WALTER and WILLEM DOLPHYN @ Gladwell Patterson

You get a sense of ‘family’ when you step into Gladwell Pattersons.  It’s comparable to the kind of welcoming you get when stepping into a good friend’s home. They focus predominately on traditional forms of fine art, seeking the finest examples of contemporary traditionalists working today, to sit alongside the vast portfolio of old master works they hold.  It’s nice to pop into a friendly gallery to look at newly produced work by a current hard working artist while at the same time being treated to a Monet, Renoir or Turner hanging modestly on the adjacent wall.

Onto the current exhibition then.  The son Walter and father Willem.  Painting in the traditional way of the Dutch and doing it extremely well.  Walter is a jolly chap, happy with his lot as he scans Ebay for rare vintage toys from which he creates his humorous depictions of society in oil paint. His father’s subject matter utilizes more traditional objects of still life, all bursting with vivid colours and joyful expression.

The exhibition runs from 14th November to 28th November 2014

POETRY in MOTION @ Whitford’s

POETRY in MOTION: Ceramics by Jean Lurçat and Paintings by Georges Bernède

I’ve been lucky to discover a handful of genuine, dedicated galleries in London who have successfully carved out their own niche and as a result have established themselves as an important and valuable staging platform for artists (alive and deceased) to feature in the ever evolving story that is the history of modern art.  Whitford Fine Art are one such gallery.  Tucked in among the old masters galleries in Duke Street St James’s, just round the corner from a big auction power house, is the modest, hardworking team at Whitford’s.  Their shows are always well thought out, well researched and presented with the kind of passion we’d all like to see from London’s art dealers and connoisseur’s.

Enthusiasm exudes in great waves from Gabriel Toso and the sales staff at Whitford’s and is wonderfully counter balanced with the brilliantly dry wit of Director and Founder Adrian Mibus. Throw in the grace, charm and exceptional knowledge of fellow director An Jo Fermon and a Whitford’s PV will always leave you feeling culturally nourished and entertained.

Poetry in Motion runs from 12th Nov – 12th Dec 2014

Lee Jaehyo @ Albemarle Gallery

Back to back shows of Pablo Atchugarry and Lee Jaehyo were enough to demonstrate why The Albemarle Gallery is viewed by many to be a leader in the field of contemporary modern sculpture. The amazing work of Lee Jaehyo is now showing at the gallery in Albemarle Street, Mayfair.  We didn’t make the private view of this show but instead we visited on a quiet evening when we virtually had the place to ourselves.  Gallery founder Tony Pontone and sales chief Alessandro Lorenzetti were able to give us their undivided attention while we absorbed the stunning craftsmanship of Lee Jaehyo’s work.   A good reminder that PVs aren’t always the best time to view and enjoy artworks!

This show runs from 31 Oct – 13 Dec 2014.  More information can be found here:

The Shape of Things @ Daniel Katz Gallery

 This show is a real treat.  Wonderfully curated by James Rawlin and held within the beautiful space of Daniel Katz’s gallery in Mayfair.  A very enjoyable PV and a truly remarkable collection of sculptures.  The book to accompany the show is a highly entertaining and enlightening read.

The Shape of Things: Three Decades of British Modernist Sculpture

An exhibition of Modernist British sculpture spanning three decades from 1930 to 1960.

Wednesday, 5 November 2014 – Friday, 12 December 2014