New book by Clive McCartney - Passport to Paint

Beautifully bound 200 page hardback book chronicling the life and work of the artist. Introductions by Ken Howard and Peter Brown.

Signed copies available from the gallery during the course of the exhibition.

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Sergei Chepik - A Midsummer Night's Dream

We are currently exhibiting Sergei Chepik's magical masterpiece, A Midsummer Night's Dream. This huge and incredibly detailed artwork was painted in 1990 at a particularly happy time in his life. It is a joyful fantasy on the theme of love, romance and lust. Against the background of the Eiffel Tower, Adam and Eve sit sweetly together on an apple, surrounded by jugglers, matryoshkas, centaurs, harlequins, musicians, acrobats, and puppets.

Chepik was born in Kiev in 1953, to an artist father and sculptress mother, and started painting at the age of five. Admitted to the prestigious Repin Institut in Leningrad, he graduated in 1978 and began work on his first paintings. He was an exceptionally gifted draughtsman well-versed in all techniques from watercolour and etchings to oils, ceramic and sculpture. After his 1987 painting The House of the Dead, was banned from public display in the USSR Chepik left for France. The House of the Dead went on to win the Grand Prix at the 1988 Salon d'Automne in Paris. Chepik continued to live and work in Paris as well as exhibiting in London until his premature death on 18th November 2011.

Chepik painted many portraits including Rudolf Nureyev and Margaret Thatcher, and created a set of four monumental canvases for St Paul's Cathedral, inaugurated in January 2005. His works are represented in important British, Russian, French, Japanese and American collections.

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Russell West

Russell West's intensely coloured, dripping paint artworks draw the eye into a three-dimensional labyrinth of layers and hollows, colours and patterns. He allows the work, in part, to be defined by the natural effects of gravity and the serendipitous movement of the paint.

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Marie Curie fundraiser

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
On Tuesday 11th July, Catto Gallery attended the Marie Curie charity fundraising evening at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. It was a wonderful evening and good to meet up with some old friends: our artist Clive McCartney who had donated one of his paintings to be sold in the silent auction; and old friend and huge talent Ken Howard.

Stefan Almers - David Bowie photographs

"At the edge of the stage with David Bowie"
After 40 years, Stefan Almers found nine of his previously unseen and intimate photographs of David Bowie live on stage in 1976. Catto Gallery will be showing them throughout August.

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