Now we are two!
Welcome to our 15th newsletter as well as the start to our third year in business……yes we have now made it safely through the first two years! We ended our second year on a real high with the incredibly successful Matisse show and we are starting our third year with a bang thanks to the extraordinary Rembrandt show currently hanging on our walls. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to own your very own Rembrandt; these are rare and serious etchings which are simply beautiful and belong on anyone’s wall. And if you missed out on the gorgeous Matisse lithographs don’t despair we still have quite a good selection in our stock room.
Featured Artist – George Large
We are going to introduce a new aspect to our between-show offering by featuring individual artists from time-to-time – this will be in addition to our dedicated shows. These will not be full shows but an opportunity to view (and purchase) a wider selection of work by artists who might be less familiar to you than some of our stellar names.
First up is the British artist George Large. Some of you may have a seen the odd piece here by him in the past but we now have more than a dozen pieces of work by this artist who was inspired by such luminaries as Sir Stanley Spencer, Edward Burra and Percy Wyndham Lewis. Indeed, he visited Spencer at Cookham and was invited to paint alongside one of his lifelong heroes; they became friends.
Large’s work is filled with very large people going about their work although he says that his paintings are not portraits. “I make them up. They are obviously based on something I’ve seen – men repairing the road or working up telegraph poles – but they come out of my head. The arms and bodies are bigger than in real life, with the arms twisted in odd angles like tree branches. The heads are smaller and tilted upwards.”
The myriad variety of other artist’s work remains available – as always our stock room is there for the rummaging through and, as we are forever saying, if you can’t find it on our walls or in our basement then let us know because our radar has a very broad reach indeed.
Something for the pot lovers…
Currently a limited selection of Clive Bowen’s work is adding a nice colourful dimension to our Rembrandt show and that will be followed by a showcase of the wonderful new Mike Dodd pieces that we have in stock (as referenced in the last newsletter).
Also, we have just refreshed our stock of pots by Jim Malone so if the wonderful forms of this potter, whose work is inspired by the Far East, is your sort of thing then pop in for a look.
Dates for your diary
We have a new date for you to add to your diary – 10 September. We are very excited to be bringing a range of original lithographic French propaganda posters from WW1. Once our final selection has taken place we will furnish you with more information but suffice to say that the lithography was executed by a variety of leading French artists of the day, including SEM, Steinlen and Faivre. The posters are extraordinarily beautiful and in this 100th Anniversary year, we are delighted to be able to bring this collection of topical art to you.