New work, a new artist and a new way of viewing

16th February, 2021

Katya Granova

Several things to mention, so let us kick off by saying how proud we are to welcome Katya Granova to Castlegate. About to recommence her MA in Painting at the Royal College of Art (covid-interruptus) Katya initially studied at the Paris College of Art from 2014-15 and thence 2015-17 at the ICA Moscow. We first came across Katya’s work as an entrant to the inaugural Castlegate Prize in 2020, ultimately reaching the final shortlist and one of the works which was in the running to take first place. We were so struck by its sheer energy and visceral quality, its explosive expression and ability to draw you in, that we acquired it for ourselves. Already Katya has a significant international exhibition track record, spanning London, Paris, Moscow and St Petersburg and it felt inevitable we’d manage to bring her work to Castlegate. All may be seen HERE.

Sheila Fell (RA)

Additionally, new to the gallery we have a painting by the late Sheila Fell (RA), originally shown in her Beaux Arts London exhibition of 1960 and remaining in sole private ownership until now. Potato Pickers, Evening has come from the collection of the late Ken Yates, friend to Sheila for much of the 60s and 70s.

Ian Stephenson (RA)

We’ve also brought to the gallery a splendid early painting by Ian Stephenson (RA) from 1955. Red Buses absolutely screams British 1950s abstract painting from its every brush stroke. It’s a painting we’ve personally lived with at home for nigh on ten years, but as most dealers or gallerists (yes, that really is a word) will tell you, ultimately most things end up for sale, including a gem of a Michael Bennett  painting, also released into the world for the first time in ten years or so. All new work may be seen HERE.

View our art on your walls, digitally

Now to the proclaimed new way of looking in the newsletter title. We’ve teamed up with Art Visualiser to bring clients a new way of viewing art in their own homes. The idea is that where on the gallery online listing for a painting/drawing you see a grey box to click titled “Visualise on your wall”, you can click that and use your mobile or tablet to overlay the art-work onto your wall space through your device camera. When you then walk around the room, the work is visible from different angles etc, really giving a good impression of its impact. The work is scaled to the correct sizing. The first time you use this facility you’ll be directed to download the free Art Visualiser app, one time only. We tried it a couple of weeks ago and were really quite impressed. Now, it takes some time for us to get works included in this, so as I type only certain works, such as the majority of the new work mentioned above, have been added (including the Hughie O'Donoghue shown here). We’ll add this ability to more of our works listed online each day, but in the meantime, if there is anything you’d like to use this facility for and which we haven’t yet included, just ask and we can make that happen.

All for now, stay safe and well,

Steve and Christine

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