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Jane Seymour, a multiple Emmy and Golden Globe winner, recipient of the Officer of the British Empire (OBE) in the year 2000, which was bestowed upon her by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace, Jane Seymour has proven her talents in virtually all media, the Broadway stage, motion pictures and television. Her love of art and color has led to her great success as a painter in watercolors and oils and as a designer.
When she is not acting, writing or designing, Seymour can be found in her painting studio. With a thriving career as an artist and her own art gallery in Los Angeles, she has exhibited in numerous galleries and venues across the nation. Seymour began painting over a decade ago, prompted by a period of personal challenge, her art became the expression of a very private healing process. She emerged from this experience as an accomplished, passionate painter. Today, Seymour sketches and paints at her Malibu studio, on movie sets and on her travels. Over the past eighteen years she has created an intimate world of delicate watercolors, colorful vibrant oil paintings, pastels and bronze sculptures and has accepted select private commissions.
Her talents as an established fine artist have led way to the artist being asked to create costume and set designs for the Houston Ballet’s production of “Five Poems” in 2001, the mounting of her first one woman museum exhibition in 2004 at the Butler Institute of American Art, as well as being selected as one of the official painters of the 2005 Torino Winter Olympics, and the official artist of the 2006 Naples Winter Wine Festival, the 2008 Beijing Olympics and most recently the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.
Jane Seymour has exhibited her work at fine art galleries across the nation during the past nine years, and continues to reach new artistic levels by continually developing her technique, style and subject matter.
Most importantly, Seymour continues to raise much needed funds and gives through donations of her artwork to numerous local and national charities which help children in need, raise awareness for women’s heart health and various other important issues dear to her heart.
Seymour resides in Malibu, California with Keach and their children.
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John Squire’s artwork has a legacy dating back over twenty-five years. When asked at his inaugural exhibitions in 2007, ‘When did you start to paint again?’ The answer, very clearly was, ‘I have never stopped’.
2004 was a turning point in Squires creative career. Having released his second solo album, Marshall’s House in which each track was dedicated to a painting by legendary American painter Edward Hopper, the balance of influences tipped. Music ceased to take the centre stage, as the creative drive to focus on visual art took hold. In order to draw a line under his past practice Squire exhibited for the first and last time the original artwork which had been celebrated on the album covers of the previous two decades. These dual exhibitions at the Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA), London and in a large warehouse space in central Manchester saw unprecedented audiences pay homage to a time, music and aesthetic, which Squire had been pivotal in the creation off, now laid to rest.
This period of cultural exorcism, freed Squire to focus his energies on creating an aesthetic, which reflected his own ideals and vision. In typical fashion he retreated to his home studio and over a period of two and a half years, to explore form, layering and tone within the canvas, excavate beneath the surface of the canvas and creating sculptural forms from within the image. This intense period of experimentation allowed Squire to free up his style to introduce new materials and work with their texture as the guiding point for the work. These years, created a style which is inimitably John Squires’ own and which, with some persuasion, was ready to be presented for public and critical attention.
These exhibitions took place in July 2007 (Smithfield Gallery, London), and September 2007 (Dazed & Confused Gallery, London). The Smithfield Gallery exhibited a diverse body of explorations into colour and built surfaces on the canvas as Squire employed a bold cocktail of sand, glue and impasto oils to demarcate the individual layers. This technique was more finely honed within the Dazed Gallery show where a neutral palate mixed with opaque and transparent layers of wax created a glass like structure as fine films of tone were constructed against the rough surface of a Hessian backdrop. This show also saw Squires departure into mixed media with the introduction of brown paper to add more sculptural dimension to the work.
Following these initial successes, Squire refined his work to incorporate text, sculpture, subversions of landscapes and repeated symbols within the following three exhibitions (March 2008, Signal Gallery, London. October 2008 at the SW1 Gallery, London, culminating in a major solo show at the Gallery Oldham over the summer of 2009).
In November 2009, Squire was invited to exhibit a new collection of artworks in Tokyo, Japan. For this show, he focussed on the repetition of a single image sourced from the every-day. Using a bold palate, these images reflected a new graphic quality in his style.
In addition to two regional shows in York and Bristol in early 2010, Squire has spent the first half of this year developing an aesthetic towards this major show at The Henderson Gallery. Having an established exhibition record behind him, Squire has developed the confidence in his practise to re-investigate the language of music from the perspective of a visual artist. Taking the music from Miles Davis’s Nefertiti as the principle source, Squire, abstracts a quasi-fictional grammar, as he re-appropriates the music to a visual language. He abstracts the chord sequences and notes to a series of numbers and dots representing the frets on a guitar. These are then woven into the repeated forms on the canvas. The finished works represent a musical score not to be played and which exists only in the context of the rarefied process of their own creation. As with all of Squires practise to date, the everyday environment, be it conversation, landscape, packaging or music, becomes unravelled and reworked to be presented in a challenging new guise.
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