New work, Grayson and The Castlegate Prize

23rd August, 2020

A plethora of new work

We’ve been very active over the last few weeks, bringing myriad works to the gallery as well as finding new homes for many. Recent additions in the contemporary field include a plethora of works by Richard Fitton and Rebecca Swainston along with works by the likes of David Hockney (RA), Hughie O’Donoghue (RA) and Ben Nicholson; we’ve added many to our Summer Exhibition which may be viewed HERE.

Rebecca and Richard

It was a particular pleasure to visit Rebecca Swainston in her studio recently; we love Rebecca’s work, very contemporary and figurative, with narrative a-plenty. Rebecca studied at Chelsea School of Art and it was lovely to see her exhibit in London last year to coincide with the publication of a book about her work, with several of the works we chose from her studio featured in that publication.

We also welcomed Richard Fitton back to the gallery this past week. It’s been some time since we saw Richard and just as long since we brought forth new work from him; I can’t quite believe it was almost five years ago we met a rather nervous young man in the gallery with some wonderful varied paintings. Fabulous to see him extending his reach into sculpture as well as developing his painting.

Other notable works

Some other recent acquisition highlights include a drawing by David Hockney (RA) of David Graves, his friend and assistant for many years in the 1970s. This comes with wonderful provenance having been sold by the estate of David Graves himself. We were also thrilled to acquire a museum-quality painting from 1950 by one of the most influential of British artists of the last century; Girl with Jonquils by Patrick Heron is about as good as 1950s British paintings get, in our opinion.

Layers of meaninglessness by Grayson Perry (RA) - video

We’ve also very recently acquired the most astounding large vase by Grayson Perry (RA). Layers of Meaninglessness was potted in 1994 and remained in sole ownership since. It’s a very large piece and to try and get over its impact we’ve had a video produced which may be viewed on our videos page HERE.

As said, we’ve been very busy and we seems to be headed towards even busier times. Our next newsletter out will be the announcement of the winner of The Castlegate Prize at noon on the 12th September. The exhibition of the finalist’s work will also go live at that time, with many varied and very talented artists on show. Judging is going to be tough, there are many many works which I think could emerge as the winning piece, getting all judges to agree on one could be a task indeed.

All for now,

Steve and Christine

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