In this week’s roundup film Discover writer Max presents new work to have arrived in the gallery, including an extraordinary rare set of Edward Calvert engravings, and the launch of our Sid Burnard exhibition which opens tomorrow morning.
John Piper’s ‘West Walton’
We’ve had several stunning new works by some of our favourite artists come in to the gallery this week. We are perhaps Britain’s largest stockist of works by John Piper, an artist we rate extremely highly and who we’ve come to specialise in over the years, so we were very pleased to have acquired 3 rare screenprints from Piper’s extensive oeuvre: Canons Ashby; Hautbois Church; and the exceptional West Walton print.
Alfred Cohen’s ‘L’Esprit d’Arlequin’
We also managed to acquire two very striking 1960s Alfred Cohen oils this week. Cohen is an artist we rarely receive work from, so we’ve enjoyed looking over these paintings these past few days.
Roderic Barrett’s ‘Don Quixote’
One of our very favourite artists at the gallery is Roderic Barrett, so we’re especially pleased to have found this Don Quixote oil painting. Barrett only produced a few hundred paintings in his lifetime, of which this is a very early example – number 8.
Two years ago we received our first set of exquisite miniature engravings by Edward Calvert; nearly all of them sold within a few weeks of our publicising them.
Just a few days ago, we managed to acquire a second set, though this time from the ‘Carfax’ portfolio, a rare edition that was limited to a mere 30 copies. Extremely few exist outside of museum collections and have been described by Calvert expert Raymond Lister as virtually unobtainable.
These prints are unbelievably scarce, and it is unlikely that we will ever acquire this set again.
To accompany such a once-in-a-lifetime purchase, we thought we’d reissue an updated version of our original article on Calvert’s engravings with new, higher definition images. Many of these prints measure no more than 10cm or so across; that they can be reproduced here at such enlarged sizes without loss of definition must say something about the incredible skill that went into their creation.
Sid Burnard beach-combing on the Welsh coast
We’re delighted to be able to open Sid Burnard‘s second exhibition at the gallery this weekend, and to launch our latest publication Sid’s Book, in standard and collector’s editions, to accompany the show.
‘Swordplay’ (left) and ‘Watch Tower’ (right)
Sid’s magical pieces are made entirely from material sourced from his beach-combing expeditions. He does not cut, carve, or colour the wood and other ephemera he finds from which he creates boats, harbour scenes, and mythical birds and beasts.
We also hope to be hosting our second live broadcast on Periscope of the exhibition around 12 noon GMT. We’ll update viewers closer to the time on our social media pages, so keep your eyes peeled!