Brrrrrr!! We hope that you are all keeping yourselves warm and snug because things have been somewhat chilly. Of course you could always drop in here where we are ever ready with a warm welcome.
Now that our foray into the French belle époque is down from our walls we have rehung the gallery with all sorts of goodies. But, before we get into the nitty gritty of that, we wanted to remind you that, in light of the campaign now underway to save the Paolozzi mosaics at Tottenham Court Road tube station that we do have one of the original studies for those designs. Painted on melamine panel by the artist, this iconic and memorable beauty could be added to your collection today for just £19,750; a small price to pay for a piece of London history. Also, don’t despair if you didn’t make it to the recent show, we will hold the remaining pieces for a couple of weeks……just in case.
You may recall when we featured the work of George Large; we devoted almost half the gallery to hanging his work and we were delighted that the opportunity to view more work by an established but lesser-known artist was very popular with you. We are going to continue this practice throughout the year and are kicking off the programme with Jenny Grevatte. Grevatte is a British artist whose work will be familiar to some of you as we have sold a few pieces over the last year but as our featured artist we will carry more of her work for a period of around six weeks. With a much wider variety of pieces to view you should pop in and get to know her interesting, textured work and perhaps even consider purchasing one.
We have always had regular showcases of work by individual potters – again a wonderful opportunity to familiarize oneself with the work of one particular potter and alongside Grevatte we are showcasing the work of Phil Rogers. Roger’s work is always available at the gallery but we have some beautiful new pieces in to complement our already fabulous line-up of pots. Pay us a visit so you can enjoy his wonderful work……but hurry because we have our eye on two or three pieces ourselves!
Other goodies to consider…
We have a couple of rather lovely Rabbis by Dora Holzhandler up on the wall at present – Rabbis are one of Holzhandler’s enduring subjects and these two oils are certain not to disappoint. We are also taking the opportunity to introduce a completely new artist to you. Colin Lanceley a New Zealand-born artist who grew up, lived and worked in Australia for most of his life was an intermittent print-maker and we have brought in three such prints for you to acquaint yourself with the work of this interesting artist. We have three of the six pieces that make up the Miraculous Mandarin suite, which was printed here in the UK by Kelpra Studios and is held, alongside many other works, by Tate. As we were going to press with this newsletter we were saddened to learn that Lanceley did in fact pass away last Thursday.
We have a wonderful print by John Piper upstairs at present which is from his Retrospective of Churches portfolio and if any of you are trying to get into a romantic mood in time for valentine’s day then we have the perfect piece – V is for Valentine by Sir Peter Blake, from his alphabet series – it would be the biggest card with which to send your message to your beloved.
And not forgetting the room of small things and the stock rooms (pot and picture), all of which are always available to you for a good rummage for that perfect something.
Dates for the diary
Please note that we shall be closed from Wednesday 18 Feb to Saturday 21 Feb inclusive (half term) but will open again on Sunday 22 February as usual.
11 March – Graham Sutherland. will be our next dedicated show. We will bring a wonderful array of pieces by this often overlooked but phenomenal British artist. His work is not always easy but it is always accomplished and extremely interesting; whilst he might be better known for his portraits, it is his wider body of work that will be featured in our show. Don’t miss the opportunity to view and purchase the work of this extraordinary and important artist.
As always, talk to us; our reach is wide but our gallery is small so even if you can’t find it within these walls, there is a very good chance that we have it somewhere else and can bring it in for you to look at, no strings attached!