SunBirmingham art enthusiasts are in for a treat next month when acclaimed artist, Lawrence Coulson, will launch his new collection A Darker Light at Castle Fine Art in the International Convention Centre (ICC).

The artist will be in attendance on Saturday 1st July from 1-4pm giving visitors the unique opportunity to see him paint live as well as understand the ideas and inspiration behind his latest works.

Hailing from Cambridge, Coulson is best known for his oil paintings which bring dramatic open spaces and alluring skylines to life. He takes particular influence from his local landscape near the Cambridgeshire Fens and names 19th century Romantic painters, J.M.W Turner and Frederic Edwin Church, as guiding influences, along with his father, celebrated artist Gerald Coulson.

Coulson began working on A Darker Light following a visit to the Affordable Art Fair which left him feeling inspired by the quality of work and techniques used by other landscape artists. He has paid particular attention to the use of colour in the collection by opting to use a stronger more powerful palette. Through the use of warm oranges, deep blues and ethereal purples, Coulson has succeeded in evoking a surreal sense of serenity from each oil painting.

A self-confessed Gary Numan fan, the artist borrowed the name A Darker Light from a live EP of Gary’s that he spotted in his studio whilst waiting for paintings to dry. The name immediately resonated with him and he felt it would perfectly epitomise the focus on light in the body of work.

Lawrence Coulson signed to Washington Green, the UK’s leading fine art publisher, in 1999 and has gone on to become the company’s longest serving artist.

Speaking about A Darker Light, he said: “I have tried to keep a consistency with the subject matter to create a sense of harmony within the collection.”

‘‘I wanted my work to become more about contrast, lighter and darker tones, uplifting and reflective moods, as well as moments of hope and optimism amongst a threatening atmosphere. I feel A Darker Light captures this perfectly.’’

Beth McCarthy, gallery director at Castle Fine Art, ICC – Washington Green’s nationwide network of high street galleries – said: “We are thrilled to have Lawrence launch his new collection at our gallery! Over the last 18 years Lawrence has created work that captures and is able to do justice to the bounteous natural landscapes we have in Great Britain.’’

“Starting by drawing a simple pencil line where the horizon will be, the rest is mapped out in his head before he applies colour in oil across the panel. He then uses his fingertips and a fine brush to blend and push the colour into the canvas. This physical interaction with his work is a Coulson trademark, with the lightness of touch and delicacy of the merging colours enhancing the finish.’’

Prices start at £495.00 for limited edition prints and £1950.00 for original artworks. Visitors wishing to attend the event and meet the artist should contact the team at Castle Fine Art, ICC to be added to the guest list:

/ 0121 248 8484

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