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Firkin Gallery

Oil

Oil

Oil poured on canvas

Oil paints on canvas; a variety of solutions of oil and linseed on stretched canvas which may, or may not, have been treated.

mixed-media

Mixed Media

Mixed Media on canvas

Oil paints on canvas with a variety of media, from sand to twigs, depending on how the picture dictates.

Awesome Art

All my work comes from images in my mind. Images prompted by witnessing a stunning sunset, a thunder storm, a trip to the coast or a walk on the moors. When looking at the canvases, you ask yourself, "have I been there? I feel I know that place"

  • mixed media 20 x 24
  • oil 24 x 36
  • oil 14 x 18
  • mixed media 18 x 14
  • oil 16 x 40
  • oil (one of 2-part set) 24 x 24

"I do not name my canvases. I know where the image has come from, but they mean different places to different people"

  • Oil~1 40 x 50 ~ £240

    Oil~1 40 x 50 ~ £240

  • 'Where is it for you?'

    Oil~2 36 x 36 ~ £130

  • A memory or a wish?

    Oil~3 24 x 36 ~ £200

  • A marsh, a reed bed, a  destination

    Oil~4 16 x 40 ~ £140

  • Have I been here?

    Oil~5 16 x 40 ~ £140

  • Oil~6  16 x 40  ~  £140

    Oil~6 16 x 40 ~ £140

  • Where? I know this place

    Mixed Media~1 24 x 36 ~ £215

  • Where is this for me?

    Mixed Media~2 24 x 36 ~ £200

  • Do we know this as the same place?

    Mixed Media~3 16 x 40 ~ £140

  • Mixed Media~4 12 x 30  ~  £170

    Mixed Media~4 12 x 30 ~ £170

  • Mixed Media~5 20 x 24  ~  £75

    Mixed Media~5 20 x 24 ~ £75

  • Mixed Media~6 14 x 18  ~  £75

    Mixed Media~6 14 x 18 ~ £75

  • 'I know this place'

    Oil~7 24 x 20 ~ £95

  • 'Are they poppies? I recognise that field'

    Oil~8 24 x 20 ~ £95

  • Is it sunrise or sunset? That depends where it is.'

    Oil~9 20 x 16 ~ £70

  • 'Turbulent waters or can I see dolphins?'

    Oil~10 18 x 14 ~ £75

  • Oil~11 14 x 18  ~  £68

    Oil~11 14 x 18 ~ £68

  • 'Those cliffs. I recognise them'

    Oil~12 8 x 20 ~ £58

  • Oil~13 24 x 10  ~  £65

    Oil~13 24 x 10 ~ £65

  • Oil~a (of 4-part set) 24 x 24  ~  £95 each

    Oil~a (of 4-part set) 24 x 24 ~ £95 each
    £350 for the 4-part set

  • Oil~b (of 4-part set) 24 x 24  ~  £95 each?

    Oil~b (of 4-part set) 24 x 24 ~ £95 each
    £350 for the 4-part set

  • Mixed Media~7 18 x 14  ~  £120

    Mixed Media~7 18 x 14 ~ £120

  • Mixed Media~8 16 x 12  ~  £130

    Mixed Media~8 16 x 12 ~ £130

  • Mixed Media~9 72 x 24  ~  £290

    Mixed Media~9 72 x 24 ~ £290

  • Oil~40 x 50 (addendum to 4-part set)  ~  £240<br>£550 for the series, including the 4-part set

    Oil~40 x 50 (addendum to 4-part set) ~ £240

    £550 for the series, including the 4-part set

Who I am

Nature is full of surprises, as is my work.

I graduated from Goldsmith's College London in 1991 with a BA Hons in Fine Art - a three year course part-funded from a year in York as a Street Artist. In my last year there I began oil pouring, initially creating large abstract canvasses, many of which I realised contained sections which appeared to depict landscape images and my love of open spaces and huge skies. Over the years, interrupted by starting a family and working to feed them, I have gradually evolved the technique inspired by the natural beauty of Yorkshire, Northumberland and Scotland. My fascination with pouring oil is in the way the paint and the canvasses combine to make their own natural images and conjure up their own surprises over days, reflecting the way the natural landscape has developed over years.

I am Lori Handley

Common Questions

All my work comes from images in my mind. Images prompted by witnessing a stunning sunset, a thunder storm, a trip to the coast or a walk on the moors.

When a canvas is complete I know where the place is to me. But I don't name my work because the magic of it is that the place is different to different people. At times this has prompted bizarre conversations with people who have said "I know exactly where you were when you painted that; I've been there, it's Holy Island" or whatever.

Northumbria, Cornwall or Blakeney Point - only you know where you want it to be.

> How do you do it - Oil Painting?

I start by choosing a canvas size which best suits that vision and mixing a range of colours I think I'll need. The colours are mixed in Fruit Shoot bottles! Whilst other fruit juice brands are available after years of trials I find these suit my purpose best. The oil paint is then diluted with turpentine, or linseed oil and turpentine, depending on the effect I'm looking for. I may at this stage have two, three or up to ten ready-loaded Fruit Shoot bottles which I then begin to pour. What happens next is dependent in part upon the amount I pour, the liquidity of the mix, the weave of the canvas; for whilst I have control over the colour palate and the general scale of the image I want to create, the final result is down to the nature of the elements.


Just like the landscapes and seascapes in my mind.

> How do you do it - Mixed Media?

My mixed media canvasses all start with an oil pouring which call out for "something else" to complete the scene. The search then begins for the "something else" which can be twigs or gravel, paper or sand, wool or string. It£s as if the canvas knows what it wants and sends me off to find it.


Just like the landscapes and seascapes in my mind.

> Where can I see it?

Here at the Firkin Gallery at the Royal Oak, Bond End, Knaresborough, North Yorkshire HG5 9AQ.

> Why 'Firkin' Gallery?

Firkin: A small cask formerly used for liquids, butter or fish.
A unit of liquid volume, equal to half a kilderkin (usually 9 imperial gallons or 41 litres).
Origin: Middle English.
When the Royal Oak was a public house the "cellar", where the barrels were stored, was where my studio is now.


if you have more questions, call me

01423 545400

The canvases vary in size quite distinctly. Some are large and others are more petite. This is reflected in the price.

Each canvas is a different price, depending on various factors, such as size of canvas, the mix of oils, linseed and other media and whether or not the canvas has been 'commissioned'.
Canvases are not 'commissioned' in the normal way, as I do not paint an exact scene, but I can work within a client's chosen colour palate and canvas size.
Not all my canvases will be framed as the oils continue over the edges of the canvas and are part of the whole scene.

For more details about prices, call Lori

01423 545400

Contact Info

Contact me here.....

  • -Telephone
  • 01423 545400
  • -E-mail
  • lori@firkingallery.co.uk
  • -Address
  • Royal Oak, Bond End, Knaresborough - North Yorkshire, UK

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