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Skipton Castle, Saturday 30 November And Sunday 1 December, Exhibition Of Old And New Masters: Pictures, Drawings And Sculpture

Old and New Masters: Pictures, Drawings and Sculptures

Crispian Riley-Smith Fine Arts Ltd is delighted to host its first exhibition in Skipton showcasing 5 contemporary artists alongside pictures from their portfolio and from private collections. The exhibition is in collaboration with the John Martin Gallery from London and kindly supported by sponsor Brewin Dolphin. This exciting, diverse exhibition will be open to the public for 2 days only at Skipton Castle on Saturday 30 November and Sunday 1 December.

Based near Skipton, Crispian Riley-Smith Fine Arts Ltd has built up a national and international based art dealership over the last two decades. The founder, Crispian Riley-Smith has been living in the Dales for the last 7 years and says his reasons for hosting an exhibition in North Yorkshire are simple;

‘I wanted to meet local collectors and art enthusiasts, so I can share with them my interest and passion in art and collecting. I have worked in the art market for 24 years, and know it is about building trust and long term client relationships and I hope to be able to introduce new artists to collectors and enthusiasts in Yorkshire and beyond Katharine Holmes will be known to many collectors; her paintings are inspired by the Dales and anyone who knows the landscape cannot but be moved by them. The cityscapes by Andrew Gifford are evocative of a different, urban landscape and instantly recognisable. Tom Hallifax is exhibiting one of his monumental ‘Bull Dog’ pictures, and in his own word has been inspired by the 17th century Spanish painter Velasquez, (see video interview specifically shot to preview the show,  Youtube Exhibition). Mark Adlington’s pictures of animals will include a ‘European Bison’ amongst his fantastic group of animal pictures. Olivia Musgrave’s bronzes are a witty take on more traditional equestrian sculptures which I hope will appeal to the large number of riders and horse enthusiasts from the county.’

Included in the Old Master selection will be a botanical group, some from the 17th century, such as a beautiful ‘Iris’ from the German School, circa 1700, plus a group of botanical watercolours from a private collection only recently come on the market for the first time ever, and have come directly through the artist’s family. Old Masters is one of the specialist areas of Crispian Riley-Smith.

Prices will range from £800 to £30,000

Images above:

Andrew Gifford, Bradford Centre from Great Horton Road I 2003, oil on panel, 16½ x 17 ins (42 x 43 cm)

Mark Adlington, European Bison, pastel and mixed media, 25 x 25 in. (64x 64 cm)

Olivia Musgrave, The Conformation II, Bronze, Edition of 9, 14¼ x 29¾ x 9 ins (36 x 75.5 x 23 cm)

Tom Hallifax, Bulldog, Oil on board, 120 x 121 cm.


Further enquiries and images: Crispian Riley-Smith, Crispian Riley-Smith Fine Arts Ltd, Summergill, Kirkby Malham, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 4BS Tel: +44 (0)1729 830 734  Mobile: +44(0)7771 552509 or

John Martin Gallery London and Brewin Dolphin


Notes to editors

Where: Skipton Castle, Skipton, BD23 1AW

When: Saturday 30 November, 10am-4pm, Sunday 1 December, 12 noon till 4pm, 2013 admission to exhibition free after paying for admission to Castle.

During the exhibition and any time afterwards, Crispian Riley-Smith will offer tips and suggestions for framing, mounting, valuations, insurance, buying and selling of pictures.


Mark Adlington (Born 1965)

Mark Adlington studied History of Art at the University in Edinburgh before taking a degree in Fine Art at the City and Guilds of London School of Art, between 1991 and 1994. There he won several prizes, notably the City and Guild Prize for Drawing in his final year. Best known as a painter and draughtsman of wild animals, Mark is based in London where he has a studio, though his childhood was spent in North Yorkshire.


Tom Hallifax (Born 1965)

Tom Hallifax paints figurative work almost exclusively from life. His work ranges from portrait commissions and landscapes to large ‘blow-ups’ of faces, hands and objects. He studies at St. Andrew University and Fine Art in Belfast (89-92). In 1992 he went to L.A. and Hong Kong as an artist accompanying Prince Charles, staying on in Hong Kong to complete a previously commissioned portrait of Chris and Lavender Patten.


Katharine Holmes (Born 1962)

Katharine Holmes is an artist who has become known for her paintings which capture the Northern Landscape, predominantly her native Yorkshire Dales. Born into a Malhamdale family of painters in 1962 and following degree study in Fine Art at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne Katharine returned to the Yorkshire Dales in 1990.


Andrew Gifford (Born in Middleborough  1970)

Andrew Gifford is now recognised as one of the most innovative landscape painters working today. His paintings and light installations have been widely exhibited, including solo public shows at Leeds City Art Gallery (2004), Fruitmarket Gallery Edinburgh (2001) and Middlesbrough Art Gallery (2000). His major November show Two Cities - Jerusalem and Ramallah will tour to both cities with the support British Council next spring.


Olivia Musgrave b.1958

Olivia Musgrave was born in Dublin in 1958, her father was Irish and her mother is Greek. She lives and works in London and Suffolk.