Rhythm in blues: Sandra Blow's abstract paintings
Our upcoming exhibition of Sandra Blow's abstract paintings is featured in The Guardian today.
"British painter Sandra Blow used everything from tea to cement in her geometric work, resulting in energetic and mysterious canvases."
BBC Radio 4 Front Row
Norman Ackroyds 'Just be a Poet' is now open. The Exhibition includes some of Ackroyd’s greatest expressions of Nature’s grandeur in prints and watercolours mostly produced between 1978 to 2000.
Follow the link below to hear Norman speaking on BBC Radio 4 Front Row, about the early lure of pop art and his subsequent devotion to capturing the wild coastlines of Britain (05:40).
In his new series The Harmonious Society, Chinese artist Jacky Tsai uses comic book heroes to make heavily allegorical artworks reflecting on China’s industrial rise and the declining dominance of the west. Here, western icons seek asylum in China after their own hemisphere has crumbled. The Harmonious Society is at the Fine Art Society, London, until 8 November
See the full article on The Guardian website here
Mark Beech writing for Blouin Art Info
The only way to pick highlights from the current show is to look at each category. Among the early pop art, the back wall of the gallery is dominated by a 12-foot oil-on-canvas in nine panels of Anna Karina, with thousands of monochrome newsprint dots done in 1963.The Bardot image, with its superimposed circle, is much smaller yet as striking; and the bikini girls are alluring. The abstract sculptures, some of them austere pyramids, are a more acquired taste, though the figurative works are stunning, leading up to the 1977 “An American Girl” — the culmination of the Galina series — and the more realistic “Flora” from 1982 near the entrance.
The chronological mixing up of old and new works through the rooms is smart, with political paintings ranging from depictions of the Kennedy assassination in the 1960s to the Iraq War protest works. Still, the show reaches its peak with the oil-on-canvas and screen prints in the basement, soon acquiring a lot of red dots. Among the crowning glories are Laing’s trademark geometrical shapes, such as the lower triangle and superimposed oval added to the Moss and Winehouse pictures — witty, sexy, and daring. Pop art at its best.
Now remembered as one of Britain’s leading Pop artists, Laing (1936-2011) started studying at Saint Martin’s School of Art in the 1960s after training at Sandhurst and completing a stint in the military during the previous decade.
“I was interested only in what I considered to be contemporary ‘heroic’ themes,” Laing wrote of his work in the early ‘60s. “The themes were skydivers, astronauts, drag racers and, I’m afraid, starlets. (I claim absolution on the grounds of youth!).”
The Fine Art Society’s upcoming retrospective of Laing’s works is the first major retrospective of the artist’s oeuvre to be held since his death, and runs in conjunction with the publication by his estate of his catalogue raisonné.
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Gerald Laing, the artist that made a war zone go pop
Laing, who was born in 1936, enrolled as an art student at St Martin’s College in 1960, was one of a bright new wave of British pop artists. His name is less well known today than those of Peter Blake or Allen Jones, but this month the Fine Art Society on New Bond Street marks the fifth anniversary of Laing’s death with a retrospective comprising 70 of his best paintings and sculptures.
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Now Open at The Fine Art Society Edinburgh
Annie Kevans: Selected Portraits
14th July - 3 September 2016
We are pleased to announce that Annie Kevans: Selected Portraits is now open at The Fine Art Society in Edinburgh Running from 14 July to 3 September, this exhibition marks the first time that Kevans’ work has been exhibited in Scotland. Works from Kevan’s series The Muses of Jean Paul Gaultier will be available to purchase for the first time, having previously been on display at the Barbican Art Gallery, Le Grand Palais, and the National Gallery of Victoria.
Kevan’s paintings reflect our distorted perceptions of figures in the public eye. Her works examine the duality of truth and falsehood by creating 'portraits' which may or may not be based on real documentation. She believes that a person’s identity is not preset, but is a shifting temporary construction and her work questions our verdicts on history and perceptions of intellectual solidity. The subjects of these series include overlooked female artists, the mistresses of American presidents, and iconic figures whose struggles with mental illness and addiction came under public scrutiny.
The entirety of Boys, her BA Degree Show series at Central Saint Martin’s School of Art & Design in 2004, was purchased by collector Charles Saatchi.
Works from the following series will be available to purchase: Ship of Fools, WAMPAS Baby Stars, All the Presidents’ Girls, All About Eve, Women and the History of Art, and The Muses of Jean Paul Gaultier.
For more information please contact Camilla Riva
Another favourite of David’s is the Fine Art Society stand, A1, a stand which David mentioned ‘Always has lovely pieces’. One in particular that stood out was the British artist, Gerald Leslie Brockhurst’s Woman in Black, c.1935. It is not known who the female in the portrait is however, her lingering stare captures the viewer raising bewilderment over her beauty, both emotionally and physically. The contrast of her fair skin against the dreary background is produced by an instinctive and controlled technique, excelled in the deepness of her eyes. One must be able to see the work to understand the emotional response in which it generates.
Access the full blog entry on David Linley's website: www.davidlinley.com
The Fine Art Society is delighted to take part, this year again, in Brown's London Art Weekend.
For 150 years Mayfair’s galleries and auction houses have welcomed the world’s greatest art collectors, and Brown’s London Art Weekend is the ultimate celebration of this London heartland, rich with art galleries and an experience unlike any other in the world.
The Fine Art Society is a haven not only from the noise and glitz of London’s Bond Street but from life itself. To enter its portals is to be transported to a world from another era; its hushed galleries decked with tranquil, often pastoral scenes are an opportunity for quiet reflection.
This June, a portrait of the Dalai Lama (Compassion, second picture) goes on show there. The lenticular photograph hanging on the second floor of the building is the work of Chris Levine and is one of six editions of pictures being sold (for between £60,000 and 80,000) to raise money for charities working with communities affected by last year’s earthquakes in Nepal.
The picture is part of an exhibition (Monday June 6 to Thursday July 7) of over 50 works – taken from The Fine Art Society’s 1,000-strong stock by mainly British 19th- and 20th-century artists – to mark the celebration of the gallery’s 140th anniversary.
Described as “the best shop in London” by Walter Sickert (whose painting Tipperary, £135,000, is one of three works by the artist for sale in this exhibition), The Fine Art Society once attracted such large crowds to the most popular shows of the 19th century that the traffic in Bond Street was brought to a standstill. Established in 1876 by a group of art lovers, some of whose descendants are now shareholders in the company, the gallery is London’s oldest art dealership. Two artists in particular loom large from the early decades of the company, which was set up to sell and publish prints: James McNeill Whistler and Samuel Palmer.
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