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..featured articles include : COLIN TAYLOR – the brilliant full essay on his experiences and thoughts of landscape in Chile (South America) – DEAN ENTWISTLE – his excellent article on the paintings of ELAINE PREECE STANLEY. A Superb piece on abstractions in painting by DAVID TYCHO. Our Editor (DENIS TAYLOR) will be contributing an extensive exhibition preview and exclusive photographs of RICHARD FITTON’s working on his new exhibition of paintings at the Whittaker Art Museum – “after 7 years and later” – opening on the 11th May… plus the full inside story of an important but rejected VAN GOGH painting written by ANDRÉ CHAHIL + another hard-hitting critic about art by SPIKE and much more – ARTISTS like our Facebook page and join the painters TUBES artists group and be the first to read new issues on-line.

Mike Knowles landscape paintings

painters Tubes magazine were delighted to receive an email from Dave Gunning of Todmorden Fine Art (UK)  about a highly regarded painter – Mike Knowles.  Dave Gunning  is a legendary gallery owner in the North of England and he is regarded as a  good friend of painters Tubes magazine.

In the email were five super paintings by Mike Knowles which we decided to post on our website.  For those of you who know Mike Knowles work you will understand why he is a very highly regarded painter in the UK. Dave Gunning also posted TUBES a brief summary of Knowles life and work which is published below the following slide show of the paintings. And which are available to acquire for collectors of some of his work.

Please Contact Dave Gunning on +46 1706 814723 for more information or to acquire this artists work

 

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“…Mike Knowles was born in 1941 and trained first of all in Liverpool in the fifties, under such distinguished painters as Arthur Ballard, Charles Burton and Nicholas Horsfield (whose work I used to sell prior to his death at the age of 87). In 1984, he was appointed Head of the Department of Fine Art at Liverpool. In the sixties, Mike trained at the Slade School in London, under the leadership of Sir William Coldstream, and he trained there under such major British Contemporary painters as Frank Auerbach, Leon Kossoff, Michael Andrews and Euan Uglow.

Together these artists set the highest standards, and exemplified the continuity of the great art of the past and contemporary practice. The influence of Frank Auerbach is particularly evident in Mike’s work, and like Auerbach, Mike generally, though not always, works in heavy impasto oil, and his work is sensitive and carefully planned.

There is no subject that has not at some time or in some place, attracted his interest. His is not a casual eye, as he penetrates beneath the surface of things, in search of their essential character. In these visually and emotionally powerful works of art, it is clear that Mike revels in the raw energy, the transience and unpredictability of Nature in all its moods. He sums up his work in the following way…

” It seems to me that Nature should be our teacher, yet artists rarely use the word these days — cutting edge scientists use it all the time to describe their engagement with the incredible complexity of the world around us. To some, my landscapes might be seen as less than representational, but I am trying to paint and engage with my observations and experience of my everyday surroundings. Primarily, I am fascinated by the rhythms, space and structures of the landscapes I walk through each day, the interrelationship of land and sky, the shifting weather, light, tone and colour. I want each painting to be complete in itself, its own little universe, as near to a microcosm as I can make it of the forces and structures of the world out there — as far as I can figure them out, each day bringing its surprises, little discoveries and realisations. I want the paint to have a life of its own. Drawing is the first step and the underpinning discipline, what Ingres called ” the probity of art”. “

In 1991, Mike was appointed Professor Emeritus of Fine Art, Visiting Lecturer and Examiner to various Art Schools, including the Royal Academy and the Slade School, University College, London. He has recently completed an important commission for The Hong Kong Advanced Institute for Cross-Disciplinary Studies.

written by Dave Gunning, Todmorden Fine Art Gallery. 27 Water Street, Todmorden. OL 14 5AB. telephone: +44 1706 814723

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issue number 11 is now on line to read free – this issue has two fantastic articles – Colin Taylor Part two of his wonderful 3-part essay on contemporary landscape and how to translate that popular genre into a vital and important work of art…part two discusses “what is seeing.” – The second article is about why the Transavantgarde, movement that started in 1979,  is still a relevant way to think about Art today and the choices a painter makes during the creative process. SPIKE & Friends – our old critically minded journalists, returns from their travels and talks to TUBES about space for painting exhibitions, or rather, the lack of it. And of course not forgetting about the brilliant 11 artists taking part in the first new Tubes Artists Gallery – A space thats just for painters.

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In issue #8 of painters Tubes, we featured an artist who had submitted a number of works for consideration to be featured in the magazine. Most of the work were landscape paintings, and although they were excellent, they was not what TUBES were looking for, at the time. Landscape painting had been extensively covered in tubes issue #5. (click to read free on line)

The artist explained that the landscape work created were essential to help fund ongoing research with preparatory painting for a series of very large paintings, ones that took figurative painting into another direction and subject line that normal figure work, but it would be some time before they were fully resolved.

This special series of  paintings, (the artist explained), was connected with a specific investigation into human relationships through the eyes of another age. And how the myths related to our own time. Tubes Editor was quite taken by the paint application and the subject and arranged a personal visit to the artists studio. It was here that he viewed the full range of work and as a consequence featured the artist in issue #8.

btw: issue#8 alone has had an audience of over 9,000  (click here to read free on line )

Some time later, the artist, was  financing the large series of  work by trying hard to sell selling landscape painting, but one day was surprised by a visitor to the studio. The visitor explained that they were so impressed by the work (seen in painters Tubes magazine) that they wanted to provide funds for the artist, to assist in the creation and finishing off the series. The artist contacted Tubes and told the Editor of the news which “..was in most part, due to the article in painters Tubes magazine…”

For all of us at Tubes, that one story, makes the case for painters Tubes magazine as the most influential Art Magazine real and fills us with delight…. So to the artist in question, congratulations and hoping you paint many more great works of art…all the best from all of us at painters Tubes magazine.

contact the Editor at: tubes@telia.com if you have an interesting series of paintings you would like to discuss or a studio visit (live, or on line or via Skype or apple Face-Time)

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“defining the elemental” exhibition on show until 12th January 2019

Photograph below: Contemporary Artist, Denis Taylor in front of the installation at Crossley Gallery, Dean Clough, Halifax, UK 

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Denis Taylor with his work at Crossley Gallery, Dean Clough. Left: ‘Acid Trip’ (1985) Middle: ‘Life Began in Water’ (2018) Right: Cellular Abstraction (2014)

The exhibition “defining the elemental is an exhibition of painting in the UK. The ten artists participating are showing authentic work that covers contemporary landscape, portraits and new abstract painting. The extensive venue is the Crossley Gallery which is within the extremely large Dean Clough business  and culture complex in Halifax, West Yorkshire  ( for directions and information- please click here) The exhibition is currently on and is running through to 12th January 2019.

Many of the artists as renown throughout the North of England and beyond for their progressive, dynamic, semi-realist and abstract new work, such as, Denis Taylor, Ian Norris (see TUBES issue #1) and Jeanette Barnes along with major project painters such as Shaun Smyth (Mersey Gateway Bridge project-   see TUBES issue #8)   and original impasto styled (inspired by Kossoff/Auerbach) portraiture work  created by Richard Fitton (see TUBES issue #7)

The full Catalogue with examples of all the ten artists work, comments on their work and poetry that accompanies the paintings (written for the exhibition by David Traves) features in the exhibition  is available here: Defining the Elemental catalogue

You can also read a review of the exhibition in issue #10 of painters Tubes magazine  Please click here to go to the magazine

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