This is a huge category! Who doesn’t love looking at beautiful flowers? They can brighten up any room with their cheery dispositions. We have a wealth of floral artwork, from realist to semi-abstract paintings and prints. Let’s dive in!
‘It’s a Beautiful Day’
A semi-abstract Impressionistic depiction of a meadow full of flowers by Michelle Carolan. The artwork was inspired by the smells and bright colours of summer. You can clearly imagine yourself walking through the meadow and breathing it all in. Michelle begins by building up layers of colour washes and then adds texture with bold brushstrokes and a palette knife. £550
‘Spring Meadow III’
A semi-abstract painting of vibrant pink flowers. The flowers gradually fade into the background of the painting and burst out again in shades of pink. A one-off, original painting on a large square canvas. Painted in acrylics. £185
‘Bumble Bee & Daisies’
A cute 25 x 25 cm piece featuring a field of daisies with 3 bumble bees buzzing around. Painted in acrylic on canvas board, this painting is a cheery reminder of the vital work that bees do and the fact that we need to look after them! £60
‘Blooming Spring II (Floral)’
A rich, textured abstract floral painting in pinks by artist Kalpana Soanes. Painted in acrylic on box canvas. The flowers seem to burst forwards from the centre of the painting, creating a perfect focal point for a room. £325
‘Light of Passion’
Striking painting of 5 beautiful red tulips by Cinzia Mancini. The textured effect has been created using impasto techniques with acrylic paints, inks and mixed media and a palette knife.The vibrant red stands out against the background, giving the bulbs all the attention that they deserve! £70
‘Triptych II Luna’
Clare Hooper’s giclee boxed canvas is a large, statement artwork in bright colours. This attention-grabbing print is in a semi-abstract style and will brighten up any wall. £228
Lisa Butcher has created this print from an original drawing of flowers in a digital composition. The inspiration came from a visit to Cornwall. The poppies themselves are white and set against a deep red background. This is a limited edition of 50 prints. £90
Excellent question! We want to make it easy for your to commission artwork by our talented artists. Most of our artists are more than happy to paint commissions so get in touch! We’ll take you through the process. For further information see our full article on Commissioning Artwork
Go big or go home.
Art comes in all shapes and sizes, and we’ve been taking a look at some of the most famous large-scale paintings, from Botticelli to Pollock.
Sandro Botticelli’s ‘The Birth of Venus’
Painted between 1482 and 1485 this is a monumental painting, measuring 5’ 8 x 9’ 2. The mythological painting depicts the Roman Goddess of love and beauty, Venus, emerging from the sea after her birth, in a scallop shell. The painting has vibrant colours and very delicate brushwork. There is a heavy use of gold in the painting for highlights on hair, wings, textiles and the shell itself. It is housed in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence.
Eugene Delacroix ‘Liberty Leading the People’
Painted in 1830 this painting was inspired by the second French Revolution. It makes a powerful statement, and was painted to commemorate the toppling of King Charles X of France. Liberty is holding the flag of the French Revolution, the tricolour which became France’s National flag after these events. Another monumental painting measuring 102 x 128 inches.
Rembrandt ‘The Nightwatch’
Rembrandt was one of the most important Old Masters, and The Nightwatch is thought to be his most important work of art. Measuring 12 x 14 ft it showcases Rembrandt’s theatrical treatment of light and shadow. Completed in 1642 it depicts the Militia Company of District II and is one of the most famous of the Dutch Golden Age paintings. It can be seen in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.
‘The Water Lilies series’ by Monet
Claude Monet painted this series between 1915 – 26, inspired by his surroundings at Giverny where he lived from 1883 until his death 43 years later. Monet painted around 250 water lily paintings, the largest pieces are housed in Musee de L’Orangerie in Paris. They fill the 2 consecutive oval rooms in the gallery, and if placed side by side, the paintings would measure nearly 300ft. Monet wanted the viewer to be able to immerse themselves completely in the paintings.
‘The Kiss’ by Gustav Klimt
Austrian Symbolist painter Klimt completed The Kiss in 1908. A glimmering painting with an abundance of gold leaf, painted during Klimt’s Golden Period. It measures 6’ x 6’ and depicts an ethereal embrace, the couple’s bodies entwined in beautiful decorative robes in the Art Nouveau style. It has become an iconic image, and the most recognizable of Klimt’s paintings. It hangs in the Belvedere Palace in Vienna. It is not the largest of Klimt’s paintings, (his Beethoven Frieze being almost 112 feet high), but it is perhaps his most beautiful and romantic piece.
‘A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte’ by Georges Seurat
Painted in the 1880’s in the style of Pointillism, millions of hand painted dots make up this painting by Seurat. It is his most famous work, and depicts Parisians relaxing at a park on the banks of the River Seine on a Sunday afternoon. Seurat sat in the park and made numerous sketches of the figures to perfect their form. It was exhibited in the last Impressionism exhibition in May 1886. The painting measures 7 x 10 ft and is in the Art Institute of Chicago.
‘No.1 (1950)’ by Jackson Pollock
Also entitled ‘Lavender Mist’ this Pollock painting measures 7’ 3 x 9’ 10 inches. It was created using his signature action painting technique. He would pour, spray and splatter house paint onto a canvas on the floor. He said that he felt closer to the painting using this technique, as he was able to walk around it. When his ‘drip’ paintings were first exhibited in 1948 in New York, they met with much scepticism. Only one year later in a ‘Life’ magazine article, there was a caption under a photograph of Pollock saying ‘Is he the greatest living painter in the United States’.
Lavender Mist is signed in the top corners with Pollock’s handprints.
View some of our larger paintings.
Is it all you can think about? Us too. Summer keeps taunting us here in the UK so maybe it’s time to go somewhere where we know the weather will be on our side..
That said, we think we have found a way to keep that summer holiday feeling all year round! Here is a selection of our favourite feel-good holiday-inspired paintings…but don’t worry, you can suntan…
First of our original holiday paintings online is by Irina Rumyantseva. ‘Topical Fish 3’ is a vibrant, colourful seascape painting featuring tropical fish, underwater plants-life and a turtle. A large, statement piece at 101 cm x 101 cm. £595. Take us there!
This is ‘Tresco Abbey Gardens’ by Shirley Netherton. 17 acre sub-tropical gardens on Tresco, in the Isles of Scilly. Not too far to go! This is a mounted giclee print from an original painting by Shirley. £45.
‘Holiday Market’ is a digital print by artist Dean James. An impressionistic view of a bustling holiday market. The print is £20.
‘The Red Boat, Polperro, Cornwall’ is a framed original painting by realist artist Richard Harpum. A beautifully detailed painting of a red fishing boat by the picturesque village. Maybe we don’t have to go abroad to find our perfect summer getaway after all.. £850.
‘Rhonda, Spain’ an original oil painting by Peter King. Oil on board. A stunning Impressionistic view of the beautiful coastline around this town. 84cm x 84cm £900
Ahh.. Lake Como. Tranquil waters and beautiful towns captured perfectly by artist Maureen Greenwood. ‘Villa Monastero, Varenna, Lake Como’ is an original contemporary oil painting on deep edge canvas. £199.
‘Summer Holiday’ by Mary Kemp. Beautifully capturing the warm waves calling you to rush into the sea! Oil paints on canvas panel. Framed. £325
‘Waikiki Welcome’ by Leonard Dobson. Colourful figurative painting of friends enjoying a relaxing meal Waikiki-style. Beautifully painted with rich, decorative patterns £975
Right then, where’s my passport?
5 Places You Must Not Miss
Rippingham Art’s roots are firmly in Manchester. Jan grew up here, and we all love this incredible city.
Regular trips mean that we know what’s great about this city. Hard as it has been, we have whittled the best spots for artists down to our favourite 5.
1. Fred Aldous
An absolute favourite. Talk about moving with the times. Fred Aldous opened in 1886! The shop is constantly updating and along with art and craft materials, it now has a knockout gift shop upstairs which is always deservedly busy.
Jan discovered the magic that was, and still is Fred Aldous whilst studying textiles at Manchester Uni in the late 1970’s. Most evenings, waiting in Stevenson Square for the 216 bus to arrive, she would go into the basement to look at the craft materials and spend far too long down there. It seemed that you could buy anything to make anything.
Jan was in love and was sad to leave Fred behind when she moved to London in the early 80’s. Thankfully you can now order art materials from them online. It remains one of the few places where Jan can find her much loved ‘Tulip’ pens.
A personal note from Jan: My daughter Lauren visits Manchester frequently, and she always makes her way to Fred Aldous, it’s like a magnet. As a small child I was always taking her to art galleries and art shops, and she seems to have inherited my love for the art shop to beat all art shops.
P.S. Have you seen their Instagram account?
2. Manchester Craft and Design Centre
Every artist should go here, you cannot fail to be inspired. Housed in a Victorian fish market built in 1873 (sounds cool already), this is home to seriously talented designers, artists and craftspeople. Each is tucked away in a cosy unit which you are welcome to pop into and explore. Studios house jewellery makers, ceramicists, painters, glass-blowers and illustrators.
The centre takes an active part in the makers’ community. They have a dedicated ‘Makers Network Blog’ to help craftspeople sell their work, excel at social media and meet other likeminded artists. This is a community of makers which feels intimate and welcoming. It also has a fab cafe.
3. Whitworth Gallery
We will admit that there was a bit of a gap between our 2 most recent visits to this gallery. While we hang our heads in shame, it does mean that we can fully appreciate the changes that have taken place over the last few years. And there have been changes aplenty!
The Whitworth is conscious of it’s cultural heritage and social responsibilities. The reflection of society’s changing attitudes is clearly paramount to the gallery. Their priorities are apparent in the breadth of exhibitions taking place within the gallery spaces. Current exhibitions include:
Four Corners of One Cloth – Textiles from the Islamic World
The Reno at The Whitworth – Exploring the Reno nightclub- a popular venue for mixed-race Mancunians in the 1970s and 80s.
Bodies of Colour – Exploring wallpaper as a contributor to racist visual histories.
Facing Out – Life after treatment for facial cancer, an exhibition of portraits
Prints of Darkness: Goya and Hogarth in a Time of Europe Turmoil – an exhibition timed to coincide with Britain’s efforts to leave the EU.
All this and we haven’t even mentioned the gallery’s £15 million redevelopment in 2015 which doubled the size of the gallery and married the gallery with the surrounding Whitworth Park to beautiful effect.
4. MIF Manchester International Festival
Not so much a place to visit but the now biennial festival is certainly worth talking about. This year the festival is taking place between 4th and 21st July and we cannot wait – a full post will follow! Festivals typically include music, visual arts, including theatre and art exhibitions, dance and film, talks and walks. This year includes The Nico Project inspired by her 1968 album ‘The Marble Index’, a solo show by Anna Calvi and David Lynch will be taking over HOME with a programme of art, films and music. We cannot wait.
A centre for international art, in the last 4 years HOME has already become one of Manchester’s leading cultural venues. You should go to see the exhibition spaces, the cafe, the screening rooms, the staircases, the big neon sign, the toilets. It’s on Tony Wilson Place and it’s also open really late. Everything here is cool.
What is Surrealism?
Surrealism is breaking down the boundaries of what is considered to be normal.
It grew out of Dadaism – an avant-garde European art movement of the early twentieth century. Dada prized nonsense and rejected reason.
The term ‘Surrealist’ was first used in 1917 by Apollinaire to describe his farcical play ‘Les Mamelles de Tiresias’. He described it as a ‘drame surréaliste’.
Surrealism as a full movement began in 1924. In this year, Andre Breton published ‘The Surrealist Manifesto’. A statement of the book’s intentions is indicated by its other title – ‘Soluble Fish’.
‘The ground beneath my feet is nothing but an enormous unfolded newspaper.’ (Soluble Fish)
The manifesto stated that the Surrealists were non-conformist. It began as a literary movement (Breton was a poet) but it soon became a way for all artists to break away from rationalism.
‘Surrealism is destructive, but it destroys only what it considers to be shackles limiting our vision.’ – Salvador Dali.
The Surrealists were influenced by the work of Sigmund Freud. His psycho-analytic research had just been published and the Surrealists became interested in depicting the mechanisms of dreams. They brought dreams and reality together and created a ‘sur-reality’.
Surrealist art disorientates the viewer and disrupts their sense of reality. Dream-like narratives are created, sometimes bordering on nightmarish. Surrealists desire to let the deepest thoughts in the recesses of our mind take over.
Automatic writing (writing that is not done on a conscious level, and reveals the innermost thoughts of the writer) was a technique used by Freud as it allowed images from the subconscious to come to the surface, and this idea of the ‘automatic’ became very influential in Surrealism.
‘We are never so defenseless against suffering as when we are in love’ Sigmund Freud.
(Freud was later to criticise the movement, saying that the works were not manifestations of the subconscious, as they were highly shaped and processed by the Ego of the artist, and therefore the conscious mind.)
The Bureau of Surrealist Research (Centrale Surréaliste), Paris, became the meeting place for Surrealist writers and artists to hold discussions, and conduct interviews. The first group exhibition was held in Paris in 1925.
Surrealism continued to develop and became more visible to the public at large throughout the 1930s. A Surrealist group developed in Britain and, according to Breton, the 1936 London International Surrealist Exhibition held by these artists was a high point of the period.
It can be argued that Surrealism continued until the death of Andre Breton in 1966, or even that of Salvador Dali in 1989. What is clear is that the symbolism, techniques, and disdain for convention central to Surrealism certainly lived on and inspired American art of the latter 20th century. The practice of automatism, for example, was part of the basis for the Abstract Expessionist movement. It influenced the work of artists such as Jackson Pollock. Pollock is quoted as saying that he was ‘in’ his drip paintings as he worked on them, unaware of what he was doing until he stepped back from them afterwards.
Major artists of the Surrealist movement include;
Giorgio De Chirico
Unanimously acknowledged as the founder of the surrealist aesthetic. His painting ‘The Red Tower‘ 1913 (below), shows the illustrative style and striking colour contrasts which came to be adopted by other Surrealist artists.
Used frottage (taking a rubbing from a surface using a pencil or other drawing tool) as an automatic method of creative production. He also used collage to create unexpected juxtapositions, taking cuttings from magazines and then manipulating their arrangement.
Tanning joined the Surrealist group after visiting the New York Dada and Surrealist exhibition of 1936-7. Her paintings depict nightmares and surreal, erotic dreams. One of her most famous examples of this is ‘Eine KleineNachtmusik‘ (1943) which depicts young girls encountering supernatural events. The girl in the foreground seems to be drawn towards the sunflower by the approaching vines while the girl wearing torn garments in the background holds one of the petals from the flower, suggesting an encounter has already taken place.
His rayographs (objects placed on photographic material in a darkened room, and then exposed to light) created the stark and unexpected effects of negative imaging, and unusual juxtapositions of identifiable objects.
In his Surrealist period Miro developed ideas by letting his mind wander. ‘ The Tilled Field‘ 1923-4 is seen as his first Surrealist masterpiece. A complex arrangement of figures and objects with the dualities and contradictions inherent in his work of this period.
Dalí joined the group in 1929, and participated in the rapid establishment of its visual style between 1930 and 1935.
He would mix everyday objects painted in meticulous detail with a context that is wholly unfamiliar to that object, creating a surprising or seemingly incoherent composition. ‘The Persistence of Memory’ 1931 (below), is an example of this, and one of the most widely recognised Surrealist paintings. Here Dali introduces the idea of the soft melting pocket watch which was perceived to have been inspired by the Theory of Relativity. The relativity of space and time and the collapse of our notions of a fixed cosmic order. Dali maintained, however, that the watches were inspired, not by The Theory of Relativity, but by the Surrealist perception of a Camembert cheese melting in the sun. The central figure, of ambiguous shape, can be perceived to be a ‘fading’ creature – one which often appears in dreams where the dreamer cannot pinpoint the creature’s exact form and composition.
Magritte’s work is tightly finished and artificially created using realistic objects but in a fantastical setting. It is more representational than ‘automatic’. His use of ordinary objects in unfamiliar surroundings plays with reality. This juxtaposition was, he said ‘a union that suggests the essential mystery of the world. Art for me is not an end in itself, but a means of evoking that mystery.’ His images, often beautiful, can provoke unsettling thoughts.
‘Les Valeurs Personelles’ (1952)
We have 100s of original abstract oil paintings for sale by our amazing artists.
We know what a popular category this is. Our talented artists love to paint them and our customers love to buy them!
Simply go to ‘Browse’, ‘Original Paintings’ and ‘Abstract’, type it into the search bar above or click on the artists’ names to see their work.
Sometimes you can’t beat a beautiful piece of abstract art. A departure from reality, allowing the viewer to impose their own thoughts and feelings onto an artwork.
The departure from representation can be entire or partial. Semi-abstract representations of flowers, landscapes, or even people are also hugely popular. Artists often feel that an abstract representation allows them to add more emotion to a painting. They are no longer confined by the subject matter itself, letting the imagination roam free.
We want your imagination to roam free too!
Here are a few of our favourite artists who love to paint abstract or semi abstract paintings in oils:
Many of Angela’s abstract paintings are inspired by landscapes. Whether they are in the UK, Mediterranea or even the Arctic. Using these as a starting point, Angela uses the paint to express the beauty that she sees in these scenes. She applies oil paint in different ways, sometimes rubbing, flicking or smudging it onto the canvas. She sometimes removes paint by scratching it away and re-applying it. This process mirrors nature’s erosion of natural landscapes.
Many of Alison’s paintings are of abstract landscapes. She likes to use her paintings as a way of creating atmosphere rather than as a fully realistic representation of a scene. She layers oil paints and varnish to create an often ethereal effect, experimenting with different transparencies and textures.
Alison is influenced by the artwork of Turner and her work can be seen as Impressionistic.
Kalpana has painted from a young age and uses her skills to produce beautiful work which is often in an abstract or semi abstract style. Her semi abstract work includes textured seascapes, floral artwork and landscapes. Her work is often described as atmospheric and makes a great focal point for a home.
Davide is inspired by nature, by sunsets, by rain and reflections. He describes his style of work as being closest to Abstract Expressionism. Davide paints in high quality oil paints using brushes, palette knife and sometimes his fingers to create his desired textures. His striking abstract paintings create a wonderful focal point for any room.
Gill’s ethereal and atmospheric oil paintings are often dramatic and inspired by nature. She takes inspiration from the sea, clouds, mountains and even outer space.
Pol Ledent has experimented with various subject matters but loves abstract painting for its unlimited creative power. His work is now largely abstract or landscape in a semi abstract form. Having started his career using watercolour paints, Pol realised that oil paints afforded him more freedom and better complimented his style of painting.
The best place to buy art online is one which hand-picks high quality artwork.
We have over 10,000 pieces of art on our website and we have chosen each and every one of them. Jan, our Creative Director, loves art like no-one else. She loves paintings, sculpture, modern art, the Pre-Raphaelites, Renaissance, Impressionism, abstract art, Hyper-Realism, Art Deco, Pop Art…the list goes on! This is not to say that she isn’t also very picky. It was decided when we first set up Rippingham Art that Jan was going to have the final say on whether a piece was included for sale. Each and every one must get her seal of approval. This does not merely mean choosing pieces that she likes herself, but ones that reflect the quality of the site as a whole. We receive new submissions daily and Jan does the thumbs up or thumbs down – watch out, gladiators!
Jan also updates the ‘We Recommend’ section on our homepage daily with some of her favourite artwork that she thinks you’ll love.
We also want to make it easy to find that perfect piece once you are here. We have upgraded our search function to a google-style autocomplete search which makes suggestions as you type. There are several different search results displayed. The first is the artist. Have you seen a piece by an artist that you love and want to see more of their work? Perhaps you are a collector and want another piece to add to your collection? Next our search will conjure up the names of specific pieces of artwork, just in case you know the specific one that you are looking for. You can also search by subject matter, categories of work such as ‘abstract’ or ‘figurative’ and lastly by tag. All artists must now tag their work as they upload it to the site. This makes it easier to find and also groups similar works together. Simply click on the tag within an artwork to bring up more pieces with the same tag. Simple.
We also encourage our artists to use ‘in situ’ images to show what the artwork might look like if placed in a room. We find these enormously helpful. There is no better way to imagine what a piece will look like than to see it in a room, even if it is not your own! (Incidentally, we are able to pop an artwork into a photograph of your own room if you want to experience an ultra-realistic representation.) We do ask artists to ensure that the ‘in situ’ paintings/prints are to scale.
As an online gallery, Rippingham Art is able to offer a huge variety of artwork that would simply not be possible in a physical gallery. Each artist holds their own work in their studio until we sell it so we have artwork for sale across the whole country! This means that we can offer large pieces, little pieces, expensive statement artworks and a large choice of much more affordable paintings and prints too.
All this being said, we know that sometimes online purchases, like shop bought items, don’t quite meet requirements. We offer a 14 day returns policy. We will refund an artwork returned to the artist within 14 days of delivery and in its original condition.
There is yet another wonderful reason to buy art online. Many of our extremely talented artists will be more than happy (seriously thrilled in fact) to paint you your very own commission. If you love their style but can’t quite find the right piece, or maybe it has sold (just missed out?) then let us know. Tell us the style, colours and size that you fancy and we will contact the artist for you. You could be on your way to having your very own 100% bespoke artwork!
Did we mention free UK shipping?!
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Find a piece of original art you love for under £100.
We know what it’s like, you want to spruce up your home but you don’t want to spend a fortune! When you’re just looking for that special little (or large) piece of art you want to know that you can bring it in on budget. Art under £100? Sorted. We have a large range of original paintings, prints, sculpture and ceramic pieces for under £100. We have gathered together a few of our favourite pieces of affordable art: