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We present… • PETER BASHFORD An acrylic abstract artist who aims to create the feel of a place and the emotion it arouses
Ollie Tuck • This still life artist finds the beauty in everyday items, painting in oil from her quaint cottage studio in Surrey, discovers Ramsha Vistro
Simona Constantin • A portrait artist who paints women to depict the purest form of emotion and uses social media in her favour
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Dede Gold • An Irish artist living in London, animal painter DEDE GOLD meticulously planned her career in art. Now, she’s written a book about what she’s learned along the way, which will be an invaluable tome for those also wishing to take the leap, says Niki Browes
Habib Hajallie • Ballpoint pen artist HABIB HAJALLIE’s practice is informed by his Sierra Leonean and Lebanese heritage in the representation of figures that have been left out of British portraiture. Niki Browes finds out more
London Art Fair • We are proud to be the media partner of the London Art Fair. To celebrate, we look at the top curated sections of January’s 35th show
Sun wor shipper • Two new exhibitions this year are looking at J.M.W TURNER’s middle period. They show how many of his works focus predominantly on the light, says Adrian Mourby
‘Chin-chin’ • The private view for this year’s British Art Prize at gallery@oxo was a runaway success, not least because of the standout quality of the winning artwork. Here’s a sneak peek
Grand desıgns • THOMAS GAINSBOROUGH’s house in Suffolk has undergone a major £10 million redesign and restoration. What’s now on offer makes it well worth a visit, says Amanda Hodges
Under the sea • SUSAN CLARE shows you how she painted this underwater reef scene in acrylic, to raise money for a charity supporting the health of the world’s oceans
Creating expressive animals in ink • There are many different tools to use for mark making, says LANCELOT RICHARDSON, who for this animal ink tutorial uses feathers, twigs, bamboo cane, chalk and wax resist
Red squirrel • This sketch of a red squirrel uses the layered results of drybrush and the difficult-to-control marks from drawing with a feather. To get a little more definition to the limbs, a stick was used to create lines with a variable thickness, to represent the texture of fur. Longer sweeping marks for the fur of...