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The fletcher gate fine art gallery cordially invites yOu to 

The winter art shoW 2017

 

Guest artist: darren stevenson 
Showing:  oil paintings, drawings, maquettes and bronzes  
 
A great wAy to welcome in the festive season!

 

Opening Night: Friday 24th November 2017 commencing 6.00pm

 

We hope you can join us.

Best Wishes

George & Claire

Gallery Owner / Gallery Manager
Darren Stevenson Darren Stevenson image 2 Darren Stevenson image 3 Darren Stevenson image 4

A new acquisition

'Syria' by andrew laird

 

 

An incredibly inspirational piece by the phenomenally talented artist Andrew Laird.

 

The artist's statement:

 

I've always thought of artists as outsiders looking in. And I'm most certainly an outsider. I was brought up between two cultures, of East and West. I was even born at the dead of midnight between two days. I exist in the 'bit in the middle'. My preferred time of day is dusk, in half light. Artists are always living on the fringes of society. It's a perspective that allows us to 'see'. The fringes are what interests me as an artist. I have painted subjects ranging from Soho prostitutes to nocturnes of motorway bridges. Because these are the places where the human spirit is most evident. Where the human spirit meets nature, and in some instances where nature bites back. 

 

I was trained by a Camberwell school painter and a student of Euan Uglow while I was a student at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge. I was fortunate enough to have had an insight into a school of painting that spans from Auerbach, Bomberg through to Coldstream and Sickert. Although I paint subjects, these are a starting point for my love of painting and for the pattern of abstraction. Through abstraction I aim to embody the very human spirit I am trying to convey.

 

Andrew was brought up in Malta, Scotland and Germany and has travelled widely.  In 2012 he volunteered in a natural disaster zone on an island in the Philippines, whereupon he witnessed first hand how great the human spirit can be when facing heartbreaking realities. 

 

Here in his  painting 'Syria' Andrew conveys the power  of 'hope' as a force which grows stronger when faced with disaster whilst nature (our protector) reinvents herself in order to survive.

 

Now on show  to view, to  enquire about the work please contact the gallery: Follow the link

 

 

Best Wishes

 

Claire Moore 

GALLERY MANAGER

 

 

 

Syria

WELCOME TO

 

 

'GREEN BEACH'

 

THE MUCH-AWAITED-FOR SOLO SHOW BY THE LONDON SLADE SCHOOL ARTIST
TANYA VANESSA FOSTER

 

A PREVIEW TO THE NEW SERIES OF COASTAL WORKS:


Illustrated:

'GREEN BEACH' by Tanya Vanessa Foster, original oil on board, 10 x 10 Inches, signed (Top Right)

 

'KYNANCE COVE II' by Tanya Vanessa Foster, original oil on linen, 35.5 x 25.5 Inches, Signed and Inscribed Verso (Second from the Top Right)

 


The threads that tie the different works together in Tanya’ s ‘GREEN BEACH’ capture the ‘human experience’ in a poetic distancing of the artist and her subject.
Each painting in this unique body of original works, walks the tightrope between abstraction and figuration. The pinks, whites and flesh tones of the figures resonate against the backdrop of green and violet shadows, as human form becomes one with abstraction.
Tanya’s narrative of the populated beach as a celebration of life with its llight, complex language of form, colour and movement is a reoccurring theme in Tanya’s work.
BY OPEN INVITE
Invitation to the show will be by open invite. The show will run from 22th July to 4th September 2017.

 

MEET AND GREET

Tanya will be attending the show in person on the following dates:

 

EVENING EVENT

Saturday 29th July 2017 4.00pm to 8.00pm

Guests will enjoy drinks and light refreshment

 

 

See the entire collection

 

 

WE HOPE YOU CAN JOIN US.

Tanya Vanessa Foster Tanya gal pic Tanya - Kynance Cove II Tanya Pic

Tuesday 20th June 2017


THE ADVENT OF ABSTRACT EXPRESSIONISM



IN MONET'S WORDS; "THE SUBJECT IS SECONDARY. WHAT I WANT TO REPRODUCE IS THAT WHICH IS BETWEEN THE SUBJECT AND ME".

 


(Illustrated Top Right) Monet's 'Saule Pleurer' with its single field of luminous, emotive colour signals the advent of 'pure painting'. The work transcends the subject it depicts; no longer just a willow tree, 'Saule Pleurer' becomes a highly-charged, evocative, expressionistic near abstract painting.

Claude Monet

introducing 

zino pece's new summer collection 2017

'bloom'

 

 

Illustrated (From the Second Top Right):

 

The Artist 'Zino Pece'

 

FROM THE SUMMER COLLECTION - 'river bank'
BY ZINO PECE

Original Acrylic on Canvas
100 x 80 Inches
Signed and Inscribed Verso
Acquired Direct from the Artist
£1,800

 

FROM THE SUMMER COLLECTION - 'bloom'
BY ZINO PECE

Original Acrylic on Canvas
60 x 90 Inches
Signed and Inscribed Verso
Acquired Direct from the Artist
£1,200

 

Reminiscent of the 'All-Over' Drip paintings of Jackson Pollock, Zino's new summer collection is now on show to view.

see the new summer 'Bloom' Collection

 

We look forward to seeing you in the Gallery.

 

Best Wishes

George & Claire

Gallery Owner, Gallery Manager

 

 

 

 

Zino Pece Zino Pece - Riverbank Zino Pece - Bloom

Thursday 1st June 2017

 

 

a further addition to  

Nael Hanna's

Summer collection

 

Illustrated: (Top Right)

GRAZING ANGUS
BY NAEL HANNA, SCOTTISH (B.1959)

Original Oil on Board
12 x 12 Inches
Signed
Acquired Direct from the Artist
Price: £1,500

 

This beautifully expressive piece emphasizes how colour can both express and signify.  Who would expect a field to be pink, for example. And this is what makes this special work so unique.

In his invention, Nael has taken the colours of the four elements; yellow for earth, green for water, blue for air and red for fire (used by painters such as Van Gogh) and reinterpreted the colours of nature.

The work is now on show to view.

We look forward to seeing you in the gallery.

 

Best Wishes

 

George & Claire

Gallery Owner & Gallery Manager

 

SEE MORE WORKS BY THE ARTIST

Nael Hanna - Angus Grazing

Wednesday 5th April 2017

 

HE NEVER FAILS TO DISAPPOINT

THREE GORGEOUS NEW WORKS BY THE INTERNATIONAL ARTIST AND BEST SELLING ARTIST AT THE FRASER GALLERY EDINBURGH

INTRODUCING

NAEL HANNA, SCOTTISH (B.1959)

 

Pictured top right, Nael's 'Venice at Night' is a fine example of the Nael's 'plein-air' painting.  

Appearing as a panorama that has fleetingly entered his frame of vision, the scene has been captured in an instant through Nael's animated brushwork.  The impression of casual execution which often predominates Nael's work is contrasted by the overall harmony of composition, colour and light.

Rendered in soft harmonious tones of blue, the painting is from Nael's new spring collection now on show to view.

We look forward to seeing you in the gallery.

 

Best Wishes

Claire

 

Claire Moore BA(Hons)

GALLERY MANAGER

 

Illustrated from the top right:

 

VENICE AT NIGHT
BY NAEL HANNA

Original Oil on Board
Signed
Acquired Direct from the Artist

Medium: Oil on Board
Size: 12" x 12"
Price: £1,500

 

THE RIALTO BRIDGE, VENICE
BY NAEL HANNA

Original Oil on Board
Signed
Acquired Direct from the Artist

Medium: Oil on Board
Size: 12" x 12"
Price: £1,500

 

SUMMER NIGHT, WEST HAVEN
BY NAEL HANNA

Original Oil on Board
Signed
Acquired Direct from the Artist

Medium: Oil on Board
Size: 12" x 12"
Price: £1,500

 

WELCOME TO THE FLETCHER GATE FINE ART GALLERY

 

 

Nael Hanna - Venice at Night Nael Hanna - The Rialta Bridge Venice Nael Hanna - Summer Night, West Haven

Wednesday 22nd March 2017

 

THE CLASSIC SEASCAPE WITH A TWIST

 

A STUNNING COLLECTION OF ORIGINAL WORKS BY THE ACCLAIMED INTERNATIONAL ARTIST

DARREN STEVENSON

 

A fond greeting to our gallery clients

 

We are honoured to welcome the Internationally acclaimed coastal scene artist Darren Stevenson to The Fletcher Gate Fine Art Gallery.

Born in Nottingham, England in 1966, Darren Stevenson's moody, enigmatic coastal scenes are instantly recognizable.

Working in oils, Darren builds upon a traditional process and theme. He blends this approach with modern techniques, abstract in style and by using ‘rabbit skin’ glue he primes the canvas giving it textures and layers. Once dry he uses layers of oil to get the desired effect and sandpaper where necessary to create further texture and depth.

Painting 'en plein air', Darren travels up and down the English coast and France searching for the perfect spot to paint. He paints what he sees, does not use digital aids and sometimes sits out for hours come wind, rain or shine to get the perfect scene.

 

Reminiscent of the beautiful coastal scenes of the romantic period, Darren's new collection is now on show to view in the gallery. We look forward to seeing you.

 

Best Wishes

 

Claire and George

gallery owner & gallery manager

 

Illustrated: (From the top right)

 

'NIGHT STORM' by Darren Stevenson, Original Oil on Board, 26 x 26 Inches, Signed, SOLD

'INCOMING TIDE' by Darren Stevenson, Original Oil on Board, 26 x 47.5 Inches, Signed, £2800

'WATERGATE BAY, CORNWALL' by Darren Stevenson, Original Oil on Canvas, 39 x 39 Inches, Signed, £2500

'WELLS BEACH, NORFOLK' by Darren Stevenson, Original Oil on Board, 15.5 x 35 Inches, Signed, £1700

 

See more works by the artist

 

 

Darren Stevenson - Night Storm Darren Stevenson - Incoming Tide Watergate Bay, Cornwall Wells Beach, Norfolk

Sunday 27th January 2017

 

 

SOLD TODAY 

st ives, november 

by fred yates, british (1922-2008)

 


This delightful painting by the hugely popular Cornish Naive artist Fred Yates (1922-2008).

Entitled 'St Ives, November', the provenance of this enchanting work was the Newlyn Oriion Gallery, Penzance, Cornwall. (pictured top right)

Fred Yates is one of my all-time favourite artists and what a joy it has been over the years to have handled so many beautiful works by an undeniable 'natural' talent - naivety at its best!

Here's to finding our next piece!

 

We look forward to seeing you in the gallery.

 

Best Wishes

Claire

 

Claire Moore BA (Hons)

Gallery Manager

Fred Yates - Along St Ives Fred Yates - C'est

Saturday 21st January 2016

 

a celebration of fine art

 

presenting  original works by the internationally acclaimed

scottish artist

 

NAEL HANNA (B.1959)

 

As we welcome in 2017 we send a huge thank you to  our new and long-standing clients for their continued support and patronage. 

Following on from the unprecedented success of Nael Hanna's first solo show in Nottingham in November 2016.  I am delighted to present this beautiful piece entitled; 'Santa Maria Della Salute', Original Oil on Canvas, 55 x 39.25 Inches, Signed, Acquired direct from the Artist (illustrated top right).

This timeless piece is now on show to view in the gallery.

We look forward to seeing you.

 

Best Regards

 

Claire

 

Claire Moore BA (Hons)

gallery manager

 

 

see more works by Nael

Nael Hanna - Santa Maria Della Salute, Venice Nael Hanna in Venice

Tuesday 13th December 2016

 

EXCITING NEWS FOR CHRISTMAS 2016

 

Our Gallery Artist Haidee-Jo Summers has this week been elected a full member of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters.

 

WELL DONE HAIDEE-JO!!!

 

Illustrated: 

Haidee-Jo Summers ROI  (Top Right)

'Late Afternoon, Goose Fair' By Haidee-Jo summers, roi 

Original Oil on Board, 8.75 x 11.5 Inches, Signed, £495 (Lower Right)

Haidee-Jo Haidee-Jo Goose Fair

Sunday 30th October 2016

 

Illustrated:  

'Moonlight Over Skye, Scotland' by Nael Hanna (Top Right)

Nael working in East Haven, Scotland (Bottom Right)

 

count down to

 an exclusive solo show

for the acclaimed scottish artist

nael hanna

 

Venue: The Fletcher Gate Fine Art Gallery

Exhibition opening day: Saturday 5th November 2016 - 2.30pm to 5.30pm

The Show will run from Saturday 5th November to Saturday 26th November 2016

 

 

Hello Everyone

Although Nael shows regularly in London and Edinburgh, this is the first ever show for the Internationally celebrated Scottish artist in Nottingham.

The new works to be shown comprise of 30 paintings in all.  Every piece is complex and beautiful; the richness of colour and indulgence of texture draws the onlooker in to see something different each time. Instantly recognisable seascapes and landscapes form the bedrock of Nael's new body of work and  amongst this backdrop he has also produced breath-taking still life, as well as capturing the romance and vibrancy of more far flung destinations such as Morocco and Italy.

 

We hope you can join us.

 

Best Wishes

 

Claire Moore

GALLERY MANAGER
Moonlight Over Skye, Scotland Nael working - Easthaven, Scotland

Wednesday 12th October 2016

 

the rising popularity OF cornish naive ART of the late 20th early 21st century

 

Hello Everyone

Today I am delighted to introduce an enchanting early oil on board by Fred Yates (1922-2008); 'SAILING CRAFT OFF THE ISLAND ST IVES' (Illustrated Top Right). In Fred's early work his palette is more muted, hence the bold, bright colours are replaced by softer blues and greys.

'Fred Yates' has been a personal favourite of mine since the Gallery acquired our first Cornish Naive piece by the artist in 2010.  

An example of Fred's work sold through the Gallery was this stunning oil depicting ST MICHAEL'S MOUNT FROM THE GWELVA (Illustrated Bottom Right).  Quite a large piece for the artist, this was sent across the Atlantic to a collector in America.

 

 

SEE MORE WORKS BY THE ARTIST

Fred Yates - Sailing Craft Off the Island Fred Yates - St Michael's Mount from the Qwelva

Saturday 3rd September  2016

the fletcher gate fine art gallery

introduces

The internationally acclaimed artist 

nael hanna, scottish (b.1959)

new works now showing

Illustrated: (From Top Right)

KNIFE AND FORK
Original Oil on Board
12 x 12 Inches
Signed
Provenance:  Acquired Direct from the Artist

Price: SOLD

 

 

 

CRABBING POOL AT EAST NEUK

Original Oil on Board
17.5 x 30 Inches
Signed
Provenance: Acquired Direct from the Artist

Price: £2,800

 

 

 

HASTINGS FISHING BOATS

Original Oil on Canvas
23.5 x 38.5 Inches
Signed
Provenance: Acquired Direct from the Artist

Price: £4000

 

 

 

 

 

 

click here:   WATCH THE ARTIST AT WORK 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nael Hanna - Knife and Fork Nael Hanna - Crabbing Pool at East Neuk Nael Hanna - Hastings Fishing Boats

Friday 26th August 2016

JUST ARRIVED TODAY!

THIS STRIKING VIVIDLY INTERPRETED STILL LIFE

'KNIFE AND FORK'

ORIGINAL OIL ON BOARD

12 X 12 INCHES

SIGNED

BY THE INTERNATIONALLY CELEBRATED SCOTTISH ARTIST

NAEL HANNA (B.1959)

 

Hello

I am delighted to introduce this beautifully executed Still Life by the Renowned Scottish Artist Nael Hanna.

With its vivid colours and vigorous, expressive brushstrokes this original piece from Nael's new Summer Collection  has just arrived with us.

 

exciting news!

Following the amazing success of Nael Hanna's 'Spring Collection', the gallery is excited to announce an Exclusive Solo 'Winter Show' for the artist in November 2016. Commencing with the 'Grand Opening' on Saturday 5th November 2016 at 2.30 pm.

At the event guests will have the unique opportunity to meet Nael Hanna in person.

Nael lives in Scotland and has exhibited at the world-renowned Fraser Gallery in Edinburgh for many years. 

We look forward to seeing you in the Gallery.

 

Best Wishes

 

Claire Moore, BA(Hons)

GALLERY MANAGER

 

 

 

 

Nael Hanna - Knife and Fork Knife and Fork

Wednesday 17th August 2016

 

Illustrated:  OVER THE BRIDGE, VENICE By Nael Hanna, Original Oil on Canvas, 20 x 30 Inches, Signed.


 

ANNOUNCEMENT:

AN EXCLUSIVE SOLO SHOW FOR THE INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED SCOTTISH ARTIST

NAEL HANNA (B.1959)


Hello Everyone

Following on from the unprecedented success of the Internationally Acclaimed artist, Nael Hanna's Spring Collection, the gallery is excited to announce an Exclusive Solo Winter Show for the artist in November 2016. (Dates to be confirmed).

At the event guests will be invited to meet Nael in person and will have the unique opportunity to see the artist at work as he completes a painting for the show.

Nael lives in Scotland and has exhibited at the world-renowned Fraser Gallery in Edinburgh for many years. His stunning expressionist seascapes and landscapes, with their glorious colour and emotive, gestural brushstrokes are unique in their interpretation and fine quality.

Illustrated:  (From Right)

Nael Hanna - Over the Bridge Venice

SOLD

east neuk
BY NAEL HANNA

Original Oil on Canvas

20 x 30 Inches
Signed and Inscribed Verso
Acquired Direct from the Artist
£3000

 

 

 

 

SOLD

saint marcos, venice
BY NAEL HANNA

Original Oil on Board
12 x 12 Inches
Signed and Inscribed Verso
Acquired Direct from the Artist
£1,400

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SOLD

ben nevis spring
BY NAEL HANNA

Original Oil on Board
20 x 30 Inches
Signed and Inscribed Verso
Acquired Direct from the Artist
£3000

 

 

 

 

 

SOLd

gondolas in winter, venice

BY NAEL HANNA

Original Oil on Canvas
12 x 12 Inches
Signed and Inscribed Verso
Acquired Direct from the Artist
£1,400

 

 

 

 

 

 

sold

warm night, angus

BY NAEL HANNa

Original Oil on Board
12 x 12 Inches
Signed and Inscribed Verso
Acquired Direct from the Artist
£1,400

 

 

 

 

 

 

SOLD

grazing at ben nevis

BY NAEL HANNA

Original Oil on Board
12 x 12 Inches
Signed and Inscribed Verso
Acquired Direct from the Artist
£1400

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SOLD

freedom at last

BY NAEL HANNA


Original Oil on Board
20 x 20 Inches
Signed and Inscribed Verso
Acquired Direct from the Artist
£2500

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SOLD

summer poppies

BY NAEL HANNA


Original Oil on Board
21.5 x 21.5 Inches
Signed and Inscribed Verso
Acquired Direct from the Artist
£2,750

 

 

 

 

Have your diaries ready!

We hope you can join us.

 

Best Wishes

 

Claire Moore BA(Hons)

gallery manager

 

 

 

 

Nael Hanna - East Neuk Nael Hanna - Saint Marcos, Venice Nael Hanna - Ben Nevis Springtime Nael Hanna - Gondolas in Winter Nael Hanna - Warm Night Angus Nael Hanna - Grazing at Ben Nevis 1 Nael Hanna - Freedom at Last Nael Hanna - Summer Poppies

Thursday 21st July 2016

 

A new acquisition

'rural landscape'

by the royal academy artist

lawrence self (1924-2002)

 

Hello Everyone

I would like to present to you a singular piece by a Royal Academician Lawrence Self (b1924). 'Rural Landscape', Original Oil on Board, 12 x 8 Inches, Signed (Shown Top Right) the work is in keeping with the painterly style of other RA artists attending the Royal Academy at that time, most noticeably the Internationally celebrated artist Kyffin Williams (1918-2006) see painting illustrated Middle Right 'Cottages, Mynydd Bodafon'.

 

'A Gem of a Piece', 'Rural Landscape', executed in Lawrence's idiosyncratic bold, palette knife style,  shows the highly sought-after artist at his best. 

 

The painting is now on show to view.  We look forward to seeing you in the Gallery.

 

Best Regards

Claire Moore BA(Hons)

GALLERY MANAGEr

 

(Also illustrated Bottom Right: 'Saltings, Shingle Street' by Lawrence Self

Lawrence Self - Rural Landscape Kyffin Williams Lawrence Self Others

Friday 15th July 2016

on 30th june 2016

Christie’s celebrates 250 years with their anniversary sale that totals £99.5 million

 

Hello Everyone

The events of the artworld continue to fascinate and beguile us.  Here is just a taster of some of this year's astonishing success stories of rare and important artworks sold at  auction:


Your's for a mere £26m, three centuries of great British art: Works by Lucian Freud, Sir Joshua Reynolds and Lord Leighton to be sold at auction as part Christie's 250th anniversary

 

Attending the 250th Anniversary Sale were bidders from 32 countries from across four continents. The sale was 87 per cent sold by lot and 83 per cent sold by value.

The diverse works of art provided a journey through British art over four centuries. Many of the works sold had previously been sold through Christie’s in the 250 years since James Christie first opened his doors in 1766.

 

click to 'VISIT THE AUCTION'

 

 

Best Wishes

 

Claire Moore

gallery manager

Joshua Reynolds Christie's London

Saturday 9th July 2016

THE MOST EXPENSIVE OLD MASTER PAINTING EVER TO HAVE SOLD AT CHRISTIE'S

 RUBENS'  'LOT AND HIS DAUGHTERS' (CIRCA 1613-14)

SELLS FOR £44 MILLION

History in the Making; Francis Outred, the head of post-war and contemporary art for Europe, went on an Old Masters spending spree. When after an extracted  bidding war which lasted fifteen minutes, he secured Rubens’s 'Lot and His Daughters (1613-14) for £44  Million, the highest price EVER for an Old Master sold at Christies.

When he painted 'Lot and His Daughters', Sir Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) had already gained a reputation as one of the most important and fashionable artists in Antwerp, and was at the centre of the European artistic stage. He had worked in Rome, at the court of Vincenzo I Gonzaga, Duke of Mantua, and, in 1609, was appointed court painter to the Archdukes Albert and Isabella of Brussels.

This little-known, never -to- have- been- exhibited, masterpiece represents the biblical tale of  Lot and his family as they fled the immoral city of Sodom, having escaped the desolate mountain town of Zoar. Fuelled by the desire to continue their lineage following the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, his two chaste daughters conspired to seduce their father — to whom, according to the bible, Jesus was directly related, through David’s great-grandmother Ruth, who was descended from Moab.

ANOTHER sale FOR THE RECORD BOOKS!

 

We look forward to seeing you in the Gallery.

 

Best Wishes

Claire Moore

GALLERY MANAGER

Rubens - Lot and his Daughters Christies

Saturday 9th July 2016

Hello Everyone

I am delighted to introduce this stunnnig original watercolour, a new addition to Gerald's Highly Sought After -  'Nottingham Collection'.

 

JUST ARRIVED and solD today

MARKET SQUARE FROM ANGEL ROW NOTTINGHAM
BY GERALD GREEn

Original Watercolour
13.5 x 19 Inches
Signed and Inscribed Verso
Acquired Direct from the Artis

SOLD

Depicting Nottingham's Historical 'Market Square' and executed in a loose impressionist style, here Gerald captures the ever-changing qualities of light to create an explosion of colour. A Truly Exceptional Piece!

We look forward to seeing you in the Gallery.

Best Wishes

 

Claire Moore BA(Hons)

gallery manager

 

 

 

 

 

Gerald Green - Market Square from Angel Row

Sunday 29th May 2016

NEW ARRIVALS!

 

(Illustrated from the TOP Right)

THEATRE ROYAL NOTTINGHAM
BY GERALD GREEN

Original Watercolour
13.5 x 19 Inches
Signed and Inscribed Verso
Acquired Direct from the Artist
Price: £1,050

ALONG MIDDLE PAVEMENT, NOTTINGHAM
BY GERALD GREEN
Original Watercolour
13.5 x 19 Inches
Signed and Inscribed Verso
Acquired Direct from the Artist
Price: £1,050

TOWARDS GOOSE GATE FROM CARLTON STREET, NOTTINGHAM
BY GERALD GREEN

Original Watercolour
13.5 x 19 Inches
Signed and Inscribed Verso
Acquired Direct from the Artist
Price: £1,050

 

introducing a BEAUTIFUL  COllection of impressionist watercolours by the london mall galleries artist

gerald green (b.1947)

 

Hello Everyone

I am delighted to introduce a delightful new collection of Impressionist watercolours by the Ever- Popular London Mall Galleries Artist Gerald Green.

Following the success of his most recent paintings of Nottingham, which have now all sold. The Gallery has acquired three more original works by the Artist (Illustrated Above).

'THEATRE ROYAL, NOTTINGHAM' depicts Nottingham's much-loved theatre venue.  Executed in Gerald's loose impressionist style the rendering of light and shade in this vibrantly interpreted piece is simply  STUNNING!

The paintings are now on show for you to view.

We look forward to seeing you in the Gallery.

Best Wishes


Claire Moore BA(Hons)

GALLERY MANAGER

 

 

 

Theatre Royal, Nottingham Along Middle Pavement Nottingham Towards Goose Gate, Carlton Street, Nottingham

Sunday 8th May 2016

(Ilustrated Above Right)

a special find

'ABSTRACT'
BY STANLEY HORACE GARDINER

(1888-1952)

original Watercolour & Ink
9.50" x 11.75"
signed lower right

 

 

WELCOME TO THE GALLERY

 

Hello Everyone

One of the many 'Beauties' we have found over the years - this rare, delightful abstract by the Internationally Renowned Newlyn painter Stanley Horace Gardiner.

 

STANLEY HORACE GARDINER - (1888-1952)

Born in Reading in 1888, Stanley was apprenticed as a house decorator whilst in his spare time painting with house-paint on card. After winning a Scholarship to Reading University, he went on to study at the Allan Fraser Art College, Arbroath, Scotland. Stanley travelled to America but returned during World War 1 to serve in the Armed Forces.

In Lamorna during 1923-1952, he was encouraged and heavily influenced by Samuel John Lamorna Birch, (for whom he made frames when finances were tight), along with for Stanhope Forbes and others.

Stanley lived at Lily Cottage and worked often in the open air, and in the studio he built for himself (Bludor Studio). He studied at the Forbes School in 1926, and showed at Newlyn Art Gallery in the Christmas Exhibition of that year. His titles included Sun Daisies, April Morning and Lamorna, among others. He also took pupils for lessons in the open air, carrying on the long-held plein air tradition.

Regarded as a major treasure at Penlee House, Penzance is a Portrait of Stanley Gardiner painted in 1938 by the artist Richard Copeland Weatherby (Seal). It was shown at STISA and then hung at the RA in 1945. It depicts Gardiner 'who stands, legs astride, palette in left hand, brush to the fore, facing his easel with the Lamorna Quay in the background.' (D Bradfield). 

 

We look forward to seeing you in the Gallery.

 

Best Wishes

Claire Moore, BA(Hons)

gallery manager

 

 

 

 

 

Stanley Horace Gardiner gallery pic for web

Sunday 1st May 2016

introducing

'HEST BANK PROMENADE, LANCASHIRE'
BY E. FRASER (EXH 1884)
Original Watercolour
26 x 28 cm
Signed and Dated '88
£1200

 

Reminiscent of the French painter Eugene Boudin 1824-1998. (Illustrated Top Right)

There is everything right about this little piece by E Fraser.  (Bottom Right). Depicting Hest Bank Promenade bathed in light, the picture shows holiday-makers taking the air at the beach. The ladies in their bustles and finery date the piece to the 1880's.


A Special Find!

 

Best Wishes

Claire Moore BA(Hons)

gallery manager

 

 

 

Eugene Boudin E.Fraser

Thursday 21st  April 2016

SOLD TODAY 

THIS DELIGHTFUL WILDLIFE PAINTING OF A WOODCOCK BY THE RENOWNED SUFFOLK ARTIST

FRANK SOUTHGATE
(1872-1916)


IN THE SHADOW OF THE HEDGEROW

ORIGINAL WATERCOLOUR
12 X 19.5 INCHES

SIGNED AND DATED 

Frank Southgate 2

 

 

There remains a very strong collectors market for wildlife paintings particularly those depicting woodland birds.  This beautiful watercolour (pictured Top Right) is a fine example of the artist's Frank Southgate's work. Born in Suffolk, Frank lived most of his short life in East Anglia. He died whilst serving in the British Army in France during the First World War.

 

The Gallery has acquired privately over the years some stunnning wildlife paintings which includes two exquisite pieces by the renowned bird painter Archibald Thorburn; 'CHAFFINCH' and  'COCK AND HEN PHEASANT' (pictured Bottom Right). 

 

We look forward to seeing you in the Gallery.

 

Best Wishes

 

Claire Moore BA(Hons)

GALLERY MANAGER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ME WITH CHAFFINCH ARCHIBALD THORBURN

 

Saturday 16th April 2016

Illustrated:(From the Top Right)

'GRAZING AT BEN NEVIS' by Nael Hanna

Claire Moore, Gallery Manager

sold TODAY

GRAZING AT BEN NEVIS
BY NAEL HANNA

Original Oil on Board
12 x 12 inches
signed

acquired direct from the artist

 

Nael Hanna describes his work as abstract expressionism.  Each unique piece from Nael's Spring Collection is rendered with rich, textured impasto oil paint. You will notice that Nael deliberately secrets any figurative hints deep within the composition further involving us with his work. 

These stunning originals are now available to view.

We look forward to seeing you in the Gallery.

 

Best Wishes

Claire Moore BA(Hons)

gallery manager


 

 

 

Nael Hanna - Grazing at Ben Nevis Me with Nael Hanna painting

Friday 1st April 2016

sold today

'SUMMERTIME ON THE RIVER FOWEY'
BY FRED YATES(1922-2008)

Original Oil on Board
9 X 10.75 iNCHES
SIGNED

pROVENANCE: ACQUIRED BY THE FLETCHER GATE ART GALLERY AT BONHAMS, LONDON

 

This little gem of a piece by the acclaimed and highly collectable artist Fred Yates is typical of the artist's 'joie de vivre'.  Swathed in radiant sunshine with its colourful characters,  it depicts people enjoying their daily lives on the River Fowey.  

The Gallery has been fortunate over the years to have had many exquisite original works pass through our hands and this is one such piece.

 

Illustrated: (Bottom Right)

Fred's biography; 'FRED YATES - C'EST VOTRE PASSION, MONSIEUR'.  A charmingly sweet and beautifully illustrated book about the artist and his life.

Best Wishes 

Claire Moore

GALLERY MANAGER

 

Fred Yates - Springtime on the River Fowey Fred Yates - C'est

Tuesday 8th March 2016

 

THE POPULARITY OF

SCOTTISH ART 

 

Ilustrated:

 

STILL LIFE WITH FLOWERS AND FRUIT
George Leslie Hunter (1879-1931)
National Galleries of Scotland, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

 

 

 

 

 

Hello Everyone


I am delighted to introduce to you a painting by the renowned Scottish artist Donald Bain (1904-1979)  . Illustrated Right, the painting was acquired by the Fletcher Gate Art Gallery from a fine art sale at Sotheby’s, London. 

2015 was a very successful year for Scottish Art at Sotheby’s and record prices were achieved for Frances Campbell Boileau Cadell and George Leslie Hunter, Scottish Colourists.

Donald Bain was involved with the founding of the New Scottish Group the ‘Scottish Colourists’ in 1942. The New Scottish Group was a loose collection of artists based in Glasgow, who exhibited from 1942 to 1956. It was formed around John Duncan Fergusson after his return to Glasgow in 1939. It had its origins in the New Art Club formed in 1940, and had its first exhibition in 1942

Born in Kilmacolm, Renfrewshire in 1904, Donald Bain was educated at the Moffat Academy & then went on to study art with WY MacGregor, one of the Glasgow Boys.

MacGregor introduced Bain to the work of SJ Peploe & JD Fergusson & the style of these two painters is sometimes reflected in Bain's work. He returned to Glasgow in 1948 & settled there.

Bain exhibited widely in France and on a touring exhibition in Scotland in 1972-1973. He died in Scotland in 1979. The Scottish Arts Council & the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art hold a collection of his work.

 

 

 

 

 



EXCITING NEWS! The Gallery is busy arranging events for 2016 including an exclusive 'One Man Show' in November 2016 for the Internationally renowned Scottish Artist Nael Hanna.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Illustrated;

Me holding 'STILL LIFE OF LILIES AND POPPIES' by Nael Hanna. 

 

 

We look forward to seeing you in the Gallery

 

Claire Moore BA(Hons)

gallery manager

 

 


George Leslie Hunter 2 Donald Bain Donald Bain small Claire in Green March

Saturday 6th Febrary 2016

 

continued...

 

sotheby's IMPRESSIONIST, MODERN ART & surrealists EVENING SALEs meet expectations

 

Attracting an audience from 55 Countries, Sotheby's February sale series of Impressionist, Modern & Surrealist Art, which included one of Pablo Picasso's masterpieces, 'Tete de Femme' (Illustrated Bottom Right), a 1935 portrait of his greatest muse Marie-Therese Walter, didn't disappoint expectations achieving a final result of £93.7 million.

The highlight of the Evening Sale  Pablo Picasso's  'Tete de Femme' estimated between 16,000,000-20,000,000  sold on the day for a highly respectable 18.9 million. However, the same could not be said for 'La Lecon de Piano', (Illustrated Top Right) by Henri Matisse, which failed to reach it's lowest estimate of £12,000,000 eventually selling for £10,789,000.

It is true to say that the artworld is fickle but it would seem that this serves only to add to its intrigue and mystery.

 

Best Wishes

Claire Moore

gallery Manager

 

 

 

 

 





 

La Lecon de Piano Pablo Picasso - Tete de Femme

Wednesday 27th January 2016

 

after 89 years in a british private collection

'la lecon de piano'

by henri matisse is set to reach

£18 Million at auction

 

Hello Everyone

The painting 'La Lecon de Piano' (pictured Upper Right), claimed to be one of the finest interior compositions from Matisse's Early 'NICE' period, will be the highlight of Sotheby's 'Impressionist and Modern Art' Early Evening Sale on 3rd February 2016.

The subject of the work  'Music' was also one of the French artist's great passions.  Widely regarded as the greatest colorist of the twentieth century, Matisse first came to prominence as the leader of the French 'Fauvism' movement.

Although interested in Cubism, Matisse rejected it and instead sought to use color as the foundation for his expressive, and at times, monumental paintings.   Still life and the nude remained favorite subjects throughout his career.

In 2015 Matisse's portrait 'Odalisque au Fauteuil Noir' (pictured Lower Right), portraying Princess Nezy-Hamide Chawkat, achieved another record for the artist  at auction selling for the princely sum of £15.8m.

 

We look forward to seeing you in the Gallery.

 

Claire Moore BA(Hons)

Gallery Manager

 

 

La Lecon de Piano Henri Matisse - Odalisque

16th January 2016

sold

marcel dyf

french (1899-1995)

 

FILLE A SA FENETRE

Original Oil on Canvas
Signed & Inscribed verso

 

Hello Everyone

I am delighted to announce that the delightful Impressionist work by the world-renowned artist Marcel Dyf has sold and is on its way to a new home.

Painted in 1966, the painting depicts the artist's wife Claudine.  In the summer of 1954, Dyf met Claudine Godet. Aged just nineteen she was thirty-six years younger than the artist and with her long fair hair, clear skin, vivacity and patience he felt her to be his perfect model. There was an instant rapport between them and her arrival acted as a catalyst bringing Dyf's art forward to the threshold of its most mature phase. She often features in many of his pieces. They married in 1956 and remained together until Dyf's death in 1985.

 

Illustrated:

Me - 'Seeing the Painting on Its Way'

 

We look forward to seeing you in the gallery.

 

Best Wishes

Claire Moore BA (Hons)

Gallery manager

 

 

 

 

 

Marcel Dyf - Fille a sa Fenetre with Claire Marcel Dyf - Fille a Sa Fenetre with Claire packaging

30th December 2015

 

haidee-Jo summers (aroi)

INTRODUCING A stunning NEW COLLECTION OF ORIGINAL OILS BY THE POPULAR LOCAL AWARD-WINNING ARTIST 

 

 

Hello Everyone

I am delighted to introduce this stunning new collection of original works by Haidee-Jo Summers. In December of this year, Haidee-Jo was elected an Associate Member of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters. 

I love the Light and Colour in Haidee-Jo's new paintings.  With its bold blues and vibrant oranges 'SNOW IN THE LANE' presents a play on light and shadow which is really quite enchanting. 

 

works illustrated:

 

SNOW IN THE LANE
BY HAIDEE-JO SUMMERS (AROI)

Original Oil on Canvas
Signed and Inscribed Verso
Size: 8" x 10"
Price: £550

Acquired Direct from the Artist

 

DRYING IN A SEA BREEZE
BY HAIDEE-JO SUMMERS (AROI)

Original Oil on Canvas
Signed and Inscribed Verso
Size: 12" x 16"
Price: £850

Acquired Direct from the Artist

 

DUSTY'S DECKCHAIR SHACK
BY HAIDEE-JO SUMMERS (AROI)

Original Oil on Canvas
Signed and Inscribed Verso
Size: 12" x 16"
Price: £850

Acquired Direct from the Artist

 

SUNRISE AT SALUTE, VENICE
BY HAIDEE-JO SUMMERS (AROI)

Original Oil on Canvas
Signed and Inscribed Verso
Size: 8" x 12"
Price: £450

Acquired Direct from the Artist

 

We look forward to seeing you in the Gallery.

Best Wishes

 

Claire Moore

gallery manager

 

 

 

Haidee-Jo Summers - Snow in the Lane Haidee-Jo Summers - Drying in a Sea Breeze Haidee-Jo Summers - Dusty's Deckchair Haidee-Jo Summers - Sunrise at Salute, Venice

23th December 2015

 

gregoire michonze

(1902-1982)

 

sold

The newly acquired Collection of fine original works by the renowned russian-french artist

 

 

Hello Everyone

I am delighted to announce that all three paintings by the naive surrealist artist Gregoire Michonze have now been sold.  

Gregoire Michonze described his work as Surreal Naturalism. Exquisitely rendered in powder pinks, bright greens and sky blues, the fascination of these three exceptionally fine works was in their allegorical story-telling;

 

Artist's statement:

"My Subjects have no subjects,they exist only for a poetic end. If the poetry is there, the canvas is complete. No histories, only pure pOetry, preferably untitled"


Illustrated far rigHt:

PASAGE BLEU

BY GREGOIRE MICHONZE

Original Oil on Canvas
Signed and Dated '68'

Medium: Oil on Canvas

Size: 8" x 10"

SOLD

 

LE VIEUX DESTINATEUR

BY GREGOIRE MICHONZE

Original Oil On Canvas
Signed

Medium: Oil on Canvas

Size: 13" x 8.70"

SOLD

 

TABLEAU AU CHAT BLANC

BY GREGOIRE MICHONZE

Original Oil on Canvas
Signed

Medium: Oil on Canvas

Size: 13" x 10"

SOLD

 

 

 

We look forward to seeing you in the Gallery.

 

 

Claire Moore BA (Hons)

Gallery manager

 

 

 
 
 

Gregoire Michonze Gregoire Michonze - Tableaux Au Chat Blanc Gregoire Michonze - Le Vieux Destinateur

Saturday 19th December 2015

exciting news!

This December 2015 the popular award-winning artist Haidee-Jo Summers has been elected an Associate Member of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters.

Well Done Haidee-Jo!

 

 

 

 

Haidee-Jo

4th December 2015

 

capturing the MOMENT

introducing 

'BLUSTERY STORMBREAKERS OFF TOLCARNE BEACH, NEWQUAY CORNWALL'
BY NAEL HANNA

 

Capturing 'the moment' lies at the heart of Nael's work.  Here gestural sweeps of white and grey capture the turbulent muddy waters as  the boats sway to and fro you can hear the thrashing of the waves and taste the salt on the breeze.  

Illustrated Top Right:

BLUSTERY STORMBREAKERS OFF TOLCARNE BEACH, NEWQUAY CORNWALL

BY NAEL HANNA

Original Oil on Canvas
Signed & Inscribed Verso
Acquired directly from the artist's studio.

Medium: Oil on Canvas

Size: 31" x 49"

Price: £6,750

 

Another exquisite piece; 'STILL LIFE OF LILIES AND POPPIES' is very much in the style of the Scottish Royal Academy painters. Here,  Nael depicts the flowers as if they were bursting forth from the canvas in a richly impastoed oil paint, rendered in a palette of lustrous greens and strident reds - a truly expressive work.

 

Illustrated Bottom Right:

STILL LIFE OF LILIES & POPPIES

BY NAEL HANNA

Original Oil
Signed & Inscribed Verso
Acquired directly from the artist's studio.

Medium: Oil on Board

Size: 12" x 12"

Price: £1,400

 

There are more of Nael's exceptional pieces available to view so do pop in if you're passing.

See Collection:

www.fletchergateartgallery.com/artist.php?artist=87

We look forward to seeing you.

 

Best Regards

 

Claire Moore, BA (Hons)

gallery manager

 

Nael Hanna -Blustery Stormbreakers Claire

28th November 2015


Hello Everyone

It is a rare opportunity to find a body of original work which instantly appeals not just for its aesthetic beauty  but equally for the fascinating life that the artist has led;

 

INTRODUCing

the renowned russian-french painter

GREGOIRE MICHONZe

(1902-1982)

 

Artist’s Statement:

"My subjects have no subject. They exist only for a poetic end. If the poetry is there, the canvas is complete. No histories. Only pure poetry, preferably untitled."

 

Artist Biography

Grégoire Michonze , variant name Grégoire Michonznic, was born in 1902 in Kishinev, the Russian Empire (now the Republic of Moldova).

Michonze studied at a local art academy from 1919-1922 where, painting Russian icons, he learned to master the technique of painting with egg tempera. He continued his studies at the Academy of Painting in Bucharest and befriended the artist Victor Brauner. In 1922, after Bessarabia had become part of Romania, Michonze moved to Paris and met Max Ernst who later introduced him to the Surrealists, notably Paul Éluard, André Breton, André Masson and Yves Tanguy. Whilst furthering his studies at the École des Beaux-Arts, Michonze met and developed a strong friendship with the Jewish École de Paris artist Chaim Soutine.


Between the period 1934-1936, Michonze exhibited at the Salon des Sur indépendants. He described his work at these exhibitions as "Surreal naturalism". Michonze fought in the war and, after 1943, settled into a studio on Paris's Rue de Seine. He took up French citizenship in 1947, and in 1949, the French Fund for Modern Art acquired his now seminal canvas La moisson (The Harvest).


From 1954-1977, Michonze continued and perfected his life's work. He had extended stays in the United States where he spent time with his close friend, the American author Henry Miller. Michonze also travelled frequently to Israel where he exhibited, visited with his mother, and re-acquainted himself with his Jewish roots. He died of a heart attack in his studio at rue de Seine in Paris on December 29, 1982.


Known primarily as a landscape and figurative artist. A marked majority of his paintings include depictions of groups of people - families, villagers, peasants, children - and most works evince an allegory or narrative of some kind.
 

Works Illustrated:

PASAGE BLEU
BY GREGOIRE MICHONZE

Original Oil on Canvas
Signed and Dated '68'

Medium: Oil on Canvas
Size: 8" x 10"
Price: £1,400

 

TABLEAU AU CHAT BLANC
BY GREGOIRE MICHONZE

Original Oil on Canvas
Signed

Medium: Oil on Canvas
Size: 13" x 10"
Price: £1,600

 

LE VIEUX DESTINATEUR
BY GREGOIRE MICHONZE

Original Oil On Canvas
Signed

Medium: Oil on Canvas
Size: 13" x 8.70"
Price: £1,600

 

We look forward to seeing in the Gallery.

 

Best Wishes

Claire Moore, BA(Hons)

gallery manager

 

 

 


 

Gregoire Michonze Gregoire Michonze - Tableaux Au Chat Blanc Gregoire Michonze - Le Vieux Destinateur

 

INTRODUCING A NEW COLLECTION OF ORIGINAL OILS AND WATERCOLOURS BY ACCLAIMED IMPRESSIONIST  ARTIST

GERALD GREEN, BRITISH (B.1947)

 

 

Artist's biographY

Born in 1947, Gerald Green gave up a career as an Architect in 1987 to become a  full time artist and illustrator, and soon gained a reputation as one of the UK's leading architectural Illustrators, with several major national and international companies among his many clients. Now devoting himself entirely to painting, his work has been shown in numerous public and private galleries, together with various Society Shows at the Mall Galleries, London. He has won prizes in national Arts competitions, including The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition and The Laing and Not the Turner Prize exhibitions. A regular contributor to The Artist and International Artist Magazines, his work has been featured in eight books and his latest 'The Artists Essential Guide to Watercolour' was published in Spring 2008.

 

Since joining the Fletcher Gate Gallery in 2010, Gerald's impressionist works have been amongst the most popular purchases with our gallery clients.  

 

Illustrated:  A sample of artworks from Gerald's new collection:-

 

CAMPO DEL LA PESCARIA VENICE

BY GERALD GREEN

Original Oil on Board
Signed and Inscribed Verso
Acquired Direct from the Artist's Studio

Medium: Oil on Board

Size: 11.75" x 16.50"

Price: £860

 
 

WINTER ON THE QUAI DES GRANDS AUGUSTINS PARIS

 

Original Oil on Board
Signed and Inscribed Verso
Acquired Direct from the Artist's Studio
 

Medium: Oil on Board

Size: 10" x 14"

Price: £650

 

 

TOWARDS MARKET SQUARE FROM ANGEL ROW NOTTINGHAM

BY GERALD GREEN

Original Watercolour
Signed and Inscribed Verso
Acquired Direct from the Artist's Studio

Medium: Watercolour

Size: 13.50" x 19"

Price: £850

 

We look forward to seeing you in the gallery.

Best Wishes

 

Claire Moore

Gallery manager

 

Green Gerald Gerald Green - Campo Del Pescaria Venice Gerald Green - Winter on the Quai des Grands Austins Gerald Green - Towards Market Square Angel Row Nottingham

NEW ACQUISITION

  1. 23rd October 2015

We are delighted to present a newly acquired original by the Neo-Romantic artist  Professor Maurice William Partridge (1913-1973). The watercolour entitled 'Near Pitlochry' is a very fine example of the artist's work and adds to a portfolio of over 37 paintings acquired by the gallery of which only 7 remain. 

This exquisitely colourful watercolour was  previously owned by a collector/friend  of the artist and is now available to view.

I look forward to seeing you in the gallery.

All the best

Claire Moore Gallery Manager

 

 

Artist's Biography

Maurice William Partridge was born in Lincoln in 1913. He studied Pharmacy at University College, Nottingham, graduating in 1936. He then transferred to the School of Chemistry. Various appointments followed. In 1947 he became a lecturer in Chemistry, eventually becoming Dean of Pharmaceutical Chemistry.

He was also a discerning collector of English watercolours, regularly making forays to London to buy on behalf of the University of Nottingham, but also acquiring drawings for himself very much in the tradition of aritist-collectors. The influence of the English neo-romantic painters – Sutherland, Piper and perhaps also Ivon Hitchens is stronger in his work of the 50s and early 60s before Abstraction is powerfully asserted, but never so, in his later pictures.

A Fellow in Fine Art at Nottingham University (1956-9), Partridge exhibited with the Midland Group from 1955 to 1969. His work was included in the 1966 Whitechapel Art Gallery's 'Pictures for Schools' elsewhere. A Memorial Exhibition was staged at Nottingham University Art Gallery in 1973.

 

 

 

 

 

Claire & Beth with partridge Maurice W. Partridge - Near Pitlochry

 

nottingham - 1867

8th October 2015

 

Hi Everyone,

I am excited to announce that the Gallery has recently accquired an unusual and very beautiful original by Edmund John Niemann (1813-1876) which depicts a view over the meadows towards Nottingham Castle. Dated 1867, this exquisite example of Niemann's work also provides a fascinating look at how the city has changed. The subtle colour pallette and deft brushwork have perfectly captured the play of light across the landscape. There is a real luminosity to "View of Nottingham" - simply stunning!

This beautiful original is available to view in the Gallery now so do pop in if you're passing!

All the best,

Beth

 

Artist Biography:

Niemann was born in Islington, London in 1813. His father, John Diedrich Niemann, was a native of Minden, Westphalia and was a member of Lloyd's, working in the City of London. As a young man, Edmund was employed as a clerk at Lloyd's, but he decided to devote himself to art and in 1839 settled in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, mostly painting out of doors. Though he especially enjoyed painting the scenery of the Thames and of the River Swale, near Richmond in Yorkshire, many other areas of the British Isles are covered in the corpus of his work.

Between 1844 and 1872, he exhibited paintings at a wide range of prestigious galleries including the Royal Academy, the British Institution, the Society of British Artists in Suffolk St, the Royal Scottish Academy, the Royal Institute, the Glasgow Institute, the Paris Salon, the Liverpool Academy of Arts and the Manchester Academy of Fine Arts. The first picture exhibited was a view "On the Thames, near Great Marlow, Bucks" – a small canvas shown at the Royal Academy in 1844.

Niemann and a number of other artists, including Edward Armitage were dissatisfied with the exclusiveness showed by the management of several leading art societies. In 1848 Niemann returned to London for the foundation of the 'Free Exhibition' held in the Chinese Gallery at Hyde Park Corner. This exhibition opened with 500 works of art including sculpture. In 1850 this became the Portland Gallery, Regent Street, and Niemann was chosen as one of the trustees and honorary secretary. The society later assumed the name 'The National Institution'. The existence of the society was short lived with 1861 seeing the last of their exhibitions.

His paintings are characterised by great versatility, natural colours, and visual realism, often in the romantic artistic style of J.M.W. Turner, Corot and Caspar David Friedrich. His son, Edward H. Niemann, was also a painter imitating his father's style.

Ill for a number of years in his later life, Niemann died suddenly at Brixton Hill, Surrey of apoplexy on 15 April 1876.

Beth & Niemann Edmund Niemann - View of Nottingham

£17.6 Million Picasso siezed

 

8th August 2015

 

Hello Everyone,

Pablo Picasso's "Head Of A Young Woman" (1906) has been found on a boat in Corsica and seized by French authorities. The piece was declared a Spanish national treasure by the Spanish National Court in May 2015 denied an export permit. "Head Of A Young Woman" is the property of banker and billionare Jaime Botín, brother of the late banker and philanthropist Emilo Botín of the Santander goup. Worth an estimated $1.8bn (£1.2bn) and Spain’s 15th richest man according to Forbes, Mr Botín was once the vice-president of Santander and is the largest shareholder in Bankinter, another large Spanish bank.

Botín is believed to have acquired "Head Of A Young Woman" in 1977 at the Marlborough Fine Art Fair in London and that it has been part of his private collection since. The artwork was painted by Picasso when he was 24 years and is one of the very few examples of Picasso's Gósol period, named in reference to the village in Catalonia where he settled in 1906. This period is considered key for Picasso's subsequent Cubist evolution. 

What astonishes me about this story is the valuation on the painting - £17.6 million is an astonishing amount of money, even for a Picasso! I have previously remarked upon the seemingly unstoppable rise of the art market, particularly at the top end, as auction records seem to be broken on an almost weekly basis and increasingly staggering sums of money change hands. Indeed, as I noted a few weeks ago, Picasso's "Les Femmes d'Alger"  was sold at Christie's for an incredible $179.4 This is surely a golden age for the auction houses - how long before the bubble bursts remains to be seen!

All the best,

Beth

 

Also pictured; 'Woman in a Red Armchair' by Picasso.  

 

Picasso - Head of a Young WOman 1906 Nude Woman in a Red Armchair 2

 

 

A visitor!

12th July 2015

 

A lovely visitor to the Gallery today - this young lady is studying photography at A-Level and was doing some research for a project on colour. Unsurprisingly the Gaffer persuaded her to have a photo taken!

Hope you enjoyed exploring the Gallery!

All the best,

Beth

 

Also pictured;

THE GOLDEN BATHE
BY LAWRENCE BUTTIGIEG

Original Acrylic on Canvas
Signed 'Lawrence 01'
Acquired directly from the artist's studio.

Medium: Mixed Media on Canvas
Size: 28" x 47"
Price: SOLD

 

PENSIVE BLUE
BY LAWRENCE BUTTIGIEG

Original Acrylic on Canvas
Signed & Dated 'Lawrence 01'
Acquired directly from the artist's studio.

Medium: Mixed Media on Canvas
Size: 35" x 29"
Price: SOLD

Visitor Lawrence But - Golden Bathe Lawrence Buttigieg - Pensive Blue

 

 

monet: almost nipped in the bud

9th July 2015

 

Hi Everyone,

Did you know that if the local planning department at Giverny had had their way then some of the art world's most instantly recognisbale paintings would never have been created? I am refering, of course, to Monet's famous series of water lily paintings. At a forthcoming Royal Academy exhibition "Painting The Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse" (Jan 30th - April 20th 2016) the council documents surrounding the incident will be included in the display. 

Monet attempts to gain planning permission for his lily pond were repeatedly blocked by village councillors and farmers who feared that the exotic plants would posion the water supply and kill their cows. Monet was seen as an outsider and as soon as they heard he planned to create a water garden, the locals complained. Imagine art history without Monet's water lily series!!! The world would certainly be a poorer place. I for one am delighted Monet managed to persue his vision and create his wonderful water garden.

All the best,

Beth

 

 

 

 

Monet

another incredible auction result:

david hockney "Arranged Felled trees"

5th July 2015

 

Hi Everyone,

"Arranged Felled Trees" by David Hockney sold for over £3 million at Sotheby's in London on Wednesday 1st July. The piece was painted in 2008 and acquired by the seller in 2009 directly from Pace Wildenstein in New York. 

"Arranged Felled Trees" is an extraordinary, joyful example of David Hockney’s legendary depictions of the bucolic landscape of East Yorkshire: a triumphant eulogy to an area the artist became enamoured with as a young teenager. Attesting to the position of Arranged Felled Trees as one of the artist’s crucial later works, its importance has been repeatedly recognised on the international stage through its inclusion in several of Hockney’s recent major exhibitions, including the pivotal survey of his landscapes at the Royal Academy in London in 2012 (which later travelled to the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao and the Museum Ludwig in Cologne) and David Hockney: Nur Natur/ Just Nature at Kunsthalle Würth. 

It seems to me that extraordinary auction results are reported on an almost daily basis at the moment. What is it that makes collectors sell their pieces? Were they bought as an investment with canny collectors taking advantage of the buoyant art market and cashing in? Or are they simply after something new and selling existing work to free up the money to do so? It certainly seems to me that the art market is going through an extraordinary period of growth - how long this can be sustained is another question! Will the people who are paying such staggering amounts be prove to be wise investors or will they be stuck with the prospect of making a loss on their work? Only time will tell!

All the best,

Bethan Greet (BA Hons)

David Hockney - Felled Trees

Rediscovered Francis Bacon Portraits sell for £30 Million!

Saturday 4th July 2015

Two "re-discovered" portraits by Francis Bacon have recently sold for a combined total of £30 million. The two self portraits were uncovered back in April in a private art collection. Although experts knew of the existence of the paintings, no one knew who had bought them so it was a brilliant discovery when the works were found! Sotheby’s auction house acquired the pieces and they went under the hammer in their Contemporary Art Sale in London, which took place on Wednesday 1st July 2015. 

Entitled “Self-Portrait 1975″ and “Three Studies for Self-Portrait (1980)”; the paintings capture the way in which the artist gave himself film star-style looks, appearing as photogenic as possible while still being highly self-critical. He often painted himself with a much more youthful appearance.

Self-Portrait 1975 was painted at the height of Bacon’s career in the period which followed the suicide of his former lover George Dyer in 1971. Although Bacon was in his 60’s he looked much younger in the work, having dyed his hair and worn make-up as he grew older. Three Studies for Self-Portrait (1980) shows him with downcast eyes, increasingly haunted by the inevitability of death.

It seems incredible to me that so many undiscovered masterpieces are being re-discovered - it feels like there is a new "lost" masterpiece every week! Where are all these paintings coming from? I find it difficult to believe in this day and age that collectors are genuinely unaware of what they have. Maybe I should check my attic for some hidden gems!!!

Fine art has always been an investment but as more & more records are being made in the art world it would appear that now more than ever fine art offers potentially staggering returns! Ultimately we say to our customers, buy what you enjoy and the investment will be a bonus! After all you have to live with it!

All the best,
Beth

 

 

Bacon 3 portraits

The Fletcher Gate Art Gallery Presents Acclaimed South African Artist - Rob Wareing

27th June 2015

I am very excited to announce our most most recent acquisitions by acclaimed South African artist Rob Wareing. We currently have two stunning originals in the gallery which are wonderful examples of Rob’s technique and artistic style; his loose brushwork and soft use of colour is just gorgeous. The inspiration behind the majority of his work is rooted in how spaces are inhabited and is sparked when he returns to his beach front studio in South Africa during the winter months. It is here where he paints the majority of work displayed in his galleries.

The top image on the right is “Greenwich Workshop”. Rob has really captured the mood of concentration in this piece, the atmosphere it creates perfectly compliments his immaculate use detail and line. The second beautifully delicate piece on the right is “The Torn Dress”. It is a gorgeous example of Robs subtle colour and use of light in his work.

Rob was born in South Africa to an English mother & South African father & grew up there. After finishing his education he travelled extensively receiving tuition from various portrait painters in the USA & Europe.

Rob became a professional portrait painter at the age of 23 & since then has had a very fulfilling career spanning nearly 40 years. He has given live portrait demonstrations on TV shows in the USA, Mauritius & South Africa. He has also written articles for several publications including The Artist (UK), International Artist & The South African Artist magazines.

Rob currently divides his time between the UK & South Africa & is available for portrait commissions in both countries. He also produces a limited number of other works each year which are available via his represented galleries. Rob is highly sought after for demonstrations & spends most of the UK summer & autumn demonstrating his skills at various art societies as well as hosting hands-on portrait painting workshops.

Rob Waring - Workshop Rob Waring - Torn Dress

the fletcher gate art gallery presents - nick hedderly

21st June 2015

I am delighted to announce that we have just accquired some beautiful new original artwork from acclaimed Nottingham based artist Nick Hedderly.

Nick's work is atmospheric and very painterly in style. These are quiet, thoughtful works, full of an understanding of the way buildings and cityscapes become, as he himself puts it, “a repository of so many of our feelings and memories.”

Nick Hedderly has become one of the most successful artists working in the East Midlands, winning open art exhibitions in Nottingham and Derby. He studied at West Notts College in Mansfield in 1980 before graduating from Birmingham School of Art in 1984.

His early abstract work was based on the romantic ‘sublime’ landscape, and on images of flowers at night. From the late 1990’s his work was inspired primarily by the urban environments of Nottingham and London – often at night or in the early evening. More recent work has included other urban locations such as Derby and Dublin and also subject matter seen at different times of the day.

This beautiful new collection is available to view in the Gallery now so do pop in if you're passing!

All the best,
Beth

 

Nick Hedderly - Beeston Weir Nick Hedderly - Goose Fair

nottingham artist - for sale for £3 million!

what price nottingham art?

 

28th May 2015

Hi Everyone,

Old Master & British Paintings Evening Sale London 9th July 2015 arrived from Christie's this morning & a rather interesting piece by Richard Parkes Bonnington (1802-1828) was illustrated. Knowing that Bonnington is a Nottingham born artist, I did some research.

Bonnington was born in 1802 in Arnold, Nottingham. His father was successively a gaoler a drawing master & a lace maker & his mother was a teacher. The family moved to France at the age of 14. From these humble roots, Bonnington became one of the most influential British artists of his time after his early death in 1828. The facility of his style was inspired by the old masters, yet was entirely modern in its application. His landscapes were mostly of coastal scenes with a low horizon & large sky, showing a brilliant handling of light. The lot which caught my eye at the upcoming sale at Christie's is a wonderful example of his coastal work depicting figures with a horse & a beached boat underneath a huge sky. As ever with Bonnington's work, the way in which he has caugh the light is simply stunning! The piece can be seen on the right here - what do you think?

What I find fascinating is that I have never seen any of Bonnington's work on display in the city & as an art enthusiast & regular visitor to Nottingham Castle this is surprising. I discovered that the Castle held an exhibition in 2003 entitled "Richard Parkes Bonnington: Young & Romantic". A number of the pieces on show were loaned from the British Museum & the V&A but I think a number were owned by the Castle. I wonder what these will be worth now? I have previously written about the rather unsatisfactory exhibitions at Nottingham Castle & I have never seen Bonnington's work on display. As one of Nottingham's most renowned artist's Bonnington's work should be in pride of place!

This beautiful painting will be for sale at Christie's Old Master & British Paintings Evening Sale on the 9th of July & has an incredible estimate of £2,000,000 - £3,000,000! The sale is on the 9th of July & I will  certainly keep you updated. Personally, i think this estimate may be rather optimistic. We shall see!

All the best,

Bethan Greet 

(BA Hons)

Bonington Bonington detail

don't give up the day job bob!

27th May 2015

 

Hi Everyone,

Today I read with interest an article present in not one but two national newspapers; focusing on a recent acquisition of hand signed, limited edition Bob Dylan prints being exhibited in a high end London Gallery. The article was written by Yorkshire based art critic and magazine editor Michael Glover for The Independent and The I Newspaper. Bob Dylan is best known for his musical talent and Mr Glover’s view on the matter is that “…as a painter, he makes a fine singer-songwriter”…

In his latest collection, ‘The Brazil Series’, Dylan has captured a despondent atmosphere in his paintings. Not the Brazil we are so often confronted with, but a down to earth view of his personal engagement with the country. ‘Favela Villa Broncos’ agreed by many as the best in the collection, has a lack of human presence which creates an air of desolation within the painting. He has experimented using a patchwork of colours which has resulted in the work feeling busy and tightly-squeezed onto the canvas. It is equally agreed ‘Boxing Gym’ is the least successful of the three with blocky brushwork and paint smeared over the sketchy figures. Needless to say that as a print a degree of flatness has also been added to the piece as well.

His intentions are a novelty in comparison to other works of Brazil which reach our eyes, unfortunately we feel that these motives are not met with the technical artistic skill they deserve. The variable quality of the artwork in this collection has left them open to criticism being described by Mr Glover as “…no better than the efforts of any two bit pavement street artist praying to Lady Luck, trying to earn a dollar or two”.

I was rather shocked to see that individually their prices surpass £1,200 and to buy the whole portfolio these prints are approaching £3000! The prevalence of prints within the art world is a subject we discuss frequently with our customers at the Fletcher Gate Art Gallery. What makes us so unique at Fletcher Gate is our decision to stock nothing but the finest original artwork at a range of affordable prices. However it is a surprise to find these selling for so high a price when you could simply get an original with far greater depth- is it purely for the Bob Dylan name?

Over the years of travelling Dylan has had the chance to learn from leading artists and study their work, and from this has rooted himself in the still life perspective of painting exactly what he sees. Although Dylan avoids fantasy in his artwork, he paints the world around as an outsider full of questioning and detachment leaving his work technically at least, fairly naive. Ultimately after looking through ‘The Brazil Series’ I find myself asking - does he have any real skills as an artist? What do you think?

 

All the best,

Michelle Ashton

Gallery Consultant

Bob Dylan - Boxing Gym Bob Dylan - Favela Villas Broncos

arthur spooner "Dawn"

20th May 2015

 

Hi Everyone,

I found a hidden gem this orning which I thought I would share with you - a beautiful, subtle watercolour by acclaimed Nottingham artist Arthur Spooner (1873-1962). Entitled "Dawn" this gorgeous figurative piece is simply stunning. The subtle brushwork & colour pallete used has enabled Spooner to perfectly capture the beauty of the female form.

Signed, original watercolour 

Image size: 13" x 16"

£1,500

Arthur Spooner was born in Nottingham in 1873 and famed for using his paintings to record the surrounding events within his city of birth. He trained at the Nottingham School of Art (now part of Nottingham Trent University) in the late 19th century. He later taught landscape and figurative painting there in the early 20th century.

Arthur Spooner was a member of the Nottingham Society of Artists.He painted The Goose Fair, Nottingham in 1926.The painting was sold at Christie's in 2004 and is currently displayed in Nottingham Castle. 

This beautiful original is available to view in the Gallery now so do pop in if you're passing!

All the best,

Bethan Greet (BA Hons)

Gallery Manager

Beth & Dawn

The rise of billion dollar art auctions

16th May 2015

 

Hi Everyone,

As you may be aware, there have been a vast number of record breaking sales at auction in the art world over the last week or so. I have already touched on "Les Femmes d'Alger" by Picasso which sold at Christie's for $179.4 million (approximately £114 million sterling) - a record for any work sold at auction - but there have been several other incredible sales! "Pointing Man" by Alberto Giacometti was sold for $141.3 million (£89.8 million sterling) Christie's - an auction record for sculpture & Lucian Freud's "Benefits Supervisor Resting" sold for $56.2 million (roughly £35 million sterling). 

The seemingly unstoppable rise of the global art market is incredible. The market reaches peak after peak apparently immune to any economic downturns. Indeed, the Knight Frank Luxury Index puts canvas (or concept) second only to gold over the 10 years to 2014. There has been a 226% return on canvas over the decade compared to gold's 254% - a truely staggering figure! 

The question remains, however, are these record breaking pieces worth the price? The fact is these pieces are 'worth' whatever the market agrees to pay for them! The hype around many of these pieces is phenomenal & the marketing & publicity behind the big sales at top end auction houses such as Christie's & Sotheby's goes along way towards explaining these record breaking results. 

Oscar Wilde's cynic "knows the price of everything & the value of nothing". Lets hope the art market doesn't follow suit!

All the best,

Beth

Beth & The Bathers 1

auction record for picasso

13th May 2015

Hello Everyone,

You may recall that at the start of April I drew attention to the fact that a Picasso painting called "Les Femmes d'Alger" was about to go through auction with an incredible estimate of $140 million. Well, on Monday 11th May the piece was sold & made a truely staggering $179.4 million at Christie's! This was a record - the most expensive item ever sold at auction!

Picasso’s “Les Femmes d’Alger (Version ‘O’)” is the most opulent and imposing of a series of paintings that the Spanish-born artist produced from 1954 to 1955 in response to Eugène Delacroix’s 1834 Orientalist masterpiece, “Women of Algiers.” It had last been on the market in November 1997, when it sold for $31.9 million at a Christie’s auction of works owned by the American collectors, Victor and Sally Ganz. It was bought at that auction by a Saudi collector and kept in a house in London, said two dealers with knowledge of the matter, who declined to be named because of concerns over confidentiality. Monday night’s seller, who was not identified, had been guaranteed a minimum price by Christie’s, which estimated the work would fetch about $140 million.

The 35 lot sale made a total of $705.9 million against an estimate of about $500 million with just one lot unsold. Auction prices are reaching incredible highs at the moment with an ever increasing number of global buyers. 

The only question is how long can these incredible figures continue to be reached? When do you think the bubble will burst?

All the best,

Beth

Les Femmes d'Alger

record sales at Sotheby's spring sale in new york

13th May 2015

Hi Everyone,

I was interested to read about Sotheby’s Spring Sale in New York of Impressionist & Modern Art. The sale went very well reaping the huge sum of $368 million. The highlight was a stunning original by van Gogh entitled “L’allée Des Alyscamps”. 

The 1881 painting of an avenue of tombs lined by towering poplars in vibrant autumnal colours depicting the Roman necropolis in Arles, France fetched $66.3 million at auction in New York after five bidders competed to acquire the work pushing it well above its $40 million guide price.

The painting, which was produced just one month before van Gogh famously sliced off his ear, went to an unnamed Asian private collector as did three of the other top lots, reflecting an increasingly global group of buyers with extremely deep pockets.Interestingly, Chinese collectors have started to dominate the market - something which is reminiscent of the way Japanese buyers dominated the market in th late 1980s before the bust. I will be interested to see if this trend continues!

A truly stunning piece & a sign that the global art market is going strong!

Bethan Greet (BA Hons)

Gallery Manager

Van Gogh - L'Allee des Alyscamps

"an exploration in colour" - nael hanna

18th April 2015

Hi Everyone,

I am delighted to announce that we have just received a stunning new collection of work from acclaimed Scottish artist Nael Hanna. This new collection is very varied with subject matter ranging from the romance of Venice, the wildness of the Scottish coast & gorgeous florals all captured in Nael's distinctive style. As ever, each piece is filled with texture, deft brushwork & rich colour. Just stunning! 

On the right you can see a photo of myself, Michelle & Nael in front of one of his gorgeous originals "East Neuk", a photo of Michelle & I holding this lovely painting & an action shot of the Gallery re-hang!

This wonderful new collection is on display in the Gallery now so do pop in to see what you think when you're passing!

All the best,

Beth

Nael Beth & Shell Beth & Ladder Beth & Shell & East Neuk

"Morning In Venice" - D. Woodlock

16th April 2015

 

Hi Everyone,

I wanted to share a rather special find with you today. Whilst going back through our archives I unearthed a simply exquisite original watercolour by David Woodlock (1842-1929) simply called "Morning In Venice". I was immediately drawn to the subtle colour & deft brushwork used in this piece. The way Woodlock has captured the sparkle on the water here is just lovely as I'm sure you can see - I can almost feel the breeze!

David Woodlock was born in Eire, Ireland, but is actually known as a Liverpool artist. He studied at the Liverpool School of Art and exhibited many works at the Walker Gallery. He was a member of the Liverpool Academy of Arts and a founder member of the Liverpool Sketching Club. In later life he lived in Sheffield and Leamington. Woodlock exhibited 17 works at the Royal Academy.

As I dug further into our records I noticed that, unsurprisngly, this is another beautiful original which never quite made it to the Gallery floor - the Boss decided it might look best in his house! I can't say I blame him really!

Anyway, the good news is that I have persuaded him to loan it to use for a week so I am delighted to announce that we will have "Morning In Venice" on display in the Gallery for a week or so. Do pop in to view it in the flesh if you're passing!

All the best,

Beth

David Woodlock - Morning In Venice Beth & Woodlock

Christie's & Sotheby's go head-to-head. 

8th April 2015

Hi Everyone,

I have been reading a great deal about the exhibitions both auction houses are holding this weekend which contain highlights from their forthcoming sales of Impressionist Modern (Monet to late Picasso) & Contemporary (Rothko to today) art in New York.

There is no doubt that one of the reasons these sales have attracted even more attention than normal is due to the presence of Picasso's eye-popping "Les Femmes d'Alger" 1955. This striking piece, which is being sold through Christie's, has a phenomenal estimate of $140 million (£94.4 million). Once the buyers premium is factored in this would make "Les Femmes d'Alger" 1955 the most expensive painting ever sold at auction. Even more astonishing is the fact that someone has already guaranteed the piece which means it will be sold even if no one else bids!

Christie's would normally place such a painting into an Impressionist & Modern Art sale but they have decided to create a sale which would combine modern with contemporary art - no doubt due to the fact that there is significantly more money & more buyers in the contemporary art market at present than in any other. The sale will be called "Looking Forward To The Past" & it will attempt to persuade owners of modern art that they can benefit from the contemporary art boom. 

The sale will also improve Christie's Impressionist & Modern art figures. Despite the fact that the auction house has dominated the Contemporary art market in the last few years, they have been trailing behind their great rivals Sotheby's in the Impressionist & Modern art market.

Christie's are clearly pinning their hopes for market dominance in the Impressionist & Modern art sector on their "Looking Forward To The Past" sale so I will be watching with interest which of the two auction giants come out ahead!

All the best,

Bethan Greet (BA Hons)

Les Femmes d'Alger

"Rue st. Vincent" - Simeon stafford

Hi Everyone,

Today I wanted to share one of my absolute favourite paintings with you all “Rue St. Vincent” - signed, original oil on canvas - £2,950. This gorgeous, vibrant original was painted by acclaimed contemporary artist Simeon Stafford. I love the use of colour & texture in this piece & the deft brushwork. Stafford has perfectly captured the feel of a French evening for me here. I just wish I could take it home!

Simeon Stafford was born in Duckinfield, a small northern town bordering the Pennines, in 1956. As a young artist, Stafford’s landscapes were similar to the gritty northern landscape of L.S.Lowry and other English northern artists. At the age of 14 Stafford was introduced to L.S Lowry after winning the Robert Owen Award for Art and the Manchester News Portrait Award, Lowry became a family friend and remains a constant source of inspiration to the artist. From 1972 Simeon studied at Hyde College and in 1974 became a professional artist. When Simeon later moved to Cornwall in 1996, the influence of his northern roots fused with the magnetism of West Penwith to create an expressionism within his work which is both powerful and alluring. During this time, he met the artists Patrick Heron and Terry Frost.

Not concerned with angst and soul searching, in his own words “there is enough of that in the world of news today”, Stafford reflects a world full of incident and accident, with splashes of vibrant colour and amusing compositions.

He charmingly combines reality and imagination with many of his paintings featuring characters from his family, including Aunt Dot, the little girl who is constantly doing a handstand and Trixie, the family Jack Russell, who lived until she was 28 and is now stuffed and a resident of Simeon’s bedroom.

Widely regarded as one of the country’s leading living artists, Stafford exhibited at the Royal Academy in 2001 and his work can also be found in numerous private collections, including those of her Majesty Queen.

We have a large collection of Stafford’s work exhibited in the Gallery so do pop in & see what you think!

All the best,

Beth

Beth & Rue St. Vincent Simeon Stafford - rue st. vincent

Dame Laura Knight "Comedy Riders"

Hi Everyone,

I read with interest an article by Richard Barton in the Nottingham Post on the 23rd March regarding the news of the sale of "Comedy Riders" by Dame Laura Knight at auction at Christies London for £16,250. I have long been an admirer of Knight's & I am always interested to hear news of her work particularly as she is one of Nottingham's internationally recognised artists. 


I too, like Long Eaton historian Keith Reedman, am surprised that the piece did not make a higher price at auction. The subject matter is certainly interesting & the painting looks very attractive. Laura Knight's work has regularly sold for considerably more. Indeed in 2009 a watercolour "Wind & Sun" depicting two girls relaxing on a Cornish cliff top sold at Sotheby's in London for £914,850 plus commission!

However, there are a number of different factors which will have had a huge impact on the price of the painting. No details are given as to the size of the piece, the quality or the provenance. It may be very tiny or it may have been badly restored, re-lined or in poor condition. Is it unframed? Perhaps the signature is indistinct or it is unsigned? This could perhaps explain why the piece did not go for considerably more. I have noticed that Knight's paintings depicting coastal scenes, particularly bathers, & the life of gypsy's appear to sell rather better.

Laura Knight undertook a regional tour of the midlands with Karno's Circus in the early 1930s & fell in love with circus life. From then on Knight regularly spent long stretches living with the circus. She was also greatly inspired by other marginalised groups including Gypsy communities. Indeed, there are several particularly fine examples of Gypsy paintings at Nottingham Castle. Knight was also famous for her coastal scenes. In 1894 Laura visited the fishing village of Staithes on the Yorkshire coast with her husband Harold Knight & they soon returned to live in the village & she was very inspired by the area. Interestingly, we have just acquired a painting at the Gallery which is very reminiscent of Knight's coastal scenes. Indeed when I first saw it I thought it was by Laura Knight at first glance! In fact it was painted by Australian born artist Rowland Wheelwright (1870-1955) but its was so beautiful I decided to buy it regardless! I have already had a few customers coming by asking if it is by Laura Knight so it seems I'm not the only one to see the resemblance! What do you think?

Laura Knight was a fantastic artist & someone who Nottingham should be rightly proud of. She led a very interesting life & there is considerably more to her than detailed in Richard Barton's article & than I have managed to say here. She is a true Nottingham icon!

Bethan Greet (BA Hons)
Gallery Manager at the Fletcher Gate Art Gallery 

Laura Knight - Comedy Riders

just in! New original watercolour studies by gerald green - available now!

I am delighted to announce that we have just received a gorgeous new collection of original watercolour studies by one of our most popular artists Gerald Green. A selection of the work can be seen on the right here & we have many more available in the Gallery - do pop in to see what you think if you're passing!
 
At only £120 each these beautiful original watercolours make a great gift or a treat for yourself! In fact, with Mother's Day coming up a lovely original would make a unique & rather special present don't you think?
 
From top to bottom we have:
 
"Along The Frontn At Weymouth"
"Summer Display"
"Waiting At The Lock"
Gerald Green - Along the front Weymouth Gerald Green - Summer Display Gerald Green - Waiting at the Lock

The fletcher gate art gallery presents: Rowland Wheelwright

I am excited to announce that we have acquired a truly exquisite original by Australian born artist Rowland Wheelwright (1870-1955) called “Holiday Time”. This beautiful painting perfectly captures a lost era for me. I love the sense of innocence & fun captured by the artist here – a perfect English summers day! The deft brushwork & beautiful use of colour ensures the painting almost seems to glow. Stunning! Interestingly, this painting was owned by Martha Wheelwright, the artist’s sister-in-law, & has been owned by direct descendant since then.

Wheelwright was a painter of naturalistic genre scenes and showed a particular delight in painting the young girls of the 1920s and 30s, often bathing or enjoying the delights of the countryside; he also painted rural scenes with horses, as well as historical and classical subjects. The artist was born in Ipswich in Australia in 1870, the grandson of John Hawden Wheelwright, a court painter in Brussels. His parents were sheep farmers, who returned to England following the drought in Australia in the 1880s. On his return to England, he studied art at St. John’s Wood Art School and then the Herkomer School of Art at Bushey, alongside Lucy Kemp Welch. Rowland completed his studies at the Royal Academy Schools in London. He was a prolific artist and exhibited many of the principal London venues, including the Royal Academy, the Royal Institute of Oil Painters and the Royal Society of British Artists. Roland Wheelwright was also an accomplished illustrator and he provided the illustrations for Longman’s Swan edition of Shakespeare’s King Henry V and Harrap’s editions of Ivanhoe, The Talisman. Lorna Doone and The Three Musketeers. Rowland Wheelwright died in Bushey, Herefordshire in 1955.

Rowland Wheelwright - Holiday Time

stunning new artwork from acclaimed maltese artist esprit barthet

Hello Everyone!

I am delighted to announce that the Gallery has just acquired two gorgeous new oils by renowned Maltese artist Esprit Barthet.

Esprit Barthet (1919–1999) was an artist born in Valletta, Malta on 6 October 1919. He started art studies in Valletta, at the Government School of Arts. Barthet then went to Rome where he attended the Regia Accademia di Belle Arti before moving to England to study at the Academy of Arts in Bath. In the early 1950s he started experimenting with cubism and the abstract. Much of his work can be admired in public places, Government Departments & in many private collections in Malta and abroad. He died on 4 July 1999. There is a street named after him: 'Triq Esprit Barthet' in Swieqi, Malta. Triq means street in Maltese.

I am delighted that we have managed to acquire these two beautiful paintings - it is very rare to see Barthet's work outside Malta as much of his work is classed as part of the country's cultural heritage. Both paintings are sizeable & I am they make a striking addition to the Gallery's portfolio. What do you think?

Special thanks must go to our good friends in Malta Gladys & Joe Critien who sourced these beautiful pieces for us & then arranged the delivery.

All the best,
Bethan Greet (BA Hons)

Gallery Manager 

Beth with Esprit Barthet 1

Another hidden gem...

Hello Everyone!

I am delighted to annouce that we have just acquired another truly exquisite piece of original artwork. This beautiful painting is "The Helford River" by acclaimed British Impressionist Wilfrid Gabriel de Glehn (1870-1951).

The artist was a painting companion of John Singer Sargent & is widely regarded as one of England's leading Impressionist painters. He was elected to the Royal Academy in 1932 & is often considered as something of a late British Renoir. De Glehn's work is filled with light & the artist is renowned for the way his work perfectly captures sunlight & shadow. 

"The Helford River" is a particularly fine example of Wilfid Gabriel de Glehn's work. The brushwork is exquisite & the artist has deftly captured the play of light across the landscape. The painting is inscribed on the reverse, as can be seen on the bottom right here, & bears the names Barbara & Elssa. I have been contemplating the painting today & wondering which of the carefree figures featured are Barbara or Elma. What do you think?

This exquisite, rare original will be on display in the Gallery for the next week or so before it moves on to its new owner so do pop in to view it if you're passing. This is a wonderful opportunity to view a simply beautiful piece of fine art!

Hope to see you soon!

Bethan Greet (BA Hons) Gallery Manager

de Glehn - River Helford de Glehn - River Helford back

The fletcher gate art gallery presents: Rebecca Morledge

I am delighted to announce that we will soon be receiving some gorgeous original artwork from Derbyshire based artist Rebecca Morledge. Rebecca's unusual pieces feature local scenes & sea scapes painted with a distinctive "birds-eye view" perspective. I love Rebecca's work so I am pleased that she will be joining us at the Gallery.

Rebecca graduated with a degree in illustration in 2005. She has always loved children’s books and that along with a love of painting buildings lead her to create her first ‘birds eye’ painting with a view over Derby. Since then Rebecca has continued to work in this distinctive & instantly recognisable style, creating paintings of real and imagined places.

Rebecca's work has been bought by private collectors and has been shown in many group and solo exhibitions. She is fascinated by people and landscapes. As Rebecca says "I like to not only make people see places they know in a new light but also the people around them. Every time that I walk through a street, there is something interesting and different."

Rebecca's work is extremely time consuming and complex to create. They are created in three separate stages, firstly planning and sketching the layout, then painting and finally using a dip pen and ink to add the fine details. Rebeccas hopes that people will get the same joy from looking at her paintings as she gets from making them!

We will be receiving a number of stunning originals from Rebecca in the Gallery soon so keep your eyes peeled for details!

Rebecca Morledge - Filey Rebecca Morledge - Castle Rebecca Morlegde - Ye Olde Trip Beth with Rebecca Morledge

happy new year everyone!

Hello Everyone! 

I wanted to wish you all a Happy New Year & all the best for 2015 from us all at the Fletcher Gate Art Gallery. I hope you all had a lovely Christmas too!

I've just had a bit of a re-jig in the Gallery - New Year, New Look! What do you think?

Here's to a wonderful 2015 with lots more beautiful original art!

See you soon!

Bethan Greet - Gallery Manager 

Gallery re-jig 1 Gallery re-jig 2 Gallery re-jig 3

the irish collection - contemporary Irish art available now!

Hello Everyone!

I am delighted to announce that we have just acquired a stunning new collection of Irish artwork. Featuring work by some of Ireland's most collectable & popular contemporary artists, the collection is varied but all the pieces are vibrant, quirky and unusual. You can see a selection of the pieces here but there are several more available in the Gallery so do pop in if you're passing! I think they look great - really fresh and modern. What do you think?

From top to bottom we have:

- John Morris "Sunday Afternoon, Ballybunion" - 24" X 24" - £1,850 

- John Schwatschke "Morning Gossip" - 24" x 30" - £1,750

- Annie Robinson "Cottages By The Sea" - 8" x 16" - £795

- Ashley Best "City Quay" - 21" x 23" - £795


If you're looking for something a bit different for your home or an original Christmas present then we might have just the thing! Please call 0115 950 9966 if you have any queries!

See you soon!

All the best,
Bethan Greet (BA Hons)
Gallery Manager 

John Morris - Sunday Afternoon Ballybunion John Schwatschke Annie Robinson - Cottages by the sea Ashley Best - City Quay

Why are our local artists ignored?

I read with interest the article in the Weekend supplement of the Nottingham Post on 15/11/14 regarding the Nottingham Contemporary. I am pleased to see the Contemporary has been a success. It is an interesting addition to the city & I always enjoy visiting the exhibitions even if I often don’t like or understand the artwork! I am also pleased to hear that many of the visitors to the Contemporary are children who are enjoying interacting with the art. However, I felt that Mr. Farquharson’s point that children are “not taught to think that art is restricted to landscape paintings of the South of France” was rather sad and as narrow minded as those who instantly dismiss modern art. I strongly feel that what Nottingham’s art scene is lacking is a display of older, historical artwork. The city owns many beautiful paintings by acclaimed local artist’s such as the internationally renowned Richard Parkes Bonnington, Thomas Hammond, Arthur Spooner & Laura Knight but they are stuck at Nottingham Castle & visitors must pay to enter. Why are Nottingham’s artists overlooked? We should be proud of our cities artistic heritage! I am pleased to hear that the Contemporary is planning a collaboration with Chatsworth House but wouldn’t it be better to collaborate with the Castle? I would love to view the City’s fine collection of traditional artwork alongside more modern work at the Contemporary. Mr. Farquharson talks about the importance of exposing children to art. Why not inspire them with our local artists? I feel that it is very important for all visitors, including children, to understand how the challenging pieces at the Contemporary are placed in art history & what better way to do this than an exhibition of Nottingham’s modern & traditional work? The Contemporary is a good addition to the city but it should not be to the detriment of historical art & the exclusion of Nottingham’s artists.

Bethan Greet (BA Hons)
Gallery Manager

Fun in the Gallery 2

The fletcher gate art gallery presents: Tim McArtney

I am delighted to present a new collection of artwork from local artist Tim Mcartney.

Tim is an architect and an artist.He was born in Kent and studied at The Architectural Association in London.Following graduation he taught design at Loughborough College of Education,and then joined Notts.County Council's Architecture Department designing primary and secondary schools.He formed his own practice in 1975 with Andrew James.He has always drawn and painted and was an exhibiting member of the former Midland Group Gallery based in Wellington Circus in Nottingham.

He is widely travelled and his work includes landscapes and figurative subjects in Europe,Russia,Japan ,Africa and North America.He has work in private collections in the Midlands,East Anglia and London.

At the root of his approach is drawing and he maintains a strong belief in the definition of structure,space and line in all of his work in a variety of media.This emphasis on understanding the structure of the painted or drawn subject can result in semi abstract images as well as a more literal interpretation.The essence of the thing is what interests Tim whether he is considering a single object or a whole landscape."I try to liberate the spirit of the subject - hence when I draw or paint a harbour scene I am interpreting the 'boatiness' of the boats".

The work on show in the gallery is mainly drawn from subjects in Suffolk and the East Midlands where Tim and his wife Gillian live. We have, from top to bottom:

"Meditteranean Pines Majorca" - signed, original oil on board, 9.5" x 10" - £150

"Honfleur" - signed, original oil on board, 8.5" x 8.75" - £135

"Parr's Apple Tree - Summer" - signed, original oil on canvas, 25" x 31" - £325

The work shown here is just a small taster of Tim's collection. Do pop into the Gallery to view the rest of his portfolio!

 

Tim McArtney - Mediterranean Pines Tim McArtney - Honfleur Tim McArtney - Apple Tree Summer

The Fletcher Gate Art Gallery presents: Roderick Smith

The Fletcher Gate Art Gallery is proud to announce that we have just acquired a wonderful new signed, original oil on board by contemporary Scottish artist Roderick Smith. Entitled "Boulevard Du Boramar, Collioure" the image size is 20.5" x 18" - £1,400.

Roderick Smith was born in Dundee in 1959. His father was the Pipe Major in the "Black watch". He studied at the Duncan Of Jordanstone College Of Art and Edinburgh College Of Art. His portfolio was retained and exhibited at the college as one of top 10 artists.

Rod has also taught art extensively. He tutored at the Edinburgh College Of Art and has taught art at various secondary schools in scotland. Rod was also head of the art department at the Mata Mata college in New Zealand

Roderick Smith has also exhibited widely & has had exhibitions at several galleries including
Frames Gallery, Perth, The Sun Gallery, Newburgh and Newport Art Gallery, Fife.

This stunning new original depicts a lively street scene in the South of France. The piece is typical of the artist's distinctive style. Using bold colour, deft brushwork and texture Smith has perfectly captured the relaxed atmosphere of a French life in the South of France. You can almost feel the heat in this piece - a lovely painting to remind us of warmer times!

"Boulevard Du Boramar, Collioure" is available in the gallery now! Do pop in to view if you're passing!

Rod Smith - Boulevard Du Boramar

great news! we are now open on Tuesdays Again!

The Fletcher Gate Art Gallery will now be open on Tuesdays again. Our lovely new part-time Gallery Assistant Michelle will be manning the fort so do pop in to say 'Hi!' if you're passing!
 
Here she is with a stunning new piece by upcoming abstract artist Wendy Satchwell "Beauty Beneath The Waves" - £895.
Michelle

Exciting new collaboration with Laura Barber-Riley!

I am excited to announce that we will soon be receiving three beautiful pieces from award winning equestrian artist Laura Barber-Riley. 
Based in Lutterworth in Leicestershire, Laura re-discovered her love of painting in 2008 & has been busy producing beautiful original oils ever since.
 
2009 saw her debut at the Society of Equestrian Artists Annual Exhibition (Mall Galleries London), at which she was awarded the Ingleton-Beer Associates Prize for the best depiction of horse and rider. In 2011 she was awarded The Eggesford Studio Prize for the best piece of work by an artist under 35, at the same exhibition. In 2012 Laura was promoted within the Society of Equestrian Artists to become an Associate member.
 
I was introduced to Laura by one of our most popular artist's Hannah Merson & I am delighted to be exhibiting her work in the Gallery.
 
 
An example of her work can be seen here on the right. From top to bottom they are as follows:
 
 
"Summer In Porlock" - Signed Original Oil on Canvas - 12" x 16" - £480
 
"Sunlit" - Signed Original Oil on Box Canvas - 20" x 28" - £1,100
 
"Final Adjustments - Bridlington Beach" - Signed Original Oil on Board - 10" x 20" - £480
Laura Barber-Riley - Summer In Porlock Laura Barber-Riley - Sunlit Laura Barber-Riley - Final Adjustments Bridlington Beach

our recent Advert in the antiques traders gazette:

original paintings by Thomas Hammond & Arthur Spooner wanted

We'll inform you of anything special that turns up!
Antiques gazette ad

downstairs for the bubble wrap!

ANother gorgeous painting has been snapped up!
 
After a successful few days at the Gallery I had rather a few empty spaces to fill so I thought I'd have a bit of a re-jig! How do you think it looks?

new work now in from irish artist douglas hutton 

Douglas Hutton was born in 1950 and attended Edinburgh Art College where he was influenced greatly by the Scottish Colourists.

Douglas has lived in Ireland for 30 years. Inspired by the rugged landscape of Donegal, Connemara and Achill his work has become much sought after.

We have just received this unusual, quirky original oil by Hutton. Entitled "The Auctioneer" this fab piece depicts the sights & sounds of the sales at a horse market in Ireland. The artist often depicts Ireland's famous horse markets & these paintings are always very popular! The colours in this piece are just stunning in the flesh -  a really unusual & special painting I think!
 
"The Auctioneer" signed original oil on canvas, image size: 19.75" x 15" - £1,150.
Douglas Hutton - The Auctioneer

Just Arrived - "By The Coast, Corfu" by arthur Spooner.

I am excited to announce that we have just accquired a beautiful signed original oil by acclaimed Nottingham-based artist Arthur Spooner. Entitled "On The Rocks" this wonderful original depicts a coastal scene in Spooner's trademark colour palette. The brushwork is wonderful & the light & movement which the artist has caught on the water is stunning. The piece measures 20" x 27" & retails at £1,550. On display in the gallery now!
 
Arthur Spooner was born in Nottingham in 1873 and famed for using his paintings to record the surrounding events within his city of birth. He trained at the Nottingham School of Art (now part of Nottingham Trent University) in the late 19th century. He later taught landscape and figurative painting there in the early 20th century.

Arthur Spooner was a member of the Nottingham Society of Artists.He painted The Goose Fair, Nottingham in 1926.The painting was sold at Christie's in 2004 and is currently displayed in Nottingham Castle. 
Beth & On The Rocks Arthur Spooner - On The Rocks

Arthur Spooner - "The Bathers"

Whilst looking back through our archives I discovered a wonderful painting by Nottingham born artist Arthur Spooner called "The Bathers". Sadly this exquisite piece has already been taken by the owner but it was so beautiful I simply had to show you! We are lucky enough to have the painting on display in the gallery for a very limited period so do pop in to view it if you're passing!
 
Arthur Spooner was born in Nottingham in 1873 and famed for using his paintings to record the surrounding events within his city of birth. He trained at the Nottingham School of Art (now part of Nottingham Trent University) in the late 19th century. He later taught landscape and figurative painting there in the early 20th century.

Arthur Spooner was a member of the Nottingham Society of Artists.He painted The Goose Fair, Nottingham in 1926.The painting was sold at Christie's in 2004 for nearly £300,000 and is currently displayed in Nottingham Castle. The Gallery was the under bidder for this piece - a great shame that we missed out! 
Beth & The Bathers 1

stunning new work now in from hannah merson!

We have just received two beautiful new original oil paintings from popular local artist Hannah Merson. Both are filled with light, movment & a gorgeous use of colour! The top piece is called "Rowers On The Trent, Nottingham". It is 16" x 12" & is £495. The bottom is "Trent Bridge - Nottingham vs. Somerset, 22nd June 2014". This lovely little study was done 'en plein air' &  is 8" x 6" - a snip at only £150!
 
Do pop in to view them if you're passing - I'm sure they won't hang around for long!!
Hannah Merson - Rowers On The Trent Hannah Merson - Trent Bridge Cricket

A response to "castle gallery seeks volunteer storytellers"

A few weeks ago Leanne wrote to the Nottingham Post in response to an article we had seen in the paper in which a Nottingham councillor proposed that the art collection at the Castle should be sold off. Fortunately, this was vetoed. I am delighted to report that the Castle is now seeking volunteers to help visitors engage with the artwork. Copy & paste the link to see the original article about this on the Nottingham Post website:
 
http://www.nottinghampost.com/Castle-gallery-seeks-volunteer-storytellers/story-21261305-detail/story.html 
 
You can also see my letter to them below. What are your thoughts?
 

Dear Sir or Madam,

I am writing in response to the article in your newspaper on page 12 on 19/06/14 “Castle gallery seeks volunteer storytellers”.

I am delighted to hear that Nottingham Castle is to try and engage children and other visitors with the collection of artwork housed at the Castle. When it was proposed by a local councillor that the Castle should sell some off their art collection I was very alarmed so I was very pleased to find out that the collection will not be sold. My colleague wrote in at the time expressing her view that it was a shame more was not done to promote this wonderful collection of art.

I am thrilled to hear that the Castle is looking for recruits to help visitors to engage with the artwork. A positive idea that I feel should have been embraced by the city a long time ago.
My only concern is that volunteers will not have the knowledge necessary to fully explain the art collection. I only hope that they are provided with sufficient training. In our previous letter we mentioned an incident the owner saw in The Louvre in Paris. Groups of school children were gathered round a painting in enthralled silence listening to a very knowledgeable lady. I only hope something similar can be achieved at the Castle.

I will follow this with enthusiasm & I hope it is a success.

Kind regards,
Bethan Greet
Gallery Manager

beth & the fan

Fake or fortune?

The presence of fakes & art forgeries within the art market are something we have to be constantly vigilant for at The Fletcher Gate Art Gallery.

A case in point was an event which occurred in 2010 surrounding the sale of an original oil which was purported to be by the renowned artist Wilfred Gabriel de Glehn. The gallery noticed that ‘Female Nude (study)’ had been put up for auction at a well-established auction house in their November sale. The piece was signed by the artist and sold as a de Glehn by the auction house. Mr. Akins had his doubts about the authenticity of the piece & called the auction house to express his doubts & ask for a quality report. They assured him it was genuine & had been brought in by a very respected client. Not only that, they said, the piece was signed upper right. Mr. Akins again expressed his doubts as de Glehn usually signs his paintings on the lower right. Despite these concerns, the auction house assured us the piece was genuine. We placed a bid and purchased the piece for £3,000.

The twist in this tale is that Mr. Akins, the gallery owner, was already the proud owner of an identical piece which he had acquired for £22,816, with the estimate being £20,000 - £30,000, in 1990! We, of course, already knew that the painting claimed to be by de Glehn was a fake as we already knew the whereabouts of the original! We purchased the piece to prove a point and then promptly returned it to the auction house for a full refund.

There are a number of concerning elements about this case. Why did a reputable company not realise the piece was a fake? Even more concerning is the fact that the estimate for the fake was very low for the artist – only £3,000 - £4,000 – which implies that the auction house know something was ‘off’ about the piece. Equally, what has happened to the fake painting now?

Many collectors, dealers, artist estates and law enforcement agencies feel the resale of fakes is a persistent and growing problem without a good solution. There are no clear rules regarding what happens to fake artwork. When it comes to undisputed fakes, resale’s are tried to be prevented by stamping the work or, in rare occurrences, destroying it.

The Police can seize forgeries in criminal cases, but these represent only a tiny portion of the counterfeit art that is circulating. Ultimately, the law enforcement authorities and the public mostly rely on the art market to police itself. Artist foundations and estates that find fakes on eBay or at small auction houses can inform the dealer or Web site, but they have no authority to seize or mark the work. Frequently, they say, counterfeits go underground only to re-emerge later, labelled as the real thing.

The effort to keep fakes off the market may be most hampered by the reluctance of those in the know to speak out. Art experts and institutions, most prominently the Andy Warhol Foundation and the Lichtenstein Foundation, have stopped authenticating artwork, or pointing out suspected fakes, for fear of being dragged into a lawsuit by the owner of a work they rejected.

Interestingly, in the case of the fake de Glehn we have noticed that the piece recently came up again on 16/11/2013 at auction. Again it was described as an original piece by the artist! This time, the piece went unsold. As can be clearly seen, when buying artwork, it always pays to be cautious! If it seems too good to be true – it probably is!

On the right you can see the two pieces by de Glehn – which do you think is the original? Let me know!

ge Glehn

Coming soon!!

Four stunning new pieces have just been acquired by the gallery. 

First off is this unusual, vibrant, Piccasso-esque original oil by Herbert Vogt (born 1918) entitled 'The Dance' (39.5" x 35.5"). Signed & inscribed verso. Very striking indeed!
 
Next, we have a beautiful original oil by British painter Dorothy Johnstone (1892-1980) 'Lady In Green' (38.5" x 32.5"). Signed & dated lower left 'Dorothy Johnstone, March, 1923'. This lovely piece depicts a pretty young lady pining for a lost love.
 
Thirdly is my personal favourite - a stunning abstract by John Houston OBE RSA RSW RGI SSA (British 1930-2008). This original oil is called 'Waterfall' (43.5" x 33.5"). Signed & dated lower left 'John Houston 1961'. I love the texture and vibrant use of colour in this piece.
 
Last but not least, we have a characterful nude by Sir Robin Darwin (British 1910-1974) called 'The Aztec Rug' (30.5" x 25"). Signed & dated lower right 'Darwin 47'.
 

All four paintings will be arriving in the gallery on the 3rd of June - pop in to see what you think! I'm sure you'll agree they all make beautiful additions to our collection.

Herbert Vogt - Tanz - The Dance Dorothy Johnstone - Lady In Green John Houston - Waterfall Sir Robin Darwin - The Aztec Rug

"who controls our city's heritage?"-a thought provoking article to test the old grey matter

Often the arts and heritage sector of the community seem to experience dramatic cuts in their fundings or composition so, in response to this; I felt that an article should be written and a few questions raised to those whom hold the "power". I'm not sure if I worded it a little too strongly, but why not have a gandy for yourself and let us know your opinion:

 

Who Controls Our City’s Heritage?

I have of late seen quite a few articles within the Post concerning this City’s artwork which have quite frankly shocked me. Having studied Law and the History of Art at the University of Nottingham and as a current Fine Art Gallery Consultant, Art Enthusiast, local resident and employee of George H Akins Snr, I have been encouraged to share my opinions with yourselves as we feel that I am not alone in my standing.

Artwork forms an integral part of heritage in whatever city it graces, yet for some unknown reason our Councils constantly appear to overlook this cultural significance in what can only be described as a national pandemic towards the contemporary relevance of Art, its relevance to us; the people. City by City, we see talk of our Councils selling off their Public Collections in order to raise “public funds”, yet we never see the equivalent printed regarding our Council’s publically funded luxuries.

Last Friday, Sky News quite nicely illustrated just how “public” these Public Art Collections really are when they commissioned a few Art Investigators to view these collections across our major cities. In every case from Manchester and Newcastle to Southampton, the Investigators (after declaring this commission) were refused entry to the archives and in a majority of cases, Nottingham included, upon enquiring for details regarding the composition of the public catalogue and what percentage of these paintings were currently on display, they were utterly ignored. In fact, where this information was openly volunteered, it came to light that only a minority of the collection were publicly displayed. Where may I ask are the Council storing the rest of our artwork? And, more importantly, who are these people that decide the fate of our artwork?

It has previously been proposed by my employer, Mr George H Akins Snr and various campaigners, that a trust should be set up for this exact purpose. A trust led by knowledgeable, passionate and driven individuals within the Art World who actually understand the momentum and weighting that art has within the community. At present, I find it hard to believe that many of these Councillors which hold the reins can truly distinguish an oil from a water colour, let alone pull together an inspired exhibition. However, just like so many other Council-led attributes their credentials and true values are cloaked from the public eye.

It is no secret that to succeed within the arts and entertainment business you need to possess not only entrepreneurial flair and talent, but the ability to vibrantly promote your subject matter and do so with knowledge and passion. At present I feel that the potential of Nottingham Castle as an exhibiting Gallery is quite simply being thrown to the wayside. Who decides upon these exhibitions and upon what occasions are they rotated? Why are we not using this historically significant platform to our advantage and celebrating the rich culture of our art? We need to embrace and, more importantly, create a public interest. I feel that at present the council are totally overlooking the importance of transparency within the community and the value of art beyond the commercial. We have been informed that a proportion of the Public Collection has been shown in schools, libraries and so on, however the exact figure of this displayed “proportion” and indeed the location of these exhibiting schools (past or present) well, your guess is as good as mine!

Let’s get rid of these artistic atheists and place these subjects in the hands of those who actually care; let’s save our rich heritage!

Leanne-Marie Morgan (LLB)

Fletcher Gate Art Gallery

Leanne with Frank Johnson- They're the Top at Toppy's

Stunning new collection from scottish/iraqi artist nael hanna on sale now!

The gallery is proud to present the latest collection of work from one of our most talented contemporary artists Nael Hanna. There are ten beautiful new pieces in the portfolio. All are vibrant, highly textured & many-layered with Hanna's distinctive, painterly style evident throughout. 
 
The majority of the pieces are inspired by the ever changing landscapes of Scotland. They are light-filled and seem to glow from within. Just gorgeous! 
 
Come and view this amazing body of work before they are snapped up!
Me, Nael & George

now in - New original watercolour 'plein air' sketches from talented local artist Gerlad Green!

we have just received delivery of 18 new pieces by One of our most popular artists Gerald green. These stunning, light-filled studies are done by Gerald 'en plein air' and perfectly capture a moment in time. 

Each are signed & inscribed verso & acquired directly from the artist's studio.

Only £100 EACH!! gET THEM BEFORE THEY go!
Gerald Green - Towards the harbour rio maggiore italy

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