Not only will this be Bill’s third one man show with us, it will also be his first exhibition since being elected an Associate of The Royal Institute of Oil Painters. The ROI was founded in 1882 and is proud of its royal status granted by King Edward VII in 1909 and of the famous artists such as Alma Tadema, Dame Laura Knight, Fantin Latour and even Rodin, who have exhibited there. It is great to see Bill in such exalted company, and a thoroughly deserved award.
Drinks Preview Thursday 5th March 6-8pm, all welcome.
Exhibition runsFriday 6th Saturday 21st March
For the last 6 years Peter has been exhibiting almost exclusively in America where he has been the best selling artist for the largest chain of galleries on the West Coast.
Last year an independent art critic in San Diego wrote, “The most technically gifted and innovative artist I have seen in the last 10 years”.
So we are delighted to be able to stage one of his rare UK exhibitions.
Drinks Preview Thursday 12th February 6 - 8pm, to include a 'Wine Tasting', all welcome.
Exhibition runs Friday 13th - Saturday 28th February inclusive
We are pleased to be having a long awaited exhibition of paintings in oils by this popular Norfolk artist.
Exhibition runs Friday 7th to Saturday 22nd November inclusive.
Drinks Preview Thursday 6th November.
A selection of paintings from the exhibition can be seen on the 'Andrew King' page in our 'Gallery' section.
Once again we have awarded the A&K Wilson Gallery Award, and this year we were pleased to give it to a young artist called Stephen Teeuw for an intimate female nude entitled 'Rohan, Northcote Road'.
Frank will be exhibiting his most recent paintings, and also an array of 'assemblages'. Some creations are in box-like frames others are bas relief or verging on being stand alone wall sculptures. Very interesting and exciting developments from the early germ of an idea seen here 18 months ago.
assemblage [ә sémblij ]
1) gathering together
a gathering of things or people at one point
2) artistic arrangement of miscellaneous items
a work of art made from a collection of different objects
I was gratified to find that the word ‘assemblage’ so nicely encompasses both our ‘drinks previews’ and Mr Frank Taylor’s new work.
Found objects, drift wood, slate, printers’ blocks, dowels, plastic clothes pegs, rusty screws and shiny bolts have all been arranged to create exciting artworks.
On some of the most intriguing, Frank has added runic signs, numbers, crosses, arrows, positive and negative symbols that you feel must possess a secret meaning if only you could translate or crack the code.
Others have the wood pierced with dozens of assorted nails creating powerful images that call to mind African Ju-Ju pieces with dark talismanic forces, they are frankly quite disturbing (note to self: possible title for Mr Taylor’s next show !).
But of course there are also more playful pieces, punch drunk boxers gaze out at us from unfocussed goggle eyes and games are played with art history. I spotted (or thought I spotted…) references to Klee, Kandinsky, Nicholson, Miro, Ernst and Gaudi, and that’s just in the pieces shown on this invitation! (Can you see them too?)
But for me the really fascinating thing about this new work is seeing the subject ease away from the flat plane of the canvas. Layers of paint are becoming layers of wood, paintings in frames become assemblages in boxes and these again seem to be moving out of the box to become perhaps stand alone relief sculptures?
Frank’s work is quite literally taking on another dimension.
Exhibition runs Friday 17th October - Saturday 1st November incl.
A selection from the exhibition can be viewed on the 'Frank Taylor' page in our 'Gallery' section.
Our picture framer Sarah Sharp has just passed her exam to become a Fine Art Trade Guild Commended Framer.
Sarah who has been a full time professional picture framer for over 20 years, decided that
this year her skills would finally get official recognition.
So despite being rather an old hand at the game, she determinedly pored over the study
guide, carefully prepared her example pieces and nervously traipsed off to Birmingham
to sit the exam.
Although admitting that she hadn’t slept very well the night before and that the
last exam she had taken had been her driving test, Sarah still passed with flying colours.
So well done our Sarah!