Mike Goldmark presents some of the exciting new work to arrive at the gallery, including a sneak preview of sculptures and drawings by the hugely important Frank Dobson to feature in our show opening 25th June.
Frank Dobson (1886-1963) was one of the most important British artists and sculptors of the 20th century and we are delighted to be showing a major exhibition of his work, opening 25th June and running until 24th July.
Though his art is only now beginning to receive due critical attention, his output was widely acclaimed during his time. In 1925 Roger Fry described his work as true sculpture and pure sculpture… almost the first time that such a thing has been even attempted in England, while to critic Raymond Mortimer he represented …probably the best sculptor [this country] has produced for about six hundred years…
For a time overshadowed by the younger Henry Moore, in recent years attention has once again been focused on his substantial achievement, and his originality is now being properly assessed and recognised. A number of exhibition pieces are now up on our website and we hope you can make it to the show in person to see these extraordinary works of art.
Also new to the gallery are a pair of enormous oil paintings by one of the foremost British abstract surrealist artists, Alan Davie.
Strongly influenced by the surrealist notion of ‘automatic’ or ‘subconscious’ painting, where the artist relies on intuitive and instinctive movements to create their canvases, Davie made works filled with obscure symbols and mystic signs alongside seemingly random splatters and strokes of paint.
This pair of oils not only represent exceptional large examples of Davie’s work but also come with a fantastic provenance. They were purchased from Davie himself by one of our gallery artists, Christopher P. Wood, whom Davie regarded as one of Britain’s very best emerging artists.
At one time confined to the crumbling walls of city neighbourhoods and underground spaces, Urban Art has in the last decade fully entered the public arena and works by a growing number of street artists are now available as artist’s prints.
For a long time our Goldmark Atelier has collaborated with some of the biggest names in the Urban Art world – D*Face, Swoon, Nick Walker, and the grandfather of all stencil art, Blek Le Rat – and we’re delighted to be able to offer a new selection of Urban Art prints on our website.
We’ve also had delivery in the last week of a brand new batch of pots from gallery potter Mike Dodd. Mike is one of our very favourite potters, producing functional work in a huge range of locally-sourced slips and glazes.
There’s a fantastic range of pieces in our featured pots by Mike which you can check out here.