Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Christmas Show update

The Christmas Show has now been hung and opens tomorrow with the Private View at 5pm. Have uploaded a few snapshots taken this morning.

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Christmas Show

The Christmas Show starts next week with the Private View on Thursday 29th from 5.00 to 8.00 pm. Phone or email to receive your personal invitation if you are not already on our contact list.

A large number of superb new paintings and original artist's prints will be on show by the gallery artists together with a fine selection of post war modern collectors pieces. The emphasis will be on smaller works to appeal to those looking for that special present. With that it mind we will also have an excellent display of studio ceramics.

We have shown a small selection below. Details on all the artists and works available can be seen on the website

Geoffrey Robinson

Andrew Bird

Martyn Brewster

Martyn Brewster
Stephanie Stow

Adam Milford

Peter Joyce

Gerry Dudgeon
Gerry Dudgeon

Peter Austin

Teresa Lawton

Chris Billington
Chris Billington

Friday, 10 August 2012

Larry Ham

I was first introduced to the work of Guernsey artist Larry Ham by art historian and writer Peter Davies who wrote a book on Larry's life and work appropriately named 'Larry Ham - Guernsey's Cornish-Born Artist'.
Born in Newquay in 1930, Larry spent the last 50 years of his life in Guernsey with his wife Paddy who was also born in Newquay and who spent her working life as a school teacher on the island.
Larry attended Chelsea School of Art. His abstract paintings were strongly influenced by the work of French painter Nicolas de Stael and have been exhibited widely both during his lifetime and after his death in 2007.
Peter's book on Larry's interesting and varied life makes excellent reading and is available in the gallery along with a fine selection of Larry's paintings.
I had the good fortune to be invited to Paddy's delightfully situated bungalow home and studio overlooking the Atlantic where she and Larry spent many happy years and which now houses Larry's remaining works. After a most memorable day spent there earlier this week, I look forward to receiving a shipment of some of Larry's larger paintings which will be exhibited in the gallery later in the year.

Paddy at the Pompidou in front of de Staels

                                                                    Spanish Hilltop


Saturday, 30 June 2012

Chris Billington

It's funny who you stumble across in the strange world of Twitter that we all now seem to be hooked on. Having become fellow Tweeps, there Chris and I discovered a lot in common leading to a meeting in the gallery nearly a year ago which became the catalyst for him to finally produce the work which had been formulating in his mind over several years.

Materialising as '2012 - Signs, Secrets & Symbols' a series of 27 paintings depicting an exploration of the metaphysical world as well as ancient symbols and secret codes, they can be seen in TheARThouse Gallery from 5th to 21st July. Working from a combination of extensive research, note taking, photographs and imagination, Chris has captured and filtered fragments of this enigmatic information and translated its power and energy through the visual device of these extraordinary works.

A full colour catalogue showing all the paintings with explanatory notes is avalable on request and the images can be seen by clicking on the following link:

World of the 5th Sun
Temple of the Moon


Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Bob Aylott

Way back in 1972 a then young Fleet Street photographer Bob Aylott took a series of photographs in a squalid Covent Garden squat. I can word the events no better than Paul Gallico whose piece has been used as the introduction to Bob's book "An Englishman's Castle" and is reproduced below. The book features 126 pages of those stunning photographs which must surely now rate as being of social historic importance.

The original bromide wet prints have been carefully stored in Bob's archive ever since and are now about to see the light of day once again exclusively through TheARThouse Gallery in Bournemouth.

The first 3 to be released for sale are shown below and futher information can be obtained by going to
Each original photograph is signed by Bob Aylott and will include a complementary copy of the book.

Saturday, 16 June 2012

Michael Cook

These 5 exquisite original pencil drawings by Michael Cook just been delivered to the gallery.

For further information go to:-


Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Claire Wiltsher

Collected another 5 beautiful paintings which I handpicked from Claire Wiltsher's studio yesterday.

Will upload full details to website shortly.

Friday, 4 May 2012

George Dannatt

I went to the studio of George Dannatt last week and selected 22 superb paintings which are now in the gallery.
They are gradually being uploaded to the website but if any serious collectors can't wait, I would be pleased to show them all by prior arrangement.
Nearly all the works are in the Constructivist style except for a couple of pieces dating back to the early 1960's. I have attached a small selection of images below.
To see the George Dannatt website page go to:-

Sunday, 15 April 2012

Sven Berlin

Two more fantastic works by Sven Berlin (1911 - 2000) now in the gallery.

                       Hare Leaping at Sunset  1978/9     Oil on board     24 x 36 ins.

                       Ram and Shepherd  1999       Oil on board          24 x 36 ins.

Sven Berlin was a painter, sculptor, writer, poet, philosopher and adagio dancer! A leading figure in the St. Ives artist community of the 1940's and 50's he was a founder member of the Crypt Group in St. Ives and of the Penwith Society of Arts. His contemporaries included Ben Nicholson, Barbara Hepworth, Bernard Leach, Terry Frost, Peter Lanyon, Patrick Heron and John Wells.

Leaving St Ives in a Gypsy caravan he spent many years in the New Forest studying and following the lives of the Gypsy communities who lived there and to whom he was drawn.  His final years were spent on the outskirts of Wimborne where his flamboyant and colourful personality made him something of a local celebrity.

Virtually exiled by the art establishment, his work is in my opinion grossly undervalued compared to that of his contemporaries and as an admirer of his artistic and personal lifetime achievements I hope that injustice is soon corrected.

Monday, 9 April 2012

John Liddell

Have acquired a fine selection of relief prints by the print-maker John Liddell (1924 - 2005). 
All pieces will be uploaded to the website soon, but in the meantime here is a taster....

Self portrait - 1991
Abstract 4 - 1965


 Toledo - 1986

  Spring in the Studio - 1993

                                                      Madonna & Child

Boat Shapes - 1976 

John Liddell, printmaker and teacher: born London 6 July 1924; married 1949 Joan Witchalls (two sons, one daughter); died Bournemouth, Dorset 11 December 2005.
John Liddell was an outstanding relief printmaker, draughtsman and teacher. His career upheld and extended into the modern era the arduous disciplines of woodblock and linocut printmaking. Inspired by the towering example of 20th-century British printmakers such as Edward Bawden, Eric Ravilious, Norman Janes and Douglas Percy Bliss - the last two teaching him at Hornsey School of Art - Liddell excelled in the depiction of architectural detail and of rural idylls in Dorset, Norfolk and north Devon.
A long and influential teaching career culminated in his running postgraduate teacher training at Bournemouth College of Art and, after retirement, in the establishment of the co-operative venture Poole Printmakers in Dorset.
He was born in Wood Green, north London, in 1924. While parental encouragement meant no moral blocks to artistic ambition, which first blossomed at grammar school and then Hornsey, Liddell's lower-middle-class background was blighted by misfortune. One of two brothers and two sisters, he was the only survivor. But a paternal grandmother from Romford, the Slade-trained Rosa Braithwaite, had been a notable Edwardian figure painter; and Liddell's father, a travelling salesman, broadened young John's horizons by taking him on business travels around the country, an experience that fostered Liddell's later taste for varying topographies and local architectural features.
At Hornsey Liddell studied illustration, design and printmaking for the National Diploma. He later recalled how watching Norman Janes and Douglas Percy Bliss engrave a woodblock "sowed the seeds of my interest in print-making". During the 1930s Bliss, with his friends Bawden and Ravilious, was part of a precocious student group at the Royal College of Art. The example of Bawden was thus indirectly transmitted; Liddell's printmaking would follow Bawden's interest in the peculiarities of vernacular architectural detail and natural structure. Like Bawden, Liddell married an artist who provided professional as well as personal companionship, his wife Joan studying textiles at Hornsey and later producing coloured prints distinguished by an Arts and Crafts decorative vigour.
He lived with his parents at Southgate during the Second World War, witnessing the London blitz at a safe though still visible remove. A bout of eczema excused him from military service though he became a part-timer with the fire service and painted murals for RAF canteens at Hendon.
Inspired by the neo-romanticism of Graham Sutherland, John Piper and John Minton, he made drawings at bombsites, the interest in ruins fulfilling contemporary realist as well as traditional picturesque criteria. He was reprimanded by authorities for sketching Georgian buildings in Hampstead. Although Europe and modernism were inaccessible until after the war Liddell learnt much from the V&A and the British Museum, and from lectures at the National Gallery.
After completing his Hornsey training with a teaching certificate, Liddell taught art first at a grammar school in Banbury, then in the junior wing of High Wycombe School of Art, then at Reading School where, as head of art, he introduced printmaking and built a kiln which led to a foray into ceramics.
He lived at Wallingford in Oxfordshire and started a family. In 1954 he moved to Bournemouth College of Art where, as head of education, his printmaking responded to the ancient and picturesque Dorset landscape. Despite their traditionalism, Liddell's drawings and prints were not produced in an art-historical vacuum; he took senior pupils to see the epochal 1951 Festival of Britain many times and his home was decorated with furniture and Milner Gray wallpapers that reflected new post-war trends in design. Later, in 1963, he encountered the basic design experiments of Harry Thubron, Tom Hudson and Terry Frost on a Byam Shaw course in London.
Liddell's prints were, however, probably at their sharpest when using time-honoured techniques and a single block in black ink. Among these were topographic studies of Lee and other north Devon villages (made while visiting his son Ben in Barnstaple), a series based on Norfolk churches and boats moored on the Norfolk Broads, and recurring studies of the historically diverse buildings along Poole Quay. These were masterpieces of detail wrought, with graphic ingenuity, from an inventive and expressive use of black and white pattern.
John Liddell enjoyed a congenial milieu at Bournemouth under the wood engraver Fred Courtney. The etcher Frank Dodman, the painter John Spencer and the draughtsman Ken Hatts became close colleagues. Nearby Poole had, during the inter-war period, hosted a kind of art colony where local artists like Leslie Ward, Eustace Nash and Percy Wise had associated with, and grouped around, the Poole-based painters Augustus John and Henry Lamb. The Poole and East Dorset Art Society and Bournemouth Arts Club were testimony to this activity. Liddell's contribution extended to film and amateur dramatics and he acted as film and slide-lecture projectionist at the college, supervising visiting lecturers such as David Hockney, Reg Butler, Claude Rogers and Alan Bowness.
Living in a large Edwardian house in Queens Park, Bournemouth - which he maintained for the rest of his life even during periods of teaching at North London Polytechnic or summers spent at a pair of thatched huts on stilts at Hicklin Broad, Norfolk - Liddell was a generous host. Students frequently lodged with the Liddells, thereby erasing the distinction between college and home life. After Bournemouth closed its education department, he taught at Southampton and, opting for early retirement in 1979, taught part-time on foundation studies in Bournemouth.
In 1991 Liddell founded Poole Printmakers. Located in an old warehouse near the Guildhall in the heart of old Poole, the workshop ran courses and provided old iron hand-presses for members - some friends, some students. Through the workshop he kept active to the end.

Peter Davies