SPRING NEWSLETTER 2012
Two thousand and twelve is a momentous year for the gallery. Firstly because it marks the 40th anniversary of the dealership, and secondly because we have moved into a spacious new premises at the top of the High Street. Due to the expansion of the business we have restructured the team, Pippa remains with us, but new to the team is Helen Lamb. Brian will mainly concentrate on period paintings and watercolours through our brokerage scheme and Miranda will be responsible for everything else!
SCULPTURESThe gallery has never been able to do justice to sculptures, mainly due to the lack of space. In the new gallery we hope to rectify this, and we are looking to show work by sculptors of note.
Those with a love of Early and Victorian watercolours, a field that has been neglected over recent years, and one in which this gallery was a leading player in the 1970s, will be delighted to know that due to a resurgence of interest not forgetting our own keen desire, we are reviving our 'Watercolour Department'.
The greater majority of the pictures are, and will be, sourced from private collections. Already we have works to offer by some of the great names of the early watercolour period such as David Cox, John Varley and George Barrett Jnr, as well as a number of fine quality watercolours by artists of the mid 19th century.
To view all watercolours available, go to our website and click on 'Watercolours'.
Henry Benjamin Roberts
ART BROKERAGE - SELLING ON YOUR BEHALF
Our Selling Service, which gives vendors the opportunity to sell higher value works through the gallery on commission as an alternative to selling at auction, has been very successful and our efforts to secure good quality works will continue. Paintings sold under this scheme in recent years include works by Sir Kyffin Williams, L.S. Lowry, Alan Lowndes, Alfred Munnings, Myles Birket Foster, Ruskin Spear, John Piper, Elizabeth Blackadder, George Leslie Hunter, Alberto Morrocco, Dod Procter, George Clausen, H.H. La Thangue, J.M.W. Turner, David Cox, Edward Duncan, William Callow and many more.
We are keen to obtain more paintings of a like nature, and welcome enquiries.
Exhibiting Artists for 2012
This year sees a strong line-up of exhibitions, beginning with the stunning show (the artist's second at the gallery) of landscapes and still life by Elsa Taylor who lives and works in the Cotswolds, but is equally inspired by the colours and landscapes of France and Italy (March 18 - 31).
Next the ever popular Richard Adams returns (May 13 - 26) with another inspired collection of hilarious creativity.
In April (April 22 - May 5) we have Welsh husband and wife team Carole and Peter Evans. These paintings are full of humour and acute observation. As well as quite beautiful in their rich tonal colouring. They have seldom shown their work outside Wales, and deserve to be much better known (April 14 - 28).
In June (June 9 - 23) Andrew Hemingway brings an exhibition of his exquisite still lives. Hemingway is one of the, if not the, greatest exponents of still life pastels this country has every produced. If you want the finest in his genre, then Hemingway is for you.
In July (8 - 28 July) we have landscape and coastal scenes by that subtle master Fred Cuming. Cuming is one of our leading and most poetic landscape painters. There is a beauty in Cuming's paintings that few can match.
In September (Sept 22 - Oct 6) we will be celebrating our 40th anniversary with an exhibition of the artists who have been represented by the gallery over the past four decades.
October sees us in London, at Gallery 27 in Cork Street, with our second showing of paintings by William Balthazar Rose, whose last show in Burford was a near sell out. William's work is quite extraordinary, if at times faintly disturbing. This is an artist who will go on to great things (Oct 20 - 27 in London then in Burford until Nov 3).
Finally, in November (Nov 17 - Dec 1) an exhibition by Mark Rowney, part illustrator, part surrealist painter with an extraordinary imagination. This will be Mark's first exhibitiion at the gallery.
William Balthazar Rose
Over the past few months we have been fortunate in attracting a number of very fine artists to the gallery - Vanessa Cooper, with her marvellously quirky and colourful concoctions often featuring animals. William Balthazar Rose, whose next exhibition takes place in London in October; Mark Rowney, as mentioned above, and Peter White with his amazing paintings of open books and bowls which come in sizes ranging from very small to enormous. A simple painting of a bowl on a monumental scale has the effect, with its various colour planes, tones and dips, of a fascinating landscape - a pure tour de force.
This gallery is very much involved with Oxford based Helen and Douglas House, the world's first children's hospice. As one of the main fundraising events, every other year the charity holds a selling exhibition of paintings and sculptures in London. This last year the exhibition, numbering approximately 120 works of art - paintings and sculptures - by 80 artists, took place at Delfina in Bermondsey.
If you wish to learn more about the charity Helen and Douglas House then please go to www.helenanddouglas.org.uk
ARTIST RESALE RIGHT (ARR) explained
This is a royalty paid on the second and subsequent sale of an artist's work. Up to £50,000 the levy is 4% after which it reduces on a sliding scale. It became law in 2006 and this January was extended to heirs of the artist up to 70 years after his/her death. This has caused much consternation, even anger amongst galleries, who see it as yet another unwelcome tax, particularly in these difficult times. Most also feel that it discourages galleries from buying directly from artists, thereby robbing them of much needed cash up front. There is much opposition to it in the trade, and it may well be amended in some way in the future - who knows?
With the help of our designer we are currently in the process of redesigning our website. We are also dragging Brian into the 21st Century and you will soon be able to visit us on facebook - launch date to be confirmed soon!
Brian Sinfield Gallery - Spring 2012