Art fairs are a fantastic way for us to meet and show our work to a huge audience and we have been participating in various fairs for over 20 years. The best fairs in the UK are for art galleries, not individual artists, and so we set up COLOURBOX as a means of exhibiting at these events. At the art fairs we show predominantly our own work but we also work by other artists and you can see a selection of our regular exhibitors here.
See Exhibitions for more information on upcoming fairs.
Alan was born in Blackburn, Lancashire. He studied at Blackburn School of Art and Leeds Polytechnic. After a successful career as an illustrator, Alan resumed painting professionally in 1987 and is established as a well respected and successful artist with many commissions and exhibitions to his name.
He is an eclectic painter skilled in portrait and group figure compositions, still life, interiors, landscape and mixed media pieces.
Hardingham Shaw is a London-based artist. His approach is experimental and dynamic combining a variety of techniques and processes to create unique and highly individual images on paper.
His images evoke natural patinas created over long passages of time and the quiet power of the elements as they sculpt and play with the landscape around us.
Gail is a contemporary artist who has studied and worked in Africa, England and Australia. She now lives in Perth. After just 3 years of full-time practice she has developed a busy exhibition schedule and is represented by galleries in Australia, England and Africa.
She grew up in a family of artists, surrounded by art, music and horses. Gail pursued a successful business career before shifting her focus to paint full-time. Her style has developed as confident, contemporary and expressive and is more technique driven than conceptual. She draws inspiration from life’s experiences, passionate people and the elements and organic shapes in nature.
She is stimulated by the fast pace and ever-evolving visual platforms available to artists. She consults for a working-group of prominent artists to develop better business and marketing outcomes for their practices. She has developed multiple art events and learning-platforms for fellow artists – such as the Perth Art Studio and Art in the Valley – a collective which offers 90 artists an opportunity to showcase their work in a self-managed framework.
Inspired by innovative thinkers and art industry leaders – her practice continues to develop through ongoing collaboration, study and international shows and residencies.
2015 – Highlights included a UK residency and show, gallery representation and an invitation to take part in an international art fair in March 2016. She also developed a new art teaching platform the Perth Art Studio.
2014 – Highlights included international exposure when selected by the Brookfield Art-Set-Free program to participate in a unique three month exhibition using a huge digital platform in New York, Houston and LA.
Finishing Touch Galley, Fremantle, WA, AUS
Fusion Fine Arts, Subiaco, WA, AUS
Gallery Aura, Kojonup, WA, AUS
UK and RSA galleries
Perhaps the blame for my Jekyll and Hyde life in photography lies with all those painters and fine artists I befriended in the early years after art school.
I wanted to make my work appear like theirs more abstract, more expressionistic, less detail, more splashes of colour etc. In fact the opposite to all the elements that photography was the very best at.
At the beginning this presented massive problems which in some way had to be solved if I was going to realise my vision.
Over the years through experimentation and improvisation my style began to evolve drawing on the availability of camera filters and obscure film stocks and my trademark grainy photographs started to make an appearance.
Before the days of computer manipulation this “is it “or “isn’t it” a photograph ambiguity was an area of the photographic image that not many photographers ventured into.
With my landscape photography I don’t want to merely record a scene as the camera sees it. I use light and colour to impact on that scene. I want to create an impression, an interpretation that can sometimes tease the viewer but ultimately satisfies their curiosity. An image that evolves is one that you never tire of.
Thankfully some art directors also appreciated this new found style and continue to use my images in their work.
I’m not sure whether this is a symptom of some sort of mental disorder or just the creative urge but after spending so much effort on trying to make my images appear as unlike photographs as possible the reality of making a living as a working photographer meant that a more traditional approach was also required on the day to day commissions available.
People always ask me how can I rationalise these two strand but to me they are fundamentally the same. Both present problems that have to be resolved. The same energy and thought processes help to solve these problems whether it be an ad for the latest yogurt drink or a 4am. painterly seascape.
Experience and passion exist equally and together in the necessary work required and the cross fertilisation from one strand to the other sustains both.
I was educated at the Glasgow School of Art, (BA First Class and MA) and initially worked as an illustrator for, among others, BBC Scotland, Gaelic Children's TV, Scotland on Sunday and Canongate Press. I lectured part-time at the Glasgow School of Art and designed theatre posters for 7.84 & Tag, also doing theatre sets and costumes for Wildcat and Halaballoo.
I took a break in the late 1980's and travelled extensively in Kenya, Asia and Australia, where I transformed my illustration skills into fine art collage paintings.
In 1995 I moved to Tain in the Highlands of Scotland, which is a great base for my landscape and bird paintings.
Using an interesting mixed media technique,my work has been described as: “stunning landscapes of birds and animals, beautifully evocative, tactile and thoroughly magical. They have a sense of place and time that is beyond their subject and a spirit that renders them magnetic."