Artist Focus: Michael James Talbot

Michael James Talbot is a British sculptor, born in Staffordshire in the north of England in1959. After completing a BA honours degree in Sculpture, he gained a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Arts in London for post graduate study in 1980, winning the coveted Landseer prize in 1983. He studied further at The Sir Henry Doulton Sculpture School under Colin Melbourne ARCA and Dame Elizabeth Frink RA.

Michael was elected a member of the Royal Society of British Sculptors in 1997 and was elected a member of the National Sculpture Society (USA) in 2012. The inspiration for Talbot`s work has always been the human form and its dramatic poetry. It is this, together with his exquisite skills that make his work so individual, intricate and beautiful.

Talbot creates the original clay sculpture which he then casts into bronze, uniquely finishing and patinating each sculpture. This process is wholly under his control allowing him to enhance and refine the final image. The wonder and fascination of sculpture is its ability to be a solid form that can be seen, touched and walked around and yet remain an object of pure spirit.

“Sculpture for me, is essentially a theatrical construction, an attempt to show and illuminate a chosen moment in time. I draw my creative inspiration from theatre, myth, dance and illusion. The inspiration for the Briseis and Ariadne sculptures were taken from plumes of water in a night-lit fountain which, with the distortion of the mind’s eye, figures appeared in the tumbling crest of a column of liquid energy. This, I have tried to capture in bronze, through the lost wax process, a technique from Ancient Greece, to render a timeless human narrative from the Myth of Greece. I like to give my sculptures choreography of form, tension and balance to lead the eye and capture a moment in time, sometimes I work with the fragment form rather than an entire figure (like Harlequin and Veil). This is a favourite artistic device often inspired by shadows of the model on the studio wall – because less is sometimes more.”

“I work from the live model in my pursuit of a particular momentary form or gesture. This I contrast with the absolute nature of bronze. It is what remains when time sweeps all else away. When we gaze into the face of an ancient bronze in a museum, what reaches out across the millennia of time is not how different, but how like us they were.”

– MJ Talbot


The Emergent Collection

The key to this unique collection of sculptures is know that each figure in the Emergent Collection is first fully sculpted in the round to an advanced and detailed level. Michael fixes the pose gesture and anatomy in the knowledge that half the features will be lost with the addition of the flat plains.

By adding, I take away, in doing so I’m saying “this aspect is important and this aspect can fade”.  As so often in art, less is more.

– MJ Talbot

If you are interested in any of these limited edition bronze sculptures by Michael James Talbot, please contact us.
+44 (0)1244 342 520

Investing in Fine Art

Should I Invest in Fine Art?

When shopping for fine art, our customers often ask us ‘What is the best investment piece?’

Honestly, we don’t always have a straight-up answer because we encourage our customers to buy artwork that they love. At Baron Fine Art, we believe a piece of art should bring you joy, and not just invest in ‘the next big thing’.

Like any other market, investing in art can be risky. Especially without much research! A lot can depend on the artist’s reputation and on the economy.

What kind of art should I invest in?

Original artwork is the most expensive, but as they are one-of-a-kind, this means that they are worth more.

Prints are more affordable, but are less likely to be worth as much and therefore may not turn a profit. However, rarer or limited edition prints will have more value.

Reproductions are mass-produced copies and there will be many of them floating around on the market. They’re the most affordable but they won’t be worth much and you will less likely make any profit from them.

Why buy from Baron Fine Art?

At Baron Fine Art, we only stock in high-quality pieces that we know will hold value. With over 40 years of experience in the art trade, we believe the best investment is in your own enjoyment of the artwork. So we say – buy what you love! Rather than what may or may not bring you a profit. If you ever come to sell the piece and are able get your money back or even a profit, then this should be considered a bonus rather than an expectation.

The artwork we sell is specially handpicked from sources all around the world, and we present the pieces in a manner that will protect and enhance the work for many years to come.
A lot of our artwork is from the 19th and early 20th century, which means they are in much need of care when they come to us. We have specialists who clean them to a very high standard, making sure to preserve all of the original details. We then frame them with high-quality glass and frames to suit, which are made on-site by our skilled framing staff.

Preserving old artwork is our passion, and we strive to represent them ready to hang and enjoy.

If you have seen something in our gallery or on our website that interests you, we can give you more information and give our honest opinion.


Upcoming Event: Penman Antiques Fair, Petersfield – March 2022

We are pleased to announce we will be exhibiting at the Penman Antiques Fair, in Petersfield!

The fair was previously postponed on a number of occasions due to the Festival Hall being a COVID-19 vaccination site for the NHS. However, we are now pleased the fair is back and running Friday 11th – Sunday 13th March, 2022.

The Penman Antiques Fair is held at the Festival Hall, Heath Road, Petersfield, Hampshire, GU31 4EA

Friday 11th March – 10.30 – 5.00 p.m.
Saturday 12th March – 10.30 – 5.00 p.m.
Sunday 13th March – 10.30 – 5.00 p.m.

Baron Fine Art will be at stand 16 and 17 – which you can see on the stand plan here.

We are also offering complimentary tickets for three, which you can download here.
Please either print this and hand it in at Reception on arrival, or have it ready on your phone to show at Reception.

We hope to see you there!


For more information, please see Penman Antiques Fairs (

Artist Focus: Susie Perring

Susie Perring attended London College of Printing in 1963-1967. She then worked as a graphic designer in the 60s and 70s.
In 1984, Susie started full time as an artist and a printmaker, specialising in etchings and aquatint, which are full of wonderful luminous colours and textures.

Susie has taught print at the LCP and for the Outreach programme of Dulwich Picture Gallery’s Education Department. She has also created commissions for complete editions destined for P&O liners: Oriana, The Pride of Rotterdam, The Pride of Hull and Queen Mary 2.

Watch the video below to see Susie Perring’s print making process.


If you are interested in any of these limited edition etchings by Susie Perring, please contact us.
+44 (0)1244 342 520

Still Life Fruit Oil Painting

Own Original Artwork for under £800

At Baron Fine Art Gallery, we have an extensive range of high quality fine art. We have everything from 19th Century antique paintings to more modern and contemporary original signed prints.

Although we stock more high-end pieces of art, we also offer a lot of more affordable artwork too.

Below is our top picks of artwork under £800.





Framed miniature oil painting of a harvest mouse. Signed in the lower right corner by the artist, Carl Whitfield.
The painting is finished with a classic champagne frame and white slip.

Image size – 4.5″ x 5″, 11.5 x 13cm
Size with frame – 9.5″ x 10″, 24.5 x 26cm








Framed oil still life painting of a peach, plum and grapes. Signed by the artist, Raymond Campbell to the lower left corner.
The painting is finished with a classic champagne frame and white slip.

Image size – 8″ x 6″, 20 x 15cm
Size with frame – 14.5″ x 12.5″, 37 x 32.5cm







Framed original oil painting of wild spring flowers in white vases. Signed by the artist, Judith Levin in the lower right corner.
This painting is finished with a classic champagne frame and white slip.

Image size – 15.7″ x 12″, 40 x 30.5cm
Size with frame – 23.6″ x 19.4″, 60 x 49.5cm





Framed etching of barges on the River Thames. Signed by the artist, William Lionel Wyllie in the lower left corner.The etching is finished with a classic thin champagne frame and 99% UV resistant art glass.

Image size – 12.5″ x 5.5″, 31.5 x 14.5cm
Framed size – 19.5″ x 13″, 49.5 x 33.5cm





Framed original watercolour painting of Regent’s Canal in London, titled ‘Little Venice’. Signed in the lower left corner by the artist, Alan Simpson. This painting is finished with a classic champagne frame and 99% UV resistant glass.

Image size – 20″ x 14.5″, 50.5 x 37cm
Framed size – 30″ x 24.5″, 76 x 62cm









Framed original watercolour painting of springtime flowers in a garden. Signed by the artist, Andrew Douglas-Forbes in the lower left corner. The painting is finished with a classic grey wooden frame.

Image size – 14.5″ x 20.5″, 37 x 52cm
Size with frame – 23″ x 29.5″, 59 x 75cm













Framed limited edition etching and aquatint, titled ‘Birthday Tulips’. Signed by the artist, Susie Perring in the lower right corner. This etching is finished with a classic white frame and 99% UV resistant art glass.

Image size – 20.5″ x 20.5″, 52 x 52cm
Framed size – 30.5″ x 31″, 77.5 x 79cm













Framed original oil painting of the Café Les Deux Magots on the Boulevard Saint-Germain in Paris. Signed by the artist, Tony Sheath, in the lower left corner. The painting is finished with a white slip and a classic champagne frame.

mage size – 10″ x 12″, 25 x 30cm
Size with frame – 17″ x 19″, 44 x 49cm














Framed original watercolour painting of a tufted duck on the water with reeds. Signed by the artist, Philip Rickman in the lower right corner. This watercolour painting is finished with a classic gold frame and 99% UV resistant glass.

Image size – 11″ x 8″, 28.5 x 20.5cm
Size with frame – 18.5″ x 15.5″, 47 x 39cm












Framed watercolour painting of fishing boats at sea. Signed by the artist, Frederick James Aldridge in the lower right corner.
The painting is finished with a classic thin champagne frame and 99% UV resistant glass.

Image size – 14″ x 10.5″, 35.5 x 26.6cm
Size with frame – 23.5″ x 20″, 59.6 x 50.8cm






Framed original watercolour painting of Red Wharf Bay in Anglesey, Wales. Signed by the artist, Warren Williams in the lower left corner. This painting is finished with a classic thin distressed silver leaf frame and museum glass.

Image size – 14.5″ x 10.5″, 37 x 27cm
Framed size – 22.5″ x 19″, 58 x 48.5cm







You can also use the ‘filter by price’ feature, on our Artwork page to see more.


If you are interested in any of these pieces of artwork, please contact us by phone or email.
+44 (0)1244 342 520

You can also visit our gallery in Chester, which is open 7 days a week.

COVID-19 Update: Our gallery is now open!

After a tough lockdown, we are now happy to announce that our gallery in Chester has now re-opened!

We are following government guidelines with social distancing in our shop to protect our staff and customers.
Come say hello and see our new stock!


North Wales Coast original oil painting by Alfred Vickers Senior
Image size – 30″ x 20.75″, 76 x 53cm
Size with frame – 36.5″ x 27.75″, 92.5 x 70.5cm


Still Life Black Grapes original oil painting by Oliver Clare
Image size – 10″ x 7″, 25.4 x 17.7cm
Size with frame – 15.5″ x 12.5″, 39.3 x 31.7cm


Still Life Green Grapes original oil painting by Oliver Clare
Image size – 8″ x 10″, 20.3 x 25.4cm
Size with frame – 13.5″ x 15.5″, 34.2 x 39.3cm

Still Life Flowers original oil painting by Oliver Clare

Image size – 11.6″ x 8.8″, 29.5 x 22.5cm
Size with frame – 16.5″ x 13.3″, 42 x 34cm


Fishing Boats at Anchor oil painting by WJJC Bond
Image size – 7.8″ x 9.6″, 20 x 24.5cm
Size with frame – 12.2″ x 14.1″, 31 x 36cm