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MASSIVE KNUTTEL SALE NOW ON!!

19-02-2018

Please check out our current sale on all Graham Knuttel paintings and prints in the gallery!

If you would like to view the whole collection we have for sale please get in contact via Phone or 

Email to arrange a Private Viewing.
Email: stephen@whalleyfineart.com
T: 02895 430340

 

Dawn Crothers Special Christmas Gift Day

26-11-2016

Dawn Crothers - "Local artist adds burst of colour to childrens cancer & haematology ward."

14-11-2015

Children benefited by the Children's Cancer Unit Charity are now able to enjoy some cheerful sights on the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children's Cancer & Haematology Unit thanks to a generous donation made by Belfast artist Dawn Crothers and Holywood-based Whalley Fine Art. This month a busy corridor within the unit has been given a burst of colour through a series of original oil paintings donated by Dawn to the charity.
At a combined value of around £10,000, the art donation includes three oil-on-canvas paintings featuring brightly coloured snails – a favourite of Dawn's – entitled "35 Snails," "Beatrice the Snail" and "The Ladybird Snail" an addition piece featuring a multi-coloured elephant entitled "Elephant on Parade."
"Following the news that the unit was being refurbished last Christmas, I felt the need to come forward and help in some way," said Dawn. "Being a mum to a three year old and expecting my second child in February, I felt touched by the work that the charity does for children requiring much needed treatment and care, and I felt that the vibrant colours in my pieces would brighten up the new ward."
Having gained popularity for her study of snails through oil-on-canvas nearly eight years ago, Dawn has exhibited her pieces in New York and London as well as having held numerous solo exhibitions at her family gallery, Whalley Fine Art, in Holywood. Using thick-textured oil paint to produce her work, admirers are drawn to the snails' vibrant colours and Dawn's abstract sensibilities.
"Children just love the colour and texture of my pieces, and that's what my work is all about," added Dawn. "Following the response from children and their families upon seeing the work lined up down the corridor, I have been inspired to paint more and help other children's charities nationwide!"
Speaking on behalf of the Children's Cancer Unit Charity, Jacqueline Wilkinson said, "We are delighted by the generous contribution made by Dawn and Stephen from Whalley Fine Art to the ward. Going through a cancer diagnosis and treatment is a difficult time for young people and their families, and these gorgeous pieces of art help to make visits to the ward a bit more cheerful."
A strong believer in the healing power of art, Stephen Whalley said, "A massive benefit of surrounding yourself with art is the feel-good factor it promotes. Looking at the right piece can lift the mood and bring smiles to faces – an essential service required on the Children's Cancer and Haematology Ward. Dawn and I both hope that this work touches the hearts of many that unfortunately have to go through the doors of the unit."

The Children's Cancer Unit Charity has helped hundreds of children suffering from cancer and blood disorders across Northern Ireland since it was set up in April 1984.
For further information on the charity visit www.childrenscancerunit.com or follow them on Facebook: www.facebook.com/ChildrensCancerUnitCharity.

Picture by Paul Moane, Aurora PA.

Joe Lindsay - Solo Exhibition - 'Say Everything'

07-05-2015

PRESS RELEASE
JOE LINDSAY FIRST SOLO EXHIBITION

DATE
Thursday 7th May 2015 – 21st May 2015

OPENING
Exclusive Opening Night – Thursday 7th May 2015

VENUE
Whalley Fine Art, 48c High Street, Holywood

EXHIBITION DETAILS

Joe Lindsay is best known for his travel presenting skills on the BBC programme 'Getaways' and his ear for music and now his art career is set to scale new heights. Joe is having his first solo exhibition at Whalley Fine Art in Holywood on Thursday 7th May 2015 which will run for 2 weeks.

When he's not off on his travels, Joe is a Belfast based TV and radio presenter and broadcaster. Joe has presented Getaways for BBC Northern Ireland for several years. He also presented After Midnight on BBC Radio Ulster and Art Space on BBC NI.
A well-known figure on the music scene in Belfast, Joe runs a popular monthly club night and is an ardent promoter of new music on the Irish scene. As Palookaville, Joe has done remixes for bands A Plastic Rose and Little Matador and is currently putting his first four-track EP together, to be released in 2015.
Joe was also one of the founder members of Skewiff Theatre Company, having performed the one-man show The Agony And Ecstasy Of Steve Jobs, and taken leading roles in Talk Radio and The Odd Couple.
Belfast has seen an increase in Street Art over the past few years with buildings becoming canvasses throughout the city and as Joe explains this has given him the urge to produce his latest collection of work.
Joe explains, 'I have always drawn and painted. When I was a kid, it was copying panels from American comics I got from Harry Halls in Gresham Street, as a teenager I became obsessed with graffiti art through my love of Hip Hop music. I couldn't afford turntables to DJ, I was hopeless at breakdancing and rapping sounded weird with a Belfast accent. But I loved the whole ethos of graffiti.

Brightly coloured, vibrant, strange works of art turning up in subways and on dreary walls, done under cover of darkness and at risk of arrest. These paintings were planned out meticulously beforehand in sketch form and executed quickly.

Vandalism, some called it, but it would remain and infiltrate the art galleries and mainstream culture. This was a transient art form. The works were either erased or painted over and painted over again. And I quickly realised that that was the part about it that fascinated me. It was considered an insult, a challenge, to deface a graffiti piece, but as the pieces were defaced then defaced over, layer upon layer, that is when I regarded it as more exciting..seeing the layers of pieces and paint beneath and at the edges, as artist after artist made their mark in their own particular style. A type of strange evolution.

In America, art stars emerged..Basquiat, Haring, Scharf, etc..taking a street art and making it accepted by the wider art world. This sent out a huge, clear signal. That we all had something to say, with spray paint and markers... and to me and many others, it was the new pop art.

In my work, I still look to those artists who spoke to me then, and I still love the layered imagery and pop cultural references.

Recently I have been looking at mythical creatures. Minotaurs, Centaurs, Griffins. Beasts of mythology and enduring symbolism. But what if they had been real, we could see their skeletons in museums alongside T-Rex and Mammoths. A big spanner in the theory of evolution and indeed creationism. Mythical creatures, Superheroes, Rock Stars. Timeless pop cultural figures.

The exhibition with be made up of a number of large canvasses, Ltd Edition hand finished pieces and prints with is a rally car bonnet from the 1970's, hand finished and sprayed being the highlight of the show.

ART AGENTS/ ORGANISERS DETAILS
Gallery Director – Stephen Whalley, Whalley Fine Art, 48c High Street, Holywood, BT18 9AE

'The Business of Snails'

28-06-2014

Irish Artist in Global IFB2014 Showcase

Dawn Crothers, a leading Contemporary Artist from Northern Ireland, has been selected to exhibit in a high profile exhibition at Liverpool Contemporary Arts Fair, which is part of the UK's International Festival for Business 2014.

Over the past number of years Dawn Crothers has become a household name in the Northern Ireland Arts Scene and is starting to introduce her work to the UK Mainland and also export to Europe. Dawn has been painting with Oils from a very young age and has seen her work grow in popularity. After a successful show in New York in 2012 and London in 2013 she soon started exporting her wonderful creations around the globe. Dawn works from a studio in Belfast to create her colourful vibrant works of animals, her most famous being the Snail!

After producing a very small canvas of a Snail which she sold from the easel at her studio, she thought about producing a bigger version but in a different colour and it just took off from there. She now works on some very large canvasses with sometimes over 200 Snails on them!

Dawn added "The snail paintings are one of those things that just happened accidently, I paint every one of them differently but it's still the same subject which is quite bizarre. Children are especially drawn to my work and I have recently been involved in an amazing project called 'Daisy Lodge' in Newcastle, County Down where I donated £7500 worth of my paintings and prints to adorn the walls of this amazing new cancer retreat centre for children". Dawn will also be supporting the Fair's charity to raise funds for Alder Hey, Europe's largest children's hospital.

Due to her success with her artwork Dawn has recently had her work translated onto Placemats and Coasters where she found herself 'Sold Out' of her first shipment after one week! From this she has went onto open a company which will be solely dedicated to designing and released different Home ware and Children's products over the next 2 years.

Dawn added " It's been a long journey with my paintings over the last 10 years and I now feel its time to scale up the business I'm in by introducing some new exciting products to the market. My artwork will always be my passion as I just love to paint every day, it comes so naturally to me now and am extremely excited to be exhibiting at the Liverpool Contemporary Art Fair. My work was exhibited at an Art Fair in Central London a couple of years ago, where it sold out in the first 2 hours of opening, so fingers crossed I will do the same in Liverpool and if anything gain lots of new admirers of my work"

Dawn will be exhibiting with the Whalley Fine Art Gallery at Liverpool Contemporary. Art Fair Director Shirley-Ann O'Neill commented: "It is fantastic that Dawn's work will be on display for UK art collectors as well as international visitors to view. No doubt her distinctive modern style will be well received."

CEO of Liverpool Vision Max Steinberg said "We are extremely pleased to be hosting the UK's newest modern Arts Fair at the Festival. Liverpool Contemporary will provide an important platform for galleries such as the Whalley Fine Art Gallery, commercial art buyers and collectors to export globally, as well as an important cultural experience".

Liverpool Contemporary takes place from 03 to 06July and the World Museum Liverpool. For further information visit www.liveproolcontemporary.com or Dawn's website www.dawncrothers.com


 

Dawn Crothers - Solo Exhibition

26-11-2013

The show will be Dawn's 4th Solo Exhibition and will feature over
40 of Dawn's famous Snail paintings! A special Snail Print will also be given to everyone who comesto support her on the evening!
A series of her plates and vases will also be on display and the launch of her new home-ware range which will be available to purchase on the night! 
All works are available to purchase prior to the opening night and can be viewed on our website

(The Exhibition will continue over Christmas!)

Please send us an email for an exclusive Invitation!

Dawn Crothers Vic. Sq. Sunday Fayre

11-06-2013

Dawn Crothers has recently taken a stand at Belfast's Victoria Square!
She will be exhibiting once/ twice a month for the forseeable future.
Her paintings and Ltd Edition Prints have been a big hit with the Belfast shoppers
and is working on bringing out a range of Home and giftware with the lead up to Christmas.
To know dates when Dawn will be there please fill in your details and join our mailing list! 

Vibrant new art gallery for Northern Ireland

07-07-2010

North Down welcomed an exciting addition to its vibrant and growing art scene recently in the form of The Whalley Gallery. Situated on the bustling Holywood High Street, the gallery is set to attract art enthusiasts from all over Ireland. The beautifully designed space spans three floors and is fronted by husband and wife team, Dawn and Stephen Whalley. Aged just 26 and 30 respectively, the couple are among the youngest in Ireland to take the bold step of launching their own gallery. Also artists themselves they will both be exhibiting in the gallery. The dynamic team will be offering a unique range of paintings and sculptures from leading well-known 20th century artists such as Paul Henry, Dan O'Neill, William Conor, Tony O'Malley, Gerard Dillon, Basil Blackshaw and are particularly passionate about recognising local, up-and-coming talent. The gallery currently will exhibit a wide range of paintings with a total of 80 on view for the launch including work from well-known Irish artists such as Jack Pakenham, Gavin Lavelle, Jane Swanston, Rosie McGurran, Lisa McCausland and Jonny McEwen as well exciting emerging talent, painter John Gillan and sculptor David Withers.

Whalley Gallery's First Exhibition June 2008

20-06-2010

The Holywood Glamour night turned out to be a great success on Friday Night (20th June08).
Many Businesses showcased themselves in the Queens Leisure complex, which was beautifully dressed by Herbert Gould Interiors opposite us in the High Street in Holywood.
We had a great response from everyone about our new venture in Holywood and everyone is really looking forward to the opening!