In 5 weeks time we will be exhibiting at the Works on Paper Art Fair , which this year is being held at the Royal Geographic Society located in Exhibition Road, London.
We have just started to prepare for the event and have an eclectic range of work from such contemporary greats as Elizabeth Blackadder, Simon Palmer, Eileen Cooper, and Richard Bawden. Additionally, there will be plenty to keep you interested if you are a collector of Harry Becker, John Knapp-Fisher, or Josef Herman. Indeed, it is hard to select one or two to choose to highlight here, but I think worthy of note are works at opposite poles in terms of price. The first are a collection of 1940s/50's original fashion illustrations in watercolour, and originating from Heddon Fashions in Regent St . These stylish works include a sample swatch of material intended to be used in the design. Fashion illustrations are are great way to start collecting original art and these are really not to be missed. They would look Fab in either a bedroom , dressing room or lounge and are amazingly good value at less than £200.
The other item is a work by the great Scottish artist Alberto Morrocco who was a talented , flamboyant and versatile artist born in Aberdeen in 1917 of Italian parents. He is perhaps most widely known for is colourful still life melons , clowns, and the Italian beach scenes usually in oil on canvas, but the work on offer here is Tempera on paper. It is the original drawing for his 1962-64 mural for St Columba's Church , Glenrothes and was commissioned by his great friend and architect Sir Anthony Wheeler. Alberto Morrocco had just been elected member of the RSA and was asked by Wheeler to produce this mural for a church that he was designing. The mural itself was produced and can be seen in the St Columba's Church today, indeed Morrocco went on to produce another mural in the years following for Liff hospital in Dundee where he was also Head of Painting at Duncan of Jordanstone collage art school.
This original design is in original condition , squared off for transfer and was kept by Wheeler in his personal art collection until his death . It is titled "the way of the cross" and depicts Christ's journey to his death in three distinct scenes within one painting. This really is a magnificent work in sombre pastel yet rich shades of reds, white and purple. Morrocco was a fine artist with an international reputation and this work would grace any collection .
Come along between 11-14 February and see us together with the works mentioned here and many more.