Leo du Feu
Leo's inspiration is the natural world. He takes every opportunity to explore the landscapes of Scotland and the rest of Britain, walking, cycling, sketching and taking photos, using material gathered to complete paintings in the studio. Leo is a keen birdwatcher and supporter of conservation. He volunteers regularly for the RSPB and the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO). The more his interest in birds grows the more he finds them flying, hopping and swimming into his paintings.
“I work anywhere outdoors where I find things that interest and inspire me. I spend a lot of time travelling the country in search of landscapes and birdlife. I make my explorations primarily by rail, thanks to support from ScotRail."
Leo will be showing at Bon Papillon in Spring 2014
Stanley's paintings proved an instant hit with Bon P customers when we first showed them as part of the 'Neighbourhood
Birds' collection earlier in 2013.
His amazing miscellany of beasts and birds, wild and domestic, will be returning this autumn in a riot of colour and pattern.
Stanley's eye is perfectly tuned to capture the expressions and detail of his various models, and his application of colour lifts them to an almost iconic level. The works are extremely collectable and make fantastic gifts for lovers of all things furry or feathered.
'I use a subtle palette and paint entirely outside, hoping to capture the mercurial weather, light and moods of the Isle of Skye. I like to portray the feeling of Skye through an intuitive response to the changing landscape and its colours. I often paint in the same places at different times of the day, observing and absorbing the changing days and seasons.
Being within the landscape, feeling the elements while seeing my surroundings change, produces, I hope, the sense of the particular moment in my paintings. My style of painting is to capture the scene in a single session with no reworking.'
Helena shows with Bon Papillon as one of our gallery artists.
Senja has a passion for wild places and travels throughout the mainland and islands of Scotland by motorbike or campervan; hiking, sailing or kayaking to reach isolated areas. She carries compacted painting materials which enable her to work directly on location whenever possible, feeling that this lends a freshness and personal quality to the work, allowing it to become not just a painting but a very real part of the adventures.
Senja has joined Bon Papillon as artist in residence 'number two' alongside Ingrid. We will have a permanent show of Senja's work in the gallery; she is also happy to work to commission.
Joyce Gunn Cairns
"Joyce Gunn Cairns ' remarkable paintings ... demonstrate how many different kinds of visual truths there are ;..... in these graphic and unflinching images, she not only manages that sense of reaching out to touch; she conveys how, from inwards, we feel outward; what it is like to be in one's own skin..."
Duncan MacMillan, The Scotsman, Feb 2011
'I am an illustrator and printmaker from Germany, living and working in Edinburgh.
I am inspired by things revolving around the realm of folk and fairy tales, by storytelling and sequential imagery, by trees and animals and the relationship between humans and nature. I also seem to enjoy drawing woolly jumpers.'
Mina's wonderful world is represented at Bon P by a collection of unframed prints; we can help with framing suggestions and frame them as required.
Tom Sutton Smith
Tom has been painting from an early age encouraged by a threepenny bit, given to him by an art teacher for one of his drawings.
Tom grew up in Scotland and attended Edinburgh College of Art. He pursued a career in advertising with Scotland’s leading agencies before moving to Canada in 1981 to find new challenges.
After a successful career in advertising, as an art director and creative director in Montreal, Toronto and Winnipeg,Tom decided to breathe again and fulfill a lifelong ambition by painting full-time.
Now repatriated in Scotland Tom works mainly in oil on canvas, on a broad range of subjects including portrait commissions. Tom’s work is exhibited in galleries in Scotland and across Canada
Tom is one of Bon Papillon's gallery artists; if you are interested in his work or wish to commission a painting, please get in touch via the feedback form.
"I am an artist and art tutor living and working in Edinburgh. I am interested in the interaction between man and nature; this leads me to depict birds in my work. Birds form a direct relationship with man - wherever we are there are always birds to be seen. Birds have captured man's imagination for thousands of years and form a large part of our mythology.
I make drawings, paintings and prints and I teach at Leith School of Art and around Scotland.I show my work through galleries around the UK. I would like to develop my screen prints into designs for fabrics and am also interested in illustration and would be interested to work with poets or publishers in the future. "
Kittie will be showing at Bon Papillon this Autumn
Jackie creates semi-abstracted, highly atmospheric oil paintings, weaving beautiful and evocative visions of the Scottish landscape with her sophisticated use of colour and texture. Jackie lives in Arbroath where the sea and its ever-changing colours and moods provide the main inspiration for her work.
Jackie exhibits with Bon Papillon as a regular contributor.
I am a portrait painter based near Glasgow. I work mainly in oils for figurative pieces inspired by Post-Impressionism, 50s American advertising and Pop Art. I have a healthy obession with burlesque and cabaret and dabble in flamenco baile.
A portrait artist working quietly away in a studio in Bishopton, I am currently portraying the beautiful people from the burlesque and cabaret scene. I am always keen to try and paint a new face, even though I have enough material to keep me painting for the next 10 years.
Ingrid now paints all of her work in the studio within Bon Papillon, sketching ideas in between coffee customers.
Having trained in Fine Art, Photography and Journalism, Ingrid worked at Conde Nast and Dorling Kindersley in London as a picture researcher and archivist, while continuing to paint and work as a freelance illustrator.
Moving to Edinburgh in the nineties, a (long) spell in catering planted the seed of an idea for a gallery-cafe, which was finally realised in 2011 with the opening of Bon Papillon.
Ingrid and partner Stuart Allan split the creative duties on various pieces now, with Stuart's hand made frames enhancing Ingrid's paintings.
Ingrid's is artist in residence at Bon Papillon; her main show of the year opens mid November 2013 and calendars of her work are available through the gallery.
Angela is German by birth, and studied linguistics before moving into art, combining language with the images.Working largely with printmaking, Angela's work is largely figurative, especially family, friends and the many creatures that she has accumulated into her household. Dogs, cats, horses, hens and 'various other critters' appear in cannily observed studies that amuse and touch the imagination.
"What does it feel like to walk a dog in the rain? What is going on in the little dog's head when it looks at me like that?"
Angela finds printmaking ideal for her work as it allows her the freedom to draw and focus on the expressive qualities of the subjects in a very direct way. She is a member of the Fife Dunfermline Printmakers Workshop and Dundee Contemporary Arts Print Studio.
Angela's prints are available unframed or framed from Bon Papillon.
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