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