Ebullient Edinburgh!

Love Edinburgh?

If the answer to that is “yes!” then you may be interetsed in the unique boutique prints we have to offer. We asked three of our most popular artists to produce artwork unique to our enchanting city.

Neil Dawson

Neil nearly always starts with a black canvas, and with the cityscapes he broadly divides the canvas into two areas of sky and water. Typically, each of these arears will have a couple of coats before he starts adding the skyline and buildings. Once they are done he then starts to add windows, lights, reflections and other details. It can take around 10 stages to build up the painting to its finished state which is usually done over a 6 week period.
He paints with oils straight from the tube, and uses his fingers to massage and blend the paint.
“Using my hands gives me a physical connection to the painting. They are perfect tools for laying down the paint, and grading the tones – working from dark to light. It allows me to easily switch between colours too. I love the fluid feeling and texture of the oil paint, and fingers are a lot easier to clean than brushes! This way I can keep the colours really vibrant.”

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Edinburgh Nights

Canvas on Board

34″ x 29″

Signed Limited Edition of 50

£599

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Firth of Forth

Canvas on Board

13″ x 40″

Signed Limited Edition of 50 

£525

Original also available at £3,500

Paul Kenton

The contrast between light and dark, shadows, glints, sunlight – these are important elements of Paul’s paintings. The way the lights and colours of an already vibrant and bustling city scene are reflected and distorted in puddles on the street really inspires him, and adds greater depth and interest into a composition.
All the pieces were created using many layers of paint to build up the final image. This allows the brush strokes to be more free and loose. As a style, this particularly helps to create the look and feel of movement. Working this way is more energetic and the way the paint is applied and kept quite loose and not to overworked retains that energy. It is much more expressive painting this way.
“I want these pieces to come alive. A city is a place constantly on the go, and I want to capture that energy and movement within my work.”

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Heart of Edinburgh

Boxed Canvas

Signed Limited Edition of 50

£695

Jeff Rowland

After he discovered the meaning and use of rain in movies, and that he wanted to use it in his work, Jeff had to teach himself how to paint the rain. He remembers using all sorts of things to try and recreate rain and the way it fell. He tried to paint with tooth brushes, floor scrubbing brushes and even cloth tightened into a ball and dragged over the canvas surface. Finally he came to use the good old fashioned DIY ceiling brush that he still uses today.
Jeff uses the rain as a suggestion for a washing away; a change in the narrative of the painting.
“I have a quirky thing I do before beginning to paint. I use the palm of my hands and place them onto the surface of the canvas. I then move them in a small circular movement all over it and get this tingle from the friction. It feels like a small connection between artist and canvas.”

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Together In Edinburgh

Canvas On Board

76cm x 122cm

Original

£5,950

These prints are ONLY available to purchase at Castle Fine Art Edinburgh, so feel free to come in and have a look.
If you are interested in the Signed Limited Editions, please note that we now only have a few copies left so if you are interested please get in touch sooner rather than later to avoid disappointment. 
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EXHIBITION: TEMPER

From Saturday 17th May Castle Fine Art, Edinburgh are proud to introduce: TEMPER

Iconic album covers that have been given a new spin by internationally acclaimed graffiti artist Temper are on display at the gallery this weekend. 
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A B-Boy Road
 Cover:versions, the latest collection by artist Temper, who has been commissioned by the likes of Roman Abramovich, Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne, Saatchi and Saatchi and created graffiti art for Coca-Cola.
The collection is a composition inspired by 12 of music’s most iconic records that have been transformed by Temper into works of art. The original pieces are created using oils and acrylic, a first for the graffiti artist who is known for his skills with a spray can.
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Maybe Def
In taking well-known album artwork from successful and influential artists and next adding his own iconic graffiti characters – the B-Boys, which have been with him since the start of his career- he’s created a new and exciting body of work that’s relatable and nostalgic. This collection is the harmony between the landscape and the characters, which explores the old and the new. Temper has successfully brought together two artistic concepts in such a way that a new narrative has been created and captures the viewers’ attention.
 “Using oil paint was so different to spray paint, spray paint travels out of the spray can at approximately 130mph so in effect my brain has to be working at least 260mph to keep ahead of the paint. Although, when it came to the use of oil it was quite frustrating at first to feel my brain rushing to my usual speed and realising that oil paint moves at 5mph.”

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Plan The Exit 
Temper has ensured the integrity of his vision is realised through every detail, no matter how minute; the size of the limited edition prints are 12inch x 12inch, the measurements of a traditional album cover.
 “My first introduction to art was seeing album covers in a cousin’s house and this is something that has always stuck with me. I’ve always been known for my photo realism and this collection has allowed me to show another side of myself and explore a new medium.”

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City Anthems
“When people see the collection they’ll be able to go on a journey through the records and see the skill it has taken to create each background and see how I’m always looking to push the boundaries and break new personal records.”
Each graphic has been created as giclee paper limited edition of 195 and are certified and personally signed by Temper. The prints are priced £395 each.

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NOW ON: LEGENDS

Calling all Stones and Beatles fans! This is an event you CANNOT miss!

Come and join us from Saturday 24th May – Sunday 8th June 2014
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LEGENDS: an exclusive collection of contemporary art from some of the most influence figures in the worlds of art, music and popular culture.
This exhibition brings together art that has a place in history. From unique hand drawn and hand coloured originals celluloids taken from an artistic collaboration between John Lennon and Stephen Verona for The Beatles’music video ‘I Feel Fine’ in 1964, to original works of art, hand-written song lyrics and hand-painted guitars from Ronnie Wood’s Raw Instinct collection that provide a unique insight into his world.
Also featuring work by John Pasche, who famously designed The Rolling Stones Tongue and Lip logo in 1971 which was produced for The Sticky Fingers Album, and has subsequently been voted the most recognisable music band logo worldwide.
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The Blue Smoke Suite – Mick -2012

Boxed Canvas

£1,750

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Charlie

Silver Gelatin

£1,500

Michael Donald’s photography, which having previously been exhibited at The National Portrait Gallery, is a worthy qualifier for this star-studded line-up. His portraits of Mick Jagger, Ronnie Wood, Keith Richards and Charlie Watts are both strikingly executed and endearingly demystifying; they penetrate the band’s otherwise impenetrable demi-god veneer.

We look forward to seeing you!

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New Arrivial: NIC JOLY

Nic Joly juxtaposes his incredibly intricate and delicate pieces of art with satirical subject matter and is never afraid to poke fun at himself or others.

From his studio in Alresford, Hampshire, as his starting point the sculptor uses his incredibly dry sense of humour for the minuscule tableaux and you only have to study his inaugural spring collection to see how light-hearted irreverence permeates each piece.
From the devil in a light bulb to a skier hurtling down a mountain of cocaine snow, Joly gains his inspiration from life and human transgression.

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Bad Idea?

Sculpture

£695

His obsession with creating such tiny masterpieces from intricately painted paper and cotton-wrapped wire came in 2005, when his first son was born.
“I would leave small doors, people and windows around the house for him to find and be intrigued by. I realised these creations were like small pieces of theatre, echoing the world around us. I started to frame them up behind glass, and here we are.”
The former furniture maker, who has spent his entire life whittling, creating and making objects, has created four stunning pieces of limited edition 3-D artwork each carefully hand-finished, painted and framed.
“I have long been fascinated with the miniature, even as a child making small scenarios out of paper and card to get lost with my imagination. This sense of play has never left me; the only thing that has changed are the subjects and observations I now tackle with my imagination and creations”

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Heavy Addiction

Sculpture

£495

Method

The figures in Joly’s works are all made from scratch using wire, thread, clay, paper and paint, which he then places into their own scenes. These scenes often incorporate everyday objects, be it a hollowed out light bulb, figures perched on a gun, or carrying the weight of an addiction such as a cigarette.

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On The Edge

Sculpture

£495

With the 3-D editions, Joly created the original figures and then through the lost wax process he cast the figures in bronze and painted them. They are then framed by him in the studio. 
“It is so important to me that all aspects of my work are in my complete control, so I do everything from the frame making to the finished works. In my own small way I strive to create my own worlds and sculptures – to ask and bring the forefront dilemmas and questions that we all feel and face day to day – as well as highlight the madness that is all around us.”

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Good Idea?

Sculpture

£695

Two of Joly’s satirical works have been made into giclée photographs for the first time.

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Keeping The Spark Alive

£295

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Recreational Drugs

£295

 

“With Marilyn I never fall out of love”

Brighten up the weekend with Marilyn!

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Phone Call, North Hollywood, 1962

As a famed art publisher, Edward Weston built his extensive collection over five decades. A pioneer in collecting Hollywood glamour photography, he established it as a form of fine art over 50 years ago. Weston’s archive boasts some of the most evocative images ever taken from the golden era, most notably of Marilyn Monroe.
This collection spans the career of the ultimate Hollywood star, from her early days as an actress in 1948, to her final photo shoot in 1962. Masked by her beauty and sensuality, very few photographers were able to penetrate these layers to see the woman beneath.

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Lost In Thought, Santa Monica Beach, 1962

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Beach Towel, Santa Monica Beach, 1962

Weston built a collection that reaches beyond the lens of the camera, and these intimate portrayals taken by some of Marilyn’s most trusted photographers reveal the very essence of the twentieth century’s most enigmatic film icon.

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Studio Shot, 1948

The work of Laszlo Willinger, Andre De Dienes, Kashio Aoki and George Barris come together to form this revealing portfolio if the most famous woman of her time. Marilyn was more than just a movie star, her unparalleled beauty personified Hollywood glamour, and her popularity extended far beyond the realms of stardom.
Today Marilyn Monroe remains an inspirational and iconic figure. This portfolio celebrates the life beyond the movie set, the life of one of the most photographed figures of Hollywood history.

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Driftwood, Tobay Beach,1949

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Polka Dot Umbrella, Tobay Beach, 1949

“People had a habit of looking at me as if I were some kind of mirror instead of a person. They didn’t see me.”

-Marilyn Monroe

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Honeymoon, 1954

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Warming Up, Santa Monica Beach, 1962

“The photograph isolates and perpetuates a moment of time: an important and revealing moment, or an unimportant and meaningless one…”

-Edward Weston

Love Marilyn as much as we do? 
The collection is hanging in the gallery NOW so come on in!

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