Christmas and Looking Ahead to the New Year

17th November 2011

We have now rehung the gallery after the Autumn Show closed and hope to see many more visitors before Christmas.  John and Jane Knuckey are joining us for the Christmas opening with some of their beautiful hand-made furniture and their new collection of smaller items such a trays, photograph frames and book ends www.knuckeyfruniture.co.uk . We are also previewing a few of Oona Campbell’s new paintings of West Wittering which will form part of her solo show next May.
Don’t hesitate to call to make an appointment or enquire about any of the images on our web site.  We are always happy to open up specially – or to take the paintings to you either in London or elsewhere if you can’t get down to Sussex.
With David Attenbourgh’s Frozen planet and the wonderful exhibition of Scott’s Antarctic Exhibiton currently showing at Buckingham Palace our first exhibition of 2012 is highly topical. 23 Shades of White chronicles Tuema Pattie’s recent voyages through the Falklands, South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula.
Painting in these conditions was incredibly tough, everything on deck was blown away and on shore Tuema had to contend with inquisitive penguins and constant sleet which washed away the paint before it could dry. With her indomitable Irish spirit, Tuema actually relished the challenges and produced dazzling sketches – either through her cabin porthole or balanced on an icy rock – from which to work up the finished paintings for the March show.
Another excitement next year is the long awaited return of Oona Campbell following her 2007 exhibition.  Oona has now moved to Dorset and her solo show scheduled for May 2012 is of Sussex and Dorset paintings . Oona has been racing over to Sussex most weekends this month to catch the Autumn Colours and hopefully a winter sun set, such as the one we had last week end – which luckily found her sketching on West Wittering Beach.  Her new work will include views of Goodwood and the Trundle and Petworth Park.

We are also doing two art fairs in the early part of next year, returning to the 20/21st International Art Fair at the Royal College in February and taking part in a new curated fair opening for the first time at the Old Library in Battersea. The fair is the idea of our Sussex neighbour Jose Waldie who has invited six dealers to join her in this fabulous Georgian Library just of Prince of Wales Drive. Perhaps this will be the way forward for the art market, smaller more intimate art fairs where one is not left lost, confused and exhausted before one is even half-way round the stands!