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Louise Balaam & Angela Charles Sweeping & Scratched Landscapes

3rd - 24th May 2014

hiltonfine art


hiltonfine art

Hilton Fine Art, 5 Margaret’s Buildings, Bath BA1 2LP 01225 311311 info@hiltonfineart.com www.hiltonfineart.com


Louise Balaam & Angela Charles Sweeping & Scratched Landscapes This show brings together two landscape painters who share a passion for the expressionistic approach to landscape. Their work is about finding the balance between figuration and abstraction and the feeling of being in the landscape as well as observing it. Angela Charles’ painting comes out of 60’s abstract expressionism where the gestural marks convey the feeling of being in the landscape. Spiky pencil lines are offset against sweeping brush marks creating a tension between the marks which echoes the contrast, for example, between a crashing wave and a seagull gliding on an updraft. Louise Balaam is masterful at conveying the essence of the landscape with big gestural brush marks. Looking at her work, one gets a strong experience of the changing English weather which comes through the energetic physicality of her marks. Vibrant, life enhancing and joyous landscapes from two painters at the top of their game.

Front Cover: Louise Balaam, ‘Preseli Mountains, High Sky’ (detail) oil on canvas 60 x 60cm, £2,950 3


Angela Charles Making the Most of It acrylic and coloured pencil on aluminium 76 x 76cm ÂŁ1,600 4


Angela Charles It Won’t Last Long acrylic and pencil on board 20 x 40cm £490

Angela Charles From a Sheltered Place acrylic and pencil on board 20 x 40cm £490

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Louise Balaam Preseli Mountains, High Sky, Gors Fawr) oil on canvas 60 x 60cm ÂŁ2,950


Louise Balaam Clear Blue Sky, Carn Ingli oil on panel 40 x 40cm £1,600

Louise Balaam Light From the Sky, Gors Fawr oil on panel 40 x 40cm £2,200

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Louise Balaam From Knap Hill, Overlooking the Vale oil on canvas 80 x 80cm ÂŁ4,250


Angela Charles Can’t Stay Away acrylic and coloured pencil on aluminium 76 x 76cm £1,600

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Angela Charles Sea and Sky Combined acrylic and coloured pencil on aluminium 40 x 40cm ÂŁ720

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Angela Charles Morning acrylic and coloured pencil on aluminium 24 x 30cm ÂŁ440

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Louise Balaam Milk Hill, Chalk Path oil on panel 20 x 23cm £750

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Louise Balaam Near Milk Hill, Blue Distance oil on panel 20 x 23cm £750


Angela Charles Alternative Direction acrylic and coloured pencil on aluminium 76 x 76cm ÂŁ1,600

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Angela Charles Still Getting Away from It acrylic and coloured pencil on aluminium 100 x 100cm ÂŁ2,300 14


Louise Balaam Water, light, Mountain of the Angels oil on panel 30 x 40cm £1,400

Louise Balaam Quiet sky, Dinas Head oil on panel 40 x 40cm £1,600

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Angela Charles Drama at Sea acrylic and coloured pencil on aluminium 100 x 140cm ÂŁ2,900

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Louise Balaam Milk Hill, Low Sun oil on panel 20 x 23cm £750

Louise Balaam From West Kennett, Summer Field oil on panel 20 x 23cm £750 17


Angela Charles Did I Imagine It? acrylic and pencil on board 20 x 40cm ÂŁ490

Angela Charles Sometimes There is Colour on the Most Miserable of Days acrylic and pencil on board 20 x 40cm ÂŁ490

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Angela Charles Changing Coast acrylic and coloured pencil on aluminium 100 x 100cm ÂŁ2,300 19


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Louise Balaam The Sky and the Hill oil on panel 100 x 100cm ÂŁ6,500


Louise Balaam Preseli, Carn Menyn oil on panel 50 x 50cm ÂŁ2,200

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Angela Charles For One Week Only acrylic and coloured pencil on aluminium 76 x 76cm ÂŁ1,500 22


Angela Charles Replaced by Sand acrylic and coloured pencil on aluminium 100 x 100cm ÂŁ2,300 23


Angela Charles Weather Warning acrylic and coloured pencil on panel 15 x 30cm ÂŁ380

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Louise Balaam studied for her BA in Fine Art at Kent

Institute of Art and Design from 1997 - 2002 and then for her MA in Fine Art at Christchurch University College, Canterbury from 2005 2007. Balaam is a long-standing member of the New English Art Club, where she shows regularly in the annual exhibition at the Mall Galleries and in 2011 she was elected as a member of the Royal West of England Academy. Louise Balaam has shown at the Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize, Threadneedle Prize and Discerning Eye and she has held regular solo and joint exhibitions in London and Kent.

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Angela Charles’ paintings are inspired by her surroundings, predominantely the land and sea between her home in South Somerset and the Dorset Coast. Working from quick pen sketches bought back to her studio she begins to work on her memory of the place and her feelings whilst there, rather than a direct representation of the landscape.

Working by building up layers of sanded down paint she knows that all the layers will become part of the work whether they are revealed or not. Her paintings are then subjected to her incisive mark making, either by adding to the surface with pencil or taking away with other tools. Angela will often start a painting heavily inspired by a landscape that by the end isn’t visible, due to her becoming so absorbed in the whole painting process. Angela Charles, born 1966, graduated from Goldsmiths College in 1989. Represented by Hilton Fine Art since 2013.

Back Cover: Angela Charles Replaced by Sand (detail) acrylic and coloured pencil on aluminium 100 x 100cm ÂŁ2,300

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hiltonfine art

Hilton Fine Art, 5 Margaret’s Buildings, Bath BA1 2LP 01225 311311 info@hiltonfineart.com www.hiltonfineart.com


Sweeping and Scratched Landscapes Brochure