20th Century British & Contemporary Art
Castlegate House Gallery

Louis Appleby, new work, video and exciting news

3rd July, 2017

Plastic Tree by Louis Appleby Plastic Tree by Louis Appleby

Back in January we mentioned Louis Appleby, a young contemporary artist we’d originally discovered in the summer of 2014 at his art school graduation show in London. After a hiatus, we took his work to the London Art Fair in January this year and were astounded by the response we received; maybe not astounded, we know he’s good. We sold virtually all from that first selection and Louis has spent the last five months working on six more paintings, which may be seen HERE. We’ve produced a short video of Louis, talking about his work and process, which may be seen HERE.

It’s been a whirlwind for Louis since graduation, including winning the Young Artist award in the 2015 Lynn Painter Stainer's Prize and being shortlisted for the Contemporary British Painting Prize in 2016. Additionally, Louis has had a major editorial featured within the Saatchi Magazine and has gained a place studying for his MA in Painting at the Royal College of Art in London, starting in October. Finally, excitingly he is also part of a touring exhibition in China, Contemporary Masters from Britain, alongside the likes of Lucian Freud and David Hockney; he also features in a new publication which accompanies the exhibition. 

Louis is one of the most obsessive artists we’ve worked with. He’ll work almost round the clock, day after day, working on and reworking minute details of a painting until he gets exactly what he seeks, not resting or compromising on the finished result. In the short three years since graduation, Louis has achieved tremendous success and we truly believe he is destined for even greater critical and commercial success ahead, especially with the profile accompanying the exhibition in China and his place gained at the Royal College. One to watch and be part of; we certainly believe so.

On another matter, it’s almost five years to the day that we embarked on our gallery adventure at Castlegate House. We’d both like to express our sincere thanks to all of the people who have been a part of this journey, many of which have become good friends. The time has gone remarkable quickly and I’m sure it will seem no time at all until we’re writing about our tenth anniversary.

All for now,

Steve and Christine