Today I’d like to introduce a video I found on YouTube.com. I really like the way Galetea Kortikova, the video editor, has put together a varied and good selection of drawings and paintings from the vast Jeff Rowland portfolio. Rather than just one painting after another she has interlaced the scenes and added rain & water effects.The Music also seems to be fitting, although I guess not to everyone’s choice. All nicely presented.
Anyhow if you can spare a moment or two (4 mins in total actually) I’d welcome your opinion. I hope you enjoy this change of media and possibly another new way of enjoying the art work of Jeff Rowland. You may even spot something new – I did!
Galetea, from Romania, says “Showers can be your melody of love. My movie (is) about it. Music was written by my friend Ivan Pilipenko.
“Two people wandering around like children
In a world of fog, rain and bad weather,
Met the best miracle in the world,
Heart opening for hope and happiness! “
Everyone needs to set aside time each week to do things simply because they enjoys them. Life is far too stressful to be spent only on tasks that give productive results. For many men & women, arts and crafts is a great way to enjoy a few hours and to leave the pressures of life behind.
You may already have some experience or painting & drawing was a skill you left behind at school – whichever and no matter how long ago this is a hobby I recommend you start doing again. I was recently interested to discover the skills of Phil Copeland. This is what he said on Facebook recently ……
” Inspired by Neil “Nello” Baldwin (stoke city kit man) I made contact and I got to meet and get great inspiration from world famous Artist Jeff Rowland yesterday up in Newcastle on Tyne. Wow it was amazing !!! His work is absolutely awesome! And what a great guy who is a fountain of knowledge, hopefully with his advice and guidance I’ll go on to become a half decent artist. I’m sure that Jeff won’t mind me saying that in the words of the great Nello, “Jeff Rowland “is a very good friend of mine!”
Jeff Rowland & Phil Copeland
Now I do know that Phil is definitely not a new comer to art and is already a “half decent artist”. As you can see by his latest work below – which was inspired by Jeff’s “It Must be the Moonlight” – however it proves anything is possible if you give it time and dedication!
<<< Copeland – side by side – Rowland >>>
No matter what kinds of arts (or crafts) interest you, there are so many ways to enjoy them and learn new skills. If you have the time and a little bit of extra money, I’d suggest signing up for an art class. Look in the local newspaper or do an on line search for art classes in your area. Grab a friend and try out a new class together. Many local arts and crafts shops will offer classes or know where you can learn a new skill in just a couple of hours a week. Go out on a limb and try something you have never done before. You may not become the next Jeff Rowland, but you’ll have found a rewarding hobby, made new friends and even a sense of pride and achievement with your latest work of art!
Another great thing about spending your free time doing arts and crafts is that you can beautify your home and prepare amazing gifts at the same time. Many hobbies are an end in themselves, but with arts and crafts you get to keep something amazing each time you create. Think about all of the birthday gifts or gifts for holidays that you could make rather than purchase. You will have fun, enjoy relaxing, and save money on gifts all at the same time.
If you do not have the time or money to enrol at an art class you can still enjoy art. Take some time to visit a museum or local art gallery. You should not miss out on the fun and relaxation of arts simply because of a lack of cash. Make some time in your busy schedule just to get away and learn about artists and their work until you can focus on one that you want to learn. You can also search the internet for resources on many types of artistic skills. I’m hoping Jeff Rowland and this website may also be a source of inspiration?
Get out and make art a part of your busy life. The relaxation and fun will be worth it.
I was speaking to Jeff last week and asked if he intended to go see the recently released film “Mr.Turner”. For those who don’t know Jeff Rowland is very much an admirer of the works by JMW Turner – he even named his cat “Turner”. Without hesitation he said yes and according to the film critics Jeff is in for a treat! If he sends a review I’ll post here.
Of course Jeff has a strong affinity with the film industry firstly he admits openly “I was inspired to paint a rain soaked street through films I saw at the cinema“. Secondly not many know he as also played as a film extra in many films and TV Dramas. Most noticeable being “Elizabeth” (starring Cate Blanchett ) – there is a picture of Jeff from the film on the About Jeff Rowland page – and TV dramas based upon the the Catherine Cookson novels. I’ll have to get a list from him one day. Anyhow I said it was a pity he’d not been in the Turner film as an actor “yes – that would have been fun” he responded!
Below is from an original “Snow covers Sandgate” he kindly donated to St. Oswald’s Hospice in memory of his father who passed away there. To me I think Jeff has been some what influenced by the style of Mr Turner in this painting?
Snow covers Sandgate
Mr Turner review – Mike Leigh shines a brilliant new light on the great master
Timothy Spall is a giant as the eccentric Victorian painter in this visually ambitious biopic by Mark Kermode, Observer film critic
A magnificent growling-bear performance by Timothy Spall is just one of the masterful brushstrokes in this lusty, physical, spit-and-spunk portrait of JMW Turner from singular British screen artist Mike Leigh. Adventurously wielding a digital palette to echo and invoke the oily grit of their subject’s work (the sight of pigment being ground is profoundly textural), Leigh and cinematographer Dick Pope paint a tactile landscape in which “the sun is God” and steamy science is the future. Through this ever-changing kingdom of light strides Spall’s vibrantly curmudgeonly Turner, a full figure of fleshy contradictions, both abrasively insular and gregariously outgoing, simultaneously loving and callous, sensitive yet animalistic. For all his authentic 19th-century turns of phrase (the film’s Dickensian language is a joy), Spall’s most expressive utterance is not a word but a growl – a guttural sound that speaks poetic volumes. Never before has “Ghhrrrrr” meant so much or conveyed such depth of character.
Set in the later years of the artist’s life, from 1828 onwards, Leigh’s film follows Turner through the denial of his daughters and the loss of his father (a wonderfully touching and tender performance by Paul Jesson) to the discovery of new life and love amid growing sickness and infirmity. En route he delivers rambling lectures at the Royal Academy that merely restate his outsider status, annoys Queen Victoria who is not amused by his move toward preimpressionist abstraction (“Ugh, a dirty yellow mess!”) and mocks the likes of John Constable (James Fleet, a picture of repressed outrage) with the theatrical application of a single dab of red paint.
The Quartet of Venice Scene limited edition prints by Jeff Rowland and released early this year have proved very popular – The one entitled “A View to Remember” is no exception and if you wish to add this to your collection then I have something that may interest you!
I’ve just noticed on ebay uk there is a listing for this print at a low £303.60 and its for sale by a reputable dealer so no fears of being anything other than a genuine bargain. (Although I can’t offer any personal Guarantee)
Title: A View To Remember (Last One)
Artist: Jeff Rowland
Edition Type: Giclee On Board
Style Name: Contemporary
Format: Canvas on Board With Slip
Image Size w x h : 24 x 19 inches
If you are interested in this excellent piece by Jeff you’d better be quick
This month I feature an exclusive piece from Priory Art by Jeff Rowland entitled “Until Tomorrow“. Tynemouth is the home of Jeff and he is, therefore, a regular visitor at the Priory Art gallery plus a good friend of the proprietor Jan Tandy. The scene is instantly recognisable to locals of Tynemouth – and if proof was needed I attach a photo at the bottom of this post taken a couple of years ago! Although I’ve never been to this North East village I’m pleased to say I have a copy of this limited edition. A delightful painting whether you’re a local or not.
This work is a limited edition of 25 and I believe there are only 2 copies left. So if you want to secure your copy then please give Jan a call ( 0191 259 1830 ) to confirm availability, viewing times, etc if you intend visiting. There is also a good selection of works of art by Jeff and other artists. I understand there may still be available the original painting by Jeff for sale as well. Another bit of good news is later this year (Sept/Oct??) Jeff will be visiting the gallery and will be available to meet his fans and discuss his work.
I said the “Until Tomorrow” was an exclusive to Priory Art; however there as been an exception and in agreement with Castle Galleries of Newcastle they did a sort of “Swop”. Another Jeff Rowland exclusive “A Night at The Opera” featured below is another very limited edition – this time a scene from Newcastle -upon- Tyne. Therefore one lucky Priory Art customer can also pick up this unique edition!
A Night at the Opera (Grey Street, Newcastle-upon-Tyne) by Jeff Rowland
PRIORY ART is the place to find all types of modern fine art from both internationally recognised and published artists, to lesser known UK talents. The gallery is located in Tynemouth enjoying a prominent location on the main street of the village next to the only foodstore and surrounded by high class eateries, wine bars and coffee shops catering to the local community and tourists visiting our beautiful village. The 900+ square feet store offers a diverse range of artwork ranging from original canvases and sculpture to limited edition prints and bespoke glassware and ceramics. Priory Art Ltd 70 Front Street Tynemouth North Shields NE30 4BP
Tynemouth Village (photo) 2009
If You have a request or suggested painting of the month please let me know
This painting by Jeff is generally sold out so it was interesting to see the original for sale on ebay UK. You’ll need deep pockets to bid however as the starting price is a £7000 with the auction ending 19th July 2014. ***Update : The item has been relisted and as of 27/07/14 is still available.
Together in Time – Jeff Rowland
Two figures, huddled together, walk down the centre of a broad rain lashed street. Before them a subway train rumbles across a tall metal bridge. To either side of them watery grey buildings march into the distance. There is no one and nothing to disturb their reverie.
Limited Edition Print Details
Edition of: 150 (You’ll be buying the original)
Image Size: 24 x 39 (I understand the original is much larger)
Medium: Canvas on Board (I presume the original is an oil on canvas)
Framed: £635.00 (against £7000 for the original)
Generally Sold Out (all the more reason to acquire the original!)
Obviously I can not personally guarantee this item so suggest you take care checking the picture/signature & documents, etc; however I have made many purchases via Ebay and have never encountered any problems – as they say “Caveat emptor” let the buyer beware. I wish you well on this auction as I won’t be bidding!
Jeff Rowland Exhibition at Castle Galleries Reading
19/07/14 1 pm – 4 pm
A brand new capsule collection from Jeff Rowland will be at the gallery in Reading.
Always & Forever by Jeff Rowland 2014
Please Visit the gallery in Reading to view the new collection of pieces from Jeff Rowland.
Jeff believes “If you are going to do something creative, get to the very heart of it.” and his timeless pieces speak of shared moments, whispered endearments and treasured memories.
This new collection is made all the more significant by the fact that each is an edition of just 25. They are certainly not to be missed.
The event will take place on Saturday 19 July 1pm – 4pm.
Refreshments will be available. For more information, please contact the gallery.
Please note Jeff is scheduled to appear between 1 and 4pm – however his mother has recently been in hospital and back home under his care. Needless to say family comes first and he may not be free to attend.
Please contact the gallery to confirm his attendance.