Monday, 25 May 2009

Mackenzie Thorpe Sculpture Preview

In conjunction with our limited edition print exhibition we will be showcasing some of Mackenzie's most impressive sculptural works of art. The largest of the pieces we will have exhibited in the gallery is 78" tall, these depict themes relating to struggle, protection, responsibility and hope.

Alongside these monumental pieces are small bronzes, hand painted resin and parian sculptures.

For more information please contact the gallery on 0191 233 2200 or alternatively email us at

The exhibition begins on Saturday 30th May.

Mackenzie Thorpe Exhibition Preview

From Saturday, 30th May we will be hosting a collection of work by internationally renowned Middlesborough born artist Mackenzie Thorpe.

From humble origins Mackenzie's compulsion to produce artwork was shaped not only by his surroundings but also by his dyslexia. The confidence Mackenzie found in painting and drawing helped him to produce an extensive body of work which gained him entry into the Byam Shaw School of Art in London. After several years working with children in inner city London Mackenzie set up his own studio and gallery which for the last few years has seen him produce numerous collections that have brought him world wide recognition.

His work with children continues through his charity work and is evident throughout his many themes including his big smiley heads, symbolising the innocence of childhood and endless possibilities of childlike imagination, as we grow we lose this innocence to fear and restriction and ultimately our worlds become limited. Mackenzie explains that he uses these images to encourage us not to lose openness to new and exciting adventures.
Mackenzie's themes are universal. The Shepherd reflects everybody's desire to protect and provide for their loved ones with unswerving commitment. The Shepherd will go to unimaginable lengths to protect his flock.

Another two of his themes originate from his own childhood growing up amongst Middlesborough's industry. The working man and factories both symbolise the strength and pride of the people of an era now lost that worked and prospered through times of hardship in order to provide for their families and our futures. He immortalises the accomplishments of these heros in the hopes that we never forget their importance in our communities.
With Mackenzie's reputation fast becomming global and his work collected by thousands he hints at the importance of never forgetting your roots, big feet often make an appearance in his work, his symbolic vow to remain grounded.
In Castle Galleries, Newcastle we are excited to highlight the amazing work that Mackenzie has done for the North East, our exhibition will incorporate works spanning his various themes and styles both in print and sculptural form.

Friday, 22 May 2009

A Look at Sculptures...

Govinder's Lean on Me sculpture has finally arrived in the gallery much to our excitement. I would very much recommend viewing this piece in person. The finish of the piece is beautifully sculpted; encompassing togetherness through its lines, the reflection of the two pieces make one whole symbolising unity and the reflection of ideals in a partner. A wonderful gift to yourself or another.

Lean on Me, 8" tall, 11" wide £999

Jennine Parker continues this theme of unity with 'Two Hearts', a bronze sculpture featuring two linked hearts. This piece is a completely different offering from Jennine, one smooth bronze heart supported by one oxidised bronze heart, symbolising the unconditional offerring of love by two unique beings, a tactile and organic piece that invites the viewer to place the hearts as they so desire.

Two Hearts, 15" tall £2,500

Following in the success of Alexander Millar's hand painted resin sculpture 'One Man & His Dog', we are now delighted to announce it release in stainless steel. The use of steel animates Alex's much loved 'gadgie' and complements the industrial inspiration for Alex's images. This piece echoes the determination of the working class of a bygone era, the texture used all over the piece gives a weathered and sturdy impression of our 'gadgie' returning from a hard days graft with his faithful companion by his side.

One Man & His Dog, 16" tall £999

Also expected in the gallery at the beginning of June are three new sculptures from Caroline Shotton, Alexander Millar and Peter Smith.
Please contact the gallery for further information or to place orders on any of the above.

Alexander Millar takes USA by storm

Recently our very own Alexander Millar was priviledged to attend 'Brit Week', a month-long celebration in Los Angeles of the best of British art and film. Alex was the country's only artist chosen to represent our art scene at this prestigious festival. A starstruck Alex was seen to rub shoulders with celebs including Nigel Lythgoe of Pop Idol fame and Lost's Naveen Andrews.

Alex said: “It was an honour to be chosen to represent Great Britain’s artists at Britweek. My Newcastle Gadgie paintings have come to represent the ‘everyman’ transcending all boundaries, including age, country and class." (cited 'Whatsonne')

Alex donated one of his oils to charity; Malaria No More whilst over at Brit Week which sold for a whopping $10,000.

Stay tuned for more of Alex's American Adventure....

Paul Horton Visits Castle Galleries.

Paul Horton joined us on the 9th of May to meet some of his many collectors, thoughout the day he was kept busy signing artwork and talking about his forthcoming tour which will be his most major collection to date.
Paul's new collection will be touring in the latter part of the year and he is due to be back with us in December. In the meantime if you would like to register your interest in attending this event please contact the gallery.

Tuesday, 5 May 2009

# Paul Horton Exhibition Preview

On Saturday 9th of May Castle Galleries, Newcastle is delighted to welcome much loved artist Paul Horton to the gallery. Paul Horton is fast gaining a reputation as one of the country’s most talented and popular pastel artists today, with many of his editions selling out upon release. Sometimes described as a modern-day Lowry, he draws upon his Midlands background for inspiration and produces work that is both humourous and inventive, with his own quirky view of the world. Many of Paul's popular character's feature in this world, often in the setting of his iconic street scenes and houses. His work contains universal themes that appeal to people of all ages, in all walks of life.

I first met Paul in 2002 while he was making an appearance as part of his "Homes and Hearts" Tour. Since then paul has produced an impressive body of work including originals and limited edition prints and sculpture. Throughout his time as a published artist Paul has worked in conjunction with various charitable organisations including NSPCC, Children in Need, Acorns Childrens Hospice, MAG and most recently donating a sketch to Comic Relief.

The charm, wit and warmth of Paul's work is reflected in his character. I for one am always delighted to be in Paul's company and would like to invite you spend some time with us in the gallery this Saturday.
Kind Regards

About the Gallery

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Castle Galleries, Newcastle opened on August 1st 2008. Specialising in contemporary fine art from some of the UK's most collectable artists. Displaying an ever changing collection from the porfolio of Washington Green Fine Art we aim to bring a vibrant selection of art to the North East. Showing a diverse range of original, limited edition prints and sculptures we aim to bring quality affordable art to the region. We host regular exhibitions and artist appearances throughout the year.