Throughout his career, Reuben Colley has continually been drawn to the urban landscape, the built environment in which most of us spend our lives. He has now made Sutton Coldfield his home, and in this collection he has turned his attention to Sutton town centre. Officially part of Birmingham since 1974, the Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield has retained its distinctive identity, and still feels like a village. There is a sense of stillness about these paintings which gives them a timeless quality. Reuben Colley captures perfectly the diffused light of an overcast rainy day. Almost entirely empty of people, these streets and shopping centres have an expectant air, as though they are waiting patiently for something to happen.
In September 2015 Reuben Colley was commissioned by the John Lewis Partnership to produce five large-scale paintings of Birmingham. These paintings now hang in the restaurant of the landmark store in Birmingham’s Grand Central.
For John Lewis, Colley has chosen aspects of Birmingham which many of its inhabitants take for granted: busy shopping streets on a rainy day, the historic canal network, and the city skyline at dusk. These images are rich in atmosphere, and celebrate the meeting of the old and the new in Birmingham's ever-changing city centre.
This unique collectors item is an edition of 50, issued with a certificate of authenticity the five limited editions are presented in a beautiful hand made linen portfolio, each image is personally signed and numbered by Reuben Colley.
Availability is limited.
Venice is one of the most beautiful and romantic cities in the world.
Located in the Veneto region of north eastern Italy, it is built on more than 100 small islands in a lagoon in the Adriatic Sea.
This unique location has been inspiring writers and artists for centuries. Reuben Colley captures the atmosphere of Venice perfectly in these stunning images. Ancient architecture is reflected in the shimmering canals and rain-soaked piazzas, and the city's iconic gondolas evoke the prospect of a magical journey.
These 10 limited editions are hand numbered and signed by Reuben and are presented in a beautiful handmade linen portfolio and comes with a certificate of authenticity.
This collector's item is an exclusive edition of just 25 copies so availability is limited.
City Living was an exhibition of paintings held at Reuben Colley Fine Art in 2013.
The exhibition focused upon different aspects of life in the second city across the seasons. The original paintings were sold from the exhibition, and all fifteen images are available as signed limited editions. A subsequent exhibition (City Living Collection II) was held at Reuben Colley Fine Art in September 2016.
In December 2016 the Lord Mayor of Birmingham chose 'Canalside Snow' as the image for his Christmas Card.
Reuben Colley has painted Birmingham City Centre for 15 years. Since his first exhibition, Impressions of Birmingham, 2001, the city has undergone a metamorphosis from the redevelopment of the Bullring, the Rotunda receiving a facelift, to our shiny new Grand Central. Reuben has captured and documented it all in his oil paintings.
In this latest collection, which follows on from the sold out exhibition (City Living Collection I, 2013) Reuben has chosen to focus on the beauty of our busy shopping streets during and after a rain storm.
"Rain emphasises the colours in the city, the light conditions and reflections create a visual drama which brings the city to life"
In 2010 Reuben Colley painted a collection of paintings of London which were exhibited at Hay Hill Gallery, Cork Street, Mayfair.
With this collection Colley found new confidence and maturity, which are evident in his bold and expressive brushwork. This unique collection captures all of the energy of the capital, as well as its seasonal beauty.
Over thirty paintings from the collection have been sold. Five of Colley’s favourites have now been reproduced as signed limited editions.
My Birmingham is a collection of paintings which capture significant places from Reuben Colley’s upbringing in the city. Through a sentimental eye, Colley captures beauty in unexpected places, from derelict pubs to the gritty underside of the Aston Expressway. This is a very personal and nostalgic collection.
One of the focal points of the collection, a painting called ‘NRG’, was featured in an exhibition at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery in 2015 called ‘Change in the Inner City’. All 11 original paintings now hang in private collections.
'The Light At The End Of The Tunnel' was the winner of Best Painting at the 2012 West Midlands Open.
This collection captures the unique atmosphere of woodland and the beauty and tranquillity of nature whilst introducing a sense of mystery. Stumps and The Sculpture are from the Remnant Collection which was previewed at Birmingham Museum in October 2017.
By popular demand, these engaging paintings are now available as signed limited editions.
In 2014 Reuben Colley was invited to Cape Cod in South Eastern Massachusetts by a private collector who wished to commission a painting.
In Cape Cod, Colley discovered an endless source of inspiration. On his return to the studio, he created a series of paintings capturing the bright blue skies, expansive beaches and colonial-style houses which epitomised the region. Four paintings from the collection are now available as signed limited edition prints.
Coney Island has been a holiday resort since the 1830s, when new transport links and hotels made it an ideal spot for New Yorkers to take a break from the city. Coney Island's first carousel and amusement rides were built in 1876. By the early 20th century, Coney Island was America's largest amusement area. After the second world war the area declined in popularity and for many years it was a battle ground for developers. Today, Coney Island still hosts a range of independent attractions. Three of its rides are listed on the US National Register of Historical Places.
Reuben Colley has captured aspects of Coney Island out of season, when the deserted amusements parks have a unique atmosphere.
These five images which feature some of Coney Island's iconic landmarks including 'The Cyclone' and 'Nathans Famous' are limited editions of just 20 copies.
In 2011, a loyal supporter of Aston Villa Football Club commissioned Reuben Colley to paint the Aston Villa ground. In 2016, Colley was commissioned by a West Bromwich Albion supporter to paint the Hawthorns and a Birmingham City Football supporter to paint St. Andrews. For each commission, Colley made several visits to the ground on match days so that he could mingle with the fans and soak up the atmosphere. These images have been made into beautiful limited edition prints of just 50 copies, and would make ideal presents for devoted Villa, Albion and Birmingham City supporters.
In collaboration with Brumpic, artists represented by Reuben Colley Fine Art were invited to produce new work inspired by the Birmingham photographer and lecturer Phyllis Nicklin. The paintings were part of a hugely successful group exhibition at Reuben Colley Fine Art in January 2016. Colley's fourteen paintings were produced as signed limited editions. These images document life in Birmingham in the 1950s and 1960s , and offer a unique insight into the history of the city.
In April 2017 Reuben was invited to participate in The Big Sleuth , a public art trail organised by Birmingham Children's Hospital Charity. Reuben chose to paint an image entitled Xt onto a bear measuring just over 5 foot. The image was a painting of the Aston Expressway which had sold to a collector from America.
Reuben said 'I chose to paint this landscape on the bear as though the bear was there, and the painting is a reflection of its surroundings. Areas of scrubland amongst the city always give me a sense of freedom. There is still a part of the city which hasn't been tamed, a reminder of childhood, a brief return to nature. Yet at the same time the Aston Expressway forms a continuous loop around the bear, never ending and inescapable.'
A signed limited edition of the original oil painting was released in July 2017, with a percentage of all sales going to Birmingham Children's Hospital Charity. The edition size is 50 and is issued with a certificate of authenticity which carries the charity's logo.
In 2018 Birmingham Law Society celebrated it's 200th anniversary by commissioning a major painting by Reuben Colley.
This image captures the unique architecture of the Victoria Law Courts on a sunny day. In celebration of the bicentenary this is a signed limited edition of 200 and comes issued with a certificate of authenticity stamped with the Birmingham Law Society's logo.