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Colin Ruffell

Friday, October 12th, 2012

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pair of vintage Colin Ruffell oil paintings

We bought these two fabulous paintings at auction recently.

vintage Colin Ruffell oil painting showing grandfather clock, wooden table with glass decanter & wine glass, red armchair and chest of drawers with gramophone on top

They’re interior scenes with a very distinctive style. Our attention was grabbed from across the large saleroom.

detail from a vintage Colin Ruffell oil painting showing grandfather clock, wooden table with glass decanter & wine glass, red armchair and chest of drawers with gramophone on top

The items in these room settings don’t scream 1960s/70s, but the style of painting somehow does.

detail from a vintage Colin Ruffell oil painting showing a wooden table with glass decanter & wine glass and red armchair

The artist is Colin Ruffell.  Born in 1939, he has been a professional artist for nearly 50 years and has exhibited all over the world.

vintage Colin Ruffell oil painting showing dressing Welsh dresser, Windsor chair and wine bottle & glass and oil lamp on a table

We love the composition, colour & tones of these works…

detail of a vintage Colin Ruffell oil painting showing dressing Welsh dresser, Windsor chair and wine bottle & glass and oil lamp on a table

…also the textural quality with the bold application of paint.

detail of a vintage Colin Ruffell oil painting showing Windsor chair and wine bottle & glass and oil lamp on a table

Don’t you just love the bottle & glass – or the plates on the dresser?

detail of a vintage Colin Ruffell oil painting showing plates on a Welsh dresser

The artist is still working today and we’ve been perusing his website recently. There are originals, printsbooks too.

detail of a vintage Colin Ruffell oil painting showing the artist's signature

We’re still drawn to his still lives with their naive style, but also love his impressionist depictions of London & Brighton.

Prize in the Post

Friday, October 21st, 2011

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Bridget Riley exhibition catalogue still in its brown postal envelope

Adelle entered an online competition recently. Up for grabs on the Vintage by Hemingway blog were 3 copies of a Bridget Riley catalogue – and she won!! This is the package that arrived this week.

Bridget Riley exhibition catalogue just taken out of its packaging

The catalogue has been produced to accompany an exhibition of the artist’s work being held at Kettle’s Yard in Cambridge.

letter of congratulations for winning the catalogue from Vintage Wayne Hemingway's return address label

And, taking a quick peek inside, here are a few of Bridget Riley’s classic & influential designs.

page from the Bridget Riley catalogue showing "Shift" page from the Bridget Riley catalogue showing "Movement in Squares"

page from the Bridget Riley catalogue showing "Cornflower" page from the Bridget Riley catalogue showing "Vespertino"

We’ll enjoy reading our copy – thanks to the guys at Vintage by Hemingway!

P.S. – The exhibition has just been extended until 31st December 2011.

Bernard Buffet

Friday, March 18th, 2011

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detail from vintage 1968 Bernard Buffet exhibition poster

We’ve been meaning to do a blog post about Bernard Buffet for a long time.

detail from vintage 1968 Bernard Buffet exhibition poster

The recent purchase of this vintage poster brought it to mind once again. We had it sent from France and it advertises an exhibition held in 1969 at the Musée d’Unterlinden in Colmar.

detail from vintage 1968 Bernard Buffet exhibition poster showing gold frame

It’s just come back from our wonderful local framers, Abacus. We chose burnished gold – reminiscent of an antique religious icon.

detail from vintage 1968 Buffet exhibition poster

It now hangs above our bedroom fireplace. We love it!

pile of Ella Fitzgerald LP covers illustrated by Bernard Buffet

We also framed these vinyl album covers that were illustrated by Buffet.

pile of Ella Fitzgerald LP covers illustrated by Bernard Buffet

The set – Ella Fitzgerald sings Gershwin – dates from 1959.

Ella Fitzgerald LP cover of a corner in a room with bed, chair and picture on the wall illustrated by Bernard Buffet

Ella Fitzgerald LP cover of a table with wine bottle, glass and vase of flowers illustrated by Bernard Buffet

Ella Fitzgerald LP cover of a table with alarm clock, paper, envelope and pen illustrated by Bernard Buffet

Ella Fitzgerald LP cover with a woman's face illustrated by Bernard Buffet

Great records and great covers – a perfect combination.

four framed Ella Fitzgerald LP covers illustrated by Bernard Buffet

He’s a fabulous artist – so distinctive – and one of our real favourites. Here’s a link to the online Musée Bernard Buffet

…and here’s a 2-minute, black & white film from 1962 of Buffet and his wife, Annabel in their château and private chapel. We discovered on the British Pathé website – there’s so much beautiful art on the walls!

We’ve set up a Buffet Flickr group – please add your images if you have some or just have a browse!

Winter Morning

Monday, October 18th, 2010

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detail of "Winter Morning" print by Edward Ripley

We do love a crisp, sunny, winter dog walk. This picture, a 1960s Athena original print on board, really captures the scene & atmosphere.

It’s on its way to our Picture House Antiques pitch – one of those items that’s hard to part with, but we’ve had the pleasure of living with it for a long time. Having said that, it might never make it – it’s stalled near the front door as we give it admiring glances all over again.

back of "Winter Morning" print by Edward Ripley showing its Athena label

It’s by artist Edward Ripley and is entitled Winter Morning. We’d really like to view the original oil – anyone of you out there own it?!!

You can sense that there’s real texture to the paint, particularly in the snowy fields.

vintage print on board entitled "Winter Morning" by Edward Ripley

The image is so strong though that it still makes a fabulous print!

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Watercolours

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

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collection of small watercolour paintings by J A Hurley

These were an interesting little purchase recently.

small watercolour painting entitled, "Dales Road" by J A Hurley

This collection of watercolours caught our eye as we passed a secondhand shop in Clitheroe.

small watercolour painting entitled, "Bent Trees, Mitton Flats, Clitheroe" by J A Hurley

They were housed in a mish-mash of quite horrible frames, but we could see that they were in fact, original watercolour sketches… and very well executed.

small watercolour painting entitled, "Pots & Pans, War Memorial, Saddleworth Moors" by J A Hurley

They really capture the essence of the Northern country landscape with which we’re so familiar…

triptych of small watercolours by J A Hurley depicting trees

…moorlands, fells, river valleys, lanes, dry stone walls, farms and fields.

pair of small watercolours depicting "Knowl Top Farm near Pots & Pans, Saddleworth" (top) and "Farm, Clitheroe - Mitton Road - Longridge Fell in background" (below)

The artist is J A Hurley – who actually lives & works in the Clitheroe area. We’ve seen prints of his work in art galleries, so it was a nice to find a bundle of originals. Especially as we paid a very reasonable £40.00 for a total of 11 small paintings.

small watercolour painting entitled "Houses at Mitton, Ribble Valley" by J A Hurley

We’re planning to re-frame them and put them up for sale in our pitch in Picture House Antiques… after snaffling a couple away for our own walls!