The 'Allies' by Laurence Holofcenor has sadly departed the plinth outside the gallery. Everyday we're having people coming in asking where it's gone. It will be missed but it's going to a new home where it will be well looked after.
Lapada Art & Antiques Fair
Catto Gallery have again taken a stand at the prestigious Lapada Art & Antiques Fair in the beautiful Berkeley Square, London from 13th - 18th September. Come and visit us on Stand B38 - we have new paintings by Derek Balmer, Michel & Elena Gran, Walasse Ting and Ramsay Gibb as well as the full range of Mark Hall’s bronze conkers and an enormous pair of cherries!
If you would like to receive an invitation to the Lapada Fair please contact us with your address and we will happily send you an invitation.
Inspiration in Cornwall - Colin Fraser
I had a fantastic week in Cornwall this year in mid -march. There was constant sunshine and I was able to revisit Polzeath, an area I have a strong emotional attachment to after spending several holidays there in my teens.
I have always wanted to go there to work and at last I was able to return to the place that has long dwelt in my memory and haunted me from time to time, down the years.
Painting a landscape, for me is not just a matter of recording the scenery. The atmosphere of the place and the feelings this generates is the important thing. It has to be a place that you have spent time in, both physically but also somewhere you have had time to think about and digest the feel of.
To quote Wordsworth” These beauteous forms, are not to me the landscape as in a blindma's eye but oft amid the din of towns and cities i have owed to them...”
I made many studies of the coastline during this week and my first tempera to come out of this bulk of work is "Surf Shadows”. It roughly portrays the view across to Stepper point from the cliff pathway walk from Polzeath to Rock.
The constant flow of the tide, with breaking waves and surf was magical, and left a deep impression on me. The memories from my youth remain a part of the finished piece which has changed little since my first visit there in 1971.
Colin Fraser July 2016
Matthew Maran book launch
Hampstead Heath London's Countryside at the gallery 11-12th June 2016
We are hosting the launch of award-winning wildlife photographer Mathew Maran’s new book Hampstead Heath, London’s Countryside.
Mathew spent countless hours roaming the Heath’s beautiful grasslands and forests, capturing images of the wildlife and landscapes of this ancient London park. He is coming to the Catto Gallery to sign copies of his book on 11th and 12th June.
11th June: 10am – 6pm
12th June: 12.30 – 4pm
There will be a presentation and talk by Matthew at 3pm in Catto Below about his photography.
Large format Diasec-mounted prints of photographs from the book will also be on display and available for sale.
You can see morre of Matthew's work by clicking here.
James Mortimer maquettes
Following his recent sell out exhibitions of his paintings, we are delighted to announce that for the very first time James Mortimer's bronze sculptures are on sale in the gallery.
Many of James's sculptures were conceived while still at art college, where he was studying sculpture. They remind us of many of the reoccurring characters seen in his paintings, the narrative of an odyssey we are only just beginning.
Please contact us for further information and click here to see the work.