Pamela Noyes and Her Spiritual Connection to the East Anglian Art

Good artists have a connection with whatever it is that they create. Pamela Noyes, the famous painter, is no different and has her connection with East Anglian landscapes.

Pamela Noyes is known for abstract art which is mostly based on landscapes and plants but her area of expertise doesn’t end there. She has a lot more to offer when it comes to East Anglian landscapes.

It is not merely the sunrise, sunset, yards or old houses that Pamela Noyes paints. A lot of her paintings land in the category of landscapes but there is always an element, or two, that differentiate each of her East Anglian landscapes from another. The artist has been painting the East Anglian landscapes for decades and has grown immensely popular as a detailed painter who knows how to express a message to the masses through her art.

The painter has exhibited at several remarkable spots around the UK such as the Guildhall, City of London;, Royal Academy, Heffers Gallery, Cambridge, the assembly House in Norwich and the Malcolm Innes Gallery in London.

Pamela Noyes has previously stated on several occasions that she has a spiritual relationship with her subject and this is reflected in the depth of her work. Some of her noteworthy paintings in which you can feel that connection are The Beach Scene, The Marsh Scene, Sunflowers, Still Life of Sunflowers, and the Landscape.

Fortunately, each of these paintings is available to purchase at the Garners Antique website. So if you are a fan of East Anglian landscape paintings then you are in luck. You can find other antique oil paintings for sale on the website as well.


Top Tips for Buying Art

In this article we discuss ways in which you can tell if an antique oil painting for sale is worth a fortune or if it is actually a fake. We have listed some top tips to help you out when looking to purchase antique works of art.

There are lots of antique paintings for sale all over the world and sometimes the best thing to do is to leave it to the experts and purchase from a company that has oil paintings for sale in the UK to ensure you are getting the ‘real deal’.

In an auction house you may see art work with big names like Picasso written on them, but you must be cautious. Have a look in the auction catalogue and if the artists name has not been mentioned it normally means that the auctioneer knows something that you do not. Sadly, items like this are extremely common in lesser known auction houses or online, this is why it is highly recommended you purchase antiques from a well known and reliable antique dealer.

If a frame looks too modern, is cheap looking or a cut down from a larger frame then perhaps the picture in the frame is not the real thing. It is well known that most of the artists of the 20th century ensured their paintings were properly framed so the real thing will have the right frame.

As paintings become antique paintings they can become old and worn, this can be through age or they can look worse through being over cleaned and even damaged. Sometimes damaged paintings are repaired through over painting or in-painting. This can be easily spotted and should be a warning sign that the art work is not quite as it seems.

It is a good idea to ask questions about the art work before you buy it, like why is it now for sale, where did it come from and such like. Sellers of fake paintings tend to sway towards the lie of getting the antique painting from a little old lady or perhaps a house clearance. It is very unlikely that an antique painting worth a lot of money would be found in a house clearance.

Go with your gut instinct and see what your eyes are showing you. Sometimes less honest sellers will tell you it was a piece of work done by an artist on a bad day. Great artists do not have bad days, they have off moments but they would not put their name to bad art work.

It’s a good idea to see as much real art as possible and you will gain experience and knowledge of what real antique paintings look like.


Deborah Jones: Teddy Bear

Deborah Jones was a world-renowned artist, who made a living from the creation of teddy bear paintings.

Unfortunately, Deborah died at the age of 91 in 2012 and will be remembered for obsession with painting teddy bears. This obsession began when her treasured teddy, named Lexi, had survived a German bomb strike, completely destroying her home in 1941.

This teddy bear was the story behind many of her fine art paintings and continues to be the way in which she is remembered. Deborah had a varied career, which included work in the theatre, producing props and costumes at the Royal Opera House.

In her ‘sixties’, she began to travel on both business and for pleasure. Producing beautiful pieces of fine art was her passion and all of her vast experiences were compiled together within books, sketch pads and the like.

Deborah Jones was not only confined to painting teddy bears though, she also produced paintings with techniques that included trompe l’oeil. Some of her greatest work what in fact her paintings of old back street antique shops. With incredibly fine detailing and immaculate realistic visionary, her paintings were and still are very popular among fine art collectors.

With her extensive portfolio of impressive fine art, she still has a few unique antique paintings for sale, one of these very few that remain available being ‘The Antique Shop’.

This original oil painting was created by Deborah during the 1990’s and is one of her better pieces, it has to be said. Painting was where her real talent lay, and this oil painting is a great example of that. Deborah continually produced unique paintings throughout her cultured career and although they all followed similar styles, they were completely original to anyone of her era.

If you were to spot Deborah Jones in the beginning of her artistry career you could find her observing fashion drawings in the Victoria and Albert Museum. You could have also found her displaying her canvases on the very same day along some railings. She was a person that enjoyed working and more importantly, enjoyed a life time of painting.

When she unfortunately passed, you could still find her sat with her teddy Lexi loyally at her bedside, even if it was in a slightly tatty state than it was in 1941.

For an artist that never had a single art lesson and was completely self-taught, she lived a very successful life as a painter.


Finding Fine Art

Art of any type can often be very difficult to acquire, especially if it is one-of-a-kind.

Finding fine art or antique paintings for sale can prove to be a task with some complications. With so many paintings of our past times being collected by a number of enthusiasts, it makes it increasingly more difficult to find the piece of art we desire.

Not only is it a problem to find the antique or oil painting for sale, it is equally a problem to find a dealer or merchant that possesses this art and is a genuine lover of art. Many antique dealers are only interested in the money they can gain from the painting; very few do it out of the pure desire and interest of antique paintings.

Some of the greatest fine art was created between the 18th and 20th Centuries and as I’m sure you can imagine it is very likely pieces from this era are already owned or are not in the condition we wish them to be.

Perhaps it is not just paintings you are looking for and you wish to look for furniture of the same era; you still suffer the same issues. This is why it is vitally important to find a specialist when it comes to acquiring a piece of history such as this because this purchase is an investment. This is an investment into a piece of our past time that essentially can improve the look of your home, your gallery or your collection.

garners logoThere are some dealers that encompass everything you need and even if they do not, they will lead you in the right direction. It is these specialists that you should spend your time searching for.


Do Antiques Make Good Gifts?

antique painting 2There is always that one person that you can never find the right present for, they have enough money to just go out and buy whatever it is they want and shopping vouchers are boring, you want to get them something that they can keep, not just taking them out for meals every year.

If this is how you feel then why not consider purchasing an antique as a gift? You can find antique oil paintings for sale on our website and if you can’t find the antique painting for sale that you are looking for let us know and we will try and find it for you.

You will often see that antique paintings can bring both surprise and delight to the faces of the unsuspecting receiver. A painting is a gift they can keep in pride of place in their homes for years. They could even end up passing it down the family, from one generation to the next.

cow paintingBuying a piece of antique art work can also be a way of buying a gift for yourself as you may find that older relatives pass it down to you as they move to smaller homes or pass away. The painting can be a reminder of how much your late parents enjoyed the painting and how much you can now enjoy it.

If the person you are purchasing for is a lover of the great English countryside then you may consider buying them a Victorian landscape painting.

If you are looking for a gift for your friend or family member then call us and we can help advise you on the best choice for you.


Art Restoration Techniques:

Good art never dies. You can take measures to keep an artwork in its best condition but no matter how hard you try it would lose its quality over time.

By ‘quality’ we mean the canvas, paint and other materials used in the paintings. Same is the case with sculptures and historical furniture. However, art restoration specialists are there to help when there is restoration required on paintings, sculptures and so on. Art restoration specialists restore paintings in a step by step manner which goes like this:

Art RestorationBasics: The Process of Cleaning the Canvas

The first step of restoring sculptures and paintings is the cleaning process. Dust and moist not only makes the paintings look faded but they also stick to the artwork and ruin its quality. Restoration experts carefully remove the grease and accumulations of smoke and mold as well as the basic dirt so that they can get back all of the original details of the painting. They use various solvents to dissolve the dust and grime and remove the unwanted layers off the painting.

Re-doing: Bringing back the Art to life

The spots where paint is dampened means that similar colors and textured paint strokes are applied. Also, cracked canvas/frame, melted/dried paint and other areas of the painting are taken care of in order to bring the painting back to life. To fill up the torn canvases, restoration specialists use various kinds of materials which include sanding and repainting accessories.

The Controversy

Art restoration has been helping museums and artists for years and years. However, the art restoration subject is not free of controversies. Many art historians believe that art restoration makes changes to the original piece. However, others find great benefits even in the risk of giving paintings or other types of artwork into restoration labs or to individual restoration experts.

relectographyBreakthroughs: Use of Reflectography and Ultraviolet Imaging

Today, restoration specialists also use the latest infrared reflectography and ultraviolet (UV) imaging to restore art. This technology is used to get the work done in a better and easier manner. However, this also brings certain amount of risks of destroying the artwork during the whole process. The infrared reflectography and ultraviolet helps the experts see the paint beneath the layers to reveal the original structure of picture for bringing out subsequent changes to it.

Many restoration experts are reached by the museums or art exhibition organizers to restore the art they want to display, while many experts fix their own antique oil paintings for sale so that they gain even more profit.


Top 5 Most Expensive Paintings by British Artists

Here at Garner Antiques we have lots of oil paintings for sale and antiques paintings for sale so when we stumbled across the list of the Top 5 Most Expensive Paintings by British Artists, sold at auction we were amazed at how much some of the antique oil paintings were sold for. We have lots of antique paintings and furniture for sale, why not have a look and see which ones will suit your home? They won’t be near the price of the paintings listed below;

  • Study from Innocent X by Francis Bacon was sold at Sotheby’s in New York for £26,583,773 in May 2007236-innocentX-both
  • Triptych was the 2nd most expensive painting by Francis Bacon, this piece of art work was auctioned off at Christie’s in London during 2008 for £26,340,500
  • The 3rd most expensive painting in the top 10 list is another by Francis Bacon. It is called Study of a Bullfight No.1 and was auctioned off at £22,257,790 at Sotheby’s in New York during November 2007.
  • Francis Bacons’ painting called Self-Portrait came in at 4th place of the most expensive paintings by British artists sold at auction. Self-Portrait was sold at Sotheby’s London in June 2007 for £21,580,000.
  • jmw-turner-giudecca-la-donna-della-salute-and-san-giorgioSold at Christie’s auction house in New York for £20,439,038 was a painting by artist J M W Turner called Giudecca, La Donna della Salute and San Giorgio in April 2006.

If you are looking for a gorgeous piece of art work for your home then why not have a look on our website or enquire about the piece of art work you would like for your home.


Characteristics of Victorian Art and its Variations in Different Eras

Queen VictoriaVictorian art holds a significant value in the artwork world. We cannot discuss the art of painting without putting spotlight on the characteristics of Victorian art, which emerged during the 19th century. This was the duration while Queen Victoria ruled England which continued for sixty four years. The characteristics of Victorian Art are defined below:

Early Victorian: Era of Life’s Realms

The Early Victorian era was where the art was intemperately influenced by realism and fidelity to the true aspects of nature. Almost every artist tried to incorporate a moral or spiritual undertone whenever they painted lifelike sceneries. The same elegance and lifelikeness was seen in interior decoration and designs as well.

Late Victorian: When the Realities were obscured

Late Victorian was a time when the realistic aspects of early works were started to be made obscure. Now the art was turned into mythology and fantasy based work from realities of the nature and human life. This was the time when adding sculptures of Gods and Goddesses became an obsession for the art lovers.

Composition: The Blending

Most of the Victorian art contains images or graphics that are a result of various ranges of bright colors as well as the fine detailing of the scene/subject by the artist. Back in the era when most paintings held colourful sightings, the common backdrop used by the painters was the landscape of small farms and rolling hills.

Common Themes: Feminism became the most Common Theme in This Eracharacteristics of victorian art

Art that had been developed in the 19th century was mostly surrounded around feminism. Most of the paintings in that era depicted women, especially the subjects that involved fairies, landscapes and nudity. Nobody knows exactly where these themes emerged from out of the blue but most of the art in the 19th century revolved around feminism.

During 1837 – 1901, Victorian art held such significance that no other was tried in the United Kingdom. These Victorian paintings are for sale still today and possess the same great value and detail and when they were originally created.


Victorian Child Art: The Concept, Its Emergence and Its Effects

The concept of ‘childhood’ developed during the Victorian era. Before 1937, children were perceived differently. In most of the artwork of that time children were depicted as tiny adults.victorian child art

They were typically shown as mature individuals wearing adult clothes and doing activities that grownups do.

After the new concept, children started to be conceived as innocents, particularly among the wealthy. This change was evident and started to be clearly shown in the artwork of that time. A big number of books were published during the Victorian era, supporting this new concept of childhood. There was a huge rise in the toy industry as well as the new toys were made by keeping in mind the innocence of children.

This wasn’t all. The childhood concept was also depicted through paintings and other art forms in the Victorian era by various artists. However, if we talk about the literature that supported the new childhood concept, we could not dismiss the discussion about J.M. Barrie, Beatrix Potter and A.A. Milne. These three writers were the conceivers of Peter Pan, Winnie the Pooh and other noteworthy books that are still read by countless children all over the world.

My First Sermon, by Millais, is one of the paintings that depict the childhood concept really well. The oil painting shows a young girl on a church pew, listening to the sermon for the very first time. Her clothes indicatejohn_everett_millais_53_my_first_sermon that she comes from a prosperous family, showing the elements of innocence that are exactly what the childhood concept is about. Another important painting from the Victorian era is No Walk Today by Sophie Anderson. The painting shows similar aspects of childhood and was one of the most talked about painting of its time.

If the Victorian era didn’t notice the fault in the childhood concept of that time, there wouldn’t be paintings like My First Sermon or No Walk Today that depict the true picture of childhood which is all about purity and naiveness. Whenever we study the Victorian era, we keep getting amazed what significance it brought to the world of art.


John Townsend – Artist, Painter, Visionary

john townsendIn the history of world arts, there have been a number of artists that gained recognition as the best at their art form.

However, there have been some painters who didn’t get much of recognition but still possessed the quality of extremely fine painters. John Townsend is one of those artists who didn’t get as much fame as Leonardo da Vinci or others of his stature, but has produced a number of magnificent paintings that are liked by the art lovers from all around the globe.

John Townsend is a highly skilled painter from Nottingham. He was born in year 1930 and his father was an art director at ‘Thos Formans & Sons’. John Townsend was just a child when he got the gratification of meeting a lot of big names in the field of painting and other art forms. This helped him develop his skills as he was inspired by the talented people he used to meet. Townsend started his art studies at Nottingham College of Art where he was fortunate enough to learn the art by no one other than Arthur Spooner, who holds great respect in the world of arts.

John Townsend was also in good terms with Sir William, who is one of the most renowned artists of all times. Townsend learned a lot from Sir William and it was John Townsend’s desire to learn more and more about the art of painting that he continued learning and crafting his art for years and years before he made his work public.

garners logoJohn Townsend’s best works include the portraits of John Richard Gunn (1876-1963), Queen Elizabeth II (b. 1926), Alderman Mrs Anne Yates (1968–1974), Alderman Albert James Pounder (1967–1968) and Alderman Sir Frank Small (1963–1967). You can view one of the newest paintings of the artist including Summer Scene and Summer Under the Parasol at Garner Antiques. You can buy them here too!