To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the First World War, we are unveiling a miniature war sculpture that will also raise funds for The Royal British Legion.
On Monday 4th August, we will unveil ‘Never Forgotten’ by Nic Joly, a poignant commemorative piece to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. We are hoping to raise thousands of pounds for The Royal British Legion through the sale of miniature limited edition sculptures.
The Royal British Legion is the UK’s leading Armed Forces charity, providing practical, emotional and financial support to all members of the British Armed Forces past and present, and their families.
Nic Joly, who is known for his miniature pieces of sculptural theatre, has created 1,566 bronze pieces, reflecting the number of days that the First World War was fought. Joly has also included information on the back of every one to explain what happened on that particular day, making each one unique.
Each piece costs £695 and £100 from each sale will be donated to The Royal British Legion.
The artwork depicts two soldiers raising a red poppy – a direct reference to one of the most iconic images of war: the Joe Rosenthal photograph of US soldiers raising the flag on the island of Iwo Jima during the Second World War.
A spokesperson from The Royal British Legion, said:
“We are delighted that Nic has chosen The Royal British Legion to receive a share of the income from his fantastic project.
It is particularly poignant in this, the centenary year of the beginning of World War I, that he has chosen the poppy, the national symbol of remembrance, as the centrepiece of his work. The Royal British Legion was founded in the aftermath of The Great War and has, since 1921, provided support for the Armed Forces Community. Nic’s amazing gesture will help us to continue our work with serving personnel, veterans and Armed Forces families who are in need of help.”
Nic said he was inspired to create the original piece, the idea for which was conceived in 2012, after meeting a 96-year-old war veteran who had flown a glider into Arnhem in the Second World War, just weeks after the D-Day landings:
“In my own small way, I want this piece to remind us that all those who have given their lives in conflicts from The First World War until the present day will be ‘Never Forgotten’.
I was struck by the fact that what we all think of the first war is as distant history, a black and white image based view. The meeting made it all so real, and so relevant. All those that fought and died were just like you and me – they were normal people in a terrible situation but doing incredible things.”
As a gallery we feel privileged to have the sculpture on display for the lovely pole of Edinburgh to come and remember the lost soldiers of the First World War. ‘Never Forgotten’ is an emotive piece and reminds us to remember all those past and present, who have served and given their lives for the country.
We are proud to present our stunning collection of Pablo Picasso prints, all originals from the time period. The collection includes signed and unsigned Picasso Exhibition posters from the 1960s to the late 70s.
Who is Pablo Picasso?
Pablo Picasso (b.1881) was a Spanish painter who is widely acknowledged to be one of the most important artists of the twentieth century.
He was born Pablo Ruiz, the son of an art teacher and later adopted his mother’s maiden name of Picasso. He grew up in Barcelona, showing artistic talent at an early age. In the early 1900s, he moved between France and Spain before finally settling in Paris in 1904. There, he experimented with a number of styles and produced his own original ones, reflected in his ‘Blue’ and ‘Rose’ periods.
Galerie H. Matarasso, 1957
“Painting isn’t an aesthetic operation; it’s a form of magic designed as a mediator between this strange hostile world and us.”
In 1907 Picasso painted Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, a revolutionary work that introduced a major new style, ‘Cubism’, working closely with the French artist Georges Baraque in the development of this style. Picasso’s next major innovation, in 1912, was ‘Collage’, attaching pieces of cloth, newspapers or advertising to his paintings.
Picasso moved from style to style, experimenting with painting and sculpture and became involved with the Surrealist movement. In 1937, he produced his masterpiece, ‘Guernica’, a painting inspired by the destruction of the town in northern Spain by German bombers during the Spanish Civil War. Picasso supported the Republican government fighting against General Franco, and never returned to Spain after Franco’s victory.
“Ah, good taste! What a dreadful thing! Taste is the enemy of creativeness.”
Unlike many artists, Picasso remained in Paris during the German occupation. From 1946 to his death, he lived mainly in the south of France. He continued to produce a huge variety of work including paintings, sculptures, etchings and ceramics as well as a vast array of posters and other works on paper.
L’Heritage De Delacroix, 1964
Picasso was involved with a number of women during his life who were often artistic muses as well as lovers. He had four children. On 8th April 1973, he died of a heart attack at his home in Cannes.
“If I paint a wild horse, you might not see the horse…but surely you will see the wildness.”
Blue Period 1901-1904
This period is characterized by essentially monochromatic paintings in shades of blue and blue-green, only occasionally warmed by other colours. These sombre works, inspired by Spain but painted in Paris, are now some of his most popular works. The works seem to reflect his experience of relative poverty and instability, depicting beggars, circus people or the poor.
Rose Period 1904-1906
This period signifies the time when the style of Picasso’s painting regains its romantic quality in a series of cheerful and warm orange and pink colours, During these few years, Picasso was happy in his relationship with Fernande Oliver. Harlequins, circus performers and clowns appear frequently and will populate his paintings at various stages through the rest of his career.
Museo Picasso, Placio Agular
Primitivism and Africa 1907-1909
Picasso looked further afield for inspiration at this time of his career, painting in a style strongly influenced by African and ancient Iberian sculpture. During this time the French empire was expanding into Africa, and African artifacts were being brought back to Paris museums. It was during this period that Picasso painted his most famous work Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, echoing the angular shapes of the African masks and sculptures he saw in the Louvre
Le Dejeuner Sur L’Herbe – Galerie Louise Leris, 1962
From 1909 onwards Picasso moved toward abstraction, leaving only enough signs of the real world to supply a tension between the reality of the outside of the painting and the complicated meditations on visual language within the frame, resulting in the artistic movement known as Cubism. Picasso analysed natural forms and reduced them into basic geometric parts on a two-dimensional plane. Colour was almost non-existent except for the use of a monochromatic scheme that often included grey, blue and ochre.
Galerie Louise Leris ,1960
Classicism and Surrealism 1918-1945
Picasso’s Cubist periods was followed by his neo-classicism, a return to tradition. In the period following the upheaval of World War I, Picasso produced work in a neoclassical style. This return to order is evident in the works of many European artists in the 1920s.
Much of his work after 1927 is also fantastic and visionary in character. The Surrealism movement was growing in strength and popularity and even Picasso could not really avoid being influenced by it.
Galerie Lucie Weill, 1966
Picasso’s late works were a mixture of styles, his means of expression in constant flux until the end of his life. Devoting his full energies to his work, he became more daring, his works more colourful and expressive and from 1968 through to 1971 he produced a torrent of paintings and hundreds of copperplate etchings. At the time these works were dismissed by most as pornographic fantasies of an old man or the slapdash works of an artist past his prime. Only later, after his death, when the rest of the art world had moved on from abstract expressionism, did the critical community come to see that Picasso had already discovered neo-expressionism and as, as so often before, ahead of his time.
Galerie Lucie Weill, 1967-1968
Sala Gaspar, 1968
In the last years of his life painting had become an obsessions with Picasso, and he would date each picture with absolute precision, thus creating a vast amount of similar paintings – as if attempting to crystallize individual moments of time.
Come and see our historic Picasso Exhibition today!
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 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.”
Canvas on Board
34″ x 29″
Signed Limited Edition of 50
Firth of Forth
Canvas on Board
13″ x 40″
Signed Limited Edition of 50
Original also available at £3,500
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.”
Heart of Edinburgh
Signed Limited Edition of 50
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.”
Together In Edinburgh
Canvas On Board
76cm x 122cm
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.
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
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.
The Blue Smoke Suite – Mick -2012
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.