Stuart Luke Gatherer (born 1971, Scotland)
Stuart Luke Gatherer was brought up in the Eastern Highlands of Scotland, and graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 1995 with an MA in Fine Art. Gatherer lives and works in the Malvern Hills UK.
His paintings entice the viewer to interact with contemporary scenes, often from the vantage point of an unseen onlooker. This creates a psychological ambiguity that is emphasised by strong forms and colours modelled in dramatic light and shade.
Malcolm Liepke (born 1953, USA)
Malcolm Liepke was born and raised in Minneapolis. As a student he hungered for ‘classical’ training rather than the ‘conceptual’ ideas being taught. In a bold move, he left the Art Center College in Los Angeles and went to New York. That Malcolm Liepke’s paintings are arrestingly beautiful is evident, but they are much more. Through pattern, colour and bravura brushwork, Liepke delves deeply into profound areas of human nature. He has exhibited extensively internationally enjoying phenomenal success with a string of sell out exhibitions.
Peter Welford (born 1964, England)
Although Welford’s paintings are representational, he insists his art is not realism. Rather, he constructs a parallel, dream-like world, to form a collage of the components of observed reality - sometimes exaggerated, sometimes distorted. He thus creates a visual world in which his allegories and commentaries are those of idealised beauty, yet charged with psychological tensions and saturated with symbolism.
Welford’s technique is miniaturist and layered and derives from early Flemish and German renaissance practice, of which he has made a meticulous study. The extraordinary technical possibilities of this demanding medium - oil and tempera on panel, built up painstakingly in layers - produces a finely-finished surface where colours achieve a glowing inner depth rarely seen in contemporary painting.
Welford studied Art History and Conservation at the universities of Manchester and London (Courtauld Institute of Art). He lives and works in North Wales.