If you find this web site interesting
or useful, why not contribute your own pictures? We welcome additional
pictures whether they are pictures from existing artists already listed
on the site, or new artists. All you have to do is send us a photograph
of the picture and the name of the artist and we will do the rest. The
world will be able to see the art and you will be contributing to
educating the public and the art fraternity about the artist. There is no charge
for this service.
In addition, if you want you wish to
sell a picture you can advise us of this and we will let you know if
there are any inquiries concerning a picture and refer the prospective
buyers to you. This facility is
open to both individual picture owners and professional art dealers.
More information is provided on what
you need to do and the conditions attached to these services below.
1. We will display any picture you
contribute so long as it meets the following criteria:
a - It is "British" art and painted in
the period 1850 to the present day (see the
Gallery page for our definition of "British" art which is quite
b - It falls into one of the categories
of landscape, seascape or still life or otherwise relates to the general
theme of "nature" which is the focus of this gallery. Note that pictures
of the following subjects or types will generally be rejected: genre,
religious, figure studies, portraits, animals, sporting & country life,
architectural, pictures of ships (other than as part of a seascape), automobiles and aircraft, or
"chocolate box" images of country cottages.
c - The picture has artistic merit and
is of a professional standard (note that the gallery director reserves
the right to reject any picture that he feels does not meet the required
standard or which is otherwise inappropriate to exhibit on the site).
d - The picture must be signed by the
artist, or there is other evidence of a clear, indisputable attribution.
e - Note that the picture should
normally be in one of the traditional media of oil, watercolour, pastel,
etc. However drawings would be accepted if they are of particular merit.
Prints will only be accepted if the artist had a direct hand in their
production (e.g. lithographs), and they are limited editions.
f - If you are in any doubt about
whether a picture would qualify then contact the gallery director (see
2. You need to supply the following to
have a picture exhibited:
a - A good quality photograph of the
picture (see below for how to produce one). This can be either in
conventional printed form or in digital format.
b - The name of the artist.
c - Preferably as much background
information on the artist as possible, although we will do any necessary
research and write up a suitable background article. See below for the
kind of information that is required.
d - The name of the picture, and date
painted, where known.
e - How the picture is signed (e.g.
full name, initials, logo or whatever).
f - The image size as width times
height (ie. the dimensions of the painted area of the picture).
g - The media used, ie. oil,
watercolour, gouache, pastel, etc.
h - You need to supply a name
and address, plus preferably a telephone number through which you can be
traced (email addresses are unreliable unfortunately). If preferred this
can be a business address, a post office box or an address of your
accountants or lawyers. If you are a
picture dealer or gallery, please include your trading name. If you are
the artist of the picture, please say so. Note that these details will
not be displayed on the gallery web site nor supplied to third parties
in any circumstances (unless you are selling the picture - see below).
If you wish we can display a statement below the normal picture
information of the form "Exhibited by XXXXXXXXX" - if you would like
this to be done please advise what should be displayed.
i - If pictures are accepted for
display on the site, then they will only be removed in exceptional
circumstances. In other words, you must agree that the pictures may
remain on display for as long as the gallery wishes to display them,
unless specifically agreed otherwise.
This applies even if the picture is for sale and is sold via this web
site or elsewhere.
j - You warrant that you own the
photograph or other appropriate rights in the picture and you are
granting us rights to display the picture on the terms herein, and to
use the image provided for any reasonable purpose in association with
this web site including promoting the site in other media.
1. If you not only wish to display a
picture, but also offer it for sale, then the only additional
information that we absolutely require is the proposed price. This
should be provided in either US Dollars, Pounds Sterling or Euros.
2. If you are wishing to sell a
picture, any email address you supply would be
forwarded to any person who inquires about the picture, and we would
likewise provide any contact information they provide to you. THEREAFTER
ANY SALE NEGOTIATION, PRICE AGREEMENT, DELIVERY ARRANGEMENTS, CREDIT OR
IDENTITY VERIFICATION AND ALL OTHER MATTERS CONCERNING THE SALE ARE YOUR
RESPONSIBILITY. If a sale is concluded as a direct or indirect
result of a referral by the gallery to you of an enquiry then you agree
to pay the gallery 15% of the sale price, plus UK Value Added Tax (where
applicable). You will notify the gallery of any sale of a picture
that you have submitted for exhibit on the web site, whether or not any
such commission is relevant.
3. Under the Distance Selling
Regulations applicable in the UK, you must give any purchaser the right
to return any picture to you within 7 days of delivery and receive a
full refund so long as it is returned at their expense and in good
4. All pictures that are for sale
should be framed, and it is helpful also to supply information on the
type of frame, the frame dimensions and a photograph that shows the
frame in case of enquiry on those points.
1. The gallery requires a reasonable
quality photograph of any pictures you wish to exhibit. This basically
means a photograph that is at least 2 inches wide and deep, taken in
sufficient light, with reasonable colour reproduction and not
excessively over or under exposed. You do not need to be a professional
or trained photographer to take such a picture, so long as you follow
the tips given below.
2. Note that we can accept a digital
version of a photograph sent via email if you already have it in that
form (otherwise we will scan it in from any printed photograph you
supply). In that case you need to have scanned it in at 150 dpi or
higher, or have taken it with a higher resolution digital camera (that
generally means a camera with more than 1 megapixels, and note that
"camera phones" are generally nowhere near good enough). Any
picture file which is less than 200 kbytes in size is not likely to be
of sufficient quality for the gallery to use. JPEG (.jpg) format is
preferable but other formats may also be acceptable.
3. If you send us a printed photograph,
we will not normally return this unless you specifically ask us to do
so. It helps us to retain the original photograph for reference
4. We cannot currently accept film
negatives or slides.
5. For a good quality photograph follow
the tips below:
a - Use a good quality digital camera,
or a 35 mm film camera.
b - Ensure the photograph is taken in
good light! If you don't have professional photographic lights to use
indoors, then take it outside in bright daylight - preferably on a
bright but cloudy day, or if a sunny day then take it in light shade.
c - Avoid any reflections from any
glass or varnished surface on the picture (this is a particular problem
when using flash so avoid that)!
d - Get as close to the picture as
possible without cropping the image. Note: it helps to have one picture
without the frame, and one with, so that we get the largest picture of
the painting itself but also one showing the frame.
e - Try to stand square to the picture
so it's shape is not grossly distorted.
f - If using traditional film, use a slow film preferably (e.g ISO 100 or
200) to ensure good resolution and colour reproduction.
Contributing Information on an
We are always keen
to receive additional information concerning artists displayed on this
web site, particularly those where the standard reference works only
contain minimal data. If you are providing information on an artist, it
is helpful to bear in mind that the following information is what is
required to enable us to document the artist’s life fully. It also
enables us to add some interest to the subject. There is no need to
provide the information in a literate form so long as the facts are
clear, as we will write the necessary text for the web page.
full name of the artist, including all first names (not just initials),
and what they preferred to be called.
place of birth and where they lived with rough dates during their life.
birth and death dates, or at least the approximate years.
names of the father and mother, including occupations and any artistic
they had any brothers and sisters and names, plus any artistic
of any other relatives who are well known (e.g. famous for other
reasons) or have artistic connections.
they got married and date (and married name if female), plus any
children (with names if they are also of interest).
education or artistic training that the artist received.
the artist made a living from painting or from other occupations (if so
artist was associated with any particular groups of artists, then their
involvement is worth covering.
of any exhibitions at which they exhibited, plus any prizes won and
copies of catalogues, press reviews or “clippings” referring to such
other things of interest about the artist, particularly of a personal
nature, ie. particular abilities or disabilities, childhood stories,
love affairs, tragedies, accomplishments, newspaper coverage, comic
stories, military service, membership of associations or clubs, civil or
military decorations, books or articles written, etc. Information that
reveals their personality and lifestyle is particularly relevant.
photographs of the artist and/or friends and relatives are of particular
interest (it helps to state the approximate date the photographs were
taken if known).
Please advise if
you know of any relatives or friends of the artist who may be able to
provide more information.
Obtaining all the
above would be very unusual so if you only have limited information,
please contribute whatever you have. Even a small amount of data or what
may otherwise seem a trivial fact or story can help to build a portrait
of the artist.
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