Art and Artists

Will Hales

taxidermy 1With a portfolio which resembles the passenger list of Noah’s Ark, gamekeeper- cum-taxidermist Will Hales’ workshop is as different as its contents are beguiling, says Will Pocklington.

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James Quin

jamesquin_frontJames Quin is anything but a stereotype, says Marcus Janssen. Not only is he one of South Africa's most highly regarded professional hunters, but he is also a devoted family man, a dedicated conservationist and a gifted artist.

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Malcolm Appleby MBE

malcolm_appleby_front2Malcolm Appleby MBE is an extraordinary gun engraver, says Matt Kidd. Not only is he one of the very best in the business, but what he does is also truly unique.

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Rebecca Mickleburgh

becksy_frontWildlife artist Rebecca Mickleburgh confesses to having a bipolar attitude towards art, says Matt Kidd. Indeed, her two styles of painting are so distinctive that it is difficult to believe they come from the same studio in the Scottish Borders.

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Jonathan Yule

yule_frontThose special moments in the natural world that cannot be bought, arranged or predicted, are often so difficult to convey. Somehow, says Will Pocklington, artist Jonathan Yule manages to do just that with his watercolour paintings.

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Alice Arnold

arnold_frontA complete career change is always risky, but for a very lucky few it pays dividends, leading to a way of life that ticks all the boxes. Artist Alice Arnold provides the perfect example, says Will Pocklington.

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Artists off duty

_artists_off_duty_frontWhat do a group of the UK’s finest sporting artists do when they’re on holiday? They go salmon fishing in Scotland, apparently. Marcus Janssen found out more.

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Mike Ghaui

mike_ghaui_4frontSome people are born into a life that eventually leads them to a particular profession, as if it was meant to be. Wildlife artist Mike Ghaui is unquestionably one of those people, says Will Pocklington.

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James Biggins

front_silverSilversmith James Biggins is a sterling example of an artist who has found a glistening niche in the world of hunting and shooting, as Will Pocklington discovered.

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Andrew Ellis – an alternative angle

andrew-ellis-frontWhen passionate falconer and raptor artist Andrew Ellis moved to the heart of England’s grouse country, he wasn’t sure how welcome he and his falcons would be. But, as Will Pocklington discovered, he had nothing to worry about.

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Ian Greensitt

front greensittThe way in which Ian Greensitt depicts wildlife is testament to his understanding of his subjects. Will Pocklington discovers what moulded him into the artist he is today.

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Chris Sharp


Driven by a love of the Highlands and a passion for salmon fishing, artist Chris Sharp chose to walk away from a career in oil for one in oil painting, as Marcus Janssen discovered.

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Helen Fergusson

From snakes to estates - Helen Fergusson’s love of animals is evident in all of her art, as Marcus Janssen discovered.

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Hamish Mackie

 

Ian Valentine is confronted by wild boar, stags and a charging bull in deepest Oxfordshire as he gets to meet highly acclaimed sculptor Hamish Mackie.

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Roger Brookes

Roger Brookes is one of only a handful of people still practising the art of fish carving. Marcus Janssen went to his home in Herefordshire to meet him and find out more.

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Andrew Ellis

shades of greyAndrew Ellis has a special affinity with grey partridges - he rears them, paints them and hunts them with falcons. But it is his immense talent as an artist for which his name is best known.

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Jason Sweeney

licky horseshoeJason Sweeney's story is a fascinating one. It is an inspirational tale of a man who found his forte in life as an artist by following his heart. By Marcus Janssen.

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Patrick Mavros

patrick mavrosZimbabwean-born Patrick Mavros is an internationally recognised name in the art world. When it comes to the sculpture of silver, he is a prodigious talent.

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Rodger McPhail

gilbert and sullivanRodger McPhail is a countryman, sportsman and cartoonist and is celebrated internationally for his outstanding wildlife and sporting fine art. Jane Pruden meets him in his Lancashire studio.

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