Colourful churches rediscovered
We have just retrieved more than a dozen of Stan Smith’s lively watercolours and sketches of English country churches, from Saxon to Victorian, which make John Piper’s work look rather dull and boring in comparison. We have included them in an online exhibition together with some churches painted by three other leading lights of the gallery. Click here to see the show
Where it's art - a guide to events and shows
Click on the links to find out more about what’s going on and where.
The most ancient figurative artwork ever discovered!
Recently found on the wall of a cave in Indonesia this is a 45,500 year old drawing in red pigment of a creature known as the Sulawesi Warty Pig, which still patrols the jungles of Celebes today.
An eccentric view of the English countryside
Charles Duranty (1919-2006) was a poet who worked for a publisher, a job that he sometimes found a bit boring. So he set up an easel in his office and painted what he called “imagined landscapes”, inspired by the East Anglian countryside where he had worked as a land boy during WW2.
His landscapes are typically open countryside populated with tiny figures and steam engines.
Many of the titles are quite wonderful. Scroll down or go straight to his page for more details
Portraits of strong women
We are currently cleaning and framing portraits from David Rolt’s personal studio collection that we acquired from his son a few years ago. About time too, I hear you say!
Stan Smith's objects of desire
Stan Smith’s objects of desire: are they erotica - or just plain cheeky?
Ingenious frame for double-sided Bratby
A work by the ever-controversial “kitchen sink” artist John Bratby presented us with a challenge. There were paintings on both sides of the canvas. So how could we show them to best advantage?
The female gaze - women artists and the nude
Some months ago the Cambridge academic Professor Mary Beard presented a BBC television series titled The Shock of the Nude, in which she suggested that paintings by men of the female nude were all too often “soft porn for the elite”. Is she right or wrong?
Two nudes and a beetle - thanks to @artistsupportpledge
One of the best things about lockdown art-wise has been the Instagram project @artistsupportpledge (www.artistsupportpledge.com) which gives artists a chance to sell work at affordable prices and help other artists at the same time.
And hurray for a couple of Dead White Male Artists!
As well as the bargains we have found via @artistsupportpledge (see previous news report) we have enjoyed good hunting at local auction house Chiswick Auctions, whose recent Modern and Post-War British sale brought us another work by the late local artist Bernard Myers and two lithographs by the ever enigmatic Sir Eduardo Paolozzi.
Artists who love trees - The Arborealists meet David Rolt at our new exhibition. Now online!
Artists who love trees, a new exhibition curated by Robert Eagle that was due to open at Burgh House, Hampstead in the summer, had to be transferred online. Please take a look at our video and catalogue featuring the artists and their work.
John Bellany – six works you have not seen before
We are delighted to have received on commission six oil paintings by the great and glorious Scottish artist John Bellany. directly from a close relative of the artist. They include works featuring several of Bellany’s iconic motifs inspired by his early life in the God-fearing fishing village of Port Seton near Edinburgh as well as sunlit scenes from his days at his second home in Barga, Tuscany.
Harry Eagle’s frames get special mention in the Financial Times
Artist Luke Edward Hall’s recent article on framing for the Financial Times focused on the frames Harry recently made for Luke Edward’s major exhibition in Sweden.