Issue 47

March wind is a jolly fellow;
He likes to joke and play.
He turns umbrellas inside out
And blows hats away.

He calls the pussy willow
And whispers in each ear,
“Wake up you lazy little seeds;
Don’t you know that Spring is here?”

This is Britain so when it comes to weather we should never count our chickens but……there is every indication that Spring is beginning to show her colours; certainly people are beginning to perk up at the thought of longer days, a warmer sun and budding trees and flowers.

As you can see from the picture on the website home page, we are enjoying a sunny moment with one of our smaller visitors; Ron (aged 2) is discussing the merits of various sunny elements in the art hanging on our walls.

More new pictures…

In the spirit of renewal, we would like to bring yet more new lovelies to your attention.

Did you spot the wonderful piece by César Domela that has just gone up on the wall? This signed and numbered lithograph and silk screenprint is from a rare and important portfolio called Abstraction Creation Art Non Figuratif, created in 1973 to celebrate the French art movement, Abstraction, Création. Did you also spot the striking piece by Antoni Tàpies nearby; have you gotten lost in the endless landscape of Christopher P Wood’s beautiful oil, Shelley, yet; or imagine yourself climbing up through the branches of Jenny Grevatte’s Mossy Trees…..? And there are even more wonderful new things hanging on the walls, all just waiting for you to come and give them a new home.

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Composition by César Domela; signed lithograph & silkscreen, £1,250
Untitled by Antoni Tàpies; signed lithograph, £2,500
Conversation with the King by Christopher P Wood; oil on canvas, £3,950
Mossy Trees by Jenny Grevatte; mixed media, £3,750

More new pots…

We have also added new work to our selection of pots by the amazing Phil Rogers.

Now approaching his 40th year as a working potter, Rogers’ way with clay has remained the same: a constant desire to explore shape, orchestration, decoration and finish. “Working on new forms, trying to achieve a certain ‘rightness’ and crispness of line, is what keeps me interested in clay. Making pots over a long career is about refinement and a never-ending quest to improve. The cliché is always that ‘the next firing will be my best’ – but it remains true that this is every potter’s hope.”

Drop in and marvel at the proud, round-bellied Tenmoku jugs; wood-fired vases with burnt orange bodies softened by a Nuka rim; and an ever-expanding repertoire of forms graced by warm, runny pine-ash glazes made from the embers of Rogers’ own fireplace.

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Phil Rogers, PR1196, Teardrop bottle; combed pattern, ash glazes, 31.5cm x 16.0cm, £440
Phil Rogers, PR971, Plate; nuka with finger wipes, 6.5cm x 28.0cm, £355
Phil Rogers, PR1140, Bowl; hakeme with iron brush pattern, 9.5cm x 23.0cm, £245
Phil Rogers, PR1162, Large lidded jar; pine ash glaze, woodfired, 24.5cm x 21.5cm, £420

Exhibition alert

Our first exhibition of the year is approaching – the date is yet to be finalised but we are delighted that it will be a show of work by Eduardo Paolozzi. The Whitechapel gallery recently opened an exhibition of work by this excellent artist so we are excited to be able to offer you the opportunity to own one or more pieces yourselves.

As it states on their website, “Eduardo Paolozzi (1924-2005) was one of the most innovative and irreverent artists of the 20th century. Considered the ‘godfather of Pop Art’, his collages, sculptures and prints challenged artistic convention, from the 1950s through to the Swinging Sixties and advent of ‘Cool Britannia’ in the 1990s.”

Like Ron, who often pops in on a Friday, you are always welcome to drop in and talk to us about your art needs; even if you aren’t sure what you are looking for, we are very good at helping you decide what you want to hang on your walls.