mart the show provides an ideal venue with exhibitors each having their own ‘pen’.
My ‘stall’ was number 75 and as well as meeting some interesting customers and selling some of my paintings and ’Kindle’ trees, it was great to ‘chew the fat’ and exchange ideas and views with fellow exhibitors in ‘pens’ nearby – in particular Chrissie, Lisa and Helen. Great atmosphere and well organised by Andy.
So happily now more leg work in the form of more painting in the hope of showing again next year.


Seeing it in real life

Images of paintings on web and/or social media sites are fine but with a need to ‘compress’ images to cope with the requirements of file size and loading means they can lose their subtleness and complexity of colour and detail. So, it was great today to invite a family to see my pictures in ‘real life’ in my studio. While they had an idea which painting they wanted (and bought) when they saw others in their true colours they decided to buy another one as well. If you would like to see my pictures in real life you can visit my studio or see me at Art in the Pen, Skipton, 15 th &16th August.




The Kindle Trees

At Art in the Pen (Skipton) 15/16th August it’s not just my paintings that are on show and for sale but a selection of ‘Kindle Trees’. Ideal for your garden or for Christmas, these trees can be left natural or if you (or your children or grand-children) fancy doing a bit of decoration they can be easily enhanced with colour, babbles and tinsel. (click the image to make bigger!)

Kindle Trees

Art in the Pen – Skipton Auction Mart

Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th August 2015 (10.00am – 4pm) see me and my work at Art in the Pen – acknowledged as one of the region’s best contemporary art fairs.

Filey CobleI’m on hand throughout the show to introduce you to my pictures. On display will be paintings of Filey coble boats, fish, rocks inspired by the Isle of Lewis and more.

Paintings, in varnished acrylic, are generally 30” x 30” square on ‘chunky’ canvas – so they don’t need framing and are strung ready for hanging.

Time to add some extra colour to those magnolia walls perhaps?

And for just £15.00 each you could also treat yourself to a ‘kindle’ tree or two (no not a picture of a tree on Kindle!)

Inspirational Uig (pronounced U…ig) – August 2014

Eagles, deer, seals, white sand, azure skies, smoked salmon, hand dived scallops and a whole week of sunshine made a recent trip to the Isle of Lewis a very memorable and inspirational holiday.

rocky-beachWith time to sketch and photograph (as well as building sand castles!) Uig, which is on the West side of Lewis, is an idyllic, quiet setting to discover the rocks, rock pools, beaches, seaweed and landscape for a new selection of paintings.

So the long drive (9hrs) to Ullapool, the three hour ferry crossing to Stornaway and the 1 hour drive to the cottage was duly rewarded by this remote and beautiful Outer Hebrides Isle.

My new paintings are a contemporary reflection on this stunning landscape

Five pictures chosen for exhibition at 2013 Great North Art Show


Showcasing artwork in a fantastic venue

An annual event held at Ripon Cathedral the Great North Art Show is a fantastic exhibition that supports long standing and new artists to display their work.

As a new artist and one that had recently taken up painting, I was delighted to have five pictures selected to appear in the 2013 exhibition. The Cathedral is naturally open to the public for worship and visitors alike and my joy increased when, before the exhibition had officially opened, one of my pictures sold. Another followed.

Exhibiting for the first time, as this was for me, brings mixed feelings. Being selected was terrific. Seeing the work displayed out of my studio and in a gallery setting was marvellous. To sell work for the first time was the icing on the cake!

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