20th Century British & Contemporary Art
Castlegate House Gallery

New Works and an Important Announcement

20th February, 2018

Pourquoi (1967) by John Bellany RA, CBE Pourquoi (1967) by John Bellany RA, CBE

New work and an important announcement; firstly let’s start with the announcement. As previously mentioned, on 24th March we’ll be opening the doors to a small curated exhibition of a dozen or so paintings by the late John Bellany (RA, CBE) including six wonderful paintings from John’s family which have never been seen before. However we can announce that also to be Included in the exhibition will be arguably John’s most famous and important work and possibly one of the most important British paintings of the latter half of the twentieth century. Pourquoi was painted in 1967 upon John’s return from visiting Buchenwald concentration camp and depicts three victims of that place. At over two metres square it’s a work that makes you stop in your tracks and think, really think; sometimes that’s what art should do and this truly does; it’s just so powerful and emotive. It’s a major acquisition and we’re immensely proud to have secured it, although at this time it will not be available for sale. It may be seen HERE. If you see nothing else in 2018, see this.

Next, new work which is available. We currently have three works by the late Sheila Fell on show in the gallery, one, Autumn Cumbria from circa 1974 is truly a brooding stormy affair and is illustrated in the book on Sheila by Cate Haste; all may be seen HERE. Also just in is a very rare work by the late Bill Peascod, renowned artist and climber. We’ve re-acquired this good sized and fabulous Cumbrian work titled SNOW CAPS (we last sold it four years ago); rare indeed, here’s your second chance. 

Also new in are two limited hand finished sculptures by internationally acclaimed sculptor Halima Cassell. Halima’s work is held in many of the major international museums and collections including the V&A and her work is usually priced accordingly. However, she’s produced two limited edition wall sculptures in-frame and at £480, it’s something of a bargain. Peruse HERE

So, that’s it; as said, we’re incredibly proud to have obtained Pourquoi which has spent many years in the collection of Frank Cohen, perhaps the only person to rival Charles Saatchi as a collector over the last twenty five years in the UK. More details to follow regarding the exhibition, but put a note in your diary. 

Steve and Christine