Sunday, 31 July 2016

"Remember Me?" an original abstract painting in acrylics (Sold)

This is Remember Me, a beautiful dreamy original abstract painting in acrylic paints on 40mm canvas. It has just been bought by a London based collector.

To see Remember Me, and more of my art, click here:

Friday, 29 July 2016

Friday, 22 July 2016

"Falerna" an original abstract painting in acrylics (Sold)

This is Falerna - an abstract painting in textured acrylics, sold to a London based collector.


(not to scale) 

Falerna is 91 x 61 cm on 40mm stretched canvas. If you would like to see more of my art or subscribe for updates on new work, click through to my website at:

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Should artists insure artworks in transit or just cross their fingers?

By Ken Shaw

So, you’ve created your latest artwork masterpiece. And now you’re elated because an upscale collector in Henley-on-Thames or Texas has seen the work on your website and wants to buy it - so why that look of apprehension?

My guess is because you won’t relax until your pride and joy arrives safe and sound. But what if it gets beaten-up by the transport company en route?

You always pack your paintings carefully, using reinforced packing tape, proprietary shipping boxes and lots of bubble wrap; you always select well-known and reputable shipping companies, so what can possibly go wrong?

You know it only takes a small accident, a heavy box or fork truck sliding against your treasure, or somebody drops it onto the loading dock…  So okay, surely you’ve insured it against damage in transit?

The problem with that, as you know only too well, is that shipping companies typically only offer insurance against the complete loss of a painting in transit – they do not offer insurance against damage.

The only way to insure an artwork against damage in transit is through a third-party insurer. There are many such insurers to choose from. But in my experience most are shipping insurance brokers more used to insuring a container full of widgets being shipped from China to Seattle.

Moreover there’s a sea of small print to swim through before you buy. And buried deep down in that sea of verbiage will be the dreaded “excess”. This usually starts at £250, which can be something of a turn-off if the painting is valued at £230 and the premium is £50.

So what is a responsible artist, or in my case her gopher, supposed to do? Well, until now there was only one option: send the shipment insured against loss only, and if it arrives damaged give the client their money back in exchange for the return of the wrecked masterpiece.

Thankfully, there are exceptions, and one I have discovered is Richard Thompson Insurance Brokers. As a result of a recent transaction with RT, I think I might have found a way to help artists in a similar predicament to us.

The usual excess at RT is the standard £250. They very kindly agreed to reduce this to £100 for a premium of £54.75 in the case of a recent shipment valued at £600. This made the deal workable.

But it gets better: having realised that this might be why so many artists use crossed fingers instead of insurance, RT have agreed to introduce a £50 excess for art shipments, for (in the above instance) an additional £27.38 premium.

So if you are a struggling artist searching for a way to insure your precious work in transit, you could do worse in my opinion, than give RT Insurance a call. Or if you know such a person, why not pass this article on to them? I stress that I have no connection with RT other than as outlined above and this is all my personal opinion, not business advice.

RT Insurance can be contacted on 01932 349 732.

To check out Tateh's artwork before it's shipped, click here -

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Santa Ana - A new original abstract painting in acrylics on canvas (Available)

"Santa Ana"

Santa Ana

Not to scale 

This is Santa Ana, a new dreamy abstract painting on 40mm canvas. 

Dimensions 60 x 91 x 4 cm.

If you would like to see more click through to my website at:

Friday, 8 July 2016

At The Start Of Day takes a vacation (sold)

At The Start Of Day is sold and off to Penzance - I only wish I was going with it! 

It is through decay that the natural world around us evolves to show us its beauty. I painted this deep organic conceptual abstract in textured acrylics on canvas board in the hope that the viewer will recall an atmospheric memory buried deep in their subconscious relationship with nature.

To see more of my art click through to my website at:

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Artist's Statements And The Metamorphosis Of Cr@p

While Tateh paints, I am left to maintain this blog, her website and the coffee pot. In other words, just about everything else of importance. I have recently realised that this should include publishing an Artist's Statement for her.

In the course of researching this strange phenomenon I chanced across Jane Chafin's blog, The Off Ramp GalleryThe moment I read her (somewhat candid) comments on Artist's Statements I realised I needed to put the coffee pot on again - this was not going to be an easy ride!   

Jane describes the crucial importance of Artist's Statements as follows: 

"There's a phenomenon in the art world I like to call the "metamorphosis of crap." It happens in that instant when, after having been initially bored, confused or repelled by a completely artless pile of crap, you stop to read the artist's statement. Now you are in familiar territory. Your art-schooled-MFA brain kicks in, deciphering the elitist, codified language before you. You smile, you get it, and in that moment, the artless pile of crap magically becomes Art. The metamorphosis is complete. You are no longer bored, confused or repelled. You are a wise, self-satisfied cognoscente, dashing off to transform the next artless pile of crap."

Helpfully, Jane has included a link to the following video of Jörg Colberg, struggling to create a masterpiece statement to compliment the masterpiece "bunch of flowers" he has recently photographed:

I have no doubt that Jörg's finished statement would appeal to the fine intellect of any erudite cognoscente of true art, but having discussed the mater in some depth with Tateh, I realised that a statement involving somewhat less arcane concepts might be more appropriate to her art.

After many hours of deliberation and copious cups of coffee, the following is Tateh's Artist's Statement:

"Abstract artist Ivy Burley, signing as Tateh, paints from the heart."

I sincerely hope this statement will permit the observer to smile while interpreting Tateh's art - and thus 'get it' without being bored, confused or repelled by too much 'flowery' language like Jörg's.

For a somewhat fuller Artist's Statement please click:

Click here to go to Tateh's website:

By: Ken Shaw

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Harmony, an original abstract painting on canvas by Tateh

"There is an untroubled harmony in everything, a full consonance in nature; only in our illusory freedom do we feel at variance with it."


Dimensions: 61 x 91 x 4 cm Unframed on 40mm stretched box canvas.

Click here to go to Tateh's website:

Alba Dawn, an original abstract painting in acrylics by Tateh.

Alba Dawn


"There was a crack of electric light, coming down from a darkened sky. My dreams flashed before my eyes, as they were erased from my life."

(From: Grey skies and electric light, lyrics, 2012)

Alba Dawn, is a textured acrylic original painting on 40mm stretched canvas. It comes with painted sides, strung, ready to hang straight from the shipping box. As with all my artworks, Alba Dawn is shipped with a signed Certificate of Authenticity.

Dimensions: 91 x 61 x 4 cm Unframed

To see Alba Dawn and more of my artworks click to go to my website

Monday, 4 July 2016

Speyside, an original acrylic painting, on canvas, by Tateh

This is Speyside, a recent abstract in textured acrylic paints on 40mm stretched canvas: 

"There’s a zest and tang in the crystal air.
A thin haze of peat, pine and malt over Speyside"

(Gordon Jarvie)

This is a close-up detail of a section of the canvas showing the texture:

The canvas size is 90cm x 61cm x 4cm (36 x 24 x 1.5 inches)  click on any image to expand.

Click here to see Speyside and much more of my original art on my website