Welcome to the Bluestone Gallery, Hay-on-Wye

Nestled in the beautiful Welsh border town of Hay-on-Wye, the Bluestone Gallery is an independent art gallery, displaying paintings, prints and a wide range of British crafts, including jewellery, ceramics, sculpture and glass. 

We offer a warm welcome to visitors, as well as offering a good selection of our artwork for sale via this web site.

"Equus III, Portrait of the Andulucian", by Natalie Stuteley

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"Equus III, Portrait of the Andulucian"

Original oil painting, framed. Image size 16 by 24 cm, framed size 29 by 37 cm.

Natalie Stuteley's paintings regularly sell for thousands of pounds in London galleries. Because we supported Natalie in a very small way at the start of her career, she has very generously given us some of her work at very affordable prices. Thank you Natalie, and we hope you can come in and see just how special her painting is. Her artist statement is below:

Born in 1972, Natalie has loved horses as long as she can remember. So much so that when very young, she and her twin sister saved their pocket and birthday money to buy their first pony, Cherry. It is this pure, devoted passion that continues to radiate from Natalie’s work today, making her work positively infectious.

Natalie’s original motivation for painting goes back to her early childhood. Asking her mother to draw a horse, her mother effortlessly sketched the most beautiful horse Natalie had ever seen, the curving, wild lines of his arching neck and flowing mane deeply ingrained in her memory.

In addition to her early exposure to the arts, Natalie’s rural upbringing on her family farm in Bedfordshire has also been a major influence on her work. From a young age her father encouraged her to think outside the box, but also ingrained the value of technical work, teaching her basic wood working, metal working and welding. It is this application of balanced creativity and technicality that infuses Natalie’s work.

Her style of painting and drawing also stems from her combined interest in Renaissance and Pre-Raphaelite art. She is also fascinated by movement, the play of light and shadow, and the spectrum of colour it creates. She therefore aims to build depth and fluidity in her paintings, be it in the power and magnificence of a horse or the lightness and delicacy of fine detail.

Natalie’s path to becoming an artist has been both direct and successful. At the age of 14 she gained her Art A-Level at Aylesbury Grammar, before than going on to study at Amersham Art College and gain additional A -Levels in Art and Ceramics. After graduating, she went on to work with art agents and publishers, producing posters and greeting cards of British wildlife. Today, Natalie paints professionally from her home in Wiltshire, working on collections for galleries as well as exclusive commission work. Her work has been exhibited at national exhibitions including the Witney Feast Art Festival, The Chinnor Art Show, and the Horse Trust at Speen.

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About the gallery

Found in historic Hay on Wye, Bluestone Gallery is a new addition to the famous Book Town. We hope to contribute to the creative mix already here so that Hay gets known for its galleries as well as its bookshops. Owned and run by Guy and Ellie Perkins, Bluestone has recently moved from Devizes where it enjoyed a loyal following for twenty years. Time for change of scene, Guy and Ellie are delighted to be part of this vibrant, friendly and thriving community!