Art news in Kent
PUBLISHED: 11:42 16 June 2011 | UPDATED: 19:33 20 February 2013
Exhibitions, auctions and silversmithing
Art news in Kent
Hamilton Fraser remembered
An exhibition showcasing original works by Donald Hamilton Fraser RA takes pace at the Bluemoon Gallery in Tunbridge Wells from 24 June-15 July.
The artist, who died in 2009 at the age of 80, exhibited his highly acclaimed work in cities around the world and took part in many of the most significant exhibitions of British work, including the Royal Academy's 25 Years of British Painting.
The exhibition will feature 14 of Donalds most famous original works, landscape being the predominant subject matter forming abstract dream-like fields of colour. Also included are Donalds chalk and wash drawings of dancers and significant pieces from his earliest work dating back to the 1960s.
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Light and shade
A new collection of landscapes and townscapes by Jeremy Barlow will be previewed at the Edenbridge Galleries on 18 and 19 June, with the exhibition continuing until 9 July.
An inveterate traveller, especially drawn to the radiant skies and relaxed outdoor life of the Mediterranean, Jeremy spends much of the year painting in France, Spain and Italy.
His sensitivity to light and atmosphere emerges fully in his paintings of sun-drenched town squares or shady side streets where his distinctive handling of perspective and dramatic treatment of light and shadow throw the scene into high relief and artfully lead the viewer into the picture.
Jeremys work features in collections throughout the world, including that of the Dutch Royal Family.
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Festival of Silver
An exhibition of contemporary silversmithing takes place at Payne & Son (Silversmiths) of Tunbridge Wells from 6-25 June
One of Englands leading designer silversmiths, Steve Wager, will launch his own road show on 9 June at Payne & Son, where he will demonstrate the making of flatware.
Managing Director Michael Payne has chosen for his own Festival of Silver many great working craftsmen and women: Ray Walton, who recently won the prestigious Goldsmiths Craft & Design Council Cartier Ward, Anthony Elson, Martyn Pugh, Margaret Bolton, Lexi Dick, Padgham & Putland, Brett Payne, Pruden & Smith and Wally Gilbert.
Michael is also encouraging the rising stars of British Silver Week, Rebecca Joselyn with her quirky silverware, Ana Alvarez Meneses, Louise Walker, Charlotte Tollyfield and Kellie Leighton by displaying their new work.
Grand Auctions, a new auction house based in Folkestone, has established a record for an Alan Lowndes painting of 30,000 in its inaugural auction.
The world-record price for the Cheshire artists Beach Scene, painted in 1964 and extensively exhibited across the UK over the past 45 years, including at The Tate Gallery, beats the previous record of 29,000 held by Sothebys of London.
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Tunbridge Wells has its own auction house again, thanks to antiques expert and auctioneer, Marcus Rowell who has opened Tunbridge Wells & Hastings Auctioneers on The Pantiles.
I am delighted to be bringing the auction house in Tunbridge Wells back to life, says Marcus. Having a facility like this locally is integral to the history and culture of the town. We want people to come to the auction house, experience the excitement of an auction and bring along their items to be valued.