A Scottish Cornucopia – two exhibitions

I thought that  a selection from these two shows might be of interest:

Exhibition of Scottish Artists 2014, until 9th February, Stafford Gallery In association with Wimbledon Fine Art, London SW19

Alice McMurrough PAI RGI RSW In the Uncertain Hour Before Morning Oil  31 x 28 inches £2,900

Alice McMurrough PAI RGI RSW
In the Uncertain Hour Before Morning
Oil
31 x 28 inches
£2,900

Andrew Squire Highland House Oil on board 20 x 24 inches £2,350

Andrew Squire
Highland House
Oil on board
20 x 24 inches
£2,350
Jack Morrocco Black Guitar and Vermeer Oil on canvas 34 x 36 inches £9,200

Jack Morrocco
Black Guitar and Vermeer
Oil on canvas
34 x 36 inches
£9,200

www.staffordgallery.co.uk 

The Scottish Show 2014, until 21st February, Panter & Hall, 11-12 Pall Mall, London SW1

James Fullarton, ‘Bluebells in the Garden’, 36” x 30”, £9,000

James Fullarton, ‘Bluebells in the Garden’, 36” x 30”, £9,000

Donald Macdonald, ‘Where the wave takes us #2’, 41.5” x 57”, £6,000

Donald Macdonald, ‘Where the wave takes us #2’, 41.5” x 57”, £6,000

Simon Laurie, ‘Winter Sky, Bute’, 32” x 36”, £4,500

Simon Laurie, ‘Winter Sky, Bute’, 32” x 36”, £4,500

http://www.panterandhall.com

“Side by Side” Van Gogh’s Sunflowers, National Gallery, London

“Side by Side” Van Gogh’s Sunflowers, National Gallery, London, until 27th April

The lyric “side by side” is a literal description of what you will encounter when you visit this “must see” exhibition of these two Sunflower paintings. They have an emotional resonance which you need to experience first hand.

NG 3863 Vincent van Gogh (1853 – 1890) Sunflowers, 1888 Oil on canvas 92.1 x 73 cm Bought, Courtauld Fund, 1924  © National Gallery, London

NG 3863
Vincent van Gogh (1853 – 1890)
Sunflowers, 1888
Oil on canvas
92.1 x 73 cm
Bought, Courtauld Fund, 1924
© National Gallery, London

Much has and will be written about them and I will not add anything here; the storyboards in the gallery tell you all you need to know and I will not spoil it.

L1162 Vincent van Gogh (1853 - 1890)  Sunflowers, 1889-01 Arles Oil on canvas 95 x 73 cm Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation) s31V/1962  F458  © Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)

L1162
Vincent van Gogh (1853 – 1890)
Sunflowers, 1889-01 Arles
Oil on canvas
95 x 73 cm
Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)
s31V/1962
F458
© Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)

A final thought! What if they were for sale and you could afford one of them?  Which would you choose?  Over to you!

http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk

Diarmuid Kelley – Recent Work, Offer Waterman & Co, until 28th February

Diarmuid Kelley – Recent Work, Offer Waterman & Co, 11 Langton Street London SW10 0JL, until 28th February.

Diarmuid Kelley Indian Red, 2013 oil on linen

Diarmuid Kelley
Indian Red, 2013
oil on linen

This new exhibition has all the hallmarks of Kelley’ distinctive narrative style with his concentration on light, an effect he achieves in his portraits by using the technique that was favoured by the great 18th century English artist Joseph Wright of Derby.  It is done by building a small enclosed space in a corner of his studio, with a window on one side and the remaining sides curtained off.  The window is also curtained and by adjusting it he is able to control light on his subject in the way he requires.

Diarmuid Kelley Study For a Portrait, 2012 oil on canvas

Diarmuid Kelley
Study For a Portrait, 2012
oil on canvas

His models are drawn from his pool of friends and the actress Olivia Williams is particular muse featuring in many of his works.  He is also a very talented still-life artist as well.

Diarmuid Kelley The Thirty Years War, 2011 oil on linen

Diarmuid Kelley
The Thirty Years War, 2011
oil on linen

His paintings are found in many private collections including that at Chatsworth and a portrait of Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Prisons, Dame Anne Owers hangs in the National Portrait Gallery.

Diarmuid Kelley I Come and Stand at Every Door, 2013 oil on linen

Diarmuid Kelley
I Come and Stand at Every Door, 2013
oil on linen

http://www.waterman.co.uk

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Castiglione: Lost Genius and Gifted: From the Royal Academy to The Queen at The Queen’s Gallery

Castiglione: Lost Genius and Gifted: From the Royal Academy to The Queen at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace, until 16th March.

Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione, Vanitas, mid 1650s. Royal Collection Trust / (C) Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2013

Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione, Vanitas, mid 1650s.
Royal Collection Trust / (C) Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2013

There is a link between these two very enjoyable exhibitions and that is monotype prints. 

Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione, Studies of dromedaries and goats,c 1630. Royal Collection Trust / (C) Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2013

Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione, Studies of dromedaries and goats,c 1630.
Royal Collection Trust / (C) Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2013

 The creator of the monotype print was Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione (1609-64) who is the subject of the major part of this show.  He certainly deserves to be brought back to the public’s attention as he was undoubtedly one of the great Baroque draftsmen.  He created large-scale drawings in oil directly onto paper which were finished works and not preparatory studies for a painting.  He was also a noted printmaker and one can clearly see the influence of Rembrandt’s etchings in his prints.  Castiglione was certainly a “wild” character for his life is peppered with colourful and violent incidents and much of what we know of his life story is garnered from court documents rather than his commissions.

Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione, Two Fransciscan Saints in devotion, mid-1650s Royal Collection Trust / (C) Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2013

Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione, Two Fransciscan Saints in devotion, mid-1650s
Royal Collection Trust / (C) Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2013

 In Gifted: From the Royal Academy to The Queen, Tracy Emin has used the monotype process for HRH Royal Britania.  The technique was not used for nearly two centuries after Castiglione’s death until it was revived by Degas and others.  The gift is a heady mixture of works in various media by over a hundred Academicians, including David Hockney, Grayson Perry and Anish Kapoor, and was presented to Her Majesty to mark her Diamond Jubilee in 2012.  I certainly think that it is a wonderful gift and celebration of two great institutions.  Long may they both flourish!

Joe Tilson RA, For Her Majesty the Queen a P.C from Venice, 2012. Royal Collection Trust/(C) Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2013

Joe Tilson RA, For Her Majesty the Queen a P.C from Venice, 2012. Royal Collection Trust/(C) Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2013

http://www.royalcollection.org.uk

Dr Jennifer Dickson RA, Transitions: Five (The Sun's Chalice, Hinton Ampner), 2008. Royal Collection Trust/(C) Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2013

Dr Jennifer Dickson RA, Transitions: Five (The Sun’s Chalice, Hinton Ampner), 2008. Royal Collection Trust/(C) Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2013

3 Days Only: Arte in Viaggio – Academy of Fine Art Bari at Fiumano Fine Art

Arte in Viaggio – Academy of Fine Art Bari at Fiumano Fine Art, London W2, until 24th January

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This three day pop-up exhibition is a great treat and shows the work of ten recent graduates from the Academy of Fine Art Bari.  There is an exciting mix of paintings, sculpture and installations and I feel sure that some of them will go on to make a name in the art world.  Take a look now – you won’t regret it.

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http://www.fiumanofineart.com 

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The Decorative Antiques & Textiles Winter Fair, 21-26 January 2014 at Battersea Evolution

The Decorative Antiques & Textiles Winter Fair, 21-26 January 2014 at Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park, London SW11

One can understand the continuing popularity of this fair with its combination of 20th century and period design.  If you were inspired by my recent blog on the interior designer Michael Inchbald then this is the place to go in order to create a similar look for yourself.

Classic Aubusson rug using an 18th Century style design (although this example was woven in the 19th Century). The size is 4.86 x 4.06 metres - 16' x 13' 4 feet. £15,000 Gallery Yacou

Classic Aubusson rug using an 18th Century style design (although this example was woven in the 19th Century). The size is 4.86 x 4.06 metres – 16′ x 13′ 4 feet.
£15,000
Gallery Yacou

The forthcoming Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics is the focus of a special selling exhibition of Russian winter sports paintings garnered over the last two decades from artists’ studios in St Petersburg by Fair exhibitor John Barkes, who deals in Soviet realist paintings here in London.  They can be seen in the brasserie.

 Vitali Tyulenyev 1937-1997 ‘’Climbing in the High Caucasus ‘’, 1968 oil on canvas 95 x 115 cm Priced about £12,500


Vitali Tyulenyev 1937-1997
‘’Climbing in the High Caucasus ‘’, 1968
oil on canvas 95 x 115 cm
Priced about £12,500

Miss Austen at Home: from Mansfield Park to Chawton is an exhibition to mark the bi-centenary of Mansfield Park with a display of interiors that would have a resonance with Jane Austen.  It has been curated by Helen Linfield, a period furniture specialist.  The items used come from Fair exhibitors and are for sale.

Late C18th and early C19th Blue & White English pottery:  Rectangular plate (cut border) Rogers Zebra pattern c1815, £220; Loving cup, Italian pattern, £235; Jug, Rathbone, c1825, £275; Cachepot/flowerpot, Adams ‘Cattle Scenery’ c1900, £275; Potted meat tub, c1790, £185 Exhibitor: Sue Norman

Late C18th and early C19th Blue & White English pottery: Rectangular plate (cut border) Rogers Zebra pattern c1815, £220; Loving cup, Italian pattern, £235; Jug, Rathbone, c1825, £275; Cachepot/flowerpot, Adams ‘Cattle Scenery’ c1900, £275; Potted meat tub, c1790, £185
Exhibitor: Sue Norman

Among newcomers to this Fair are picture dealer William Thuillier, Clive Loveless who is showing tribal art and furniture dealers Christopher Buck and Horneman Antiques Ltd.

The Marlborough Family Mezzotint engraving by Charles Turner from a painting by Sir Joshua Reynolds Published 24th October, 1815 by C.Turner, No 50 Warren Street, Fitzroy Square Image size: 29 3/4 x 26 1/4 in / 75.5 x 67 cm Price £2,350 Dealer: Nicholas Price

The Marlborough Family
Mezzotint engraving by Charles Turner
from a painting by Sir Joshua Reynolds
Published 24th October, 1815 by C.Turner,
No 50 Warren Street, Fitzroy Square
Image size: 29 3/4 x 26 1/4 in / 75.5 x 67 cm
Price £2,350
Dealer: Nicholas Price

The rare chest below may make the perfect gift for Burns Night on the 25th.

A very rare Regency bow front chest of drawers decorated in the Victorian period in tartan ware with added highland vignettes.  This type of work is normally attributed to the town of Mauchline in Ayrshire, however it is unusual if not completely unprecedented to see a piece on this scale. The town is mostly associated with tartan trinket boxes and book covers. Both the National Museum of Scotland, and the National Trust Scotland, have been shown pictures and neither has ever seen a tartan ware piece on such a scale. The largest item known to (and in fact owned by) the Museum is an occasional table/ chessboard. 101cm h x 103cm w 51cm deep For sale at £7200, Drennan Edinburgh

A very rare Regency bow front chest of drawers decorated in the Victorian period in tartan ware with added highland vignettes. This type of work is normally attributed to the town of Mauchline in Ayrshire, however it is unusual if not completely unprecedented to see a piece on this scale. The town is mostly associated with tartan trinket boxes and book covers.
Both the National Museum of Scotland, and the National Trust Scotland, have been shown pictures and neither has ever seen a tartan ware piece on such a scale. The largest item known to (and in fact owned by) the Museum is an occasional table/ chessboard.
101cm h x 103cm w 51cm deep
For sale at £7200, Drennan Edinburgh

Free shuttles from Sloane Square – visitor info at www.decorativefair.com

BROWN’S HOTEL, SATURDAY MAYFAIR ART TOURS, starting January 18th

BROWN’S HOTEL, SATURDAY MAYFAIR ART TOURS

Vintage Car Transfer - Blue Baron - HR_320 - Jon Surbey (1)

Starting this Saturday 18th January the hotel invites you to discover Mayfair’s art world.  The tours start at 10.30am with a welcoming tea or coffee in the hotel’s library before setting out on a visit to four local galleries led by one of the participating dealers.  At approximately 1pm you return to the hotel and have a set three course lunch (excluding wines) in HIX Mayfair.  The cost for all this is £60 per head (subject to availability).

HIX Mayfair - Adrian Houston - HR

This Saturday’s inaugural tour sounds exciting.  It will be led by the Albemarle Gallery’s director, Tony Pontone, and will visit Connaught Brown, The Alan Cristea Gallery, and Belgravia Gallery before going on to the Albemarle Gallery where the noted art historian and author Edward Lucie-Smith will give an introduction to their current show.

HIX Mayfair Bar - HR

This really does sound a delightful and relaxed way to appreciate some of the art that is on view in Mayfair.  A tour would make a great present or just a lovely way to spoil yourself. Nor should you forget that the hotel has works by Tracey Emin, Bridget Riley and Michael Landy and its Donovan Bar is hung with photographs by Terence Donovan.

To book a place for the Art Tours call Reservations +44 (0)20 7518 4172 or email reservations.browns@roccofortehotels.com

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