After nearly ten years of business as Bertram Enterprises and then Bertram Arts, this is my first formal sale. For a limited time I am offering this special collection of twenty small pictures at a very special rate of 25% discount, and including packaging and posting. This collection can be seen in a fully illustrated catalogue. The sale runs until Sunday 23rd February.
Cabinet pictures tend to be small as historically they were designed and destined for small private cabinet rooms for the exclusive appreciation of the house owner. The paintings were not studies for larger works but small scale fully developed images, complete in their own right. This collection of twenty pictures amply illustrates this concept. Each artist has taken great care in creating a properly considered, fully executed work.
Do you have a small bit of wall for a small picture?
Welcome to 2014. Other than the widespread flooding I can see on the Somerset Levels from my office window (the landscape has become an inland archipelago!) the year has started off well. The London Art Fair mid-month shone a positive light on the Modern British art and Contemporary art scene with well-presented collections. Modern British was well represented with a special invited display from The Hepworth Wakefield Art Gallery, supported with fine works on the stands of Austin Desmond, Jonathan Clark and Rowntree Clark. Personally I was delighted with the display of paintings from 1945 to 1995 by Wilhelmina Barns-Graham at Art First. I have to admit to some bias here as I assisted in the selection and wrote the catalogue but the gallery made the paintings look wonderful, in a spacious, well laid out display, as a solo presentation.
The catalogue, which combines this event with an exhibition of the artist’s late paintings to come in March, can be seen here.
12 December 2013 -
I was delighted recently to receive a positive review of my book on the etchings of John Clerk of Eldin in the current edition of the Print Quarterly. Writing and publishing this book was a very personal project and it is nice to see that the efforts have been recognised, particularly in such an august publication .Information about Clerk of Eldin and my book can be found here.
I have just received an e-catalogue of Bridget Macdonald’s exhibition The Poetry of Earth seen this summer at Quay Arts, Isle of Wight. I used to work with Bridget many years ago and it was good to be reminded of quite how good an artist she is. She is a superb draughtsman and painter and this exhibition represented an overview of twenty years of work. I am sorry to have missed it but look forward to the next opportunity. She was lined up to have a show next year at Worcester City Art Gallery but this has been cancelled due to the withdrawal of public funds from the gallery. Indeed, the gallery is under threat of closure. That should not be allowed to happen! The catalogue is an attachment on this page.
12 December 2013 - I have been a supporter of Ione Parkin since I first exhibited her paintings at Art First in 1995. Her work explores themes of interconnectedness and diversity in the natural world and I have written about her in the past as you will find here. Ione has an exhibition of new work, Primal Matter, on show at the Victoria Art Gallery in Bath, running until 2 February 2014. This is a stunning selection of paintings though I confess I am very partial to the works on paper in which the paper has been scrunched up to create a very physical, relief-like surfaces. Overall these images can be seen either as over-magnified textures of organic matter or reflections of distant galaxies as seen from the Hubble telescope. Either way, the sense of space absorbs the eye.
Victoria Art Gallery, by Pulteney Bridge, Bath BA2 4AT web site