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Chris Beetles: “I came into watercolours like Attila the Hun!”

Chris Beetles: "I came into watercolours like Attila the Hun!"

PROFILE: CHRIS BEETLES Chris Beetles has been dealing in English watercolours, illustrations, cartoons, photography and oils for the last twenty-five years and for the last sixteen in the heart of St.James’s. If you want to buy a beautiful 19th century Edward Lear watercolour, an original Quentin Blake from a classic Roald Dahl book, an up-to-date [...]


Affordable Art Fair’s founder Will Ramsay

Affordable Art Fair's founder Will Ramsay

When Will Ramsay founded the fair in 1999 his aim was to make contemporary art accessible to everyone, and to show you don’t need to be an art expert or a millionaire to enjoy and buy art. Ten years on The Affordable Art Fair is a leading showcase for contemporary art. Renaissance’s Assistant Editor Annabel [...]


Michael James Smith: Truth and Beauty

Michael James Smith: Truth and Beauty

Emerging artist Michael James Smith is reinventing traditional British landscape painting and winning admirers of all ages. When I saw Michael James Smith’s work for the first time, I as most people, was impressed with a sense of precision and clarity. His shades were faithful, tone of light superb and his eye for detail defined [...]


Robin Richmond: The Lyrical Colourist

Robin Richmond: The Lyrical Colourist

With her 26th solo show this year, Robin Richmond continues her engagement with the land, inspired by a cycle of poems. And right now, she’s doing what she’s always wanted When you look at one of Robin Richmond’s paintings, you step into a breezy, fragrant moment: you step into the landscape itself. Yet there is [...]


Martin Summers: Reverting to Plan B

Martin Summers: Reverting to Plan B

He attended art school with Kitaj and is ‘old chums’ with Hockney. Now, after 50 years, art dealer Martin Summers says he’s slowing down, but has become an artist himself. Lynn Parr meets art dealer Martin Summers When a young Martin Summers failed to become an Army officer he fell, almost by default, into the [...]