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Unique figurative oil paintings on old wood, have just arrived at the gallery and we love them! Cool, edgy, innovative art on rustic wood - exactly what we crave here at Gallery and Barrow. These artworks are the result of a dedicated creative career - A BBC hair & make up artist and trained wig maker by trade, painting, drawing & making have been intertwined in Sally Whelan's day to day life since she was a child.

"Leap, Dangle, Climb" by Sally Whelan

"Leap, Dangle, Climb" by Sally Whelan

“Dangle” by Sally Whelan

“Dangle” by Sally Whelan

Sallys paintings provoke a feeling of curiosity from the viewer. Her work has strong narrative and bold composition. A witty charm and well observed sense of humour blends uniquely with a hintingly dark undercurrent.  "I mainly work with oil paints on a combination of canvas, collaged old maps, and found bits of wood. Things like rusty street signs and industrial gas tap flaps are popping up more and more in my work these days too. I like an unusual surface...and a challenge!"

Close up detail from “Leap, Dangle, Climb"

Close up detail from “Leap, Dangle, Climb"

“Jump” by Sally Whelan

“Jump” by Sally Whelan

 I paint because it gets the feelings out. If i could sing, or write songs, play music or articulate myself properly I would...but painting just seemed to sort of "happen" along the way. I'm totally self taught so it all happened very naturally, and now I just feel physically wrong if I dont do it."

"Bodies, people, the hidden shades and depths, from the inside out, a fabric that is always changing. Never predictable, always challenging and something I feel compelled to depict."

Swing by the gallery to see them in the flesh! 

Ethereal Portraits by Toni Cogdell

Oil painter Toni Codgell works out of her studio in Bristol, set amidst trees in a small woodland near her home. When viewing the paintings grouped together on a studio visit recently, Toni’s ethereal style became amplified by the prolific volume of her work. The muted colour tones work well with each portrait eliminating a dreamlike quality, the fluid visible brushstrokes showing the confidence with which she works.

Ribbons by Toni Cogdell

Ribbons by Toni Cogdell

Toni expresses her work as "meandering across the territory of the Human Condition, exploring the constant dialogue, contrasts and tensions between the lives we lead and the lives we feel, our outer and inner worlds, the spaces between the parts. Exploring our individuation as well as our innate connections to nature, time and ultimately to each other. Telling the story of us from the inside out, through painting”.  It’s no wonder the images evoke a spiritual resonance and each portrait tells a story, a story you want it to be

Remembering You by Toni Cogdell

Remembering You by Toni Cogdell

We can’t wait for next month when we’ll be showing Toni’s oil paintings here at Gallery & Barrow in Bath.  Come and see the rich quality of work by this young talented artist and decide which portrait you like best.  The portraits are available in a  variety of sizes

New work

It’s always fun when a new batch of artwork arrives from an artist, and opening the bubble-wrap feels like Christmas. This week we had two such deliveries, with new work from Chitra Merchant and Anna Harley. Both prolific screen printers, it’s always a delight when they turn up at the gallery with new images to show. Time for a Tuesday re-hang!  Here some of the screen prints we now have ready to exhibit:

Tyrst (extra large size!) by Chitra Merchant

Tyrst (extra large size!) by Chitra Merchant

Garbhagriha II by Chitra Merchant

Garbhagriha II by Chitra Merchant

Sojourn III By Chitra Merchant

Sojourn III By Chitra Merchant

Catkins by Anna Harley

Catkins by Anna Harley

Gold Leaves by Anna Harley

Gold Leaves by Anna Harley

Autumn Oaks by Anna Harley

Autumn Oaks by Anna Harley

The new hang in the gallery!

The new hang in the gallery!

New gallery displays

New gallery displays

Sculpture Garden

If you have a spare moment while the sun is out, do pop by the sculpture garden in Bradford-on-Avon (Woolley St).   Sculpture is a lovely addition to a beautiful garden and how nice on a summer’s day to be able to wander through the flowers exploring the one-off sculptures.  On display are wood, bronze, wire, stone, ceramics and all manner of different mediums. Exhibitors include Derek Nice, Cathy Wood, Andrea Cryer, Willa Ashworth and Karen Edwards.  Here are some samples

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Gallery Launch Party

Although we’ve been open for a few months already, we finally got round to holding the Gallery & Barrow launch party! It turned out to be great night, the wine flowed, lots of people came and the small gallery was full of smiley visitors. Thank you to the artists who managed to swing by, including Jacqueline Byrne, Otto & Elena, Mark Thomas, Anna Harley and Heloise O’Keefe. Thank you for helping with the bar, Roman and Emma and thank you BathLife magazine for covering the event. Many guests even came from afar including Bristol, Portishead and Salisbury. 

We held an art raffle and the prizes included two lovely screen prints by Anna Harley and Sarah Targett, greetings cards by Nick Cudworth and Clare Cutts, a wooden easel, handmade papers and canvasses.  Well done to the winners! 

Thanks for a great evening. We look forward to seeing everyone again at the gallery soon!

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Woodcuts by Martine Baldwin

We have some gorgeous new arrivals in the gallery this week, lovely woodcuts by Martine Baldwin. Her recent work explores her personal connection to the tidal landscape of the Severn Estuary – its expansiveness, hidden depths and changing moods as well as locations in Cornwall and Ireland.  Her woodcuts are synonymous of landscapes reduced to essential lines and shapes by the action of wind and water.  The woodcuts - which take months to create -  have a soft tonal palette of sage green, blues and greys

North Cornwall Coast by Martine Baldwin

North Cornwall Coast by Martine Baldwin

Severn Walk by Martine Baldwin

Severn Walk by Martine Baldwin

Estuary Wall by Martine Baldwin

Estuary Wall by Martine Baldwin

Towards First Cove by Martine Baldwin

Towards First Cove by Martine Baldwin

Bath Spa Uni Degree Show

It’s always a pleasure to go and see graduation art shows. This year was no exception as I took a look around the Bath Spa University degree show at the arts campus on Sion Hill. Here is a small selection

Matthew Withey

Matthew Withey

Tawy

Tawy

Summer Varley

Summer Varley

Nathan Down

Nathan Down

SJ Walton

SJ Walton

Jennie Tu design

Jennie Tu design

Sophie Minto design

Sophie Minto design

Rebecca Hurn

Rebecca Hurn

and of course many more! Lots of inspirational ideas and talent

Bravo Anna Harley

Well done to Anna Harley for selling over 20 prints at the Affordable art fair in Hampstead! It seems her series on trees is a particularly popular subject matter for the residents of Hampstead, plus they are absolutely beautiful screen prints of course, with subtle tones and a few soft metallics thrown in. We just love them - I think we need a re-stock!

MoonShadow and Willow with Seagulls by Anna Harley

MoonShadow and Willow with Seagulls by Anna Harley

Anna also has Moon Shadow in the Victoria Gallery in Bath currently as part of the Bath Society of Artists group exhibition. On view until July 15th

Sold artworks

Here a just a few samples of artworks which found lovely new homes after selling at the Affordable Art Fair in Hampstead. Well done to all the artists at Gallery & Barrow for providing such gorgeous and unique works of art. Lots of very happy new customers!

Girl with Butterflies by Clare Cutts

Girl with Butterflies by Clare Cutts

Sweetpea by Clare Cutts

Sweetpea by Clare Cutts

Silver Birches by Anna Harley

Silver Birches by Anna Harley

MoonShadow by Anna Harley

MoonShadow by Anna Harley

A Dream I Once Lived In by Patrick Haemmerlein

A Dream I Once Lived In by Patrick Haemmerlein

Buffalo Fun (on elephant dung paper) by Alexandra Spyratos

Buffalo Fun (on elephant dung paper) by Alexandra Spyratos

Friday 2.30pm by Sarah Targett

Friday 2.30pm by Sarah Targett

Beautiful Dreamer by Patrick Haemmerlein

Beautiful Dreamer by Patrick Haemmerlein

Fig 29 with Butterflies & Blossom by Clare Cutts

Fig 29 with Butterflies & Blossom by Clare Cutts

Creation III by Anna Harley

Creation III by Anna Harley

Hampstead AAF 2017

Inspiring, fun and exhausting. What a blast The Affordable Art Fair in Hampstead was this year.  We thoroughly enjoyed it. The fair was busy with people and we managed to find happy homes for 33 of our lovely pictures. Filling your walls with gorgeous artwork is what we are all about.  We’ve received some delightful emails from happy customers including one from a man who surprised his wife with a pretty screen print of sweet pea on silver leaf by Clare Cutts. His wife was also at the fair so we had to do the sale secretly without her realising.  Thank you Serge at AKArtAsia and Hannah Ludnow @ Columbia Rd Gallery for your help, advise and friendly cups of tea and prosecco! Here are some photos from the fair

Getting ready and setting up at the AAF Hampstead

Here are some photos of our trek to London and setting up for the Affordable art fair in Hampstead.  Thanks for helping out Roman & Sarah! You are both excellent with a drill! 

Photos courtesy of Sarah Stirk. http://www.sarahstirk.co.uk

The Affordable Art Fair, Hampstead, London

We will be exhibiting at The Affordable Art Fair in Hampstead Heath, London from May 11th - 14th. Please come and find our stall, number I1 (that’s letter i, number 1). The address is: 

The AAF marquee, Lower Fairground Site, East Heath Rd, London NW3 1TH

We can also offer you some discounted tickets. You will need to use these codes:

GALLERYANDBARROWPV: for Private View invitations (each digital code admits one)
GALLERYANDBARROWLV: Late View invitations - valid on any day, excluding the Private View (each digital code admits one)
GALLERYANDBARROWHP: Unlimited Half Price invitations - valid on any day, excluding the Private View (each digital code admits one)

To redeem your tickets, you will simply need to follow these step-by-step instructions:

Visit the Affordable Art Fair ticket shop: http://aafhampstead.seetickets.com/…/affordable-art-fair-ha…
Click on the ‘Find Tickets’ button next to date you wish to attend
Enter the digital code and click the ‘Use Code’ button for the discount to register
Select the quantity of tickets you would like and click on ‘Buy Tickets’
Fill in your contact details and click on ‘Buy Tickets’ again
You will then be taken to the confirmation page and a printable e-ticket will be emailed to you

Gallery & Barrow, Bath, UK, is open!

We are open! Finally the doors have opened and in our first week of opening we have already found homes for some lovely art.  If you haven’t popped by yet, do come and see us. The artwork will be changing every month so keep coming back to see what else we are showing. So far it’s been a lot of fun chatting and getting to know the locals and other trades people in the street. To find us head to The Bell pub on Walcot St and we are opposite.

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Opening times are roughly Tuesday - Sat, 10.30am - 6pm and Sun 11am - 4pm. Closed on Mondays. However times will vary in the first few weeks of opening. We will also be closed for the Hampstead art fair (May 9th - 15th). See you soon!

Gallery in Bath opening soon!

Gallery & Barrow are about to open in Bath UK! Our address will be 118A Walcot St, Bath, BA1 5BG. We are opposite The Bell pub!

Well after 3 months of renovation and hard work, there is finally light at the end of the tunnel! The original shop has been split into two and we are taking one half of it - number 118A. We have sanded back the floors, added in new track lighting and picture rails, repainted and installed a kitchenette into the basement amongst other things.  

The new artwork is being delivered as we speak and we’re starting to hang for the first time.  We have yet to paint the exterior and to add the name of the shop.  Here are some work-in-progress photos. We should be open in just over a week, so please do come and visit us soon!

Weber moves into new studio/gallery space in Los Angeles

Mixed media artist Mike Weber is moving! He has outgrown his previous studio space in Venice, California and is now moving to new premises in W Adams Blvd, LA.  “I wanted somewhere I can use as both a gallery space with window frontage as well as studio space” he told us.  He is moving to a very cool arts district and we can’t wait for the grand opening!

Mike Weber new gallery space, Los Angeles

Mike Weber new gallery space, Los Angeles

With this new space people can walk in right off the street to buy artwork and there is plenty of room for storage and for Mike to work in the studio area at the back.  He is currently renovating, unpacking his artwork and getting ready for the big launch party

Gallery renovation underway

Gallery renovation underway

Courtesy Mike Weber

Courtesy Mike Weber

Mike Weber preparing to store his large canvasses

Mike Weber preparing to store his large canvasses

We can’t wait to see it all finished Mike!  Send us more photos soon!

Studio Visits: Artist Anna Harley

It’s always a joy to go on a studio visit to see where an artist works and all their prints in one place. This week Screen Printer Anna Harley opened her studio doors and inside was an Aladin’s cave of fabulously ordered screen prints. Having seen work online it’s sometimes a wonderful surprise when artwork in the flesh looks even more breath-taking

Anna Harley screen print

Anna Harley screen print

Anna Harley graduated from UWE with a Masters Degree in Printmaking, specialising in Screen print, and is now an active member of Spike print studio in Bristol. Anna uses a combination of drawing, digital photography and objects directly exposed on the screen, to create the individual layers in the prints

Mendip Hinds by Anna Harley

Mendip Hinds by Anna Harley

While so many screen printers are tempted to use bold, bright colours, we love the muted tones of Anna’s work. Anna’s talent combines fine art and design and is a happy crossover between the two.  Anna recently exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and The Mall Gallery in London, ArtEZ Institute of the Arts (AKI), Enschede, Holland and The Victoria Art Gallery in Bath. It’s really worth viewing these in the flesh though, to get the full appreciation of the subtleties in the work. Come find us at the Hampstead art fair in May or in the Bath gallery space in April (details coming soon!)

Willow with Seagulls by Anna Harley

Willow with Seagulls by Anna Harley

Cityscapes and dreaming spires... the works of Chitra Merchant

Chitra Merchant’s work is strongly influenced by Indian culture and many of the Temple series feature dreaming spires of dilapidated temples situated in front of a large glorious sun where you can almost feel the heat beating down on the vista, or in the foothills of distant evocative mountains.  They have a dreamy quality to them, evoking wistful travels.

Shores 3: Screen print by Chitra Merchant

Shores 3: Screen print by Chitra Merchant

Chitra specialises in screen printing and etching which she teaches at the infamous Spike Island Studios in Bristol, UK. Lately Chitra has been working on a new series called Hinterland, which delves into derelict and overlooked urban spaces, creating her own “temples” from these wasteland areas. Chitra’s illustrative drawing techniques are the starting point from which these temples transform into etchings or screen prints

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