My cultural tour around an art collector's home and neighbourhood in Redland, Bristol
I delivered the commissioned painting 'De 9 Straatjes, Amsterdam' to Tim in Bristol last week. He is a collector of my artwork and requested a panoramic painting on a similar theme to the Parisian scenes 'Soaked in Cognac' & 'Times are hard for Dreamers' to complete a Nick Pike Art display at the top of his stairs!
'De 9 Straatjes, Amsterdam'
Oil on canvas (99 x 51cm)
This artwork of the picturesque canal-district area of De 9 Straatjes, Amsterdam emphasises the colour and shape play between the tall, thin buildings and the light refractions at twilight with the cyclists riding by.
Tim gave me a tour of his lovely home and the paintings he's collected over the years. We were accompanied by his two Bengal cats, Coco & Charlie, the latter also kindly posing for a photo. Tim's newest addition to his art collection is 'Redland Station' (above, right) by Cath Read.
I was particularly taken with the Fauvist piece (above, left) that Tim's wife found near Arles, France, by Nath Chauve Crepel Flory. It seemed to me like two paintings in one with a plethora of movement. I also liked the artworks by Native American Tony Abayta, whose paintings are on used ledger paper!
Tim mentioned a couple of local galleries whilst showing me around his home and when leaving, I asked whereabouts they were. He then stepped out and guided me around the streets of Redland, introducing the owners of Coldharbour Gallery & Rainmaker Gallery to me, who were very welcoming.
Coldharbour Gallery displays an ecclectic collection of predominantly Bristol scenes and is also a framing shop. Rainmaker Gallery shows artwork from Native American inspired artists.