Dear Santa.....

all I want for Christmas is art.
November 27, 2019

Gifting an art work is a  personalised and thoughtful gesture. Sometimes, it’s easy to buy presents that are disposable and short-lived, but the gift of a painting is enduring and engaging, better for the environment and lasts a lifetime.  Here is a selection of our ideas.




 FROM LEFT:   Jane Goodwin  Iconic Chair Suite - After Le Corbusier, thread on paper, 37 x 38 cm, £600, Jane Goodwin, Geometric drawing, 2019, thread on paper, 38 X 37cm £450, Jane Goodwin, Iconic Chair Suite - After Harry Bertoia, thread on paper 38 x 37cm, £600, Jane GoodwinIconic Chair Suite - 1, thread on paper, 37 x 38 cm, £600


Jane Goodwin's framed drawings in thread are influenced by some of the pioneering modernist designers of the 20th Century such as Marcel Breuer, and Gerrit Rietveld, a unique and inspiring present for anyone really into design.  After working in publishing and advertising, Jane Goodwin graduated from the University of Brighton in 1997. 



No. 2  For the Minimalist




FROM TOP Clockwise: Daniel Mullen, Echo, 2018, acrylic on canvas, acrylic on canvas, 80 x 70 cm £2400,    Lauren Nauman, Lines - White, 2018, porcelain and       brass, Height 15cm, £616.      Lauren Nauman, Lines - Black, porcelain, Height 10cm, £500.


The simplicity of Daniel Mullen's geometric paintings from his White series or the delicate ribbons of porcelain that form Lauren Nauman's porcelain sculpture make a beautifully understated gift.  Daniel Mullen graduated in 2011 with a BFA from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy, has exhibited internationally from London, Vancouver and New York to Sao Paulo, and recently had his first museum show in Berlin. Lauren Nauman graduated from the Royal College of Art, her work was aquired by the Nationalmuseum in Sweden last year.


No. 3 For the Ski Enthusiast





CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: Emily MooreSpring Summit, 2017, gesso, acrylic, varnish on panel, 51 x 61cm,    £1400,  Sonja Weber, Blaue Berge, Jacquard fabric 55 x 55 cm,   £2250 andBellahoj, 2016, Gesso, acrylic, graphite, varnish on panel  48 x 61 cm,    £1400


Emily Moore paints mountainous and desolate landscapes based on her own trips and experiences.  She works directly onto birch plywood panels, often leaving areas of the raw wood exposed. Moore experimented a lot with screenprintng during her time at Edinburgh College of Art and throughout a semester at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Sonja Weber's woven works focus on scenes from nature that she captures with her camera on her hiking and sailing trips and then weaves them on a loom.  Having initially graduated in textiles for three years, Sonja Weber went on to complete a fine art degree at the Academy of Fine Arts in Nuremberg and then studied fine art and painting at the Academy of Fine Arts Munich.



No 4 For the Objets Collector 





CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: Jin Eui Kim, OPject Spherical Form, 2018
Earthenware, 1120c wheel-thrown and brushed 18 different tones of engobes 21.5 x 12.6 cm, £450,    Jin Eui Kim, OPject Trapezoid Form, 2018, earthenware. 1120c wheel-thrown and brushed 18 different tones of engobes31.7 x 12.9 cm,   £495 and  Matt Sherratt, Triumph, hand sculpted in clay finished black terra-sigillata and platinum lustre, 23 x 10 cm, £900. 
These objets are small, covetable and easily placed.  Jin Eui Kim has a PhD in ceramics and his work is in the permanent collection of the Manchester Art Gallery and the National Museum of Wales.  Matt Sherratt has an M.A. in ceramics and glass from the Royal College of Art and has exhibited at Collect, Saatchi Gallery and at David Linley among others.


No. 5 For the Photography Buff







 FROM TOP: Oster+Koezle, #225, 2016, giclee print, 60 x 60 cm, 2/6,    £1450,      Amelia Lancaster, Reduction, Southbank 1, 2017, giclee print, 50 x 65cm, 2/15,  £950  and  Oster+Koezle, #283, 2017, giclee print, 60 x 60 cm. 3/6, £ 1,450.


Photography is a very accessible and classical option - with the same artistic viewpoint and attention to detail as any painter. German photographer Sigi Koezle has been working with painter Willy Oster for more than 20 years.  The rigour of Amelia Lancaster's Architectural and Set Design background has informed her work. She is interested in transforming architecture through spatial abstraction.


No 6  For the Architectural Fanatic




Cecile van Hanja, Villa Boomerang, 2018,  oil and acrylic on canvas, 90 x 120 cm,  £3100   and Tender is the Night, 2016. acrylic and oil on canvas, 100 x 120cm ,   £3100.

Cecile van Hanja's paintings are often based on existing iconic Modernist buildings or elements of them filtered through her memory and imagination. Villa Boomerang is a villa in the South of France designed by the French architect Pierre Marmouget and was completed in 1959.


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Lisa Norris

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