Useful Information

Useful Information

We understand that an interest in art brings with it a host of questions so we thought it would be helpful if we dedicated a section of the website to trying to anticipate some of them.

We will add to this section on a regular basis but we already have a number of things, courtesy of our sister gallery, to get you started.

Bunk! by Eduardo Paolozzi

“All human experience is one big collage…” Eduardo Paolozzi

A technical and visionary masterpiece, Eduardo Paolozzi’s Bunk suspended time, freezing moments that invite us into a visual world from another generation.

In the early summer of 1952 Paolozzi presented a ground-breaking lecture to the Independent Group of artists. Projecting collages made from magazine clippings, newspaper shreds, commercial copy and pin-up postcards onto a large screen, he spoke at length about their artistic value. In a single presentation, he had changed the face of 20th century art forever: the notion of ‘Pop Art’ was born.
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Science Fact and Fiction in Paolozzi’s ‘Cloud Atomic Laboratory’

In Eduardo Paolozzi’s Cloud Atomic Laboratory, real life and fantasy meet in mysterious ways.

Science fiction robots and Soviet-era cosmonauts are juxtaposed in a series that playfully blurs the line between the real and the unreal, while hinting at a more sinister mistrust of mainstream media reporting.

The post-war years of the 1950s and ’60s saw huge technological advances in the fields of medicine, mechanical engineering, computing, and space travel. Heavily precipitated by the technological stand-offs of the emerging Cold War, speed of scientific progression and production soon became the defining characteristic of a powerful nation.  read more…

A Brief History of Abstract Art

Traced back to its Roman origins, the word ‘abstract’ means literally to ‘drag’ or ‘draw’ something away. Its etymological root in Latin is quite forceful, occasionally even violent; not gentle diversion or digression but a purposeful motion of distancing and detaching, extraction and relocation.

So too with abstract art. When in the early 1910s and ‘20s abstraction emerged on the scene, the art world was in a state of constant revolution and trenchant division. Factions of ‘isms’ fought against each other for claims of artistic truths: Impressionism had given way to the anger and energy of Expressionism, while Cubists, Vorticists, Futurists et al. tussled over the crown of modern art theory and aesthetics.

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Three FAQs About Prints

We deal a lot in prints. Prints generally offer incredible value for money, allowing many of us to own original works by famed artists like Picasso or Rembrandt for mere fractions of the price of their oil paintings and drawings.

But they can also be confusing for prospective buyers: they come in different editions, can be signed on the page, in the plate, or not at all, were sometimes printed by the artist and at other times by their preferred printer. It’s difficult to keep track of exactly what it is you’re looking at and how many others like it are out there.

Here are 3 of our most frequently asked questions when it comes to prints.

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5 Reasons Why We Love Artists’ Posters

Many of the leading 20th century artists enjoyed designing their own exhibition posters, often in the form of original lithographs printed by some of the great Parisian print ateliers such as the Mourlot Frères studio.

While the poster, by nature, is ephemeral and mint copies are rare, they remain a relatively inexpensive way to buy original prints by artists like Picasso and Matisse and are hugely flexible to display, working in harmony with a broad range of other artworks, styles, and interior settings.

Here are 5 reasons why we think an artists’ poster should hang in everyone’s home.

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