COSY CHRISTMAS IMAGES: OUR WINTER FAVOURITES

December is here, which means that Christmas isn’t far away!

While it is impossible not to notice the shift in weather, it’s not all bad – the festive season has also begun! As we edge closer to the holidays, discover how this season has inspired our contemporary artists at Bridgeman Studio. From the religious and cultural significance of Christmas to the beauty of the natural world during Winter, find a selection of our Christmas images highlights below.

While the media used, the subject matter or application of materials vary greatly between these pieces, all of the artists shared their inspiration in this beautiful time of year and the environment it creates.

 

Christmas Culture

The Christmas period around the day itself and the time building up to it form a significant part of the festive experience, which has inspired an appropriately large selection of artwork.


Driving Home For Christmas, 2016, (paper), Isobel Barber  Private Collection  © Isobel Barber  Bridgeman Images
Driving Home For Christmas, 2016, (paper), Isobel Barber / Private Collection / © Isobel Barber / Bridgeman Images

Two friends, 2019, Le Pivert, Léa  Private Collection  © Léa Le Pivert  Bridgeman Images 5943641
Two friends, 2019, Léa Le Pivert / Private Collection / © Léa Le Pivert / Bridgeman Images

Sledging, 2014, (cut paper), Barber, Isobel  Private Collection  © Isobel Barber  Bridgeman Images 1219372
Sledging, 2014, (cut paper), Isobel Barber / Private Collection / © Isobel Barber / Bridgeman Images

WINTER, 2017 (tinted gesso on wood), Crook, PJ  Private Collection  © Pamela June Crook  Bridgeman Images 3661123
WINTER, 2017 (tinted gesso on wood), PJ Crook / Private Collection / © P J Crook / Bridgeman Images

Twelve Document Snowmen, Sarah Battle  Private Collection  © Sarah Battle  Bridgeman Images
Twelve Document Snowmen, Sarah Battle / Private Collection / © Sarah Battle / Bridgeman Images



Ski-vening, 1995 (wc), Judy Joel  Private Collection  © Judy Joel  Bridgeman Images
Ski-vening, 1995 (w/c), Judy Joel / Private Collection / © Judy Joel / Bridgeman Images

 

Winter Warmers

Today, Christmas themed art tends to focus less on the traditional icons, such as Santa, Snowmen and Reindeer and more on families celebrating, friends coming together and cosy interiors.

Mulled Wine, Claire Huntley  Private Collection  © Claire Huntley  Bridgeman Images
Mulled Wine, Claire Huntley / Private Collection / © Claire Huntley / Bridgeman Images

Frida and I on a Snow Day, Campbell, Rachel  Private Collection  © Rachel Campbell  Bridgeman Images 5671869
Frida and I on a Snow Day, Rachel Campbell / Private Collection / © Rachel Campbell / Bridgeman Images

Nativity, 2014, (cut paper), Barber, Isobel  Private Collection  © Isobel Barber  Bridgeman Images 1219371
Nativity, 2014, (cut paper), Isobel Barber / Private Collection / © Isobel Barber / Bridgeman Images

Christmas by the fireplace, Huntley, Claire  Private Collection  © Claire Huntley  Bridgeman Images 3658255
Christmas By The Fireplace, Claire Huntley / Private Collection / © Claire Huntley / Bridgeman Images

 

Natural World

The beauty of a snowy landscape is central to these paintings – something about the white, rolling hills evokes childhood dreams of a white Christmas.

Girl in Snow, Floyd, Madeleine (b.1969)  © Madeleine Floyd  Bridgeman Images 5907258 2
Girl in Snow, © Madeleine Floyd / Bridgeman Images

Tree in winter,Newhaven,Derbyshire,2017,(oil on canvas), Macara, Andrew  Private Collection  © Andrew Macara  Bridgeman Images 3617837
Tree in winter, Newhaven, Derbyshire, 2017, (oil on canvas), Andrew Macara / Private Collection / © Andrew Macara / Bridgeman Images

Snow, 2017 (oil on linen), © Emma Haworth  Bridgeman Images
Snow, 2017 (oil on linen), © Emma Haworth / Bridgeman Images

Snowy Woods, 2016 (oil on linen), © Emma Haworth  Bridgeman Images
Snowy Woods, 2016 (oil on linen), © Emma Haworth / Bridgeman Images

 

Fields and Fauna

Animals play a huge part in festivities of the season – in some situations, as ceremonial figureheads and in others as traditional foodstuffs. However, most popular among artists are contemporary works depicting animals of all kinds in winter weather and surrounded by festive imagery.


Christmas reindeer 2019 collagraph collage, Battle, Sarah  Private Collection  © Sarah Battle  Bridgeman Images 5943016
Christmas Reindeer 2019 collagraph collage, Sarah Battle / Private Collection / © Sarah Battle / Bridgeman Images

Arctic Light, 2017, (conté and pastel on paper), Mark Adlington  Private Collection  © Mark Adlington  Bridgeman Images
Arctic Light, 2017, (conté and pastel on paper), Mark Adlington / Private Collection / © Mark Adlington / Bridgeman Images

Christmas Robin, 2017 © Claire Huntley  Bridgeman Images
Christmas Robin, 2017 © Claire Huntley / Bridgeman Images

Snowglobe, 2014, (cut paper), Barber, Isobel  Private Collection  © Isobel Barber  Bridgeman Images 1219380
Snowglobe, 2014, (cut paper), Isobel Barber / Private Collection / © Isobel Barber / Bridgeman Images

Wishing you a special Christmas!

Discover a wider selection of our favourite festive artworks in our new lightbox!

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