When April with his showers sweet with fruit
The drought of March has pierced unto the root
And bathed each vein with liquor that has power
To generate therein and sire the flower;
Prologue to the Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
Welcome to our 24th newsletter and with aid of Chaucer we pay homage to the season (translated from the original olde Englishe). Finding this quote gave us cause to remind you all about our lovely Frink etchings which were also inspired by Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales.
By the time you receive this newsletter we will have taken down our fabulous show of work by Graham Sutherland and will have returned the gallery to one of our mixed hangs. Panic not; we will keep them here for a week or two before returning most of the unsold pieces to our sister gallery. Sutherland was a giant of 20th century British art and was at one time one of the most influential artists working in this country by quite some margin; don’t by any means underestimate the impact that Sutherland had on the work of people like Francis Bacon. And Sutherland, the master, is considerably more affordable than Bacon these days!
This is also the last chance for those of you pondering a Grevatte; these will also be leaving the gallery in mid-April and I would put money on them not coming back because they will probably be sold in fairly short order thereafter. Grevatte has always proved popular when we hang her work so if you haven’t already visited for a look then now is the time!
We are going to have another featured artist in April – Ian Wilkinson. Wilkinson began his career as an artist and exhibited his paintings and prints in several mixed and solo exhibitions. In 1993 he joined the renowned Curwen Studio where he worked alongside the master printer Stanley Jones (you might recall that Stanley Jones worked with such luminaries as Henry Moore). The experience proved to be hugely beneficial and Wilkinson later put his new found expertise into practice working at the Gresham Press.
Influences from artists like Antoni Tàpies and Jean Dubuffet are very evident in Wilkinson’s work and of course Tàpies and his ‘Arte Informale’ was later to be seen more actively in the work of Willem de Kooning and Jackson Pollack.
We will be featuring the work of Clive Bowen this month. We are always delighted to showcase the work of this magnificent slipware potter whose lovely colours and forms are a delight anywhere in your home. Why not purchase one of his beautiful platters so that you can present those culinary delights in a fitting manner; and, as summer beckons, think about one of his fabulous bowls for those healthy salads!
Dates for the diary
We are very excited at the thought of our next show because it is going to feature the amazing work ofJankel Adler. Kicking off on 27 May, we will be showcasing some of the work that Adler completed whilst here in the UK.
Polish-born Adler found refuge in Glasgow in 1941, having been evacuated from Dunkirk, where he had served in the Polish Free Army. The 46-year-old Polish Jewish artist went on to create a moving and vibrant body of work. With his keenly articulated memories of friendships and associations with great modernist figures such as Paul Klee, Max Ernst, Pablo Picasso and Otto Dix, Adler had a liberating effect on post-war British artists such as Robert Colquhoun (1914–62), Robert MacBryde (1913–66), Keith Vaughan (1912–77), and Prunella Clough (1919–99).
These last years (ending in 1949 when he died unexpectedly of a heart attack) were perhaps the most artistically fruitful of his itinerant life. During this late period, it seems that all he had learned and gleaned so intimately from European modernism was absorbed, assimilated and transfigured into a new vision of searching originality and assurance, expressive fluency and the most compassionate poignancy.
We are considering renaming the gallery Mount Othrys, the home of the legendary Greek Titans, because hot on the tail of our Adler show will be Pablo Picasso, another giant of 20th century art. Starting from 17 June we will be featuring a variety of lithographs, etchings and lino-cuts by this fantastic artistic visionary.
So many exciting things to look forward to; we are also planning a show of work by Michael Rothenstein, a popular and brilliant print-maker as well as an excellent painter. Rothenstein was one of the central figures in the renaissance in British printmaking that took place just after the Second World War and through the Fifties and Sixties.
As always, do pay us visit and we will endeavour to find just the right works of art to hang on your walls. You will always find a warm welcome and a friendly smile!