This exhibition typifies what theatre-goers and others interested in what's happening in contemporary art, have come to expect from shows at Malvern Theatres. Three artists with very different styles and subject matter; all sensibly priced, and as we approach the festive season ideal gifts for a loved one or just an indulgence for the individual.
Christina Bingles gained a degree in Fine Art in 1982 but she has been painting all her life. She paints still life, landscape and occasional portraits.
She is intrigued by light and colour, and the beautiful complexities achievable with oil paints.
Almost all the paintings in this exhibition are examples of Christina's still lifes. These intimate works depict commonplace objects which may be either natural or man-made. With origins in the Middle Ages, Ancient Greek and Roman Art, still life paintings give the artist more leeway in the arrangement of design elements within the composition.
Still life happens in her studio, while her landscapes are painted out in the field.
Christina is a member of the prestigious Cheltenham Group of Artists, and has exhibited in group and solo exhibitions both locally to where she lives in Gloucestershire and around the country. She enjoys running practical oil painting classes and for many years was a Summer School tutor.
Her work is held in private and public collections across the UK.
Charlotte McLaughlin's paintings often contain narratives, which capture intimate moments within everyday occurrences.
Light and colour have a vital role in creating form and emotion within her work. Artificial lighting is often used to define the shape of the figure and to influence the colour pallet.
She has created a wonderful series on the subject of dance. This began with the painting 'Personae', a representation of herself. It represents the many masks or personae that she wears in her busy life; the many jobs and different roles at a particular time.
She then moved this concept into classical dance and the characters dancers take on in order to represent that particular story. She chose classical dance in particular; due to the sculptural forms the dancers adopt.
Charlotte has a particular interest in portraiture. She love watching people interact, and capturing these interactions within her paintings as well as their personalities and characteristics. She welcomes commissions which can be arranged through www.artgallery.co.uk.
Charlotte has successfully taken part in group and solo exhibitions across the country and in London.
Rachel Nacer is a British Artist/Designer based in Warwickshire.
She specialises in Art, Interior Design and Children's Projects. Her original paintings have a very contemporary edge. She works in an incredible range of media; oils, acrylics, inks, bronzing powders, semi-precious stones, crystals, glass beads, and gold foil - genuinely mixed media.
When you visit the Malvern show, see if you can spot some of the following in this selection of Rachel's work;
Copper, Silver, Gold, Agate, Amethyst, Aventurine, Carnelian, Citrine, Garnet, Lolite, Moonstone, Peridot, Selenite, Turquoise, Quartz, Rose, Quartz, Smokey Quartz and Hematite.
As Rachel herself says, "these paintings represent freedom without restraint. Using semi-precious stones and crystals allows me to explore their energy, healing and spiritual properties.
" Her work has been exhibited at Design Interiors, Birmingham; Grand Designs, London; and The Untitled Art show, Chelsea.
The exhibition runs throughout December and until 20th January so if you're unsure which to buy for that loved one, a gift token from www.artgallery.co.uk will allow them to choose later.