The Old Print Works Gallery is situated just above the main store. It hosts a range of artworks by notable local artists. The display changes on a monthly basis so it’s always worth taking a look if you’re passing by.
The Old Print Works Gallery invited Maggi Hambling to curate an exhibition to celebrate its first year in operation. The result was:
Six Christmas Crackers
Each artist displayed his or her own personal vision, realised on a challengingly small scale. At this time of disillusionment with conventional finance, investment in serious and reasonably priced art is quite rightly flourishing.
A generous 30% of the profits went to the Samaritans. Ann Collins, spokesperson for the Samaritans said: “Coming close to Christmas is a great time of the year, but at Samaritans we know it’s not great for everyone. We will experience our busiest period over the coming weeks. Thousands of people will use our services every day during Christmas and New Year so we are delighted that The Old Print Works Gallery have decided to support our work.”
Ann can be contacted on 020 8394 8355.
The artists were
“Inspired by the rural environment of Suffolk, this latest collection focuses on the under appreciated form of wildfowl that frequent the rivers, estuaries and coastline of East Anglia.”
“These paintings were done in Ballinskellig, South West Ireland and around home in Knodishall, Suffolk. Both places have a loneliness and intensity of light that I want to paint.”
“The sea is a mysterious, beautiful and dangerous symbol of life and death. Her waves, as they rear, mirror the curve of the moon for an instant before crashing and shattering. I try to seize in paint this speed, energy and sensuality.”
“A life-long experience and love for riding and observing horses, from high school dressage to steeple chasing, has resulted in these new studies. I have tried to portray the power and delicacy of their movement.”
“These paintings give me freedom from pain and thought. On one hand I have no respect for oil paint but on the other a deep love affair with it.
“Having spent most of my life looking at the Stour estuary, a great deal of my painting is a response to the desolate landscape of the East Anglia coast and to the weather and light which transform water and sky.”
The show was open to the public from Saturday 29th November until the 11th December daily except Sunday.