As summer finally shows signs of sticking around and we start to throw off our jumpers and embrace our short-sleeved t-shirts/shirts/frocks, we feel we should remind you that our Picasso Prints show is continuing for another couple of weeks. What has become clear from our many visitors is that our exhibition of Picasso’s print work has unveiled a less familiar side to this artistic giant’s work. He was a prolific print-maker; he was an artist who was always seeking out new ways to express himself and continued to develop his craft throughout his life. He refused to be pigeon-holed and our show of his prints attests to his extraordinary talent as an artist as well as his playful and vigorous excitement for his art.
We live in a time of great turmoil and unrest where it seems that as we strive to become closer and more alike it is becoming increasingly difficult to cling on to our individuality. Perhaps we should all hang a Picasso print on our walls to remind ourselves that it is perfectly acceptable to plough our own furrow in life; that to embrace our differences and respect each others right to be different will eventually bring us closer in the end.
And here endeth this month’s philosophical sermonizing!
As we jump down off our soapbox we are also thinking about our next mixed hang. We will undoubtedly dream up a few new beauties for you all to admire and purchase such as a set of small-scale designs for the famous stained glass windows in the synagogue of the Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Centre.
This set of lithographs were created after the preliminary sketches for the window designs – you may recall that we have had the lithographs after the later and final designs hanging in our window in the past. Like those, these smaller lithographs, illustrating the 12 tribes, were also created at the world famous print atelier Mourlot Frères in Paris and Chagall worked very closely with the artisans to ensure that every element of the process was exactly as he wanted. Produced in 1962, this set of twelve beautiful lithographs is presented in a custom mount and is yours for just £1,950.
Once our Picasso show is finished, we are going to exhibit the work of a new, featured artist for you to consider – Christopher P Wood. We have, in the past, had an odd piece of work by this surrealist but we think that as with previous featured artists, his work is worthy of wider consideration so we will have a broader selection of pieces for your delectation. Born in Leeds in 1961, Wood is a painter and printmaker of atmospheric and enigmatic imagery. He gained a master’s degree in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Art in 1986 and has consistently had successful exhibitions in the UK as well as abroad.
Obviously we never forget our pot lovers and mindful of the time of year, we have decided to showcase a wonderful variety of bowls by some of our fantastic potters.
Now that the weather has become somewhat more clement, we imagine that like us, you are starting to throw open those doors and dine al fresco. And, even if you aren’t lucky enough to have a garden or balcony, you can at least dine by an open window and enjoy those balmy evenings. There is nothing so wonderful as serving up a huge bowl of beautifully dressed salad in a unique, hand-thrown, hand glazed bowl; nothing quite like the pleasure of eating that tasty rice salad out of a totally one-off, hand crafted bowl.
With every conceivable size available – from the teeny tiny guinomis or stanleys through to the bowls large enough to present your culinary delights in – we will have bowls galore here! The work of Phil Rogers, Mike Dodd, Clive Bowen, Jean-Nicolas Gerard and Jim Malone will feature large and will be here for you to come and view and purchase.
Dates for the diary
By the time you receive this we will have had our inaugural late night shopping experience – we hope those of you who dropped in enjoyed it. Remember it will take place on the first Thursday of every month so if you find that our being closed two days a week is interfering with your buying experience you can now drop in once a month and enjoy a glass of wine whilst you make up your mind. Our next such evening is 6 August when we will be open until 9.00pm.
9 September – our next dedicated show is going to be Original Artist’s Posters. Many of the world’s leading artists have enjoyed making posters both for their own exhibitions as well as other cultural and social events. These often took the form of original lithographs, printed by some of the great Parisian ateliers. Given their use, many have now become quite rare.
As always, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us or drop in; we are always happy to help you find that perfect something, be it for your walls, your shelves or your dinner tables.