Hidden Gems: A weekly curated selection of original artworks from Castle Fine Art

With nearly 100 current and historical artists in 38 galleries nationwide, our archive spans decades of magnificent original artworks; from landscapes to portraits, impressionism to abstraction. That is why each Friday at 12:00GMT we will bring you 12 different original artworks curated by an expert in art history, highlighting some of the best and rarest work by our artists before they disperse back into our incredible archive.

This week’s curator picks includes a rare portrait of a football legend by acclaimed landscape artist Paul Kenton, a voguish and modern oil painting on canvas by Parisian artist Pascale Taurua, and a dramatic pencil drawing featuring a much-loved Star Wars character by Lucasfilm artist Robert Bailey.

Discover more about these below.

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Raphael Mazzucco

Why an Original?

Often beginning as an initial sketch, original artworks can go through many laborious processes at the hands of an artist; including 3D sculpting and modelling, graphic designs, hand-painting, and more. It is the artist's original that paves the way for the production of signed limited edition artworks and represents the birthplace of their authentic, original idea. 

What's more, original artworks can take many forms; from oil paintings to sculptures to hand-embellished prints straight from the hands and studios of some of our most popular artists.

Our originals portfolio features work by internationally exhibited artists whose own artistic careers continually evolve as they experiment with different materials and techniques. This means buying an original artwork is like having a piece of art history and, accompanied with a letter of provenance, you can also be sure of an original artwork's authenticity.

There are many more benefits to owning an original artwork and you read more about them in our Fine Art Collector. You can also read about the differences betweem limited editions and originals on about our art.

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Pelé

Edson Arantes do Nascimento – better known as Pelé – is the most celebrated football player in history. Our collection captures not just his skills on the field, but the humility and passion of the man behind the legend. Included are photographs highlighting some of his most iconic moments on the field, along with Pelé-inspired artworks by Paul Kenton, Keith Maiden and Stuart McAlpine Miller. Click here to view our collection of photographs hand-signed by Pelé!

Robert Bailey

Robert Bailey's hand-signed original pencil drawings on paper are only available as editions of one, so you won't find anyone in the galaxy with the same piece as you.  Using charcoal and occasionally a touch of pencil colour, Robert can capture not only the minuscule details of some of our favourite Star Wars scenes but also the tension, drama and emotion we all felt watching the iconic moments on screen. Most recently, Robert has turned his hand to capturing the newest iconic duo in the Star Wars saga, Din Djarin and Grogu a.k.a baby Yoda and the Mandalorian.

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Pascale Taurua

A finalist of the competition IN:SIGHT 2017, Pascale has also been featured in prestigious exhibitions in Paris where she still works. These include: Le Grand Palais in 2017, 2018, and 2019 as well as Le Carousel de Louvre, 2017-2018. Her renowned technique involves working in extra-fine oil paints to block out colours and later add her distinctive painterly style.  Unabashedly emotional, Pascale Taurua challenges gender stereotypes and subverts the male-dominated art world by using clothes as a symbol of strength and sexuality.

From the blog

Closing its final chapter: The Danger Tree's last-ever artworks

31/10/2019

Since 2016, Scarlett Raven and Marc Marot have enthralled audiences across the globe with their groundbreaking augmented reality series. It is an honour to reveal their final artwork and a beautiful hardback book showcasing the complete collection.

Pelé | Art Life Football

28/09/2015

This series of photographic images of the legendary footballer also features artistic interpretations by artists including Nic Joly, Keith Maiden and Stuart McAlpine Miller.

Stephen Simpson | Opus: A Decade in the Making

17/08/2021

This stunning collection of original mixed media paintings celebrates 10 years of the British artist's dazzling floral art. Featuring roses, hibiscuses, poppies, daises and sunflowers, these one-off works add a contemporary feel to any living space.

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