Going through the plans chest i came across this lovely Frank Beanland from the mid 90's. Inspired by his love of St Ives it demonstrates Frank's wonderful use of colour to represent land and sea.
Sadly Frank died earlier this year. A great loss to the art world.
I visited the Picasso and Paper exhibition at the RA last week. It was probably one of the most exciting exhibitions I have ever experienced. Vast quantities of wonderful images, some I have seen before and others that were completely new to me.
This image is a perfect example of a belief I have held since the beginning of my career, that a great picture can be enhanced by perfect framing.
Picasso on Paper runs at the RA until 13th April 2020
Such an unusual and interesting sculptural piece by Bill Belcher who made art in boxes. This 1966 example is called Belfry and is very different to his usual work due to it's large size. Black is such a great colour and very en vogue in the world of interiors at the moment.
Art is all about simplicity, a few lines, a few swirls... But to make it work you have to be good. And the semi-abstracted realism of Norma Jameson is beyond good.
This original 1950's Picasso print is sadly water damaged but still a lovely, rare find.
I recently purchased this etching from the family of Raymond Fawcett executed in 1964. It's title is 'Events in the day of a typist's life'. One struggles to find the events in the events the title suggests. There is a view of a woman dressing (or undressing), what looks to be a keypad of some kind but the other symbolic references have defeated me so far.
All of that though does not matter. It is a fabulous, enigmatic picture that makes you think which is exactly what art should always do.
This oil on paper abstract still life was painted in the late 1950's when the artist was living in London. The arrangement of shapes and forms draw you into the painting and the colours make it exciting and vibrant.
Harry Walton was a gifted artist who could turn his hand from portraiture to landscape to big narrative subjects, such as the holocaust which obsessed him in the later years of his life.
He lived and works in Leicestershire and he ploughed his own furrow, he was so single minded in his approach to art that it really overtook his life and his work is a testament to his capabilities.
He became interested in abstraction in the 1950’s and this piece of work from the late 50’s early 60’s, is a transition period back from abstraction to realism. He called it Regeneration and it shows a tree stump or log with a fungus growing from it and flowers and plants in the process of growing. A great picture.
Born in 1917 in Poland, Halima Nalecz came to Britain after the war and was horrified to find that you couldn't buy Modern Art of any description on Bond Street. To rectify this she opened her own gallery which she called The Drian Galleries - A homage to the artist Piet Mondrian who was one of her heroes.
John Stocks @ AM Fine Art