Castle is setting for artists’ work

John Damari's work that will be exhibited at Chillingham Castle
John Damari's work that will be exhibited at Chillingham Castle

The work of six collectable Scottish artists will be on display at a North Northumberland venue next weekend.

Chillingham Castle will be hosting the work from Friday, August 18, to Sunday, August 20.

Chillingham Castle.

Chillingham Castle.

The artists who will be demonstrating, showing and selling their art, are as follows.

John Damari was formally trained at the Academia de Florence in Italy and has shown his art in New York, London, Rome and Madrid. John is influenced by his love of nature and the outdoors. His trademark use of the palette knife, combined with vibrant colours, captures the feeling and atmosphere of his subject matter and inspires reaction in his viewers.

Jim Barrie is known for his figurative work and variety of other subject matters, with an expressive use of vibrant colours using oils on canvas and pigments. His work varies in technique, sometimes brush work, pallet knife or colour shapers – some pictures use all three techniques. The oil paintings are wide in variety and style, however, all his latest work is very much about complementary colours.

Kevin Robert is self-taught and works from his studio at home in Patna. Influenced by his love of wildlife and the Scottish landscape, he produces colourful acrylic paintings on canvas that reflect memories and moments in time.

Chillingham Castle.  King James I Drawing Room, or the Silk Room in the State Rooms.

Chillingham Castle. King James I Drawing Room, or the Silk Room in the State Rooms.

Matthew Thompson is a graduate of the prestigious Glasgow School of Art. He produces vibrant artwork with a diverse brush mark technique, creating fresh, energetic paintings based on landscapes.

Born in Dumbarton, Steven Granger spent most of his childhood frequenting the Bellsmyre hills, with their magnificent Long Crags. It was a landscape where your imagination could run wild and this inspired him. His artwork varies in many forms, from painting figures and portraits to castles and landscapes, and to many fantasy paintings and illustrations for a book he is currently writing.

Salvino Volpe is originally from Calabria in Italy, born in a little town close to the sea and immersed in sunshine. This had a huge impact and influence in the use of colours in his paintings. With the use of his joyful colours, Salvino moves from figurative to abstract, mixing both genre and media.

The exhibition will be open from noon to 5pm each day, from August 18 to 20.

It is free with normal admission.

Chillingham Castle is open to the public and is the home of Sir Humphry Wakefield, his wife The Hon Lady Wakefield and their family. Since 1246 the castle has been owned by one continuous bloodline, with the Earls Grey ruling the castle for the founding centuries.

The Grey lords built the castle’s alarming dungeons and torture chambers, as well as the beautiful parklands and gardens.