In this week’s roundup film Mike Goldmark looks at Lisa Hammond’s recent ceramics exhibition and Henri Matisse’s Ronsard suite.
In 1941, Matisse began work on the Florilège des Amours, a suite of lithographs illustrating the love poems of the 16th Century French poet Pierre de Ronsard. Matisse had often depicted female faces and forms in his work, as with his Visages suite, and Ronsard’s poetry suited this preferred subject matter.
This now very scarce suite was printed by the Mourlot Frères in Paris on pure rag tinted wove Papeteries d’Arches paper in an edition of 320 sets only, of which 300 were for sale.
Arguably one of his most technically accomplished series, these prints demonstrate Matisse’s sublime simplicity and represent the artist working at the height of his powers.
For the last 3 years Lisa Hammond, widely regarded to be one of the finest British potters, has been carefully selecting and putting aside the best pots from every firing for this exhibition, which features over 200 stunning pots.
Visitors have been particularly taken with her fantastic tsubos and mini tsubos, beautiful round jars or vases that show off her broad range of glaze surfaces. Lisa produced a special set of 25 mini tsubos to be displayed in a custom-made case which proved so popular that we are now able to take orders for future tsubo set commissions.
Each case will take around 3 months to complete, giving Lisa enough time to put each of her 25 vases into different kiln firings for their varied glazes.
We are also delighted to announce a concert by legendary fingerpicking guitarist Wizz Jones at the Gallery on Saturday 26th March 2016.
Jones learned his craft from the likes of Davy Graham and Long John Baldry in the Soho coffee bars of the 1950’s.
In more than 50 years on the road Jones has been an inspiration to the likes of Keith Richards, Eric Clapton and John Renbourn. In May 2002 Bruce Springsteen opened his Berlin show with Wizz’s song ‘When I Leave Berlin’.
Join us for a rare opportunity to listen to an inspirational performer and great songwriter in the intimate setting of the Goldmark Front Room.