Spring is in the air… …or at least we all hope so! What a joy to see the trees budding and feel the sun getting stronger, when it deigns to show up! For those who spent half-term up a mountain, skiing, I hope the snow was kind to you and for those who didn’t, I hope you managed to stay afloat… literally. For those of you who are members of the Royal Academy, you will have seen that nonagenarian artist Alan Davie has become an RA. We continue to have a number of pieces by him amongst our stock so if you would like the opportunity to own something wonderful by this ‘spontaneous, rule-breaking’ artist just pay us a visit.
Art-wise we have a real treat to accompany the end of winter……our John Piper show will open on Wednesday 12 March. John Piper is one of the most important British artists of the 20th century and his work is highly collectible. His prices – both for his prints, as well as his oils, gouaches and water colours – continue to rise in the auction rooms so clearly there are many people who recognise and value his contribution.
The beauty of Piper’s work is its diversity. People may be less familiar with his early abstract work as he is perhaps most well-known for his paintings of churches, castles & stately homes. However, he was also an author of books, prolific photographer, etcher, print maker, designer of scenery and costumes for opera, ballet and theatre, he created murals, stained glass for schools, colleges, churches & cathedrals as well as designing for tapestries & fabrics and in later years began making ceramics.
As much as is possible, we will try to showcase the variety of his work and give you the opportunity to view and buy something wonderful from this artist of such significance… More…
Prices start from £250 and go up to £15,000 so, as ever, we have something to suit most pockets.
We do, of course, have one or two new pieces in by other artists as well. These include a new print by Victor Pasmore. Priced at £1,850 When Reason Dreams lll is a lovely etching with aquatint, is signed by the artist and is an Hors Commerce, aside from the main edition of 35. We also have a couple of etchings by the wonderful sculptor, Elisabeth Frink, from her suite The Canterbury Tales. Although unsigned, they come with a copy of the signed justification page and are keenly priced at £500 each. Finally there are a couple of new lithographs by Josef Herman. Both signed and numbered they are Street Scene for £375 and Vase of Flowers for £425.
For our pot lovers – would we ever forget you – we have some fab new pieces in by Jim Malone. Malone is, of course, one of this country’s leading studio potters and, as you would expect, the pieces we have are simply beautiful and worthy of a visit.
Finally and by way of a little reminder……our stock rooms (pots and pictures) are available for rummaging so if you can’t see it upstairs, the picture or pot of your dreams might just be lurking below stairs……and if you don’t see it hanging on our walls or sitting on our shelves then just ask because our radar reaches very far indeed.
Matisse – go view the collages and cut-outs at the Tate and then come to us for a more affordable piece.