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Vibrant Beach Figures in Beautiful Paintings

Unique original paintings by Paola Cassais featuring her signature characters in fun filled coastal scenes. Self taught and from an artistic family, Paola is an Italian painter who began her career as an interior designer and window-dresser. Her distinctive art is now highly sought after featuring bright and colourful 3D figures often set in action packed beach paintings.

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New original paintings in the style of LS Lowry

Sean Durkin is a very popular artist who paints in the style of LS Lowry. Even more remarkable is his father, who famously stole L.S. Lowry’s painting of the Old Town Hall from Middlesbrough Art Gallery. This was in protest at the gallery’s closure on a Sunday, which he considered prohibitive to working-class access to art. Read More

Sean now acknowledges his father and this story by always including a figure of a policeman and a robber as well as showing the time ( ten to two ) when the theft was discovered on any clocks in all of his paintings.

He has also produced a book based on the memoir of his grandfather, Peter Durkin, growing up in interwar Middlesborough which is brought to life through Sean’s illustrations of the names and places he depicts in his artwork. A copy of this book – The Most Famous Man On Marsh Road – is included free with every original painting or limited edition purchased from us.

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Strong Women and Colourful Dockland Characters

Terry Bradley was born in Belfast in 1965. His early life was spent growing up just off the notorious Shankill Road where his mother tried to keep him inside and away from the “Troubles” outside their front door.

He creates iconic pictures exploring the voyeuristic side of his nature that he first discovered as a child observing the dangerous world around him.  His work mostly centres on strong women and ex models in Dublin and more recently Paris. His latest work is inspired by the era of the Belle Époque in France and the contrasts and similarities with the Burlesque dancers of New York.

He has also recently started exploring the colourful characters from the Belfast dockland area know as Sailortown. At its heyday 100years ago the dock workers were famous around the world for their hard drinking and hard working attitude. Bradley finds that these paintings now balance the world of burlesque women that he paints.

Bradley is married with three children and lives and works in Ireland.

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A limited edition picture inspired by a true story

Sean Durkin’s limited editions of The Art of the Thief, as in all his work, depicts figures of both a robber and a policeman.

This is in recognition of his father who in 1972, stole a painting from Middlesbrough Art Gallery by renowned Manchester artist LS Lowry.

The painting was of St Hilda’s Church and Middlesbrough’s old Town Hall – and he then demanded the Mayor raffle his underpants for charity to secure the painting’s safe return.

When he was arrested by police after the theft, he had a ransom letter calling for art galleries to be opened on Sundays “to allow the working man to get some culture”.

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