Added on: 24th August, 2017 by Robyn_35954
Local fine art collectors and enthusiasts will have the opportunity to meet an award-winning contemporary artist next weekend, when abstract wildlife painter, Robert Oxley, will be making a special appearance in Reading.
The coveted artist will be showcasing his new collection, Instinct, at Castle Galleries on Chain Street on Saturday 2nd September, between 1 and 4pm.The collection will then be on display for a further week.
Taking inspiration from artists Robert Crumb, Glenn Brown and Robert Williams, Oxley’s Instinct works have a psychedelic feel and take natural history painting in a new direction, using zig-zag edges and bold dripping paint.
Completely self-taught, Oxley’s art career has gone from strength to strength since he launched a publishing career with Washington Green, the UK’s leading fine art publishers, in 2015. This came after he was a finalist in Castle Fine Art’s IN:SIGHT campaign, which seeks out the UK’s newest emerging artistic talent and gives them an opportunity to have their work publicly showcased.
Prior to this, Oxley received a commendation from the esteemed BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year panel.
Robert Oxley said: “After all of the time and energy that went into Instinct I can’t wait to share the collection at the Reading gallery and see the response it evokes from viewers.
“As with my previous collections, I wanted to create something loose and expressionistic yet also controlled and detailed. The result is work that looks like it was done quickly but on inspection reveals that every brushstroke is considered and meticulously painted. Loose and free but in fact complex is what nature is all about.”
Peter Gilbey, area sales manager at Castle Galleries – Washington Green Fine Art’s nationwide network of high street galleries – said: “The meet the artist event is set to be a fantastic afternoon and we can’t wait to welcome one of Washington Green’s rising stars to the gallery.
“Robert’s work is unlike anything we have ever had on display before and it will be interesting to hear all about the inspiration behind his collection.”
Prices start at £495. Visitors wishing to attend the event and meet the artist should contact the gallery team to be added to the guest list:
5 Chain Street
T: 0118 959 0300