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Magenta fine art is expanding! Now in two picturesque locations, you’ll be spoiled for choice for your fine art gallery destination.

ILFRACOMBE

Based in the picturesque Victorian seaside town of Ilfracombe, we’re only a stone’s throw away from the working harbour that flourishes with life; fishing boats and workers bringing in the daily catch, seals and gulls often following in their wake, all under the watchful eye of the incredible RNLI whose lifeboat is ready and waiting for their next call at any moment.

The town has a thriving local community and welcomes visitors from all over the world, many flocking to see the controversial ‘Verity’ Ilfracombe’s very own Damien Hirst sculpture. The bronze and steel figure stands 20.25 metres tall from the pier overlooking the waters toward South Wales welcoming boats into the Harbour entrance.

We are absolutely over the moon to be a part of this prospering historic town and intend to become a key part of the local community here by working together with local businesses to put North Devon on the cultural map of the South West.

Our Ilfracombe gallery is blessed with lots of Victorian features such as high ceilings, picture rails, original sash wooden windows and higgledy piggledy walls and lots of space, making it ideal to showcase the variety of styles we have on offer.

We look forward to welcoming you into this fabulous new gallery space, introducing a collection of originals, limited editions and sculpture from the UK’s leading contemporary art scene. Our hard working, friendly team will be there to assist you in finding that work of art that’s meant for you; whether its adding the missing piece to a current collection or taking the leap with your first piece of artwork, the colourful team at Magenta will be excited and privileged to show you the way!

WOOLACOMBE

Just around a headland or two from our flagship gallery in Ilfracombe, 8miles along the south west coastal path (a 5mile drive if you’re not feeling that athletic!) is our brand new Woolacombe gallery. Based in the centre and heart of one of the UKs favourite beach and holiday resorts, Woolacombe boasts a 3mile stretch of sandy beach and (sometimes) amazing surf bringing tourists in from all over the country. So when you’ve had your fill of sand castles and sea swimming, why not pop in to our bright new space to quench your artistic and cultural cravings.

We will always hold an eclectic mix of contemporary and traditional artwork across both galleries, with displays changing weekly during the peak season.

Due to their close proximities, if you’ve seen something in ilfracombe but are based nearer Woolacombe we can bring the artworks over to either branch, saving you the extra journey.

Our Woolacombe branch is all shiny and new, having had a complete refurb since we took the premises over, we were able to design the space from scratch and decided to add a viewing room, giving you peace, quiet and privacy to sit back and relax whilst considering an artwork to take home.

Meet The Team

Nicole Hanson  |  General Manager

Nicole was born and grew up in Buckinghamshire but moved to North Devon at a young age with her family. She loves the outdoors and is always out exploring the picturesque countryside in her spare time, usually alongside one of her pet pals, as she is a huge animal lover!

Nicole always knew she wanted her career to involve working and talking with people, but in what field was unclear. Fate and chance led her into the art world and nearly 10 years on, she has a wealth of knowledge of the industry and an impeccable eye for displaying artwork. Nicole also has a dazzling ability of remembering not only people’s faces and names, but their artwork choices as well. With her infectious smile and bubbly personality Nicole will always strive to make your gallery visit as enjoyable as possible.

“I believe that buying artwork should always be an extremely exciting, memorable and personal experience and I consider it my responsibility to attain this for each and every one of my clients”.

To get in touch with Nicole email: nicole@magentafineart.co.uk

Alix McDonald  |  Gallery Manager

After a decade of travelling the world, living in places such as New Zealand, Canada & France, Alix finally found a little nest to call home here on the shores of North Devon with her husband. Still surrounded by the wonders of nature, the dramatic coastline and ever changing ocean, she makes the most of her time here either surfing or running the coastal path with her dog Obi. Alix is also a seascape and landscape artist and is our local artist here at Magenta, to view Alix’s portfolio of available paintings please click here

Having spent the past few years in the gallery industry Alix, she has gained extensive experience as an art sales consultant and has finally found her niche in the world. Paired with her own deep understanding of techniques, colour, style, mediums and current trends, whether you know your cubist from your impressionist or just want something bright, bold and fabulous to match your home, come and talk to Alix and let her transport you away into the world of colour, mark making and composition. Having sold her own paintings around the world during her travels, she enjoys nothing more than discussing art with fellow enthusiasts.

To get in touch with Alix email: alix@magentafineart.co.uk

Faye Allison  |  Sales Consultant

Faye Allison was born in North Devon and spent several years studying and living in London. She has since returned and now lives in Ilfracombe with her husband and two young boys.

Faye has over 20 years of experience offering a high level of customer service in the fashion and literature industry and is now excited to utilise these skills within the gallery, sharing the Artists stories and celebrating their artwork, ultimately helping clients find pieces to fall in love with and treasure for a lifetime.

Being an artist herself, in recent years Faye has been focusing on developing her own style – working with watercolour, oils and glass with a life-long appreciation for painting the female form and flora.

Faye is fascinated by traditional painting techniques and styles but also loves Pop Culture and all things kitsch!

Carly Hanson  |  Sales Consultant

Carly was born in Buckinghamshire and has lived here in Devon for the last 20 years, where she has made a home with her partner, two girls and a menagerie of animals in the beautiful rural countryside. Having Ilfracombe’s own Damien Hirst as a nearby neighbour, she was destined to become part of Devon’s thriving art industry sooner or later.

Having had years of experience working closely with people, Carly’s affable personality is highly infectious. Carly has run a successful hairdressing business specialising in weddings and creative styling, this attention to detail and ability to understand her clients requirements comes so naturally, she is now eager to bring her talents into the world of fine art.

In her spare time Carly enjoys cycling in the outdoors, appreciating all the spectacular views here in North Devon.

Keira Shaddick  |  Sales Consultant

Keira is native to North Devon, having moved from Bideford to Ilfracombe, and now calling nearby village Berrynarbor home. She adores exploring the local coast and woodland with her two dogs, Casper and Willow, inspecting the many insects, plants and birds that this landscape has to offer.

With a passion for all forms of art, Keira takes an interest in an array of genres including traditional, caricature and impressionist. Also an artist herself, she loves experimenting with all mediums such as oils, gouache, graphite and lino printing, occasionally taking commissions and always picking up new crafting projects.

Happy to help, Keira’s friendly and approachable personality means she’s always ready to chat about art and loves getting to know people. She has a great understanding for artist mediums and styles and would love the challenge of finding the perfect piece of artwork for you!