THE FIRST QUARTERLY UPDATE OF 2016 & CELEBRATING THE GALLERY'S 20TH ANNIVERSARY
THE BRIEFEST OF BACKGROUNDS
In 1996 before pop-ups were the phenomenon they are now, Josie Eastwood held her first show of contemporary art, selected from twenty artists whose works she truly loved, in a tiny hired space at Battersea Library. It was a sell out which quickly spurred her into expanding into her own gallery. Now firmly rooted in Hampshire, this year celebrates the 20th Anniversary of Eastwood Fine Art and what a couple of fine decades it's been. Josie started the year as she usually does, she set off driving around the country to catch up with artists the gallery already represents, to see their recent work and select for forthcoming shows, particularly the major 20th Anniversary show this April 2016. As she says, 'Whilst on the road I'm always keen to unearth new talent, and so go foraging - having done endless research back at the gallery beforehand. I follow the trail, in the hope that gems will be found.' So far a couple worth mentioning are ……
THE START OF 2016's RAMBLINGS
I revisited a South African artist called Christopher Johnson now based in Gloucestershire, who participated in the gallery's first ever show. I was keen to catch up with him and see his work, which is constantly evolving. What I saw at his studio made my blood run fast. Christopher works on canvases for great lengths of time, sometimes years, building up layer upon layer of rich oil, creating huge depth and variation over the surface of the canvas. This depth of texture, and originality of the use of the media, is a feature that always grabs me. Having recently been to the Auerbach at the Tate, his work was a feast. I have chosen a group of scenes from his travels to both Morocco and France and am especially thrilled that he, being one of my first artists, is with us again for the Anniversary Show.
Christopher Johnson in his Gloucestershire studio surrounded by recent works
Another interesting and new find is the work of the young sculptress Domenica de Ferranti. My brother, an art collector mentioned her work to me, and having made contact, I met her at her foundry outside Basingstoke in January. In her late 20s and already with a very successful one woman show behind her in London, she trained in Florence for several years, and has very much developed her own style. Domenica is a great traveller, working from sketches when she returns from far flung places such as Burma, Tanzania and Mongolia. All her work reveals the benefit of a traditional training gained in Florence, where life drawing and the foundations of learning are taken seriously. It was such fun to visit the incredibly busy and noisy foundry and to see some of her work in the casting process.
DOMENICA DE FERRANTI, Canoe, Kaladan, Bronze
Marzia Colonna based on the Dorset coast, is a sculptress and painter working with collage, a media that I am increasingly drawn to, and one that she is very accomplished at. From her studio there are far reaching views out over the sea, near Hardy's monument high on a hill, …..it's an amazing location. When I visit her I have to focus, as around her studio are displayed both recent bronzes and works on paper. Her work has a delicacy and a sense of a talent fine tuned over the years, her collages are so subtle in their layering and detail. She shows mainly at the Portland Gallery in London, where she sells out. We are very lucky to be able to include her work.
oil on canvas
183 x 152 cms
Chloe Lamb's recent paintings are alive with colour and vibrancy and we will have an amazing new group for the 20th Anniversary Show, including this huge one
Blue Bird Jug
Laurance in a French ceramicist and already a popular addition to our stable of artists
Evening Light in Essaouira
oil on canvas
130 x 110 cms
ANGELA A'COURT, Ellington Street, pastel, 50 x 1540 cms
Now based in Tokyo, Angela flew in this week and has delivered four pastels ready for the show in April, including this one
SHOW IN CAMBRIDGESHIRE
For the first time ever, Josie Eastwood Fine Art will be taking 'its show on the road' to Cambridgeshire. By invitation only at the home of interior designer Lucinda Wright from Thursday 5 - Saturday 7 May 2016. If you, or anyone you know would like to be invited, just email firstname.lastname@example.org
20TH ANNIVERSARY SHOW
A celebration of the gallery's original artists as well as emerging talent in comtemporary works including paintings, ceramics and sculptures displayed around the garden will run from Saturday 23 - Friday 29 April 2016
The March issue of Hampshire Life has listed Josie Eastwood Fine Art as one if its Top Ten galleries. We have also been mentioned in the January and April editions of Homes & Gardens. We feel honoured.
Josie Eastwood Fine Art
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