CAPABILITY BROWN IN LONDON

The Hurlingham Club Gardens, Ranelagh Gardens, London SW6, 21st May 2016

The Hurlingham Club, Clubhouse Courtesy of The Hurlingham Club

The Hurlingham Club, Clubhouse
Courtesy of The Hurlingham Club

I must say it came as a bit of a surprise to learn that he had worked on a garden in what is now fairly central London. Hurlingham Gardens are open this coming Saturday as part of the National Gardens Scheme (NGS).

Brown is known to have worked there between 1774-1778 and Humphry Repton was later involved with the garden’s landscaping too. There is much to see in this delightful forty-two acre setting by the River Thames, including mature trees, a two acre lake complete with water fowl, as well as roses, bedding displays and shrubberies. A rare opportunity that should be seized with alacrity.

The Hurlingham Club Garden Courtesy of The Hurlingham Club

The Hurlingham Club Garden
Courtesy of The Hurlingham Club

 

Opening for the NGS:  Saturday 21st May (10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)

Garden Tours begin at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. – ticketed event, tickets available at entrance.

Admission: £5.00, children free.
Refreshments: Light refreshments in the Napier Servery in the East Wing.

 

 

http://www.ngs.org.uk

http://www.hurlinghamclub.org.uk

Art16

Art16, Olympia, Hammersmith Road, London W14, 19th – 22nd May 2016

 

Photograph of the fair Courtesy ART16

Photograph of the fair
Courtesy ART16

This is a truly international event with some thirty countries represented through a hundred galleries and with more than a thousand artworks on display. A third of those galleries exhibiting come from the Asia Pacific region.

Yang-Tsung Fan Swimming Pool Series – Black swimming pool Acrylic on canvas 30 x 20 cm 2016 Courtesy AKI Gallery

Yang-Tsung Fan
Swimming Pool Series – Black swimming pool
Acrylic on canvas
30 x 20 cm
2016
Courtesy AKI Gallery

Jonathan Watkins (Director Ikon Gallery, Birmingham) is curating the Emerge section which highlights young galleries while the London First section brings together galleries that have never exhibited in a London art fair before. Visitors will also get a chance to “preview” a group of commissioned artworks by Tom Ellis which will be part of an exhibition at the Wallace Collection later this year.

Gresham Tapiwa Nyaude my ying is your yang 2015 Oil on canvas 82 x 133 cm Courtesy and © First Floor Gallery Harare

Gresham Tapiwa Nyaude
my ying is your yang
2015
Oil on canvas
82 x 133 cm
Courtesy and © First Floor Gallery Harare

 

Polly Morgan Mouthing the Words Taxidermy Rainbow Boa Granite, marble, copper, palmwood, perspex and lemonwood 420 x 220 mm Base 180 x 180mm Courtesy Other Criteria © Polly Morgan

Polly Morgan
Mouthing the Words
Taxidermy Rainbow Boa
Granite, marble, copper, palmwood, perspex and lemonwood
420 x 220 mm
Base 180 x 180mm
Courtesy Other Criteria
© Polly Morgan

 

RETNA Times of blue 2014 Acrylic ink on water colour paper 30 x 22 in Courtesy Coburn Projects © RETNA

RETNA
Times of blue
2014
Acrylic ink on water colour paper
30 x 22 in
Courtesy Coburn Projects
© RETNA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vincent Namatjira The Queen and Me 2016 Oil on linen 91 x 122 cm Courtesy THIS IS NO FANTASY + dianne tanzer gallery © The Artist

Vincent Namatjira
The Queen and Me
2016
Oil on linen
91 x 122 cm
Courtesy THIS IS NO FANTASY + dianne tanzer gallery © The Artist

 

Lauren McLaughlin We Don’t Want Emotional Complications 2016 Collage and pen on paper 35 x 25 cm Courtesy Arusha Gallery

Lauren McLaughlin
We Don’t Want Emotional Complications
2016
Collage and pen on paper
35 x 25 cm
Courtesy Arusha Gallery

 

Patrick Altes The Hanging Gardens of Babylon 2 2014 Mixed media on canvas 150 x 130 cm Courtesy Lahd Gallery © Lahd Gallery

Patrick Altes
The Hanging Gardens of Babylon 2
2014
Mixed media on canvas
150 x 130 cm
Courtesy Lahd Gallery
© Lahd Gallery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Penny Byrne “Felled” Fehily Contemporary © The Artist

Penny Byrne
“Felled”
Fehily Contemporary
© The Artist

 

http://www.artfairslondon.com

Photo London 2016

Photo London 2016, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2, 19th – 22nd May 2016

Bildhalle,Zürich Ali left & right Fist, London,1966 by Thomas Hoepker ©Thomas Hoepker

Bildhalle,Zürich
Ali left & right Fist, London,1966
by Thomas Hoepker
©Thomas Hoepker

This is a really exciting international photography fair which should not be missed whatever your level of interest in the discipline.  Some eighty leading galleries from around the globe will be exhibiting at Somerset House and there are many other related events and exhibitions across the city.

Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York Jean Patchett, Vogue, New York,1950 by Erwin Blumenfeld ©Erwin Blumenfeld

Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York
Jean Patchett, Vogue, New York,1950
by Erwin Blumenfeld
©Erwin Blumenfeld

There is a wide choice of subject matter ranging from portraits, fashion and advertising to documentary either by well-known exponents or newer emerging talents. Make sure you allow yourself enough time to immerse yourself in this fair – it will be worth it.

Hamiltons Gallery Female Nude Nude No. 04, 2015 (c) Erwin Olaf

Hamiltons Gallery
Female Nude
Nude No. 04, 2015
(c) Erwin Olaf

 

Riflemaker London A N A L O G by Richard Nicholson Rio Cinema ©

Riflemaker London
A N A L O G by Richard Nicholson
Rio Cinema
©

 

Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne New York 1980 by Helen Levitt ©Film Documents LLC, courtesy Galerie Thomas Zander

Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne
New York 1980
by Helen Levitt
©Film Documents LLC,
courtesy Galerie Thomas Zander

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.photolondon.org

‘Under The Greenwood’

Ivon Hitchens (1893-1979) – ‘Under The Greenwood’, Jonathan Clark Fine Art, 18 Park Walk, Chelsea, London, SW10, until 27th May 2016

Studio with Open Doors 1942 oil on canvas estate stamp verso 20 1/2 x 41 ¼ in / 51.5 x 104.5 cm Provenance The Artist’s Estate Copyright, Jonathan Clark Fine Art

Studio with Open Doors 1942
oil on canvas
estate stamp verso
20 1/2 x 41 ¼ in / 51.5 x 104.5 cm
Provenance
The Artist’s Estate
Copyright, Jonathan Clark Fine Art

The gallery represents the artist’s estate and so we are fortunate to be able to see this show of twenty-eight paintings dating from the late 20s through to the early 70s. When his studio was bombed in1940 he moved to Petworth in West Sussex and lived in a gypsy caravan set in six acres of woodland.

His love of nature – he painted outdoors – is celebrated in his works with their open brushwork and use of colour to create a “sense” of place.  The woodland with the shallow pools he dug to reflect the sky and trees in their ever changing patterns was to be his place of work for forty years.

Boating, Suffolk (Betty Bedford) 1934 oil on canvas dated & inscribed on canvas turnover estate stamp verso 23 ¾ x 21 ½ in / 60.5 x 54.5 cm Provenance The Artist’s Estate Copyright, Jonathan Clark Fine Art

Boating, Suffolk (Betty Bedford) 1934
oil on canvas
dated & inscribed on canvas turnover
estate stamp verso
23 ¾ x 21 ½ in / 60.5 x 54.5 cm
Provenance
The Artist’s Estate
Copyright, Jonathan Clark Fine Art

Hitchens said of his painting “A good painter is he who, like a magician, having taken thought, offers the magic word, and conjures up life from within the canvas”.  In my opinion the magic lives on and is as fresh as the day it was conjured up.

http://www.jonathanclarkfineart.com

Kokusai

Kokusai the Geniusstag-antler carving in Japan, Sydney L. Moss: 12 Queen St, London W1, until 7th June 2016

A stag-antler obi-hasami netsuke of a tall standing, screaming monkey Kokusai Mid to late 19th century, circa 1860s - 1880s. Height: 11.2 cm. (4 7/16 in.) Ex collection: June Schuerch, Santa Barbara CA Copyright, Sydney L Moss Ltd

A stag-antler obi-hasami netsuke of a tall standing, screaming monkey
Kokusai
Mid to late 19th century, circa 1860s – 1880s.
Height: 11.2 cm. (4 7/16 in.)
Ex collection: June Schuerch, Santa Barbara CA
Copyright, Sydney L Moss Ltd

One can totally appreciate why Kokusai’s immense skill has captivated three generations of the Moss family and I assure you it really is a matter of seeing it to believe it.

Kokusai (1835-1894) is the central player in this exhibition which has been garnered from collectors in Japan, the United States and Europe (and yes that does include us in the UK). His creativity is remarkable with some pieces way ahead of their time, heralding art nouveau and the 20th century.  There are pipe cases, hair pins, combs, sceptres and, of course, netsuke to delight the eye in wonderment.

A stag-antler netsuke of saru ningyō, or sarubobo, a stuffed cloth monkey doll Kokusai Mid to late 19th century, circa 1860s - 1880s. 3.3 x 4.2 cm. (1 5/16 x 1 11/16 in.) Published: “In A Nutshell: Japanese Netsuke from European collections”, 2013, no. 184. Collection: Paul Moss, London Copyright, Sydney L Moss Ltd

A stag-antler netsuke of saru ningyō, or sarubobo, a stuffed cloth monkey doll
Kokusai
Mid to late 19th century, circa 1860s – 1880s.
3.3 x 4.2 cm. (1 5/16 x 1 11/16 in.)
Published: “In A Nutshell: Japanese Netsuke from European collections”, 2013, no. 184.
Collection: Paul Moss, London
Copyright, Sydney L Moss Ltd

The exhibition is accompanied by a three-volume catalogue, of which the middle volume of which is available now, and the other two will be completed by early July of this year.

An unusually large stag-antler pipecase of almost demilune curved form Kokusai Mid to late 19th century, circa 1860s - 1880s. Length: 21.6 cm. (8 ½ in.) Published: Moss, “Eccentrics in Netsuke”, 1982, no. 95. Ex collection: Richard Silverman, Los Angeles. Copyright, Sydney L Moss Ltd

An unusually large stag-antler pipecase of almost demilune curved form
Kokusai
Mid to late 19th century, circa 1860s – 1880s.
Length: 21.6 cm. (8 ½ in.)
Published: Moss, “Eccentrics in Netsuke”, 1982, no. 95.
Ex collection: Richard Silverman, Los Angeles.
Copyright, Sydney L Moss Ltd

http://www.slmoss.com

Canada’s wildlife on canvas

BOLD ● LARGE ● LAYERED ● MINIMALIST – The Wildlife Art of Ron Kingswood, Jonathan Cooper, 20 Park Walk, London SW10, until 28th May 2016  

The Gleaners II Oil on canvas 40 x 45ins (101.6 x 114.3cm)

The Gleaners II
Oil on canvas
40 x 45ins (101.6 x 114.3cm)

One cannot but admire the fusion of realism and abstraction that the Canadian artist Ron Kingswood achieves in his striking depiction of Canadian wildlife and the landscape they dwell in.

Companions Oil on canvas 24 x 24ins (61 x 61cm)

Companions
Oil on canvas
24 x 24ins (61 x 61cm)

The artist says “I’m not fearful of painting the common landscape, what I am fearful of is not being able to paint it in an unfamiliar way.”  He certainly has no cause to worry on that score.

 

http://www.jonathancooper.co.uk

The Lanigan Collection – a generous gift

Pre-Raphaelites on Paper: Victorian Drawings from the Lanigan Collection, Leighton House Museum 12 Holland Park Road, London W14, until 29th May 2016

Frederick Sandys, King Pelles Daughter Bearing the Vessel of the Sangreal, 1861. Promised Gift from the Lanigan Collection ® NGC

Frederick Sandys,
King Pelles Daughter Bearing the Vessel of the Sangreal, 1861.
Promised Gift from the Lanigan Collection
® NGC

There is still time to see this remarkable collection of drawings and sketches which includes, portraits, allegories, religious and literary scenes and landscapes.  Some are preparatory studies for works by painters such as Holman Hunt and Burne-Jones.

Frederic Leighton, Study of Iphigenia for Cymon and Iphigenia, 1883, Promised Gift from the Lanigan Collection ® NGC

Frederic Leighton,
Study of Iphigenia for Cymon and Iphigenia, 1883,
Promised Gift from the Lanigan Collection
® NGC

This collection which adorns the walls of the Museum’s rooms, with the exception of Lord Leighton’s studio, has been put together by the Canadian collector Dr. Dennis T. Lanigan over a thirty-year period. In recent times Lanigan has given or promised much of the collection to the National Gallery of Canada.  A very generous gift indeed.

Edward Burne-Jones, Study for The Wedding Feast of Sir Degrevaunt (for William Morris Red House),1860 ® NGC

Edward Burne-Jones,
Study for The Wedding Feast of Sir Degrevaunt (for William Morris Red House),1860
® NGC

http://www.leightonhouse.co.uk