Issue 39

Welcome to our July Newsletter and also to a whole new world order…….or at least so we believe; and it is not just here but across the whole of Europe. We shall keep all EU and referendum references to an absolute minimum but would like to say this. We here in the UK are and always have been European and we are proud of that shared heritage. We should at this most difficult of times respect each other’s differences and embrace our shared vision of the world which is, and always should be, peace and prosperity for all. Our last word on this matter is that everything will be alright in the end and if it isn’t alright then it is not the end……from the film The Exotic Marigold Hotel.

A lovely visitor dropped by yesterday and quoted Rudyard Kipling’s poem IF and somehow, at this time and amidst the chaos and uncertainty, it gave us pause. This is how it begins and if you want the rest you really should look it up:

IF you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

Enough of that and on to less divisive issues, that of art. We have so many new things that it is hard to know where to start and given that we have a new show opening this month we will limit the excitement here. We told you about a host of lovelies last month and this month we have more. We have a rapidly dwindling set of Andy Warhol’s Marilyns; was 10 and is now four. You may recall we had a set about a year ago and managed to source another Blue Ink series again. Prices are now £750 each…..and, as mentioned, they are going fast.

Rigby Graham…

Our next exhibition, The Art of Rigby Graham, opens on Saturday 9 July. We will be exhibiting the full range of his work; stained glass windows, various types of prints, watercolours and oil paintings. This extraordinary artist died a little over a year ago after a long illness but his work retains considerable importance to the landscape genre. Although heavily influenced by the neo-romantics his colour owes much to the German Expressionists while his ability to bring directness to natural beauty is purely his own voice.

Graham was an artist in the old fashioned sense of the word; he would set up his easel outside, in all weathers, and paint. But what he painted could hardly be described as “romantic” in the conventional sense, for he had a habit of debunking “sacred” landscape scenes by including anachronistic details, subverting the viewer’s expectations.

Come visit and find the Rigby Graham painting for your walls. We have owned and enjoyed Graham’s work for more than 25 years and are looking forward to sharing our passion for its integrity and beauty with you all.
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Rigby Graham, Big Foot, Malta; linocut, signed and numbered 56/60
Rigby Graham, Big Foot, Malta; linocut, signed and numbered 56/60
Rigby Graham, Kilcolman Castle; oil on board, signed
Rigby Graham, Kilcolman Castle; oil on board, signed
Rigby Graham, Reculver; monotype, signed
Rigby Graham, Reculver; monotype, signed
Rigby Graham, Rhinoceros, Berlin; aquatint, signed
Rigby Graham, Rhinoceros, Berlin; aquatint, signed
Rigby Graham, Icarus in Malta; stained glass, signed
Rigby Graham, Icarus in Malta; stained glass, signed

Pot news…

Now that our Lee Kang-hyo show is well and truly finished, we are currently showcasing the wonderful work of Mike Dodd……but be quick if you want to see it in the upstairs space because we have just completely refreshed our Clive Bowen stock so will be showcasing that for most of July. Bowen is the ultimate slipware potter and his pots add colour and bring sunshine to our grey days, whether a honey pot on a kitchen worktop, a medieval jug full of flowers on a windowsill or a tall bottle standing in the corner of a room. Come visit and pick the one you want to brighten your home.
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Mike Dodd, MD1138 - Large casserole, oatmeal glaze
Mike Dodd, MD1138 – Large casserole, oatmeal glaze
Mike Dodd, MD1118 - Small store jar, porphyry glaze
Mike Dodd, MD1118 – Small store jar, porphyry glaze
Clive Bowen, CB718 - Store jar; gold with green slip trail
Clive Bowen, CB718 – Store jar; gold with green slip trail
Clive Bowen, CB862 - Large bowl; cream with finger wipes
Clive Bowen, CB862 – Large bowl; cream with finger wipes

Looking forwards…

In these odd times – and in spite of everything, there is something heroic and historic about it – we feel it is important to continue to move forwards. So come 17 September, we will open our Henri Matisse show. This will be our second dedicated show of Matisse prints and with it will come much longed-for favourites, like the Last Works alongside some as yet unseen pieces, so save the date. We are producing a catalogue for this show so once that has been mailed out and put online you will be able to have an advance look at what delights are to come.

The new website is almost there now…..so continue to monitor and watch the space. The new website will be much more up-to-date at all times and although we will not be launching online purchasing immediately, you will be able to see the full extent of what is available on the premises and can call to reserve anything you see there.

We are here and available for all your pot and picture needs so drop in and talk to us and have a good rummage. Whether you were in, out or simply shaking it all about, a warm welcome awaits all.
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