The Spring Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair, Battersea Park, 29th April – 4th May

The Spring Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair, Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park, London SW11, 29th April – 4th May

It is hard to believe that the Spring edition of this Fair is already here. The foyer exhibition is the very interesting and inspiring ‘Using Textiles as Art’ which has been curated by Molly Hogg, who also exhibits at the Fair.

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I thought that I would bring to your attention this charming portrait of Timothy Clutterbuck and his dog which was painted by Charles Edmund Brock (1870-1938). Brock started his artistic career as an illustrator of books, including editions of Jane Austen, Charles Dickens and Jonathan Swift, however as this painting clearly shows he was an accomplished painter of portraits. He numbers Queen Victoria and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, whom he painted with her children Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret, among his sitters.

It is being shown by the London dealer Nicholas Price whose stand will be an elegant and inviting room setting with a mixture of paintings, watercolours and prints, including botanical still lifes as well as a mélange of furniture. To me it sums up the fair perfectly.

http://www.decorativefair.com

http://www.pricefineart.com

Art in a London Hotel

‘Spring Fever’ – Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill, London W1

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This new exhibition gives the hotel’s guests and visitors the time to appreciate the work of new artists and to acquire them should they wish to do so. The featured artists are from Saatchi Art, the online gallery arm of the famous Saatchi Gallery.

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As you can see there is a strong, varied mix of works and among the artists included are Timothy Hon Hung Lee and Gabriella Boyd, who are both starting to make their mark on the art world.

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But art is not just confined to main spaces as upstairs the Saatchi Suite has been refreshed with a mixture of art and designer furniture, including a four-piece collection by noted Danish designer, Poul Kjærholm, which comes from Republic of Fritz HansenTM whilst on the walls are textural works by two artists – Hormazd Narielwalla and Tully Satre.

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http://www.london.churchill.hyatt.com

http://www.saatchiart.com

http://www.fritzhansen.com

Abraham Cruzvillegas at the Thomas Dane Gallery, London SW1

Abraham Cruzvillegas – autodestrucción4: demolición1, until 24th May, Thomas Dane Gallery, 3 & 11 Duke Street St James’s, London SW1

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The work of this Mexican-born artist fills both galleries, almost literally. It is based mainly on the fact that friends and relatives considered him to be a punk and he says So suddenly I started calling myself that, and by doing so, I was in a way, negating – or even destroying – what a Punk really was or should have been, stricto-sensu.

And so that is the basis for this thought-provoking exhibition which is again best summed up in the artist’s own words:
In early April 2014, and with some help from a group of my artist friends and colleagues, I will try to activate, question, and open-up our personal and communal perception of Punk. Our ideas will be produced – and therefore destroyed – in a collective, two-part Autodestrucción exhibition at Thomas Dane Gallery

Enjoy!

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http://www.thomasdane.com

The Other Art Fair, Ambika P3, 24th – 27th April 2014

The Other Art Fair, Ambika P3, University of Westminster, 35 Marylebone Road, London, NW1, 24th – 27th April 2014

Hermione Carline Tokyo Mist oil on wood

Hermione Carline
Tokyo Mist
oil on wood

This vibrant fair is now in its sixth edition and offers a great opportunity to a hundred or so unrepresented artists to showcase their work which is best summed up by Fair Director Ryan Stanier:

Lorena Garcia Mateu,  'Génesis',  oil on wood, 79cm

Lorena Garcia Mateu,
‘Génesis’,
oil on wood, 79cm

The Other Art Fair is a unique platform from which they can independently showcase their work: to gallerists, curators, critics and collectors. Not only about selling artworks, these four days enable artists to launch their work in the contemporary art world, gauge the public’s response to their pieces and meet fellow artists for potential future collaborations. The fair is wide-reaching in its audience, attracting individuals who support artistic practice in other ways: advertising agencies, fashion designers and corporate companies looking to commission pieces.

Aleksandra Karpowicz,  'Tribute to Dance IV',  photograph, 16 x 20 inches,  edition of 20

Aleksandra Karpowicz,
‘Tribute to Dance IV’,
photograph, 16 x 20 inches,
edition of 20

For the first time those being shown have been selected by a committee which included Tracey Emin, Charming Baker, Zavier Ellis, Rob and Nick Carter. This should make for interesting viewing and I do recommend it to you as a place to go.

http://www.theotherartfair.com

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Natalie Ryde pokey holey

Natalie Ryde
pokey holey

Trevor Banthorpe,  Palmhouse 1

Trevor Banthorpe,
Palmhouse 1

 

 

 

The London Original Print Fair 2014, 24th– 27th April

The London Original Print Fair 2014, Main Galleries, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 24th– 27th April

Francis Bacon Three Studies for a Self Portrait, 1983 Lithograph on Arches paper, 1990 94.5 X 52cm Signed and numbered from the edition of 60. Published by Michel Archimbaud for the Librairie Séguier, Paris and printed by Art Estampe, Paris Courtesy: Winwood Gallery

Francis Bacon
Three Studies for a Self Portrait, 1983
Lithograph on Arches paper, 1990
94.5 X 52cm
Signed and numbered from the
edition of 60.
Published by Michel Archimbaud for the
Librairie Séguier, Paris and printed by Art
Estampe, Paris
Courtesy: Winwood Gallery

This is an exciting annual event that brings fifty or so international print dealers together. There is a wide-ranging selection of prints from all periods, including newly published works.

 

Adriaen Collaert, c.1560-1618 Lobster, sole, crabs and hermit crabs against a coastal background Engraving from the series Piscium Vivae Icones, 24 plates, FIRST edition, 1598 Courtesy: Christopher Mendez

Adriaen Collaert, c.1560-1618
Lobster, sole, crabs and hermit crabs
against a coastal background
Engraving from the series Piscium Vivae
Icones, 24 plates, FIRST edition, 1598
Courtesy: Christopher Mendez

Bacon, Matisse, Picasso, Peter Doig and Ellsworth Kelly number among the many artists whose works are on view. World War One is commemorated in works by Paul Nash, C R W Nevinson and Claude Shepperson.

 

Paul Nash, 1889-1946 Void 1918 Lithograph, signed and dated in pencil Paul Nash 1919, lower right, and inscribed Void, lower left, printed in black ink on warm grey Ingres paper. 7 x 9 inches (18 x 22.9 cm) sheet 18 1/2 x 24 inches (47.3 x 61 cm) Courtesy: The Fine Art Society

Paul Nash, 1889-1946
Void 1918
Lithograph, signed and dated in pencil
Paul Nash 1919, lower right, and inscribed
Void, lower left, printed in black ink on
warm grey Ingres paper.
7 x 9 inches (18 x 22.9 cm) sheet 18 1/2
x 24 inches (47.3 x 61 cm)
Courtesy: The Fine Art Society

One of the features of this event is the series of talks by printmakers and artists and details of these can be accessed at http://www.londonprintfair.com/events

 

 

Ellsworth Kelly White Curve, 1997 lithograph on Rives BFK paper edition of 75, this edition AP IX Provenance: from the collection of Ellsworth Kelly 42.2 x 41.9 cm (paper size) 50.5 x 50 cm (framed size) © Ellsworth Kelly Courtesy: Ingleby Gallery

Ellsworth Kelly
White Curve, 1997
lithograph on Rives BFK paper
edition of 75, this edition AP IX
Provenance: from the collection of
Ellsworth Kelly
42.2 x 41.9 cm (paper size)
50.5 x 50 cm (framed size)
© Ellsworth Kelly
Courtesy: Ingleby Gallery

Lucian Freud,  Pluto aged Twelve, 2000,  etching,  plate size: 43.5 x 59.7 cm Courtesy of Marlborough Fine Art

Lucian Freud,
Pluto aged Twelve, 2000,
etching,
plate size: 43.5 x 59.7 cm
Courtesy of Marlborough Fine Art

 

 

http://www.londonprintfair.com

 

Court and Craft: A Masterpiece from Northern Iraq, until 18th May 2014, The Courtauld Gallery

Court and Craft: A Masterpiece from Northern Iraq, until 18th May 2014, The Courtauld Gallery, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2

  Bag, Mosul , northern Iraq , 1300-1330   Brass, inlaid with gold and silver   Height: 15.2 cm; width: 22 cm; depth: 13.5 cm   © The Courtauld Gallery, London

Bag, Mosul , northern Iraq , 1300-1330
Brass, inlaid with gold and silver
Height: 15.2 cm; width: 22 cm; depth: 13.5 cm
© The Courtauld Gallery, London

This exhibition is the first that the Courtauld Gallery has ever held devoted to Islamic Art. The raison d’être is the brass container, inlaid with silver and gold depicting scenes of court life. For many years it was not known what its intended use was but in this exhibition the idea of it being a shoulder bag or handbag is strongly put forward.

 A lady walking with two pages, from the Diez Albums  Iran, possibly Tabriz , early 14th century  Ink on paper  Height: 9.5 cm; width: 14.4 cm  Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin – PK, Diez A fol. 72, S. 11

A lady walking with two pages, from the Diez Albums
Iran, possibly Tabriz , early 14th century
Ink on paper
Height: 9.5 cm; width: 14.4 cm
Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin – PK, Diez A fol. 72, S. 11

It is thought that it is a “superior” version of textile and leather bags depicted in illustrations of the period and later, such as shown here. Because of the inlaid metal decoration the bag is thought to have been made in Mosul in Northern Iraq where there were metal workshops producing similar metalwork. Indeed this exhibition allows us to compare the bag with other items produced at Mosul.

Bag: detail of lid showing court scene with a couple and their retinue

Bag: detail of lid showing court scene with a couple and their retinue

The inlay on the bag’s lid depicts a Court scene which is thought to represent the Il-Khanid Court. At the centre is a richly dressed couple surrounded by attendants and to the right of the woman is her page who wears her bag suspended across his chest.

Nearby, to help set the scene in context, there is a group of objects similar to those depicted on the lid and these are a wide-ranging mixture which gives us a very good idea of the trading and cultural practices of this Court.

 Humay and Humayun in the garden, from the Khamsa of Kwaju Kirmani  Baghdad , dated Jumada I 798 (March 1396)  Height: 32 cm; width: 24 cm (closed)  © The British Library Board, BL Add.18113, f.40v

Humay and Humayun in the garden, from the Khamsa of Kwaju Kirmani
Baghdad , dated Jumada I 798 (March 1396)
Height: 32 cm; width: 24 cm (closed)
© The British Library Board, BL Add.18113, f.40v

I found this a really fascinating exhibition which sets the whole story in its time and culture. And as a Twenty-first century rider to this I was recently at an exhibition opening and during the event an obviously important Middle Eastern couple arrived and with them was an aide carrying the wife’s large handbag.

http://www.courtauld.ac.uk

From Jamaica to Notting Hill – Rudi Patterson’s visions in colour, until 13th June 2014, Leighton House Museum

From Jamaica to Notting Hill – Rudi Patterson’s visions in colour, until 13th June 2014, Leighton House Museum, W14

Far the best way to introduce this exhibition is to quote the artist himself “I’m inspired by natural beauty and harmony, I love to paint.”

A View From My Window  Rudi Patterson

A View From My Window
Rudi Patterson

A statement that is more than amply proved in this vibrant exhibition, mainly of landscapes in differing media – oils, watercolours and gouache. But we are just seeing one side of his artistic output since he also painted abstracts and linear compositions, mixed media pieces and created ceramics.

Duckenfield Rudi Patterson

Duckenfield
Rudi Patterson

Although self-taught it is obvious that Rudi Patterson (1933 – 2013) was a multi-talented man. Born in Duckenfield, a Jamaican sugar plantation village, he came to the UK in the late 1950s where he became a model for Mr Fish and British Airways and also an actor. Among his many television acting credits are appearances in Z Cars, The Professionals, playing opposite Cliff Richard in Two A Penny and in the Rolling Stones documentary film Sympathy For The Devil. He was also an accomplished stage actor. I am quite sure that some of you will remember him.

Stilll Life with Paw Paw, Tulips and Landscape Rudi Patterson

Stilll Life with Paw Paw, Tulips and Landscape
Rudi Patterson

He was one of this country’s leading black artists and had his first London show in 1970, the first of many in London and elsewhere. Freddie Mercury, Andy Williams, Twiggy and Stevie Wonder are among the celebrities who acquired his works. Where was Rudi’s studio you may wonder? Well, many of the paintings were created in each of the three council flats in which he lived in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea – Finborough Road, Hesketh Place and a block Ernő Goldfinger designed next to his Trellick Tower.

This retrospective is a very fitting tribute and includes many pictures that have not been publicly displayed before.

Tickets £5 – reductions for National Trust Members

http://www.leightonhouse.co.uk

Coconut Palms Rudi Patterson

Coconut Palms
Rudi Patterson

 

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