Felice standing infront of Indian Summer II, Mixed Media on Canvas 150 x 150 cm, £8,000
Felice Hodges has lit up Cricket Fine Art in Park Walk with “Imagined Spaces,” her first solo exhibition with us. It brings together a stunning and captivating collection of her latest thought-provoking abstracts and they are proving very popular with our clients.
Felice is a special talent. Robert Upstone, former head of modern British art at Tate Britain, writes in his foreword to our exhibition catalogue that her works “hover between abstraction and some mysterious, transformed poetic reality.”
Robert goes on to say that the “evocative mood and atmosphere of these paintings is often suggested by subtle, ravishing harmonies of colour. Tones and colours are laid next to, or over each other, to create highly original and unexpected chromatic combinations which are also intensely beautiful.”
The multi-talented Felice is not only a remarkable artist but trained as a musician and is a highly accomplished pianist. American by birth, but married to an Englishman, her home is in the beautiful Dorset countryside, just a few miles from the village of Cranborne.
This is home to 10 Castle Street, a Grade II listed country house with glorious gardens that has been converted into a wonderful private members club and hotel. It is small, intimate and a peaceful haven and another perfect setting to enjoy Felice’s work, with her paintings adorning many of the reception rooms.
“Imagined Spaces” opened last Tuesday evening with an extremely enjoyable and well-attended launch party. Attractive and self-effacing Felice looked divine dressed from head to toe by the designer Rick Owens based in South Audley Street.
If you haven’t already had a chance to view this exhibition then this week is your last chance.
Paris Blue, Mixed Media on Canvas 109 x 181 cm, £7,500
Karl Martens, 'Shapes and Constellations' 27th September - 7th October 2017, Cricket Fine Art London
1. What is it about birds that fascinates you so much?
It’s hard to answer as I have been painting birds all my life, so I really don’t know. But I suppose it’s their multitude of colour, shapes and personalities.
2. Many of your paintings capture birds in flight. How do you capture their energy on paper?
Various “flight angels” have different energy. So I try to find more than just a soaring flight. I look for dynamic shapes created by the placements of the wings, preferably having a nice contrast between thick and thin forms. Then they have to be painted quickly to retain the energy in the actual paint strokes.
3. One of the most remarkable aspects of your work is that you paint from memory – do you ever use photographs for the detail?
Now and then I need to reconfirm some details – generally when it comes to the face of the bird.
4. One interesting feature of your birds is that your use of colour is almost suggestive as if seeing the bird from a distance. Can you explain your approach.
I’m trying to capture the general shape of the bird, not the details – however tempting they may be. This is probably the reason for the feeling of a silhouette more than the total bird. Also, when the eye concentrates on the details of the face, the viewer will finish the details themselves.
5. Why is your chosen medium watercolour?
I am a bit lazy. I don’t like having to clean up after a day’s work. And I can use water to clean off the floor, as I splash quite a bit. Also, it does not destroy my Asian brushes that are made for water-based media.
6. This exhibition has a wonderful range of birds from the Arctic Tern to the Robin. What is your favourite bird to paint?
That is impossible for me to answer. I find new favourites all the time. The more I study a bird, the more fascinating it becomes.
7. How much time did you spend studying Curlews in Flight for your remarkable painting of Curlews in this exhibition?
Quite a bit of time. First for each individual bird, then working out how they would all work together in a composition.
8. Is the most important thing for you to try and capture the character of the birds that you paint?
Yes, I want ton find an individual. Sort of like a portrait. If you look closely you’ll see that each individual bird has its own personality.
9. Are there any other bird artists that you admire.
Yes, many. Among them Dr. Chao Shao an from Hong Kong, J. F. Landsdowne from Canada and many more whose names I can’t think of just now.
10. Do you think you will ever tire of painting birds or is it something that will engage you for years to come?
I suspect I’m hooked on birds. I do paint other animals from time to time, but I don’t think I will ever give up birds.
11. Many people are city dwellers and do not have the chance to see many of these wonderful birds. Do you see your paintings as almost being a record of many of these species which are struggling to survive?
I don’t think any of the birds I have painted for this show are particularly rare. I have to admit I don’t make a point of that. And it is important to know that even in the most populated cities, there are always tons of birds. You just have to learn how to find them.
12. And finally, what do you like about Cricket Fine Art?
The enthusiasm for their artists. The cooperation between us is inspiring for me. Working together should be fun and productive for both. And it really is.
Last night we had the opening of Lottie Cole’s exhibition ‘Living with Art – Collectors’ Interiors'. This is the imaginative and original concept that inspires Lottie’s recent work - painting the homes of collectors as she imagines or dreams they might have looked.
The warmth and richness of colours in Lottie’s paintings brighten up the gloom of these increasingly Autumnal days and it is a delight to be able to enjoy them on the gallery walls for the next ten days in Park Walk.
Some of the paintings by famous artists that are depicted in Lottie’s works were originally in the collection of the Late Lord and Lady Attenborough.
One example is the Christopher Wood in ‘Interior with Christopher Wood and Striped Sofa' (below). This was sold at Sotheby’s as part of the Attenboroughs' unrivalled collection of Modern British paintings, many of which they purchased in the early days of their marriage, making them a priority before they could even afford carpets or curtains.
Watercolour, 36 x 26 cms, £950
It was lovely to meet Molly Mahon, a good friend of Lottie’s, who attended the private view and who is a fabric and wallpaper designer. Also in attendance was Lottie’s husband Graham Haworth, who is one of the Founding Directors of Haworth Tompkins Architects, who have led projects for the National Portrait Gallery, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the London Library amongst others.
Lottie's work is instantly recognisable and quite unique and would be an asset to any collection.
The exhibition continues until 23rd September 2017.
(Left) Jamaican Villa Interior with Madeline Hewes, OOC, 150 x 120 cms, £5,800
(Right) Ben Nicholson, Lamp, Vase and Hyacinth Bulbs, OOC, 100 x 100 cms, £4,200
Interior with Winifred Nicholson, Ivon Hitchens and Roger Hilton, OOC, 100 x 100 cms, £4,200
(Left) Interior with De Chrico and Dismorr, OOC, 150 x 120 cms, £5,800
(Right) Interior with Keith Vaughan, David Hockney, Prunella Clough, Janet Leach, Bernard Leach, OOC, 120 x 150 cms, £5,800
Jenny in her Studio
One of my most enjoyable Summer mornings was spent visiting Jenny Lock who lives close to me in West Sussex.
I eventually found Jenny’s delightful cottage tucked away in her seaside hometown and was told to go through a gate where, at the bottom of the garden, the warm hearted and diminuitive artist with a huge talent was painting in her studio. This is a cosy shed full of works in progress and canvases stacked on racks.
I immediately felt cocooned and at home surrounded by her wonderful paintings. Her soft warm palettes and cohesive shapes create works of art that are harmonious and calm. The sea is a constant source of inspiration to Jenny with the ever-changing light and the rich and varied textures of the coastline.
Some believe that the ocean has a calming effect on the human brain. ... Breaking waves, shimmering blue waters and an endless horizon universally attract people seeking calm and renewal and it was this that I found in Jenny’s paintings and which made me want to own every one of them!
We are now representing Jenny in our gallery in Park Walk and have a lovely selection of her work available.Jenny LockSide by SideSignedOil and mixed media on canvas11 3/4 x 11 3/4 in
30 x 30 cms£ 1,250.00Jenny LockLets Keep it Between UsSignedOil and graphite on canvas11 3/4 x 11 3/4 in
30 x 30 cms£ 1,250.00Jenny LockSummer at LastSignedOil on Canvas7 7/8 x 7 7/8 in
20 x 20 cms£ 750.00Jenny LockBottle and Tray on White TableclothSigned33 1/8 x 33 1/8 in
84 x 84 cms£4,800.00
Lottie Cole Solo Exhibition 'Living with Art - Collectors' Interiors' at Cricket Fine Art, London, 12th - 23rd September 2017
Interior with Frank Brangwyn and Anne Redpath
Watercolour, 42 x 30 cms
1. When and how did your interest in Charleston and the Bloomsbury set first start?
I grew up in Sussex so I can't remember when I didn't know about Charleston. But when I visited Monk's House it was so similar in feel and smell to my Grandparent's Sussex home - I think that's when the fascination really took hold.
2. What gave you the idea for your forthcoming exhibition?
I realised in painting the pictures of the Bloomsbury homes that one of the things I'd found most fascinating was how much I learnt by painting other people's paintings and it grew from there.
3. Are you particularly interested in Modern British Art?
4. As a mother of young children how do you find the time and discipline to paint and hold down a job as well?
I think everyone in my family recognises that I'm a nicer, saner person if I paint and quite often my daughter paints alongside me. My job is very different to painting and it means that I'm always almost desperate to grab my paint brush as soon as I can.
5.. Is the interior of your own home inspired by the interiors that you see and paint?
There's a cross over but I've never found my own home as inspiring and interesting as those of other people.
6. How long does a painting take you to complete?
Sometimes it's about a month, but quite often it can be up to six months.
7. Does the idea of a solo exhibition make you nervous and in which case which particular factor prays on your mind?
I really enjoy painting and in general I'm pleased to have done the work. Wondering if anyone will like the pictures is a constant worry but in some ways I feel a bit resigned about that as they are what they are - so I just have to keep my fingers crossed and hope for the best!
8. Who are your biggest supporters?
My husband, mother and daughter are great supporters. And my friends and colleagues too. And I've been very lucky that Leslie Pratt has really encouraged me over the years.
9. Where would you like to be in ten years time with regards to your career as an artist?
In my wildest dreams I'd really like to have a show at Pallant House or the Towner.
Interior near the British Museum with Peter Haigh and Ancient Chinese Figurines
Oil on Canvas, 150 x 120 cms
Interior with Winifred Nicholson, Ivon Hitchens and Roger Hilton
Oil on Canvas, 100 x 100 cms
Interior with Kathleen Guthrie, Christopher Wood and Peter Haigh
Oil on Canvas
100 x 100 cms
The catalogue for Lottie Cole's forthcoming exhibition can be viewed on http://www.cricketfineart.co.uk/publications/
We are delighted to have taken on five new artists:- Keith Purser, Pamela Burns, Mari French, Paul Armitage and Jenny Lock.
KEITH PURSER balances two very different styles in his landscape paintings, one figurative and the other abstract. As an abstract painter, Purser breaks down the sea and shore into amities of colour, form and texture. This artwork is about shitfting weather and changing moods of the coast.Keith PurserA New Day 2010 (framed)SignedMixed media on board12 1/4 x 39 3/8 in
31 x 100 cmsPAMELA BURNS paints both landscapes and seascapes which are both rendered down into distinct abstract elements: colour, form and surface pattern with pale thin lines. With her seascapes her eye is always drawn back to the shore, to the point where the land melts into the sea.Pamela BurnsRedstone Shore I (Unframed), 2015SignedOil and marble dust on canvas9 1/2 x 16 3/4 in
24 x 42.5 cmsMARI FRENCH'S inspiration for her energetic, yet intimate artworks, range from the wild expanse of the Norfolk saltmarsh coast to the light-filled stretches of the Venetian lagoon. Her artworks are a culmination of experimentation with a variety of media: acrylics, oil pastel, ink, etc – an unpredictable and exciting process resulting in a distillation of her experience and an expressive, atmospheric evocation of place.Mari FrenchCharged with LightSigned17 3/8 x 21 5/8 in
44 x 55 cmsPAUL ARMITAGE paints in oil on prepared board. His images are created through the interplay of collage and loosely handled oil paint, between structure and impulse. Images will eventually suggest a particular place or a feeling associated with it. It is then that they can be named.Paul ArmitageBejowansSIgnedMixed media on board16 1/8 x 21 1/4 in
41 x 54 cmsJENNY LOCK lives a stone's throw from the sea. The ever-changing light and the rich and varied textures of the coastline are an important influence on her work. Although she draws constantly she prefers to paint intuitively, working directly onto the canvas, allowing the paintings to emerge from a frenzied and chaotic fusion of line, colour and shapes. The process continues with erasing, scratching and gestural mark making until the desired composition and balance is achieved.Jenny LockIn the PinkSignedOil on Canvas7 7/8 x 7 7/8 in
20 x 20 cms
Chloe Lamb (Right) at the Opening of her exhibition with Jane Prenn and Hugo Pratt
On the eve of the opening of Chloe Lamb's final solo exhibition at Cricket Fine Art, I had the chance to sit down with her and ask her how she started painting and the techniques she uses.
Something that I was not aware of is that she began painting commissions of friends dogs. Then she held three of her own exhibitions of figurative work between 1995 and 1998 before joining Leslie Pratt, the owner of Cricket Fine Art.
There are many artists that Chloe admires and the first that sprang to her mind were Richard Diebenkorn, Matisse and Ivon Hitchens.
I asked Chloe when her work started to become more abstract and it was in 1999 when she started studying with Robin Child. "I love abstract painting and much prefer it to a more figurative approach," she said.
Chloe always paints for herself and never knows what shape a painting might take. In an ideal world she would paint five days a week, but this is not always possible. If she is out of her studio for too long she says she gets twitchy and yearns to start work again.
"I am very selective and will leave canvases hanging for ages until I am completely satisfied that they are finished and I am happy with the end product," she said.
Each canvas is built up with layers of paint with a minimum amount of four layers. If one area of a painting doesn't work Chloe repaints the whole canvas rather than just that particular bit.
Large canvases are painted as a whole, not area by area. "I love painting on a large scale and paint with long-handled brushes which measure 17 inches, including the bristles,". These brushes are used even on her smaller works.
Chloe enjoys doing flower pictures although she does not produce that many and often, if she thinks they don't look right, she turns them into an abstract piece.
She always has music or the radio playing in the background of her studio: "I don't necessarily listen to what is being said though," she remarked.
Chloe seems to be charmingly unaware that other artists are influenced by her work but said she finds that other artists are always very supportive and kind.
Even though she gets a little apprehensive prior to exhibitions, Chloe is ambitious and does not shy away from new challenges. She explained why she has decided to move on: "I feel so comfortable with Cricket Fine Art but thought I should stretch myself further; without ambition one cannot be successful."
We will miss you Chloe.
Chloe Lamb in her studio
Last week was a busy one at Cricket Fine Art and as a result my blog slipped throught the net.
Chloe Lamb's paintings arrived in the gallery for her final solo show with us and we wanted to get them hung as soon as possible. There is great interest in them from our clients hoping to buy their last Chloe work from us, before she moves to her new gallery in the West End, where her prices are sure to rise.
This is a wonderful collection of paintings and, as always, they are even more breathtaking when seen in the flesh. Many have already sold but there are still more to go. For those of you with a large amount of wall space to fill there are some extra large beauties available.
'Sorbet', 60 x 60 inches is absolutely stunning with a blend of joyous colours softly merging. Another one in the same category is Circus which is 72 x 60 inches an uplifting melee of colour bristling with energy and vitality. For any house or flat with a wall begging to be filled, these would be the absolute icing on the cake and create the 'wow factor' - a phrase so beloved of estate agents.
Of course we are very sad to be losing sole representation of Chloe's work in London but we hope that we will be including her in our twice- yearly mixed exhibitions at our new gallery in Hungerford which is doing great business in its opening months.
But at Cricket we are always looking for new challenges and new talents and we have some exciting new artists that we are taking on. In a couple of weeks time I will include some images of their work and tell you a bit more about who they are.
Sorbet, Oil on Canvas, 60 x 60 inches, £18,500
Circus, Oil on Canvas, 72 x 60 inches, £22,000
December Flowers, Oil on Canvas, 40 x 40 inches, £9,000
Annabel Fairfax in her Studio
David Pearce - A room with a View
Emma Haggas enjoying a drink at The Goat after a visit to the gallery where earlier in the day .......
Lucy Watson and Her Sister from Made in Chelsea were being filmed
We all love to know a bit about the artists we are interested in so here are some questions I asked the three who are currently exhibiting in our exhibition 'In Bloom' :-
1. When was your first success as an artist?
ANNABEL FAIRFAX - "Blue Peter aged 8, I made a woollen Rabbit and had my name read out on television! Also I was runner up in The Independent Schools Art Competition aged 11."
DAVID PEARCE - "My first one man show in 1993 at the Salthouse Gallery St Ives."
EMMA HAGGAS - "My first solo show in 1992 in Walton Street which sold out in one week."
2. Lots of people paint but what or who gave you the confidence to become a full time artist?
ANNABEL FAIRFAX - "My first teacher called Mrs Sutton at Fairstead House School in Newmarket and much later, Alexandra Williams, who gave me my first Exhibition of watercolours and Julie Cameron and Sally Poltimore who sold my first Oil painting at the Lennox Gallery."
DAVID PEARCE - "My art teacher from school - Mr Austin."
EMMA HAGGAS - "Back up from family and friends, particularly my husband and former A level pupils that I taught."
3. Do you discard, paint over, or tear up many paintings?
ANNABEL FAIRFAX - "I do discard paintings but often go back to them much later, I sand them down and I find the under painting can be very exciting."
DAVID PEARCE - "I paint over a few, but most will be completed, some over many months or even years."
EMMA HAGGAS - "I paint over a lot."
4. Do you ever get painter’s block?
ANNABEL FAIRFAX - "Yes I do get painter’s block and need to be very disciplined to work at times."
DAVID PEARCE - "No you just have to get in the studio and paint, sometimes you can go for weeks though before resolving anything."
EMMA HAGGAS - "No."
5. Who is/are your biggest influence(s)?
ANNABEL FAIRFAX - "Anne Redpath, Elizabeth Blackadder Ivon Hitchens and Patrick Heron."
DAVID PEARCE - "Roger Hilton and Roy Oxlade."
EMMA HAGGAS - "Robin Child."
6. What inspires your subject matter?
ANNABEL FAIRFAX - "I love shape, colour, texture, plants and fabrics."
DAVID PEARCE - "The subject is one of the least important aspects of my paintings, it's not what I paint it's how and why."
EMMA HAGGAS - "Living in the beautiful Wiltshire countryside and Cornish seascapes."
7. Do you find painting therapeutic?
ANNABEL FAIRFAX - " Yes and very hard work. It is definitely therapeutic to concentrate."
DAVID PEARCE - "No I find it very frustrating but I feel driven to create."
EMMA HAGGAS - "It is a passion and a need and I feel totally energised by it. The only time I have been unable to paint is when I have been unhappy due to the loss of loved ones."
8. What do you like about Cricket Fine Art?
ANNABEL FAIRFAX - "The palettes of a lot of the paintings are beautiful and I love Contemporary Art so I am lucky to hang in the company of some very talented Artists."
DAVID PEARCE - "The relaxed atmosphere."
EMMA HAGGAS - "Having a wide audience to see my work progressing."
One additional little snippet that many of you may be interested to learn is that the premises in Park Walk occupied by Jonathan Clark Fine Art for 30 years is soon to be occupied by a Wedding Dress Designer. Cricket Fine Art is always happy to have a wedding list for brides and bridegrooms.
Ken Howard, full of smiles, arriving at the Private View
With London in bloom at the Chelsea Flower Show from 23 - 27 May, Cricket Fine Art in Park Walk is also 'In Bloom' 16 - 27 May with a stunning collection of flower paintings by Annabel Fairfax, David Pearce and Emma Haggas.
The exhibition opened with a Private View last night and a huge amount of people attended including the delightful Ken Howard, one of the legendary members of the New English Art Club, which was founded by a group of artists dissatisfied with the entrenched attitudes of the Royal Academy, the group mounted their first show in 1886 and work included paintings by Clausen, Sickert and Stanhope Forbes. The New English increasingly attracted younger artists, bringing with them the influence of Impressionism and Post-Impressionism. Many diverse styles of art have developed since its founding, adding richness and variety.
It was a great compliment to our artists that Ken Howard attended and admired their work. We in turn loved his shoes which were as colourful as the paintings on the walls.
David Pearce's quirky interpretations of still life and landscape painting make a wonderful contrast to the energetic and colourful floral displays by Annabel Fairfax and Emma Haggas. If you are searching for a special painting to give any room in your house a lift this exhibition is definitely worth viewing.
Emma Haggas (left) and Annabel Fairfax (right) greeting guests
Annabel Fairfax, Leaves and Pots II, Oil, 49 x 74 cm
David Pearce, Stickback Chairs, Acrylic, 76 x 61 cm
Emma Haggas, Kitchen Window Sill, Oil, 70 x 140 cm
Our Frank Phelan exhibition in our London gallery comes to an end this Saturday 6th May so if you haven't already seen it do try and come. We will of course retain the unsold paintings in the gallery after the show has ended.
This week has been an incredibly busy week getting our new gallery in Hungerford ready for the big opening in Barrs Yard which takes place tomorrow. The decorators and carpet layers have just moved out but despite that paintings are already selling.
Also based at Barrs Yard there will be other small businesses to tempt you such as:-
Wendy Lewis Flowers
The Generous Gardener
There is plenty of parking and if you happen to find yourself in the Hungerford area tomorrow evening 5th May between 6 - 9 pm do please come and celebrate with us, failing that we will look forward to seeing you either, in our gallery in London, or Hungerford, if more convenient, at a later date.
Cricket Fine Art, Hungerford
Cricket Fine Art, Hungerford
We are delighted to be holding our first exhibition of paintings by the renowned Irish artist Frank Phelan b. 1932.
Frank is an abstract artist whose painting is a process of transformation in which he converts what he sees into equivalent colours, forms and spaces.
Despite being over eighty years old his present paintings are still as full of youthful zest and vigour as ones from the past. When great artists such as Anne Martin come and admire his work there is no doubt that we are lucky to have the honour of showing such a master in his field.
Last night we held a Private View for Frank with a strong Irish contingency present, though surprisingly we have never had so much water drunk. It was a pleasure to meet Frank's brother Brian, an actor and writer, and Donal Gallagher, brother of the late Rory Gallagher who, for those of us old enough to remember, was a massively popular Irish Blues and rock multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and bandleader who was at his most prolific in the 1970s.
Don't miss out on this exhibition.
Frank Phelan and 'Yellow Bird II'
'Botallack', Oil and Graphie 76 x 51 cm