20th Century British & Contemporary Art
Castlegate House Gallery

New Work, New Exhibition and Norman

11th October, 2015

Alex Hain, Rainbow Cottage Alex Hain, Rainbow Cottage
Helen Tabor, Salmon Nets on the Solway Helen Tabor, Salmon Nets on the Solway

Plenty of new things at the gallery, as we head towards our next solo exhibition, beginning on 14th November, new and previously unseen works by Donald Wilkinson. Works covering the Solway, Fells and the West Coast and Isles of Scotland. A brilliant exhibition of one of the bedrocks of Cumbrian contemporary art for over five decades. More of that in the next couple of weeks. Right now, we have plenty of other things to talk about.

Firstly, newly painted works from Michael Bennett, plus a rare work from his studio, Storm I, from 1972 http://www.castlegatehouse.co.uk/paintings-for-sale/michael-bennett/

Mike has also agreed to let us have two works painted by his late wife, June, a mainstay of Castlegate since the late 1980s. These rare works were painted in 1960, and date from a time when June was still signing her name as J Steer. Wave I and Wave II work brilliantly together, although they are available independently http://www.castlegatehouse.co.uk/paintings-for-sale/june-bennett/

Next we have four brilliant new paintings from Alex Hain. You may recall we exhibited Alex’s work alongside fellow exciting new young talent, Jess Pigott, earlier this year. We’ve had a great year with Alex, and are thrilled with his new work http://www.castlegatehouse.co.uk/paintings-for-sale/alex-hain/  I especially love Rainbow Cottage… 

New work also from Helen Tabor http://www.castlegatehouse.co.uk/paintings-for-sale/helen-tabor/ Again, not trying to pick one out, but there’s a real feel of Joan Eardley about Salmon Nets on the Solway. A great painting. 

Finally, we are thrilled and honoured to announce that we are now officially representing the estate of the late Norman Cornish. http://www.castlegatehouse.co.uk/paintings-for-sale/norman-cornish/ Norman is the best known and lauded of the northern “pitman” painters; in truth, a label Norman fought against all his career.  He felt he shouldn’t be defined by his once-occupation; understandable. We’ll be working with Norman’s family to bring works into the gallery on a regular basis, with a major exhibition planned for over Easter 2017.  Norman was not just one of the most important Northern artists of the 20th Century, but a chronicler of a working class society now almost cast into history. A conversation with us for anyone interested in acquiring a work by Norman, may be a productive way forward 

All for now,
Steve and Christine