Cricket Snippet with Jeanna
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