PRESS RELEASE EXHIBITION OF CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS: The Northern Art Show, 13-15 November 2009, Harrogate International Centre
For the second year running Crispian Riley-Smith will be exhibiting during The Northern Art Show in Harrogate.
The fair will see the launch of the first print published by Tom Hallifax, there will be a limited edition and it will be priced at £295 (plus VAT). This striking image brings Tom’s work into the affordable range for many collectors. An oil painting of this subject would sell for around £7,000. Also on exhibition will be new paintings by Colin Burns, work he has specifically painted for this exhibition, including a painting of ‘Winter at Bolton Abbey’. Mark Adlington has also painted a number of exotic animal pictures.
NOTES TO EDITORS-BIOGRAPHY ON THE ARTISTS IN THE EXHIBITION
Mark Adlington (Born 1965)
Mark Adlington studied History of Art at the University in Edinburgh before taking a degree in Fine Art at the City and Guilds of London School of Art, between 1991 and 1994. There he won several prizes, notably the City and Guild Prize for Drawing in his final year. Best known as a painter and draughtsman of wild animals, Mark is based in London where he has a studio. He also has a studio in Lozère, in central France.
Colin Burns (Born 1944)
Colin W Burns was born in St.Olaves in 1944. From his earliest days his love of the countryside and natural history have been his absorbing interests. The expression of these interest through painting is something he has done for as long as he can remember. In the 1950s his family moved to an isolated farmhouse on the edge of the marshes at West Caister, near Great Yarmouth in Norfolk. It was here that the young artist experienced the wide open skies, the landscape and the wildlife that were to become his early trademark. He joined the Tryon and Moorland Gallery in the early 1970s and over the next 25 years held 7 one man exhibitions in Cork Street, London an was involved in numerous mixed shows the gallery and at many of the National Game Fairs. In the last decade his paintings have been sold mainly through auctions in London and New York and now included in important private collections in Europe and USA. Colin Burns still lives overlooking the marshes in Norfolk, enjoying the marshes and the wildlife, companions which have accompanied him throughout his artistic career.
Tom Hallifax (Born 1965)
Tom Hallifax paints figurative work almost exclusively from life. His work ranges from portrait commissions and landscapes to large ‘blow-ups’ of faces, hands and objects. He studies at St. Andrew University and Fine Art in Belfast (89-92). In 1992 he went to L.A. and Hong Kong as artist accompanying Prince Charles, staying on in Hong Kong to complete a previously commissioned portrait of Chris and Lavender Patten. He has since painted a portrait of Derek Hill for the Prince and the garden at Highrove for the Prince’s Trust. His work has been seen all over the underground in London (advertising the B.P portrait awards), on television (painting John Diamond) and his gurning face looks down from walls of Paul Smith’s shop in Covent Garden. After living in Belfast for seven years in 1990’s he now divides his time between London and Donegal, though returned to Belfast in 2001 for a residency at the Ulster Museum.