Issue 38

In this summer of chronic discontent – where is the summer and OMG are those politicians really saying those things? We believe that art is perhaps the one thing that we can be sure of. If we follow our hearts and stay true to our pockets, our purchases will bring us continual joy and pleasure and in these uncertain times that is something to be sought out and cherished.
June is the month when we celebrate our birthday and for those who are relatively new to the gang, we shall be four before the month is out – all champagne contributions will of course be most welcome!

June is also the month of high summer but we won’t go there now as it is really crushing to be writing this whilst the wind howls and the rain tips down out of the skies. Instead, we shall share the fact that the flower of the month is the Ragged Robin and the bird of the month is the Yellow Hammer. The Ragged Robin can be found in woodland areas and grows tall on a slender stalk with jagged petals veined with purple; it is also known as the cuckoo flower. Conversely, the Yellow Hammer is found mainly in hedgerows and is easily recognisable by its bright colouring; males have yellow heads and females have white tail feathers.

Enough nature, or is it…….

Lee Kang-hyo continues to dominate the gallery upstairs with his beautiful pots showing glazes inspired by nature; the clouds and sky, forests and flowers. However, this exhibition comes to an end shortly and we are starting to consider what next. Click for more information…

New and exciting…

It will of course be one of our fabulous mixed hangs; the sort where Chagall could easily be sitting alongside Piper, Sutherland nudging up against Gross and Moore getting alongside Picasso. This month we have taken delivery of some wonderful examples of op-art and other forms of geometric art. Carol Robertson and Getulio Alvarini are two leading components of this art form although each has approached it from different perspectives. Robertson’s work is “firmly rooted within reductive abstract conventions” whilst Alviani is seen as a leading proponent of the Kinetic art movement which has its roots firmly set in the Dadaist and Constructivist traditions.

Whether any of that makes any sense, these pieces are bright and funky and definitely worthy of viewing. We have some new pieces in by John Piper and don’t forget last month’s arrivals which haven’t much of an outing because of the Lee Kang-hyo show; Le Corbusier, Valerie Thornton and Antoni Clavé.
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Getulio Alviani, signed screen print; Polygons with Progressive Sides, 1.2.3.4, 1.2.3.4.5, 1.2.3.4.5, 1.2.3.4.5.6.7 inscribed in the circle; from the Exacta portfolio, £850
Getulio Alviani, signed screen print; Polygons with Progressive Sides, 1.2.3.4, 1.2.3.4.5, 1.2.3.4.5, 1.2.3.4.5.6.7 inscribed in the circle; from the Exacta portfolio, £850
Carol Robertson, Solo 7, 2000, signed aquatint, £450
Carol Robertson, Solo 7, 2000, signed aquatint, £450
Carol Robertson, Solo 8, 2000, signed aquatint, £450
Carol Robertson, Solo 8, 2000, signed aquatint, £450

 

Completely potty…

We are in the process of refreshing our general pot stock so if you want to know what you might be missing drop in for a look-see.

We will be taking in some new pieces by Phil Rogers – always a favourite – and Clive Bowen.
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 Phil Rogers, Chawan; Pine ash glazed, wood fired, 10.0 x 14.0 cm, £190
Phil Rogers, Chawan; Pine ash glazed, wood fired, 10.0 x 14.0 cm, £190
Phil Rogers, Teardrop bottle; ash glaze with hakeme; incised pattern, 30.0 x 16.5 cm, £550
Phil Rogers, Teardrop bottle; ash glaze with hakeme; incised pattern, 30.0 x 16.5 cm, £550
Clive Bowen, Large platter; cream with finger wipes, 6 cm x 38.5 cm, £425
Clive Bowen, Large platter; cream with finger wipes, 6 cm x 38.5 cm, £425
Clive Bowen, Round jug; yellow with green slip trailing, 25.5 cm x 16.5 cm, £195
Clive Bowen, Round jug; yellow with green slip trailing, 25.5 cm x 16.5 cm, £195

Spoiler Alert…

Don’t forget that July will see our next dedicated exhibition – Rigby Graham. Our sister gallery would describe this show as a celebration of the life and extraordinary work of Graham and frankly we can only agree. We have long been fans of this artist’s work and have been itching to present a full, dedicated show which covers all elements of his work and Saturday 9 July is the opening day.

Our new website is coming very shortly……honest! It is taking a little longer than we anticipated but trust us, once it is here, life will be so much easier. It will be up-to-date almost all of the time…..even in the stock room area of the site and it will contain lots of useful information that has hitherto been missing. Bear with us and we are sure you will think it worthwhile.

September – the prints of Henri Matisse. There is little to add to this name because none of us need reminding what a giant this artist was and how lucky we are to have access to his masterly work.

November – we finish off our programme of dedicated shows with Michael Rothenstein so there will be more to come on this wonderfully inventive and interesting artist.

Don’t forget we are here to help and inform; drop in and have a look and a conversation with us; you’ll never know if we have the perfect picture or pot for you unless you actually cross the threshold and ask/look.
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