THE SCOTTISH COLOURISTS
These four Scottish painters spent time in France from the turn of the 20th century through to the 1930s and were some of the first artists to bring the vivid palette and colour-based compositions of the Fauvists and Post Impressionists to Britain.F C B Cadell, S J Peploe, George Leslie Hunter and J D Fergusson often combined painterly bravado and intense colour with their carefully composed and subtly observed everyday scenes, Still Lifes, and their treasured Scottish landscapes.
FOLLOWERS OF THE SCOTTISH COLOURISTS
The generation of Scots after the Colourists continued to produce vibrant and expressive painting, inspired by the art of their predecessors while also progressing in their own directions. John Maclauchlan Milne painted with some of the Colourists and created lyrical, painterly works often with a palette suited to the French Riviera. Slightly younger, Anne Redpath depicted scenes in and around her home on the Scottish border painting in muted colours, but later developed a more vibrant palette and increasingly moved towards abstraction.
POST-WAR AND CONTEMPORARY SCULPTURE
The vitality and rich texture of Elisabeth Frink's studies of nature and the balance and precision of Brian Walls abstract works, developed under the influence of members of the St. Ives school, illustrate some of the variety of Britain's Post-War sculpture.
We also represent contemporary figurative and wildlife sculptors Jonathan Kenworthy, Dylan Lewis and David Williams-Ellis.
MODERN BRITISH ABSTRACT
The vital group of new Abstract American painters in the late 1950s had a profound impact on European art. The Situation exhibition of 1960 showcased the work of young British painters Robyn Denny, John Hoyland, John Plumb and others, displaying their reactions to both the painterly, expressionistic and the cooler, reductive styles from across the Atlantic, often on a large scale.
Malcolm Hughes and Jeffrey Steele founded the Systems Group in 1970 to bring together artists with a new approach to abstract art, broadly based on the structures of Minimalist art. Their artworks tended to be formed from geometrical elements arranged according to formal or mathematical systems. Norman Dilworth, Jean Spencer and Michael Tyzack took part in the group during which time they produced precise, rationally organised paintings.
SEVEN AND FIVE SOCIETY
Formed in London in 1919, the Seven and Five Society was originally a conservative group created in reaction to rapid development in avant-garde painting before and during the First World War. The group adopted a more sympathetic attitude towards modernism when leading British abstract painter Ben Nicholson joined in 1924, followed later by John Piper and Ivon Hitchens among others.
In 2013 we will be holding a John Piper exhibition. Please contact us if you have original paintings by Piper that you might be interested in selling or lending.
ST. IVES SCHOOL
While popular with artists since the late 19th Century, St. Ives hosted a particular wealth of British talent from the late 1940s to the 1960s. Ben Nicholson, Barbara Hepworth, Terry Frost and others led developments in modern and abstract British art, based in the Cornish town. This core group attracted Sandra Blow, Adrain Heath and Alan Lowndes who all lived and worked with these pioneering painters in St Ives at different times.