Smart Art Galleries

South Yorkshire's Leading International Fine Art Specialists, Representing Contemporary International Artists including: Rolf Harris, Doug Hyde, Fabian Perez, Anna Razumovskaya, Henderson Cisz, Bruno Tinucci, Kerry Darlington, Mike Jackson, Ruby Keller, George Somerville, Ben Payne, Rebecca Lardner,Sherree Valentine Daines, Danielle O'Connor Akiyama, Paul James, A. J. Callan and Rozanne Bell.

Exhibiting a collection of notable local artists:
Lizzy Jackson, Jasper Prachek, Kate Jackson, Matt Wood, John Paul Cooke, Dennis Middleton, Trevor Neal, Lynne Wilkinson, David Renshaw, Nigel Cooke, and Stuart Dunn. and highly collectable and desirable artists: Sir Peter Blake, Leonard Rosoman, Carel Weight, Bruce Mclean, Alexander Millar, Jack Vettriano, and L. S. Lowry.

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31 May 2011

Doug Hyde - Pigs Might Fly


Doug Hyde - Pigs Might Fly


£395


framed limited edition on paper of 295


image size 14" x 21"


Doug, who was named as UK Artist of the Year in 2006, is appearing at the Lemongrove Gallery in the High Street from 3pm to 5pm where he will unveil the collection entitled Heart and Soul and his latest book which lends its name to the artwork.
Featured on both the BBC and Channel Four describing his technique and the people and events that inspire his images, Doug has made a meteoric rise from virtual unknown to fine art phenomenon.
His international reputation continues to go from strength to strength and last year he completed a whirlwind trip to Japan where he spent two weeks making personal appearances.

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Smart Art Galleries
249 Baslow Road,
Totley,
Sheffield,
ENGLAND,
S17 4DU

+44(0)114 236 4355



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Doug Hyde - Memory Lane


Doug Hyde - Memory Lane


£425


framed limited edition on paper of 295


image size: 16" x 25"



Each of these paintings is extremely important to me. Unlike many people, I have never kept a diary, but these images are a visual record of my hopes, dreams and experiences. When I recall a scene I can see it with complete clarity, from the clothes worn by the individuals present to the colour of the sky or the expression in someone's eyes. More importantly though, I remember how each scene affected me and how I felt both at the time and afterwards.
Many of us remember important events such as weddings, births or reunions in this way, but I find I can recall the little things in just as much detail. Whether it is the excitement in my brother's voice, the smile on my wife's face, or the texture of my father's old gym bag, these are the things that inspire my artwork.

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249 Baslow Road,
Totley,
Sheffield,
ENGLAND,
S17 4DU

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30 May 2011

Doug Hyde - Best Seat In The House


Doug Hyde - Best Seat In The House


£295


framed limited edition on paper of 295


image size: 12" x 12"


I find inspiration for my painting can strike at any time, whether through my own emotional response to something, or through observing somebody else's obvious love for another person or animal, or simply something funny that catches my eye. Sometimes I will hear a phrase spoken and immediately visualise a picture - I then work around that phrase and use it as a title for the finished piece. My ideas are generally spontaneous and mood driven, regardless of whether that mood was good or bad. Painting like this gives me complete fulfilment: being able to create an entirely individual and personal piece of work, from visualising the idea in my head, sketching it, painting it and finally seeing it completed gives me immense satisfaction.
I paint as I love it. It excites me and I look forward to the challenges producing a piece of art brings.Always the image is based on something that has captured my imagination from my life, past or present.
I still paint as if the artwork is for me and me only, and this retains its honesty.

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249 Baslow Road,
Totley,
Sheffield,
ENGLAND,
S17 4DU

+44(0)114 236 4355



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Doug Hyde - I Love, You Love, Me Love


Doug Hyde - I Love, You Love, Me Love

£595

framed edition on paper of 195

image size: 9" x 12"

Doug prefers to produce his distinctive artwork on a large scale, in order to achieve maximum impact with each piece. He also enjoys operating in plenty of space, thus allowing himself enough physical freedom to express the creative energy that is the key to his fresh, contemporary style. His unorthodox use of pastels applied with fingers and thumbs or even the side of a hand or wrist allows him to create highly communicative and engaging images that make an immediate and lasting impression on the viewer. 



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249 Baslow Road,
Totley,
Sheffield,
ENGLAND,
S17 4DU

+44(0)114 236 4355




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Doug Hyde - Scarf Face


Doug Hyde - Scarf Face


£625


framed limited edition of 195 on glass


image size: 20" x 25"


It was never my intention to sell my work. My artwork is produced simply for my own enjoyment, and provides a good vehicle to help me express myself and open up. Over a period of two years my artwork transformed my house and the large, bold and colourful art hanging on every wall created a very contemporary interior. I was a contented artist fulfilling briefs from all sorts of clients nine to five, but most evenings and weekends I enjoyed spending time on what I would describe as my private work.
It all started when I reluctantly let one of my friends have one of my artworks following months of persuasion. He assured me that he loved it and could feel the same passion as I did. Weeks later friends of his visited, saw the artwork, fell in love with it and again wanted one. The snowball started to roll, and with each artwork sold, friends or family of the buyer would be the next person to call. Within a couple of years I had work all over the country and was being advised very enthusiastically to consider publishing. Eventually I contacted DeMontfort
Fine Art and following that first meeting the whole thing took off and here we are today!
Ironically I found it very difficult selling my artwork for the first couple of years. I could not appreciate why somebody would want part of my life on their wall. It is only now that I fully appreciate the reason; my life, feelings, emotions and humour are representative not only of my own outlook, but are the same as many others, so the viewer identifies
themselves with the feeling of the artwork and the characters are the people in their own lives.
It is interesting to think back to the initial hesitation I had regarding selling my art compared to how I feel now - what a fantastic feeling it is to know that people all over the world enjoy my artwork as I do, as opposed to just me and my family. Satisfaction doesn't get better than that.
10 years later after that very first artwork, the fact that my work is sold all over the world with collectors enjoying it with the same enthusiasm and love, and sharing my passion for art is both hugely flattering and satisfying. The success of my work could never have been planned; if I set out to appeal to people of all races and ages and to try to capture emotion and an uplifting sentiment I know I would have failed. It would have looked
terribly contrived and people would have seen through it. I believe it is the fact that the work is produced for me, my family and our home that makes it real to people. It is honest, and I am not trying to achieve emotion and a sense of optimism. All I want to do is create fantastic contemporary art; the fact that the work conveys feeling is due to the painting being so real to me, capturing a memory or something I have seen, or sending a personal message to somebody close to me, followed by a simple title which captures the essence of that message.
Although the work is now sold all over the world I paint the same way as I did 10 years ago, imagining the room in the house where the picture will be hung and then producing it with the same excitement and love for the work that I hope the viewer will also experience.


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249 Baslow Road,
Totley,
Sheffield,
ENGLAND,
S17 4DU

+44(0)114 236 4355



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24 May 2011

Doug Hyde - King Of The Castle (sculpture)


Doug Hyde - King Of The Castle (sculpture)


£325


cold cast porcelain sculpture


limited edition of 350





The Nation's most popular living artist - Doug Hyde


Born in Bristol in 1972, Doug became aware of his artistic talent at an early age. Throughout his school and college education he concentrated on the technical side of drawing and painting, but after graduation he was in no doubt as to his chosen career, that of a professional artist.
Doug prefers to produce his distinctive artwork on a large scale, in order to achieve maximum impact with each piece. He also enjoys operating in plenty of space, thus allowing himself enough physical freedom to express the creative energy that is the key to his fresh, contemporary style. His unorthodox use of pastels applied with
fingers and thumbs or even the side of a hand or wrist allows him to create highly communicative and engaging images that make an immediate and lasting impression on the viewer.
Recently named as the UK's official best selling artist, Doug has been featured on television both on the BBC national news and on Channel 4 as well as on local television and local and national radio describing his unique technique and talking about the people and events that inspire his heart-warming images. Inspired by his own emotional responses to life, Doug's intention is to provoke a positive response in others; his success in this aim can be seen not only by the huge impact his work has made on the British and international art scene, but also by the money he has raised for two important charities – “Look Good…Feel Better” and Families for Children” - through the sale of his artwork. The extraordinary rise from virtual unknown to the most popular living artist in the UK has been meteoric, and his stunning original pastels have become genuine collectors' items. 




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249 Baslow Road,
Totley,
Sheffield,
ENGLAND,
S17 4DU

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Doug Hyde - Summer Holiday (sculpture)


Doug Hyde - Summer Holiday (sculpture)


£325


cold cast porcelain sculpture


limited edition of 350



"When I have an idea for a new work I tend to scribble down my thoughts at once, and in my studio I have a box overflowing with these messy scribblings on cards, paper napkins, bits of newspaper, anything that has space for a quick sketch to keep the idea in focus. When I come to start work on something new, I refer to my "ideas box", and then try to refine the image in my head until it is ready to be transferred to the drawing board. I take the initial idea and sketch out the painting, adding ideas to it as I go until it evolves into a picture that works for me, or the picture I imagined when it first popped into my head.
In the past I preferred to use acrylics and watercolours, but over the last few years I have fallen in love with pastels! From the very first time I used pastels I knew that this was the medium that would best be able to achieve the effects I wanted to create - I love the contrast between the soft tones and the hard edges. It gives me much more freedom than any other medium and enables me to use an entirely individual technique. I am able to create the movement I like in a piece of art and the rich boldness of colour. Because I was initially experimenting with the medium, I have developed a very unorthodox style using my fingers and thumbs to create the work, which I find gives me ultimate control.
Whatever I am doing my work is always there, tucked away in the corner of my mind. I am constantly thinking about it, whether it's the piece I am working on, thinking about the colours I will use or new ideas or new ways to produce my work. Even when I am relaxing it's always there! It truly is a 24 hour job. But I love it. It's my passion; it's my life."




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Totley,
Sheffield,
ENGLAND,
S17 4DU

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Doug Hyde - The Family


Doug Hyde - The Family


£325


cold cast porcelain sculpture


limited edition of 350

These sculptures bring Doug's best loved characters to life in three irresistible dimensions. Invite them in to your home and surround yourself with friends worth having. In creating these sculptures it was vital to use materials that did full justice to the Doug's work, and gave the collector something which was aesthetically pleasing to the touch as well as to the sight - an extremely important feature of 3D artwork. They are either forged from pure bronze or cold cast porcelain, depending on the specific aims of Doug for each piece. If these pieces are to retain their value and become the antiques of tomorrow, only the best will do.



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249 Baslow Road,
Totley,
Sheffield,
ENGLAND,
S17 4DU

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22 May 2011

Rolf Harris - Elvis Entertains


Rolf Harris - Elvis Entertains


£750


canvas edition of 195 - framed (image size 24" x 17")
paper edition of 195 - framed (image size 30" x 20")

"This was painted from a television show commemorating the fact that Elvis would have been 75 in 2010 had he lived. I feel this picture really captures his huge appeal to the youngsters of the day and I love the two girls at the right of the picture, watching his every move with rapt attention. They are absolutely loving everything he does, loving the way he sounds and the way he performs."


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Sheffield,
ENGLAND,
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Rolf Harris - Self Portrait


Rolf Harris - Self Portrait


£595


paper edition of 195


image size - 11" x 14"



Rolf Harris occupies a unique position on the art scene, both with his work and with his upbeat and accessible attitude to the world of art. A hugely gifted communicator, he presents prime time TV shows and headlines Glastonbury, proving that there is no audience beyond his reach. His artwork encapsulates this inspirational ability, and whatever the subject or style, every piece is linked by that immediacy, accessibility and personal impact. From powerful scenes of the Australian outback to intimate figurative studies. Rolf's art reflects the range of experiences and locations he has encountered over his long life as an artist. But despite the diverse subject matter his style is unmistakable, and his observational skill and portrayal of fine detail is second to none.



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Totley,
Sheffield,
ENGLAND,
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Rolf Harris - Road To Paradise


Rolf Harris - Road To Paradise


£1225,00


canvas edition of 195 - framed


canvas size - 49" x 19"


"I illustrated the side of a grand piano for DeMontfort Fine Art, with a long complex scene partly made up from my head, partly inspired by photos of country scenes from Northern New South Wales. These photographs showed a very green landscape, but I had in mind a parches, dry scene mainly composed of reds and oranges. When I had finished it, I really loved it so much that I immediately coated a long canvas with orange paint so I could have the pleasure again of painting a similar scene, but in a more right-angled oblong shape. As I eventually got around to working on it, the excitement of painting the scene on the piano was long months away, but as soon as I started, the thrill was there again. I hadn't realised that the piano was much longer than my canvas, and so couldn't duplicate the piano work of art. It was of necessity, shorter, but I think, exactly as much fun to paint. I don't think it would have worked as well had I made all the paddocks green instead of orangey-red."



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Totley,
Sheffield,
ENGLAND,
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Rolf Harris - Bush Sunset


Rolf Harris - Bush Sunset


£1225,00


canvas edition of 195 (framed)


image size 28" x 40"

"This is in Harvey in Western Australia. The sun had set behind me, leaving everything in deep shade. But the sunlight was still hitting the bank of the trees high up in the distance, lighting up to such a brilliant orange that they look for all the world like a far-off bush fire. I did all the foreground, sketched in the bright orange background and then began to put in the mass of branches at the top. Then I started to think about what my old teacher and mentor Hayward Veal told me. He'd suggested that instead of trying to paint trees and branches on top of the sky colour, you paint everything dark, then put the sky and the spaces in between to reveal the trees and branches. I followed his advice and it worked." 



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Sheffield,
ENGLAND,
S17 4DU

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Rolf Harris - Dry Country


Rolf Harris - Dry Country


£1295,00


canvas on board


limited edition of 195


image size - 44" x27" (framed)

"This is a spectacular country in one of the driest parts of Australia where the rocks seem to have a blue surface staining to them - they look incredible. The country is so sparse and barren that it can't be farmed and the only trees that will grow are these - affectionately known as parachute trees. They have lots of tiny branches supporting a leafy canopy - hence the name."



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Sheffield,
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Rolf Harris - Snorkeling Over The Deep


Rolf Harris - Snorkeling Over The Deep


£985


very rare framed and signed limited giclee - 695 worldwide 


image size - 16 1/4" x 24"


double mounted and framed with a 3.5" white border


includes certificate of authenticity signed by Rolf Harris


Rolf Harris was born in Perth, Western Australia, Harris was a champion swimmer before studying art. He moved to England in 1952, where he started to appear on television programmes on which he drew the characters. Rolf Harris also began a musical career initially with the piano accordian. He wrote some famous songs, and when performing in Canada he introduced his popular routine Jake the Peg. He often uses unusual instruments in his performances: he plays the digdgeridoo, has been credited with the invention of the wobble board, a rhythmic percussion instrument, and was associated with the Stylophone, a small electronic keyboard instrument.

Acknowledged as a genuine modern master and hailed as the country’s best–loved artist, 
Rolf Harrishas been awarded the CBE and has won many accolades both for his artwork and for his contribution to the entertainment industry.
Rolf Harris's versatile talents have won him immense popularity on gallery walls and even on stage at the world-famous Glastonbury Festival.

Always a huge favourite on television, his BBC1 series Rolf on Art gained the highest ever viewing figures for a programme on the visual arts, topping all previous programmes by over six million viewers.

In 1992 
Rolf Harris was named the world’s most famous artist in a massive poll conducted by the London artMart and last year his enduring popularity was underlined by a survey - What the British Really Thinks About Art Today - published in the Daily Telegraph, in which he featured ahead of Damian Hirst.



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Sheffield,
ENGLAND,
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Fabian Perez - Linda In Red III


Fabian Perez - Linda In Red III


£415


framed canvas edition of 195- embellished 


image size - 9" x 12" 


When we look closely at the paintings of Fabian Perez we can see some fascinating visual signposts that point us in the direction of his influences.

The first of these is the night time setting for many of his most powerful images. This distinctive trait leads us directly to the door of his father, Antonio, who Fabian has always cited as the inspiration for his work. Antonio owned a number of bordelloes as well as other clubs and was frequently chased and closed down by the police. Thus was born the young Fabian’s fascination with the underground world of night in the city.

The second visual signpost comes from the women who appear in Fabian Perez's paintings. The intimacy and respect with which these “women of the night” are portrayed is due in no small part to his upbringing, where he was befriended and often cared for by girls that other schoolboys were being warned against. The warmth and humanity of these women is as central to his images as their beauty and seductiveness. Like Toulouse Lautrec, whose vibrant but humorous portrayals of the Moulin Rouge cancan dancers offered us a uniquely intimate view of these extraordinary women, it is Fabian Perez's closeness to the reality of his subjects that sets him apart from other artists who might paint such figures from a greater distance.

Thirdly, there is the constant presence of rhythm which pervades every image, regardless of whether the subject is dancing or simply smoking on a balcony. This complete understanding of the tempo and cadences of the human body comes from two distinct areas of Fabian’s life. One is his own musicianship which is hugely important to him and connects with his artwork on a profound level. The other is his dedication to karate and the philosophy it embodies of identifying the essence of an individual and communicating that central vital spark on the canvas. 






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Totley,
Sheffield,
ENGLAND,
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