In 2009 Portland Gallery was appointed to represent Mary Fedden, one of the most recognisable and well-loved British artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. Her work is often characterised by a scatter of separated objects across the pictorial stage without regard for the rules of perspective, and a directness of address that seems to take delight in its quirky particularity. The recurring objects she paints in her pictures are themselves chosen by Fedden for their intrinsic decorative appeal. In 1951 Mary Feddenmarried the artist Julian Trevelyan and together they took a studio on the Thames River at Chiswick, where Fedden lived and worked until she passed away in 2012. Trevelyan himself, with his instantly recognisable white beard appears as a stalwart in many of Fedden's paintings. She was later elected a Royal Academician.
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Portland Gallery represent the Estate of Edward Seago, one of Britain's best known and most widely collected twentieth century artists. Seago was brought up in East Anglia and is often considered a very English painter, continuing in the great tradition of Constable, Turner and the Norwich School. Yet his subjects were as varied as his travels were wide-ranging, comprising urban scenes from Paris to Hong Kong, landscapes of Morocco to Antarctica, as well as portraits, still life, horses and ballet dancers. His deft touch, apparently spontaneous execution and subtle mastering of colour capture both the essence and ephemera of his scenes while his distinctive paintings are undeniably personal and emotional.
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Spiller's art is filled with life and energy, and compresses a world of influences, ideas and impressions. His first teacher was Frank Auerbach, but other influences include Picasso and Dubuffet. Spiller's art is a blend of styles, mixing the hard-hitting immediacy of Pop art - its bright colours, punchy texts and clean lines - with a deceptively simple expressionism. To these striking images, he has added another layer of intuitive freehand texts that include lines from his favourite songs (by the Beatles, Bob Dylan and other recognisable pop numbers that have seeped into his consciousness). Simultaneously fun and sincere, his work captures the imagination of adults and children alike.
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Francis "Bunty" Cadell was one of the Scottish Colourists, a group painting in the early twentieth century who brought the colour and vibrancy of the Fauvists and post-Impressionists to Scotland. Unlike other British painters whose work after the Great War took an often sombre, aggressive or mechanised bent, Cadell's art expressed his irrepressible love of life and beauty. His work was more structured, composed from primary colours, and more defined than his looser pre-war paintings. After travelling through France and Italy before the war, he remained settled in Edinburgh and Iona for the rest of his life. Whether elegant interiors, still lifes, landscapes or sensual portraits,Cadell rendered his whole variety of subjects with a consistent mastery of colour, wit, and gravitas.
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John Maclauchlan Milne was one of Scotland's most talented 20th Century Colourist painters. His landscape work ranks equally with that of his Scottish Colourist contemporaries, yet he has been historically unjustly overlooked.
Milne flourished in the early 1920's in France, inspired by the work of the avant-garde artists there. He recorded scenes from Paris to the Riviera with a vivid palette and bold, expressive brush strokes, akin to Cezanne and Gauguin, and he brought back the same approach and Mediterranean light to his landscapes of Scotland where he settled for the rest of his life.
Milne was exhibited in prestigious galleries and was sought after by Scotland's foremost collectors. Yet he didn't establish a long-lasting relationship with any gallery or dealer which would have ensured his wider recognition. Portland Gallery is delighted to represent the Estate of John Maclauchlan Milne.
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Collins' art while, in keeping with his older contemporaries, Edward Bawden, John Piper and Eric Ravilious, also forged his own unique style in which he fuses an illustrative style of strong colour and bold design with the romantic topographical tradition that is so much a part of England's artistic heritage. From an exhibition at the Royal Academy in 1937 to a retrospective at Mascall's Gallery in Kent, 2012 which helped to raise the profile of this much neglected yet wonderful artist, Collins' long career and talent for appreciating and recording the obscurities and particularities of England's cities, have left us with a record of landscapes and cityscapes that now been lost. In 2017 Portland Gallery was delighted to be appointed to represent the Estate of Roland Collins .
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