Local fine art collectors and enthusiasts will have the opportunity to meet an award-winning contemporary artist this weekend, when abstract wildlife painter, Robert Oxley, will be making an appearance in Harrogate.
The coveted artist will be showcasing his latest collection, Instinct, at Castle Galleries on Parliament Street on Saturday 10th March between 1 and 3pm. The collection will then be on display for a further week.
Taking inspiration from artists Robert Crumb, Glenn Brown and Robert Williams, Oxley’s Instinct works have a psychedelic feel and take natural history painting in a new direction, using zig-zag edges and bold dripping paint.
Completely self-taught, his art career has gone from strength to strength since he launched a publishing career with Washington Green, the UK’s leading fine art publishers, in 2015. This came after he was a finalist in Castle Fine Art’s IN:SIGHT campaign, which seeks out the UK’s newest emerging artistic talent and gives them an opportunity to have their work publicly showcased.
Prior to this, Oxley received a commendation from the esteemed BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year panel.
Robert Oxley said:
After all of the time and energy that went into Instinct I can’t wait to share the collection at the Harrogate gallery and see the response it evokes from viewers.
As with my previous collections, I wanted to create something loose and expressionistic yet controlled and detailed. The result is work that looks like it was done quickly but on inspection reveals that every brushstroke is considered and meticulously painted. Loose and free but in fact complex which is what nature is all about.
Anthony Jalland, galley manager at Castle Galleries, Harrogate – Washington Green Fine Art’s nationwide network of high street galleries – said:
The meet the artist event is set to be a fantastic afternoon and we can’t wait to welcome one of Washington Green’s rising stars to the gallery.
Robert’s work is unlike anything we have ever had on display before and it will be interesting to hear about the inspiration and ideas behind this body of work.
Visitors wishing to attend the event and meet the artist should contact the gallery team to be added to the guest list:
E: firstname.lastname@example.org / T: 01423 569 656