We’ve highlighted Bernard Buffet before on our blog. We have a few of his lovely prints dotted around our house.
Buffet (1928-1999) was hugely successful and extremely prolific – producing over 8,000 paintings in his lifetime. He was described by one biographer as “The modern Mega-Artist”. As part of his exclusive contract with Galerie Drouant-David, the artist staged a major solo exhibition every year. Suffice to say, there are an awful lot of prints and lithographs on the market; check out eBay and Etsy in the first instance. If you have a spare few tens of thousands of pounds, there are also originals to be had on auction sites such as Christies.
Buffet developed Parkinson’s in later years which prevented him from working. The disease was cited as the reason he committed suicide at his home in Tourtour, Provence.
We’ve mentioned Colin Ruffell, our chosen Designer Desire artist, in the past when we acquired a couple of his original paintings a few years ago. We thought we’d share with you a few more of his artworks.
He has a few, very distinctive styles; abstract modernist, impressionist – however, it’s his naive, Cloisonnism paintings that we love the most – especially the vintage examples. Perhaps because it reminds us of the work of Bernard Buffet.
We couldn’t put it better ourselves, so we thought that we’d allow Ruffell to say a little about himself:
Colin Ruffell was born in 1939, then he was bombed, evacuated, educated, expelled, travelled, repatriated, married, bred, qualified and taught; until in 1965, aged 26, he became a full-time professional artist. Since then he is proud and happy to have survived.
This is the point at which we normally add an image of the artist or designer that we’re featuring. However, we couldn’t resist including the following short film of Ruffell’s cat, Trevor!
His vintage work comes up for auction on occasion; there’s currently a lovely example for sale on Etsy.
These were an interesting little purchase recently.
This collection of watercolours caught our eye as we passed a secondhand shop in Clitheroe.
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.
They really capture the essence of the Northern country landscape with which we’re so familiar…
…moorlands, fells, river valleys, lanes, dry stone walls, farms and fields.
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.
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!