20th Century British & Contemporary Art
Castlegate House Gallery

Joan, Louis, Richard, Angus, Mike and Marie

2nd February, 2017

Girl with Chestnut Hair by Joan Eardley Girl with Chestnut Hair by Joan Eardley

It was great to see so many familiar and new faces at the London Art Fair, many of the latter receiving this as your first newsletter from the gallery. It was a great success; we showed and found new homes for works by some of the biggest names in British Art (Auerbach, Bomberg, etc.) together with a large selection of works by some of our young emerging artists, namely Richard Fitton, Louis Appleby and Alex Hain. The response to all was great to see. I lost count of the number of times I played the gallery video of Richard Fitton on our laptop to new faces. Pretty much all of the work Richard produced for the fair sold, and what was equally great to see was that so many of the works by Louis Appleby sold during the week. 

Louis is a 2014 graduate of Wimbledon College of Arts, and winner of the Lynn Painter Stainers Young Artist of the Year award at the Mall Galleries, London. Also a finalist in the British Contemporary Painting Prize and featured in an editorial review in the Saatchi magazine, Louis is a young artist with a huge future. Louis’ works may be seen HERE and those works remaining available for Richard may be seen HERE

We’ve also been to see the Joan Eardley exhibition at the Scottish National Gallery in Edinburgh. Wow, just astounding. We were involved in an exhibition in London in 2013 combining works by Lowry, Sheila Fell and Joan Eardley, and I thought I’d seen the best I’d ever seen re Joan’s work, but go to Edinburgh, it changed my mind. We’re thrilled to have just acquired one of Joan’s pastel works, from the mid 1950s, titled Girl with Chestnut Hair. With great provenance, it may be seen HERE

What was fascinating to see in the exhibition were a number of the most wonderful paintings depicting her close friend and fellow artist, Angus Neil. Angus used to paint alongside Joan, in the slums of Glasgow, with Joan often depicting Angus in her paintings. We have three works by Angus in the gallery, which may be seen HERE. Interestingly, all three works came from the collection of the late photographer Oscar Marzaroli, who produced much of the 1950s and 60s contemporary photographic work of Joan and the children she painted, within the exhibition. 

Finally, we have a new work by the late Michael Bennett in the gallery, repurchased from a collector, together with a wonderful large semi-abstract oil by Marie Scott. Both may be seen in our Latest Work section HERE

That’s all for now, 

Steve and Christine