Cotswold Hare Trail & Georgie Woolridge

We know our artists love a challenge and what better challenge than designing and painting a giant hare!  Star local artist Georgie Woolridge has been nominated by us to paint a 5ft by 2ft hare sculpture which will be part of the 2017 Cotswold Hare Trail.  The hare will be on display either in the gallery or outside on the pavement from March 25th.  You can keep up with Georgie's progress on our facebook page.

The image below was progress as of early February, we think he/she is going to be a beauty!  We hope you can come and visit him/her from the end of March onwards and perhaps follow the trail round the Cotswolds to find all of the other hares.

This year's nominated charity is National Star.  The hares will be auctioned in October with proceeds going to the college and helping them continue the amazing work they do.

Huge Accolade for Spanish Painter Raquel Alvarez

Hugely talented Spanish painter, Raquel Alvarez has another accolade to her name.  This Summer, The Society of Women Artists awarded her with the President's and Vice President's Choice Award for the best work of art in the Society's Annual Exhibition.  Congratulations Raquel!

Originally from Barcelona, Raquel is based in Stroud and joined the Paragon Gallery as a guest artist for our Cotswold Artists exhibition in April 2016.  We immediately asked her to become a permanent artist with us, following the success of the show and the obvious quality of her work. We will be taking Raquel's work to the Affordable Art Fair in Battersea, London, in October this year.

Gillie & Marc's Paparazzi Dogs go Celeb-Hunting in NYC

Gillie & Marc's Paparazzi Dog Sculptures have gone from being an art experiment about photographing celebrities to sough-after celebrities in their own right.  After appearing in Melbourne, Sydney, Singapore, Beijing and Shanghai, the four Dogmen will be sniffing out the rich and famous in Brooklyn's buzzing art district, Dumbo, in the wonderful New York City.

Gillie & Marc named the dogs Charles, William, Harry & Tom after the Royal Family.  The artists wanted us to reflect on the tragic death of Princess Diana, intentionally using a group of dogs to expose the pack mentality of the media and how we hunt down celebrities to get that dangerous behind the scenes glimpse into their private lives.

Gillie & Marc have worked side by side for 25 years, painting, sculpting and photographing with the goal to create joyful and thought provoking work that celebrates unlikely unions while inspiring us to re-examine the status quo.  Their work is held in private and public collections all over the world.  A selection of their (some what smaller) sculptures can be seen and purchased from the gallery here.  We can also order from their website, Dogman and Rabbitgirl love to fly!

Patrick Cornée | Our Lastest French Connection

We are very excited to introduce a new artist to the gallery! Patrick Cornee is a French painter who lives and works in Mougins, France. He works with oils on canvas, to symbolise femininity, longing and love, inspired by Pop-Art and his own childhood. 

Do pop in and have a look! If you are unable to, Patricks works are fetaured on our website...

http://paragongallery.co.uk/gallery/#/patrick/

Christa Hillekamp in International Artist Magazine

We would like to congratulate one of our shining artists, Christa Hillekamp, for her feature in the February/March 2016 edition of International Artist Magazine. In the 10-page spread, she discusses her work, what inspires her and the process that goes into creating her majestic landscapes.  

Christa (a German-born artist living in Spain) is one of our most popular resident artists within the gallery, as well as achieving great success at various art fairs. We are currently the only UK gallery that exhibits her work.

Christa's article can be found in the International Artist Magazines February/March 2016 edition (Pages 118 - 127), which can be previewed online using the link below: 

https://www.internationalartist.com/issues/ezine

We will be receiving new works from Christa in early Spring 2016. Her existing work can be found on our website using the link below:

http://paragongallery.co.uk/gallery/#/christa-hillekamp/
 

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Iryna Yermolova ROI Selection Success

We are very proud to announce that one of our most talented painters, Iryna Yermolova, has yet again been selected to exhibit at this years Royal Institute of Oil Painters Annual Exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London.  This is the third year in a row Iryna has been accepted and I think we can all agree it is well deserved.

Iryna is one of our resident artists here in Cheltenham, we hang her work all year round and she's featured in our annual exhibition of Russian artists, The Russian Evolution, which will take place in February 2016.

The ROI was founded in 1882 and is dedicated to celebrating, informing and assisting artists who practice the art of oil painting, and through its awards, they actively encourage and support talented young painters. 

Georgie Woolridge "Birds" Colouring Book

Our star local artist, Georgie Woolridge, has had a beautiful adult colouring book published by Modern Books.  The book "Birds" has been released from the publisher and is available to purchase from the gallery, Amazon, Waterstones and other book retailers around the country.  

Georgie's book is on display here and in stock at the moment, although we have limited copies.  The first edition has already sold out and is due to be reprinted in November.  Adult colouring books are heralded as the new stress-buster for all ages, it's the perfect gift for Christmas!

Gilles Bourlet and Lys Flowerday join The Paragon Gallery

We are delighted to introduce husband and Wife, Gilles Bourlet and Lys Flowerday, and welcome them to our creative team.  Gilles, originally from Saint Just-en-Chaussee in France, designs and creates imaginative luminous sculpture, each with their own character and story.  Lys, from Lincolnshire, is a painter with a difference.  Using unique techniques, hand drawn images are subtly blended and woven with discarded paper on antique book covers, creating fairy-tale like scenes.  Works by both artists are on our website and on display in the gallery. 

Gille Bourlet "Esprit de Corps" Luminous Sculpture

Gille Bourlet "Esprit de Corps" Luminous Sculpture

Lys Flowerday "Into The Great Pearl" Original Mixed Media

Lys Flowerday "Into The Great Pearl" Original Mixed Media

Corinne KO - A Wonderful Addition to the Paragon Gallery From France

We are incredibly lucky to introduce a new artist to the gallery! Corinne KO's whimsical works are beautiful demonstrations of mixed media on canvas, comprised of painting and photographs. Corinnes works are now up on the walls, so please come and have a look!  

All her works are now featured on our website if you are unable to pop in...

http://paragongallery.co.uk/gallery/#/corine-ko/


Local Painter Karen Mortimore Joins the Paragon Gallery

We are delighted to launch works by yet another hugely talented local artist.  We will be hanging the first collection of original works by Karen Mortimore this month.  Karen's current series of work focuses on Still Life and is quintessentially English and quirky all at the same time.  We hope you love them as much as we do!

Visit Karen's page on our website to take a look at the new collection...
http://paragongallery.co.uk/gallery/#/karen/


Gillie & Marc | World Renowned Sculptors from Down Under

We are very excited to introduce brand new sculpting duo, Gille and Marc, all the way from Australia.  As husband and wife, Gillie and Marc are contemporary artists who collaborate to create art as one, applying the iconic imagery of the dog/human hybrid to celebrate the powerful relationship the exists between man and animal.

They work in various media but are probably best known for their bronze sculpture, some larger than life size and on public display in numerous locations.  We have a select collection of their bronze sculptures on display in the gallery, pop in for a look when you can or visit their page on our website...

http://paragongallery.co.uk/gallery/#/gille-marc/

Exclusive Photographs from Cheltenham Jazz Festival

We are very excited to launch an exclusive series of images by photographer Spencer McPherson from the Cheltenham Jazz Festival.  The photographs include Jamie Cullum, Gregory Porter, Van Morrison and other luminaries of the jazz world and are available for sale at the gallery.

Each image is signed and framed and strictly limited to editions of 5 high quality black and white photographic prints.  If you would like any further information please get in touch, or pop in to take a look.

Changes to our Opening Hours

Well, we have been open for nearly 2 years and during that time we've been having a little think about our opening hours and it seems like a good time of the year to bring about a change....from 2nd January 2015 our opening hours will change to the following:

Monday 10am-4pm
Tuesday 10am-5.30pm
Wednesday 10am-5.30pm
Thursday 10am-5.30pm
Friday 10am-5.30pm
Saturday 10am-5.30pm
Sunday CLOSED

As always, if you need to come and see something, collect something or generally have a browse when we're not open, just give us a call and if we can we will come and open up for you.

Happy Christmas!
 

Iryna Yermolova ROI Selection

We are very proud to announce that one of our most talented painters, Iryna Yermolova, has yet again been selected to exhibit at this years Royal Institute of Oil Painters Annual Exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London.

The ROI was founded in 1882 and is dedicated to celebrating, informing and assisting artists who practice the art of oil painting, and through its awards, they actively encourage and support talented young painters. 

Iryna is one of our resident artists here in Cheltenham, and will be a featured artist in our exhibition of Russian artists, The Russian Evolution, in February 2015.

Introducing Watercolour Master Martin Bowden

We are very proud to welcome much-loved Cheltenham artist Martin Bowden to the Paragon Gallery.  He is a master of ink and watercolour and with the occasional use of pastel, creates scenes that are both gentle and dramatic.

Martin was born and raised in Cheltenham, he studied economics before beginning a thirty-five year teaching career as Head of Economics at a local school, he also taught Art History and specialized in tutoring.

Visit Martin's page for more about him and pop into the gallery to see his work, we hope you love his work as much as we do.

Closed on Sunday 4th May 2014

We have to close just for one day on Sunday 4th may due to an event we all have to attend, we're very sorry and hope it doesn't cause any inconvenience.  We are open on Saturday 3rd May and will be back open on Tuesday 6th May as usual.

Feel free to call +44 7968 735426 on Sunday 4th if you have an urgent inquiry.

Introducing Sebastien Levigne

It is with great pleasure we announce the launch of French artist Sebastien Levigne.  We are delighted to be able to exhibit his original works in the gallery and hope that you will love it as much as we do.

Sebastien was born in Rochefor sur Mer in 1975.  Whilst studying for a PhD in Bio-Chemistry he discovered his love for art and spent many years after working on his own artistic style.  His work focuses on the theme of "walls" and the traces left on them by man over time, recording life's occasions.  The subject of his art is anecdotal and the result is an intriguing journey through time.

"Faire Avec" Original Mixed Media on Boxed Canvas

"Faire Avec"
Original Mixed Media on Boxed Canvas

Iryna Yermolova ROI Selection

We are very proud to announce that one of our most talented painters, Iryna Yermolova, has been selected to exhibit at this years Royal Institute of Oil Painters Annual Exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London. 

The ROI was founded in 1882 and is dedicated to celebrating, informing and assisting artists who practice the art of oil painting, and through its awards, they actively encourage and support talented young painters. 

Iryna has a very unique style, her execution is expressive and the ultimate result arresting.  She is certainly one to watch.  Iryna's paintings are on permanent display in the gallery here in Cheltenham.

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