Unique Art Gifts

Christmas is always a lovely season to be in the gallery, with plenty of visitors coming to have a browse. Giving art as a gift is such a special thing to do. At the moment there is a lovely variety of artists and styles which make unique presents. Here are just a few which have found new homes this month:

Wishing by Jos Haigh

Wishing by Jos Haigh

Lovebirds by Eloise Hall

Lovebirds by Eloise Hall

Cyclist by Rennie Pilgrem

Cyclist by Rennie Pilgrem

Blue Moon by Anna Harley

Blue Moon by Anna Harley

Prunus Serrulata by Robert Pereira Hind

Prunus Serrulata by Robert Pereira Hind

Willow by Anna Harley

Willow by Anna Harley

Morning Light by Clare Cutts

Morning Light by Clare Cutts

Don’t forget we also have plenty of gift items such as candles, vases, diffusers, birchwood trays, lanterns and notepads, all with special designs. Swing by the gallery soon to buy your perfect gift

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"Winter Scenes” exhibition

November and December at the gallery will feature a “Winter Scenes” exhibition, with new artwork from various artists showing mountains, skiers, snow landscapes and cabins. 

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Cabin by Rennie Pilgrem

Penglai by Michelle Loa Kum Cheung

Penglai by Michelle Loa Kum Cheung

Apres Ski by Rennie Pilgrem

Apres Ski by Rennie Pilgrem

Morning light. Screen print by Clare Cutts

Morning light. Screen print by Clare Cutts

Snow by Sarah Targett

Snow by Sarah Targett

Oak House by Rennie Pilgrem

Oak House by Rennie Pilgrem

Crumpled Paper and Molten Wax

Who knew that crumpled paper and molten wax could be formed into blossoming, delicate art! What’s more it was the result of admonishing climate change denial!

Field by Bill Zima

Field by Bill Zima

Artist Bill Zima grew up in Chicago but now lives in Scotland where he has reconnected with nature and is inspired by the trees around him changing colours in the seasons.

Bill writes "I never have a preconceived notion of the colour, the piece always guides me in this regard. I respond to the shapes and patterns of the wrinkles, to draw tree trunks and/or branches with charcoal. Oil paint is used for the overall tree and branch structure.  I apply a beeswax/resin ‘glaze’ coating with a palette knife. After the wax phase is complete the whole painting is painted completely black and the oil paint is removed, leaving marks, crevices and traces thus creating a type of visual history. There is a significant amount of chance in this step as I am not entirely sure where the black marks will be. When dry the painting is buffed extensively with steel wool”. Bill even makes his own frames, embedding the image in deep set wood. 

ME3 by Bill Zima

ME3 by Bill Zima

Bill has always been interested in the environment. "When I was a young artist I called myself an environmentalist. Over time, I recognised my carbon footprint was significant and stopped using this description. I am still concerned and worried about the state of the planet. I am also quite dismayed at the coterie who claim there has been no climate change and it was whilst grumbling about these individuals the current body of work was inspired. I was quite angry/upset about climate change denial and distracted with these thoughts when I botched a drawing, crumpled the paper and threw it in the bin. After a few moments of reverie, staring at the shadows formed on the crumpled paper, I connected the thoughts of a ‘throw-away’ society with the trees I began to make.  I extensively manipulated the Kozuke paper (strategic wrinkling) in a rough shape of a tree and then glued the paper to 6mm mdf”  and hence a new technique began.....

H.-Micrantha by Bill Zima

H.-Micrantha by Bill Zima

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Artworks by Bill Zima are available now at Gallery and Barrow, in Bath, UK

Art Fairs 2016

As 2016 draws to a close, I thought I’d mention a few of our favourite images from the Affordable Art Fair in Battersea and Bristol this year.  2016 saw a real increase in contemporary mixed-media art at the Bristol show this year compared to last year,  and the Battersea show was incredible as usual, with really inspiring works of art. Here are a few faves:

Andrew Millar @ Smithson Gallery

Andrew Millar @ Smithson Gallery

Henrik Simonsen @ Olivia Connelly

Henrik Simonsen @ Olivia Connelly

Carl Melegari @ Edgar Modern

Carl Melegari @ Edgar Modern

Linda Franklin @ The Art Salon

Linda Franklin @ The Art Salon

Dan Parry jones @ Gala Fine Art

Dan Parry jones @ Gala Fine Art

Gareth Edwards @ Ren Fine Art

Gareth Edwards @ Ren Fine Art

Matthew Spencer @ Degree Art

Matthew Spencer @ Degree Art

Mark Powell @ Degree Art

Mark Powell @ Degree Art

Clare Cutts @ Smithson

Clare Cutts @ Smithson

Hopefully we’ll see you at the 2017 shows, so look out for us!

Bringing collectors and artists together

It’s a joy when a collector is searching for a piece of art and an artist is looking to sell and the two click like a jigsaw puzzle falling into place. That’s exactly what happened recently when a collector friend of mine asked me to help her source a piece of art for her flat in Los Angeles. Having become familiar with the LA art scene while living there for 6 years, I was instantly able to make a few suggestions.  My friend loved the work of established artist, Emma Ferreira, who I suggested, and we trotted off to meet Emma at her studio

Although born in England, Emma Ferreira now lives in LA . Her work received much attention recently, when it was auctioned at Christie's Beverly Hills. It continues to be sold to private estates, corporate collections, and galleries throughout the world. http://www.emmaferreira.com

My Collector friend chose this gorgeous mixed media photographic piece to hang in her flat

Black Velvet by Emma Ferreira

Black Velvet by Emma Ferreira

Since moving to New York recently, the piece of art now sits, pride of place in the NY apartment. It’s so wonderful when collaborations like this just fall into place

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Many of artist, Mike Weber’s new series features images of animals from the American West. Some of Mike's images are currently being shown in a group show “The Snow Show” in Denver, Colorado, showing visions of winter.  Weber’s mixed-media image “Ego” from the show, depicting a large bear, was featured in American Art Collector Magazine this month (bottom right image)

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Screen print Targett

We’re delighted that Sarah Targett has joined our roster.  Sarah is a screen print whiz kid and works full time as an Artist and screen print dynamo at Marshfield Screen Print Studios.  Sarah studied fine art at Falmouth School of Arts in Cornwall. Living in the countryside around Bath, her beautiful illustrations often depict nature she see’s around her, particularly birds, and often her designs convey a sense of humour and cheekiness.  

Friday 2.30pm by Sarah Targett

Friday 2.30pm by Sarah Targett

The Sandwich Thief by Sarah Targett

The Sandwich Thief by Sarah Targett

The process of screen printing is a labour-intensive and slow technique. First the image is designed or hand-drawn before being embedded onto a mesh by shining a UV light onto a light-sensitive emulsion. This hardens the image onto the mesh and the rest of the emulsion is washed away. Paint colours are then pulled through the mesh in different layers, one colour at a time. It’s a messy and intense job but well worth the fun and we just love these limited editions and can’t wait to see more

The Start....

Well it’s the start of a new venture and I’m very excited! So where did it all begin?

Gallery & Barrow was founded in December 2016

Someone told me recently that it’s not the start, it’s the natural progression of all the work and projects I’ve been involved in before, tapping into those experiences and merging into this new venture.  A career spent commissioning photoshoots and music video shoots for Record Companies, meant I’ve spent most of my professional career sourcing talent and living on sets where everything is about visual quality, light and aesthetics. Dealing with Production Companies, Directors, Photographers and Graphic Designers has meant I've spent many years following talent and finding the right person for the right job, and bringing the best talent together.  I’ve also worked as a professional photographer myself and exhibited in museums and galleries. Since embarking on my newest venture I’m looking forward to going back to my roots and my passion for art in all its forms, from sculpture to painting.

I’m particularly interested in contemporary and innovative techniques and love the rapidly emerging and changing processes of mixed-media. 

With this in mind, I’m delighted that some of my favourite artists have already agreed to come on board and I’m very thankful to have their trust. Mike Weber, an established artist from California, who exhibits widely in the US including New York and Washington DC, was one of the first to join up. A huge welcome to Mike and all the other artists who I hope will be joining us soon. 

Mike Weber Exhibition in the US

Mike Weber Exhibition in the US

Keep an eye on this journal to see where we’ll be exhibiting and which art fairs we’ll be attending.  Also email us to join our newsletter. We’ll be exhibiting at pop-ups too in and around the Bristol and Bath area shortly

There’s a lot about to happen in the next few years and we’re jumping in at the deep end! Welcome everyone!!

Founder: Heidi Laughton