An eclectic contemporary art gallery specialising in sculpture, ceramics and fine art paintings by British and International artists. There is a relaxed, informal atmosphere in the gallery. A blend of quirky vintage and modern furniture giving it a stylish yet comfortable feel, which sits well with a hands on approach to viewing the exhibits. The works on display have a consistency of quality, form and often function. Sculpture by leading artists including Simon Gudgeon, Stephen Page and Helen Sinclair sits alongside the exciting emerging artists like Tom Hiscocks, Damon Price and many more.
The collection of ceramics is modern with a refined feel. A mix of sculptural pieces and a beautiful collection of works with aesthetic and functionality in mind. Many have a Japanese inspired influence and tend towards arty porcelain works by some of the UK and Europe's leading ceramicists, plus some gems from further afield.
Fine art paintings adorn the walls throughout the gallery and range from the slightly abstract to exquisitely painted representational, with the occasional wild card thrown in.
From the outset, Kate & Nick Bentley strived to bring work of the highest quality to the original Nunnington Studios based gallery. From September 2016, having relocated to Kirkbymoorside, the couple continue to improve the offering with world class sculptors, internationally renowned painters and one of the finest display of modern British ceramics available in Great Britain. Despite being filled with art, there's no pretensions here, everyone has a valid opinion!
Founders and owners of Bils & Rye, Kate and Nick Bentley, live for art. It is their passion, along with two daughters and an errant dog.
Kate spent the last 15 years working as an artist, over the course of her career her work covered figurative through to seascapes and much in between. Kate continues to paint on an almost daily basis, her current body of work is of Highland Cattle and other farm animals. She is also much in demand for pet portraits. She has a love of exploring new places, fascinating stories, good whisky… and of course, art! Her greatest influence has been her incredibly arty family. Kate works part-time in piano restoration, French polishing antique instruments, whilst continuing to paint commissions and also working in the gallery!
Nick spent many years in a variety of careers including air traffic control, building, event management, catering and sales. Never has he been happier than running the gallery. Many years of travel have instilled in him the power of aesthetics and quality finishes, in conjunction with well applied theory. Outside of art and ceramics in particular, Nick loves motor racing, cricket, reading and eating out! Wine is also quite important.