New Artist: Ryder

We are excited to announce the launch of a brand-new artist – Ryder.

“My work was inspired by the need to escape from the sometimes harsh realities of this world.”

‘Artist’ : an all-encompassing term that wraps up many a discipline in a cultural blanket of human expression and progress. Occasionally, an individual emerges who blurs the lines between these disciplines, breathing narrative into visual art and illustration into the twists and turns of fictional writing. Ryder is one such artist.

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Dangerous Liaisons
Limited Edition of 95
£595

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The Greatest Show On Earth
Limited Edition of 95
£595

In 2002, the world famous Pompidou Centre in Paris devoted a headline exhibition not to an artist but to a literary critic, and that critic was Roland Barthes. For the purposes of penetrating the veneer of mystique around Ryder, we must take as our reference text Barthes’ critical essay entitled ‘Death of the Author’. In it, Barthes surmises that one must disengage with the author to appreciate text in its truest form. In essence, he asserts that we as an audience have subjectively imposed upon us – that our knowledge of an author, painter or poet ultimately colours our opinion of, and attitude towards, the piece itself. He urges us to look beyond the constraints of the simple answer, the easy route, and to judge each creation on its own merit.

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Over The Moon
Limited Edition of 95
£595

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The Exhibitionist
Limited Edition of 95
£595

The more thought one gives to this notion, the more weight Barthes; argument carries; what a tragedy if one were unable to simply appreciate the beauty of a Van Gogh without searching for signs of madness within its composition. ‘Death of The Author’ promotes empowerment and gives us back control; no dictatorial biography, instead a metaphorical blank canvas for us, the audience, to take charge and form our own opinions. 

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The Chase
Limited Edition of 95
£595

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In The Night Garden
Limited Edition of 95
£595

Thus we come to this collection. Ryder is no more, no less than a name on a piece of paper. No artist biography to influence your impressions, no collection overview to police your critique, just the art laid bare. As Barthes stated, :”it is language which speaks, not the author”, and so we have given Ryder a voice and allowed the art to do the talking.

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Romeo’s Juiliet
Limited Edition of 95 ( Boxed Canvas)
£550

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Juliet’s Romeo
Limited Edition of 95 (Boxed Canvas)
£550

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DC Comics Collection: Alex Ross

The work of Alex Ross simultaneously appears to occupy both fantasy and reality.

On the one hand, he compels us to believe in the superhero ideology, his characters simply explode off the page, exquisitely capturing the essential thrill of a graphic novel, masterfully conveying the exhilaration of flight for Superman or deftly portraying the dark nobility of Batman.

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Look! Up in the Sky!

Giclee on Paper Edition of 295

£750

Boxed Canvas Edition of 195

Unframed/Framed £795/£995

And yet, on the other hand, Ross’s heroes are given a very real human edge. No longer are these characters simply flights of fancy, they are men and women who could well walk amongst us. Ross is careful to pay particular attention to the human qualities that make up his characters, Superman’s integrity, Batman’s determination, informed by his own mantra that these men are not considered superheroes because they are strong or because they have special powers, but because they perform acts that look beyond themselves.

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Grim Gargoyles

Giclee on Paper Edition of 295

£695

Boxed Canvas Edition of 195

Unframed/Framed £795/£995

Looking beyond the immediate is precisely what makes Ross’s work so accomplished and widely adored. It is confirmation of his incredible talent that he has been able to bring a fresh approach and perspective to well-known and well-established superheroes such as Batman and Superman.

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Superman Forever

Giclee on Paper Edition of 295

£695

Boxed Canvas Edition of 195

Unframed/Framed £795/£995

The chief distinction of Ross’s Dark Knight is being able to look Batman right in the eye. Avid fans of the classic comics will know previous illustrations merely hinted at the eye with glowing white slits, but so typical of Ross, this did not seem real enough. It did not bring Batman off the page, and so, he applied what has become his trademark style; suddenly Batman is transformed and invigorated.
Ross achieves this very real liveliness and vigour in part through his use of reference model, sometimes in full hero costume but often not; the connection to a human before him ground him in reality, the 3D nature of that very interaction somehow works itself into the essence of his art. His characters exist outside of our expectations, outside of their costumes, outside of the canvas, even. Ross describes the introduction to the use of live models as a breakthrough moment in his career:
“before that I had no idea how much I could grow as a draughtsmen. It was a huge turning point, because all through school I hadn’t so much as drawn from photographs – I’d always thought that you had to make it all up out of your head, and that’s how you did ‘fantasy’ illustration.”

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Decent on Gotham

Giclee on Paper Edition of 295

£695

Boxed Canvas Edition of 195

Unframed/Framed £795/£995

Masterfully blurring the lines between fantasy and reality, Ross takes a medium and gives it the illusion of a third bringing a new perspective and style to comic book illustration that had never been realised in the genre previously.

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Superman: Man of Tomorrow

Giclee on Paper Edition of 295

£750

Boxed Canvas Edition of 195

Unframed/Framed £795/£1,050

His talent is unique, his style inimitable, his use of light and shadow expert, The dramatic composition of his art commands your attention whilst his virtuosity in figural motion maintains it. There are few that can be likened to Ross for the sheer vivacity of his creations and few that can be attributed with changing the landscape of the genre in a manner so befitting the characters within it.
Through his pages, covers and fine art, work by Alex Ross continues to be respected, admired and sought-after. With his creations he certainly cements himself in history as one of the foremost image makers in comic book culture and indeed artistry itself.

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Batman: Dark Knight Detective

Giclee on Paper Edition of 295

£750

Boxed Canvas Edition of 195

Unframed/Framed £795/£1,050

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DC COMICS: NEW RELEASE

We are delighted to announce that the stunning new collection of DC Comics art by award-winning artist Alex Ross is being released very soon. To keep up to date with all the latest news about the launch please complete the form below.

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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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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

 

Mannequin Muses

Introducing new artist: CHRIS ACHESON

Scantily-clad Agent Provocateur mannequins and a fascination with ‘the exoticism of everyday life’ was all it took to inspire Chris’s first collection of work.
After studying Fine Art at Manchester Metropolitan University, Chris took the plunge and moved to London where he took a job as a bicycle courier around the West End, and it was here where his seemingly unhealthy obsession with Agent Provocateur window displays took hold. He soon had a small photo collection of the window models and explains that, “when I opened (the picture) in Photoshop I saw its potential. I liked the way the two worlds collide; the stagnant, staged interior world of the shop dummy is transformed by the reflected random exterior scene of a bustling street into an abstract, humorous image.”

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The Thrill Of It All

His vibrant and striking images display a collision in technique producing a riot of abstract realism and colour, projecting what he calls the ‘Hollywoodisation’ effect on the normality of life. “The bric-a-brac of popular culture, music and cinema are the key subjects running through my work” cites Chris. As an admirer of Pre-Raphaelites such as John Everett Millais, John Waterhouse and Arthur Hughes, Mancunian painters Pierre Vallette and L.S Lowry, alongside Andy Warhol and Jeff Koons, Acheson likes to use inspiration from a diverse range of mediums and styles, and mixing-up and challenging conventional techniques and compositions is what this new collection is all about.

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           The Metamorphosis        

“I have always been drawn to pop culture, the heightened colour, the juxtaposition of the glamorous and the ordinary. As an artist you have to be true to yourself and paint what you like and hope the collectors will like it too!”

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In Every Dream Home A Heartache

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