SPECIAL RELEASE: NEVER FORGOTTEN

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. 

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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.”

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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.  

Images to be released in due course

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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

NDA BRIDGE

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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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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